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Don't expect the very first Tesla Model 3s to cost $35,000

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 20:20

The mass-market Model 3 from Tesla is touted for its anticipated $35,000 sticker price before tax incentives, a far cry from the bigger and more luxurious Model S and X. But the very first cars off the line could be more expensive than that — and maybe a lot more, if the pricey initial roll-out of the X is any indication. Granted, early pre-order customers are far more likely to want an upmarket version of a car anyway — but still, the dream of a $35,000 Tesla may not happen in 2017 at all, depending on how late in the year deliveries start and how quickly the company is able to deliver in volume. Savings are also realized from the lighter weight of the 3 (20 percent, roughly) and "economies of scale" that Tesla has built over the years, including a new paint shop that the company says can handle 10,000 cars per week at full tilt.


Don't expect the very first Tesla Model 3s to cost $35,000

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 20:20

The mass-market Model 3 from Tesla is touted for its anticipated $35,000 sticker price before tax incentives, a far cry from the bigger and more luxurious Model S and X. But the very first cars off the line could be more expensive than that — and maybe a lot more, if the pricey initial roll-out of the X is any indication. Granted, early pre-order customers are far more likely to want an upmarket version of a car anyway — but still, the dream of a $35,000 Tesla may not happen in 2017 at all, depending on how late in the year deliveries start and how quickly the company is able to deliver in volume.


Your refusal to join Twitter is taking a toll

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 20:17

Though it's popular with an in crowd of entertainers, politicos and hipsters, the microblogging service is having a hard time getting regular people to join. That's a problem, a big problem.


Telstra sees connection issues with US-hosted websites

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 20:04

Telstra has followed up its nationwide mobile network outage earlier this week with problems connecting to websites hosted by third-party US-based providers.


Banks remain a tempting target for cyber criminals

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 20:01

Digital attacks on financial services companies increased rapidly in the last quarter of 2015.


TSMC will be sole supplier of processors for next iPhones - Electronic Times

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:45

SEOUL (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) will be the exclusive supplier of mobile processors for Apple Inc's next iPhones, South Korea's Electronic Times reported on Thursday citing unnamed industry sources. TSMC beat rival chipmaker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to make the processors using 10-nanometre manufacturing technology, the report said. Samsung and TSMC both supply the processors for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Michael Perry)


Disappearing act: Twitter reports flatlining user growth

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:45

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter set out to build a virtual town square bustling with billions of people. But it's starting to look more like a novelty stand as the masses flock to other services that strike a more personal chord.


Carly Fiorina's status update: Out of White House race

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:43

The Republican candidate bids farewell to her presidential aspirations via Facebook.


Elon Musk hasn't decided how much of the Model 3 to show next month

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:41

In response to a question about what we'll see of the car at its March 31st unveiling, CEO Elon Musk's reply was that he hasn't decided. It's unclear exactly how wide of a spectrum of options Musk is considering, though.


Facebook board member offends India. Facebook recoils

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:34

The famed tech investor Marc Andreessen put his foot in his mouth after India rejected a program backed by the social network. Now he's saying sorry.


Tesla expects to become profitable in 2016, shares surge

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:24

Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Wednesday promised investors that the electric luxury car maker would stop burning cash and start making money this year, sending the company's shares up sharply despite a wider fourth-quarter loss. Tesla shares rose more than 10 percent in after-hours trading after the company forecast a 60 to 80 percent increase in vehicle sales this year and promised it would turn a profit on an adjusted basis. Musk and the company's new chief financial officer, Jason Wheeler, used a conference call on Wednesday evening to assure investors that Tesla is determined to cut costs, hit production targets and stanch losses.


John Oliver hilariously nukes Coldplay’s Super Bowl performance

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:10
Were you thrilled by Coldplay's performance at the Super Bowl? Ha, ha, ha, of course you weren't! The ultimate nice-guy band from the U.K. gave a less-than-pulse-pounding performance of some of their hits at Sunday's big game before both Bruno Mars and Beyonce came onstage to steal the show. Fellow Brit John Oliver was as unimpressed with Coldplay's performance as most Americans were and he positively nuked the band this week during an appearance on  Late Night with Seth Meyers . FROM EARLIER:  8 incredible Airbnb rentals you’ll want to book for your next vacation While Meyers tried to diplomatically say that

Microsoft cuts 'dozens' more employees with its mobile unit: Report

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:56

Microsoft is continuing to cut employees connected with its mobile-phone business with a new round of cuts hitting employees in Finland, according to a new report.


Porsche is dead serious about taking on Tesla

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:35
Porsche may not be on board with self-driving cars, but it's certainly moving full steam ahead on plans to develop an electric car. According to a recent report from Reuters , the iconic German automaker recently said that it plans to invest approximately $1.12 billion in factory upgrades over the next few years to pave the way for Mission E production. On top of that, the company relayed its plans to create as many as 1,000 new jobs to bring its vision of an electric car to fruition. UP NEXT:  5 secret features hiding inside your iPhone Though a latecomer to the EV discussion, Porsche this past September unveiled its

Lots of free movies and TV shows hit the Web

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:34

A lot of services charge for movies and TV, but why bother paying?


12 Ways To Be More Productive That Actually Work

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:29

"I'm busy" is probably the second most popular phrase I hear from pretty much everyone around me. I've learned not to believe every person who tells me that. I am not necessarily calling them liars. It's just that most people seem to be oblivious of the differences between "busy" and "productive". Have you ever heard a productive person...


Twitter tweaks its timeline in pursuit of more users

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:29

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is tweaking the way that tweets appear in its users' timelines in its latest attempt to broaden the appeal of its messaging service.


Oculus VR announces Oculus Ready PCs and Rift bundles from Alienware, Asus, Dell

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:28

PCs certified by Oculus will start at $949, while pre-orders will begin next week for bundled desktops priced from $1,499 that include the virtual reality headset, an Xbox One controller, games, and more.