Apple turned down offer to buy Tesla on the cheap

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The Tesla Model 3 is the company’s sedan
When Tesla was struggling to launch the Model 3, the CEO investigated selling the company to Apple.
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Apple could have bought electric automaker Tesla at a bargain price, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. But Apple’s chief executive wasn’t interested.

Musk revealed this historic bombshell Tuesday, alongside his comments on a recent report about Apple’s plans for a self-driving vehicle.

Enter to win a new Tesla Model 3 (while supporting a good cause)

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Tesla giveaway: Enter for your chance to win Tesla's latest super-safe, super-fast, futuristic electric car.
Enter for your chance to win Tesla's latest-super safe, super-fast, futuristic electric car.
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Being cooped up just makes the allure of the open road even stronger. And what better way to hit the road than in a brand-new Tesla? We can’t think of an answer either!

We’re extra-excited about this chance to win a 2021 Tesla Model 3 — and support a great charity in the process.

Tesla owner accidentally butt-dials a $4,280 in-app purchase on his iPhone

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A Tesla Model X similar to this one crashed in 2018.
Sounds like the Tesla app could do with a bit of work.
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Accidentally butt-dialing someone is annoying. Finding out that you just butt-dialed your way to a $4,280 in-app purchase is a whole lot worse.

That’s exactly what happened to Dr. Ali Vaziri, a physician who was recently surprised to find that he had upgraded to a pricey Enhanced Autopilot mode on his Tesla — by hitting an option on the iPhone app when he didn’t even realize the app was open.

‘Embarrassingly late’ Tesla app update will introduce two-factor authentication

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A Tesla Model X similar to this one crashed in 2018.
Tesla's app lets owners remotely operate vehicle features.
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The official Tesla app is finally getting two-factor authentication (2FA) — in an update that Tesla CEO Elon Musk himself admits is “embarrassingly late.”

2FA is necessary for the Tesla app because it allows users to remotely control features such as locking and unlocking the vehicle, locating it, flashing its lights, and more. The addition of extra security is therefore something that would be extremely useful.

NTSB criticizes Apple for role in fatal Tesla crash

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A Tesla Model X similar to this one crashed in 2018.
Sounds like the Tesla app could do with a bit of work.
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The National Transportation Safety Board criticized Tesla for a 2018 crash that killed the driver, but also said Apple played a role in the accident.

The driver was an Apple employee, and was using his iPhone with the car in Tesla’s Autopilot mode.

Shrewd millennial investors make Apple their top stock pick

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Apple waives developer fees for nonprofits, others in 8 additional countries
AAPL shares have been boomin the last 12 months.
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Millennials don’t just love Apple for the iPhone. Turns out AAPL is also their favorite stock.

A recent survey of over 734,000 portfolios from US-based investors with an average age of 31 found that Apple and Amazon are the two most popular stocks with young investors by a long shot.

Flash powerbank promises speedy recharges with graphene batteries

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Chargeasap Flash powerbank with MacBook and iPhone
Chargeasap Flash powerbank uses Tesla graphene battery cells for faster charges.
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Chargeasap Flash holds 20,000 mAh, and can transfer that power to MacBooks at up to 100W. This newly-released powerbank sports USB-C and USB-A ports, and even wireless charging for Apple Watch.

At its heart are four Tesla Lithium Polymer Graphene Composite Battery Cells.