Elon Musk driving across America to show off Tesla
Real-life Tony Stark and Elon Musk has announced that he and his family will drive from Los Angeles to New York in the electric Tesla S to demonstrate the increasing number of Supercharger stations in the country. Musk reckons the 3,200-mile trip will take six days, with only 1.5 hours of charging time required per day. At present there are just 19 Superchargers in the US, but by the end of the year Tesla promises that there will be enough for Musk to undertake his odyssey. [Source: Wired]
Apple experimenting with phablet-sized screens
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple is exploring the possibilities of phones with screens much larger than the iPhone 5’s 4in display. The report claims that, due to pressure from Samsung’s increasing smartphone market share, Apple has begun looking at everything from 4.8in to 6in screens as it works on future iPhone designs. A 6in iPhone seems hard to picture, as does a range of iPhones with different sized screens – but that’s not to say it won’t happen. Just don’t expect anything beyond a 4in screen on next week’s iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S, though – any changes won’t come around until at least next year. [Source: WSJ]
Oyster, the Spotify of ebooks, starts rolling out membership
Oyster is an all-you-cat-read ebook service offering unlimited access to over 100,000 titles for a monthly subscription of US$9.95 ($12.72) – essentially, it’s the Spotify or Netflix of ebooks. The US-based startup has now launched its service on iPhone (an iPad version is currently in the works) although as with the first days of Spotify, you’ll need an invite to join. You can request one here, but you’ll have to be located in the US to use it.
Microsoft Surface to get battery-packing covers?
One of the chief criticisms levelled at Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets is that their battery life is too short-lived – and if a rumour is correct, the company will be offering a solution by the end of the year. Reports claim Microsoft is working on a keyboard cover for the devices that will include a built-in battery, allowing you to carry around extra juice without too much added bulk (apparently the battery keyboard cover will be 9.75mm thick, as opposed to the 5.33mm thickness of the current, battery-free keyboard cover). Expect a launch alongside the second generation of Surface tablets by the end of 2013. [Source: CNET]