Elon Musk reveals new Tesla Model 3 variants with AWD and dual motors


Two new all wheel drive (AWD) versions of the Tesla Model 3 will go on sale next month. Both models are pricier by far than the current Model 3, but they have an extra motor. And, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the Performance edition will gobble up a BMW M3 on the track. Wasn’t Musk, just a few weeks ago, sleeping on the Tesla factory floor, replacing robots with humans, and contending with an angry board? Now the eccentric CEO is on Twitter announcing new models and tossing shade at one of the most beloved luxury performance vehicles in…

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AC repair tech claims he/she found a missile in a server room


There’s nothing quite like opening a Reddit thread and finding yourself swept away in tale of international intrigue, government denials, and explosive cover-ups. But this window into the life of an average AC repair person in The Czech Republic has it all. Maybe. The mystery began when a person on Reddit posted the following image and accompanying text: Backstory: I am doing some air-condition maintenance in an small business office building. No one was in that server room for more than 2 months since the last IT guy left and apparently took the keys with him. AC gave up, found…

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This Twitter bot invents the most heinous flavors of Fanta ever


Fanta is my favorite soft drink. The original, I mean. I can’t get enough of that sweet, sweet orange nectar. It’s like crack to me — if crack was invented in Nazi Germany and chugged by the Wehrmacht like lager. I’m less keen on the weird not-orange flavors though. Peach Fanta tastes a bit like mouthwash, and I’m pretty sure that Fruit Punch Fanta is repurposed industrial slurry that would otherwise be pumped directly into the Hudson River. I’m not a fan. That said, compared to some of the Fanta flavors conceived by this truly bonkers Twitter bot, fruit punch…

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Here’s a free AI class that’ll prepare you for the robot takeover


The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence now offers a free six-part online course, The Elements of AI, available to anyone. I like free stuff: Especially when there’s no catch. Sign up is quick and simple, and there’s no application process. Completion of the course will earn you a LinkedIn certificate and, if you’re enrolled in a Finnish university, you can get a couple credits. More importantly, you’ll get a free education designed to introduce students to the basic concepts surrounding artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning. What’s in it for you: The curricula includes six topics, each of which…

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The future of music is about power for artists, no matter the medium


The music industry is at a turning point, with artists demanding more money and power. The problem? There are so many ways to accomplish these goals, to the point where no one quite knows which form it will take. This leaves us with questions about the future of the industry. How will we purchase, listen to, and support music made by artists? How do we give them the power they demand, while ensuring that consumers are also getting what they want? At TNW Conference this week, our Music Summit track will highlight some emerging trends in the industry. Our lineup…

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Facebook is killing Snapchat with the format it created


After introducing Stories in 2013, Snapchat’s most prominent feature has really come into its own in the past two years. In 2016, Facebook poked the proverbial bear by making off with Snapchat’s signature feature. Drawing the ire of the internet in the process, it didn’t take long to expand into other Facebook-owned properties, like Instagram and Whatsapp. Now, some 14 months later, Stories has really become a force in the ever-shifting social media landscape. Unfortunately for Snapchat, this didn’t happen on its platform. According to TechCrunch, Facebook now boasts 150 million daily Stories users. Snapchat, on the other hand, has…

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