34 movies you have to see this fall — including ‘Justice League,’ ‘It,’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049’

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After a summer movie season that saw some hit movies but a lot of duds, Hollywood is looking for a rebound in the fall.

The fall season will have its share of blockbusters — from the anticipated “It” to “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Justice League” — but there will also be some titles mixed in that will compete for award season attention, like “Call Me By Your Name” and “Stronger.”

Here are 34 movies coming out this fall that you shouldn’t miss:

“It” – September 8

The latest adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel looks to be the most chilling yet. In it, a group of bullied kids team up to take on a monster named Pennywise (that looks like a clown) that hunts kids.

“First They Killed My Father” – September 15

Netflix’s next anticipated movie from a marquee name is Angelina Jolie’s latest directing effort that looks back on the horrific upbringing in Cambodia of Loung Ung. Jolie cast hundreds of survivors and their children to recreate their stories. 

“mother!” – September 15

Darren Aronofsky’s latest thriller stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple whose lives are suddenly interrupted when guests arrive at their home. Aronofsky has always had a knack for completely messing with audience’s heads, and this one looks to be no different. The movie also stars Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer. 

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I took a Tesla Model S and a Toyota Camry on the same road trip — and the ride was surprisingly similar

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• I drove the Tesla Model S and a 2018 Toyota Camry SE on the same road trip on two different occasions. 

• While these cars are vastly different, road tripping in these vehicles is surprisingly similar. 

• The Camry is all-new for 2018, but it’s still the same old wonderful four-door at heart.

Right up front, I don’t want anyone to confuse this review with a serious comparison of the Tesla Model S P90D and the new Toyota Camry. In one corner, we have an expensive ($130,000) high-performance, all-wheel-drive electric car that’s an icon of high-tech, crazy-fast, futuristic sex appeal. 

In the other, we have … well, we have a Camry. The definition of boring, basic transportation since its introduction in the first Reagan administration. It can be had for $24,000 and will start every day without worry until the odometer rolls over perhaps 200,000 miles. My mom owned one and she drove it practically until the wheels fell off, which they never would, because it’s a Toyota Camry!

There’s no comparison, really. 

We’ve sampled the Camry before and found it to just as fine as it has always been. But we did recently have the chance to try out the all-new-for-2018 Camry SE, one step up from the base LE. The SE has a 203-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood, and there’s nary a turbocharger in sight. Just four pots and almost 30 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway. The car costs a hair more than $25,000.

A tale of two cars painted white

Toyota CamryIt was actually a fluke that the four-door Camry arrived a year after my most-excellent 2016 adventure with the Model S, and that the Camry was also white, and that I’d be using a four-door to take a kid to camp. Not kids — I had two campers and their gear in the Tesla last year. This year, I’d be making an early run with my 14-year-old daughter, who was heading up before her brothers.

But hey, the optics weren’t lost on me. Aside from the fact that the Model S P90D can do 0-60 mph in a Ludicrous Mode enabled 2.8 seconds while the Camry hits that stride in more like eight seconds, and the Camry has been around for three and half decades while the Model S arrived in 2012, the two cars are formally similar. Four wheels, four doors, seating for five. The Model S has two trunks and can sort of drive itself and has a big old touchscreen in the middle of the dash, but otherwise, not hugely different on the fundamentals.

Tesla Road Trip 2016When you roll in a Tesla, obviously, it’s like rolling in a Ferrari. Everybody wants the story. But to my surprise, I received lots of thumbs-up and nods of approval, not to mention questions, about the Camry. 

The 2018 model is the official eighth-generation of this automotive stalwart, and the exterior design has been rethought. I’m not sure if it represents my thinking about what makes for a nice-looking car, but it does have madly more jazz than Camrys of yore. 

In a nutshell, it showcases a sort of origami approach to exterior styling, with lots of subtle, and at-times not-so-subtle, bends and folds to the surfaces. The effect renders a vehicle that appears to be faster than it is: visual dynamics triumphing over physics, a bit of a ruse, but the upshot is an objectively less dull Camry, and that’s an achievement.

Cut to the chase

Toyota CamrySo let’s cut to the chase. The Camry of course runs and always has on good-old 87-octane regular gasoline, a fuel that’s available just about everywhere and that can provide you with a fresh 500 miles of range in the amount of time it takes to eat half a bag of beef jerky at the filling station.

The Model S P90D serves up 270 miles of range on a single charge and has access to a Tesla Supercharger network of fast DC chargers. From a depleted battery, it takes the Model S about an hour to fully re-juice. Level 2 charging is much slower, basically overnight. Using a 120V outlet could consume a few days.

The Model S’s 270 miles is very impressive, but road-tripping with the vehicle requires planning and patience, as I learned the hard way last year. With the Camry’s 20th-century tech, you’re free and clear. The chance of running out of gas was effectively zero. For the moment, this matters.

Toyota CamryThe bottom line is that if you want a Tesla, you get a Tesla. It’s a vastly cooler and more luxurious car than the Camry. It’s also made of lightweight aluminum, has Autopilot technology, and will be often upgraded on the software front by Tesla. But just because you can get a Tesla, that doesn’t mean you should scoff at the lowly Camry.

In truth, as is almost always the case, I loved Camry. It’s just a great friggin’ car. Toyota has sold well over 10 million, and the Camry has been America’s most beloved passenger car for 14 straight years. It starts, it stops, it steers, it has windows and doors, it can convey a family of five, it has a five-star safety rating from the US government, and on my daughters 250-mile jaunt to the Catskills in upstate New York, it cruised in quiet comfort and gobbled up enough gear in its huge trunk for a two-week stint.

Why would you want for more?

Toyota CamryThe Camry’s segment — the mid-size sedan — is currently sagging, as Americans increasingly favor SUVs. But the sedan remains versatile, pleasant to drive, and in the Camry’s case, legendarily reliable, so I don’t think it will soon vanish completely from the Earth. Excellent news, as the older I get, the more I act like what might be considered an “old person.” That really just means “over 40,” when your choices for transportation tend to become more conservative.

I’m fortunate in that I have the option living out my possible mid-life crises in a professional manner, driving Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Corvettes, and Mustangs as part of my job. I also get to sample some very upmarket sports sedans from BMW, Audi and so on. But many times, I climb out of something like the Camry and say to myself, “That was perfectly good and why would I ever want more?”

The new Camry is a bit tighter and crisper around the corners than the old Camrys, but it continues to shine where it has always been expected to: on the freeway, tooling along at the legal speed limit, easygoing and quiet, propelled by a vast reserve of manufacturing competence (the Camry is built, by the way, in Kentucky). The front-wheel-drive engineering means that you have a capable all-season vehicle, as I discovered when I tested a previous-gen Camry in the middle of a tough New York winter.

Toyota CamryThe infotainment setup could be more premium — the six-inch touchscreen is quite modest by modern standards, and instrumentation overall seems dated even though the car is all-new. But it still all works, and you don’t lack for Bluetooth connectivity, USB and AUX ports, and a decent audio system. 

We normally don’t review prospective maintenance costs when we look at a vehicle, but the topic is worth bringing up when we’re talking Camry. The vehicle has a sterling reputation for being reliable and always finishes at or near the top in initial quality evaluations. There isn’t much to go wrong with the four-banger motor, the eight-speed transmission doesn’t seem to be causing problems, so you’re left with brake-pad changes, oil changes, and a new set of tires for $500 after about 50,000 miles. The Camry is inexpensive to begin with and isn’t going to cost you much to own and operate. Throw some amortization analysis on this car and you get one of the best deals in all of the autodom. 

Toyota sells the Camry in more upmarket trims levels, too, so you don’t have to drop a mere $25,000. You can shoot the moon all the way up to almost $35,000.

Here’s the thing. My Tesla road trip last year reinforced for me what a significant car the Model S is. But my road trip this year reminded me that there have been some other significant cars in vehicular history, and the Camry is, and absolutely remains, one of them. 

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The new BMW M5 is the all-conquering beast we all hoped it would be

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BMW recently unveiled the latest edition of its iconic M5 sports sedan. According to the guys from Munich, it’s the quickest and most technologically advanced M5 to date.

That’s saying quite a lot since the M5 has been, for the majority of its existence, the meanest and most formidable sports sedan in all the land.

The sixth generation M5 looks to continue that tradition.

Lurking under the hood will be a 4.4 liter, twin-scroll, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces a whopping 600 horsepower. It’ll be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW’s innovative new M xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

The M xDrive system sends most of the M5’s power to the rear wheels and only sends power to the front when it detects a drop in traction. That’s nothing special. What is special is a 2wd-mode that can shut off the all-wheel-drive system and send power only to the rear, allowing the driver some extra sideways fun.

BMW M5 2018“Thanks to M xDrive, the all-new BMW M5 can be piloted with the familiar blend of sportiness and unerring accuracy both on the racetrack and out on the open road, while also delighting drivers with its significantly enhanced directional stability and controllability right up to the limits of performance when driving in adverse conditions such as on wet roads or snow.” BMW M chairman Frank van Meel said in a statement when the car was unveiled on Monday. 

The confluence of all these go-fast goodies is a car capable of hitting 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and 124 mph in just 11.1 seconds. The M5’s top speed is artificially limited to 155 mph. However, an optional M Driver’s Package will raise that figure to 189 mph.

BMW M5 2018Styling wise, the M5 takes the new 5-Series sedan’s understated aesthetic and sprinkles on an extra layer of muscular aerodynamic enhancements to reflect the car’s performance capabilities. These include a redesigned rear diffuser, spoiler, side skirts, and enlarged air intakes for improved cooling. The M5 also takes advantage of aluminum alloys and carbon-reinforced plastic to keep the 4,200-pound sedan’s weight in check.

“The BMW M5 has always embodied the perfect blend of mature business sedan and high-performance components,” BMW vice president of design, Domagoj Dukec, said in a statement. “So you can think of the BMW M5 as the world’s fastest-moving tailored suit.”

BMW M5 2018Inside, the driver is armed with a slew of tech features including an M-specific head-up display, multiple driving modes, and gesture control.

The 2018 BMW M5 is expected to reach showrooms in the spring of 2018. Official pricing will be announced at a later date.

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TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS BRIEFING: Ford’s self-driving car strategy — Continental acquires data services company — Tesla turns to cloud for customer personalization

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FORD OUTLINES ITS SELF-DRIVING CAR STRATEGY: In a blog post on Medium, Sherif Marakby, Ford’s VP of autonomous vehicles, laid out the most detailed plan Ford has revealed publicly for how it will bring self-driving cars to market.

In short, Ford plans to develop and deploy self-driving cars for fleets of ride-hailing and delivery vehicles to capitalize on the growing popularity of both on-demand rides and online shopping. Ford, which has said that it wants to put a fully autonomous car on the road by 2021, will launch those fleets in cooperation with partners already operating in those markets. These fleets will likely come to market in stages, beginning in limited areas, before eventually being rolled out nationwide, Tech Crunch reports.

Marakby outlined how Ford plans to overcome some of the challenges associated with building and operating fleets of autonomous vehicles for on-demand rides and deliveries: 

  • Ford is investing in hybrid-electric technology that will keep its autonomous vehicles on the road longer between recharging. The success of autonomous ride-hailing, ride-sharing, and delivery vehicles will be measured by the time they spend actually delivering packages or providing rides for passengers, according to Marakby. In order to increase time in-service, Ford is looking into how it can improve the range of electric-hybrid batteries so they can be charged less often.
  • Ford’s research team at Greenfield Labs in Palo Alto is working on new designs for self-driving cars. Vehicles today are designed around the need for a human driver, and removing the driver will open up new design features and functionality. This will give Ford — and other automakers — the opportunity to rethink the interior and exterior of a vehicle’s design to fit new use cases. For instance, a self-driving car designed specifically for ride-hailing could have new seating arrangements that maximize passenger capacity, while providing each passenger with their own charging outlets and touchscreens for playing media.

The post did not reveal any details about what Ford’s self-driving vehicles will look like, showing the company is still in relatively early stages of exploring the design of these vehicles. However, the company has a fairly clear vision for how to utilize self-driving cars to take advantage of new business models for carmakers. McKinsey predicted last year that on-demand mobility and other new digitally-driven services could create up to $1.5 trillion in new revenue for the automotive industry in 2030. Capturing that revenue will require automakers to create a differentiated experience for passengers through new vehicle features and in-car services.

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CONTINENTAL’S QUANTUM INVENTIONS ACQUISITION OPENS UP NEW REVENUE OPPORTUNITIES: Germany-based Continental, one of the world’s largest auto parts providers, is acquiring Quantum Inventions, a Singapore-based mobility data services company, for $29 million Tech Crunch reports. This will open up new opportunities for Continental to use Quantum’s data management expertise to offer new services for fleets of connected and self-driving taxis, delivery vans, and other vehicles. That would give the company new opportunities for collecting recurring revenue from customers that buy its auto parts, while also building more loyal ties with those customers.

Quantum, which was founded in 2006 and counts 120 employees, specializes in managing data for navigation services for companies, consumers, and government agencies. In Singapore, the government used Quantum’s technology to help build a new Electronic Road Pricing system that determines the cost of tolls and parking fees. Quantum manages the data collected in the system to help find ways that the government can adjust tolls and fees to better manage traffic congestion. Additionally, the company helps with data collection and analysis for fleet management services, and in-car and mobile apps for mapping and navigation.

The acquisition will give Quantum access to Continental’s research and development resources and many partnerships throughout the auto industry. That should help Quantum develop its data collection and management platform faster. It could also help in creating new services to match changes in the auto market as semi-autonomous and fully autonomous technologies start to take hold. That could include routing and navigation services for self-driving taxis or delivery vehicles, or providing predictive maintenance for commercial fleets. 

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TESLA LOOKS TO PERSONALIZE DRIVER & PASSENGER EXPERIENCES: Tesla plans to move customer data regarding driver and car preferences to the cloud, potentially allowing drivers to instantly download their personal preferences to any Tesla vehicle, Tech Crunch reports. Those preferences could include seat and steering wheel positioning, in-car temperature, and navigation settings such as work or home addresses.

Moving customer data to the cloud could enable Tesla to provide a personalized driver experience for any consumer stepping into any Tesla vehicle. That could help Tesla launch a competitive car-sharing or ride-hailing service, a possibility that CEO Elon Musk alluded to in the second version of the company’s “master plan.” A user could rent a Tesla through a car-sharing app and have their seating or music preferences automatically uploaded to the car’s systems, instantly making them feel like the car is their own.

Tesla has been a leader in automotive cloud adoption, using the cloud for storing all kinds of vehicle information, as well as training its Autopilot semi-autonomous system. Storing customer and vehicle information in the cloud enables Tesla to share that data more quickly and easily among different devices, including its cars and its customers’ personal computers or mobile devices. Giving customers the ability to instantly share their favorite playlists or personal contacts across all of these devices seamlessly integrates the car into their digital lives. That, in turn, sets up Tesla to quickly launch engaging car-sharing or music streaming services. As other automakers explore launching their own digital services, they will likely follow Tesla’s lead and further their own reliance on the cloud. 

In Other News… 

  • Walmart is expanding a grocery delivery pilot test it is running in collaboration with Uber to Dallas, Texas and Orlando, Florida. The partnership allows online shoppers to order groceries and have them delivered at their convenience. Online orders are collected and packaged by Walmart employees at store locations who then place a delivery request with UberRUSH’s crowd-sourced delivery network. Walmart and Uber have been running the test program in the Phoneix, Arizona, and Tampa, Florida areas. Walmart has also been performing grocery deliveries with its own fleet of vehicles in Denver, Colorado and San Jose, California. Even though Walmart has been expanding its in-store grocery pickup service for online orders, grocery delivery gives it another convenient option for online grocery shoppers to receive their orders. Giving customers multiple delivery options can help Walmart keep its lead position in the US grocery market, even as more grocery spending shifts online in the coming years.
  • IBM announced it is partnering with a consortium of major food brands and grocery retailers, including Dole, Nestle, Walmart, and Kroger, to develop blockchain applications for tracking food through their supply chains. Blockchain technology, which uses a network of computers to store transparent and immutable records of historical data, could help these companies improve their compliance reporting for food safety requirements. The technology would be useful for recording food shipments from their origin through processing and distribution facilities all the way to the final sale at a grocery store location. Companies could use such records for quickly tracing the origin of food contamination issues. Additionally, the record could also include data pertaining to the condition of the food while in transit or storage at a facility, including its temperature or if its packaging had been damaged or broken.  
  • Volkswagen debuted the I.D. CROZZ, a new concept for an all-electric crossover vehicle that will go into production in 2020. The vehicle will include an autonomous “I.D. Pilot” mode, and a full digitized control panel that is projected via augmented reality. Theoretically, that would allow drivers to monitor vehicle functions such as speed or engine temperature without taking their eyes off the road. Drivers could also potentially use gestures to adjust settings rather than trying to find the right button or knob. This could be a novel way to give driver’s more control over the car’s performance and functions without crowding the control panel with more buttons. As vehicle’s grow more digital and more complex, automakers will need to find new ways for drivers to interact with their cars’ systems, including through more sophisticated touchscreens, gestures, and enhanced voice control.

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REVIEW: The Essential Phone is a superb smartphone

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After testing the Essential Phone for the last week, I can confirm my initial impression: It’s a superb device.

In fact, I could easily see myself buying a Phone for my next smartphone.

The Phone is the first product from Essential, a startup founded and led by Andy Rubin, the “Father of Android.” Its price, design, operating system, and camera all make it first rate. 

But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. As might be expected for the first gadget from a brand-new company, the Phone has a few kinks that need to be ironed out. Among its big shortcomings: It lacks a headphone jack. 

Check out my thoughts about the Essential Phone:

The Essential Phone is the most beautiful smartphone on the market.

The Phone’s square edges, ceramic back and titanium frame give it a premium feel. Its design makes the Phone heavier and less comfortable to hold than Apple’s iPhone 7 or Samsung’s Galaxy S8. But it also makes the device more substantial. Picking up the Phone is an occasion. The iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S8, by contrast, feel like mere objects that are just doing their jobs.

The Phone feels like the beautiful expensive watch or piece of jewelry you reserve for fancy dress-up events, but that you avoid wearing on a daily basis for fear of damage or loss.

But in actuality, the Phone is designed to be used every day. It doesn’t cost more than other premium phones, and it retains its beauty with regular use.

I’ve been treating the Phone the same way I treat my iPhone, but there’s no sign of scratches on its ceramic back or screen. It’s only been a week, but so far, Essential’s claims about the scratch resistance of the Phone’s ceramic back appear valid. You just have to wipe the fingerprints off its glossy surface from time to time. 

 

Some thoughts on the “notch.”

The Phone’s front camera is located in a “notch” at the top of its screen. Although it’s noticeable, the notch didn’t bother me at all.

However, many apps haven’t been designed to work around the feature. Those apps can’t display content in the screen space on either side of the notch.essential phone

Some apps simply fill in that screen space with their overall color theme. Other apps turn the screen space on either side of the notch black. That makes it look like the Phone has a much larger top bezel than it actually has, which is unfortunate.

Essential told me that it’s encouraging top developers to redesign their apps to make use of the screen space on either side of the notch. So your favorite apps may eventually be updated to support it.

Compared to the Phone, the Galaxy S8’s ultra-slim bezels look big.

Somehow, despite the border at the bottom of its screen, the Phone makes the Galaxy S8 look like an older smartphone with traditionally sized bezels. And it makes the bezels on the iPhone look positively huge and the iPhone’s design ancient.

The Phone has a gorgeous 5.71-inch IPS display that offers inky blacks and colors that pop. The display is sharper and far superior to that on the iPhone 7, and its performance nears that of Samsung’s best-in-class AMOLED display on the S8. 

The S8’s display still bests the Phone’s, because it’s slightly sharper and produces deeper blacks. That’s due to its screen technology; parts of an AMOLED display will actually turn off when displaying dark scenes. 

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Ad giant WPP: We think Amazon has earned $2.5 billion from digital advertising (AMZN)

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There are more signs that the advertising world is taking Amazon extremely seriously.

Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of the world’s largest ad group WPP, has given the biggest estimate yet of how much Amazon makes from digital advertising.

During WPP’s half-year earnings call, he estimated that Amazon had earned $2.5 billion (£1.95 billion) from digital advertising. He didn’t give a time frame, but the wider context of his remarks was digital ad spend in 2016.

That’s the biggest public estimate of Amazon’s current advertising earning power out there. eMarketer last year pegged Amazon’s ad revenue at $1 billion (£781 million) for 2016, and predicted that it would rise to $1.81 billion (£1.41 billion) this year.

Sorrell said Amazon controlled a small but “increasing” share of the digital ad market, which is currently dominated by Google and Facebook. He said Amazon could be a possible “third force” against the two dominant firms. He has previously said Snapchat, ad tech firm AppNexus, and Oath could be viable third forces.

Amazon’s ad business is small fry compared to Facebook and Google’s, but it’s growing rapidly. The company is hiring more staff to that area of the business, and CFO Brian Olsavsky said growth had been “strong and fairly consistent.” Still, Google made $22.7 billion (£17.4 billion) from advertising in the second quarter, while Facebook made $9.2 billion (£7.2 billion). And Sorrell said WPP would spend about $6 billion (£4.7 billion) on Google this year, and more than $2 billion (£1.56 billion) on Facebook.

He warned against another walled garden however, where marketers embrace a new platform but struggle to control data around customers. Facebook, Snapchat, and Google have all been criticised by the ad industry for not being transparent enough about the way they measure ad effectiveness.

Sorrell said: “It’s a question of who controls data. It’s all very well going on Amazon’s platform — as clients have found with Google and Facebook, control of the data is critically important.”

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10 things in tech you need to know today (GOOG, NFLX, MSFT, AAPL, INTC, NTDOY)

Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.

1. Apple reportedly scaled back its car project as the company was unsure what exactly an “Apple Car” should be. The team is now reportedly working to test its self-driving technology on existing vehicles.

2. Popular weather app AccuWeather reportedly sent its users’ location data to a monetization firm. The app seemingly continued to gather information even when permission to access a user’s location was denied.

3. Popular Chinese drone maker DJI will soon roll out a mandatory update to maximise flight safety of its Spark drone. The company announced that users unwilling to update the device will have their Spark grounded.

4. Google is reportedly working on a pair of Bluetooth headphones. The headphones, codenamed “Bisto,” should come integrated with the company’s digital helper, Google Assistant, which would be triggered with a dedicated physical button.

5. Uber is adding a series of new features that will help drivers better work on their own terms. Drivers will be able to set an arrival time to better calculate how much time they have to drive people around before heading off elsewhere.

6. Microsoft is discontinuing GigJam, a work-sharing app it first announced two years ago. The app never became officially, fully available, but the company is shutting down the preview version it released.

7. Facebook is losing teenagers to both Instagram and Snapchat. A study by eMarketer showed how, with people aged between 12 and 17, Facebook is experiencing an accelerated decline in user growth, whereas both Instagram and Snapchat are growing their userbase at an increasingly faster pace.

8. Nintendo’s mini SNES sold out its pre-orders on both Amazon and Best Buy within minutes. The company’s new edition of the classic Super Nintendo, coming out September 29, will cost just $80 (£62), and also be available from GameStop, Toys R’ Us, and Walmart.

9. A promotional video from Intel seemingly showed what seems to be a Surface Book in black. Microsoft doesn’t offer the device in any colour other than silver, so the one seen in the video could either be just a render, or a peek at a refreshed model, expected to be unveiled later this year.

10. The solar eclipse caused a 10% drop in Netflix viewing. The company announced the news itself on Twitter, where it said: “Really, there was a 10% drop in plays during the eclipse today. Well played, Moon.”

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A little-known author’s Twitter account got slammed after being mistaken for UFC fighter in middle of doping scandal

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It has been a rough 24 hours for Jon Jones.

Earlier on Tuesday his cat threw up on his bare feet while doing a video call. Then, about eight hours later his Twitter feed blew up again over something he had nothing to do with.

Let me take a step back. I’m not talking about Jon Jones, the MMA fighter. I’m talking about Jon Jones, the self-described “tech geek, game developer, cat fancier, and author.” However, it is the more-well-known Jon Jones who is responsible for the author’s social-media headache.

You see, it was reported on Tuesday evening that Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion, had failed a drug test on the night of his UFC 214 win over Daniel Cormier. He reportedly tested positive for Turinabol, an anabolic steroid and could be suspended for up to four years.

Unfortunately for Jones, the lover of cats, he owns the eponymous Twitter account @JonJones. This led to some confusion, something he is apparently used to every time the fighter gets in trouble, which is often.

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It would seem that Jones, the author, is taking this in stride and digging in his heels for the long haul.

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Jones, the purple-haired tech geek, noted that this is not the first time this has happened, but it is the biggest.

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There is even a Tumblr account dedicated to “Wrong Jon Jones” tweets. 

Of course, if Jones, the accused steroid user, is indeed suspended for four years, this may be the last time Jones, the game developer, gets slammed with “Wrong Jon Jones” tweets.

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Apple reportedly scaled back its car ambitions because nobody could agree on what an Apple Car should do (AAPL)

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The so-called “Apple Car” may never come to be, thanks in large part to a lack of agreement by Apple leadership as to what such a vehicle should do, reports the New York Times’ Daisuke Wakabayashi.

Apple has all but abandoned its original plans for building a vehicle in its own factories, and will instead focus its energies on building self-driving systems for other vehicles, according to the report. In the meantime, the company is focusing on a self-driving campus shuttle, codenamed PAIL — short for “Palo Alto to Infinite Loop.” Infinite Loop is the street on which Apple’s main campus is located and Palo Alto is a city nearby. 

Apple employees working on its car effort have experimented with everything from augmented reality dashboards to a whole new “CarOS” operating system to replacing the car’s steering wheel with a spinning sphere that would offer a wider range of movement, according to The Times report. Apple also looked at ways to hide a self-driving car’s lidar array, which is a crucial but often unsightly component that gives such vehicles information about the environment around them.

However, Apple executives apparently couldn’t agree on a direction for the car. Apple design guru Jony Ive wanted to focus on a fully self-driving vehicle like those from Google spinoff Waymo. Original project head Steve Zadesky wanted Apple’s car to only be semi-autonomous, operating like Tesla’s vehicles when they are under the control of the company’s Autopilot function. 

Now, under current head Bob Mansfield, Apple is rededicating itself to building the underlying systems for self-driving cars — even if that means building those systems into vehicles from non-Apple manufacturers. To that end, Apple has recently obtained a self-driving car testing permit from California, with CEO Tim Cook publicly stating that the company is working on autonomous systems. 

Apple declined to comment. You can read the full New York Times report here.

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Martin Shkreli is buying websites associated with the names of journalists critical of him and customizing them with mocking messages

Former drug company executive Martin Shkreli arrives at U.S. District Court for the third day of jury deliberations in his securities fraud trial in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky

Over the past several months, former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has trolled journalists who have written or tweeted about him by purchasing the internet domains associated with their names.

After sitting on the domain names for months, Shkreli appears to be customizing the sites, explicitly mocking reporters who have tweeted about him.

On a website named after Vanity Fair tech reporter Maya Kosoff, for example, the site welcomes the visitor, adding: “Here we honor one of the most vibrant Social Justice advocates today,” a reference to “social justice warriors,” a derisive slur associated with advocacy for liberal causes.

Shkreli wrote a similar message on a website he bought associated with CNBC editor Caroline Moss: The landing page on a site associated with her name welcomes visitors, saying the site has “Everything you need to know about this CNBC safe-spacer,” a reference to college “safe-spaces” often mocked by the right.

Since the beginning of the year, Shkreli has purchased domain names for 12 people, including journalists and commentators from CNBC, Vice, Vanity Fair, Teen Vogue, AOL, Bloomberg, Dealbreaker, Gizmodo, and Business Insider.

Shkreli did not respond when Business Insider reached out for comment.

Shkreli first sparked national outrage when he raised the price by 5,000% for a drug used to combat a disease that can be fatal to people with HIV, and has since embraced his image as a provocateur and “pharma-bro.”

When Shkreli’s Twitter account was suspended in January after he harassed Teen Vogue opinion writer Lauren Duca, the former exec scooped up domain names for journalists, snagging “marrymelauren.com” on the day he was suspended from the social network.

He’s continued to mock and criticize journalists who’ve covered the spectacle surrounding his trial and celebrity, particularly singling out outlets that cover the pharmaceutical industry.

Shkreli has repeatedly blasted CNBC, refusing to take questions from a CNBC reporter after being convicted this month of two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud during his time managing Retrophin, a drug company he ran.

He livestreamed himself earlier this year purchasing domain names associated with Bloomberg pharma reporter Max Nisen, who has written about Shkreli, and Noisey reporter Phil Witmer, who published a story titled “Lil B Shouts Out Martin Shkreli, We All Die a Little Inside,” in which he dubbed Shkreli a “living cartoon gremlin,” and called rapper Lil B’s shoutout a “stain on BasedGod’s good name.”

“Can I buy philwitmer.com right now? Yes I can, and yes I will,” he said on a livestream.

The former CEO has also toyed with reporters in other ways, such as posting private exchanges with former STAT correspondent Dylan Scott to “put this geek journalist on notice” when Scott reached out to Shkreli for a story.

After Business Insider published an article about Shkreli’s actions, he purchased a domain associated with the author of the post, and emailed the author offering the opportunity to purchase the domain.

Disclosure: Both Moss and Kosoff previously worked at Business Insider.

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