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By Usman Khan Lodhi
Tesla manufactures its 1,000,000th electric car
by Usman Khan Lodhi
Tesla has now manufactured one million electric cars, Elon Musk, the company's CEO, announced on Twitter. Musk congratulated the Tesla team, sharing a picture of the millionth car, a red Model Y and another picture with the same car surrounded by the team that built it.
Roadster, Telsa's first consumer car, was released in 2008, which means it has taken the company over 12 years to hit the million mark. Automakers like Toyota or the Volkswagen Group each produce over ten million vehicles every year. However, this milestone is a remarkable achievement since Tesla only manufactures electric vehicles. According to the firm's January earning reports, it stated that it expects to ship over 500,000 cars worldwide this year, so it could be reaching the two million mark soon.
Tesla delivered its first batch of Chinese manufactured Model 3 cars from its Shanghai Gigafactory at the end of last year, which has also helped the company hit the million-car milestone. The company is also in the process of preparing its fourth Gigafactory near Berlin, which has faced opposition from environmental groups.
Tesla is expected to begin shipping the Model Y starting this month, which is well ahead of its initial Fall 2020 estimate.
Via The Verge
By Usman Khan Lodhi
Sonos CEO announces that legacy speakers will work 'as long as possible'
by Usman Khan Lodhi
Sonos CEO Patrick Spence published a statement to the company's blog, apologizing for a decision made earlier this week in which the company stated that some of its older products will stop receiving software updates or new features in May. The decision was received with much dismay by longtime customers as they believed that the company was forcing them to buy new products.
The announcement, which starts off with "We heard you," says that the company would continue delivering updates to all products "for as long as possible." The company did not retract the announcement made earlier this week and has stated that the older devices have been taken to their technological limits. Sonos says that the plan needed to be put into place because older hardware would not be able to support the latest software, iterating that it will keep offering security patches and bug fixes for older products.
However, if a single speaker in a system is unable to receive software updates, users would need to set up two speaker groups to permit the speakers to be correctly updated. Devices that do not receive updates will eventually stop working. The legacy products affected by the change include four models, including the original Sonos Play:5, Zone Players, and Connect / Connect:Amp devices. These devices were sold between 2006 and 2015. The company is offering a 30% discount to affected customers if they wish to recycle their old speakers by buying newer products.
Facebook announces Watch, a new platform for video content
by Paul Hill
Facebook has announced a new platform for watching shows. The service is called Watch and will be available on the desktop, mobile, and on the Facebook TV apps. Facebook hopes that content creators will be able to use Watch in order to find an audience and build a community oriented around their content, while making money for their efforts.
In its announcement, Facebook said:
It looks as though Facebook Watch will be quite similar to YouTube in terms of the content that will be shown, as opposed to something like Netflix – focusing less on hit TV shows and movies. Facebook puts Watch across as an extension of the Video tab that previously launched in the US, which offered a place to find videos easily on Facebook; with Watch, Facebook wants to make it easier for users to consume video content.
Some other examples of content that Watch will provide include shows that engage fans and the community, live shows where hosts can directly interact with fans through Facebook, shows that follow a narrative arc or have a consistent theme, and live events such as sports.
Watch will be introduced to a limited group of people in the United States and will slowly become available to more people. Additionally, the company will open up the platform to a limited group of creators and will then roll it out to all soon after.
Source: Facebook | Image via Facebook
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We're hiring! We're looking for news reporters around the world to join the Neowin team
by Steven Parker
The news never ends.
Keeping our readers informed and updated on the constant stream of announcements, leaks, rumors and insights that pour in from around the world is a non-stop job. With millions of readers worldwide, we know just how important it is to help them stay up to speed with the relentless pace of change and developments in technology.
That’s why we’re expanding our team of news reporters. We’re looking for eager, enthusiastic people to join us part-time from around the world.
We would love to hear from applicants with experience of covering technology news, but previous experience isn’t necessary to apply. Enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and a desire to constantly improve and grow professionally – applicants with these traits are just as important to us as those with years of reporting experience.
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Paradox Interactive announce city-builder game 'Surviving Mars' for PC, Xbox One, and PS4
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The Cities: Skylines and other well-known simulation game publisher, Paradox Interactive, has unveiled a brand new city-building and management game. Developed by Haemimont Games, known for its Tropico series, the new game titled Surviving Mars leaves planet Earth entirely and, as suspected by its name, takes place on Mars. The game's debut trailer is seen above.
The game tasks players with building a thriving Mars colony, starting off small, using supply drops and rovers, then going on to constructing habitats capable of hosting settlers from Earth.
In addition, players must take care to meet the inhabitants' various and growing needs, with Haemimont Games CEO Gabriel Dobrev going on to explain the importance of this balance, saying the colonists "aren’t just working to improve production, they’re struggling to survive, and their conflicts and concerns are intense."
"Surviving Mars lets you understand what your colonists are dealing with on an individual level," he added, "and coming up with creative plans for those needs will be a new challenge for our fans."
Surviving Mars does not have a definite release date yet, with the developer only revealing a 2018 release window on its trailer. The game is set to arrive for quite a number of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, as well as Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
The game's official website can be found here.
Images: Surviving Mars, Steam