Tesla now completes its charging network between New York and LA

Bloomberg report on the news that Tesla now has the infrastructure necessary to drive an electric car between New York to LA:

The Superchargers, currently compatible only with the Model S, provide 170 miles of range in a 30-minute charge, according to the company. The cheapest version of the Fremont, California-built car enabled to work with the Superchargers costs $73,070, according to Tesla’s website.

While filling up might only take a few minutes and get you much more range, 30 minutes for 170 miles is pretty damn impressive, and is much better than most other electric vehicles which don’t offer any quick charge option.

Love it or hate it, the battery-powered electric car is becoming an ever more feasible alternative to a petrol-powered vehicle.

Macworld interviews Schiller, Federighi and Tribble on the Mac at 30

Jason Snell interviews Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and Bud Tribble on the 30th anniversary of the Mac:

“There is a super important role [for the Mac] that will always be,” Schiller said. “We don’t see an end to that role. There’s a role for the Mac as far as our eye can see. A role in conjunction with smartphones and tablets, that allows you to make the choice of what you want to use. Our view is, the Mac keeps going forever, because the differences it brings are really valuable.”

A must-read.

The Instructional

How many times have you downloaded a well-reviewed app or updated to the latest version of iOS or OS X, only to never quite know what it can do or how to use it?

It’s something I’d wager almost every iOS or Mac device owner has done at some point, I certainly have. Surprisingly, while there are many, many sources for app reviews, roundups and Apple news, there are very few that focus on educating readers about how best to use their Apple products or the apps they run.

For the last few months, I’ve been working on a new site to do exactly that, called The Instructional.

My aim for the site is to provide in-depth guides and workflows for Mac and iOS, picking up where most app reviews finish by exploring the various features and functions of apps for, and features of, both iOS and OS X.

The site will have something for everyone, from new iPad owners to seasoned Mac users. Each post will explore a particular app or feature, providing easy and clear instructions and steps so you can follow along.

You won’t find any posts about rumours, news or opinion. Instead, I only want to provide content that enhances your experience and knowledge of Apple’s products, as well as the apps you use.

The Instructional launches February and you can sign up to be notified as soon as it does.

You can also follow The Instructional on App.net at @theinstructional or on Twitter at @_instructional.

Squarespace Logo

Squarespace announce their latest service:

Squarespace Logo helps anyone create a professional logo on their own. All logos are comprised of a few basic elements: text, a tagline, and an icon. With the help of The Noun Project and Google Fonts, we provide a huge array of icons (7,000 and growing!) and fonts that you can easily turn into a unique logo for your business. To give you an idea of how your logo will look, you can use our handy previews to see your new logo on a business card, a website, or a t-shirt. When you’re ready to download your logo, we provide white on black, black on white, and full-color images in a variety of formats.

A great idea for budding businesses, especially with the features Squarespace offer with commerce and podcasting in mind.

Network Solutions auto-enrols users into $1,850 subscription

Brent Simmons gets a genuinely shocking email:

I got an email from Network Solutions — where I still have two domains, originally registered in the ’90s — that informed me I have been enrolled in their WebLock Program.

To help recapture the costs of maintaining this extra level of security for your account, your credit card will be billed $1,850 for the first year of service on the date your program goes live. After that you will be billed $1,350 on every subsequent year from that date. If you wish to opt out of this program you may do so by calling us at 1-888-642-0265.

(Here’s a screenshot of the email. I’ve pasted in the text at the end of this post.)

I couldn’t believe that I’d been opted-in, without my permission, to any new product — and I was stunned when I saw how much it cost. And further surprised when I saw that I would have to make a phone call to deal with all this.

Opting out of a newsletter is one thing, but being automatically enrolled into a $2,000 subscription without prior consent? That’s disgusting and shameful.

Former Apple SVP Scott Forstall’s photo used in City College ad campaign


You might recognize the hokey headshot as Forstall’s official photo from when he was Apple’s SVP of iOS Software. It’s presumably being used all over City College facilities, almost certainly without his knowledge. The above photo was taken outside a sandwich shop near the CCNY campus in Harlem. A quick Google search turns up Forstall in the announcement for the new card.

Someone is getting fired.

(Via Federico Viticci).