Tesla always tops the charts.
Coverage of the feisty startup electric-car maker from Silicon Valley attracts huge attention any time it appears.
Discussion boards, forums, videos, comment sections, and investment blogs overflow with opinions, analysis, and utterly confident (and wildly differing) pronouncements about what will happen to Tesla Motors and its Model S electric luxury sedan.
But we’ve put together a few facts that even diehard Tesla fans may not have known.
Test yourself to see how many you knew.
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Keepers at Edinburgh zoo have revealed they have succeeded in achieving the first koala birth in the UK.
Their female koala, Alinga, is carrying a joey in its pouch after giving birth early in the summer.
The new arrival can be seen wriggling around in the pouch and is expected to poke its head out for the first time in the next 6 weeks.
Meanwhile, the zoo said it was still optimistic its female panda could give birth within the next week.
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"Songbirds living along the Hudson River in New York state are exposed to levels of PCBs that don't kill them but do disrupt the songs they sing, reports a team of researchers from Cornell University. Their study reveals that birds residing in regions with higher environmental PCB contamination levels have higher total blood PCBs, which affects their singing behaviour: the team found these species' songs varied predictably based on their PCB load, and also based upon the type of PCBs. Thus, the scientists suggest that another of the many toxic effects of sublethal environmental PCB pollution are neurological effects that translate into observable behaviour changes that disrupt song quality used by birds to communicate."
The FBI began warning computer users about the Beta Bot Trojan this week, sounding the alarm about malware that has targeted a variety of online payment platforms and financial institutions over the few last months.
According to an intelligence note prepared by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) yesterday, criminals have begun using the Trojan to block victims’ access to security websites, disable antivirus programs and trick them into giving hackers access to their computers.
According to the FBI, the malware has been spotted popping up on user’s computers in the form of a Microsoft Windows message box. When asked if users want to run a program, “Windows Command Processor,” users are being urged not to click “Yes.”
Microsoft has released a temporary update that patches a security flaw attackers are actively exploiting to hack Internet Explorer users.
The Fix it plugs a hole in all supported versions of Internet Explorer, even though there are "only reports of a limited number of targeted attacks specifically directed at Internet Explorer 8 and 9," Dustin Childs, a group manager for communications in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group, wrote in an advisory posted Tuesday morning. "This issue could allow remote code execution if an affected system browses to a website containing malicious content directed towards the specific browser type," he added.
In a separate advisory, Microsoft officials added: "The vulnerability exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated. The vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer. An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website."
Urban mayhem video game Grand Theft Auto V has sold $1 billion in its first three days in retail.
That makes this GTA the fastest-selling entertainment property in history. Its sales tallied more than $800 million in its first 24 hours on the market. It has also received critical acclaim, scoring a 98 out of 100 on review aggregator Metacritic. Not only has it beat a previous record set by the Call of Duty franchise, the sales numbers have also beat previous records of feature films.
Whether you're an Android or an iPhone user, odds are you have a gripe or two about your phone's battery life. It's the number one complaint among cell phone users, and unfortunately, there haven't been many breakthroughs in cell battery tech. As apps continue to get more sophisticated, they're also sucking more of the life out of your phone's battery.
Almost all smartphone users download apps, which explains why we're all familiar with the agony of being down to 10% battery by 5 p.m. We're not suggesting you should give up your Twitter or Google Maps apps, but learning which of your apps are the most battery draining can help you make smarter decisions using your smartphone.
The shows you watch on your smartphones and tablets will soon count toward Nielsen televisionratings.
For years, the ratings giant has tracked viewership through traditional TV sets, but starting in 2014, shows streamed on mobile devices will also count toward the figures.
Hello! You might notice that Apps of the Week looks a little different this week. You might also have noticed that our usual App of the Day posts were conspicuously absent. Things are changing, and we're replacing App of the Day with a new, improved, and Windows Phone-inclusive Apps of the Week. Let us know what you think of the changes, and please, enjoy.
You don't have to fully commit yourself to either Android or iOS, and there are many of us that make use of both major mobile operating systems simultaneously. That said, Android and iOS don't always work very happily together. No worries, though; we're here to tell you the best ways to make sure your Nexus 4 and your iPad play nice.
The bad news is there aren't always perfect solutions available—both Google and Apple are keen to lock users into their respective ecosystems as much as they possibly can. The good news is there are plenty of tools and tricks you can use to make a cross-platform life as straightforward as possible.
Consumers may be bidding farewell to Blackberry, but the Blackberry Messenger serviceis sticking around. BBM for iPhone is currently available in the App Store, although it doesn't officially launch until Sunday. The Android app is reportedly arriving this weekend, although it has yet to be spotted in the Play Store. Instead, Android users searching for "BBM" will be met with more than a dozen fakes. The official link should be available soon.
Time is running out for BlackBerry. The company announced on Friday that it is cutting 4,500 jobs and that it will report a net operating loss of nearly $1 billion in its next quarterly earnings report. The company also braced investors for a major quarterly revenue miss and said its preliminary earnings results show that it generated $1.6 billion in sales on the quarter, or nearly half of Wall Street expectations of $3.06 billion. The company only sold around 3.7 million smartphones on the quarter, a huge drop from the 6.8 million smartphones it sold in the previous quarter.
The Lumia 2520 is a 10.1-inch tablet with a quad-core Qualcomm processor and 1080p display. It will be Nokia's first Windows RT-based tablet, and is expected to debut for $499. Nokia is also planning to release a battery-equipped keyboard accessory for its Lumia 2520, allowing owners to boost the main device battery through the keyboard. Despite Microsoft's recent acquisition of Nokia's phone business, it appears the company's tablet is still going ahead. Nokia is also expected to unveil its 6-inch Lumia 1520 smartphone at its mysterious event next month.
Some advance reviews of Apple's iPhone 5S have already showed up, but as of yet few have dared to physically pull apart the new iPhone to see what makes it tick. The folks over at iFixit have gotten their hands on one of those rare gold iPhones you're all trying to buy, sacrificing it in the name of Knowledge.
What iFixit discovered was a mix of old and new, much in keeping with the new-stuff-inside, similar-stuff-outside approach that Apple usually takes with its "S" phones. The 4-inch 1136×640 display is identical to last year's (excepting the normal variance you can get from phone-to-phone depending on where Apple sourced the panel) and like the iPhone 5, it integrates the glass layer, the capacitive touch layer, and the LCD itself into a single piece to reduce thickness. The dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi module and its Broadcom BCM4334 chipset are also near-identical to last year's model.
A flaw in Apple's iOS 7 lock screen allows users to call any number from their iPhone's emergency-call feature.
Forbes revealed the bug after reporter Andy Greenberg was sent a video of a locked iPhone running iOS 7.
The bug can be activated by hitting the "Emergency" button on the iPhone's lock screen. Dial any number, then rapidly hit the green call button until you see the Apple logo screen — the same screen that comes up when the phone is turned on. The phone will begin to ring, and your call should connect.
Serial iOS bug finder videosdebarraquito has struck again.
He found a bug in the iOS 6.1.3 lockscreen, almost as soon as that update was published (an irony, given that the main purpose of 6.1.3 was to fix various lockscreen flaws).
Now he's made a video of himself bypassing the lock on just-released iOS 7.
(I've given you more than enough to find the video if you want. But I haven't provided a direct link here. Call me an old-school wowser. I can take it.)
A young Australian living in Silicon Valley was feeling "very privileged" on Thursday after Apple prominently featured in its App Store an airport lounge discovery app he co-created.
With nearly 1 million apps in the store, it's a huge win for Zac Altman and his start-up team.
Formerly of Vaucluse in Sydney, Altman, 20, and his two US co-founders this week launchedLoungeBuddy, an app that promises to "unlock the mystery of airport lounges".
The fingerprint sensor on Apple's new iPhone 5s could well be the device-within-a-devicethat brings biometrics into the everyday mainstream.
(There's good and bad in that. The good news is that if you paid extra for a laptop, years ago, because it had a fingerprint scanner you could never get to work, you'll no longer be seen as a technology sucker but as an early adopter.
The bad news is that any hope of arguing for the end of fingerprint scanners in US immigration lines will be lost forever. Heck, if you can do it for Apple, you can do it for Uncle Sam!)
Jesse Angle is homeless, living on the streets of Pensacola, Florida. Sometimes he spends the night at a local church. Other nights, he sleeps behind a building in the heart of the city, underneath a carport that protects him from the rain.
Each morning, he wakes up, grabs some food, and makes his way to Martin Luther King Plaza, a downtown park built where the trolley tracks used to run. He likes this park because his friends hang out there too, and it’s a good place to pick up some spending money. But he doesn’t panhandle. He uses the internet.
The park offers free wireless access, and with his laptop, Angle watches YouTube videos in exchange for bitcoins, the world’s most popular digital currency.
Donations of more than $110,000 (£67,000) have poured in from across the US for a Boston homeless man who returned a lost bag with $42,000 in it.
Glen James alerted police after he found the backpack containing cash and traveller's cheques last weekend, and the bag's owner was then tracked down.
A complete stranger later started an online fund for Mr James after reading media reports about his honesty.