Didn’t have time to check out the tech headlines yesterday? Here’s what you missed.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk hit back at a recent New York Times article that claimed the company’s flagship Tesla Model S electric car does not hold a charge very well in cold weather. Musk took to Twitter to say that the Times writer, John M. Broder, was not truthful about the route he took.
“NYTimes article about Tesla range in cold is fake. Vehicle logs tell true story that he didn’t actually charge to max & took a long detour,” Musk tweeted. The paper, however, stands by its story.
Meanwhile, Apple yesterday released an iOS update for the iPhone 4S that fixes a connectivity problem. The iOS 6.1.1 update “fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S,” Apple said.
In other mobile news, if you watched the Grammy Awards telecast this weekend, you might have caught a new Nexus 4 commercial that focused on the wonders of Google Now. The one-minute spot showed Nexus 4 users around the world using their phone to get real-time updates about their commute, weather conditions, restaurant locations, and on-the-fly translations. In other Nexus 4 news, a wireless charging orb is now available on Google Play.
Also making headlines yesterday, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates took to Reddit Monday for an “Ask Me Anything” session, which touched on topics ranging from his attitude towards open-source software to the charitable work done around the globe by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Here’s some other news you might have missed:
- Report: Apple, Foxconn Prepping Curved Glass Smartwatch: Two new reports back up a rumor that first surface late last year that Apple is working on a smartwatch.
- Geeks in Toyland: ToyFair 2013: The Toy Industry Association opened its annual ToyFair trade show on Sunday, and we hit the show floor to see what new toys are coming.
- Google Fiber, Cablevision Top Netflix ISP Rankings: Netflix released its ISP rankings for January, and Google Fiber once again provided the best average speed for Netflix streaming.
- Amazon, CBS Announce Streaming Deal for Stephen King Series: Amazon has inked a deal with CBS to offer online access its new show, Under the Dome, which is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.
- Tim Cook to Speak at Goldman Sachs Tech Conference Tuesday: Apple CEO Tim Cook will make an early-morning appearance at a Goldman Sachs technology conference today.
- BlackBerry Z10 On Sale … for $999: The BlackBerry Z10 is scheduled to hit most major U.S. carriers in the next month or two, but if you truly cannot wait to get your hands on the company’s newest smartphone, an unlocked version is now on sale – but it will set you back $999.
- NASA Launches Next-Gen Landsat Spacecraft: The Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft “roared into space” atop an Atlas V rocket at 1:02 p.m. Eastern, space agency officials said.
- Dish Releases Hopper with Sling in U.S., Ergen Talks Shop: Very specific information about the next-generation Xbox code named Durango has gone from a few leaks to a full-fledged gusher with the latest bit of so-called intelligence coming from a Kotaku source called SuperDaE.
- Australia Probes Apple, Microsoft, Adobe Over High Prices: Australian officials are looking into whether Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe charge too much for their products in the region.
- Songza: It’s Not Just Music, It’s Lifestyle Enhancement: Songza co-creator Elias Roman recently chatted with PCMag about the evolution of his “lifestyle enhancement company,” why he isn’t afraid of Pandora, and the monster mascot’s true identity.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag