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Once price to rule them all. Or, um, something like that. Tesla today detailed a desire to make a car’s purchase price all-inclusive. For buyers, this means bundled insurance and maintenance as long as you own the car. It’s an outside-the-box plan, but one Tesla is already working on with its Asian customers. Customers in Asia are now offered a pricing package that covers common expenses of car ownership. And the plan is to start offering the same package across all markets in the future. Tesla VP of Global Investor Relations Jeff Evanson explains: We’ve been doing it quietly, but… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Combining Girl Scout cookies and video games is always a win. Now you can do it while helping the Scouts learn about coding. The Girl Scouts of San Diego have a Kickstarter for a game the Scouts will be making, Marshmallow Run. They’re hoping to raise $25,000 to fund the game’s design, which will be done entirely by Scouts as they learn about programming, game design, and project management. Marshmallow Run promises to be platformer game in which players guide cookies and marshmallows through Scout activities, like camping. It looks exactly as adorable as it sounds. Marshmallow Run is part of a special badge program offered… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple isn’t big on options. Its $159 headphone, the AirPod, is a prime example. It only comes in two colors: white, and the color white used to be after you’ve used it six months. Ahem, moving on. Colorware, the company behind the retro-themed iPhone and MacBook, is back at it. For the ridiculously ridiculous price of $289, you can gloss over the standard white, and customize your AirPods using one of 58 colors. Or, drop an additional $30 for a matching case. At the low cost of just $319 — double the price of existing AirPods — these attractive earbuds (and new matching case)… This story continues at The Next Web

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Do you want the good news, or the bad news? Tesla’s day really depends on how you frame it. After a less-than-stellar Q4 saw Tesla miss earnings by a wide margin, we still have reason for optimism. The disappointing earnings report took a turn for the better when Tesla representatives announced they were looking to build as many as five Gigafactories over the next few years. The first, Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada, is set to hit full capacity at some point next year. Once at full capacity, Musk’s 13 million square foot facility, would split production between Tesla Energy storage products,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Pack your bags, everyone! NASA announced today its discovered seven new Earth-sized planets, at least three of which could potentially support life. And, they are relatively close by. All of the planets orbit TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star roughly the size of Jupiter. The system is close to Earth, relatively speaking – TRAPPIST is located in the Aquarius constellation, less than 40 light years from us. The TRAPPIST-1 star & 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting it, are relatively close to us; located ~40 light-years away: https://t.co/QS80AnZ2Jg pic.twitter.com/GiKAFXyNvo — NASA (@NASA) February 22, 2017 What makes these exoplanets special is they are temperate – meaning… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: NASA

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AMD’s Ryzen desktop processors are finally here, and they’re poised to go directly into battle with Intel. Today, AMD unveiled their new powerhouse chip at a special event in San Francisco. These specific variants on the Ryzen 7 were front and center: The 1800X, the 1700x, and the 1700. The Ryzen 7 has eight cores, 16 threads, and is based on the Zen architecture, which uses a 14nm manufacturing process. According to AMD CEO Lisa Su, Zen shows a 52-percent improvement in instructions per cycle over the previous generation and is designed to consume less energy. Su also promised huge… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve got a problem that can only be resolved by speaking to a human being, you need Twitter. From airlines to supermarkets, companies have whole-heartedly embraced the platform as a way to acknowledge and resolve the issues of their customers. But there’s a problem. It’s a bit weird – inhuman, even – to hold a conversation with Tesco or United Airlines. They’re not people. They’re companies. Recognizing this is a bit off, Twitter has introduced custom profiles for Twitter, which it is currently trialling with US mobile carrier T-Mobile. Now, when you slide into T-Mobile’s DMs, you’ll see the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Following up on its test a couple of weeks ago, Instagram is making a major change to its platform: you can now share multiple images in a single post. The feature has long been available to advertisers, but this is the first time it’s becoming generally available to the public. To access the feature, simply press the new icon on the bottom right of your images you can select up to 10 of them. You can also tap and hold on images to change the order in which they appear. Your friends will then be able to swipe through the carousels… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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France has a nasty surprise in store for ill-intended drone pilots. Local military forces are training eagles to hunt down enemy drones in cases of incoming aerial attacks, The Washington Post reports. The four eagles – named d’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, like the characters from the literary classic The Three Musketeers – hatched last year, but have only recently mastered to perfection the art of snatching tiny aircrafts from the sky. Now they’re about to spread their wings out into the wild. Earlier this month, d’Artagnan leapt off a military control tower and across a large field to cover 200 meters in 20… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s not selfish to go into business with expansion in mind. But expanding too quickly can cause serious growing pains. As tempting as it may seem, the real signs that your business is ready for the next level includes more than just cash flow and distribution demands. So how do you know you’re really ready? There are four major areas you need to get right – strategy, people, execution, and ambition. Here are some helpful tips to see if you’re growing on a whim or if your startup is, in fact, ready to scale. Have a strategy for growth As the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Machine learning has provided humanity with a powerful tool for creating horrid images of doom. Not only in the figurative ‘AI will kill us all’ sense, but also in the literal ‘OMG LOOK AT THIS ‘ sense. Remember Google’s DeepDream? Now you do. No image, however innocent or cute, is safe from being transformed into a nightmare that can only be dreamt up by a depraved inhuman mind, whose sole purpose is to take all that is beautiful and turn it into something rotten. Take this splendid picture I drew of a cool cat giving the hang-loose sign, as cool cats… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ever since its widespread release last August, developers everywhere have been digging into all the new features of the Android 7 operating system known as Nougat. You can now learn the best tricks those trailblazers found in one place with this comprehensive Ultimate Android N Development Bundle. The collected ins and outs of Android’s most powerful OS yet are available to you right now for only $39 (a 90 percent saving) from TNW Deals. Whether you’re a complete novice or a reasonably skilled vet, this five-course bundle featuring 45 hours of Android immersion will walk you through the whole process of creating… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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It’s not just you: Numerous users are reporting experiencing downtime on Facebook. It appears the issue is mostly affecting netizens in Europe, but US users in some areas have also confirmed experiencing the outage. The Twitterverse was quick to notice the downtime too: Facebook is currently down for people in these regions…#facebookdown pic.twitter.com/HTo7gVhEFd — Matt Navarra ⭐️ (@MattNavarra) February 22, 2017 Facebook is down since https://t.co/DZGGWz5dSwhttps://04:09 AM EST/facebookRT if it's down for you as well #facebookdown pic.twitter.com/mY7b0YA3PT — Outage Report (@ReportOutage) February 22, 2017Or just read more coverage about: Facebook

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If you’ve ever watched someone wear and use a VR headset, you know how odd they look with a high-tech blindfold on. That’s not good for demonstrating the emerging technology, especially while it still has a lot to prove before it enters the mainstream. That’s why Google’s Research arm and Daydream Labs have partnered to figure out a way to let spectators see VR headset users’ full faces while they’re immersed in an experience – as if the headsets were practically invisible. The end goal is to allow for less awkward demonstrations of VR technology and experiences on video. To… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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At its Future Decoded event in Mumbai, India, today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the launch of Skype Lite, a retooled version of its voice and video calling service, designed for use in areas with limited connectivity on Android devices. The new app takes up just 13MB of space and will support nine regional languages, as well as chatbots for connected services. It also lets you read and reply to SMS messages, and includes a tool to help you track your mobile data usage. There are also chatbots to bring you content like news and sports scores. Microsoft began building… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft,Skype

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Commuters in Tempe, Arizona can now hail a self-driving Uber, as the company has begun testing its autonomous vehicles in the city with the blessings of the state government. News of the trials follow a ban on Uber’s self-driving cabs in San Francisco last December; the company was barred from testing those vehicles for failing to register them, and was subsequently invited to Arizona by Governor Doug Ducey. This is the third city where Uber will be putting its autonomous taxis to the test; it first rolled them out in Pittsburgh back in August 2016. Want to try one? Just… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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I normally don’t scour the internet for printer ads, but HP’s latest retro commercial is an absolute gem that’s worth watching till the end. To demonstrate the speed of its new PageWide printer, HP hit up the adorably awkward Computer Show, a webseries that parodies now-ancient TV programs like PBS’ Computer Chronicles, about futuristic technology. Host Gary Fabert talks to two HP executives about how their new printer is like “those hats with two cans of beer,” and then challenges them to pit their newfangled product against a dot matrix model supplied by an employee from a local print shop… This story continues at The Next Web

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LG has been teasing us about its upcoming G6 while we await Mobile World Congress – not to mention the myriad of leaks. Now the company has released the results of a survey “in celebration” of the device. The queries asked American users what features they most wanted in a smartphone, as well as their biggest grievances with current or older ones. Given the context, it’s pretty obvious LG is planning on addressing those points with the G6. Here’s a summary of the results: 95 percent of users surveyed said they “feel that having a large screen size is essential.” In fact, a big screen… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: LG

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Facebook is reportedly in talks with Major League Baseball to bring streaming games to the platform. The deal — which insiders are describing as 50/50 at this point — could be a boon for the company. Facebook has displayed an increase focus on video of late, and a streaming deal with one of the “big three” American sports (football, baseball, basketball) certainly wouldn’t hurt. A Reuters report says the deal would be for one game a week to start — and one we hope that’s more entertaining than the historically ho-hum Thursday Night NFL games found on Twitter. For Twitter, the lucrative NFL deal… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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A runaway bull in Queens got millions of views on Facebook Live during its short stint of freedom. The New York Times reports the bull escaped from the Aziz Slaughter House in Jamaica at 10 a.m. and was spotted 20 minutes later by frantic 911 callers. Within minutes, a news helicopter had spotted the bull, and the footage was streamed to Facebook Live. At the time of writing, the ABC7NY broadcast had been viewed over 1 million times. Live footage of the bull’s capture on CBS New York’s Facebook page had over 23,000 views. Twitter also lit up with videos,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Say goodbye to bags, luggage, and purses – and hello to your own cargo ‘bot. Piaggio – the company behind the Vespa scooter – created “Gita,” a ball-shaped blue robot whose name means “short journey.” Piaggio says that Gita rolls after its owner on two wheels at speeds up to 22 mph, and carries items up to 40 lbs. Gita creates a map of its surroundings using a network of cameras and sensors on its round body. This allows it to navigate without supervision, and park itself in a safe spot once stopped. It follows its owner thanks to an electric belt, but… This story continues at The Next Web

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Two self-driving racecars put the pedal to the metal this weekend in Buenos Aires. The prototype racers put in 20 laps, each topping 115 miles per hour at the Puerto Madero street circuit before one of their days came to an abrupt end. We’ve been stoked about Roborace since Formula E first made the announcement over a year ago. Unlike Formula E — an electronic vehicle racing circuit — Roborace vehicles have no driver. Instead, engineers focus on who can build the best AI. In Roborace’s case, “best” means the one capable of piloting a car around a track faster than nine other… This story continues at The Next Web

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Want to remind everyone that America Online was a thing in the 90s? Urban Outfitters thinks you do. UO is selling an (admittedly comfy-looking) t-shirt emblazoned with the familiar AOL triangle logo for $45. That’s almost $20 more than you’d pay for AOL’s most expensive subscription service, and the latter comes with a Verizon discount. Not that the price is a big surprise – you go to Urban Outfitters when you want to disappoint Macklemore. As nostalgia goes, the AOL logo has more memories tied to it than most; the familiar “triangle swirl” design was around for 15 years. But… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: AOL

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It’s not just you: YouTube is down for many users. The outage appears to be mostly affecting European users. YouTube is working fine for TNW writers stateside (though we’ve seen some intermittent outage), but multiple European staff  members are getting a ‘500 Internal Server Error’ message. Youtube is dead pic.twitter.com/53dcydbLzt — where am i (@Bamanboi) February 21, 2017 YouTube is having issues… it’s not just you! #youtubedown pic.twitter.com/XnFTGjrlUx — Matt Navarra ⭐️ (@MattNavarra) February 21, 2017 Downdetector shows that YouTube has been having intermittent issues since 9:47 AM ET – again, concentrated around Europe – with reports spiking recently. We’re contacting YouTube… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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When it comes to innovation in the delivery space, nobody comes even remotely close to UPS. The iconic courier company has figured out several different ways to increase the fuel efficiency of its vehicles, while simultaneously lowering delivery times. For example, did you know that UPS routes drivers using the least-possible left turns? It sounds counterintuitive, but the move has saved 20.4 million miles, and allowed it to deliver 350,000 more packages. It’s for this reason why I’m not even remotely surprised UPS is getting into the drone delivery space, which promises to explode as the technology behind it becomes… This story continues at The Next Web

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