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If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time thinking about what cars you would convert to electric power. I’ve wondered about electrifying all manner of cars, but one car I have NEVER wondered about electrifying is an old VW T3 Transporter flatbed truck. It seems not everyone thinks like me. Last year, a bunch of Germans put a Tesla drivetrain in one very green VW T3. You can imagine what happened, it’s silent chaos. But watch the video above and see for yourself. Do EVs excite your electrons? Do ebikes get your wheels spinning? Do self-driving cars…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Lawmakers in Washington state passed a bill last night that has effectively given a death sentence to gasoline-powered vehicles. In short The bill requires all passenger and light-duty vehicles sold or registered in 2030 or later to be powered by electricity. That’s five years earlier than California, which has been seen as a progressive trendsetter in the US. But not anymore! It seems Washington is set to take that crown. An important detail It sounds simple enough, but there is a caveat, and the state isn’t simply banning cars. The new bill runs alongside the roll-out of a road-usage charge. Only…This story continues at The Next Web

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Not even luxury sportscar brands will be able to avoid the pivot to electric power. Ferrari’s boss, John Elkann has said that the prancing horse will launch its first fully-electric model in 2025, Autocar reports. Speaking during the company’s annual general meeting, Elkann said, “You can be sure this will be everything you dream the engineers and designers at Maranello can imagine for such a landmark in our history.” Ferrari is no stranger to partially electric drivetrains, it has been using mild-hybrid systems to boost power since its 2013 La Ferrari. In 2019, the company unveiled the SF90 Stradale, a…This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s data collection practices have landed the search giant in hot water down under. Australia’s federal court found that the company had misled Android users about the location data collected through their mobile devices. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched the legal action against Google back in 2019. It argued that if a consumer disabled the “Location History” setting on their device, but left “Web & App Activity” on, Google continued to collect, store, and use their personally identifiable location data. Credit: ACCCThe case revolved around data collected between 2017 and 2018. Justice Thomas Thawley agreed that the firm had “partially”…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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I love my home office chair — deeply. It feels like sitting in a hug. Before 2020, I would only see it a few hours a day. The rest of the time, I’d work in co-working spaces and coffee shops, which I walk to. It kept me active. The pandemic changed that — my chair became part of my body. I coded there, I had meetings there, I ate my meals there, I happy hour’d with friends there, and I watched Netflix there. I rocked my whiny kids there. I did everything in that chair, and my body started to…This story continues at The Next Web

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9to5Google spotted a neat update to Google’s search engine on desktop: a handy keyboard shortcut to return your cursor to the search box, so you can edit your query or enter a new one. Say you’re on Google.com, and you enter a search term. After the results load, simply hit the / key to focus on the search box, and you can resume typing in there right away. That’s it, thanks for reading. H/T EngadgetThis story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Cozy Grove is an exploration and adventure game from developer Spry Fox. It was recently released on consoles and I managed to get my hands on a review copy for the Nintendo Switch. I normally don’t play these kinds of games but there was something special about this one: ghost bears. The big idea: Cozy Grove is a game in the same genre as Animal Crossing. It’s safe to say that fans of one would probably enjoy spending time with the other. But, as mentioned, Cozy Grove has ghost bears. That might sound like a weak comparison, but the ghost bears are really cute. Okay,…This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s never a dull moment in tech. Elon Musk and Ford CEO Jim Farley got into it on Twitter yesterday after a new Ford advertisement seemingly tossed shade at Tesla’s Autopilot. Heads up: The real lead here is that Ford’s new BlueCruise kit, a driverless car system, will launch on certain Mustang and F-150 models. Can we all take a moment to recognize how awesome the idea of an autonomous Mustang in the future is? But: Elon being Elon, there was no way the news was ever going to be about anything other than him. BlueCruise! We tested it in…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Instagram has apologized for a “mistake” that led its algorithm to promote harmful diet content to people with eating disorders. The social network had been automatically recommending terms including “appetite suppressant,” which campaigners feared could lead vulnerable people to relapse. Facebook, which owns Instagram, told the BBC that the suggestions were triggered by a new search functionality: As part of this new feature, when you tap on the search bar, we’ll suggest topics you may want to search for. Those suggestions, as well as the search results themselves, are limited to general interests, and weight loss should not have been one…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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Twitter has launched a new initiative called “Responsible ML” that will investigate the harms caused by the platform’s algorithms. The company said on Wednesday that it will use the findings to improve the experience on Twitter: This may result in changing our product, such as removing an algorithm and giving people more control over the images they Tweet, or in new standards into how we design and build policies when they have an outsized impact on one particular community. The move comes amid mounting concerns around social media algorithms amplifying biases and spreading conspiracy theories. [Read: The biggest tech trends of 2021, according…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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We all know the term ‘wireless’ headphones is a big fat lie. No matter how long the battery life, you eventually need to charge them. And guess what: that involves a wire! Even with so-called wireless charging headphones, the charging stand involves a wire too. Urbanista‘s new Los Angeles headphones are solar-powered, so they can rightfully be called wireless headphones. At $199, they promise to never need to be connected so long as you have access to light — sunlight or otherwise. This is despite the fact that they feature active noise cancelation and ambient sound modes, features that use…This story continues at The Next Web

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This article was written by has·to·be gmbh on The Urban Mobility Daily, the content site of the Urban Mobility Company, a Paris-based company which is moving the business of mobility forward through physical and virtual events and services. Join their community of 10K+ global mobility professionals by signing up for the Urban Mobility Weekly newsletter. Read the original article here and follow them on Linkedin and Twitter. The Top 3 Reasons Why Fleets are Switching to EVs 1. Cost Savings The number one reason fleets go electric is to save costs on multiple fronts. The most obvious of these is fuel, but electric cars can also escape the…This story continues at The Next Web

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Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! When it was time to pick a school for my youngest daughter, we visited a few to see which one would be a good fit. The first one was the most prestigious, and it showed. They were well prepared, all the information was readily available, and nothing was left to chance. The second school we visited was…This story continues at The Next Web

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Every so often, a new car comes along that makes me think I’ve seen it somewhere before. If you look at the images below and think today is one of those days, you’d be mistaken. The car below is a totally new car — and looks nothing like a VW Beetle from a bygone era. Chinese outfit, Great Wall Motors and its electric focused sub-brand Ora really hit it out of the park when it comes to originality. Credit: Car News ChinaThis is the side profile of the not-a-Beetle EV by Great Wall Motors. If you think this looks like a Beetle you’re wrong, and…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: From charging pads to power hubs to chargers with some extra special abilities, these 10 charging stations are all on sale now at up to 69 percent off. When charging stations do their job, you never think about ‘em. It’s only when there’s a problem like too little power, too few outputs, or just not fitting your space that you start thinking about your current charging needs — and think there must be a better way. There is. Right now, we’ve pulled together 10 charging stations and charging accessories all available in the TNW Deals Store, all ready to…This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has worked to refine the accuracy, visuals, and functionality of Google Earth over the years, making it the closest many of us will ever get to travel the world. But today Google Earth is getting its biggest update in years with the addition of one new layer: time. The app is launching a feature called Timeline that lets you see how the planet is changing over the years, gathering millions of satellite images from 1984 to 2020. Some of these visuals are stunning — and terrifying, in the cases where they show our planet’s waning forests and global warming. As…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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This article was written by Juan Btesh on The Urban Mobility Daily, the content site of the Urban Mobility Company, a Paris-based company which is moving the business of mobility forward through physical and virtual events and services. Join their community of 10K+ global mobility professionals by signing up for the Urban Mobility Weekly newsletter. Read the original article here and follow them on Linkedin and Twitter. One of the pain points of micromobility operators is to figure out how to keep their dockless fleet charged and available to use. When it all started, this was carried out by gig economy…This story continues at The Next Web

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I spend so much time on Google Docs that I do my best not to think about it. But I was forced to today — because Google Docs is acting weird. There were issues. Firstly, I couldn’t select any text on Google Docs. Secondly, much of this text was running off the page. The technical term for this, I believe, is “a shitter.” On top of this, Google Sheets was layering text over the top of itself, making it impossible to read anything. And, I don’t know about you, but reading tends to be a big part of my Google…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Pulsars are one of the more intriguing objects in the sky, radiating regular flashes of electromagnetic energy, which can (sometimes) be seen from Earth. Flashing with astonishing regularity, these objects are stellar corpses of massive stars that met their demise in supernovae. When beams of energy are aligned just right, they can be seen from Earth as regular pulses of light. Occasionally, pulsars produce unpredictable giant radio pulses (GRPs) — short-lived bursts of energy far more powerful than the flashes coming from the stellar corpse itself. New observations show X-ray emissions from the pulsar at the heart of the Crab…This story continues at The Next Web

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For a lot of car nerds, the passion began before they could even drive, with toy cars like the diecast scale models made by Matchbox. Matchbox might be single-handedly responsible for getting more kids into cars than anyone, or anything, else. That company is the reason I smile every time I see an E31 era BMW 8 Series. Now, in keeping with the times, Matchbox is releasing a bunch of new models of electric vehicles, including the Tesla Roadster, Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, i8, and an e-Star delivery van. Credit: MatchboxMatchbox is updating its product line with a host of…This story continues at The Next Web

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For many people, selling a business for $50 million is a win. But for venture capitalists, it’s a poor outcome. VC success is defined as achieving top quartile return status among your peers. In other words, go big or go home.  At the same time, barriers to building software are falling exponentially. Many startups are lost in a sea of commoditization, running on other people’s platforms, integrations, go-to-market channels, and data management technologies. Many don’t have a lot of differentiation because their business is a collection of a whole bunch of other people’s stuff. How do you go big in…This story continues at The Next Web

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Some five years after it went down, the Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima and Reed Albergotti have shed light on how the US Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) managed to unlock an iPhone belonging to the terrorist involved in the San Bernardino shooting of 2015 that saw 14 people killed. The agency’s method for cracking the code has been a secret until now. The FBI initially sought Apple’s help to gain access to the locked iPhone, in the hopes of uncovering information to aid in its investigation. While Apple offered some assistance, it stopped short of creating a backdoor that would break…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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The past year or so has been one of the most interesting periods for smartphone design since the early days of iOS and Android. After the bezel wars of a few years ago, we’re now seeing companies explore wackier form factors that break the typical. We’ve seen phones that can fold and phones that can roll, so it was only a matter of time until somebody combined the two. That’s precisely what TCL has done with its new “Fold ‘n Roll” concept. Behold (start around the 30-minute mark): The device has a hinge that can both fold as well as…This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon today announced a new set of Echo Buds, promising improvements to the sound quality and noise-canceling abilities of the original while maintaining a low price of $120 — less than half the price of the AirPods Pro, its most obvious competitor. That’s cheaper than most earbuds with ANC in general, too. The earbuds have a sleeker design available in either black or white, and, crucially, are 20% smaller than their predecessor. It also uses shorter nozzles that are less likely to dig up earwax and is vented to reduce pressure on the ear. There are many times I’ve tested a…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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The much-anticipated Nemesis expansion for Stellaris launches tomorrow alongside the game’s free 3.0 patch. I managed to get my hands on a review copy so I could “be the crisis,” and I have some early impressions. First things first: Nemesis is primarily an end-game enhancing DLC. But its accompanying free update has a little something for everyone including much-needed improvements to early game scenarios such as making first contact with alien species and a wonderfully-implemented version of Europa Universalis IV’s espionage system. What’s good: The biggest changes with Nemesis occur during the end game. Players will have several new options in…This story continues at The Next Web

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