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Ford’s President of North America exits the company due to “inappropriate behavior”

Ford’s President of North America exits the company due to “inappropriate behavior” Ford today announced the departure of the Raj Nair, Ford’s President of North America and former executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. According to a press release, he is leaving the company following a recent internal investigation that found certain behavior by Nair was “inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct.” Nair worked at Ford since 1987. “We made this decision after a thorough review and careful consideration,” said Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett…

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‘Alto’s Odyssey’ is now available on iOS and it’s wonderful

‘Alto’s Odyssey’ is now available on iOS and it’s wonderful Alto’s Adventure could be my most-played game on iOS. I spent countless hours on flights getting lost in the serene landscape offered in the game. To me it’s a satisfying mix of adventure and mindless pleasure. The sequel is now available on iOS and it’s even better than the first. As Darrell explains here, the new game has the same magic as the original but this time Alto is carving up sand dunes instead of ski slops. There are multiple…

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Here’s how to make Alexa control a toilet because why not

Here’s how to make Alexa control a toilet because why not Alexa-controlled toilets are a thing in 2018 but cost thousands. An enterprising person can make their own by following these instructions. It takes a bit of work, multiple components and about $750 (plus the cost of the toilet) but the end result is a voice controlled toilet and everyone needs that in their life. The trick is buying a bidet that has an IR remote and then using a Adafruit Wifi development board to trigger another device to flush…

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AT&T names Atlanta, Dallas and Waco first of 12 US cities to get 5G wireless

AT&T names Atlanta, Dallas and Waco first of 12 US cities to get 5G wireless AT&T wireless announced on Tuesday the first cities to get its 5G network. The carrier plans on installing 5G in twelve cities by the end of 2018 and on top of the list is Atlanta, Georgia, and Dallas and Waco, Texas. The remaining cities will be announced at a later date. Several carriers have been trialing 5G networks for sometime. AT&T says this rollout will be based on the 3GPP standard and will operate on…

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PicoBrew announces a modular and scalable professional brewing appliance

PicoBrew announces a modular and scalable professional brewing appliance PicoBrew today announced a new product in its growing line of brewing appliances. Called the Z Series, this product targets serious brewers with a scalable design that allows for greater precision in repeatable larger batch sizes. And with the largest model, the Z4, the owner ends up with a stack of slick brewing appliances that reinforces the thought we’re finally living in the future. The Z Series uses the technology PicoBrew created in 2013 called Zymatic that allows it to brew using…

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Here’s how to make The Boring Company’s flamethrower

Here’s how to make The Boring Company’s flamethrower Obligatory disclaimer: Don’t be dumb. What follows is a video showing high level instructions on how to build a nearly exact copy of The Boring Company’s flamethrower. Basically, gut this $125 Airsoft gun and insert a propane torch. The total bill of goods should be under $200, well under the $500 The Boring Company was charging until it sold out of the 20k units. As many pointed out before, The Boring Company Flamethrower is muddling the definition of a flamethrower. It’s more…

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Review: The Kube speaker is overpriced and underwhelming

Review: The Kube speaker is overpriced and underwhelming This speaker is huge. It’s the size of a cooler a person would take camping for a week. It weighs 48 lbs. And for a good reason, too. The Kube speaker from Thomas and Darden is solid and packed with power. The company says it can put out 122 dB of sound. But it’s not a good sound. That’s the rub. This is a massive speaker that gets really loud but doesn’t sound great at any volume. This speaker costs $2,999. It’s…

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Furniture maker Floyd raises $5.6m to expand product line, move into new Detroit HQ

Furniture maker Floyd raises .6m to expand product line, move into new Detroit HQ Detroit-based Floyd has announced a $5.6 million Series A funding round that will let the company expand its operations and release new products. The company has been in Detroit for the last five years and they’re dedicated to creating better furniture and a better experience around furniture. This injection of cash should go a long way in helping that mission. Floyd launched its first Kickstarter campaign in 2014 and another in 2015. The first project, a…

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The Apple HomePod ships February 9 for $349, available to order this Friday

The Apple HomePod ships February 9 for 9, available to order this Friday Apple is finally shipping the HomePod. The device will ship on February 9, seven months after its announcement at WWDC 2017. It will cost $349 and limited at launch to the US, UK and Australian markets. The news come from Apple who is touting HomePod’s Siri integration, saying its voice assistant is able to “send a message, set a timer, play a podcast, check the news, sports, traffic and weather, and even control a wide range of…

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DJI’s latest drone leaks ahead of launch

DJI’s latest drone leaks ahead of launch DJI is supposed to announce a new drone tomorrow but this appears to be it. Called the Mavic Air, the small drone looks to be a combo of foldable Mavic Pro and the affordable Spark. I’m interested. According to DroneDJ, the small drone will have four foldable legs, a 4k camera, 3-way gimbal and a obstacle-avoidance system. But what about the price and range? DJI will likely reveal those details at the event tomorrow morning. This product seems to be what most people…

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