A heads-up display, which projects information such as the car's speed and battery life in front of the driver, could prevent drivers from looking at the 15ins display while driving and therefore help them focus on the road.Despite its focus on autonomous technology, the driving experience in the Model 3 “remains enjoyably analogue”, says Car magazine, while the vehicle's acceleration performance easily matches its more expensive sibling, the Model S.Drivers may find themselves using only their right foot to drive the Model 3, thanks to its regenerative braking system, which automatically applies the brakes when coasting in order to charge battery.The batteries themselves come in two different options, says Top Gear - offering a 220-mile-per-charge range or 310 miles per charge.As there are no dials behind the steering wheel to show your road speed, Mashable says you need to focus on the touchscreen in the centre console to see how fast you're going.TechCrunch concludes that the Model 3 "is a well-designed, mid-sized sedan that managed to simplify the Tesla design ethos with luxury in mind and without making it feel any less a part of the Tesla family."
While previous spy shots of the entry-level electric car "appeared to be flat, spartan, and lifeless", the website says the production version feels "refreshing" and "expansive" because of the lack of dials and buttons.As there are no dials behind the steering wheel to show your road speed, Mashable says you need to focus on the touchscreen in the centre console to see how fast you're going.TechCrunch concludes that the Model 3 "is a well-designed, mid-sized sedan that managed to simplify the Tesla design ethos with luxury in mind and without making it feel any less a part of the Tesla family."Prices are expected to start at around £30,000 "after government grants", says the Daily Mail, although UK deliveries are not expected until next year.The cheaper model comes with a battery range of 220 miles.Tesla Model 3: Performance version to arrive 'next year'
A "performance" version of the Tesla Model 3 is due to arrive next year, founder Elon Musk has revealed.Focus now is on getting out of Model 3 production hell."While there's no mention of what differences a performance version would have over the standard Model 3, Electrek says it expects it to come with the regular car's 310-mile battery pack along with "a dual motor all-wheel-drive system".The event also saw the confirmation of prices for the company's first mass-production saloon with The Verge reporting the entry-level Model 3 will go on the market for $35,000 (£27,000) while a version with a longer battery life will be priced at $44,000 (£34,000).UK prices have yet to be announced and more details are expected when Tesla ramps up deliveries later this year.Musk revealed the first production in July and it bares a striking resemblance to both the concept version and Tesla's range-topping Model S saloon.
Tesla founder Elon Musk has confirmed that production of the new Model 3 electric saloon will be completed "on Friday".Vehicle production should jump from 100 units in August to 1,500 in September, with Tesla hoping to produce 20,000 cars per month by December.Despite its smaller and more compact proportions to Tesla's flagship Model S saloon, recent spy shots of the company's entry-level car show it bears a striking resemblance to its larger sibling.Customers will be able to spec their Model 3 in blue, black, red or silver, although more colours are expected to be announced closer to the car's launch.While some expressed disappointment at the lack of a conventional speedometer on the dashboard, Musk tweeted to disgruntled fans that they "won't care" about the minimalistic cabin, implying the rest of the car will be worth it.With the seats down, the car's cargo bay will stretch from the back of the front seats to the end of the boot, opening up around 66ins of room.
Smaller, faster, denser - the future of commercial memory?Researchers at IBM say they have successfully managed to store 3 bits per cell in a chip employing a strip of 64,000 cells at some toasty temperatures and while under quite a bit of stress "for the first time ever".Multi-level-cell technologies and PCM had been inhibited in the past by the sheer variability of the cells, background noise and changing resistance.Haris Pozidis, manager of non-volatile memory research at IBM Research in Zurich, in statement called the work "a significant milestone.""At this density the cost of PCM will be significantly less than DRAM and closer to flash," Pozidis said.IBM hopes to use PCM as a standalone method or used in hybrid applications to boost flash storage.
When ZUK launched the Z2 Pro we did wonder why they had jumped straight to a Pro model, well that question has been answered with reports that a standard ZUK Z2 will also launch.The above image is a teaser to the upcoming ZUK Z2 which will be placed and priced below the current Z2 Pro so starting at less than 1999 Yuan .In fact the Z2 might be the new name for the Z1 Mini we heard about a few months back.If the Z2 is the new name for the Z1 Mini then the device will feature a Helio P10 chipset, 4.7-inch HD display and have options for either 2GB 16GB or 3GB 32GB.Of course this is a big maybe, and in all honesty we would prefer the Z2 to be just a slightly down specced Z2 Pro, perhaps with a Snapdragon 617, 3GB RAM and a price of around 1499 Yuan.What we can see from the image is that the ZUK Z2 will retain USB Type C, a physical home button, and will be constructed with an alloy chassis with 2.5D glass display on the front.What do you think of this upcoming ZUK model?
In the past their Be Touch and Paris phones all had CNC alloy chassis, but the Vienna feature a unibody plastic body.This hardly detracts from the package though as the plastic is nicely curved and moulded to make a phone that is almost like a slim, flat pebble.The plastics are of good not top quality, and there are no creaks or gaps.With such a curved rear Ulefone made the correct decision of have a 2.5D curved display up front, and to add an extra degree of curvature to the phone there is a small black plastic bezel around the screen.All in all its a good-looking, well made phone, only let down by the rather large and very ugly icons on the chin for the hardware buttons.I m sure a more elegant solution is out there, one which doesn t cheapen the overall good design.Features around the Ulefone Vienna include a 5.5-inch display, headphone jack and IR remote at the top, standard USB in the base, 3 physical buttons on the right side for volume up, down and power and a final extra physical button on the left.The rear of the phone is non removable so a SIM tray on the left is how you add your SIM/SD card.On the back you fill find a 13 mega-pixel main camera slightly protruding , dual LED flash, fingerprint scanner, Ulefone logo and a single but very loud and clear speaker.Our review sample is the space grey version of the Ulefone Vienna, but Grace Black, Silk White and Rose Gold models are all listed on the Ulefone site too.Ulefone Vienna Review – HardwarePriced at around $180 depending on where you buy the Vienna isn t a particularly expensive audio centric phone.Other smartphones with audio features include Vivo, Nubia and Meizu, all of which cost considerably more.The price point is helped with the use of plastic construction, and we also see a cost cutting measure in the use of an octacore Mediatek MT6753 chipset.Now don t let this put you off as with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage there is enough memory for all of your apps and many games will run just fine on the phone, but heavy gamers need to look elsewhere.In fact other than the basic quad-core chipset, there aren t any obvious signs of cost cutting in the rest of the hardware.That 5.5-inch display is a Sharp LTPS 1920 x 1080 FHD model, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.It s actually surprising that Ulefone managed to squeeze it in to the budget.
Image: APWorksThe word Airbus probably brings to mind an image of a hefty airplane that flies you around the world.But this time around, Airbus has made a decidedly different kind of vehicle: a 3D printed motorcycle that looks like something straight out of Alien.Called Light Rider—man, David Hasselhoff is probably pissed—the vehicle was created by Airbus subsidiary APWorks.It weighs in at just 77 pounds and is powered by a six kilowatt electric engine that helps it go from zero to 50 miles per hour in a few seconds.And if it looks a little web-like, that s intentional:The frame itself was made using a selective 3D laser printing system that melted minuscule aluminum alloy particles together.The end product was a series of parts made up of a lot of extremely thin—as in 60 microns thin—layers.
View photosMoreThe CEO of Airbus, Tom Enders, left, and the head of APWorks, Joachim Zettler, present the first 3D printed electric motorcycle in Ottobrunn, Germany, Friday May 20, 2016.An electric motorcycle made from tiny aluminum alloy particles using a 3D printer.European aeronautics giant Airbus unveiled the 'Light Rider ' in Germany on Friday.The frame weighs just 13 pounds, about 30 percent less than conventional e-motorbikes.APWorks chief executive Joachim Zettler said the complex, branched hollow structure wouldn't have been possible with conventional production technologies such as milling or welding.The company is taking orders for a limited run of 50 motorbikes, costing 50,000 euros $56,095 , plus tax, each.
The Light Rider, made from aluminium alloy particles, runs on electric power and is 30% lighter than other motorcyclesHave you ever wanted an alien-looking motorbike?A 3D-printed motorcycle that looks like a next-gen alien-like machine has been developed by aeronautics giant Airbus' subsidiary firm AP Works, which, according to the company, is the world's first 3D printed functional bike.The hollow frame, which looks similar to an exoskeleton of sorts, was made using a selective 3D-printing system.The bike's lightweight frame was shaped using AP Works's own Scalmalloy material, which in itself weighs only 13 pounds.AP Works used a unique algorithm in order to ensure that the machine was kept at a minimum weight, yet was structurally strong enough to handle the weight of an adult rider and the added on-road stress of daily driving scenarios.Airbus has manufactured a very limited number of Light Riders, each of which has been priced at $56, 095 £38,663 .
Light Rider from AP Works sold in a limited edition of 50 copies for 50,000 euros each. Photographer: AP Works Airbus company AP Works begin selling an electric motorbike that is printed from a 3D printer and weighing only 35 kg. By building up the framework of the thousands of layers of powdered metal, each only 30 micrometers thick, AP Works to build a structure optimized for strength and low weight. It had not been possible with conventional manufacturing techniques, argue AP Works. They have used an aluminum alloy called Scalmalloy, commonly used in the aerospace industry. The motorcycle is powered by an electric motor with power 6 kW, and torque is 130 Nm.
By comparison, the Apple MacBook .51-inches 13.1mm tall and tips the scales at 2.03 pounds 0.92kg .The weighting and thickness reductions are even more striking when you consider the previous ZenBook UX305 weighed 2.64 pounds and was 12.9mm thick 0.51-inches .Despite scaling down the weight and size of the ZenBook, the model 3 is a powerhouse thanks to an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD.The 12.5-inch screen is covered by a big sheet of Gorilla Glass 4 and the body of the laptop itself is made from "aerospace-grade aluminum alloy," which the electronics firm claims to be 40 percent than most other laptops.As for making it so thin, Asus explains it developed the world's thinnest 3mm fan to keep the laptop's Core I-series processor cool while keeping it incredibly thin.Oh and it has a fingerprint scanner for good measure and letting users sign in with Windows Hello.
The thinking behind Asus' new ultraportable, the ZenBook 3, seems to have been approximately this: Let's make a laptop that's even thinner and lighter than the MacBook, but more powerful and with a slightly larger screen.Asus is well-aware of the similarities between the two machines.In its press release, the company pointed out that despite its compactness, the ZenBook 3 still has a backlit keyboard with a 19.8mm key pitch, comparable to most desktop keyboards the Apple MacBook's keyboard has a a butterfly mechanism, and is significantly thinner than regular keyboards .Asus says it managed to make the ZenBook 3 this compact by using an extremely thin, 3mm fan, and an "aerospace-grade aluminum alloy" as material for the case.Other specs of not are a Harman Kardon branded quad-speaker, a fingerprint sensor and ouch a single USB Type-C port for charging and connectivity.The ZenBook 3 is available in a rose gold, blue or gray finish.
That alloy has a spun metal design on the top and the notebook comes in royal blue, rose gold, and quartz grey.The colors are added to the alloy using a 2-phase anodizing process that also adds golden highlights.The machine uses up to Intel Core i7 processors, 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe Gen 3 SSD.The machine is also fitted with USB Type-C port, quad Harman Kardon stereo speakers, and it has a 12.5-inch screen.That screen covers 72% of the NTSC color gamut that has an edge-to-edge design.The thin notebook needed a thin cooling system and with the high-end hardware you can option the machine with, passive cooling didn t fit the bill.
Customers are limited to placing deposits on two examples – the company is removing suspected duplicate orders and has eliminated around 4,200 already.The company reckons it can build between 100,000-200,000 Model 3s in 2017, but according to CNET, Musk doesn't think the car will meet its 1 July 2017 production deadline, citing supply chain issues which could arise.According to Electrek, the company disclosed the updated list in a recent SEC filing outlining its plans to raise $1.4 billion £957 million to finance the Model 3's ramped up production schedule.Tesla has also hired the man responsible for kitting out the insides of Porsche's Mission E concept – a car with an interior packed with tech and noted for its large holographic display extending across the dashboard.According to the Economic Times, while demand for the Model 3 is high, the clientele overwhelmingly consists of "tech-savvy, environmentally conscious early adopters, who see Tesla as an innovative brand that meets their needs".Nevertheless, Forbes says Tesla can be proud of the organic spread of interest in the vehicle, saying that the car's popularity has been driven by "a true grassroots effort" – no advertisements or endorsements have marked its launch.
DesignBoth phones represent minimal design changes from their predecessors – not necessarily a bad thing, considering they are two of the best-looking handsets on the market.There's also a new "always on" screen function that displays information such as the time and date even when the phone is switched off.The headset can be used with apps such as NextVR for immersive, live, 180-degree broadcasts for the likes of sports events and even presidential debates, as well as games.Both are 5.5ins handsets but while the iPhone 6S plus gets a higher pixel density over the smaller phone at 401ppi, the S7 Edge, with a ppi of 534, loses focus a little compared to its smaller sibling.Both command a premium over the standard devices and feature more or less the same specs, although slightly larger batteries are a given, considering their sizes.In particular, it says, the S7's display and camera outperform the iPhone 6S, the build quality is "great" and overall, it's an "excellent smartphone".
Supercharging can fill up a Tesla vehicle for an additional 170 miles in around 30 minutes, making it hugely popular on long distance drives.Neither of these are on the pre-production Model 3; there's no large opening sitting high in the front bumper, only smaller vents lower down, and while a shape resembling a grille remains, there are no openings, just a squared-off lip at the top.Power wise, Tesla has broadly kept things under wraps for now, but Auto Express says the base car will do 0-62mph in less than six seconds and that, during a ride in an all-wheel drive variant, a 0-62mph blast felt over in around four and a half seconds.Customers are limited to placing deposits on two examples – the company is removing suspected duplicate orders and has eliminated around 4,200 already.Production and releaseDeliveries beginning late 2017 is as specific as Tesla has been, so those putting down deposits now will be waiting over a year to take delivery of their cars.The company reckons it can build between 100,000-200,000 Model 3s in 2017, but according to CNET, Musk doesn't think the car will meet its 1 July 2017 production deadline, citing supply chain issues which could arise.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class started life nearly four decades ago as a rugged, do-it-all off-roader.It has gained premium features and a six-digit price tag over time, but Mercedes has just announced a stripped-down, entry-level G designed to go far off the beaten path.A more modern-looking dashboard helps make the cabin more ergonomic, while the list of creature comforts includes a multi-function steering wheel and a power-adjustable steering column.Mercedes points out its newest SUV can hit 60 mph from a stop in 8.8 seconds, and go on to a top speed of 100 mph.More importantly, the G350d sits a little bit taller than other members of the G-Class lineup.Read more: Mercedes-AMG s E43 is a 396-hp wolf in sheep s clothingScheduled to launch in September, the Mercedes-Benz G350d carries a base price of €79,968, a sum that converts to nearly $90,000 once taxes are factored in.
Especially small Zenbo Robot! Photo: ASUS With ASUS Zenbook three aims in on Apple and its 12-inch MacBook. It is made of a special lightweight aluminum alloy and is available in Royal Blue, Rose Gold and Quartz Grey. Battery time is set to 9 hours. A titbit was portable ROG GX800 with water cooling, NVIDIA SLI GPUs and Intel K processors. Mention should also ROG G31 Edition 10, ASUS themselves call for the world's most powerful compact gaming desktop computer.
Segway has been around with electric personal transportation devices for a long time and has announced the launch of a new self-balancing personal transport called Ninebot by Segway miniPro.The miniPro promises to be an exciting way to enable recreational outdoor lifestyles for consumers.Riders can monitor speed, and other performance data on the dashboard, customize lighting on the device, and it has a security alarm.It's designed to be ridden by people from 16-60 years of age up to 185 pounds and is capable of making 360-degree turns.The frame is built using aircraft-grade magnesium alloy and the device is designed to be compact enough to fit into the trunk of a car.The padded knee bar is what riders use to steer the device and it comes in black or white colors.