Tesla's in-car browser will be upgraded to Chromium


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Tesla’s in-car browser is pretty infamous for being wonky, so it didn’t come as a surprise when someone told Elon Musk on Twitter that they wish it worked consistently. The CEO’s response? Tesla is about to upgrade the in-car browser to Chromium, Google’s open-source browser project. That doesn’t mean the vehicles will be getting Chrome: the Chromium project merely generates code for Chrome and other browsers from companies and vendors outside of Google, including Opera. It’s likely that the Chromium code will just power Tesla’s upgraded browser.

Of course, Musk’s tweet doesn’t really reveal anything when it comes to availability. The updated app could come out really, really soon or years from now. Tesla made previous attempts to release a better browser over the past few years, after all, but it kept getting pushed back. A recent software update seemed to fix the current browser for some people, though, and that may be enough to tide some owners over until the Chromium version comes out.

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GM will build a new Chevrolet EV at its Orion plant


GM has confirmed plans to build another electric vehicle at the same Orion Township, MI factory where it currently manufactures the Bolt, as well as test autonomous vehicles for Cruise. We don’t have a name or potential release date for this next EV, but it will use the same BEV3 platform underpinning the recently announced electric Cadillac on the way.

We visited GM’s Orion factory back in 2016 as it ramped up Bolt production, and now the plan is to invest some $300 million and add 400 jobs there. This week Ford also announced an expansion at one of its Michigan plants to build more electric and autonomous vehicles, so now all that’s left is waiting to hear about a battery-powered Mustang or Camaro.

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Firefox finally takes fuller advantage of your iPad


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Your choices for iPad-friendly web browsers just got ever-so-slightly larger. Mozilla has released an arguably overdue version of Firefox that aims to take better advantage of the iPad’s extra screen real estate. It supports iOS’ built-in split screen and support for keyboard shortcuts, as you might expect, but there are also interface tweaks specific to the tablet version. Firefox now shows all your tabs as easier-to-discern tiles, and private browsing is a single tap away on the main screen.

The new version also enables sending tabs to other synced devices (no more copy-pasting links). And if you use Outlook for iOS, you now have the option of setting Firefox as your default browser.

This combination of features probably won’t have you racing to replace your existing browser if you’re already happy. It might, however, tip the balance if you were already looking Mozilla’s way and were just waiting for a Firefox version that did justice to your Apple slate.

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Beats' spin on the new AirPods could debut in April


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Apple at long last has updated its AirPods, and subsidiary Beats may be set to expand its own product lineup with its first true wireless earbuds. CNET reports Beats will announce a fully wireless version of its Powerbeats next month.

They could include the same H1 chip as the latest AirPods and may have handsfree support for Apple’s voice assistant through the “Hey Siri” function. The true wireless Powerbeats may also offer more use out of a single charge than AirPods (which offer about five hours of listening time).

Beats adopted a similar release strategy after Apple announced the first version of AirPods in 2016. Soon after, it revealed several headphones with the same W1 chip as its parent company’s earphones.

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DC Universe celebrates Batman's birthday with free access March 30th


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Batman is about to celebrate his 80th ‘birthday’ (his first appearance in Detective Comics) on March 30th, and DC Universe is using that as an opportunity to hand out more freebies. The service is providing free access to a wide swath of its Batman movies, TV shows and (of course) comics for 24 hours that day, starting at midnight EST. It doesn’t include everything — most notably, Christopher Nolan’s movies will remain locked behind a subscription. However, you’ll still have access to quite a large chunk of the Dark Knight’s catalog.

The pre-Nolan Batman movies will be free, whether it’s classics like the 1989 Tim Burton release or, er, less-than-well-received titles like Batman & Robin. There’s also a veritable deluge of cartoons, including the legendary Batman: The Animated Series and Super Friends. DC is somewhat choosier with its comics, but this still includes some issues of Detective Comics (sadly not Batman’s debut in #27), Batman and Son and the Superman/Batman series.

Naturally, there’s a hard sell involved. Anyone who’s new to DC Universe can get their first month for 80 cents (get it?) between midnight EST on March 29th and the end of April 4th. It’s clearly hoping you’ll be sufficiently enthralled that you’ll pay for a subscription after the free day is over. Nonetheless, it’s still a relatively pain-free opportunity to see if you’ll like what the service has to offer.

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