Porsche won't offer self-driving cars, report says

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Self-driving cars are going to be the future of mobility. That is, for everyone but Porsche.

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told German newspaper Westfalen-Blatt that the performance carmaker does not plan to develop an autonomous car, Reuters reports.

“One wants to drive a Porsche by oneself,” Westfalen-Blatt said. Adding, “an iPhone belongs in your pocket, not on the road.”

Despite not wanting to offer a self-driving car, Porsche is still investing in both plug-in hybrids and fully electric models. A plug-in hybrid 911 with an all-electric range of 31 miles will be on sale as soon as 2018, Blume told Westfalen-Blatt. Read more…

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See the nearly complete Apple UFO headquarters in this new drone video

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Over the past year, we’ve seen a number of drone videos of the new UFO-style headquarters of Apple being built. But none have been as revealing as a new video posted on Monday that shows the advanced stages of the facility’s construction

Captured by Bay Area drone videographer Duncan Sinfield, the clip offers our first look at the interiors of the spaceship-like headquarters. We also get to see a few component parts of Apple’s underground auditorium, which has circular roof and, in its current state, really does look like something from another planet

The massive solar panel array is also shown, one that will serve as a backup power solution for the campus. Read more…

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Microsoft's tracking of the Iowa caucuses is an early fail

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Maybe we should stick with the hand-written ballots. 

The website tracking the Republican caucus results in Iowa experienced intermittent outages on Monday, a stumble for what had been a highly touted new system from Microsoft on its Azure cloud computing platform.

The reason for the outage was not immediately clear. People that tried to access the site were met with a messages: “The service is unavailable.”

The new system had been lauded as a significant leap forward in technology for a process that is often done with paper ballots sorted by hand.  Read more…

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Samsung to unveil Gear 360 virtual reality camera, report says

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Just one day after Samsung announced the debut date of its Galaxy S7 smartphone, there are new rumblings that the company will also release a long-rumored virtual reality camera

Samsung may have offered some hint as to its VR intentions later this month via its promotion for the Feb. 21 unveiling of the S7.

Although that announcement was focused on the next iteration of the company’s flagship smartphone, the teaser video on Sunday included Samsung’s Gear VR device prominently displayed as part of the brief visual

The new device will be called the Gear 360, according to a report from SamMobile, and will house two 180-degree fisheye lenses Read more…

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Tesla has applied for a dealership license in Michigan

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What’s the old adage? If you can’t beat them, join them? Well, it seems that’s exactly what Tesla is doing. The upstart EV automaker has applied for a dealership license in Michigan.

This is a change, of course, for Tesla because, up until now, it has been selling its cars around the country in company-run showrooms that sell direct to customers — thereby circumventing the dealership model. However, in 2014 Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill into law that banned direct sales of vehicles, closing the loophole Tesla has been exploiting around the U.S. to avoid opening dealers.

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Both WhatsApp and Gmail top 1 billion users

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Facebook and Google both just reached a significant milestone. Google’s Gmail and Facebook’s WhatsApp both claim more than 1 billion monthly active users, the companies announced Monday.

News of both milestones came at nearly the exact same time. Gmail’s milestone was announced during Alphabet’s Q4 earnings call, with WhatsApp’s news coming just minutes later.

Though neither update is surprising — both services have been quickly approaching the 1 billion user mark — that both apps would announce their new stats almost simultaneously highlights the increasing competition among tech companies to put out what many view as vanity stats Read more…

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