It was only a matter of time before the electric scooters infiltrated the U.K. Today, the well-funded startup Bird is launching a fleet of its shareable e-scooters in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. As part of the pilot, the company is making the scooters available between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. for anyone heading between Stratford and Here East, a co-working campus located in the middle of the park that’s also home to Bird’s London office. Here’s a map of the approved route: Londoners, or anyone who’s followed the scooter wars closely, are probably scratching their heads, because yes, e-scooters are illegal on British roads and sidewalks due to ancient English legislation. Under the Highway Act of 1835, the U.K.’s Department for Transport (DfT) has classified e-scooters as “powered transporters,” a type of vehicle only permitted for use on private property. To its credit, Bird seems to have found a … [Read more...] about You can ride Bird’s e-scooters in London starting today — but only in Olympic Park
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The Jaguar I-Pace is a brilliant car. The first battery electric vehicle from Jaguar-Land Rover, the I-Pace starts at about $70,000 and goes up from there. Further ReadingForget about that Tesla—the Jaguar I-Pace is the most compelling EV yetFurther ReadingThe Jaguar I-Pace wins World Car of the Year, World Green Car awardsMy colleague, Ars Automotive Editor Jonathan Gitlin, drove the I-Pace when it launched and came away raving about it—and for good reason. Not only did it win the World Green Car award, but it also won World Car of the Year. Jonathan covered the I-Pace in great detail, so I won't spend much time talking about the driving experience. Suffice it to say, the I-Pace is blast to drive. It accelerates briskly, it's incredibly comfortable, sight lines are good, handling is impeccable, it's roomy for its size, it has some modest off-road skills, and Jaguar-Land Rover's infotainment system, Touch Duo Pro, is well-thought-out, even if slightly laggy at times. Beyond … [Read more...] about Living with range anxiety: Two weeks with the Jaguar I-Pace
Ever since Toy Story marked a new era for animated movies in 1995, we've had a friend in Pixar. Now the animation studio behind Wall-E and Cars starts a new chapter with a host of original stories on streaming service Disney Plus, which launched Nov. 12.Alongside the Marvel and Star Wars stuff coming to Disney Plus, Pixar has created a number of mini-movies called Spark Shorts, and a couple of episodic TV shows including Pixar in Real Life and Forky Asks a Question. You can watch the first shorts and episodes now on Disney Plus -- which is exactly what we did to see if they're as heartwarming as the much-loved movies.To infinity... and beyond!Sign up for Disney PlusPixar helps you learnEvery Pixar movie gently teaches us a valuable life lesson, whether it's the importance of family in Coco, understanding and accepting your emotions in Inside Out or to "just keep swimming" in Finding Nemo.But in the new Disney Plus original series Forky Asks a Question, Pixar's lessons … [Read more...] about Disney Plus: 5 things we learned from the new Pixar shows
When NYU economist Thomas Philippon moved to the United States from France in the 1990s, he noticed everything from laptops to internet access was cheaper in America. But over time, as the access industry consolidated, prices slowly rose and now Americans pay more for data than almost every other country worldwide. In his new book, The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets, Philippon sets out to examine why that happened, and why there’s so little competition in American markets. I don’t often directly recommend books on the show or the site, but I think everyone in tech or interested in tech ought to read this book — it provides a rigorous, but easy-to-grasp look at the economics of consolidation and what it does to markets, prices, and products. There are two things that really jumped out to me during this conversation: first, that concentration can actually be good and create value for the consumer, because healthy competition weeds out poor … [Read more...] about Why is American internet access so much more expensive than the rest of the world?
Why it matters: It’s mid-September and that can only mean one thing – Apple’s next wave of iPhones are nearly upon us (okay, college football is back, too). This year’s flagships include the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, the first handsets from Cupertino that the company has designated as Pro-grade devices. Review embargos lifted today ahead of their September 20 launch and by most accounts, Apple has delivered the types of improvements that people actually care about such as better cameras and significantly better battery life. Let's hear what the experts have to say. Engadget’s Chris Velazco dives right in with a look at the new (but also old) design: Apart from the colors, the biggest changes can be found on the Pros' backs. They're now clad in a single piece of milled glass with a matte finish that covers everything except the Apple logo and the phones' three cameras. I'm a fan of this design for a few reasons: For one, it gives the Pro and Pro Max a … [Read more...] about iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max review round-up: Impressive camera and battery life