Elon Musk says story about fired assistant is false

August 12, 2017

Elon MuskImage: MACMAHON/EPA/REX/Shutterstock In the last couple of days, a story lifted from Ashlee Vance’s biography of Elon Musk has been making the rounds on the internet, claiming that Musk fired his assistant of 12 years when she wanted a raise. The story portrays Musk as an unusually cruel (or extremely efficient, depending on your perspective) leader, but now Musk himself has taken to Twitter to explain that the story…

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Tesla’s future will be funded by $1.5 billion in debt

August 12, 2017

Fueled by debt.Image: Yuya Shino/Epa/REX/Shutterstock The next part of Tesla’s future will be fueled by debt. Elon Musk’s automaker is issuing $1.5 billion in debt to fund its plans. That means that instead of raising funding from investors, the company will offer $1.5 billion of debt a a form of capital. It’s a new move for Tesla, which has always sold off pieces of the company to fund its operations….

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YouTube CEO slams Google engineers memo in deeply personal op-ed

August 11, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (5226266bu) Susan Wojcicki Variety's Power of Women, Show, Los Angeles, America – 09 Oct 2015 Image: Lovekin/Variety/REX/Shutterstock Another Google executive has spoken out against the sexist memo written by a former engineer at the company. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote about how the memo brought up the pain associated with the sexism she and others in the tech industry have faced for years. The…

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 might come with a pressure-sensitive screenjust like the iPhone

August 10, 2017

Samsung’s on a streak of not copying the iPhone, with original features like curved edges and iris scanners actually outpacing innovation at Apple. But that could end with its upcoming Galaxy Note 8. A new report from The Investorclaims the Korean electronic giant’s follow-up to last year’s disastrous Note 7 will come with a pressure-sensitive screen. The screen technology is said to be similar to the iPhone’s display, which has…

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Tech gadgets under $20 that you’ll keep coming back to

August 8, 2017

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. There are plenty of products out there that cost less than $20, but most of them never get used. A USB drive that works in outer space? Cant imagine a situation where that would come in handy unless perhaps you’re Richard Branson. Are you Richard Branson? Anyway, here are 20 products under $20…

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What do when you’re being harassed on Twitter

August 7, 2017

Image: vicky leta/mashable If Twitter has one major headache that never seems to go away, it’s trolls. But things might now be starting to look up. The company, once content to do almost nothing to address harassment on its platform, has taken a new approach in recent months with a string of updates meant to crack down on abuse and hate. SEE ALSO: Twitter is testing a subscription service but…

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Fitness trackers are useless, even for a former pro athlete

August 5, 2017

I still don't have much help with my workouts here.Image: bob al-greene/mashable Fitness wearables are useless for me, and that’s a bad sign for companies who hope to make a real connection with people who exercise regularly. I’m not just some schlub writer trying to break away from my work desk that doesn’t know a barbell from a dumbbell, after all. I’m a former professional athlete who played a season…

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How to watch Tesla’s historic Model 3 event live

July 29, 2017

Image: tesla It’s finally here. Today is the day Tesla Motors will make automotive history, delivering about 30 brand new Model 3 electric vehicles to the first batch of customers. SEE ALSO: Tonight Elon Musk delivers 30 Model 3 Teslas and things may never be the same Mashable will be on the ground at the Model 3 event in Fremont, California, at Tesla’s factory, but if you’re itching to watch…

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USB 3.2 will double data transfer speeds of new computers

July 27, 2017

USB-C ports shown on a MacBook Pro computer.Image: Tony Avelar/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Your next computer will probably have wickedly fast data transfer speeds but your current computer, even if it’s brand new, will likely be left in the dust. SEE ALSO: Step inside the secretive class that turns people into hackers The USB 3.0 Promoter Group the collective that develops the universal port used in almost every popular computer announced today a…

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The evidence that football causes fatal brain disease just got even more damning

July 27, 2017

The brains of 110 out of 111 former NFL players had the degenerative brain disease.Image: Szagola/AP/REX/Shutterstock When you sign up to play football, you know there’s a chance you might get hurt. A new study, however, appears to confirm that for players who reach the highest levels of the sport, “chance” might be substantially higher than previously estimated, and the concept of “hurt” might be better understood as “sustaining potentially…

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China’s forcing citizens in Muslim-majority region to install spyware on their phones

July 22, 2017

A Uyghur woman in Xinjiang.Image: LightRocket via Getty Images China has ramped up surveillance measures in Xinjiang, home to much of its Muslim minority population, according to reports from Radio Free Asia. Authorities sent out a notice over a week ago instructing citizens to install a “surveillance app” on their phones, and are conducting spot checks in the region to ensure that residents have it. Image: WuTuBuLaGe nursing school/WEChat

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Marshall McLuhan, the ‘man who saw the internet coming,’ gets a Google Doodle

July 22, 2017

He'd be 106 today.Image: JOHN LINDSAY/AP/REX/Shutterstock Let’s be honest. Google Doodles are probably one of the best things about the internet. They’re fun, and they tend to celebrate a lot of awesome people, and really cool events. But today’s doodle is probably the most fitting for the website, as it literally celebrates the man who “saw the internet coming”, Marshall McLuhan. SEE ALSO: How Conceptual Metaphors are Stunting Web Innovation…

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Take your iPhone to the next level with the InkCase i7

July 20, 2017

Image: Oaxis Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The InkCase i7 is rising through the ranks as one of the most unique cases on the market and its guaranteed to transform the way you use your phone. Whether youre a bookworm or someone with lots to do, this case is for you. What is it? Its a phone case…

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Researchers made a scary new video tool to make Obama say anything

July 19, 2017

Image: University of Washington We live in scary times. It’s often hard to distinguish reality from fantasy, and it doesn’t help that our very own president, Mr. Donald J. Trump, obsessively rants about “fake news media” anytime he’s criticized. Sadly, fake news isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and it’s probably going to get much worse in the near future thanks to new video editing tools being made by scientific researchers….

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This Wi-Fi prank would make anyone read the terms and conditions

July 14, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / Ivelin Radkov Let’s be honest, how many of us really read the terms and conditions when we sign up for anything? Well, 22,000 people unwittingly signed up to carry out 1,000 hours of community service in exchange for free Wi-Fi. Oops! SEE ALSO: These drones with Wi-Fi have X-ray vision Public Wi-Fi provider Purple added a spoof term to its T&Cs on its network of branded hotspots…

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‘Pokmon Go’ is offering big rewards for teamwork this month

July 13, 2017

Image: niantic Pokmon Go players around the world are invited to band together and catch Pokmon during the Pokmon Go Fest in Chicago this month, unlocking rewards and bonuses for everyone. SEE ALSO: ‘Pokmon Go’ has totally transformed one year on and you should tap back in During the Pokmon Go Fest in Chicago July 22, players who catch specific Pokmon while at the festival will grant bonuses to players…

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Louis Vuitton has a smartwatch now and of course it’s stupidly expensive

July 13, 2017

Image: Louis Vuitton The $10,000 gold Apple Watch (R.I.P) may have just been unseated as the most pretentious smartwatch money can buy. That honor should instead go to Louis Vuitton, which today unveiled a new collection of “luxury” Android Wear watches that start at $2,450. SEE ALSO: Face it: Smartwatches are totally doomed It’s called the Tambour Horizon and it’s a big hunking piece of Android Wear that no one…

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Google’s next Pixel phones could come with one big gimmicky feature

July 12, 2017

Image: Dustin Drankoski/mashable We just got what is likely our first good look at Google’s next Pixel XL and it could have one big gimmicky feature. The new image, which comes to us via Android Police, shows a handset that looks pretty similar to what Google launched last year. SEE ALSO: What the actual hell is going on with Google’s newly redesigned Android emoji There are a couple noticeable changes,…

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This week in apps: Watch sharks on Google Earth, become a faux pilot, and everything else

July 10, 2017

The apps have changed again.Image: lili sams/mashable It wouldn’t surprise us if you were so caught up in picking the best foods to eat at your Fourth of July party that you lost track of the new apps and updates this week. If that’s the case, there’s no need to worry. We’ve got you covered. SEE ALSO: The ‘Third Thumb’ prosthetic for anyone makes me really want an extra finger…

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Why Google Assistant is my new favorite iPhone app

July 8, 2017

Image: Vicky leta / mashable Lets face it: Most voice assistants are still too dumb be useful in everyday life. Siri is an abomination, and even Alexa cant answer some of the most basic questions that I ask. Luckily for me, Google Assistant has gotten ridiculously smart in the past year, and it’s legitimately changed my life since I’ve started using it. SEE ALSO: Hey, Siri, Google Assistant is coming…

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Pikachu goes old school with a new hat for ‘Pokmon Go’s anniversary

July 7, 2017

Image: Niantic Pokmon Go is celebrating its first birthday this month with discounts on items and something for fans of the original Pokmon TV show: Pikachu, donning Ash’s hat. SEE ALSO: ‘Pokmon Go’ is branding Pokmon caught by cheaters Starting today and running through July 24, Pikachus found in the wild will be wearing Ash’s hat from the first season of the Pokmon anime. Pikachu was the very first Pokmon…

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Don’t look now, but Apple’s OLED shift for iPhones could be even bigger next year

July 7, 2017

The iPhones of 2019 could all have bigger, brighter displays than the LED seen here on the iPhone 7 Plus.Image: lili sams/mashable Forget the iPhone 8. We already (kind of) know enough about what’s coming with this year’s upcoming slate of Apple smartphones you know, the ones we can’t even confirm the official names for yet to jump on the speculation train for the next slew of handsets coming from…

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People are reporting riots on Twitter before they call the police

July 6, 2017

A burning vehicle in Hackney on Aug. 8, 2011, in London.Image: Getty Images If you always kind of thought that Twitter is faster than authorities in accurately identifying threats, you’re not that far from the truth. SEE ALSO: Twitter cuts ties with another social media surveillance company New research from Cardiff University, which analysed 1.6 million tweets from the London 2011 riots, has noticed that the micro-blogging platform can be…

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Over 20,000 people came together to celebrate pride, despite hurdles thrown in their way

July 2, 2017

Image: Ng Yi Shu/Mashable More than 20,000 Singaporeans came to Pink Dot, the city’s annual LGBTQ festival this year, according to organisers. There were so many people who tried to join the event which sported a rainbow theme this year that the park where it was held had to be closed at 7 p.m. for capacity. That’s no small feat considering the number of roadblocks the nine-year-old festival has encountered…

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‘Dead or Alive’ gets even grosser by allowing you to smell the half-naked women

July 2, 2017

Image: tecmo Dead or Alive is a…weird series. And it’s only getting weirder with a new VR-equipped arcade cabinet edition releasing soon. On the surface, Dead or Alive is a series of fighting games featuring scantily-clad women who, in a spin-off series, adopt a quieter life of playing volleyball and enjoying other beach activities. Since the spin-off series, the games have mostly become about about weird camera pans, zooms, and…

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Wikipedia: The Text Adventure will satisfy your inner geography nerd

July 2, 2017

Image: Sierakowski/REX/Shutterstock Reading Wikipedia just got a whole lot more fun. A new game called “Wikipedia: The text adventure” helps you navigate and learn more about the world using a clever modification of the online knowledge database’s API. You can start your journey with a suggested location or choose your own, and from there on the game dynamically generates options of places to explore. SEE ALSO: Someone already made a…

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