Archive for July 5, 2017

Volvo To Go Electric And Hybrid Only Starting In 2019

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 5, 2017 by itnerd

Today Volvo Cars announced that every Volvo it launches starting in 2019 will have an electric motor option and a hybrid option. Here is the key text from the press release:

Volvo Cars will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully electric cars, plug-in hybrid cars and mild hybrid cars. It will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance car arm. Full details of these models will be announced at a later date.

Clearly this is a move that will have some automakers scrambling to come up with something to match this. I say that because with Tesla, Nissan and Chevy doing what they can in terms of making electric cars more affordable, and car companies such as Toyota doubling down on hybrids, car companies that do neither are going to be in a bit of trouble with consumers who are looking for hybrids or electric only cars. It will be interesting to see how this play by Volvo plays out.


Facebook Will Help You Find Free WiFi…. All You Must Do Is Give Up Your Location

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 5, 2017 by itnerd

Facebook has a new feature that has been in testing for the last year or so, but has now gone official. It’s called Find WiFi and as the name suggests, it will help you find WiFi so that you don’t have use all that expensive cellular data. Here’s how Facebook pitches it:

Today we’re beginning to roll out Find WiFi everywhere in the world on iPhone and Android. We launched Find WiFi in a handful of countries last year and found it’s not only helpful for people who are traveling or on-the-go, but especially useful in areas where cellular data is scarce.

Find WiFi helps you locate available WiFi hot spots nearby that businesses have shared with Facebook from their Page. So wherever you are, you can easily map the closest connections when your data connection is weak.

Sounds great right? Well, not so fast. To get all this WiFi goodness, you need to give up your location to Facebook to do so. I am assuming that Facebook wants this info so that the social network can cash in big time. If that’s okay with you, this feature is live globally as I type this.