Tesla recalls 53,000 vehicles for potential parking brake issue

A small gear built by one of the company’s third-party suppliers is to blame, and Tesla figures less than five percent of the 53,000 recalled vehicles might have the part — but better safe than sorry. The replacement process takes only 45 minutes, and assuming every potentially affected vehicle is brought in to Tesla, the recall process will be over by October 2017.

The move is typical for Tesla: It issued an early recall of 90,000 Model S sedans in November 2015 for safety concerns (again, before a flaw caused any accidents) and pulled back its just-released Model X SUVs in April 2016. Heck, it even recalled and replaced almost 30,000 wall chargers back in 2014.

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What’s on TV: ‘Full Throttle,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ and ‘Bill Nye’

Blu-ray & Games & Streaming

  • Split
  • Tales from the Hood (Collector’s Edition)
  • Sleepless
  • The Founder
  • A League of Their Own
  • Woman of the Year (Criterion)
  • Broken Arrow
  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Donnie Darko
  • Killjoys (S2)
  • ACA NeoGeo Art of Fighting (PS4)
  • Telltale’s Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Episode 1 (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Voodoo Vince: Remastered (Xbox One, PC, PS4)
  • Full Throttle: Remastered (PC, PS4)
  • Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades GOTY Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Deformers (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Race the Sun (Xbox One)
  • Flinthook (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Cities: Skylines Xbox One Edition (Xbox One)
  • Late Shift (Xbox One, PS4)
  • ATV Renegades (Xbox One, PS4)


  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM
  • 24: Legacy (season finale), Fox, 8PM
  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 8PM
  • Kevin Can Wait, CBS, 8PM
  • WWE Raw, USA, 8PM
  • Young & Hungry, Freeform, 8PM
  • Man with a Plan, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Baby Daddy, Freeform, 8:30PM
  • APB, Fox, 9PM
  • The Twins, Freeform, 9PM
  • 2 Broke Girls (season finale), CBS, 9:30PM
  • Better Call Saul, AMC, 10PM
  • American Dad, TBS, 10PM
  • Rock and a Hard Place, HBO, 10PM
  • Scorpion, CBS, 10PM
  • Bates Motel, A&E, 10PM
  • Taken, NBC, 10PM
  • Quantico, ABC, 10PM
  • Angie Tribeca, TBS, 10:30PM


  • Lucas Brothers: On Drugs, Netflix, 3AM
  • Dimension 404, Hulu, 3AM
  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM
  • Pretty Little Liars, Freeform, 8PM
  • The Flash, CW, 8PM
  • The Manns, TV One, 8PM
  • Brooklyn Nine-nine, Fox, 8PM
  • WWE Smackdown, USA, 8PM
  • The Middle, ABC, 8PM
  • The Mick, Fox, 8:30PM
  • American Housewife, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Famous in Love (series premiere), Freeform, 9PM
  • Deadliest Catch, Discovery, 9PM
  • iZombie, CW, 9PM
  • Prison Break, Fox, 9PM
  • Fresh off the Boat, ABC, 9PM
  • The Challenge, MTV, 9PM
  • Switched at Birth, Freeform, 9PM
  • Face Off, Syfy, 9PM
  • Outsiders, WGN, 9PM
  • Imaginary Mary, ABC, 9:30PM
  • Fargo (season premiere), FX, 10PM
  • The Expanse (season finale), Syfy, 10PM
  • Problematic with Moshe Kasher (series premiere), Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Cooper’s Treasure (series premiere), Discovery, 10PM
  • Team Ninja Warrior (season premiere), USA, 10PM
  • Trial & Error (season finale), NBC, 10PM
  • The Americans, FX, 10PM
  • Rebel, BET, 10PM
  • The Detour, TBS, 10PM
  • Stranded with a Million Dollars, MTV, 10PM
  • Imposters, Bravo, 10PM
  • Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11PM


  • Supermansion (season finale), Crackle, 3AM
  • Shots Fired, Fox, 8PM
  • Blindspot, NBC, 8PM
  • Catfish, MTV, 8PM
  • Are You the One: All Star Challenge, MTV, 9PM
  • Empire, Fox, 9PM
  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 9PM
  • Law & Order, NBC, 9PM
  • The 100, CW, 9PM
  • The Magicians, Syfy, 9PM
  • Major Crimes, TNT, 9PM
  • Archer, FXX, 10PM
  • The Comedy Jam, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Designated Survivor, ABC, 10PM
  • Chicago Justice, NBC, 10PM
  • Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, CBS, 10PM
  • The Expanse, Syfy, 10PM
  • Nobodies, TV Land, 10PM
  • The Quad, BET, 10PM
  • Suits, USA, 10PM
  • Ripper Street, BBC America, 11PM


  • Superstore, NBC, 8PM
  • Powerless, NBC, 8:30PM
  • Riverdale, CW, 9PM
  • The Blacklist (spring premiere), NBC, 9PM
  • Kicking & Screaming, Fox, 9PM
  • Scandal, ABC, 9PM
  • The Amazing Race, CBS, 9PM
  • Nightwatch (season finale), A&E, 10PM
  • The Catch, ABC, 10PM
  • Dark Net, Showtime, 10PM


  • Girlboss (S1), Netflix, 3AM
  • Bosch (S3), Amazon Prime, 3AM
  • Bill Nye Saves the World (S1), Netflix, 3AM
  • Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (S1), Netflix, 3AM
  • Thunderbirds are Go (S3), Amazon Prime, 3AM
  • The New Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show (S4), Netflix, 3AM
  • Tramps, Netflix, 3AM
  • Sand Castle, Netflix, 3AM
  • Tangled: The Series, Disney, 7:30PM
  • The Originals, CW, 8PM
  • First Dates, NBC, 8PM
  • Toy Box, ABC, 8PM
  • You the Jury, Fox, 9PM
  • Disgraced, Showtime, 9PM
  • Tattoo Age, Viceland, 9PM
  • Vice, HBO, 11PM
  • Animals., HBO, 11:30PM


  • Slam, Netflix, 3AM
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, HBO, 8PM
  • Doctor Who, BBC America, 9PM
  • Training Day, CBS, 9PM
  • The Son, AMC, 9PM
  • Class, BBC America, 10:05M


  • White Princess, Starz, 8PM
  • The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth, Showtime, 8PM
  • Top Gear (season finale), BBC America, 8PM
  • Once Upon a Time, ABC, 8PM
  • Sunday Night Baseball: Nationals/Mets, ESPN, 8PM
  • Making History, Fox, 8:30PM
  • Guerrilla, Showtime, 9PM
  • The Leftovers, Showtime, 9PM
  • Home Fires, PBS, 9PM
  • Family Guy, Fox, 9PM
  • Time After Time, ABC 9PM
  • Madam Secretary, CBS, 9PM
  • The Last Man on Earth, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Silicon Valley (season premiere), HBO, 10PM
  • Into the Badlands, AMC, 10PM
  • American Crime, ABC, 10PM
  • Feud: Bette and Joan (season finale), FX, 10PM
  • Shades of Blue, NBC, 10PM
  • Billions, Showtime, 10PM
  • Trapped, Viceland, 10PM
  • Veep, HBO, 10:30PM
  • Talking with Chris Hardwick, AMC, 11PM
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO, 11PM

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Lynk & Co unveils its second take on a shareable car

As before, Lynk & Co is making a big deal of direct online sales, where you’d pay a fixed price and wait for a delivery truck at home. However, it’s now teasing a subscription model where you pay for cars based on usage. If you only need a car for a few months at a time, you might not have to waste money by taking out a lease. The automaker also plans to offer free data, making sure you can use car sharing and apps without fear of running up a bill. It’s not clear if there are any catches to that data, but a true lifetime of data would stand in contrast to Tesla’s offer of free data for just the first few years of ownership.

It’s not clear what will power the 03, but the tailpipes on the concept suggest you’ll have the 01’s hybrid option at a minimum. The 01 is also expected to show up in all-electric form, so it would only be logical for the 03 to follow in its bigger sibling’s footsteps.

There are many unknowns surrounding both cars. Lynk & Co previously said that it wants to bring its cars to the US and Europe in 2018, but it has been quiet on how much they’ll cost — and that’s assuming the 03 makes it to market. If the fledgling badge accomplishes its goals, though, it’ll make a bigger splash than some other tech-driven car startups.

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‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ trailer leaks out a few days early

Still, most people will probably spend much more time in the multiplayer section, which promises to feature action “across all eras,” as clips flash including Darth Maul, Yoda, Rey and Kylo Ren. The final shot (shown above) highlights the first two and what we assume is your single player character — expect to find out more about Star Wars Battlefront II over the next few days.

#StarWarsBattlefrontII is coming this year. Get your first look on April 15 at 2:30PM ET/11:30AM PT. Learn more: https://t.co/orUCPwoO4l pic.twitter.com/fAKY4hhR1u

— EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 29, 2017

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Comcast hopes to launch an NBC-focused streaming TV service

Comcast has declined to comment.

The long wait might stem from conditions surrounding Comcast’s NBCUniversal takeover. The company can’t offer services based solely around its own content until September 2018. It would have to either include video from outside sources or else sit tight. Either is an option, however. As tipsters revealed not long ago, Comcast has obtained national rights for multiple cable networks in case it wants an equivalent to multi-network services like DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue or Sling TV.

It’s easy to see this happening. Rival telecoms also want in on streaming TV, and Comcast in particular has been warming up to online video. And it likely wants a safety net given that it only just resumed adding subscribers in 2016 after 9 years of losses through cord-cutting and economic hardship. If internet video eventually supplants cable, Comcast will want to be ready.

The question is whether or not an NBC-centric service would find broad appeal. While it would be alluring to cord cutters who regularly watch NBC shows, it might not be as compelling if you can’t find either internet-exclusive material (as with CBS) or premium shows that normally require an expensive cable package (see: HBO). Unless both the price and content are just right, it may be more tempting to sign up for universal TV services that offer a wider selection.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/04/10/comcast-nbc-streaming-service/

Hack sets off all of Dallas’ emergency sirens

It’s not certain who launched the attack, let alone why. Dallas emergency director Rocky Vaz would only tell the media that there was a “good deal of confidence” that the attack came from someone “outside of our system,” and city spokeswoman Sana Syed indicated that the intrusion happened somewhere in the area.

No matter who’s responsible, the incident underscores the importance of locking down public infrastructure. There are certainly alternatives to the sirens (such as mobile alerts and radio), but knocking them out could still put many people at risk if a tornado occurs while the system is down. It also undermines the trustworthiness of these sirens. Why believe them if there’s a good chance of a false alarm? Until Dallas and other cities can promise that they’re reasonably secure against hacks, it’ll be all too easy to second-guess public alerts.

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Early adopters can grab the Windows 10 Creators Update now

We’ve already explained a lot of the new features coming in the Windows 10 Creators update, but maybe you don’t want to wait until April 11th. Starting today, the new Game Mode, Paint 3D and friendlier auto-update scheduling are easily obtainable before it’s released through Windows Update. Just download Microsoft’s Update Assistant located here, and it will begin the process of downloading and installing Windows 10’s newest major addition.

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AT&T is giving free HBO to some unlimited wireless customers

If you have an AT&T video account but aren’t already signed up for HBO, it’ll automatically be added to your account for free. And if you don’t have a cable package at all — either with AT&T or any other provider, you’ll still be able to watch HBO through either the HBO Go app or the DirecTV Now app. AT&T says you can sign up for a free DirecTV Now account that’ll give you access to HBO.

This isn’t the first time AT&T has used HBO as a way to entice people to sign up for its service. Last month, AT&T started including a free year of HBO if you signed up for DirecTV Now — but this deal sounds even better as it seems you’ll have access to the channel as long as you keep the unlimited plan on your account.

There’s been a lot of intense jockeying amongst the US wireless carriers to position their plans as the “best” option, and video in particular has been a huge point of competition. Various zero-rating schemes offering free streaming are one offering, but another is what sort of video you might get included in your plan. It’s safe to say that free HBO sets AT&T apart from some of its competitors — sure, Verizon and Go90 has Veronica Mars and Fringe, but the next season of Game of Thrones is only a few months away. It’s hard to top that.

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Netflix nabs ‘Archer’ team for its first animated feature

Netflix is making its animated feature film debut with the grandly titled America: The Motion Picture. According to Deadline, the original movie is an R-rated, comedic take on the founding of our country. The production team is stellar and will be led by Archer‘s Matt Thompson (who will direct) and Adam Reed. The Expendables’ Dave Callaham will write the script, and the team behind The LEGO Movie, (including Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Will Allegra) will also contribute. Channing Tatum gets a producer credit as well, and is on tap to voice George Washington in the film.

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All the places you can buy the Galaxy S8 and S8+

All the places you can buy the Galaxy S8 and S8+

AT&T will begin taking orders both online and in stores tomorrow, March 30th. If you’re on the AT&T Next program, the $750 S8 will cost $25 a month for 30 months and the $850 S8+ can be had for $28.34. For AT&T Next Every Year customers those prices increase to $31.25 and $35.42, respectively, over 24 months.

The carrier is offering a whole slew of incentives if you do opt to pre-order. First, you’ll receive up to $750 in credits towards another Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. It also comes with a Gear VR headset, controller and some bundled content. You can also pick up a Gear S3 smartwatch for $50 (they normally retail for $300) with a two-year service agreement. And finally, AT&T will try to unload a Tab E or Gear S2 on your for $1 if you go in on a 2 year service agreement.

All the places you can buy the Galaxy S8 and S8+

Verizon Wireless’ offers are a bit more… nuanced. For a limited time with an eligible trade in device and enrollment in the Verizon Unlimited Plan, you can get the S8 or S8+ for as little as $15 a month. Otherwise you’ll pay $30 for the S8 and $35 for the S8+. There are a bunch of restrictions on that offer so make sure you read the fine print before you pull out your wallet.

To sweeten the deal, Verizon will throw in one of two Samsung Gear VR bundles. You can get the Controller Bundle ($180 value) for free, which includes a Gear VR with controller and Oculus content. Or you can splurge on the Experience Box ($550 value) for $100, which includes the Controller Bundle plus a pair of Harman Kardon headphones and a 256GB micro SD card. These bonuses are only available before April 21st and must be redeemed at the Samsung promotions site before May 21st.

All the places you can buy the Galaxy S8 and S8+

T-Mobile isn’t one to be left out. In addition to opening its pre-order window at 9:01 PT tonight, the company will offer the S8 for $30 a month on its Equipment Installment Plan, though you’ll need to pay $30 up front. The S8+ will cost you the same per month but you’ll need to drop $130 when you order. Whichever size you go for, you will get a free Gear VR with controller and Oculus content. MetroPCS customers won’t be able to pre-order but they can still score the Gear VR bundle when the phone launches on April 21st.

We also expect Sprint, Cricket Wireless, Straight Talk Wireless and US Cellular to carry the handsets, however they have yet to release information on bundles and availability. As they do, we’ll update this post.

Click here to catch all the latest news from Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launch event!

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