Tesla

Finally, Apple car coming in 2028

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Interior of a Tesla car with text
With the Apple car project facing drastic cutbacks in the ambition department, insiders reported it might be a "Tesla 'me-too product.'"
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Apple still plans to put a car on the road, but the release date for the Apple car is sometime in 2028, according to a new report.

Designers had to slam the brakes on hopes for full self-driving capabilities. The electric vehicle allegedly will offer some driver-assistance capabilities but these will fall far short of full autonomy. Still, with the downgraded feature set, the product has a better chance of hitting its deadline than before.

Tesla sneaks Apple Music integration into museum exhibit

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Tesla's interface in the museum exhibit showed Apple Music integration.
Tesla's interface in the museum exhibit showed Apple Music integration.
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It looks like a software update might soon bring Apple Music to Tesla vehicles’ built-in systems at long last. And this modern possibility comes to us from, of all places, a museum exhibit.

Folks spotted Apple Music integrated with Tesla prototype vehicles on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and the tweets followed.

Apple car is a hit before it’s even announced

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Apple CarPlay's interface will be more integrated, and perhaps more Apple Car-like, in iOS 16
Apple CarPlay's interface in iOS 16 may reveal the instrument panel for a future Apple Car.
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Although Apple has yet to even admit it’s working on a self-driving electric vehicle, plenty of people want to buy a car from Cupertino. Almost a third of recent car buyers say they’d consider an Apple car. And that includes more than half of Tesla owners.

It seems clear that if the Mac-maker can transform itself into an automaker, it could have a real hit on its hands.

Elon Musk splashes $3 billion to become Twitter’s largest shareholder

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Elon Musk spends $3 billion on Twitter
What's next for Musk and Twitter?
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has acquired a 9% stake in Twitter worth almost $3 billion. The purchase, revealed in a recent regulatory filing, gets Musk a whopping 73,486,938 shares in the popular social media platform.

Despite being described as a passive investment, one analyst believes the move is “just the start” of Musk’s involvement with Twitter.

Clever hack finally brings CarPlay to your Tesla

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CarPlay on a Tesla
A Raspberry Pi makes it all possible.
Photo: Michał Gapiński

Tesla refuses to add CarPlay to its vehicles, so you’re stuck with the company’s own infotainment system — which doesn’t have it own Apple Music app. Or you can hack together a CarPlay upgrade by yourself.

Polish developer Michał Gapiński did exactly that by using a clever trick that involves Tesla’s built-in web browser and a Raspberry Pi. And, believe it or not, everything works exactly as intended.

Elon Musk: Don’t waste money on ‘silly’ Apple Polishing Cloth, buy our $50 Tesla whistle

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Tesla's $50 whistle
It's already sold out!
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk thinks you should avoid wasting your money on a “silly” Apple Polishing Cloth and instead spend it on his company’s $50 Cyberwhistle.

Inspired by Cybertruck, the limited-edition collectible — which is not a joke — is made from medical-grade stainless steel with a polished finish. It also features “an integrated attachment feature for added versatility.”

This $8,400 iPhone 13 contains a real piece of Tesla car

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Tesla Electro iPhone 13
It also includes a portrait of Elon Musk.
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Caviar is back with another crazy (and wildly expensive) custom iPhone. Its latest model, which is dubbed the Tesla Electro, contains a real piece from a Tesla car and is available in iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max versions.

You can get yours with up to 1TB of storage, but be warned that prices can reach an eye-watering $8,380.

F**k you! How Tim Cook responded when Elon Musk demanded his job

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Tesla’s Elon Musk allegedly once demanded to become Apple CEO. It didn’t go well.
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Many people think Apple’s refusal to buy Tesla when the car-maker was struggling was a serious mistake. But it turns out there might have been a previously unknown condition of the deal that made Apple immediately end negotiations: Tesla’s Elon Musk reportedly wanted to become Apple CEO.

Elon Musk takes a couple of digs at Apple during Tesla earnings call

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Hasn't always been nice about Apple in the past.
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Elon Musk took a couple of potshots at Apple during Tesla’s Monday earnings call. The Tesla and SpaceX boss started by claiming that Apple uses more cobalt in its batteries than Tesla. He later on talked about “walled gardens” in tech, and fake-coughed while saying Apple’s name.

This isn’t the first time that Musk, who currently has a net worth of $160 billion, has dissed Apple.

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.

Time magazine picks 3 Apple products as best gadgets of the decade

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iPad obviously makes the list (but Apple Pencil doesn't).
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Time magazine’s pick of the “10 best gadgets of the 2010s” is out, and perhaps unsurprisingly, three of them are Apple products.

iPad, Apple Watch, and AirPods were all chosen as some of the “most important and influential gadgets” of the decade. Other products include the Nintendo Switch, Tesla Model S, and the Amazon Echo.

Elon Musk borrowed Steve Jobs’ ‘One more thing’ trick for Cybertruck event

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Elon Musk learned from the best.
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Elon Musk borrowed Steve Jobs’ trademark “One more thing” announcement at the end of Thursday’s unveiling of its electric pickup, the Cybertruck.

Gearing to leave the stage after showing off the futuristic vehicle, Musk stopped for one last announcement. “Oh by the way, we made an ATV,” he said, before it was driven onto the stage.

Tesla wants Apple’s help in solving IP theft

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Tesla and Apple have something in common.
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Tesla and Apple have previously engaged in a sort of cold war over next-gen car technologies. However, Elon Musk’s automotive company is now seeking help from Apple — to catch a suspected thief.

The issue involves a lawsuit put forward by Tesla against a former employee, who jumped ship to a Chinese rival while in possession of Tesla secrets. Apple has faced a similar problem in the past.