Volvo's wave of electric cars starts with a new brand: Polestar

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Volvo made a big commitment earlier this year to put electric motors in all of its vehicles by 2019 — and now the automaker will double down on electrification with an entirely new luxury car brand. 

Volvo and its Chinese parent company, Geely Holdings, just announced that they’ll invest about $755 million together to create Polestar, which will manufacture electrified vehicles in China. The new brand will be a “fully consolidated Volvo Cars subsidiary,” focused solely on creating electric, performance-first vehicles.

The plans for the Polestar were unveiled at an event in Shanghai, where the first vehicle from the brand, the Polestar 1, also made its debut. The brand new two-door coupé isn’t an all-electric car, but it has a hybrid engine that the company claims will offer an estimated 93 miles per charge of range running on electricity alone, which would give it more range than any hybrid currently on the road.  Read more…

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Amazon patent shows how drones might some day charge your car

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Your next electric car might be fueled up by drone. 

Amazon was granted a new patent earlier this month that was only recently spotted by Green Tech Media. The patent explains how Amazon drones might one day latch onto an electric vehicle and charge it while it’s driving — a complicated balancing act between the car and the drone.

The drones could be fully autonomous, the patent claims, meaning that they would be able to plan and navigate their own routes without any human assistance. 

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Here’s how it would work: An electric vehicle would send a request for fuel on a network to which the drones are connected. The server would then select an available drone and assign it to meet the vehicle at a rendezvous point.  Read more…

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Google adds stronger security features for hacking targets

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Google just released its most powerful security feature yet.

The search giant announced on its blog Tuesday morning the new Advanced Protection Program, which is intended to protect people who are at a high risk of being hacked. This means high-profile figures like Hillary Clinton, investigative journalists, and even activists.

Most of the products Google creates are made for the masses — the billions of people who use Gmail, Google Drive, and the Chrome web browser. In this case, however, Google created a security feature for only a select number of users who are willing to sacrifice some convenience for substantially increased e-mail protection. Read more…

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Google Calendar for web just got a pretty new update

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Google is rolling out new updates for the web version of Google Calendar, finally giving PC users the sleek layout and intuitive controls offered on the mobile app version of the G Suite tool.  

The redesigned G Cal has the same bright colors you’ll find on mobile, and the web page layout will automatically adjusts to better fit the size of your screen.  

Most of the other features coming with the web redesign will be helpful for people using Calendar within wider organizations. The handiest of these will now allow you to check out multiple users’ calendars side by side for a given day, in order to see how everyone’s schedule lines up. Check that out in the GIF below: Read more…

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Custom PC mod is basically a dancing hologram

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Throwing LED lights into your custom-built gaming PC just doesn’t cut it anymore. You gotta outfit it with a see-through screen that makes it look like it has holograms inside of it.

That’s exactly what somebody did with a custom PC making the rounds in Japan. Installing a transparent LCD monitor on the side of a PC that plays a video of the fictional, anime-esque singer Hatsune Miku, the modder made it appear like she’s a hologram dancing inside the PC.

It’s a very impressive visual trick, and with the stage-like setup inside the PC, it looks pretty convincing. Read more…

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