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Navistar CEO: We’ll have more electric trucks on the road than Tesla by 2025

Ars Technica - January 3, 2018 - 2:10am

Enlarge / International Trucks is a Navistar brand. Navistar wants to expand its lineup with electric models. (Photo by Callie Lipkin/Bloomberg via Getty Images) (credit: Callie Lipkin / Bloomberg / Getty Images)

In an interview with, the CEO of international truck-maker Navistar said that his company would have more electric trucks on the road than Tesla by 2025.

CEO Troy Clarke’s claim is a bit of a red delicious-to-granny smith comparison, though, as his company has, thus far, only announced a medium-duty electric truck and an electric school bus. Tesla, on the other hand, has announced a heavy-duty truck that will theoretically be able to haul 80,000lbs and travel up to 500 miles on a single charge. Navistar, by comparison, has not yet announced a range for its medium-duty electric truck, though Clarke said (like most medium-duty trucks) Navistar’s electric version would “run short distances and can depot to recharge at the end of the day.” Navistar’s all-electric school bus—the unfortunately styled “chargE”—will have a range exceeding 120 miles.

Beating Tesla on a delivery timetable alone seems like a good way to set up a one-sided competition—the company has notoriously had trouble meeting delivery deadlines. Navistar also has significant truck-building resources. The company builds a variety of medium- and heavy-duty trucks, as well as school buses, military-style vehicles, and engines. Its electric vehicle foray benefits from a research-and-development partnership with Volkswagen Truck & Bus. (VW owns 17 percent of Navistar, according to

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Google search glitch says LaVar Ball founded NBA - CNET - News - January 3, 2018 - 1:49am
Commentary: In an embarrassing mistake, Google's search engine decides that the bombastic father of the Lakers star Lonzo founded the league.

Now that's sticker shock: Sticky labels make image-recog AI go bananas for toasters

The Register - January 3, 2018 - 1:37am
Google boffins develop tricks to fool machine-learning software

Despite dire predictions from tech industry leaders about the risks posed by unfettered artificial intelligence, software-based smarts remain extremely fragile.…

Each of us streamed 1,036 songs last year (and most of them were by Ed Sheeran)

BBC Technology News - January 3, 2018 - 1:13am
UK music fans streamed 68.1 billion songs last year, an average of 1,036 songs per person.

Dating website eHarmony's 'scientific' match ad banned

BBC Technology News - January 3, 2018 - 1:07am
The claim from eHarmony has been called 'misleading' by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Smart lock startup Otto suspends operations before shipping product

ZDnet News - January 3, 2018 - 12:38am
Hardware is hard: Otto won't meet its January ship date and has abruptly suspended operations after failed acquisition.

Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

The Register - January 3, 2018 - 12:23am
We had the rug pulled from under our front door, says CEO

You won't have a $700 smart lock to kick around any more, as Otto (no, not that one) shut down and sacked its staff just before Christmas – without ever delivering a product.…

IIHS slams vehicle manufacturers on poor headlight performance - Roadshow - News - January 3, 2018 - 12:00am
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety wants OEMs to think more about lighting performance than design.

Alexa in your ceiling? GE teases voice-friendly smart lights for CES - CNET - News - January 2, 2018 - 11:53pm
Coming later this year, new Wi-Fi-connected ceiling lights from GE will include built-in microphones that let you talk to Alexa or Google Assistant -- no smart speakers needed.

Why you might want a foldable Samsung Galaxy phone - CNET - News - January 2, 2018 - 11:45pm
Also, why you might not.

With a new acquisition, Apple looks to improve workflow for developers

Ars Technica - January 2, 2018 - 11:36pm

Enlarge / iOS 11, which ships with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, has a renovated app store. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple has acquired Buddybuild, a startup that offers services to aid app developers with user testing and iteration.

Apple will roll the Vancouver-based Buddybuild team into its Xcode engineering division, where the team will create new tools and features for iOS developers. We don't know exactly what form those will take yet, but it is likely they'll still be related to debugging and collecting user feedback. Buddybuild's currently offered services and products are similar in some ways to Apple's existing tool TestFlight (also an acquisition), which allows app developers to share test beta app builds.

Apple has always made courting developers a cornerstone of the strategy for its platforms. Let's call it "trickle-down platform development"—first you give developers powerful tools and an app store that puts their concerns front and center, then they create software that draws consumers to the platform. Each time Apple succeeds in attracting developers to build an app experience that is unique to its ecosystem, it's a win from Apple's perspective.

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Open-source civil war: Olive branch offered in trademark spat... with live grenade attached

The Register - January 2, 2018 - 11:28pm
Software Freedom Law Center claims Software Freedom Conservancy committed fraud

A few days before the Christmas holiday, the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) made a peace offering of sorts in an ostensible effort to resolve its trademark dispute with the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC).…

Sens8 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - January 2, 2018 - 11:02pm
Home security system Sens8 -- not to be confused with the Netflix sci-fi series -- offers a lot of the features you'd expect from an all-in-one device.

NASA asteroid hunter spies Earth from far, far away - CNET - News - January 2, 2018 - 10:58pm
The Osiris-Rex spacecraft sent back a striking view of Earth and the moon looking tiny against the backdrop of space.

Spotify sued over songwriter rights

BBC Technology News - January 2, 2018 - 10:29pm
Wixen Music Publishing is seeking damages of at least $1.6bn.

SuperFish cram scandal: Lenovo must now ask nicely before stuffing new PCs with crapware

The Register - January 2, 2018 - 10:15pm
In America, at least

The US government's trade watchdog, the FTC, has finalized its settlement deal with Lenovo on charges the PC builder sold Americans machines crammed with intrusive adware.…

Batterygate: Apple betrayed its customers and now it faces a world of hurt

ZDnet News - January 2, 2018 - 10:02pm
It takes decades to build up fierce customer loyalty and just one mistake to completely dismantle it.

Climate change will make it feel even worse than it is

Ars Technica - January 2, 2018 - 10:00pm

Enlarge (credit: NY State Senate)

If you're in the Continental US at the moment, you're probably giving lots of thought to how the wind chill makes things feel notably worse than the frigid temperatures might indicate. And, if you're not, your local weather forecaster will probably be happy to inform you of what it really feels like outside, regardless of what the temperature says.

This isn't something meteorologists made up to make cold snaps feel worse; the wind really does enhance the chilling effect of cold air. And it works on the other side of the comfort zone as well, as humidity combines with high temperatures to enhance heat stress.

The rising temperatures driven by climate change are expected to change human comfort levels in a way that mostly balances out—uncomfortable heat in the tropics is expected to be offset by fewer cold problems at higher latitudes. But rising temperatures will also affect wind patterns and humidity levels, so there's a chance that things will feel different from simply "it's a bit warmer." To find out, a Canadian-Chinese research team used a set of historical records and climate models to figure out how humans are perceiving their changing climate.

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Dealmaster: Get a 15-inch Dell laptop with a Core i7 processor for $650

Ars Technica - January 2, 2018 - 9:47pm

Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back in the saddle after celebrating another New Year up at Dealmaster HQ, and courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we've got another crop of discounts in tow. As usual, there are plenty of offers on laptops and other PC accessories, including Dell's Inspiron 15 7000 with a 7th-gen Core i7 marked down to $650. (If you're willing to trade a little bit of design flair, the $580 Inspiron 15 5000 deal we've highlighted in the past is still live, too.)

The rest of the rundown includes deals on Sonos' Play:1 and Play:3 speakers, a high-end 4K TV from Vizio, some smart home gear, and more. You can check it out for yourself below.

(credit: TechBargains)

Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.

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Ajit Pai’s FCC is still editing the net neutrality repeal order

Ars Technica - January 2, 2018 - 9:35pm

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Daniel Grill)

The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality rules on December 14, but the FCC is still making edits to the repeal order and hasn't released the final version. The final order should be similar to the draft released by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai three weeks before the vote, but some changes will be made.

"The goal is to release it as soon as possible," an FCC spokesperson told Ars today. The spokesperson said he can't discuss any changes made to the draft order until a final version is released.

FCC orders are sometimes released weeks after a vote, although orders are also often released the same day or within a few days of a vote. The time is used by FCC staff and the chairman's office to fix any mistakes or omissions and to respond to concerns raised by commissioners. Since net neutrality supporters will file lawsuits in an attempt to overturn the repeal, the final edits could also help Pai's office make the repeal order more legally defensible.

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