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  • Electric vehicles

    California tries to goose electric car sales with rebates — but is it enough?

    California electric car buyers are getting a mixed bag of news this week, some of which could have profound implications for the future of the state’s effort to get 1.5 million drivers out of emission-spewing vehicles and into electric alternatives. The Legislature is poised to send the governor a bill—outlining how to spend $1.5 billion in proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions—that includes $140 million replenish the state air board’s...

    By Julie Cart CALmatters|

  • Electric vehicles

    The column where we blow up the myth that electric cars are too expensive

    There’s this myth that grew up around electric cars that they are too expensive. It’s all Elon Musk’s fault for creating a sleek, lightning-fast and amazingly efficient electric vehicle recognized as the gold standard in the industry. His Tesla cars cost between $80,000 and $100,000. The world awaits his Model 3, as do 400,000 people on a waiting list, which can go between 220 miles and 310 miles on a single charge, depending on the battery pack size. They...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Technology

    Robotic arms, likely to replace humans at manufacturer-employers, featured at WESTEC 2017

    The future of manufacturing — which looks a lot more robotic and a lot less human — is on display as WESTEC 2017 kicked off its three-day run at Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday. The annual trade show highlights some of the latest technologies in manufacturing, leaving little doubt that automation is not the coming king, it’s the king that is here. At the Lyndex...

    Kevin Smith
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  • Technology

    Apple unveils $999 iPhone X with facial recognition

    CUPERTINO, Calif. >> Apple has broken the $1,000 barrier with its latest, and most expensive, phone, the iPhone X. With a price starting at $999 and a host of new features, the phone will be a big test for both Apple and consumers. Will people be willing to shell out really big bucks for a relatively fragile device that’s become an essential part of daily life? On Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook called the iPhone X “the biggest leap forward” since the first...

    By Michael Liedtke and Barbara Ortutay The Associated Press|

  • Technology

    Apple expected to unveil new iPhones, and they’ve set a date

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple’s faithful fans and investors won’t have to wait much longer to see what the iPhone maker has in store next. The company sent out invitations Thursday to set Sept. 12 as the date for an annual post-Labor Day showcase. As usual, the famously secretive Apple didn’t say what’s on tap, but this is typically when Apple unveils new iPhones. Much of the anticipation is swirling around whether Apple will show off a...

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  • Mobile networks

    Local leaders oppose state law that could turn utility poles into cell phone towers

    Local political and community leaders voiced staunch opposition Wednesday to a proposed state law they have branded a big “power grab” by the telecommunications industry. The legislation, Senate Bill 649, aims to streamline bureaucratic processes for telecommunications giants, such as Verizon and AT&T, by stripping local governments of their ability to impose conditions — aesthetic or otherwise — on “small-cell” wireless transmitters, a...

    Courtney Tompkins
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  • Educational technology

    These Montebello high schoolers just got free smartphones

    MONTEBELLO >> Ninth- and 10th-graders at Schurr High School will have the use of free cellphones and data for the remainder of their time at the school. On Tuesday, students — a class at a time — received and activated their Motorola smartphones inside the campus library as part of the Sprint 1Million Project, which will provide 1 million free phones. The mobile phones will be used to help...

    Sandra T. Molina
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  • Transportation technology

    Student Hyperloop team sets speed record at Hawthorne competition

    Technical University of Munich’s Hyperloop prototype pod hit a record speed of more than 200 mph in the second annual competition for young engineers in Hawthorne on Sunday. The victory drew ecstatic cheers from the team and praise from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who hosted the event. “200 mph for a student-built pod is incredible,” Musk said, standing in...

    Sandy Mazza
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  • Electric vehicles

    The buzz on new electric cars is more than just about Tesla and Chevy

    My new neighbor Tony was talking electric cars. “How did you get that plug?” he asked me. I was juicing up my electric Chevy Volt into the 120-volt regular electric outlet on a concrete pillar next to my parking space in our condo complex’s common garage when I heard him ask the question. “Oh, we had to ask the HOA board and get permission. We paid for the installation and now they are charging us per month for usage,” I...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Tunnel construction

    Dig it: Hawthorne approves Elon Musk’s test tunnel beneath city streets

    Hawthorne leaders have signed off on construction of tech tycoon Elon Musk’s first test tunnel for electric vehicles extending west from SpaceX headquarters. The City Council approved the two-mile underground track Tuesday night in a 4-1 vote, with only Councilman Nilo Michelin dissenting. Digging the tunnel beyond the SpaceX property line, extending to beneath city streets, could begin any day. But don’t expect to see any dirt-covered construction workers or feel...

    Sandy Mazza
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