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This One Chart Shows Tesla's Plan To Disrupt The Auto Industry

Yet in a nationwide survey from earlier this year, a company that didn't even exist 15 years ago was credited with making the "most loved vehicle in America."<p>The car was the Model S, made by Tesla Motors.<p>As our recent longform investigation into the origin of Tesla reveals, the automaker was able …

Half of US-Mexico border now patrolled only by drone

The US government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border.<p>It represents a significant …

Rocki Play: The wireless music streamer for a Sonos experience on the cheap (review)

If you’ve been following developments in the digital audio space over the last year or so, you already know that there is a war going on. It’s a battle for dominance in the wireless home hi-fi space, and it’s been drawing in some of the biggest names in consumer electronics: Bose, Samsung, Denon, …

Google Fiber Arrives in Starbucks, Kansas City

If you’re a coffee-drinker and frequent internet user, you’ve probably found yourself sitting in Starbucks on more than a few occasions. But for those in one Kansas City outlet, broadband speeds just got silly.<p>Google has been gradually expanding its free speedy Wi-Fi in Starbucks across the US for …

America's Rooftop Solar Panels Are Probably Facing The Wrong Direction

But they make more money this way.<p>The direction of your rooftop solar panels benefits your wallet more than the environment, according to multiple energy officials interviewed by The New York Times.<p>Virtually all homes point their solar panels south, where they can best capture rays from the sun …

Lenovo and Ashton Kutcher made a tablet together, and there's a projector inside

With Z3, Sony brings phones to US faster

NEW YORK (AP) — Sony is launching its new Xperia Z3 waterproof smartphone through Verizon and T-Mobile. The phones are hitting U.S. stores on the …

So Apple doesn’t collect as much data as Google. Maybe it should

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Wednesday-night privacy manifesto might have succeeded in placating consumers wary after the recent celebrity iCloud-hacking …

Everything You Need to Know About Alibaba and its Mega-IPO

The Wall Street hype machine is in full swing for the Chinese online retail giant Alibaba’s initial public offering. The company, which operates a …

eCommerce

How to tell if Heartbleed could have stolen your password, and when it’s safe to change it

As you’ve probably heard, the Heartbleed bug exposes websites that use a popular encryption technology to malicious attacks, and some of your passwords—and personal data—may well have been compromised. The vulnerable software, OpenSSL, is used to encrypt something like two-thirds of all sites on …

Information Security

Samsung's latest smartphone monitors your heart

• Samsung's last smartphone watched your eyes; its new one will also listen to your heart. The Korean company's new flagship Galaxy S5 packs a heart rate monitor and will track your motions and monitor your steps, as part of a push into the health and fitness market. The innovation comes after …

How to Tell Free-Market and Pro-Capitalist Libertarians Apart

Quick quiz for libertarians: are you a Free Marketeer?, or a Pro-Capitalist?<p>A free marketeer is someone who believes that through the free flow of …