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Apple is suspiciously interested in Fisker’s electric car

Apple is suspiciously interested in Fisker’s electric car

Earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the unusual step of confirming Apple's interest in developing self-driving car technologies. During a recent interview with Bloomberg, Cook was asked about Apple's aspirations in the automotive space. Responding quickly, Cook said: "We’re focusing on autonomous systems. It’s a core technology that we view as very important. We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects." Notably, there have also been reports that Apple's interest in designing and manufacturing their own branded car have subsided amid a number of technical hurdles.

Curiously, a Fisker Emotion — an EV with 400 miles of range that will presumably take on Tesla — was recently spotted at Apple headquarters in Cupertino today. And interestingly enough, the Emotion's appearance came about after Apple engineers indicated that they wanted to take a look at the car's underlying technology.

The Detroit Bureau reports:

The likelihood of a sightseeing tour is slight. And while Henrik Fisker declined to comment – with Apple not yet responding to a request for comment – some of those sources say the Emotion was there for some very practical, rather than emotional, reasons.

Members of the Apple development team apparently wanted a closer look at the Emotion, and a better understanding of its unusual driveline technology, so they asked the Fisker crew to bring one up from that company’s headquarters in Southern California.

Additionally, Henrik Fisker tweeted out the following yesterday evening. As anyone who has been to or even seen Apple's current headquarters, it's clear that Fisker was over at 1 Infinite Loop.

Range aside, the Fisker Emotion appears to be a technical marvel, with a fast-charging system that enables the vehicle to charge up in just nine minutes. As we noted a few weeks back, the Emotion's impressive battery system is based on supercapacitors using graphene as opposed to the more traditional lithium-ion batteries used in vehicles like the Tesla Model S.


Trump slammed over 'facelift' outburst against TV host

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Verizon customers claim they’re being booted off Unlimited plans for using too much data

Verizon customers claim they’re being booted off Unlimited plans for using too much data

Verizon has made a lot of noise about its new Unlimited plans. They're not actually unlimited in the true sense of the word, but rather they only slow you down once you use your 22GB data allowance, rather than cut you off.

But some customers in rural areas claim that Verizon has cut them off the Unlimited plan altogether, thanks to excessive data usage. A number of customers on Howard Forums have shared stories about Verizon shutting down Unlimited accounts after data usage got too high, which is a little ironic.

The problem comes down to Verizon's LTEiRA program, under which 21 small regional carriers have partnered with Verizon to get coverage to rural areas. Under the terms of the program, Verizon provides technology and spectrum rights to tiny regional carriers. In return, Verizon customers can use those regional networks for free.

From a customer perspective, there's no visible difference between being on Verizon's network or a LTEiRA partner. You'll still get an LTE signal in most areas, and in theory, you're meant to be able to use your regular Verizon plan with no limitations on any partner carrier.

But according to a number of posters on Howard Forums, Verizon is contacting anyone who's using a large amount of data on an LTEiRA partner, and telling them to either port their plans to another carrier or face outright termination. "They’re calling those with billing addresses outside of their coverage areas on unlimited and agreeing to pay off their phones if they will port out, otherwise they will discontinue the service," one poster said.

In a statement to BGR, Verizon confirmed that it's terminating the contracts of some customers who are not in native Verizon service areas. "We are notifying a small group of customers who are out of contract and primarily use mobile data on other networks that we will no longer provide service to them after July 30, 2017," Verizon Director of Corporate Communications Kelly Crummey said.

While Verizon may technically be within its rights to terminate customers' accounts, it doesn't look good for a company that's been stressing just how unlimited its plans are. This is likely a decision motivated by economics — it doesn't make sense for Verizon to pay partners for the roaming habits of a handful of customers — but it's not great for the company's reputation. Verizon positions itself as the most expensive but best carrier, the one where you should be able to use your plan anywhere without worrying. This sends the opposite message.


Donald Trump breaks campaign promise and will not deport immigrant children known as 'Dreamers'

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