Why the Tesla Model 3 will make or break the company

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Tesla will unveil its mass-market Model 3 to the world Thusday night. Mashable will be front and center when company co-founder and CEO Elon Musk takes the stage at roughly 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, Calif.

Musk hasn’t officially taken the wraps off the car, but we already know quite a lot about the Model 3. Coming nearly 10 years after the original Roadster, the Model 3 is Tesla’s shot at an electric vehicle for the everyday car buyer.

It’ll be the first car Tesla will make at an accessible price point, and the company’s planning for its storied “gigafactory” in the Nevada desert to crank them out en masse in the coming years. It’s also no exaggeration to say the company’s continued existence depends on the Model 3’s success. Read more…

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Apple is now collecting some medical data from iPhones. Here's why

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When Apple launched ResearchKit more than a year ago, the promise was to allow people from all over the world to participate in studies for medical research via iPhones and other Apple devices. At the time, the company made clear it was not in the business of collecting medical and research data from users — that was between the subjects and the researcher (mostly hospitals and universities).

Now that’s changing.

Two apps have updated their fine-print details to include Apple itself as a “secondary” researcher. Mole Mapper, an app from Oregon Health & Science University that tracks skin moles to help prevent melanoma, and the mPower Research App for Parkinson’s now list the tech giant as a third party that can receive medical data from study participants. Read more…

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Microsoft wants Azure to power the next gen of IoT devices

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SAN FRANCISCO — Smart devices like Amazon Echo and Nest thermostats are only as intelligent as the data behind them. Otherwise, they’re just dumb household gadgets. You can put a computer brain inside any of them, but real-time info will have to come from sensors, the Internet and, increasingly, cloud-connected services.

The Echo’s Alexa voice assistant, for instance, has Amazon’s cloud behind it

Now more future IoT devices and services could have Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Services behind them. The company, which already handles a healthy amount of IoT traffic (2 trillion IoT messages are processed each week, according to Microsoft) announced at its annual Build conference that it’s making brand new Azure IoT starter kits available to developers on Thursday. Read more…

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Can Microsoft succeed without a serious mobile platform?

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Microsoft hasn’t given up on Windows Phone just yet, but you wouldn’t know it from its Build 2016 developer conference

Each year, the company welcomes thousands of developers to Build to talk about the latest updates on all things Microsoft. This year, the updates included Windows, HoloLens, Xbox, Cortana and chatbots, but not — much to the chagrin of some developers in attendance — Windows Phone

In fact, despite doing many of the onstage demos with a Windows Phone, none of the executives who took the stage Wednesday even mentioned Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile. And while we weren’t expecting to hear about a new handset or any major mobile updates, the fact that Windows 10 Mobile didn’t even warrant even the slightest acknowledgment in the 2.5-hour keynote would certainly seem to be a strong statement in itself. Read more…

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New MIT research opens door for password-free Wi-Fi

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Wi-Fi passwords aren’t only a nuisance; in many cases, they’re not even enough to actually protect the network from intruders. 

But new research from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) might make Wi-Fi safer while at the same time eliminating the need for passwords altogether. 

The team led by Professor Dina Katabi devised a system called Chronos, which enables a Wi-Fi access point to precisely pinpoint all the adapters connected to it. This tech could be used to grant access to a Wi-Fi router based on the user’s exact location, making it much harder to an intruder to access the network from a remote place. Read more…

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The new Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition unboxing

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After being revealed at Microsoft Build 2016 Mashable Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff took time to unbox the brand new Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition. Seeing the package for the first time, you finally understand what $3,000 gets you in the world of cutting-edge holographic headgear.

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