Tesla raises “full self-driving” price from $8,000 to $10,000

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Enlarge / Interior of Tesla’s Model 3.

Tesla is wasting no time cashing in on excitement over the company’s forthcoming “full self-driving” software release, which was released in beta form to a small number of customers last week. Tesla has now raised the price of the FSD upgrade from $8,000 to $10,000.

Tesla has tinkered with pricing for the full self-driving package repeatedly over the last two years. In 2018, the package cost $3,000 at vehicle purchase time or $4,000 when purchased later. In 2019, Tesla briefly cut the price to $2,000, angering customers who had paid higher prices.

An easy choice for most people

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The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is a minimalist machine meant for students and those with lightweight, everyday computing needs. It’s a simple device, but sometimes simple is what gets the job done. If you’re looking for an affordable, usable piece of hardware, the Spin 311 could be it.

We put this Chromebook through the wringer in the Android Authority Acer Chromebook Spin 311 review.

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 An easy choice for most people

If you need something simple to use around the house or give the kids, the Spin 311 makes a lot of sense.

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Personalized strain and recovery on your wrist

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NBA players use it. Professional skateboarders use it. CrossFitters use it. The Whoop Strap promises to go above and beyond what “normal” fitness trackers can do. You buy a Whoop Strap if you want to get an idea of how much you should be pushing your performance, and when you should be dialing things back.

I’ve spent over three weeks with the Whoop Strap 3.0 and I have a pretty good understanding of why it’s so popular among athletes — and why it may not be the training device everyone has been waiting for. This is Android Authority‘s full

Bethesda exec says an Xbox-exclusive Elder Scrolls is “hard to imagine”

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Enlarge / Seriously, about all we really know about The Elder Scrolls VI at this point is that it will have mountains.

It has been over a month now since Microsoft announced it was spending $7.5 billion to purchase Bethesda Softworks via its parent company, Zenimax Media. But gamers and industry-watchers are still left with one burning question: what does this mean for the prospect of multi-console (i.e. non-Xbox) releases for future Bethesda games?

Bethesda’s Todd Howard, known for his directing and producing work on The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, isn’t quite ready to answer that question directly.

UE Fits review: a fit that’s lit

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Not everyone has an easy time getting wireless earbuds to fit comfortably. It seems like tech companies all size their silicone ear tips differently, and foam tips, as good as they can be, don’t always solve the problem. So there was a lot of excitement earlier this month when Ultimate Ears announced the $250 UE Fits, a pair of earbuds that can mold to the shape of your ear for unmatched comfort.

The earbuds use a 60-second molding process that doesn’t require a visit to your local audiologist or taking an impression of each ear with an at-home kit that

Samsung posts highest revenue ever after boost in flagship phone sales

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Samsung Electronics has announced quarterly earnings for the July-September 2020 period, making 66.96 trillion won (~$59 billion) in revenue and 12.35 trillion (~$11 billion) in operating profit. That’s the highest quarterly revenue figure ever for the Korean electronics giant, which says that it was able to meet a boost in customer demand following COVID-19 disruption.

“Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the world, reopening of key economies led to significant increase in consumer demand,” Samsung says in a statement. “Samsung Electronics was able to respond aggressively through flexible global supply chain management, reporting its highest-ever quarterly revenue.”

The 2020 Genesis G90—a good luxury sedan from an alternate dimension

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The revisions to the G90’s interior tend more to a new mix of materials than the radical plastic surgery that has resculpted the exterior. The wood trim has an open grain, and it looks and feels much better than the overly glossy stuff that Genesis used to use. The leather is thick and luxurious, as are the carpets. And if there isn’t quite enough room in the back, there are easy-to-reach buttons on the side of the front passenger seat that allow your driver to quickly move it into its footwell and away from whoever it is that’s sitting in

Resetting the bar for Wear OS smartwatches

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There are few smartwatch makers that have shown more dedication to keeping Wear OS from falling into oblivion than Mobvoi, an AI company and creator of the TicWatch series of smartwatches. It’s therefore fitting that Mobvoi should be the first to debut a smartwatch powered by new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear silicon which is touted as the possible savior of Google’s woefully underserved wearables platform.

That watch is the TicWatch Pro 3. The third iteration of the Chinese firm’s flagship wearable packs a raft of new features, top specs, and subtle design tweaks in a familiar package.

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