Tesla Motors is a California-based company that manufactures and markets electric powered automobiles. Its stated objective is to make electric powered vehicles available to and popular with ordinary car buyers. It hopes to accomplish this by selling vehicles in its own showrooms, by licensing some of its engine and power train components to other auto manufacturers for use in their own electric vehicles, and by serving as an example to other car manufacturers, inspiring them to bring out their own models of electric cars. It is worth noting that the Vice-Chairman of General Motors in 2007, Robert Lutz, credited Tesla with inspiring him to encourage the company’s development of the Chevy Volt, a hybrid sedan that can be recharged at plug-in stations.
Tesla’s chairman, Elon Musk, has made headlines recently with his well-publicised venture into the commercial rocket industry, having successful launches of the Space-X Falcon-1 and Falcon-9 launch vehicles, and the first successful docking of the Dragon capsule with the International Space Station.
Models currently in production from Tesla include the Tesla Roadster sports car and the Model S sedan. Another vehicle, the Model X is a crossover (CUV) utility vehicle with a passenger capacity of seven people. It is scheduled for release in 2014.
The Roadster sports car was the first production model electric vehicle to use a lithium ion battery, and the first with a range of 200 miles on a single charge. Motor Trend magazine tested the vehicle and reported that it accelerated from 0-60 (mph) in 3.7 seconds, and achieved a top speed of 102 mph in a quarter-mile. The Roadster also was the first electric vehicle to win the Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Car Rally, in 2010. And in an Australian rally, the Global Green Challenge, the Roadster completed 313 miles on a single charge at an average speed of 25 mph.
At present, pricing for Tesla vehicles puts them out of reach for the average consumer. The Roadster retails at $109,000. The Model S sells for $95,000, and a Limited Edition series is priced at $105,000. However, one of the company’s aims is to bring out a vehicle class similar to the Audi, Mercedes-Benz, or BMW, that will have features, driving range, and price tag (about $30,000) that can compete in the mass market.
The safety of the Tesla Model S sedan was questioned recently after a collision in which a Model S ran over a large piece of metal dropped from a septic tank truck and caught fire. The curved metal object pierced the battery from underneath the car, causing it to ignite. The battery’s protective shielding contained the fire, preventing it from reaching the driver cockpit, even after firefighters inadvertently pierced the top of the battery compartment while trying to extinguish the fire. The driver received a warning from the car’s safety systems and had enough time to pull over to the side of the road and exit the vehicle. He was not injured. The company pointed out in its news release on the accident that a gasoline-powered vehicle involved in the same kind of accident may have suffered far more serious consequences.Read More
Excitement is ramping up in in the technology world for the new Apple Mac Pro, coming later in 2013. Ever since the amazing reveal of the coming Mac Pro Apple devotees have been poring over the outstanding list of features and the photographs of the new form factor. Design has always been a major focus for all Apple products, and the Mac Pro 2013 features a design that one-ups both Intel and past Macs with an evolutionary leap in performance and appearance.
It has got the people excited! “I am ready to upgrade now!” (Brandon from cdl test genius exclaims). “I have been using the 2008 model for awhile and it works great, but i cant resist the outstanding look of the new one “.
The newly designed Mac Pro 2013 looks like a compact black monolith, measuring a mere 9.9-inches, with a circumference of 6.6-inches. The innovative design brings new meaning to the word “compact,” densely packing in the latest in cutting-edge computing technology, while maintaining the modern need for power efficiency. The exemplification of a next generation computer, the soon to be released Mac Pro features plenty of room for expansion and ultimate connectivity with 6 Thunderbolt 2.0 ports, USB 3.0 and gigabit Ethernet. While USB 3.0 is considered extremely fast, with transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps, Thunderbolt 2.0 offers massive overhead speed of up to 20Gbps. The list of enhanced ports include the latest HDMI 1.4 interface and provisions for operating with the ultra HD 4K video standard that’s even now arriving in stores.
At the heart of the powerful pre-production Mac Pro is a 12 core Xeon E5 CPU, which interfaces with large storage drives by means of PCI express flash storage, a super-fast transfer standard that transfers data 2.5 times faster than SSD based hard drives. That’s excellent news for video producers and graphic designers, shifting huge files around. A newly designed memory controller ensures no slowdown while memory hungry applications are running, providing a massive 60GB per second of memory bandwidth.
The Apple engineers have designed a cylindrical frame packed with the technology users have been demanding, and added even more, future-proofing the coming Mac Pro for some time. Connectivity, including integrated Bluetooth 4 and 802.11ac, are implemented, and dual AMD FirePro GPU’s are included to process the enormous data throughput, displaying graphics on up to 3 next generation 4k monitors. All of this power and performance is made possible by the ingenious design of the unified thermal core, centralizing cooling for the CPU and GPU’s, delivering Apple’s latest technology with style. Impatient users can’t wait to get hold of the new Mac Pro and put it through its paces.Read More
The search engine Google has developed many new technological items that people use on a daily basis. From finding information from a search to giving driving directions to providing free text messaging and calls Google has broken many boundaries. Google goggles is a downloadable image recognition app that helps make the lives of people even easier. This app uses a picture that a person takes on their cell phone or other internet enabled device and performs a search. A person does not have to type anything in. All the information and top items related to the picture will be right there in front of them.
There are many everyday uses for this app. All a person has to do it take a picture of what they need and Google will provide search results. For example if a person takes a picture of a food item Google can tell them where it is on sale. This app is even able to recognize barcodes off of these items to help a person find where they are sold and at the best price. If a person takes a picture of a famous landmark such as a painting in a museum Google will provide search results with all the information about that picture. Google is already working with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to be able to provide visitors with all the information about their artwork by just sending in a picture. This is just the beginning of what Google Goggles can do for a business or an organization.
This app is just beginning to be used by businesses. Once more businesses start utilizing the app they will be able to advertise their products and services. They can give background information about the company as well as prices. This is just the beginning . Students can use Google goggles to find information for their research papers for accurate web sources. This app is used with iPhones, iPads, and other devices with an iOS4.0 operating systems. As more businesses start to use this hands free search engine the easier it will be for people to get the results they need with just the touch of a button.
In the 20th century, plumbing was very primitive. The ways that waste materials were disposed of would cause one to question how society was able to function at that time. The rich and famous were the ones that had the luxury of some type of system that was used to handle the waste products. Technology has changed the ways hazardous products are handled along with limiting the types of diseases that occur under unsanitary conditions. Can you imagine having to carry a pot or some type of container to a certain field to empty the waste materials everyday. To most ladies, this idea would be revolting. Years ago, this was the only job that some had. The invention of the toilet and the septic tank blazed the trail for even more trendy equipment to be created like the commode that senses when you have finished your time in the bathroom and will automatically flush without the need to push a handle. The average septic system processes thousands of gallons of waste water annually. It is vitally important that the plumbing system stays in proper working order. The best advice would be to have the septic tank cleaned every few years. Some states have a mandate that instructs all persons that own homes to have the tank cleaned every two or three years. If routine maintenance is performed, the likelihood of major problems arising greatly decreases. Many times, there are problems with the system that go undetected for years. Once it becomes an emergency situation, a large amount of money is required in order to rectify the situation. At the first sign of trouble, let a professional plumber check the system. A strong odor that smells like waste, or soft patches of soil around the septic system is cause for alarm. These signs should not be ignored because it can lead to a more serious problem and the tank may have to be replaced. Hollywood, Florida has some of the most beautiful homes and landscaping that will take your breath away. Do not let faulty plumbing ruin your piece of paradise. Contact the best septic tank cleaning company to handle the problem. Regular cleaning will keep the cost of repairs down. A minor problem this year can cost thousands to repair next year. Professional septic cleaners will handle the problem in a timely manner. We are reliable and will handle any problem that may arise. www.septictankcleaninghollywood.comRead More
The Importance Of Advertising In Today’s Marketplace
Advertising To A Targeted Audience
Traditional means of advertising like TV, radio and newspaper ads blast messages out to an untargeted audience. PPC, banner ads and various other Internet advertising mediums offer a much more strategic targeting of advertising campaigns to particular demographics of potential customers. Facebook ads can be targeted by location (cities, states), time of day, age, sex, educational background, occupation and even hobbies of viewers. Targeting ads according to market research increases the ROI for businesses tremendously.
Digital Technology Levels The Playing Field
Remember Kodak film? Digital technology has enabled the Internet to be a reality. Images and videos can now be very inexpensively made and delivered instantly. Multimedia advertising campaigns can deliver email, mobile text messaging, video marketing and social marketing in endless combinations. New and existing companies have a multitude of affordable options to increase their brand awareness to their target market of potential customers.
Digital technology has made direct marketing more affordable. Imaging, printing and file sharing improvements have greatly reduced the cost of postcards and other direct mail items. It is now possible to send out a postcard advertisement with a link to a webpage that has a Youtube video, which in turn refers viewers to a Facebook business page which can be viewed on a mobile device! Advertising campaigns today try to take advantage of the synergistic “viral effect” that can be created by combining numerous modes of digital communication.
Advertising in today’s marketplace is essential for both existing and new companies. While the multitude of new modes of advertising can be very cost effective for small and large businesses, marketing campaign strategies must be created with market research and insight to present and future conditions. If a business is not advertising their brand or products using the Internet, their competition most likely will be taking advantage of Internet advertising options to increase their market share.