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I watched over 100 Tesla Smart Summon videos—here’s what I learned

Enlarge (credit: Getty / Aurich Lawson) In late September, Tesla released a major software update that included a new feature called Smart Summon. It enables a customer to summon their car from across a parking lot with no one inside—though the owner is expected to continuously monitor the car from outside. People immediately started testing the feature and documenting their ...

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iPadOS review: The iPad is dead, long live the iPad

Enlarge / iPadOS. When we reviewed the 2018 iPad Pro, we were impressed by the power and potential of the hardware, but iOS 12 wasn’t up to the task of making the iPad a true content creation machine or a daily workhorse. We said it was time for Apple to branch out from iOS 13 with an iPad-specific operating system. ...

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As NASA tries to land on the Moon, it has plenty of rockets to choose from

Enlarge / If you want to buy a commercial SLS launch, you also need to rent the mobile launcher from NASA. (credit: NASA) Last week, NASA held an “industry day” for companies hoping to win lunar lander contracts from the government as part of its Artemis program. During the teleconference, industry officials could ask questions about NASA’s plans for how ...

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macOS 10.15 Catalina: The Ars Technica review

Enlarge / No operating system is an island, but macOS Catalina is named after one. (credit: Apple) Ever since the iPhone came out in 2007 and almost instantaneously overshadowed the Mac, both in terms of sales and development resources, Apple has been making the Mac a bit more like the iPhone. Sure, a few features have moved the other way—the ...

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Why customers love Tesla despite its many mistakes

Enlarge (credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images/Aurich Lawson) Journalist Ed Niedermeyer remembers the exact moment he became a Tesla skeptic: Memorial Day weekend 2015. That’s when Niedermeyer traveled to the Tesla Supercharger facility in Harris Ranch, California to see Tesla’s first (and, it turned out, only) battery-swap facility. At a live demo two years earlier, Tesla CEO Elon Musk had shown a Model S ...

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Plate tectonics runs deeper than we thought

Enlarge / Þingvellir or Thingvellir, is a national park in southwestern Iceland, about 40 km northeast of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. It’s a site of geological significance, as the visuals may indicate. (credit: Ray Wise/Getty Images) It’s right there in the name: “plate tectonics.” Geology’s organizing theory hinges on plates—thin, interlocking pieces of Earth’s rocky skin. Plates’ movements explain earthquakes, volcanoes, ...

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Most mobile browsers display the Web, that’s it—Vivaldi Mobile can change that

Here are a few of what Vivaldi views as the key features of its new mobile browser: up first, Notes. “The Notes tool lets you jot down ideas and gather inspiration without interrupting your browsing by jumping to a separate app. Create Notes as you browse and sync them securely between all your devices.” [credit: Vivaldi ] Vivaldi—makers of the ...

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Elon Musk, Man of Steel, reveals his stainless Starship

The crowds assembled near Boca Chica Beach on Saturday evening. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann for Ars ] BOCA CHICA BEACH, Texas—Elon Musk spoke about his vision of a brighter future for humanity on Saturday evening in South Texas. Musk acknowledged that there are a lot of problems here on Earth, and it is important for those to get fixed. But it ...

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