Verizon is ready to kick you off its network if you use too much data

Verizon isn’t messing around when it comes to data. Users that consume more than 100GB per month via legacy unlimited plans will either be forced onto tiered plans or kicked off the network altogether. Speaking to Ars Technica, the company notes it affects a “small group” of users: Because our network is a shared resource and we need to ensure all customers have a great mobile experience with Verizon, we are notifying a very small group of customers on unlimited plans who use an extraordinary amount of data that they must move to one of the new Verizon Plans by August… This story continues at The Next Web

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This flying golf cart lets you play nine holes like god intended

If you’ve ever rushed to get nine holes in before dark, this golf cart could prove to be a lifesaver. ‘Bubba’s Jetpack,’ as it’s affectionately known, is a golf cart jetpack designed for PGA Masters champion Bubba Watson. The jetpack, a marketing tool from viral video agency Thinkmodo and Oakley is capable of flight up to 3,000 feet while traveling 45 miles per hour. It also gets a cool 19 miles on a single tank of gas, great for those long courses. Watson, it seems, gets all of the cool toys as aside from this jetpack golf cart he was once piloting another… This story continues at The Next Web

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Blockai uses the blockchain to protect your copyright and find those infringing on it

The majority of artists in the United States can’t afford to register their copyright with the US Copyright Office. While the internet makes it easier than ever to create and share works of art, it’s done little-to-nothing to help protect copyright and what few strides its made have largely benefited huge companies rather than smaller artists. Blockai wants to change all that by using the power of the blockchain to help you register and protect your work online. While copyright laws are still rather vague and corporate-centric, it’s not necessary for artists to register with the US Copyright Office to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Musk: Tesla to become a sustainable energy company

On Wednesday evening, Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk released his “Master Plan 2,” detailing the ways in which he hopes to have Tesla contribute to making the energy economy sustainable. The plan would see consumers handle their own energy via a solar/battery combination and provide electric vehicles for every market segment.
The radical part of the plan, however, would see improved self-driving capabilities allowing people to turn their Tesla into a taxi while they’re not using it, potentially offsetting the entire cost of ownership.
The blog post introduces the plan as being all about energy:
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Tesla’s fastest charging stations claim upheld by ad watchdog

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Tesla Motors’ charging stations for electric cars can be described as the fastest currently available in the world, the UK’s ad watchdog has ruled.
While there might be EV charging technology which might one day surpass Tesla’s stations, specifically the GB/T charger from the Chinese manufacturer GuoBiao, the American company was found to be unsurpassed in the current market.

The Advertising Standards Authority investigated two complaints from British green energy company Ecotricity—which operates a number of EV charging stations in the UK—about claims Tesla had made on its website in October last year.
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Forget about 54.5 mpg by 2025. Americans love their SUVs too much

The US love affair with big vehicles hasn’t gone away. (credit: RL GNZLZ @ Flickr)
Way back in 2012, the US government released a relatively ambitious plan to increase US passenger fleet average fuel efficiency to 54.5mpg. Back then, we looked at some of the new technologies that automakers were adopting in order to meet this goal, plenty of which can now be found in our cars. But despite lots of hard work by the boffins in automotive research centers in the US and elsewhere, the 54.5mpg Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) goal is dead in the water.
Americans, it seems, are just too in love with their light trucks and SUVs to make it happen. That’s according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the California Air Resources Board. The three agencies have published a Draft Technical Assessment Report, “Midterm Evaluation of Light-duty Vehicle GHG Emissions Standards for Model Years 2022-2025” (PDF), that lays out the case for why we could meet the 2012 plan—which would have doubled fleet fuel economy, halved greenhouse gas emissions, and saved 12 billion barrels of oil and prevented 6 billion tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere between now and 2025—but won’t.
The report—which stretches out to over 1200 pages—spends plenty of time discussing cool technological advances, including improvements to gasoline internal combustion engines, better transmissions, mild (48v) and high-voltage hybrids, battery electric vehicles, fuel cell EVs, and more, but the bad news gets going in Chapter 12. The report projects that 46.3mpg is where we’ll be when it comes to CAFE in 2025, a drop of 15 percent compared to where we’d hoped to be.
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Facebook shows disconnection from users in posting graphic video of Bastille Day attack [Update]

Update: Facebook has pulled the video from its Newswire page. We’ve included a censored screenshot of Facebook’s post in a gallery below. Facebook’s editorial team has come under fire before, but this time its thirst for breaking news might have crossed a different line. While it may think of its Newswire as a service for journalists, plenty of onlookers also follow it, and didn’t like a video posted of the aftermath in Nice during Bastille Day. An Instagram video of the aftermath in Nice, where a truck plowed through a crowd killing innocent citizens as they watched fireworks in celebration of Bastille day,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nintendo’s new mini-NES will never get more games or connect to the internet

If you’re excited about the mini NES Nintendo announced today, you’re 100 percent not alone. But your excitement may be shortlived, as the console is going to be severely limited. Speaking to Kotaku, Nintendo confirms that there will never be an upgrade to the NES mini, nor will it ever receive more games: The console is a standalone device, so it cannot connect to the internet or any external storage devices. The 30 games included with the system were chosen to provide a wide variety of top-quality, long-lasting game-play experiences. No Internet connection, no downloadable content — just a straight-up… This story continues at The Next Web

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The man behind HTC One talks design, Nextbit — and apologizes for antenna lines

You may not know Scott Croyle’s name, but you definitely his products. Before leading the charge at Nextbit to bring us the Robin, Croyle was the lead designer at HTC, and is responsible for the M7. We caught up with Croyle at Tech Open Air Berlin to discuss what he’s up to, and take him to task about antenna lines. The Next Web: When you were with HTC, the One M7 ushered in a new era of aluminum smartphone design — which some say Apple is still taking inspiration from. Did you know it would be this big of a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Consumer Reports has some advice for Tesla

In the company’s Firmware 7.1 update, Tesla introduced a new maximum speed for Autopilot, which will now not exceed the speed limit by more than 5mph on residential roads or roads without a central divide. Might we see a reduction in the hands-free time in the next update? (credit: Ron Amadeo)

On Tuesday, we took a look at the growing media storm surrounding Tesla’s increasingly controversial Autopilot feature, which has been linked to a series of recent crashes. And as we pointed out, very little separates Tesla’s system from those offered by other car makers, save for a few small points.
For one, Tesla eschews the industry standard of restricting hands-free operation to 30 seconds or less (apart from traffic jam assists). Second, the name—Autopilot—has very different connotations to the general public than to the small fraction of the population who pilot aircraft and understand the limitations of an actual aviation autopilot. Third, calling Autopilot a “beta,” as my colleague Lee Hutchinson remarked, is about as accurate as Google calling Gmail a beta in 2012.
It seems that Lee’s take is a common one. Earlier this week, Germany’s Federal Office for Motor Vehicles (KBA) told Welt am Sonntag that it would not have allowed Autopilot-enabled Teslas onto its roads were the system truly in beta and therefore not adequately tested. And it appears that Elon Musk is now trying to walk back from the beta designation. In response to KBA’s comments, Musk tweeted that, far from the commonly accepted understanding of the word, “beta” actually means something different to Tesla:
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