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Tesla Motors CEO and founder Elon Musk certainly isn ’ t the very best guy to try to pull a fast one on. The visionary business owner set Twitter a titter when he claimed previously this week that New York Times author John Broder had fudged details about the Tesla Models S automobile ’ s range in freezing weather, resulting in what he described a “ fake ” short article. Musk guaranteed proof, and now he has provided, by means of the official Tesla blog.
In keeping with his brief description of what was wrong with the review from his initial tweet, Musk laid out exactly how vehicle logs (standard practice after Tesla ran into issues with Top Gear, which dramatized a breakdown where none really existed) showed that the auto Broder was driving for his post was incorrectly charged, took an unscheduled side journey and basically appeared to have actually been set up to fail.
Musk breaks down what failed in a number of bullet points, but basically Broder ’ s vehicle never ever lacked juice entirely; was charged to a level which he understood wouldn ’ t be enough to get to his location at one point; really exceeded its anticipated range; was driven previous charging stations which can ’ ve helped it finish the trip; and was taken for a lengthy detour through Manhattan not consisted of in the initial journey plan.
Various other issues contribute to the reported deception, including environment control settings that run counter to Broder ’ s specified claims in the short article about what he did with in-car heating (cranked up the temperature when he said he turned it down). The smaller information aren ’ t always the most consequential, however the reality that Musk has record of even these smaller contradictions in his test car ’ s logs helps to paint a picture of a writer who appears to have actually been blatantly gunning for Tesla from the beginning.
Musk says that Broder altered specifics and the conditions of the test to help fit with his pre-existing viewpoint, which he gets to thanks to a quote from Broder in an article released in 2012. Broder basically attempts to deflate the sunny image of a future fulled of electric vehicles, claiming that “ the state of the electric vehicle is miserable, the “ sufferer of hyped assumptions, technical flops, high costs and a hostile political environment. ” To be reasonable, because post Broder also goes on to offer lots of area to electric vehicle supporters, too, and even gives the last word to Chris Paine, the documentary filmmaker behind Who Killed the Electric Auto?, ending on Paine ’ s signified accusation that the oil and gas sector lag stalling the electric future of car transport.
However general, Musk ’ s proof is pretty damning, particularly backed up as it is by solid information from the Model S itself. He ends by requiring the NYT to introduce an examination into the short article and its writing, and after an attack like this, I ’ d suspect the NYT would have to do simply that in order to have the ability to come up with a satisfactory feedback.
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We’ve already run down Olympic broadcast plans in the US and UK, and now Japanese broadcaster NHK has unveiled some information. Similar to the others there is not only the TV production including data about ongoing competition, but also an online component complete with live video access on mobile devices, but also support for the acTVila video on-demand portal. The other notable information is that it’s locked down locations and details for those trial Super Hi-Vision broadcasts, listing four spots where people can get their eyes on some sweet 8K UHDTV action. While most of them will be displayed by projectors, including a 520-inch screen in Shibuya, while Akihabara’s Studio Park will feature a 360-inch LCD. The details for UK and US are a bit more vague, but if we have to track where in Washington D.C. NBC is letting the 33MP resolution video and 22.2ch sound out for a trial just by its scent, then that’s what we’ll have to do.
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The ITU has stayed busy, as we mentioned earlier it met to hammer out standards for UHDTV (Ultra High Definition TV), and also recently announced a new set of recommendations for 3DTV. On the 3D front it focused on standardization for delivering video in both 720 and 1080 line formats, digital interfaces used for studio production and methods to evaluate quality based on picture quality, depth and comfort levels. As far as UHDTV which is still quite a bit further off, the group has decided the term will cover both 4K and 8K (aka Super Hi-Vision) resolution video, as multiples of the existing 1080p standard. That means Quad Full HD (QFHD, or 3840×2160 resolution) and Digital Cinema 4K resolution (4096×2160) both fall under the umbrella of 4K (check the aspect ratios to see where the “missing” pixels went, or have a listen to this week’s podcast. After the break we’ve got a video with Study Group Chairman Christoph Dosch discussing the future possibilities of both 3DTV and UHDTV, as well as press releases with a few extra details.
Love it or hate it, we’re stuck with NBC as our Olympics broadcaster in the US, and the company recently laid out its full plans for the 2012 Olympics in London this summer. The good news first: NBCOlympics.com will live stream every single event (they’ll even be on YouTube, and in the UK the BBC has its own plans) for the first time ever including streams of each of its channels, encompassing 3,500 total hours and the awarding of all 302 medals. The bad news is that if you’re not a cable subscriber, many of those hours will not be available to you, and even if you are, you’re looking at a (likely convoluted) authentication sign-in process. That’s a little bit of pain, sure, but it should mean what we’ve been asking for — the ability to watch all Olympics events as they happen, not tape delayed for prime time after viewing grainy bootleg streams over the internet. Also new for the internet are multiple streams for the same event, so for example, viewers can select a particular gymnastics apparatus or track and field event at will.
On mobile devices, NBC also has plans for two different apps on phones and tablets, with one that brings live video streams and another with highlight clips. It didn’t specify what platforms they would be available for, but we’d assume the usual suspects (iOS, Android) will be first up. On pay-TV cable, satellite and telco providers it’s also providing dedicated channels for basketball and soccer, although it’s up to your provider to pick them up. The same goes for the 242 planned hours of 3D coverage it’s producing in partnership with Panasonic, which will unfortunately air on 24 hour tape delay, just like the HD broadcast was back in 2004 (we’ve got chips…. and salsa!). For the full breakdown of all 5,535 hours of coverage across NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Telemundo and everything else check out the press release after the break, plus an Olympics preview trailer. While there are some limits for cord cutters, sports fans with pay-TV should be ready to experience the best Olympics coverage ever with the ability to watch what we want, instead just what’s on the TV schedule.
The upcoming Samsung Stratosphere for Verizon Wireless is hardly a secret, but other than a few rumored details, the specs for this LTE-equipped QWERTY slider have remained a bit of a mystery. Now, all that has changed, thanks in large part to its leaked spec sheet from Big Red — just take a peek after the break. It’ll be packing a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with WVGA resolution, a (presumably) single-core 1GHz processor, along with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 4GB microSD card that’s pre-installed. Curiously, it’ll be the first of Verizon’s LTE phones to incorporate a Micro SIM in place of the larger, traditional offering. Other than that, it looks as if the speculation of Android 2.3, along with its 5MP rear / 1.3MP front cams were dead on. There will also be an LED flash in tow, although video capture will be limited to a rather mundane 480p. That said, if you’re thirsting for speed but are needing a keyboard, the Stratosphere is looking like your obvious (albeit only) choice.
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Good news, digital bookworms! After months of rumoring, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs has just announced that Qualcomm will really be building a new Mirasol plant over there. Specifically, the $ 1 billion, seven-hectare factory will reside in the Hsinchu Longtan Science Park to mass-produce small and medium flavors of said transflective display, meaning the Snapdragon maker will, for the first time, be able to churn out something smaller than the current lone 5.7-inch model. Yep, those must be the low-power smartphone screens that Qualcomm talked about previously, which sure sound delicious. Now, what’s up with our little Pixel Qi?
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Leave it to ASUS to blast out an entire series of tablets that saturate the market in a single go. Many of these have already been mentioned, leaked, or even revealed at trade shows. But now we’ve got company president, Jerry Shen, filling in the launch details. Starting in December, ASUS will begin launching tablets in 7-, 9-, 10-, and 12-inch form factors. The 12-inch model will run Windows on an Intel chipset and be ready for purchase in January. Of interest, Shen says that Microsoft assisted in the development by making several enhancements to related technologies including touch control and the user interface. In March ASUS will launch a pair of 7 inchers (one with WiFi and the other with “3.5G” and phone functions) and another pair of 9-inch tablets (an ARM-based Tegra 2 model running Android and another Wintel tablet) with a price gap of $ 100. Of course, we’ve see a 10-incher around as well. That means we should see a grand total of five or six tablets from ASUS at CES in January. Fun.
Microsoft already informed its most moneyed partners that no more systems could leave their labs after October 22nd with Windows XP, but given that the proverbial boy has cried wolf before, we were inclined to think that we’d eventually face yet another push back. We guess there’s still a few ticks of the clock left between now and that fateful day, but there seems to be little hope for XP to live on in any significant form beyond the aforesaid date. Dell has just published a report noting that they will stop offering XP on new machines later this month in preparation for October’s cutoff, though they’re quick to point out that Microsoft will continue Windows XP driver support until December 2012. For the average consumer, that means you’ve got just over a month to get whatever XP-equipped systems you want from Dell; for select “qualified customers,” they will still be able to snag XP machines post-October 22nd through the company’s Custom Factory Integration service. Hit the source link for all the details, and feel free to pour one out for a waning OS. We can shed a few more tears next month.
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HP’s McKinney Lays out Dual Tablet Plans
HP will use Windows 7 in a tablet exclusively for enterprises, while making a consumer-oriented unit based on WebOS, an executive confirmed. Windows 7 – HewlettPackard – tablet – HP – HP 3000