This electric fastback is the next Audi A6 e-tron, due in late 2022

April 19th, 2021
by The Feeder

It has been a bumper few days for new electric vehicle reveals. Traditionally the time of the New York International Auto Show, last week saw new battery EVs from Audi, Mazda, and Mercedes-EQ. This coming week, the Shanghai Auto Show will take place in corporeal form, and Audi has brought along something special. It's called the A6 e-tron concept, but don't let the "concept" bit fool you; when the actual A6 e-tron arrives in late 2022, it'll look a lot like the car you see in the gallery above.

A new EV platform

Audi and its corporate siblings within Volkswagen Group have made efficient use of highly flexible vehicle architectures, where a common set of components is used to create a wide range of different vehicles. When dieselgate forced VW Group to abandon that fuel in favor of electrification as a way to meet tough European climate regulations, it put Audi in charge of developing a replacement for the MLB Evo architecture that Audi, Porsche, Bentley, and Lamborghini have used to make cars and SUVs.

The new platform is called PPE—Premium Platform Electric—and the new A6 e-tron will be one of the first BEVs to make use of it. (This is in addition to the new MEB architecture for smaller BEVs built in much greater volume.) In fact, the A6 e-tron won't be the first PPE-derived BEVs to reach market; late 2022 should see the arrival of an electric replacement for the Porsche Macan crossover, as well as a new Audi Q6 SUV, but we don't have any more details to share about those two at this time.

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What I learned of the VOIP hacker scene by setting up a SIP Honeypot

April 18th, 2021
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These Are Our Favorite Hair Straighteners

April 18th, 2021
by The Feeder
Curls and waves are beautiful. But when you want to smooth them out, these hot tools (including irons, a brush, and a comb) work wonders.

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Mathematicians Settle the Erdős Coloring Conjecture

April 18th, 2021
by The Feeder
Fifty years ago, three mathematicians came up with a graph theory problem that they thought they might solve on the spot. A team has finally settled it.

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Ecobee’s Ecosystem Is an Easy Way to Embrace the Smart Home

April 18th, 2021
by The Feeder
For the past six months, this Alexa-integrated security and thermostat platform made my house feel safer and more comfortable.

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The Pandemic Proved That Our Toilets Are Crap

April 18th, 2021
by The Feeder
The core technologies for sewage systems were developed over a hundred years ago. It's time to get better, healthier updates in the pipeline.

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The humble shrub that’s predicting a terrible fire season

April 18th, 2021
by The Feeder
A shrub-covered hillside.

Enlarge (credit: Bryant Baker, Los Padres ForestWatch)

If you’re kind of judgmental when it comes to plants, you might describe the chamise plant as “meh.” Technically it’s a shrub, which in the hierarchy of plant types barely outranks a weed. Chamise grows up to a dozen feet tall and sprouts needle-like leaves less than a half-inch long, making it look like overgrown rosemary. Only it doesn’t really smell, even though it’s a member of the rose family.

Appearances and scents aside, chamise turns out to be a fascinating plant, one critical not only to the California landscape but to the safety of its human residents. When fire scientists want to know how flammable the state’s vegetation might be, they don’t rely on some newfangled gadget. They rely on chamise. “It's a really pretty and kind of understated shrub,” says Bryant Baker, conservation director of the Los Padres ForestWatch, which advocates for the protection of California’s habitats. “And I think because it's so common, it's often taken for granted.”

But Californians ignore it at their peril, because it is an excellent indicator of how dry the whole landscape is getting. Chamise dominates native chaparral ecosystems up and down the state, dense shrublands that are too arid for trees. (This is a Mediterranean climate, after all, in which rain stops in the spring and doesn’t restart until autumn.) But the chamise is beautifully adapted to ride out the baking heat: those tiny, leathery leaves have far less surface area than a broadleaf, so they don’t lose as much moisture. “These plants are adapted to go for many months without a single drop of water, which is pretty amazing,” says Baker. “You don't usually find that outside of desert areas.”

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How the Smart Remote Lost Its Way

April 18th, 2021
by The Feeder
Once, we dreamed of one controller to rule them all. But when Logitech killed off the Harmony line, it ended an era.

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How to Schedule Emails and Texts to Send Anytime You Want

April 18th, 2021
by The Feeder
Your messages don’t have to go out right away. Be strategic about when your recipient gets them.

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Volatile Memory Analysis With Volatility : Coreflood Trojan

April 18th, 2021
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