NextEV, the Chinese startup which manufactures the NIO EP9, says this makes it the fastest autonomous electric car in the world. It produces an astonishing 1,342 horsepower from its four electric motors and, with a human behind the wheel, it lapped the track in 2 minutes and 11.30 seconds, reaching a top speed of 170 mph. NextEV says it’s capable of 194 miles per hour and has a range of 265 miles, though probably not at the same time.
Before every episode of The Vergecast I sit down, read through a bunch of news, and take a bunch of notes. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my week, and I started thinking it might be fun to do every day on the site. So, every day I’m sitting down and writing some notes on the news as though I’ll be talking about it later. Are you into this? Am I into this? I don’t know. But it’s fun to do! Give me some feedback and we’ll keep mutating this into something good.
Google says it’s shipped 10 million of its Cardboard virtual reality viewers since they first appeared in 2014. The company celebrated the number in a blog post today, along with a couple more statistics: people have made 160 million downloads of Cardboard apps on Google Play, and 30 Cardboard titles have over a million downloads apiece. The shipment numbers also presumably don’t include mobile VR viewers that aren’t official Cardboard headsets, but could still be used with Cardboard apps.
It’s hard to say how much this tells us about demand for Cardboard headsets, since many were given out for free as promotional tools. The New York Times, for example, mailed over a million of them to print subscribers in 2015, then another round in…
DMOZ — The Open Directory Project that uses human editors to organize web sites — is closing. It marks the end of a time when humans, rather than machines, tried to organize the web. The announcement came via a notice that’s now showing on the home page of the DMOZ site, saying it…
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters later this year, and part of the oncoming wave of toys and tie-ins that Disney will be launching is this truly spectacular Star-Lord replica helmet. For $100, you’ll get a light-up version of the glowing helm from the film complete with sound effects. Oh, and it’s also a fullyfunctional Bluetooth headset. So you can not only look like Star-Lord, but rock out in true Peter Quill style.
Do they sound good? Probably not. At the end of the day, it’s still a plastic toy helmet. But like the $100,00 diamond headphones, the Star-Lord helmet isn’t about specs. It’s about style. Throw in a fancy leather duster and some boots, and you’re basically Chris Pratt.
Amazon has brought its hosting services back online after more than four hours of errors that took down sites and services across the web. Hosting services are now “operating normally,” Amazon says, and the errors that had been popping up throughout the day are supposed to have been resolved.
A huge number of companies rely on Amazon’s S3 hosting service for their websites and apps, so when Amazon began experiencing errors earlier today, a much larger part of the internet felt it too.