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Automotive, electric vehicles, News, Tesla

Tesla’s second-quarter delivery stats surprisingly beat Q1

During Tesla’s second financial quarter of 2020, the EV company delivered a total of 90,650 electric vehicles, which is quite a bit more than it did prior to COVID-19. The second-quarter runs from the beginning of April to some time in June, so you’d think it would be safe to assume that the company sold/delivered fewer vehicles. However, it appears that Tesla’s online ordering and lack of dealerships has worked in its favour. Out of the 90,650 cars delivered, 10,600 of them were the higher-cost Model S and Model X vehicles, while the remaining 80,050 were Model 3s and Model Ys. During the first quarter, the automaker delivered 88,400 electric cars. Of that total, 12,200 deliveries were Model Y and Model S trims, and the remaining ...
alt-tab, Apps & Games, News, Start menu, Windows 10

Microsoft testing new Windows 10 Start menu, ‘Alt + Tab’ feature

Microsoft is rolling out a few welcome changes to Windows 10 testers, including a refreshed ‘Start menu,’ ‘Alt + Tab’ menu and more. The update is arriving for Insiders running on the ‘Dev Channel’ and ditches the solid colour squares that resided behind app icons. Instead, the Start menu will now have either a light or dark colour depending on the Windows theme.Additionally, the Start menu will have a partially transparent background that allows some of the wallpaper colour to shine through. As for the new Alt + Tab feature, this one will primarily benefit Microsoft Edge users. Essentially, the Alt + Tab menu — which is a useful keyboard shortcut for cycling through open windows — will now show all open tabs in one panel. The ch...
Apps & Games, News, whatsapp

WhatsApp to roll out contact-adding QR codes, animated stickers and more

WhatsApp has announced that a slew of new features will be rolling out to users in the coming weeks, including QR codes and improvements to video calls. The Facebook-owned company says it is making it easier to add a new contact through the use of QR codes. WhatsApps says that users will soon be able to scan QR codes to add people to their contacts, instead of having to manually tap in their digits. WhatsApp notes that since users can have a video call with up to eight participants, they can now hold and press on a person’s video feed to make it full screen. It has also added a video icon in group chats of eight or less so users can easily start a group video call with one tap. Further, dark mode is also being extended to WhatsApp ...
Apps & Games, Indie Games, News, playstation, PlayStation Indies, PS4, ps5

PlayStation Indies initiative revealed alongside the brand’s first nine titles

Sony is looking to spotlight independent game developers with its new initiative, PlayStation Indies. Alongside the reveal of PlayStation Indies came confirmation of the brand’s first nine games that are coming to PS4 and PS5. Below is a list of those games:Maquette (PS4 and PS5) Worms Rumble (PS4 and PS5) Haven (PS4) Carto (PS4) Heavenly Bodies (PS4 and PS5) Creaks (PS4) F.I.S.T: Forged In Shadow Torch (PS4) Recompile (PS5) Where the Heart Is (PS4)Shuhei Yoshida, former president of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios, will serve as Head of Indies Initiative for PlayStation. “With PlayStation Indies, we hope to spotlight and support the best of the best indie games being published on PlayStation and the entire in...
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Dodge getting Durango Hellcat, Charger Redeye and 807-hp Challenger for 2021

Dodge will roll out a new hybrid version of the Grand Caravan for the 2021 model year as the automaker moves to a greener brand philosophy and more environmentally responsible messaging. Nah, I’m just kidding, it’s axing the Grand Caravan and Journey and adding gobs and gobs of raging horsepower to the rest of its lineup in the form of the ’21 Durango Hellcat, Charger Redeye and 807-hp Challenger Super Stock.Tim Kuniskis, FCA’s North American head of passenger cars, doesn’t mince words: Dodge customers prefer power over tech, he said late June, and hinted they’d take it over pretty much anything else, too, really.So for 2021, Dodge will give the people what they want, trimming the beloved Grand Caravan and the tolerated Journey from its range and adding one new massively overpow...
Accessories, Galaxy Watch 3, News, smartwatches

Leak allegedly reveals every Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 model, potential pricing

A new Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 leak has revealed every model that watch will be available in, along with the sizes and colours of the devices and potential pricing. Notable leaker Evan Blass revealed on Twitter that the wearable will be available in nine distinct Watch 3 configurations. There will be three sizes, 41mm and 45mm, and titanium and stainless steel variations as well. The watch is set to come in black, silver and bronze. There will also be Bluetooth and LTE models. Here’s a full list of the configurations:45mm Black Titanium Bluetooth 45mm Black Stainless Steel Bluetooth 45mm Black Stainless Steel LTE 45mm Silver Stainless Steel Bluetooth 45mm Silver Stainless Steel LTE 41mm Silver Stainless Steel Bluetooth 41mm Silver ...
Galaxy Z Flip 5G, leak, News, Phones, Samsung

Leaked render shows off Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G in ‘Mystic Bronze’

Rumours have circulated for some time that Samsung plans to launch a 5G variant of its Galaxy Z Flip smartphone later this year. Now we have access to a render of the phone courtesy of Evan Blass. Blass shared an animated, 360-degree render of the supposed 5G Galaxy Z Flip in the ‘Mystic Bronze’ colour. Notably, this is the same colour as the Galaxy Note 20 that also leaked. Considering reports indicate Samsung plans to launch both devices at the same event in August, it makes sense that both phones would sport similar colour options. Aside from the colour and the inclusion of 5G connectivity, the Galaxy Z Flip 5G looks identical to its predecessor. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung changed up some of the internals of the...
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Maserati puts an F1 spin on old tech to make 621 hp from a 3.0L engine

Wow! Double-wow! A whopping 621 horsepower from only three litres!That’s more than two hundred horsepower per litre of displacement, a truly phantasmagorical figure considering that a) not a decade ago, 100 hp-per-litre was considered extraordinary; and b) the Nettuno is not (quite) a race engine.While you won’t see it on the track, it will, however, power the next generation of Maserati’s MC20 supercar, its 621 horses and 538 pound-feet of torque likely to generate Ferrari Pista-like performance. Speaking of Ferrari, the Nettuno powertrain is a radical departure for Maserati, as it is not some Maranello hand-me-down, but designed in the company’s own Innovation Lab in Modena.To get to that incredible power figure, the 90-degree V6 uses a Formula-1-inspired pre-combustion chambe...
android 11, Apps & Games, Bubbles, Google Messages, News

Google Messages beta getting support for Android 11’s ‘Bubbles’

One of the more standout features set to arrive in Android 11 is now going live for Google’s Messages app. As spotted by some users over on Reddit, Android 11’s ‘Bubbles’ feature can now be enabled for Messages. Bubbles, for those unfamiliar with the feature, seems to be an operating system-level version of Facebook Messenger’s ‘Chat Heads’ functionality. It will allow users to access conversations on their Android phone through floating bubbles easily — hence the name — that they can move around the screen. Although Bubbles were partially enabled during the Android 11 Developer Preview, the feature had some bugs that still needed working out. Oddly, Bubbles weren’t available for Google Messages when the first Android 11 beta arrived despite being available during the developer prev...
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Lamborghini partners with boat company on insane US$3-million yacht

Lamborghini is partnering with the Italian Sea Group to build a unique powerboat dubbed ‘Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63.’Italian Sea Group boatbuilder subsidiary Tecnomar worked closely with Lamborghini’s Centro Stile to make sure the sea-going iteration of the Italian brand’s road cars was worthy of the raging-bull badge.The boat takes inspiration from the Sián FKP 37, and features a tonne of design cues from the US$2-million hypercar. The Y-shaped LED lights and hexagonal glass make it distinctly Lamborghini, for example, as do the floating rear taillights and faux diffuser. (Do you even need those on a boat? We honestly don’t know watercraft.) The interior is equally Lambo-like, with bolstered captain’s chairs, digital gauges, and a three-spoke steering wheel.The start/stop butt...
Apps & Games, Facebook, News

Facebook says it mistakenly shared data from inactive users with third-party apps

Facebook has disclosed that it mistakenly shared user data with around 5,000 developers even after their access should have expired. Apps on Facebook that haven’t been used for 90 days are supposed to be prevented from accessing users’ personal data. This security measure was introduced following the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal from 2018. However, Facebook says it found that apps were continuing to collect data even if a user wasn’t active. This included information about users’ gender and language settings. Facebook notes that this was happening over “the last several months.” “We haven’t seen evidence that this issue resulted in sharing information that was inconsistent with the permissions people gave when they logged in...
Manufacturers, News, Pixel 3a

Google Canada confirms Pixel 3a has been discontinued

Ahead of the pending announcement for the Google Pixel 4a, Google has stopped producing the Pixel 3a. In a statement to Android Police, Google confirmed that the “Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 3a. For people who are still interested in buying Pixel 3a, the product is available from some partners while supplies last.” The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL originally launched in Canada on May 7th for $549 and we praised the Android-powered device as ‘the new Nexus.” While the Pixel 3a seems to be only available from various Canadian wireless carriers, such as Bell, Virgin Mobile, and through big box retailers Best Buy Canada. Google Canada notes on its Canadian store that the Pixel 3a is ‘Out of stoc...