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Tesla unveils it’s electric Semi truck and a new Roadster

Tesla has officially announced their all-electric semi-truck, simply called the Tesla Semi along with a brand-new Tesla Roadster.Tesla SemiThe Tesla Semi can go from 0-60 mph in just five seconds when not attached to a trailer. When it does have a full 80,000-pound load, it can do 0-60 in 20 seconds. The truck can climb 5% grades at  steady 65 mph while standard diesel trucks max out at 45 mph.Since the Tesla Semi is all-electric, there is not need for shifting or clutching for smooth acceleration and deceleration and regenerative braking can help recover 98% of kinetic energy back to the battery.As for range of the Tesla Semi, it can go up to 500 miles while consuming less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile. The design of the Tesla Semi is very reminiscent of Tesla’s other vehicles such as the Model 3.Tesla says the cabin in the Semi is made for drivers in mind, its easy to get in and out of the truck and the stairs are unobstructed. The Semi’s cabin has full standing room in…
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ecobee4 now available in Canada

Earlier this year, ecobee released their latest smart thermostat with the ecobee4 with Amazon Alexa built-in but at the time, it was only released in the US.Now with the recent announcement of Amazon’s Canadian launch of their Alexa Voice Service, ecobee has now officially released the ecobee4 with Amazon Alexa in Canada.The thermostat has a rounded square design and a 3.5-inch touchscreen. The new model also adds super sensitive far-field microphones for talking to Alexa.The device is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT and just recently announced, Google Assistant.Essentially the ecobee4 can do everything that a regular Amazon Echo device can do in addition to being a smart thermostat.“As a proud Canadian company, it is an exciting milestone for us to offer ecobee4 to Canadians with the launch of Amazon Alexa across the country,” said ecobee President and CEO Stuart Lombard. “We are committed to building technology that makes customers’ lives simp…

Android Oreo beta now available on the Essential Phone

Essential has announced Android Oreo Beta is now available on their smartphone.Those wanting to test it can head over to the company’s developer portal (you don’t need to be a developer to take part). From there, you’ll need to sideload the beta build using ADB.Below are the instructions on how to load up the beta on your device.Download Build

Essential Phone Oreo Beta 1 (OPM1.170911.130) – download

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You might experience issues with:– Increased battery drain with bluetooth enabled.– Android Auto compatibility issues with some vehiclesInstructionsBefore Sideloading:

Caution: Before updating, backup any personal data on your device—so you can recover it if you encounter an issue.To sideload a device using the image below, you’ll need the latest ADB tool. Don’t forget to either add adb to your PATH environment variable or change into the directory containing the executable.Also, set up USB access for your device, as described in Run Apps on a Hardware Device.Finally, check t…

Amazon brings Alexa and Echo, Echo Dot & Echo Plus to Canada

After months of waiting, Amazon has announced that they’ll be bringing Alexa and their Echo devices to Canada.Starting today, the Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot are available for pre-order from Amazon.ca and will begin shipping on December 5th.The Echo Dot will go for $69.99 CAD but you can get it now for a limited time price of $49.99 CAD and in two colours, black, and white.The Echo has also be given a limited time introductory price at $99.99 CAD after it will go for $129.99 CAD and available in a number of shell colours including sandstone, heather grey, and charcoal.The Echo Plus will retail for $169.99 CAD and later go for $199.99 CAD and available in silver, white and black.In addition, Amazon has introduced Alexa with a new English voice with a Canadian accent, local knowledge, and local skills from Canadian developers. There will be over 10,000 skills available for Canadians including ones from Air Canada, TD Bank, Telus, CBC, The Weather Network, Bank of Montreal and more.The…

HTC cancels its Daydream standalone headset

Back in May, Google announced that it was working with HTC and Lenovo on standalone headsets for their Daydream VR platform. The headsets would use Google’s WorldSense technology which allows positional tracking without any wires.Now, Google and HTC have announced that they’ve canceled their plans to release a standalone Daydream headset, according to TechCrunch.“We still have a great relationship with Google, but will not be bringing a standalone device to the western markets on Daydream,” an HTC spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch.HTC says they’re focusing on a standalone VR headset for the Chinese market with the Vive Focus, which was announced at their Vive Developers Conference in Beijing.The Vive Focus offers inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom tracking (6DoF) which HTC calls “world-scale”. You won’t need to be attached to a PC or use a phone to be able to use the Vive Focus.The Vive Focus’ high-resolution AMOLED screen will help deliver “the best possible VR experience.” …

Amazon to turn The Lord of the Rings into a TV series

Amazon has announced that they have acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings which are based on the fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien.The show will be produced by Amazon Studios along with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema. The deal is a multi-season commitment with a potential additional spin-off series.“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”The new series will explore storylines that take place before J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home o…