Canadian grocery chain orders 25 Tesla electric Semi trucks

 Tesla’s Semi is off to a promising start, despite there being no official pricing information available yet: In addition to a Walmart pilot, Canadian grocery giant Loblaw is purchasing 25 of the heavy duty all-electric transport trucks (via Canadian Press), with a $5,000 deposit for each upfront even though pricing is TBD for the vehicle, which is supposed to start shipping in 2019.… Read More

Walmart plans to pilot test the new Tesla Semi

 Walmart says that it intends to be among the first companies to pilot Tesla’s new all-electric Semi heavy-duty truck. The retailer told CNBC that it’s “excited to be among the first” to test the new vehicle, and to see how it might help them achieve “long-term sustainability goals” including decreasing their overall emissions footprint. The retailer will… Read More

Meural raises $5 million and brings Canvas to over 100 stores

 Digital art technology company Meural has raised a $5 million Series A round of funding, led by Corigin Ventures and with participation from Netgear, Resolute Venture Partners and assorted angels. The $5 million in fresh funds accompanies the news that Meural will now be distributing its Canvas in retail stores across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, France and the Netherlands. The… Read More

What to expect from Tesla’s big electric truck reveal

 Tesla is set to take the lid off of its electric truck tomorrow for the first time, after months of teasing the big rig. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is still doing some teasing of his own, posting a short video clip of the truck all draped in shadow to his Instagram account – but we’re still going to learn a lot tomorrow. Here’s a quick breakdown of what we know, what we think we… Read More

Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to Canada

 Amazon has finally brought its line of Alexa-powered Echo speakers to Canada. The release of Echo hardware has been long awaited by America’s northern neighbor, which could only watch and wait as Echo went through two generations in the U.S. Echo Dot, the second generation Echo and the Echo Plus with integrated smart home hub are all on sale in Canada as of today, compete with full… Read More

New Stars Wars and Marvel TV shows planned for Disney’s streaming service

 Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed some amazing news on his company’s earnings call for this quarter, including a live-action Star Wars TV show that will be coming to Disney’s subscription streaming service with a target premiere date by the end of 2019. It’s going to live alongside a Monsters, Inc. adaptation, a High School Musical show and one original series from… Read More

EV startup Nio reportedly raises $1B from Tencent and others

 Electric cars are set to become an increasingly lucrative investment target, if they continuing enjoying the strong support of global initiatives to lower emissions and put clearer vehicles on roads. So expect more funding like the reported $1 billion that Niobium’s (formerly NextEV) has raised from a host of investors led by Tencent, per Reuters. The Chinese carmaker has already set… Read More

Uber CEO says 2019 is the target for IPO

 Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was on stage at the New York Times’ Dealbook conference today, and the ride hailing company’s top executive put a timeline on Uber’s plans for going public. Khosrowshahi, who took over as CEO after founder Travis Kalanick stepped down earlier this year, said early on that an IPO for Uber was part of his plans, and that it would happen in the next 18… Read More

Apple’s iPad could drop the home button and add Face ID in 2018

 Apple is reportedly working on a redesign of the iPad that includes dropping the Home button and slimming down the bezels on the top-end model, as well as adding facial recognition tech to allow for Face ID unlocking and more. Bloomberg says the redesigned iPad could make its consumer debut as early as next year. The upgraded tablet would likely sit at the top of the iPad line, which would… Read More

Instagram now lets you add any photos or videos to your Stories

 Instagram is turning on a feature that many users have asked for, letting users add photos and videos from their camera roll – even if they’re older than 24 hours. The limitation in place previously seemed designed to encourage Stories to be more of a repository for spur of the moment sharing (as well as a more accurate copy of the original Snapchat product), but Instagram seems to… Read More