Tesla Model Y Price gets $3000 discount!

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on the automotive industry, companies like Tesla are having to make some changes.

On Saturday, Reuters reported that Tesla has lowered the price of yet another one of its vehicles, the Model Y mid-sized SUV.

The Model Y, which was revealed back in March 2019, launched in March 2020 at $52,990 (Long Range model). According to Tesla’s website, the model is now offered at a starting price of $49,990 (before potential savings).

The nearly 6% decrease in price comes after Tesla lowered the Model 3, Model X, and Model S prices. In July, it was also revealed that although Tesla delivered more vehicles in Q2 than Q1. Compared to the company’s production and deliveries stats for Q1, fewer vehicles were produced in Q2. (103,000 vehicles produced in Q1 and 82,272 produced in Q2.)

Founder and CEO Elon Musk, tweeted that Tesla’s most luxurious, feature-packed upgrade package would be increasing by $1,000. It would cost $8,000 starting July 1.

The first iOS 14 public beta is out

The first iOS 14 public beta is out. Yes, that means anyone reading this article who has a compatible iPhone can download an early. Unfinished version of the next big iOS update to take a peek at some of its new features. They won’t be optimized, but, hey, early access is better than no access.

We’ve already published a detailed tutorial on how to install an iOS beta onto your iPhone in anticipation of this. However, the Cliff’s Notes version starts with backing up your iPhone on a Mac or PC, and then going to the Apple beta webpage on your iPhone’s Safari browser and following the fairly straightforward on-screen instructions.

You’ll have to install a beta profile, which is likely the only part of this process that may be unfamiliar to iPhone users. Follow the instructions to download a profile from Safari and then open your Settings app to find a “Profile Downloaded” notification near the top of the menu.

Once that’s installed, head to the software update part of the Settings app under the “General” heading to download the iOS 14 beta. You should have the ability to actually download the update from there.

Good luck! Hopefully nothing about the beta breaks your phone. Like we said, you should definitely make a backup just in case.

Apple announced iOS 14 back in June at WWDC, outlining its biggest new features along the way. You’ll be able to add widgets for things like weather to the home screen alongside apps; take advantage of picture-in-picture support for videos; and even change your default browser and email apps. It’s possible and even likely that the beta won’t feature all of those features, or they won’t all work correctly. But that’s part of the fun.

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5G – Leaked

It’s been the week of leaks for Samsung — there was the Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Tab S7+. These weird Samsung Galaxy earbuds, and now the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. The promotional video, which was most likely reserved for the Unpacked 2020 event in August, was leaked for all to enjoy.

Max Weinbach posted the video on Twitter, giving us a closer look at the latest version of the foldable phone.

Judging by the video, it looks like the 5G variant will  be offered in two colors — “Mystic Bronze” (to match the Note 20 Ultra) and a dark gray color. The standard Z Flip is available in Mirror Purple, Mirror Black, and Mirror Gold.

Other than the new color though, the 5G edition doesn’t look all that different from the original version. There’s still a dual camera module, a small cover display for notifications, and the free-standing hinge.

Of course, since it’s equipped with 5G connectivity, the changes will probably be reserved for under the hood. While the standard Z Flip features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. The Galaxy Z Flip might instead pack the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus with support for 5G.

As mentioned before, we can expect the rest of the specs to remain mostly the same. According to The Verge, Samsung might replace the 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with a 10-megapixel ultra-wide sensor instead — to pair with the 12-megapixel main camera.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus review

Samsung Galaxy Buds

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus are the update the company’s true wireless earbuds (the original Samsung Galaxy Buds) desperately needed. They offer better battery life, improved call audio thanks to a third internal microphone, and a new dual-driver design. On top of that, there’s finally support for iOS through the new Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus app.

Not long after the Galaxy Buds Plus’ launch, Samsung released its first update. After some users reported hearing the strange sound of white noise while using the true wireless earbuds. According to TizenHelp, the firmware version R175XXUOATB5 is designed to fix this issue, as well as other problems including a “delay in pairing” and Bluetooth dropouts.

Price and availability

Samsung has launched its latest true wireless earbuds, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, at its Unpacked 2020 event in San Francisco. Where it announced that they’ll be available to buy online from February 14.

At $149.99 / £159 / AU$299, they’re about the same price as last year’s Samsung Galaxy Buds. They’re also significantly cheaper than the best true wireless earbuds of 2020, the Sony WF-1000XM3. Though these buds come with premium features like active noise cancellation.

Battery life and connectivity

The Galaxy Buds Plus boast a far longer battery life than the original Galaxy Buds. The earbuds themselves contain 11 hours of charge. While the charging case provides an additional 11 hours, bringing the total battery life to 22 hours.

That 11-hour battery life is pretty long for earbuds – but for the charging case, it’s not a huge amount of battery. It’s nice to see the Buds Plus with a larger internal battery, but a shame the charging case didn’t get something more substantial.

Final verdict

So where do the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus stand in the wide and deep echelon of true wireless earbuds? Well, somewhere in the middle. Thanks to its better battery life of around 11 hours (give or take) per charge, it’s a decent pick for people who hate charging their headphones at night. That said, it doesn’t feature a built-in virtual assistant nor does it have real water-resistance, it’s just IPX2.

Most egregious, however, is its lack of noise cancellation or even noise reduction, a feature that’s available on the similarly priced Amazon Echo Buds. Now sure, those may not sound as good as the Galaxy Buds Plus nor do they last as long. Those features lose their luster when you’re struggling to hear your music on a crowded subway train.

At the end of the day, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus present a good value for folks who just want true wireless earbuds they don’t need to charge everyday. They aren’t the best-sounding, but the dual-driver design is a big step up for Samsung.

Ultimately, you’d be better served by saving up for a pair of Apple AirPods Pro if you’re an iOS user or a pair of Sony  WF-1000XM3 if you use Android, both of which sound better and offer noise cancellation. They don’t last as long as the Galaxy Buds Plus do and cost twice as much, but they’re a better all-around pick in our opinion.

Apple is selling refurbished iPhone XR up to $120 off

The company is currently selling refurbished iPhone XR models with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of storage. They’re being sold at discounts ranging from $100 to $120 (via MacRumors).

For example, a yellow, refurbished iPhone XR with 64GB is being sold for $499 — a $100 price cut. A black, refurbished iPhone XR with 128GB costs $539 (a $110 price cut), while a black, refurbished iPhone XR with 256GB costs $629 (a $120 price cut).

The colors currently on offer include black, coral, white, and yellow.

Image: Apple

According to Apple, “all refurbished iPhone models come with a new battery, new outer shell, are backed by a one-year warranty, and have free delivery and returns.” They also include full testing, part replacements if needed, a thorough cleaning, as well as the original version of OS (or a more recent version). All the phones are unlocked, and they all come in a brand-new box with all accessories and cables.

The savings are quite good if you’re planning to buy an iPhone XR anyways. In terms of specs, it sits somewhere between the $399 iPhone SE and the $699 iPhone 11, but at its original price of $599, it’s probably the worst deal of the three (check our comparison here). But at these reduced prices, it’s actually a decent value, especially if you want the new “notched” design and don’t mind an older processor.

Add nostalgic app icons to your iPhone

If you’re itching for some nostalgia to bring you back to an era where you didn’t have to wear a mask every time you stepped outside, MSCHF — the group behind The Office Slack, the chicken bong, and other cheeky projects — is here for you.

While the outside world may be scary, your phone can at least return to a safer past with MSCHF’s Icon Rewind. Open the site on your iPhone (Safari only — sorry Chrome lovers) and follow the instructions from there.

“Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, and one of the most iconic (no pun intended) pieces of nostalgia is old app icons,” said Daniel Greenberg, head of strategy at MSCHF. “I cannot tell you how much I miss the old Instagram or Slack icon.”

While Icon Rewind doesn’t replace the updated icon, it does add a #TBT quality to your phone. Remember when the Snapchat’s ghost had a face, and when you actually traveled and had things worthy of snapping? Ah, the good old days.

Choose your favorite deep cut for yourself. Greenberg’s favorite? “We brought back the Musical.ly app icon that opens TikTok.”

Android 11 – Preview, Features & Release Date

When is Android 11 being released?

  • Announcement on 3 June
  • Presentation begins at 11am Eastern Time/4pm BST/5PM CET/8:30PM Mumbai

As with most presentations and launch events for 2020, Google is shifting its big reveal online. The Android 11 beta launch show will start at 11am ET on 3 June. At this point we’ll find out how many of the new features actually make it to the final software.

The first public beta will likely be pushed out around about that time, but the official public release of final software isn’t normally released until a few months down the line, typically in the fourth quarter around the time new phones are launched.

Which phones will get it?

Initially, the launch will make its way to Google Pixel phones. In its developer preview versions, that has meant the following phones:

1. Pixel 2 and 2 XL

2. Pixel 3 and 3 XL

3. Pixel 3a and 3a XL

4. Pixel 4 and 4 XL

Features:

Message bubbles

When you receive a message through the regular messages app, you can have it show up a notification in a floating bubble on the screen similar to how Facebook Messenger’s Chat Heads works.

Eventually this will be available to other third party apps, but currently it’s just the one. To use it, just long-press a message notification and tap “show in a bubble”, and now you get your bubbles.

Resizable picture-in-picture window

Whenever you close a video app like YouTube or Netflix in Android it automatically puts that video in a small floating window on top of everything else, and keeps playing the video. In Android 11’s developer preview, Google added the option to resize that picture-in-picture window.

Screen recording

One cool new feature which some other Android phones already do – like the OnePlus 8 and 7T series phones – is easy screen recording. Drop down the quick setting shade, and the option is right there.

Redesigned notifications

What’s cool is that Android 11 breaks out and sorts notifications into relevant groups, so conversations – like the aforementioned SMS messages – appear at the top in their own easy to read section, making it easier to quickly reply and carry on with your tasks. Splitting them away from the other stuff you probably don’t care about as much.

Dark mode scheduling

Dark Mode first appeared as a system wide setting on Android 10. With Android 11 you can schedule and automated it. Set the time you want it to switch on or off each day manually by setting the time within the settings.

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Like so many apps and other Android phones you can also choose to have it come on at sunset, and switch off at sunrise.

Neuralink nearly ready for the first volunteers

Neuralink, the AI-brain-chip company spearheaded by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Could be ready to put a version of its implant in a person “within a year,”.

Neuralink, which was founded in 2016, is Musk’s neural technology company that’s developing an implant designed to interface directly with the human brain.

“There’s still a lot of work to do,” Musk said when speaking with Rogan. “So when I say, you know, we’ve probably got a shot at putting it in a person, you know, within a year. I think, that’s exactly what I mean, I think we have a chance of putting input in one end. Having them be healthy, and restoring some functionality that they’ve lost.”

“It could, in principle, fix anything that’s wrong with the brain,” Musk said.

It’s not the first time Musk has made such claims. Back in July 2019, Musk said that he hoped to have an implant in a human patient by the end of next year.

But that’s just the early ambitions Musk has in store for Neuralink. In the long term, he hopes to develop a device that could enable “symbiosis” between humans and AI.

Neuralink plans to start testing its technology on human volunteers during the second quarter of 2020, pending FDA approval. Neuralink will drill four 8-millimeter holes in their skulls and then insert threads that will pass neuronal data to an implant behind the ear. This will then send information to a computer. This time line is highly ambitious and pretty unlikely, to say the least.

SpaceX launches NASA astronauts into space

For the first time in nearly a decade, NASA launched astronauts into space from U.S. territory.

The Crew Dragon spacecraft carries two NASA astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who are expected to reach the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday.

Ever since NASA’s Space Shuttle program ended in 2011. The U.S. has used Russia’s Soyuz rockets to take astronauts into space. Sadly, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were no big crowds to watch the launch, both on Wednesday and Saturday.

With Saturday’s launch, SpaceX is on its way to becoming the first private company to carry NASA astronauts to the ISS. The success of NASA’s Demo-2 brings the U.S. closer to eventually bringing astronauts back to the Moon, and then possibly on to Mars.

Just before Saturday’s rescheduled launch, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine praised Musk. “[He’s] brought vision and inspiration,” he said Friday at a NASA news conference. “He’s brilliant, he’s capable.”

Wednesday’s launch was only 16 minutes from takeoff. But unfavorable weather conditions kept the rocket and spacecraft from blasting the two astronauts to the ISS. Rocket fuel had been loaded and the astronauts were settled in the hatch with their SpaceX spacesuits.

The weather cooperated for Saturday’s launch, despite NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine noting earlier in the day that there remained a “50% chance of cancellation” due to weather. The launch went off without a hitch. The reusable SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that carried the Crew Dragon capsule into orbit safely detached from the capsule. Also returned to Earth’s atmosphere, where it landed

New macOS update – Healthier MacBook’s battery

In April, in a developer preview version of macOS Catalina 10.15.5, Apple introduced a feature called battery health management. Now, with macOS Catalina 10.15.5 going live for everyone, MacBook users can try it out.

Batteries don’t like extremes; to conserve your laptop’s battery, you should rarely charge your laptop to maximum or discharge it fully. Battery health management operates under the assumption that you don’t always need your MacBook’s battery to be fully charged. It will monitor your usage patterns and charge the battery accordingly. For example, if you typically keep your MacBook plugged in during the entire work day. This feature may reduce the battery’s maximum charge.

A similar feature in iOS 13 is called optimised battery charging, so if you’re familiar with that one, battery health management is more or less the same thing. And, just like the iOS feature, battery health management can be turned off on MacBooks.

Apple also added some more information to the Energy Saver pane in your MacBook’s System Preferences — it now displays battery condition and recommends if the battery needs to be serviced.

Catalina 10.15.5 adds a few other features and bug fixes. Most notably, there’s a new option to control automatic prominence on Group FaceTime calls, meaning that video tiles won’t change size when a call participant is speaking.