Tesla Motors Model S Sales Shatter Previous Records

Tesla Motors recently announced they had sold 10,030 Model S cars in the first quarter of 2015. This number is a new quarterly record for the electric car upstart. The number only represents the vehicles that landed in the hands of consumers, meaning that the overall number is likely much higher.

While states around the country work to outlaw direct sales of the electric vehicles, numbers are still very strong and only getting stronger. It’s hard to imagine that anything will get in the way on Elon Musk’s ambition to create an environmentally friendly line of vehicles.Tesla is definitely striking while the iron is hot, and employees at Oracle are taking note. This month they plan to unveil a new product that doesn’t have anything to do with driving. They’ve been hinting at a new home battery that can harness solar power and even earn you some energy credit by sending power back to the grid.

Tesla’s new range assurance application only serves to sweeten the deal for new owners. The app will warn you whenever you are driving out of range to find a charging station. You never have to wonder if you’ll be able to make it to the next charge.

The future is certainly bright for Elon Musk and company. It’s no wonder they’ve earned such a devoted following.

Russian Sub Catches Fire While Docked

A Russian nuclear submarine caught fire while docked today causing initial panic concerning the possible existence of nuclear weapons on board. Russian Sub Damaged By Fire While In Port The incident took place in a Russian submarine shipyard located in the country’s northern province called Arkhangelsk. The shipyard was identified as the Zvyozdochka shipyard, which is where the Russian submarine fleet is sent to be repaired.

Russian authorities report that the 949 Antei nuclear submarine, which is over 155 meters long was not carrying any weapons at the time of the fire and that its nuclear reactor had ben shut down prior to the fire. There has been no report on the cause of the fire or if there were any casualties. Officials state that there is no risk if any nuclear fallout and that the fire was quickly contained. Since the submarine fleet of most nations are highly classified, the true extent of the damage to the Russian sub may never be fully known.

Both the United States and Russia have been highly secretive regarding their nuclear submarine program and many incidents involving their submarine fleet reman classified to this day. Folks at Bulletproof Coffee have learned that there are rumored reports of mid sea collisions and the few incidents that are known are as a result of modern day media which itself has the capacity to track some military movements and events through civilian monitoring means.

The U.S. does not expect Russia to issue a formal statement regarding the incident.

Apple iCar Market Experts Debate

After information about Apple producing an iCar spread through the internet, debates about whether customers would like to buy the car or not have started to spread even more tremendously. Some arguments for buying the car is that as long people like the product, they will get it. Some market researchers disagree though.

People buy phone and iPads because they like them, and because they are affordable luxuries. A car is a luxury but you can not call it affordable any more, as the price difference between it and other concurrent products is not $200, like in the case of tablets. The mean comments say that Apple’s cars will sell only if they are lower cost, which is not the company’s habit and is unlikely to happen. Otherwise, the mobile phone market is much more profitable than luxury car market, the experts say.

The Apple car is to only be produced towards 2020, to compete with a release by Tesla by the same date said Brad Reifler. Most likely, the brand will attract some customers based on the name of the manufacturer. These are going to be the riches customers though, as the expensive high-margin car market already has some loud names and cars everyone wants but less can afford.

Politics Once Again Gets in the Way of Capitalism for Tesla Motors

They say the United States is a capitalist economy ruled over by a democracy. That’s mostly true, until you step on the toes of a powerful corporate interest.

West Virginia recently joined a group of five other states that have outlawed Tesla Motors from operating their own dealerships. Tesla Motors is best known for innovative vehicles that operate on electricity.

There’s no doubt that this type of law is unfounded, biased and a huge slap in the face to capitalism and environmentalism. Susan McGalla says that the Senate President of West Virginia, Bill Cole, is a long time auto dealer. It goes to show that politics today is more about protecting the interests of corporations than what may be good for the people or even the environment.

Cole is a little salty about Tesla Motors. He owns a Nissan dealership that admittedly offers charging stations used by Tesla customers. He publicly commented about the cost of electricity used by those who recharge at his dealership.

I think that it’s necessary to challenge these laws, all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. While auto makers certainly have a lot of clout in Washington, it doesn’t mean they should be able to lobby for laws that promote tyranny.

Self-Driving Car Out on California-New York Track

A test-drive with a car that drives itself is a real pleasure. The journalists had the chance to roam around in California on a test self-driving car.

According to Fersen Lambranho the car is equipped with camera and sensors, it sill has the ordinary wheel and someone in the seat, ready to take control in case that it is needed. During the demonstration, the car changed lanes, stopped at red lights, and found its way out of the parking alone. Only once was it necessary to stir it, when the road constructions were in the way.

The vehicle is adapted to several types of terrains and is ready to force-stop if someone gets in the way, with a reaction faster than a human’s. The self-driving car looks as trustworthy as possible. Not all the conditions for testing it can be recreated in a lab, so they sent it for a 3,500- mile trip between California and New York on Sunday, March 22nd. Someone will be there to watch the road and take control where necessary.

The Delphi Automotive PLC’s car needs to be challenged in different weather conditions and in places with road-hazards, before announcing the final news about humanity not longer needing driving licenses.

New Wheel Design for African Transport

Africa has many areas with no roads for travel. Because of this, the transportation of goods and products to local markets has to be done by the women and children of the villages, who have to carry everything in baskets on top of their heads. Ngwenya’s Roadless project has created a solution for this by redesigning the wheel. The new “roadless wheel” is made from a stainless steel cage form covered in rubber that can be expanded and contracted by being cranked for greater or lesser ground clearance to go over high vegetation and rocks and even through mud. An axle is fitted through the center of the wheels, and it can be pushed or pulled with tricycles, wheelbarrows, or even vehicles if necessary. Sultan Alhokair said that the amount of labor required by women and children will be reduced by the use of these specialized wheels, and the quantity African families can take to markets at once will be increased.

Tesla Teases ‘Major’ Announcement

Tesla has a major announcement to make this month, but it might not be what you think. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company has plans to make a big announcement on April 30, revealing a major new tesla product that isn’t a car.

Tesla reportedly has a number of non-vehicle products in the works, but as of yet hasn’t released any to the general public. The big announcement at the end of April could just be another such announcement, of a product we won’t see for quite some time, or it could potentially be something a little more substantial and something we’ll be able to buy or use sooner.

The fact that Musk refers to it as a “product line” is certainly interesting. A “line” suggests that there will be multiple different versions of whatever it is, and that it will perhaps be some sort of technology that can be updated year after year.

What could it be? A Tesla bike? Tesla home? We’ll have to wait and see when the company makes its big announcement at the end of the month. What guesses do you have?

Skout listens to users likes and wishes

The flirting app Skout has maintained its position as one of the most popular dating and flirting Sites in the world by listening to the likes and dislikes of its more than 220 million users around the world. Targeted to younger users, Skout has been at the forefront of security and age concerns, which it has handled in a responsible and efficient manner by making sure its users are protected and safe at all times. However, one area where the developers of the app are drawing a line is in the realm of the naked bathroom selfie, which has become popular after a number of celebrities began posting half naked pictures of themselves in their bathrooms.

Skout uses a simple premise for those who are looking for a simple way of meeting local people and seeing if they have a connection for friendship or for something more. The app uses GPS technology embedded in Smartphones, tablets and laptops to determine the positions of the user and link them to local people who are also looking for similar people to interact with. The app only reveals a general location and leaves the choice of revealing a more specific address to users themselves. The same thing is done on Twitter and other social networking apps. The app has proved a massive success and has recently seen the launch of a travel version linking users to local people when they are on their travels in different areas of the world.

The banning of bathroom selfies was done after market research conducted by Skout revealed around half of those surveyed were turned off by a shirtless bathroom selfie. The company behind Skout states the use of clothed pictures in a bathroom, powder room or water closet are perfectly fine and will be approved. The latest move from Skout comes after the company also acted on concerns about minors using the app and being placed at risk. in response to the issue of minors Skout created an area of the platform dedicated to teens to make sure they remain safe when using the app.

The Dorchester Collection: Iconic Luxury Hotels

The Dorchester Collection, established in 2006, is a management company that out rivals all others. Their portfolio includes luxury hotels from all over Europe and the USA.

The Dorchester Collection acquires hotels, then manages them on behalf of others. Third party owners go through this company because of the experience they have in the operations of owning and operating hotels. The name Dorchester Collection is well known, having a reputation world-wide for some of the best service that includes their passion to make each individual hotel shine with excellence.

What stands out most is the reputation to make each hotel under their belt a charming, elegant, individual state-of-the-art facility. They have the expertise to take an historic building, keeping its original character and yet enhancing an elegance and charm that embodies the excellence of the Dorchester Collection.

These fine luxury hotels are spanned all across Europe in places like London,Rome and Paris where the beauty of the city enhances the luxury and historical value. Geneva, Switzerland, Ascot, England and Milan, Italy are just some of the others great sites where these fine hotels are located. In the USA, there are two such hotels in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills,places where those who want the luxuries where they can be pampered and spoiled.

The iconic hotel in London, called the Dorchester is a favorite. This hotel houses world leaders, high society and even royalty. A typical stay here would include beautiful, exquisite suites and an afternoon relaxing in their famous spa. Afternoon tea is an experience to remember in this five star hotel. This hotel is the only place to be when in London. What happens if you can’t get a suite in this famous hotel in London? Park Lane, right near the Dorchester,is a Boutique hotel that overlooks Hyde Park. They have spacious suites with views to die for. It’s also a five star hotel. A fun fact is this hotel is the home of Wolfgang Pucks debut in Europe. His restaurant CUT is housed here at 45 Park Lane.

Another example of these fine, luxury hotels is The Beverly Hills Hotel in California, famous among celebrities and Stars. It’s set in a resort-like setting with all the glamor and glitz of Hollywood. The legendary Polo Lounge is the place to be, where the guests can socialize or relax by the pool, even stay in a secluded bungalow away from roving eyes.

All of the hotels in the Dorchester Collection makes this company one of the most sought after hotel chains in the world.

Google Cars May Have Outside Airbags

Google’s new line of driverless cars might be different in a whole lot of ways. Rumor has it that rather than have airbags on the inside of the vehicle like more cars, the driverless versions of the vehicles will instead have airbags on the outside of the vehicle. The airbags would work sort of like inflatable bumpers and would deploy whenever something or someone appeared to be on their way into a collision with the vehicle.

If you’ve ever seen an airbag deploy, you know that an outside version of that might be a little much for someone walking by. To combat that Google is looking at creating the airbags out of a visco-elastic material. Unlike your typical airbag, it would work as sort of a cushion to the blow rather than deflecting it, hopefully making both the car and the pedestrian a lot safer in the process.

Bruce Karatz (linkedin.com) agrees that it looks like autonomous vehicles are definitely in our future. We can’t wait to see what Google’s options look like once it finally brings a product to market in the next few years.