What does Tesla slashing car prices really mean for the company?

Image: Tesla Well, I was going to write about the historic crewed launch and SpaceX, Tesla’s overachieving older sibling, but then the launch got scrubbed. Instead, let’s discuss money.
Tesla cut prices on several vehicles earlier this week: the Model S and X now cost $74,990 and $79,990 — respectively — for their base model, a $5,000 drop. The Performance versions of both cars, which are more expensive, have also dropped by $5,000. The Model 3’s cheapest model, the Standard Range Plus Model 3, is now $37,990, a $2,000 decrease. All Model 3s are also now $2,000 cheaper. (The pricing is slightly different for the Model 3s in China, however.)
The Model Y, introduced this year, remains unchanged. So did Tesla’s closing stock price the day after the…
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Microsoft copied its new Windows Package Manager from rival AppGet, claims developer

Image by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft surprised everyone with its new Windows Package Manager (winget) last week, but it looks like the company copied the core mechanics from a developer it interviewed and ghosted. Keivan Beigi, the developer behind package manager AppGet, has provided a detailed account of Microsoft reaching out to him last year with interest in his work before going quiet and then launching its own winget rival. It sounds like Sherlocking — a term that refers to Apple undercutting third-party apps by building their functionality directly into macOS or iOS — but in the Microsoft and Windows world.
AppGet is a free and open source package manager for Windows, which automates installing software on Windows PCs. It caught the attention of Microsoft…
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The most powerful Raspberry Pi now has 8GB of RAM

Aside from having more RAM, the new miniature PC is functionally unchanged. | Image: Raspberry Pi Foundation The Raspberry Pi Foundation has doubled the maximum amount of RAM available in the Raspberry Pi 4 to 8GB with a new device it’s selling for $75. To take advantage of the RAM increase, the foundation is also releasing a new 64-bit version of its operating system in early beta. The new Raspberry Pi 4 is otherwise identical to the device that was announced in June last year, meaning it has the same ARM-based CPU, and HDMI, USB 3, and Ethernet ports.
8GB is a lot of RAM considering the Raspberry Pi’s size and price. It’s the same as many flagship smartphones released this year, and enough for an entry-level gaming PC. The Raspberry Pi Foundation says the additional memory should be useful for compiling large pieces of software, running…
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Texas Instruments angers hobbyists with limits to calculator programming support

Image: Texas Instruments Texas Instruments has removed the ability for some of its most popular calculators to run programs written in assembly or C, Cemetech reports. Hobbyists are not happy with the changes. In addition to being used as educational tools, TI calculators are also relatively simple and cheap programming devices.
According to a customer support email posted on TI-Planet (via Linus Tech Tips), affected calculators include the popular TI-84 Plus CE, as well as the TI-83 Plus CE-T, and the TI-83 Premium CE. The functionality is disappearing in the devices’ latest firmware update, and there’s currently no way to roll back the software.
The popular TI-84 Plus CE is one of the calculators affected The change is being made to try and stop students from…
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YouTube Kids is now available for Apple TV

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge YouTube Kids, Google’s video streaming service aimed at children, can now be viewed on Apple TV streaming boxes, the company announced. The YouTube Kids app is available to download now in the App Store in the UK, US, and dozens of other countries. It can be used with or without a Google login.
A key selling point for YouTube Kids is its parental controls, which can be used to set viewing limits, content restrictions based on age, and other limits. In 2018, YouTube started allowing parents to restrict content to human-approved videos. You can sign in to your account to transfer existing parental controls to the Apple TV, and Google says you can change your settings from the tablet or phone app. YouTube Kids can be restricted to specific…
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Google tests voice matching to secure Google Assistant purchases

The feature is intended for use with smart speakers and displays, according to Google. | Image: Android Police Google Assistant’s Voice Match feature can now secure purchases made through its voice assistant as part of a limited pilot program. A spokesperson from the company confirmed to Android Police that the functionality is new, and is designed to help secure purchases made on smart speakers and smart displays. At the moment, it’s restricted to in-app digital purchases through Google Play, as well as restaurant orders.
When we followed the instructions shown on Google’s support page to enable the feature we only saw the option to enable the assistant’s existing fingerprint or face unlock security methods. Other users have reported that they were able to see the Voice Match menu option, but that the software froze when they tried to enable it….
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Apple iOS app updates are being re-issued for unknown reasons

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge If your iPhone or iPad has dozens of apps needing unexpected updates, don’t worry: you’re not alone. For some reason, Apple appears to be reissuing recently-published app updates, resulting in users having to reinstall the latest version of some apps.
Among the Verge team, the number of unexpected updates ranged from less than twenty to nearly 100, with updates dating back to the beginning of the month resurfacing from the depths of the App Store. Your experience will vary, of course, depending on how many apps you have and have frequently you update them.
Exactly why these updates are being reissued isn’t clear, but, as MacRumors notes, it might have something to do with a bug that seems to be affecting apps as of iOS 13.5. This bug…
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus renders suggest a slightly bigger screen and much bigger camera bump

Renders of the Note 20 Plus come from leaked CAD drawings. | Credit: @OnLeaks / Pigtou Last year’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus was truly a thing of beauty, with an amazing screen and superlative industrial design. And, judging by some high-quality (and completely unofficial) renders of the Galaxy Note 20 Plus, it looks like Samsung won’t be changing too much in 2020. The only major difference is a new, bulkier camera module on the rear of the device.
These renders come from noted leaker @OnLeaks in collaboration with phone-case maker Pigtou. As with all renders based on leaked CAD drawings, they should be taken with a pinch of salt, but the design they suggest for the Note 20 Plus seems reasonable enough.
The most obvious feature is the big, nearly edge-to-edge display, with curved bezels, sloping sides, and a small, central…
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