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Tesla reaches settlement with Walmart to bring solar panel suit to an end

Walmart announced it dropped its lawsuit against Tesla over malfunctioning solar panels manufactured by the company that resulted in fires. A Walmart spokesperson said that a settlement has been reached between the two companies and the stipulation of dismissal has been filed with the court. 
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Hail a cab in New York City soon and you might step into a Tesla

To qualify a Tesla will need a Dupont M6284 yellow paint job, proper signage, interior security cameras, and a fare meter. Once outfitted the vehicle can run for seven years under an unrestricted medallion issued by the TLC.  In a study of NYC taxicabs, each averages 192 miles per day.
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Elon Musk says he’s ‘not sure about Twitter’ and is ‘going offline’

Tesla founder Elon Musk is “going offline,” or at least that’s what he posted online. On Friday morning. Musk tweeted “Not sure about good of Twitter” followed by “Reddit still seems good,” and then finally “Going offline.”
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Did Tesla release an unfinished Smart Summon just to pull an accounting trick?

Tesla released Smart Summon on September 26 — just before the end of its third financial quarter — which helped them post a record revenue. Drivers have complained the self-driving feature doesn't work properly and now federal authorities are looking into it.
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Tesla’s pop-out handles blamed for death after accident

According to a wrongful death lawsuit, a police officer couldn’t open the doors of a Tesla Model S because the handles were retracted, and bystanders watched as the car filled with smoke and flames. The suit further claims the fire originated with the car’s lithium-ion battery.
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Digital Trends Live: Libra testimony wrap-up, Tesla makes a profit, and more

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we dig into the biggest trending tech stories, including a wrap-up of Zuckerberg’s Libra testimony, Tesla makes a profit, Google’s Digital Wellbeing platform, an interactive YouTube series, the volocopter flies over Singapore, and more.
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Tesla surprises both the fans and the haters by posting a profit in Q3

Tesla is in the money! They reported record delivery numbers a few weeks ago, and now earnings appear to have followed suit by breaking more records. This profit also surprised Wall Street investors, who were expecting another loss for the company.
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Owners of older Teslas claim the vehicles have been breaking down

For the last six months, some older Tesla vehicles have reportedly been having issues with the center console display going dark and being unresponsive.The problem has been traced to a flash storage chip called a eMMC that is embedded in the onboard computer. Flash storage is a type of computer memory.
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Tesla offers peek inside the Crash Lab that helped it win a safety award

Tesla takes us inside its Crash Lab where it tests its electric cars' ability to handle smashes. Testing at the facility helped the Tesla team pick up a coveted safety award last year, as well as a top safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Tesla sends a Model S to the ‘Ring to try beating Porsche (Update!)

Shortly after the Porsche Taycan set a Nürburgring lap record for electric cars, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that a Model S would be dispatched to the legendary German racetrack. Are we about to witness a showdown between Tesla and Porsche, or just a disaster for Tesla?
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Clever technology helps keep EVs juiced up during widespread California blackout

Pacific Gas and Electric Company cut power to over 800,000 people in 34 California counties to reduce the risk of wildfires. Tesla leveraged its over-the-air software updating system to make sure its customers don't end up with a bricked car. It's also taking measures to ensure future outages are less problematic.
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Tesla wants to reinvent comfort with liquid heating and cooling

Just looking at the patent without the benefit of a Masters's Degree in engineering and HVAC systems one has to wonder what will keep the bladders from leaking from any number of scenarios. The patent leaves many questions unanswered such as the types of fluid used and the exact method of distribution of those fluids.

Tesla will show its creative side to comply with looming EV noise regulations

EVs will need to emit an artificial noise under 19 mph starting in September 2020, and Tesla is using the law as an excuse to get creative. The California-based company announced customizable horn and movement sounds are coming to its cars soon. Coconuts, goat bleats, and farts were floated as possible sounds.
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Tesla’s Smart Summon catches the attention of safety regulators

Several Twitter users posted videos of their Tesla hitting another car, or nearly cutting off oncoming traffic. One complained his Model 3 hit a garage wall. The federal government is gathering information from Tesla about the feature. Elon Musk said owners used Summon over half a million times.
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Semi trailer carrying five Teslas and one Subaru mysteriously goes up in flames

An equal amount of facts and assumptions gravitate around the enigmatic fire. What we know is that a hauler being towed across Nevada caught fire, and the six cars on it -- five Tesla EVs and one Subaru -- were a total loss. Tesla quickly blamed the fire on the trailer, but the cause isn't known yet.
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Tesla software version 10.0: Everything you need to know

Tesla's V10.0 software adds the ability to plug an Xbox controller into their center console to play games. It also adds Smart Summon, which lets the car drive itself to where its owner is waiting, and Tesla Theater, which allows motorists to watch videos on Netflix and YouTube while parked.
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Tesla Model S police car almost runs out of electricity during high-speed chase

"I am down to six miles of battery on the Tesla, so I may lose it here in a sec," police officer Jesse Hartman said during the incident. He later explained that someone had forgotten to charge the Tesla, so he didn't leave with as much range as he should have. Officers called off the chase when it became too dangerous.
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New research could help Tesla’s EV batteries last for a million miles

Tesla founder Elon Musk promised last year that batteries in the company’s vehicles would eventually be able to run for one million miles over the course of their lifespan -- and now researchers have some details on how they plan to make those batteries a reality.
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Tesla’s Elon Musk praises Daimler for joining the EV revolution

Tesla CEO Elon Musk praised German automaker Daimler over Twitter for its choice to end the development of combustion engines to focus on electric vehicles. Musk congratulated his rival and welcomed them to the EV revolution.
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Model 3 is the first Tesla electric car to win an IIHS safety award

The Tesla Model 3 was named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+, making it the first Tesla to earn an IIHS safety award. The Tesla Model 3 earned a higher score in IIHS testing than the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car thanks to better headlights.
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Watch this Tesla Model S set a lap record at Laguna Seca Raceway

Ahead of an attempt to nab the 4-door EV sedan lap record from the Porsche Taycan at Nürburgring, Tesla has posted a video showing its Model S breaking a similar record at California’s Laguna Seca Raceway. The Model S zipped around the course in 1:36:56, taking the record from a Model 3 drive a few months ago.
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Digital Trends Live: Apple apologizes, Tesla’s insurance, naming the Mars rover

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we discuss the biggest trending stories in tech, including Apple’s apology for listening to Siri conversations and opens up third party repairs, Tesla launches car insurance, an improved Galaxy Fold, students can submit names for the NASA Mars rover, and more.
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Elon Musk says computers will eventually surpass us in every single way

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk said that computers are getting smarter, so much so that they are surpassing human intelligence. At the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, Musk told Alibaba's Jack Ma that he guarantees humans will eventually be surpassed by computers “in every single way."

Tesla launches car insurance for its customers, promising 30% cheaper rates

Elon Musk's Tesla is getting into the insurance business: the company just launched Tesla Insurance to customers in California. The company said on Wednesday that they would offer rates that are between 20% and 30% lower than other insurance companies. Tesla said it would expand the program to other states in the future
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Your body powers the Sequent SuperCharger 2 smartwatch, no battery needed

The Sequent SuperCharger 2 is a fitness tracking smartwatch you never need to charge. It utilizes kinetic movement for power — wear it, and it takes power from your movements — just like traditional automatic watches have done for decades, but here it even tracks your steps and syncs to your phone.

Walmart becomes the fourth plaintiff to sue Tesla in less than a month

Walmart is suing Tesla, claiming that its solar panels caused roof fires at seven of its stores. The retail giant alleges poor working practices among personnel hired to maintain the solar panels, the first of which were installed in 2010 by SolarCity, a company later acquired by Tesla.
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Digital Trends Live: Walmart sues Tesla, Waymo data release, NASA goes to Europa

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we discuss the biggest trending tech stories of the day, including Walmart suing Tesla over solar panel fires, Waymo to release data publicly, a waterproof robot dog, NASA heads to Europa, Russia to send a robot into space, and more.
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On the fence about buying solar panels? Tesla now offers them for rent

With solar rental Tesla says “customers get the best from solar power — clean, cheap energy to power homes and vehicles — without upfront costs or decades-long agreements. In fact, customers can get solar power with one click, instead of lengthy consultations and piles of paperwork.”
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Starman on Tesla Roadster makes first orbit around sun, braces for loneliness

Starman, the passenger of the Tesla Roadster that SpaceX sent to outer space last year, has completed his first orbit around the sun. The people on Earth may be able to catch a glimpse of the cherry-red electric vehicle on November 2020, after which Starman will go through a rough patch of loneliness.

Can big rebates lure Tesla owners into Jaguar’s segment-bending I-Pace?

Jaguar wants Tesla owners to step into its stores and drive home in an I-Pace, its first and only electric car. The company is offering motorists who can prove there is a Tesla in their household a $3,000 rebate. Other deals are available, and they bring the I-Pace's price down to $54,50 before the $7,500 tax credit.
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This woman implanted her Tesla key into her arm

Software engineer Amie DD took the car-shaped key fob that Tesla gives owners to unlock their vehicle, and implanted part of it in her arm, which allows her to open her Tesla with her body rather than a traditional key.
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Tesla Model 3 traveling on Autopilot explodes twice after hitting a tow truck

The driver of a Tesla Model 3 and his kids are lucky to be alive after the electric sedan rear-ended a parked tow truck, exploded twice, and burned to the ground. The driver -- a Russian businessman -- told investigators he was using Autopilot at the time of the accident. Tesla is looking into the crash.
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Mod turns Tesla Model S into surveillance bot that tracks faces, license plates

Security researcher Truman Kain debuted the Surveillance Detection Scout at the Defcon hacking conference. The mod is capable of transforming a Tesla Model S into a surveillance bot that can track license plates and faces, and send out alerts if someone keeps appearing on the car's built-in cameras.
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Tesla Model 3 tuned in Germany is an electric car you’ll either love or hate

German tuner Novitec has released a catalog of aftermarket parts for the Tesla Model 3. Its body kit includes several components made with carbon fiber, and it also makes 21-inch alloy wheels available. There are suspension parts, too, but Novitec leaves the Tesla Model 3's electric powertrain fully stock.