Elon Musk starts Tesla Model 3 online orders early, opens to more countries

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Just a few hours before Tesla unveils its long-awaited Model 3, the upstart EV automaker’s CEO and co-founder, Elon Musk, tweeted several major updates about the online ordering process.

Not only has he opened up orders an hour before he’s set to take the stage and unveil the car, he’s also opening the online order forms to more countries.

The countries now allowed to place online reservations for the Model 3 include Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, New Zealand, Singapore and Ireland.

Musk’s tweets also include a bit of bad news: Tesla is limiting Model 3 reservations to two per customer. Read more…

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Nope, Microsoft Edge will not be getting built-in ad blocking

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On Thursday, a report from ZDNet claimed Microsoft was planning to build ad blocking right into its new Microsoft Edge web browser. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s not going to happen.

Mashable has confirmed that Microsoft is not building native ad-blocking features into Edge. According to Microsoft, the slide that was circulated at a Build 2016 session was “in reference to work we’re already doing in bringing extensions to MS Edge, such as AdBlock and AdBlock Plus” and not referring to built-in ad blocking features.

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Cleartext only lets you write with the 1,000 most common words

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Writers who work on children’s books or are looking for a unique challenge might be intrigued by Cleartext, a barebones text editor for Macs that doesn’t allow you to use anything other than the 1,000 most common words in the English language.

Seen by Product Hunt, Cleartext forces you to write simplistically, and if you try to type any words beyond the 1,000 most common, it will stop you in your tracks. Words like “intrigued,” “challenge,” necessary” and more are forbidden. If you try to type them, they will be highlighted and you’ll have to type in a more common word to move on Read more…

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Mac users will finally get add-ins for Microsoft Office, including Starbucks

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Mac users will soon be able to do a lot more with Microsoft Office.

Add-ins, extensions that allow third-party apps to run inside Office, will soon roll out to Mac versions of the Office suite. Support for the plugins will be available on Mac in the coming weeks, Microsoft says.

Microsoft also plans to make add-ins available for Office’s Android apps, though it’s not clear when that will be; Rob Howard, director of Office 365 ecosystem marketing, would only say that Android is “on the roadmap.”

Since add-ins for Outlook and Outlook.com were first announced at last year’s Build developer conference, developers have created more than 100 extensions (there are more than 1,000 for the entire Office suite). These include productivity apps like Evernote as well as services like Uber and Yelp Read more…

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.1 update to fix bug that caused iPhones to freeze up

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Apple released iOS 9.3.1 on Thursday with a fix for a bug that was causing iPhones to freeze when users clicked on links within apps.

Users started reporting their iPhones were locking up when clicking on links within Safari, Chrome and Twitter almost immediately after Apple released iOS 9.3 a week ago.

iPhone users should immediately grab the update by going into Settings > General > Software Update.

According to the update change log:

“Fixes an issue that caused apps to be unresponsive after tapping on links in Safari and other apps.” Read more…

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Kevin Hart, Lionsgate team up for 'Laugh Out Loud' streaming service

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LOS ANGELES — Kevin Hart and Lionsgate want you to LOL.

The Santa Monica-based studio announced Thursday that it has partnered up with the comedian and his company, Hartbeat Digital, to launch a new video-on-demand service, Laugh Out Loud, as well as a social adventure mobile tablet game.

“Lionsgate has always been a great partner of mine, and I’m more than excited to take our business and creative relationship to new levels,” Hart said in a statement. “I understand the direction in which the television business is headed, and I see this big new space toward which audiences are starting to gravitate. I believe that launching this venture together now puts us ahead of the pack.” Read more…

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