Are you ready for October 21, 2015? That’s the date that Marty McFly arrives in the future — at least according to the second Back to the Future movie. But if you’re planning on watching the trilogy to celebrate, you’ll only have one streaming option: Amazon Prime.
The team at iFixit is learning a hard, hard lesson about the importance of honoring developer agreements. Apple has banned an iFixit developer account (and consequently, the iFixit app) after the repair-it-yourself outfit tore down a pre-release Apple TV sent out to developers, violating Apple’s terms and conditions. The crew just couldn’t resist deconstructing new gear, apparently. Before you ask, though, iFixit isn’t trying to stir up internet drama. It knew the risks going in, and isn’t about to fight a decision that most anyone could see coming a mile away. This will have ramifications if you relied on iFixit’s (admittedly old) native app for tips: if you’re on iOS, you’ll have to use the company’s mobile website for help from now on. The tradeoff won’t be all that damaging, but it’s safe to say that other devs will think twice about prying open gear that isn’t strictly off-the-shelf.
The first owners are finally taking delivery of the gull-door’d electric on-road SUV they’ve been waiting about three years for: the Tesla Model X. Here’s what we learned from a close look and a quick spin around the parking lot.
While the EPA is promising to toughen up emissions tests
in the aftermath of the Volkswagen cheating scandal, Tesla founder Elon Musk has a slightly different take: Gas is dead and it’s time to go electric, people.
To make the London Underground greener and more cost effective, Transport for London (TfL) has been trialling a new system that collects and recycles waste energy from train brakes. Over the course of a week, the company says it’s been able to capture electricity at a rate of 1 Megawatt hour per day — enough to slash 5 per cent off its energy bill. The salvaged energy could also be used to run a station as large as Holborn for at least two days every week, TfL claims. The "state-of-the-art regenerative breaking system" is dependent on a new "inverter" set up at a substation near Cloudesely Road, where TfL manages the power sent to the Victoria Line. The "world-first" setup also reduces the amount of heat that’s normally produced by the train’s brakes. Recovering power could, therefore, keep London’s Tube cooler and reduce TfL’s operating costs, leading to cheaper fares. The "inverter" is now in operation full-time, but only on the Victoria line — all the same, it’s good to see TfL exploring new ways to modernise its iconic transport network.
BlackBerry’s upcoming Android phone has been called "Venice" for quite some time, but that’s apparently nothing but a moniker meant to be shed and replaced by its real model name. According to Evleaks and N4BB, it will be released as the BlackBerry Priv, presumably due to its privacy features. Evleaks also revealed a new stock photo of the phone, which you can see below the fold. Don’t expect to see anything new, though: it’s still a QWERTY slider with a curved screen and an 18-megapixel camera. Hopefully, we’ll find out more about it and its release date soon. If the device turns out to have killer features, then it doesn’t matter what it’s called: after all, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
Although Mystery Science Theater 3000 was dedicated to making fun of bad movies, not all the movies the show featured were truly awful. Many were merely crappy, but some of them were so ineptly made, so heinous, so unwatchable that trying to imagine viewing them without Joel, Mike and the ’Bots is terrifying. Here are the most wretched movies they had to sit through—and no, Manos: The Hands of Fate is not #1.
Android updates take forever. While that’s okay most of the time
, it can be a problem when a new, terrible security vulnerability is found
. Whether you want to protect your phone, or just can’t wait for new updates, here’s how to skip the line and update your Nexus phone (and occasionally other devices) manually.
Drivers commuting into Manhattan will soon have more options for charging up their Model S. Tesla plans to put charging units in two dozen garages around the borough through an upcoming partnership. The units will offer quicker 240-volt charging, besting the speeds of regular ol’ household outlet. Of course, scattering the stations around Manhattan also means the stress of pre-planning the route home is reduced a bit. The list of participating garages includes the parking decks at hotels like the Waldorf Astoria, too. This latest effort follows the installation of charging stations along major highways as part of Tesla’s plan to offer more places for drivers to replenish those batteries and cure the so-called range anxiety. "We wanted to move to an urban charging network that meets the needs of those who live in apartments or commute into a big city," Tesla’s Alexis Georgeson told The New York Times. "Naturally, Manhattan was the place to try this for the first time."
First, I would like to say congrats to him for being open and honest about his struggles regarding this topic. Yesterday I went on a Google/Youtube wormhole trying to figure out what was going on with him and Lisa (his now ex-girlfriend) but his new video has answered all my questions
This news isn’t so much a surprise, but the revelation makes sense as a Youtube follower of his for many years.There were a lot of things that didn’t make sense but his “coming out” put context on the changes he made in the past year.
There was his “new office” he got last year, which I always thought he moved out of his place which he shared with his ex-girlfriend (FF to 1 minute 55 seconds):
He was asked if he was bi-sexual by a fan, and he didn’t deny it outright (youtube vid removed shortly after composing this. Found video grab):
He got into drag in a video with Willam from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Willam sensed that he wasn’t “straight” (2 minutes 05 seconds):
BUT … WHATEVER!!
He is living his life openly and honestly – and I wish the best. I hope that these changes will make him a happier person.
Eventually, you might not have to find a charging station when you park your electric car downtown — pedestrians could do the work instead. Pavegen has teamed up with Tesla to show off an experimental charger that tops up your EV through kinetic ene…
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