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Porsche’s all-electric Tesla rival could cost less than $100,000

While automakers have been not-so-quietly making promises to catch up to the likes of Tesla when it comes to electric vehicle range, a sports car maker may be the first to beat the startup at its own game. A production version of the 2015 Porsche Mission E electric concept is scheduled to go on sale at the end of 2019, with a price expected to start in the $80,000 - $90,000 range, according to CAR Magazine . Speaking last week at the Intern...
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How long should a $999 iPhone last?

I usually spend about $1,300 on a new computer, and I usually expect it to stay in good shape for about four years — if not more. So if I’m spending over $1,000 on an iPhone , how long should I expect to use it for? Smartphones have never had the longevity that modern computers have, often staying current for only two or so years. There are a good number of reasons why: For one, smartphones are historically cheaper, so it makes sense that c...
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T-Mobile won’t slow down the Apple Watch’s data speeds after all

John Legere just tweeted out that T-Mobile will not be putting a cap on data speeds for the Apple Watch Series 3. Responding to customer “frustrations” about T-Mobile’s original plan to limit data on Apple’s smartwatch to 512kbps, Legere now says that upon the device’s release next Friday, customers will be getting full 4G LTE speeds. Adding an Apple Watch to your T-Mobile One plan still costs $10 extra per month. But this is definitely an ...
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A second prequel short introduces a new character from Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 is still a few weeks away, but fans will be able to get another look at the sequel with the release of the second of three short film prequels over at the iTunes Trailers site , via Polygon . Titled 2048: Nowhere to Run, this second prequel is set 12 years after the first short film, 2036: Nexus Dawn that was released a few weeks ago, and — as the name suggests — just a year before the upcoming Blade Runner 2049. ‘2048: No...
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The iPhone X’s new neural engine exemplifies Apple’s approach to AI

Apple’s new iPhone X is billed as “ the future of the smartphone ,” with new facial recognition and augmented reality features presented as the credentials to back up this claim. But these features wouldn’t be half as slick without a little bit of hidden futurism tucked away in the phone’s new A11 Bionic chip: Apple’s new “neural engine.” The neural engine is actually a pair of processing cores dedicated to handling “specific machine learni...
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Chatbot lets you sue Equifax for up to $25,000 without a lawyer

Equifax’s security failure affected 143 million US consumers, or 44 percent of the US population. To add insult to injury, Equifax waited over a month before revealing the security breach it had suffered. If you’re one of the millions affected by the breach, a chatbot can now help you sue Equifax in small claims court, potentially letting you avoid hiring a lawyer for advice. Even if you want to be part of the class action lawsuit against E...
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iOS 11 makes it a little harder for someone else to get data off your phone

If someone takes your iPhone, can they get your data too? For years, Apple has been working to make sure the answer is no. The iPhone’s local storage drive has strong encryption, and without a passcode or a fingerprint, there’s no way to get past the lockscreen. If the phone powers down or goes 48 hours without a login, it locks down even further, requiring a passcode to restart. It’s a huge problem for phone thieves — and, as the San Berna...
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A Japanese cat island made a music video to lure Ed Sheeran

A tiny cat island in Japan made a delightful promotional video in a sweet, earnest request to get Ed Sheeran to come visit. It’s sort of like the modern equivalent of a siren call, but with sleepy cats. Getting shipwrecked on this island wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen to the Irish singer, who is a noted cat lover and has previously visited Japan’s cat cafes to serenade its residents. The video, which politely starts by addressing “Mr...
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Pebble creator made an iPhone case that can store and charge AirPods

Apple's AirPods — like many truly wireless headphones — need to be recharged fairly often. This is typically done through the included case, which charges your headphones while you store them in it. PodCase is a new Kickstarter project from former Pebble creator Eric Migicovsky that aims to make that process a little easier by directly integrating an AirPod charger into an iPhone case. Nova Technology — the name of Migicovsky's new venture ...
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Kobo adds audiobooks to its iOS and Android apps

Audiobook fans have a new option to comparison shop against. Rakuten Kobo has announced it’s adding audiobooks to its iOS and Android ebook apps, with two ways to buy them: a la carte, or with a $10 per month subscription service that nets you one book per month. The service launches today in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand via an update to the apps. Kobo, which was bought by e-commerce platform Rakuten in 2011 , is best k...
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