The Morning After: Volkswagen’s ‘Voltswagen’ rebrand can’t be real, can it?

Plenty of Tesla house owners (and individuals who hope to personal Teslas at some point) love their electrical vehicles. But do they love them sufficient to pay for the automobile twice? factors out a development the place a number of current consumers who paid for his or her vehicles with direct debit funds say their financial institution accounts have been charged twice. That’s annoying when it occurs with a film ticket or a pair of sneakers, however can be backbreaking if it’s a $53,000 SUV.

To make issues worse, whereas Tesla’s zero-contact deliveries and distant service stations can make it handy to get a automobile, it’s apparently not really easy to contact somebody who can work out a option to reverse the fees. These prospects are nonetheless ready to get the scenario labored out, however at the very least one among them , in order that Model Y should be a tremendous car.

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The federal authorities will help builders by fast-tracking permits.


The White House has introduced it will designate the New York Bight, an space of shallow water off the coast of Long Island, as a brand new precedence zone for offshore wind tasks. The plan additionally lays out a goal of constructing 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind tasks nationwide by 2030. To assist attain that objective, alongside dashing up the allow course of, the Biden administration is investing $230 million in the direction of any ports that may help these tasks. It may even put up $3 billion in funding by way of the . Continue studying.

This near April 1st, we can’t be certain about something.

On Monday, the automaker prematurely revealed an incomplete press launch to its web site that it deliberate to share on April twenty ninth. VW shortly took down the announcement, however not earlier than CNBC managed to get take a look at it. A rebranding will reportedly see Volkswagen EVs function a badge that bears the brand new Voltswagen branding and a lighter-blue VW brand. Any gas-powered vehicles the company sells transferring ahead will function solely the basic VW emblem within the automaker’s signature darkish blue. Continue studying.

Why shouldn’t you play Mario wherever you need?

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We took the 2021 F-150 Platinum trim stage to the center of a subject . Relaxing within the snug, luxurious cab with our laptop computer was a breeze, and we additionally ventured exterior to see simply what number of issues we may plug in and use in an space extra generally related to cows and sheep than players and cooks. Continue studying.

A Stadia replace is coming later this week.

Cyberpunk 2077’s 1.2 patch is now obtainable to obtain on PC and consoles and consists of varied efficiency enhancements that ought to make the most important distinction on lower-end PCs and former era consoles. Oh, and also you’ll now be in a position to purchase all-important cat meals at shops throughout Night City. Continue studying.

In a presumably misguided bid to beat a ‘GBBO’ champion.

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Google Cloud AI is taking over a Great British Bake Off winner in a dessert face-off. Sara Robinson, an beginner baker and Google Cloud developer advocate, constructed a machine studying mannequin that examined a whole lot of baking recipes (together with ones for traybakes, cookies and scones) to assist her provide you with a brand new one.

The end result included a Marmite-infused buttercream frosting, after Google Trends recognized that “Is Marmite sweet or savory” was a prime search associated to “sweet and salty.” Peter Sawkins, the 2020 Great British Bake Off champion, created his personal Maltesers cake, utilizing soy sauce. I am certain hope they style higher than they sound. Continue studying.

Augmented actuality headsets may result in hands-free ‘Pokémon Go’ and far more.

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Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke has been speaking up the potential of augmented actuality by way of high-tech glasses since at the very least 2017, and his company is getting nearer to creating {that a} actuality. Hanke has tweeted an intriguing teaser picture that appears like a detailed view of AR glasses, full with lenses and a small speaker. The company that introduced us Pokemon Go is preserving busy. Alongside its AR push, there’s additionally a in improvement. Continue studying.

And a brand new digital camera sensor from Samsung.

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Xiaomi is now again with a beefed up mannequin of its newest flagship cellphone. The new Mi 11 Ultra is the primary smartphone to make use of Samsung’s extra highly effective ISOCELL GN2 sensor for its primary digital camera, and to get probably the most out of it, the system packs a small display subsequent to the rear cameras for higher-quality selfies. The 1.1-inch AMOLED display (126 x 294) serves as a mirror for taking higher selfies and doubles as a notification display or an always-on show.

There are flagship options elsewhere, together with a 6.81-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate. In addition to the Snapdragon 888 processor, there’s as much as 12GB of RAM and as much as 512GB of storage, together with a denser 5,000mAh silicon oxide anode battery and 67W quick charging — each wired and wi-fi. The cellphone is coming to China and Europe, with costs ranging from €1,199, which works out at roughly $1,400. Continue studying.

Bidding begins at $118,000.

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A one-off Leica M digital camera designed by Sir Jony Ive, in collaboration along with his buddy (and fellow designer) Marc Newson, fetched $1.8 million at public sale in 2013. Now, a uncommon prototype of the system goes below the hammer in June. Bidding for the digital camera begins at €100,000 ($118,000), and it is estimated to command between €200,000 and €250,000 ($235,000 to $295,000). Practically a cut price in comparison with the ultimate product. Continue studying.

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