Maker of the Tesla Model S hearse is now making a Model S wagon

When we learned earlier this year that a group of engineers in Europe set out to turn a Tesla Model S into a station wagon, also known as a shooting-brake, and make it available as a mod, I suggested that it’s not unimaginable after another company turned a Model S into a hearse.

Now this same company announced that it is also working on a Model S wagon.

Amsterdam-based Coachbuilder RemetzCar is better known for stretching cars, but it was first introduced to the EV community when they unveiled their Model S hearse built for a client.

Now they are using their experience modifying the back of Tesla’s sedan through that project to build a Model S shooting brake.

Designer Niels van Roij wrote in a press release this week:

“Based on this extensive design research, we developed the brand DNA for the Shooting Brake. The conversion merges seamlessly with the Tesla base vehicle, whilst clearly communicating though form, design language and materials that this is a tailor-made Shooting Brake.” According to Van Roij, the essential elements of the theme that was chosen are its dynamic, bold profile with continuously flowing lines. “And of course we added a completely new sculpted rear-end, keeping the shoulders of the car alive, thus ensuring a bold stance.”

They released images of the design they are aiming for:

The vehicle was commissioned a year ago by Dutch collectioneur Floris de Raadt, but they plan to use it as a proof-of-concept to offer the modification to other Tesla owners.

They are on track to complete and unveil the vehicle in March. At that point, they plan to start taking orders.

Right now, they are only talking about a limited series production of 20 units planned, but it would still be one of the most ambitious body modifications done on a Tesla vehicle.

Electrek’s Take

Wagons, or estate cars, or shooting-brakes, are very popular in Europe, especially in markets like the UK and Germany, but there’s currently none with an all-electric powertrain.

As it turns out, the Model S’ design translates well into a sport wagon. We already have seen several Tesla Model S wagon renderings that were well-received and these new ones by Van Roij are particularly impressive in my opinion.

Now it’s interesting that two separate companies are simultaneously developing a Model S shooting brake. The other one being built in the UK was progressing nicely the last time we heard of it last month. They were aiming for the vehicle to be completed by the end of the year.

Therefore, we might soon get the chance to see not one but two third-party built Tesla Model S wagons.

The Morning After: Wednesday, December 13th 2017

It’s just about that time of year.
Engadget is once again presenting the official Best of CES awards

CES is just around the corner, and we’re getting ready to try out all the latest gadgets. We’re also pumped to be hosting the official Best of CES awards for the fifth year in a row. Just as in years past, our team of intrepid editors will search out the cream of the crop, nominate a group of finalists and later select the winners. Oh, and you, too, will have your voice heard through the People’s Choice award. Want to know more? Head over to our awards hub. Oh and if you’re part of a company who wants to submit a product for consideration, you’ll find instructions for that, too.

There’s a reason it’s called the Bitcoin bubble, folks.
People are mortgaging their houses to buy Bitcoin

Bitcoin is sitting at $16,674 at the time of writing, after rocketing from $1,000 to more than $19,000 in the course of this year. Those types of eye-catching numbers (and the resulting media hype) are bound to draw the interest of casual folk. But, unless you’ve got money to burn, most analysts will tell you the same thing: steer clear of the hyper-volatile currency.

Still, it seems some people aren’t paying heed. A bunch of wannabe investors are even going so far as to take mortgages out to buy bitcoin.

One is a serious VR contender.
Samsung vs. Acer Mixed Reality headsets: Which handles VR best?

The big VR story this year isn’t another headset from Oculus or HTC — it’s Microsoft’s entry into the space with Windows 10 Mixed Reality devices. They promise to be cheaper and easier to use than the Rift or Vive, thanks to a bit of help from HoloLens’ 3D tracking technology. Acer’s was among the first we saw in action, and it was a promising example of what an inexpensive VR headset could look like. Samsung, meanwhile, was late to the party with HMD Odyssey, but it also gave us a glimpse at high-end Mixed Reality headsets. Now that we’ve spent some time with both (along with HP’s headset earlier this week), it’s time to decide which handles Mixed Reality best.

Its first pro desktop in years is almost here.
Apple iMac Pro goes on sale December 14th

If you like your Apple hardware incredibly powered, you’ve been waiting on this. Apple’s new iMac Pro will launch mid-December, with prices starting from $4,999. That ‘starter’ model ships with an 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of solid-state storage and a Radeon Vega Pro graphics chipset with 8GB of RAM. And it all scales up from there.

Almost ready for tourists
Blue Origin tests Crew Capsule 2.0

The latest rocket launch from Blue Origin featured a second generation of its capsule equipped with “the biggest windows in space.” The Jeff Bezos-backed company has said it could start space tourism trips as soon as next year, and giving passengers a good view for their money will be critical. This flight only had equipment and a test dummy onboard, but all went well — check out the video here.

The number-one-selling EV in the world gets a much-needed makeover.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf gets a semi-autonomous upgrade

The Nissan Leaf is the top-selling electric vehicle in the world. Sure, Tesla and Chevy get all the hype with the Bolt and Model 3, but with more than 290,000 cars sold, Nissan’s little electric car is the one people are buying. But after seven years without a design refresh, Nissan has finally gone back to upgrade the original for 2018. We took it for a spin.

Nearly 40 senators signed a letter asking Ajit Pai to abandon the proposal.
Senators make last-ditch effort to halt the FCC’s net neutrality vote

The FCC votes this Thursday on its proposal to remove net neutrality protections, and while it’s all but certain that the commission will vote in favor of the proposal, some still haven’t given up trying to convince the commissioners to change their minds — including 39 senators. They apparently signed a letter addressed to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai requesting that he reconsider: “We write to urge you to abandon your reckless plan to radically alter the free and open internet as we know it,” the Democrats wrote. “Your proposed action will amount to the largest abdication of the Federal Communications Commission’s statutory responsibilities in history.”

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Paytm Mall 2017 Grand Finale Sale Has Discounts, Cashbacks on iPhone X, iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S7, and More Offers

Just a day after the conducting its 12.12 sale, Paytm on Wednesday kicked off the 2017 Grand Final Sale on Paytm Mall, lasting till Friday, December 15. The new sale includes offers, cashbacks, and discounts on a range of smartphones and tablets, including the iPhone X, iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S7, Vivo V7+, apart from iPad models and Kindle ebook readers. Paytm Mall has listed offerings from all the major brands, including Apple, Lenovo, Motorola, Samsung, and Xiaomi among others.

Among the other mobile devices, Paytm Mall has listed the iPhone X 64GB with a cashback of Rs. 4,000. This gives the new iPhone model an effective price of Rs. 85,000 (MRP Rs. 89,000). If you don’t want to spend much of your funds on the premium iPhone, the Paytm Mall sale has listed the iPhone 8 64GB for Rs. 58,582 (MRP Rs. 64,000). You can also use the promo code “MOB7500” to get a cashback worth Rs. 7,500. The iPhone 7 32GB is available for Rs. 44,599 that can be further reduced to an effective price of Rs. 38,349 after receiving a cashback worth Rs. 6,250. You need to use “MOB6250” promo code to receive the cashback. Similarly, the iPhone SE 32GB is available at Rs. 19,999 (MRP Rs. 26,000). A cashback worth Rs. 3,000 can be opted in addition to the discounted price by using the promo code “A3K”.

Paytm Mall is also providing a discount on the Samsung Galaxy S7 under its 2017 Grand Finale Sale. The smartphone is available for Rs. 32,750 (MRP Rs. 48,900). If you’re picking the Vivo V7+, it comes with a discounted price tag of Rs. 21,990 (MRP Rs. 22,990). A cashback of Rs. 1,100 can be received by adding “SAVE5” promo code.

The Lenovo K8 32GB is available under the Paytm Mall sale for a price tag of Rs. 10,356. You can use the promo code “MOB12” to receive a cashback worth Rs. 1,243. Additionally, there is Oppo A71 16GB at a discounted price of Rs. 11,800 (MRP Rs. 13,490). Paytm Mall has also listed the LG Q6+ 64GB at Rs. 18,999 (MRP Rs. 19,990). You can purchase the Moto G5S 32GB for Rs. 13,430 (MRP Rs. 14,999). This can further be sweetened with a cashback of Rs. 1,612.

Various discounts and cashbacks are also applicable on budget smartphones, including the Swipe Konnect Power 4G, Swipe Elite Pro 32GB, Swipe Elite 2 Plus, Micromax Canvas 6, and Intex Aqua S3 4G.

If you’re looking for a tablet, the Paytm Mall sale has listed some popular tablets as well. The iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular 32GB is available with a discounted price of Rs. 48,304 (MRP 61,900), while the iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular 16GB comes at Rs. 35,588 (MRP 38,900). You can use the promo code “TAB11” to get an 11 percent cashback. There are also Kindle e-readers with cashbacks.

Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.



Black Friday failed to boost November retail sales

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Black Friday has not had the desired effect on retail figures

Black Friday was not enough to boost November’s Scottish retail sales.

Last month sales dropped by 1.3% on a like-for-like basis compared with November 2016, with last year’s figures down 0.2% on the previous year.

Figures for November said Black Friday’s evolution into a week-long affair had a “damaging effect” on footfall in stores.

Shoppers waited for the heavy discounts and found online shopping more convenient.

Total sales in Scotland declined by 0.6% compared with November 2016 when they had declined by 1.5%, the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) KPMG Scottish Retail Sales Monitor for November 2017 showed.

‘Make-or-break month’

When adjusted for deflation, measured at 0.1% by the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index (SPI), November sales declined by 0.5%.

While total food sales increased, total non-food sales decreased last month.

Retail experts suggested Black Friday may be losing its appeal and said December would be a “make-or-break” month for retailers.

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Ewan MacDonald-Russell, head of policy and external affairs at the SRC, said: “Black Friday wasn’t enough to boost November’s Scottish retail sales, with figures flagging by 0.5% in real terms.

“Despite that week’s sales being 40% higher than the November average, it wasn’t enough to help beleaguered high street stores match last year’s performance.

“As expected, Black Friday sales were concentrated online, with footfall figures not especially higher for the week.

“However, with Black Friday falling earlier before Christmas this year, and for many customers before payday, we haven’t seen the growth of recent years.”

He added: “That’s a disappointment for retailers hoping the relatively-weak sales in the autumn were due to consumers waiting for the best bargains.

“These are the final sales figures before Christmas, and they will leave Scottish retailers feeling very nervous about what is now a make-or-break December.”

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Scottish consumers are not shopping in stores and were thought to be waiting for online deals

The figures showed that total food sales in November increased 4.2% versus November 2016, when they had remained static.

Total non-food sales declined 4.4% compared to November 2016, when they had decreased by 2.7%.

When adjusted for the estimated effect of online sales, total non-food sales declined by 2.6% compared to November 2016, when they had increased by 1.1%.

Craig Cavin, head of retail in Scotland at KPMG, said: “A 4.4% decline in non-food sales suggests the novelty of ‘Black Friday’ may have worn off for consumers.

“The now week-long extravaganza has perhaps left customers fatigued, with many choosing to shop online, rather than in store.

“However, while Black Friday boosted sales following a poor October – particularly in electrical goods – retailers must be careful. What started as a one-day experience has turned into at least a week of sales.

“Scotland’s bargain hunting customers may come to expect discounted goods for much longer periods than were previously on offer, which has a significant impact on retailer margins.”

Pulsar to Display Technology at 2018 CES

Pulsar to Display Technology at 2018 CES
Pulsar to Display Technology at 2018 CES

MANSFIELD, Texas -( Continuing an unwavering commitment to top-notch consumer thermal and night vision optics, Pulsar Night Vision is proud to announce participation in the 51st Consumer Electronics Show, being held January 9-12, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

The largest global gathering of innovation, CES is the perfect place to showcase Pulsar’s latest thermal and digital night vision technology to the rest of the world.

Be sure to stop by LVCC, South Hall 4 – 35235 to see Pulsar’s new Helion thermal monoculars. Featuring a 640×480 AMOLED display, high-resolution 640×480 sensor and 8-hr. rechargeable battery pack, the Helion is able to detect heat signatures up to a jaw-dropping 1,970 yards away.

And if that isn’t enough to get you excited, you can also take videos and still images using the Helion’s 8gb built-in video recorder and upload them straight to your smartphone using WiFi via the Stream Vision App.

Also on display will be the full line of Digiforce digital night vision monoculars. These units feature a 640×480 LCD display and an on-board LED infrared illuminator, allowing you to see objects with ease in complete darkness.

With more than 4,000 exhibiting companies and over 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, the 2018 CES Show will host more than 180,000 industry professionals, including more than 58,000 international visitors, all convening in Las Vegas to drive the global tech industry forward. You do not want to miss this opportunity to see the highly-anticipated thermal and night vision consumer products from Pulsar.

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About Pulsar:

Every Pulsar device is designed, manufactured and tested to ensure demanding professionals receive the most reliable, most advanced thermal and digital night vision performance the industry has to offer. The result of Pulsar’s commitment to industry-leading excellence is consistent world-class quality, precision engineering, seamless device operation and cutting-edge proprietary software. Pulsar produces an array of advanced optical devices designed for law enforcement, security, home defense and hunting applications, including thermal imaging and digital night vision monoculars and riflescopes, night vision binoculars and goggles, rangefinders, IR flashlights and related accessories.

To learn more about Pulsar, visit their website.

About CES:

CES, formerly The International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES), showcases more than 3,900 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more; a conference program with more than 300 conference sessions and more than 170K attendees from 150 countries.

And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) — the technology trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry — it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

Find out more about the thought leaders who come to CES by checking out the CES 2017 Audit Summary.