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Hyundai finally gives us a price for the 2019 Kona EV—$29,995

Ars Technica - December 14, 2018 - 8:35pm

Enlarge / The Kona EV is relaxing to drive but does not demand you take it by the scruff and carve some canyons. (credit: Hyundai)

In October, we finally got a chance to drive the Hyundai Kona EV, a rather wonderful little electric vehicle. Based on the internal combustion-powered Kona, it packs in 64kWh of lithium-ion to give it an EPA range of 258 miles (415km). On top of that, the little Kona EV also sported a rather nifty Smart Regeneration System that uses the car's cruise control radar to maximize energy recuperation when following other cars. The one thing we couldn't tell you back then was how much this EV would cost.

Wonder no more. On Friday, Hyundai finally revealed US pricing: the 2019 Kona EV will start at $36,450, which means it should cost $28,950 after the $7,500 IRS tax credit is taken into account. (On top of that, there's the delivery charge, which bumps the post-credit price up to $29,995.)

That makes it more expensive than the base model Nissan Leaf, which starts at $29,990 before tax credits. However, the Leaf only offers 150 miles (241km) of range, and you'd need to spring for the $36,200 Leaf SL to get a similar level of equipment to the Hyundai. (A longer-range, more expensive Leaf with a 60kWh battery pack is coming at some point in 2019, but that adds $5,500 to the car's price.)

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Epic Games is giving away Subnautica for free, if you use its new store - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 14, 2018 - 8:32pm
The game studio behind Fortnite is pushing to get more people using its Steam competitor.

Christmas countdown: Best deals on Nintendo Switch, Fire HD 8, Xbox One, iPad and more! - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 14, 2018 - 8:22pm
You still have time to score some amazing discounts, like an Amazon Fire HD 8 for $50 and a 32-inch TV for just $80.

Iran-linked hackers reportedly targeted activists and US officials - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 14, 2018 - 8:12pm
Researchers say a phishing campaign happened just as Trump prepared to reinstate nuclear sanctions.

Formula E starts season 5 in Saudi Arabia with a faster electric race car

Ars Technica - December 14, 2018 - 8:10pm

Formula E

Most of the motorsports world takes a well-deserved break in December. The long Formula 1 championship is done, as is the even longer NASCAR season. But this weekend, one series is about to get started: it's time for Formula E, which holds its first race of the 2018/2019 championship on Saturday. This is the fifth season for this electric racing championship, and it represents a new chapter for the sport as Formula E gets all-new cars and adds some new cities to the roster (including this weekend's race, which takes place in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia).

Here at Ars, we've been fans of the all-electric racing series from day one. We were at the first-ever US race in Miami in 2015, and that same year two of the cars even carried our logo at the season finale in London. Since then, we've been regulars at the NYC ePrix, a two-day doubleheader that marks the conclusion of the championship. Electric cars racing on temporary street circuits in city centers represented quite a departure from your average racing series, and it's fair to say that Formula E has had to deal with a lot of skeptics. But we like people who try new things, and, over the course of the past four years, the sport has done a lot to win many naysayers over.

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Hot on heels of 2.0, Vivaldi 2.2 adds tab session management among other goodies

The Register - December 14, 2018 - 8:00pm
But built-in email and mobile clients still works in progress

Only months after reaching the 2.0 milestone, the independent Chromium-based browser Vivaldi has added a bunch of useful features.…

Foul-mouthed rescue parrot forges Amazon Alexa friendship - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 14, 2018 - 7:52pm
Rocco the parrot plays romantic music and tries to order treats from an Echo.

Virgin Galactic flew an engagement ring to space - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 14, 2018 - 7:28pm
After its safe return, Richard Branson handed the ring off to an engineer who made an adorable post-flight proposal.

Amazon's Ring takes heat for considering facial recognition for its video doorbells - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 14, 2018 - 7:23pm
Two patent applications from the company describe identifying "suspicious" people then automatically alerting police.

“We’re sorry,” Facebook says, again—new photo bug affects millions

Ars Technica - December 14, 2018 - 7:19pm

Enlarge (credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Another day, another privacy issue with Facebook.

The company announced Friday morning that a photo API bug might have resulted in millions of people having their private photos become improperly accessible by up to 1,500 apps for a period of 12 days in September 2018.

As Facebook described it in a blog post by Tomer Bar, a company staffer:

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Mortal Kombat 11 might add Spawn as playable character - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 14, 2018 - 7:17pm
We could be in for an awesome '90s mashup.

Aquaman review: Oceanic DC superhero epic will float your boat - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 14, 2018 - 7:07pm
Splash meets Game of Thrones in this thoroughly entertaining slice of submersible superheroics.

iPad Pro (2018) review: A powerful, beautiful tablet that needs a software overhaul - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - December 14, 2018 - 7:06pm
Big, gorgeous, screaming-fast tablet? Absolutely. Laptop replacement? Not until iOS changes and compatible accessories arrive.

iPhone XS, Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9 and 27 other phones take cat photos - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 14, 2018 - 7:00pm
Compare these cat photos taken by 30 different phones. It's the cutest camera comparison you'll ever experience.

ZipRecruiter has been flying low: User email addresses exposed to unauthorised accounts

The Register - December 14, 2018 - 7:00pm
Looking for work? Spammers could well be looking for you

Tinder for job-seekers ZipRecruiter has copped to a data breach after the names and email addresses of job-seekers were flung to the wind in a permissions screw-up.…

Google brings fossils and artifacts back to life after fire destroys Brazilian museum - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 14, 2018 - 6:58pm
Brazil's Museu Nacional caught fire in September, destroying millions of historical pieces.

9 best apps for building presentations in iOS - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 14, 2018 - 6:51pm
You can create presentations from an iPhone or iPad, with nearly all the bells and whistles to make them more visual and less boring.

Facebook discloses bug that exposed 6.8 million people’s photos - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 14, 2018 - 6:47pm
More than 1,500 apps had access to pictures that people uploaded but didn't post, the social network said.

Get your binge on: Season 3 of sci-fi gem Travelers is out now

Ars Technica - December 14, 2018 - 6:40pm

Enlarge / Travelers. (credit: Netflix)

One of our favorite streaming shows of the last few years has been time-travel adventure Travelers.

The world of the future is in some ill-defined crisis, and the only way this can be averted is to send people back in time to make better decisions. But in a Quantum Leap-style twist, only people's consciousnesses can be sent back in time. To minimize disruption to the timelines, the mastermind of this plan, the Director, uses people who were just about to die as its targets, narrowly averting their deaths (at least most of the time) and allowing a traveler to resume their life.

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YouTube took down 58 million videos in three months - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 14, 2018 - 6:38pm
Most of the videos were taken down for violating YouTube's policies on spam or adult content.

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