Elon Musk Says Tesla Cars Will Reach 620 Miles On A Single Charge “Within A Year Or Two,” Have Fully Autonomous Cars In “Three Years”

Elon Musk Tesla CEO Elon Musk sat down with a Dutch TV show last week and had some interesting predictions to share. Asked, for example, when he thought the company could produce a car that can “break 1,000 kilometers” (or 620 miles) on a single charge, he said his guess would be “within a year or two,” adding, “2017 for sure.” As readers will recall a new record… Read More

Google unveils $499 Pixel C tablet running Android Marshmallow

The Google Pixel C tablet.

In an event that was supposed to be all about the latest Nexus smartphones and new Chromecast devices, Google today showed reporters a new tablet in its high-end Pixel line.

The new Pixel C would have been a complete surprise, were it not for a report on the launch of the device yesterday from Android Police.

The device will be available in time for the holidays on the Google Store, starting at $499 for the 32 GB model and $599 for the 64 GB model. The integrated Bluetooth keyboard, which will charge in the background while sitting affixed to the screen, will cost $149, Google director of product management Andrew Bowers said.

The device seems like a bit of a response to Microsoft’s Surface series and the newly released iPad Air, but we’ll have to see when we try it out.

Google first established its Pixel series in 2013, with the launch of the $1,299 touchscreen Chromebook Pixel laptop running Chrome OS. That device got a refresh, a price cut, and a USB Type-C charger in March — but it has been more demonstration project than top seller.

The difference here is that the Pixel C is running Android, not Chrome OS, just like tablets such as the HTC-built Nexus 9 or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2.


Google Photos is getting Chromecast support this week on Android and ‘very soon’ on iOS

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At its Nexus event today, Google announced Chromecast support is coming to Google Photos. The feature is rolling out this week on Android, and “very soon” on iOS.

But that’s not the only thing that’s new for Google Photos. The app is getting its first major update since it launched back in May.

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Earle says Southern voice key to protest song

Singer Steve Earle believes it was important to have a Southern voice on his new protest song urging Mississippi to change its state flag to remove the Confederate battle emblem. "And I've got one," said the Texas-raised Earle, although he notes that "people will disqualify me because I've lived in New York for the last 10 years."

Google unveils Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the first Android Marshmallow devices

The Huawei Nexus 6P.

Google today unveiled two new Nexus flagship smartphones, the 5X from LG and the 6P from Huawei, following weeks of speculation about the devices.

It’s the biggest news coming out of a press event today in San Francisco’s Mission District. Other news expected to come out of the event include new Chromecast gadgets and the final version of Android Marshmallow, which will be running on these two Nexus phones.

We haven’t had time to try out the devices, yet, but the specs suggest that both will be solid choices for those seeking high-end Android phones. Also in that category: the recently released 5.7-inch Moto X Pure Edition.

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The 5.2-inch LG-made Nexus 5X follows up on LG’s 4.95-inch Nexus 5, which launched in 2013.

The Huawei-made 5.7-inch Nexus 6P — the first Nexus handset to come from the Chinese electronics manufacturer — is the successor to the 5.96-inch Nexus 6 that Motorola brought out last year.

Because they’re part of the Nexus line, both of these new phones should receive monthly over-the-air (OTA) security updates from Google.

Find all our coverage of today’s event here.


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How to watch Google’s Nexus, Chromecast, and Android Marshmallow event live

Google Nexus Event 2015

This morning Google will show off the latest smartphones in its flagship Nexus line, as well as new Chromecast devices at a press event in San Francisco. You can stream the event live starting at 9 a.m. PT (12 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. UTC) right here — note, the video isn’t live yet, so check back for updates.

While this won’t be the company’s biggest event of the year — that would be I/O — it’s still a big deal for Google, which wants to attract consumer attention ahead of the holidays. Apple, of course, just started selling its latest iPhones, and now Google will have sleek new phones to offer up.

Unlike Apple, which insists on people using Safari or Microsoft’s Edge browser in order to tune into its events, Google will simply provide a livestream via YouTube.

Check out all of our coverage of the event here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest breaking news.

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