Tuesday’s top tech news: Lightyear’s buzz fizzles

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Three months ago, electric vehicle company Lightyear said that it had started production of its €250,000 (around $270,000) Lightyear 0, which boasted an expansive array of solar panels capable of adding up to 44 miles of range to the car. Well, the company has now announced that it’s halting production of the 0 in order to focus on the sub-$40,000 Lightyear 2 coming in 2025. It’s not great news for the fledgling startup, whichever way you cut it.

Meanwhile, a Bloomberg report has shed new light on Apple’s long-rumored AR / VR headset, which is expected to launch this spring. The good news is that it’s expected to be packed with premium technology like advanced hand tracking and face-tracked FaceTime calls. The bad news is that this technology apparently won’t come cheap, with the headset expected to cost around $3,000. Sounds like it’ll be an early-adopter product for the foreseeable future. If you’re after something more affordable and current, why not check out the Meta Quest 2, which now uses more advanced hand-tracking software by default.

For now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:

  • Jan 24, 2023, 9:05 PM UTCUmar Shakir

    The service formerly known as LogMeIn has confirmed attackers made off with customers’ encrypted backups and the encryption key for a ‘portion’ of them.


  • Jan 24, 2023, 8:36 PM UTCAllison Johnson

    While the iPhone 5S is no longer eligible for new iOS versions, Apple is still supplying it with the occasional security update. For a phone that’s almost a decade old, that absolutely rules.


  • Your HomePod Mini is now a thermometer.

    The update that unlocks the HomePod Mini’s temperature and humidity sensors is finally here, and you can download it now. Here’s our rundown of how it works, as well as the other features added in 16.3.


  • Time to get your Black Girl Magic on.

    Forspoken is out today. Folks can finally play it for themselves and hopefully see what I saw in it. Or they could instead flood the internet with complaints about cringey dialogue that has flown with literally every male MCU protagonist for the last 15 years.


  • The Senate Judiciary hearing over Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift debacle is starting now.

    Ticketmaster’s botched attempt to sell tickets to Taylor Swift’s The Eras tour — and inadvertent antitrust radicalization event — is now being discussed on Capitol Hill.

    The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing “That’s the Ticket: Promoting Competition and Protecting Consumers in Live Entertainment” will have Joe Berchtold, the CFO and president of Ticketmaster’s parent company Live Nation, and others testifying.


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  • Jan 24, 2023, 12:00 PM UTCUmar Shakir

    Polestar has updated the Polestar 2 on its fifth model year release with a new grille, up to 300 miles of range, and better performance. Available to order now.