Jaguar races through frigid Arctic in its forthcoming electric SUV

Jaguar brought a fleet of its electric vehicle prototypes to the Arctic in northern Sweden, and then proceeded to race them around the snow-blanketed flats. 

This could be viewed as stunt — though a potentially useful stunt: It’s important to see how electric vehicles perform in extreme weather conditions. According to Jaguar, the company drove its forthcoming I-PACE SUV around its test facility at temperatures as low as -40 Celsius (which is also -40 Fahrenheit).

Cold temperatures can affect battery performance, which Tesla noted in a late 2017 software update allowing drivers to “preheat” their battery in cold environments. Tesla recommended this “preconditioning” to limit the loss of range and general performance. Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Jaguar races through frigid Arctic in its forthcoming electric SUV

Amazon dropped a hilarious new Super Bowl ad for Alexa

Amazon and friends are getting hyped for the Super Bowl. The company released a hilarious Super Bowl ad on its YouTube channel on Wednesday. 

The ad depicts a fictional scenario in which Alexa loses her voice. The company must scramble to find celebrities to replace her as the voice of the Amazon Echo, and hilarity ensues. 

Jeff Bezos himself acts convincingly perplexed after hearing the news. We then see the company call upon an eclectic cast of characters. 

Gordon Ramsay berates an amateur chef for the shortcomings of his grilled cheese sandwich, and Cardi B laughs about the lack of oxygen on Mars. Rebel Wilson makes a cute and cringey attempt to “set the mood” from a bubble bath, and Anthony Hopkins is generally creepy while feeding a peacock.  Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Amazon dropped a hilarious new Super Bowl ad for Alexa

AT&T's big DirecTV Now update arrives this spring

You now have a better idea of when AT&T's next-gen TV platform will roll out to streamers on a larger scale. Alongside the telecom's latest earnings, CEO Randall Stephenson has confirmed that the "next-gen" DirecTV Now will launch in spring 2018….
Source: Engadget | AT&T's big DirecTV Now update arrives this spring

Pornhub offers 110 gallons of lube to the city of Philadelphia for its dry pole problem

The Philadelphia Police Department announced it won’t grease up the city’s light poles for the Super Bowl, so Pornhub is offering them 110 gallons of lube. 

Earlier this month, the city of Philadelphia decided to grease up some of the city’s light poles with Crisco in an attempt to thwart any unruly sports fans from climbing up and inevitably injuring themselves following the NFC Championship game. 

Apparently, the Crisco didn’t work all that well — instead, it became a challenge for anyone daring to test their luck at the poles. Also, Crisco is flammable, so the whole thing posed a serious safety hazard. Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Pornhub offers 110 gallons of lube to the city of Philadelphia for its dry pole problem

Here's your first look at 'Jessica Jones' Season 2

We last saw Jessica Jones taking down the Hand in Marvel’s Defenders, but soon she’ll be back for another solo outing, hopefully as powerful and gripping as the last. Netflix released the first images and a few behind-the-scenes photos from Jessica Jones Season 2, and we just hope we can remain patient.

First of all, um, not to panic, but – Kilgrave. This is probably a flashback or something Jessica is imagining, which is perfectly reasonable given the history – but still terrifying.

Uh-oh.

Image: David Giesbrecht/Netflix Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Here's your first look at 'Jessica Jones' Season 2

Apple Music adds exclusive DJ mixes from Steve Aoki and more

Spotify and Apple Music partnered up with Dubset, a rights-management and distribution platform for DJs and remixers, a couple of years ago. Sony Music and independent record company Merlin also partnered with the company to make sure samples in remi…
Source: Engadget | Apple Music adds exclusive DJ mixes from Steve Aoki and more

Justice Department Dismisses Corruption Case Against Menendez

  1. Justice Department Dismisses Corruption Case Against Menendez  New York Times
  2. Justice Dept. won’t retry Sen. Bob Menendez  CNN
  3. Government won’t retry New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges  Los Angeles Times
  4. Justice Department won’t retry Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and co-defendant after judge acquitted them on some …  ABC News
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Source: Google News | Justice Department Dismisses Corruption Case Against Menendez

Comcast adds Super Bowl-specific voice cues to Xfinity X1 service

Comcast has been expanding entertainment options Xfinity X1 platform, from fantasy football to Jackbox games on its cable boxes. But in anticipation of Americans' most entertaining weekend, the company has added new voice commands to help fans catch…
Source: Engadget | Comcast adds Super Bowl-specific voice cues to Xfinity X1 service

Why it makes no sense for Apple to bring iPad apps to Macs

In December, it was reported that Apple was looking into bridging the worlds of iOS and macOS even further with universal apps that could run on both platforms.

And now Axios says Apple’s still on track to bring iPad apps to Macs this year. No mention of iPhone apps running on Mac. Just iPad apps. 

Yuck, no thanks.

Known internally as “Marzipan” according to Bloomberg’s report last year, the project would allow developers to create a single version of an app that works with touchscreens (iOS) or mouse and keyboard (Mac).  Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Why it makes no sense for Apple to bring iPad apps to Macs

Facebook's traffic is down 50 million hours per day as Zuckerberg demands less 'viral videos'

One of Facebook’s core statistics doesn’t look so good. Time spent on the network — a number that drives the tech giant’s revenue — is down by an estimated 50 million hours per day.

Facebook now reaches 2.13 billion people per month and has 1.4 billion daily active users. If we were to revisit that 50 million hours number on a per user basis, it would be a drop of 0.035 hours aka 2.1 minutes per user per day. 

For CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg, that’s a necessary drop for his company’s future success. Zuckerberg announced the news Wednesday as part of Facebook’s quarterly earnings, reflecting on its 2017 revenue and spending and the future of the company.  Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Facebook's traffic is down 50 million hours per day as Zuckerberg demands less 'viral videos'