Tesla's Gigafactory sets grand opening for July 29th

Though the Gigafactory has been partially operational for months, Tesla hasn’t yet officially “opened” its massive Nevada battery plant — but that’ll change on July 29th, when some Tesla owners will gather with company officials for a ceremony at the facility. Multiple publications, including Fortune and Tesla Central, have confirmed the July …

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The Verge Review of Animals: spiders

This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight. Spiders are the earthly manifestation of true evil and should not be misjudged. …

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Twitter eases 140-character limit for tweets

Washington (AFP) – Twitter said Tuesday it was easing its 140-character limit for tweets, allowing users to add links, attachments and some other features within the short messages. The move comes as Twitter’s efforts to increase its user base and engagement have been sputtering, raising questions about its growth trend. …

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Google Maps directions may soon lead you to … more ads

You might start seeing more ads when getting directions from Google’s popular mapping service. The ads, called “promoted pins,” will highlight restaurants and other merchants located along your way. They’ll show up inside the directions map as Google routes you to your destination. Google has displayed text ads alongside its …

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How to save money on matches

How do you light a bunch of candles with a single match? Simple: Use a stick of uncooked spaghetti. It works like a very long match and burns with an even, long-lasting flame. It gives you plenty of time to move from candle to candle, lighting them all with that …

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Apple Opening Siri to Developers, May Copy Amazon Echo

Seeking to catch up to rivals in the realm of voice-controlled services, Apple soon will allow software developers to connect their apps to its Siri digital assistant for the first time, according to a report on Tuesday. Apple also may offer a device similar to the Amazon Echo voice-controlled speaker, …

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