Thursday in CE: Dyson CEO to Build "Radically Different" Line of Electric Car
James Dyson, CEO his namesake, wants to build a line of electric vehicles over the next decade that, in a total change of pace, shouldn't suck.
I'll see myself out.
The ambitious goal is detailed to involved a trio of electric vehicles that sport a solid-state battery back and run a cool $2.8 billion in investments. By comparison, Elon Musk dumped way over $5 billion in his wildly successful Tesla venture.
Dyson hopes to have something ready by 2020, with a team of "over 400 strong" working hard to make that dream come true. Dyson also noted that the first model would by high-end, read not sports, but the next two would appeal to a mass market. His material investments include "lightweight materials" and the above mentioned solid-state battery.
Dyson isn’t the only one who wants that technology. The Fisker EMotionconcept shown last month at CES is said to support the technology, reports The Verge. But designer and company CEO, Henrik Fisker, is prepared to use lithium-ion batteries when the first cars are built late next year. Dyson is said to be prepared to do the same in order to get his first car to launch in 2020 or 2021. And Autocar reported that the company’s solid-state battery head left the company late last year.
Another Tough Day for Apple
How many "rare missteps" can you have before you realize that something is not right? Today, Apple has revealed two issues with their product on both the hardware and software side.
Could it get worse? Well, in a Telugu word, yes apparently. A new bug has been spotted after a single character from an Indian language can send your phone into a crash loop. It seems to be mostly manageable, but it is affected by a program to program basis.
On the hardware side, the HomePod has allegedly begun creating small white rings on wooden countertops thanks to the downward facing drivers and special oils in the sound-dampening silicon.
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) February 14, 2018
While the phrase 'deadly acid' might be a bit sensationalized, the fact is a $400 speaker is staining $4,000 wooden table in just 20 minutes.
"It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces," reads Apple's official support page. "The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface. If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks. If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer's recommended cleaning process. If you’re concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface."
Apple notes that you should use a different surface, but you can't just put a cloth underneath a HomePod thanks to the down firing tweeters and the room correction methods.