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taco bell employees can get a $4k discount on a chevy corvette

when it comes to buying a new car, there isn’t a person alive who doesn’t want to save money on the sticker price, whether it’s haggling with the dealership or qualifying for some discount program. well, if you’re in the market for a new chevy corvette and are hunting for a deal, you might want to consider a career change. due to an odd arrangement between taco bell and gm, employees of the fast food chain are eligible for a $4,385 discount on a new corvette grand sport.it turns out that taco bell is considered a “supplier” for the car manufacturer, and thus its employees can take advantage of gm supplier pricing. this discount will save buyers $4,385 on a chevrolet corvette grand sport, and it’s a 2018 model to boot! the sport...




nasa earth time lapse shows 20 years of seasonal changes in 2.5 minutes

a new nasa time lapse shows 20 years of seasonal landscape changes around the globe, condensing the years down to a mere 2.5 minutes. though nasa is known primarily for its space missions, the agency focuses extensively on earth science, too, training a variety of satellites down toward our own planet. the content presented in this new video was gathered by nasa satellites every year since 1997.nasa has spent the past week showing off videos of our planet to highlight the life that exists on it and what we can learn about it from space. the video below is perhaps the best demonstration of that, showing a full two decades of plant life and death across every portion of land, as well as changes to the ocean.every year, nasa’s satellites trac...




psn issues are causing some playstation 4 owners grief

sony’s playstation network is experiencing some issues, making it difficult for playstation 4 owners to launch their games and some other online features. the company says it is aware of the problem and has tasked its engineers with finding a solution. when that solution may arrive isn’t clear. the disruption isn’t affecting all aspects of the online playstation experience, though. sony posted a note about the disruption on its playstation network status page, saying: “you may have some difficulty launching games, applications, or online features. our engineers are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible, and we thank you for your patience.” the notice was posted at 5:38pm et.the company hasn’t prov...




tesla powerbank is a portable battery for your smartphone

can’t afford one of tesla’s big home batteries? it has a new alternative for you, and it’ll fit in your pocket: the tesla powerbank. as you’d expect from a powerbank, this model is designed to charge your smartphone, earbuds, or any other usb gadget, and it is small enough to fit in your pocket. the tesla powerbank is available now from the company’s own website.the tesla powerbank was a recent addition to the company’s lineup, one that costs $45 and sports a modest 3350mah capacity. the model is far pricier than power banks of the same capacity from most other companies, but it’s not much to pay to say you own a tesla…not to mention, we’d expect the build quality for these are probably great...




republic wireless anywhere hq is the carrier's own smart speaker

the wireless carrier republic wireless, which offers atypical service targeted at those who want as low of a bill as possible, is getting into the hardware game with the unveiling of its own smart speaker. called anywhere hq, this speaker recently popped up on the carrier’s website, though not many details are available at this time.republic wireless made a soft announcement about the device, saying that it is the “first smart speaker built for smart communications.” the device is listed as entering the carrier’s “labs,” indicating that it is still in development rather than being ready to hit shelves. the speaker is designed to tether with a user’s phone, offering communication abilities without having to physically hold the h...




overwatch free weekend is live until monday night

it has been more than a year since overwatch was released, but it remains a favorite for many players, and blizzard is hoping you’ll join them. as of today and running through monday, overwatch is completely free for everyone to play even if you haven’t purchased the game. the free weekend is for xbox one, playstation 4, and pc.this isn’t the first free overwatch weekend, and it probably won’t be the last. the most recent one before this took place in mid-september. this time around, the free play time started at 11am pt / 2pm et earlier today; if you download, you’ll be able to play without buying until a minute before midnight (pacific time) on monday, november 20.there is a small catch, in that if...




nintendo switch just blew sony and microsoft out of the water (again)

it’s no secret that the nintendo switch has been selling well since launch. it’s a new console with a solid first party library and it can be purchased at a decent price – of course it’s selling well. today we’re getting a better idea of just how well it’s performing thanks to the folks at npd group, who are gearing up to deliver their games industry report for the month of october.before npd has that opportunity, though, nintendo has delivered an early announcement claiming victory for october. citing npd’s findings, nintendo revealed that the top-selling console was the nintendo switch, beating out more established brands like the xbox one and the playstation 4. nintendo made a similar announcement last month, celebrating the...




black friday's 4k smart tv dark horse is nvidia shield tv

today the nvidia shield tv was announced to have its price kicked temporarily in the bottom, just in time for black friday 2017. this is the device is easily my own top recommendation for smart tv central hub, and has been for the past two years, as well. while this machine is already a decent price without discount, here on black friday its cut down to the lowest price it’s ever been (in its current form, with 3-free months of youtube red to boot.)it’s a surprise to find this device being reduced in price – not least of all because it’s been out in stores in what’s basically its original form for the past nearly-three-years. while the smaller version (with the same processor and abilities) was already on-par with apple tv, in both...




4 tesla roadster alternatives you can drive today

so the new tesla roadster has you gripped. there’s $200k burning a hole in your pocket – or $250k, if you want to be among the first 1,000 owners – and you’re all set to put down your deposit and join the waiting list. problem is, tesla isn’t going to start making them until 2020, and that’s assuming no delays between then and now. if you’re in the market for some electrified sports car action while you wait, what are your options? fret not, eco-racer, i’ve got you covered.i know you don’t like compromise, but there are a few ground-rules all the same. for a start, i’m not allowing any concept cars or not-in-production vehicles onto the list. after all, we’re looking for instant gratification here, right? that counts ou...




ominous nasa climate change app shows which cities will flood

coastal cities around the world are at risk of severe flooding and even eventual eradication as ocean levels rise. a new simulation from nasa highlights how big this potential problem is, showing what could happen to 293 coastal cities around the world over the next 100 years. among the observed changes are severe flooding to big locations like new york city and london.coastal flooding is already a growing problem in some places, the result of melting ice that causes ocean levels to rise. researchers have warned for years that rising ocean levels will cause increasingly catastrophic floods in many places around the world, and that decades from now some big regions could be left entirely underwater.try out the simulation for yourself here!nas...




meti space messages invite aliens to communicate with earth

researchers have undertaken a controversial plan to get aliens to contact humans: sending an invitation out into space. the efforts come from meti, which stands for messaging extraterrestrial intelligence, and it involved sending messages toward a star system located about 12 light-years from our own. assuming the messages are received and a reply is sent, we should get it about 25 years from now.humans have long written stories about intelligence life elsewhere in the universe, some of it more optimistic than others. conspiracy theories aside, no other intelligent beings have made contact with humans, but that may change if we continue to actively pursue contact. the meti mission represents the most recent effort in that attempt, but it isn...




razer hammerhead earbuds get usb-c just in time for razer phone

it’s been a big week for razer. just a couple of days ago, it finally launched its long-rumored razer phone in the us, stepping into the ring with the other big android manufactures. now razer has announced a new version of its hammerhead earbuds, making them compatible with the razer phone in this release.after all, one of the most talked about razer phone “features” is the fact that is has no headphone jack. this means that older versions of the hammerhead earbuds are incompatible with the razer phone, barring some kind of adapter. these new hammerheads solve that problem, adding a usb-c connector to update compatibility.other than the freshly added usb-c adapter, these seem mostly similar to the hammerhead v2 pro earbuds that come w...




apple homepod delayed - slashgear

apple has delayed its homepod smart speaker, pushing the launch of the siri-powered amazon echo rival back into 2018. homepod was revealed back in june 2017, a streaming speaker that physically embodied siri, and which promised both smart home control and better music playback than other such products on the market. however, though our early experience with homepod suggested it certainly sounded good, apple wasn’t really ready to release it. the company pencilled in a launch window for the us, uk, and australia in december 2017, with the speaker priced at $349. today, apple has confirmed that it’s not going to meet that self-imposed deadline.“we can’t wait for people to experience homepod, apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for ...




skyrim for switch and playstation vr released today

it feels weird that we’d still be talking about skyrim here in 2017, but believe it or not, the game is heading to two new platforms today. one of those is the nintendo switch, and this launch is something we’ve known about since the switch was first revealed more than a year ago. if you’ve always wanted to have a way to play skyrim on the go, bethesda and nintendo have addressed your desires with this new release.if, on the other hand, you’re more of a virtual reality type of person, there’s something for you too. today also happens to be the day that skryim launches on the playstation vr, allowing you to roam the frozen lands of tamriel’s most northern country with a little more focus on immersion.regardless of the version you ...




battlefront 2: reddit meme-troopers just saved the day …for now

this week reddit changed the mind of ea on a game they were just about to release called star wars: battlefront ii. this game was looking amazing at first, then the public turned sour at ea’s reveal of in-game transactions. after days of bad press from game and tech blogs and a massive front-page-fiasco on reddit, ea “heard you loud and clear.” what about these gifs and memes, you say – why would a meme-master make a meme with any regard to this game? because memes and gifs are the backbone of any social media movement – and with star wars, everyone can be involved. because seeing the comedy in the situation gives fuel to the people that’d otherwise fall to the whims of ea and an increasingly greedy gaming market – that’s why...




apple's homepod delay is the right decision

apple may be missing the holiday shopping season by delaying its homepod until 2018, but that decision could pay dividends if it makes siri a better assistant. the smart speaker was due to launch in the us, uk, and australia in december 2017, having been announced back in june alongside the imac pro at wwdc. today, it conceded it will “need a little more time” before homepod is ready for public consumption.as you’d expect, speculation about what’s still being worked on began instantly. with a device like a smart speaker, which packages not only music but voice control and home automation into a single device, there’s no shortage of places where hold-ups could be introduced. all the same, attention has fallen on two core aspects. fi...




lg oled tv black friday deals may be too good to miss

tvs are undoubtedly going to be one of the most popular items come black friday, but if you’re looking to snag a 4k tv specifically, you might want to take a look at what lg will have on offer. the company today announced deals on its entire line up of 4k oled tvs, which have historically been pretty expensive sets. according to today’s announcement, all of the 10 tv sets in lg’s 2017 4k oled line will hit their “best price ever” on black friday.there are two deals in particular that lg chooses to focus on in its announcement. the first is on the b7a 55-inch oled tv, which will be marked down to $1,499 on black friday. this, lg notes, is the first time one of its 55-inch class oled models has been discounted below $1,500, which is ...




star wars gifts 2017 for the holidays

over the past few months we’ve been rounding up some of the most epic or otherwise nice-yet-affordable star wars gifts for this holiday season. what we’ve got is what you’ll see below. this list includes a star wars record player, an electric vehicle for kids, and some star wars stationary. basically all levels of gift cost are included here – from the extremely inexpensive to the favorite-aunty-costly.note a: while the above image may look like some sort of intergalactic white lipstick, it truly is not. instead, it’s one part of the item below called “star wars: jedi challenges by lenovo.” go check it out and, if you want, go find some star wars lipstick somewhere. don’t buy the covergirl star wars stuff though, unless they...




star wars battlefront 2 release day in-game purchase updates

star wars: battlefront 2 had some changes announced this week just before release day. as such, we’re going to run down what you’re going to need to expect from the game when release day arrives. instead of the mess of a set of in-game micro-transactions originally available in the early release of the game, all in-game purchases have been turned off, for now.an epic battle was waged over the past week by members of several gaming communities on ea games – and by dice by default. the amount of work and/or money would be required to attain all heroes and/or bonuses in the game was above-average insane. people weren’t happy about it. see: battlefront 2 first dlc day-one the last jedi contentaccording to some intrepid folks at resetera,...




the tesla semi already has some big-name reservations

the new tesla semi has already found some high-profile buyers, with walmart and more confirming they’ve placed reservations for the all-electric truck. unveiled last night, the tesla semi does away with traditional diesel engines altogether and, like the california automaker’s cars, replaces them with high-powered electric motors. the big pitch is zero-emissions shipping and less maintenance.indeed, tesla ceo’s elon musk swung between the sort of performance numbers that have traditionally enthused the automaker’s consumer buyers, and figures more palatable for fleet operators. on the one hand, the tesla semi is shaping up to be the hot-rod of trucks, with a 0-60 mph time of 20 seconds even when at maximum 80,000 pound load. cab-alon...