Tesla is known for their hi-tech, super efficient electric cars, but recent statements by CEO Elon Musk have suggested that the company’s next move may be powering people’s homes. As Mashable notes, yesterday, the entrepreneur tweeted, “Major new Tesla product line -- not a car -- will be unveiled at our Hawthorne Design Studio on Thurs 8pm, April 30,” and though there’s been speculation as to what the unveiling will showcase, according to Bloomberg, on a recent company earning’s call, Musk told investors about Tesla’s big future initiative: “We are going to unveil the Tesla home battery, the consumer battery that would be for use in people’s houses or businesses fairly soon.” Musk is also a major player in the solar panel industry, leading the company SolarCity, so he knows a lot about the industry. It’s still yet to be seen if the April 30tth event is in fact about a home-powering battery as the earning’s call suggests, but given Musk’s penchant to envelope-pushing new technology (he’s also the CTO and CEO of the space exploration company Space X), it’s likely going to be an ambitious product ... Discuss
At one point in time, boxer Mike Tyson was one of the richest, most famous athletes in the world. But after being convicted of rape and serving a stint in prison, Tyson struggled with substance abuse and eventually suffered from major financial issues. One of the strangest vestiges of the boxer’s former empire is a massive, abandoned mansion in Ohio where he lived to be closer to a trainer in the ‘80s and ‘90s. For years, the mansion has sat completely abandoned, being sold in various bank and police auctions. Now, it’s going to become a church.
The most recent owner of the Tyson mansion donated the property to Living Word Sanctuary, a Christian church that plans on converting the mansion into a ministry center. (You can a hear a pastor talk about the plans here.) The church recently invited a photographer to the grounds to take pictures of the house before renovations begin. According to photographer Johnny Joo, the church even hopes that Tyson will attend the first service at the new church when it is completed later this year ... Discuss
Musician Andrew Huang enjoys a challenge. For his latest YouTube jam, he used only parts of car tires and wheels to create the catchiest tune ever recorded in an auto-shop. It’s as weird and as cool as it sounds ... Discuss
A photo taken in a Syrian refugee camp has recently gone viral, showing the heartbreaking toll the years-long civil war has taken on the nation’s children. In the image, a terrified 4-year-old girl puts her hands in the air as an act of surrender at the sight of a photographer’s telephoto lens. The war has displaced millions, killed hundreds of thousands and has left many young children with the constant reality of war, guns and violence. The Turkish photographer, Osman Sağırlı, told the BBC, “I realized she was terrified after I took it and looked at the picture, because she bit her lips and raised her hands. Normally kids run away, hide their faces or smile when they see a camera.”
On Monday afternoon, Jay-Z and a host of other famous musicians (Kanye, Beyonce, Daft Punk, Madonna, Jack White, Chris Martin, Jason Aldean, Alicia Keys, members of Arcade Fire, Rihanna and more) introduced their new artist-owned streaming service, Tidal at a press conference in New York City. The press conference didn’t give much information that wasn’t already out there, with the group re-affirming their dedication to “re-establish the value of music” and “create a better experience for both fans and artists.”
So what sets Tidal apart from other streaming services? First and foremost, the emphasis seems to be on the artists themselves, giving them more direct control over their content. Many of the artists involved have spoken out against how free streaming services such as Spotify pay artists, and though Tidal offers a free 30-day trial, users have to pay to keep a subscription—either $9.99/month or $19.99/month—which will allow Tidal to pay artists double the standard streaming royalties. The more expensive of the two offers higher sound quality than the usual compressed format, which is apparently one of the other things that sets Tidal apart from other streaming services. It will also offer hi-def videos and “expertly curated” editorial and playlists.
A lot of high-profile musicians have expressed support for the service, but it remains to be seen whether record companies (which, as The New York Times points out, often control music distribution rights) and fans will get on board... Discuss
For those who have screeched into a McDonald’s at 10:35 am, yearning for a combination of egg, sausage and fast-food biscuit, only to find out it would be another 24-hours before your cravings could be satisfied, we have good news: Your cries have been heard. Your suffering is not in vain. Starting this fall, McDonalds will start testing all-day breakfast service in select locations. Though the handful of restaurants experimenting with 24/7 Egg McMuffins are only in the San Diego area, the move is the first sign that the round-the-clock breakfast revolution is upon us ... Discuss