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BMW Places a 40-ton Electric Semi Truck on Public Roads

BMW has partnered with Scherm Automotive Services to release a 40-ton all electric semi truck on public road. The truck is built by Terberg and is said to have a maximum travel distance of 100 kilometers (62 miles) and take 3-4 hours to charge using renewable sources. BMW says the electric powered truck produces zero CO2, remains quiet, and can save approximately 12 tons of CO2 each year.

BMW plans to test the truck daily going back and forth delivering automotive parts from its BMW Group plant to Scherm’s Logistics Center in Munich, Germany. The distance it will travel each day will be 82 kilometers (50 miles). BMW hopes to gather enough data to see what the truck is capable of and what limitations it possesses in the long run.

BMW wants companies to see that you can innovate in the global market with sustainable products and shouldn’t be afraid to take a step in a different direction. Be the pioneers.

Will Apple’s Music Service Overtake Spotify?

It’s no surprise that Apple has taken the plunge to enter the Music Streaming market like many other companies. But can it topple the big Spotify?

Apple Music is available to users who have upgraded to iOS 8.4. The upgrade changes the current music app after the update. 30 million songs will be available to stream over the internet. There’s a trial period of 3 months to try out Apple’s music streaming service for free. After the trial period, your credit card on file will be charged $9.99 per month. There is a family plan available for $14.99 per month for up to six people.

While all of this sounds great for the user, there’s a slight drawback to Apple’s Music Streaming. The navigation and UI seems a bit more complicated considering that Apple strictly follows a beautiful and simplified UI for its OS. Also users reporting problems of bringing their music collection over to the cloud. This won’t be the first time we’ve heard this as Apple’s iTunes was notorious for not working perfectly either.

Brushing aside the negative, we still think it’s great that Apple has entered the music subscription space for its users. And it wouldn’t hurt to take up their three month free trial offer to get a taste.

Box raises $150 million as it puts off IPO

The company has raised $150 million in funding from the hedge fund Coatue Management and the private equity firm TPG, the company announced Monday afternoon.

Box publicly filed for its IPO in March, but delayed its plans after tech stocks took a hit in April this year. The company says it has 27 million individual users at more than 240,000 businesses.

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How to Break Your Smartphone Addiction

A couple of reports published during the course of last year suggested we unlock our phones anywhere between 110 and 150 times every single day. That’s a lot of checking, often done habitually without any deliberate thought or goal.

1.Turn off notifications
2.Uninstall apps
3.Activate Airplane Mode
4.Use a dedicated quitting tool
5.Hide your phone

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No one pays attention to social media ads

A spokesperson for Facebook said: “The only thing this poll shows is that self reported behavioral data is unreliable. For decades, studies that look at people’s actual, real-world behavior have shown that ads on all mediums, including social media, effect the things people buy.”
A spokesperson for Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.
Gallup’s results were based on a web and mail study of 18,525 adults, aged 18 and older, that was conducted between December 2012 and January 2013. The study does not break out influence by platform.

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Yo! Yeah I am Yo Matsuaki…

It seems so simple. So mindless. It’s only slightly less boring than “Hey” or “Hi,” if only because of some perceived aggression or excitement attached to it. But Yo is anything but simple.

Yo currently has over 50,000 active users, after launching as a joke on April Fools’ Day. Users have sent over 4 million Yo’s to each other. Without ever having officially launched, co-founder and CEO Or Arbel managed to secure $1.2 million in funding from a list of unnamed investors, except for co-founder, angel, and Mobli CEO Moshe Hogeg, who participated in the round.

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Amazon Announces The $199 Fire Phone, The First Smartphone With Head-Tracking Technology

The Fire Phone rocks a 4.7-inch IPS screen and is equipped with a 13MP rear-facing camera with image stabilization and a f2.0 lens. Inside is a quad-core 2.2GHz chip, Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM — not enough to stand tall against the latest Android flagships but enough horsepower to provide a good experience.

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