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iPhone manufacturer Foxconn unveils the modular platform it’ll use to make EVs

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Taiwanese hardware giant Foxconn — also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, and Apple’s iPhone manufacturing partner — is gearing up to enter the EV space in a big way.

The company’s chairman, Liu Young-way, announced today that it wants to provide components and services for 10% of the world’s EVs by between 2025 and 2027.

To that end, it said it’s in talks with several automakers; the company also revealed a modular EV platform today with a variety of chassis sizes, as well as support for different battery capacities, suspension types and ground clearance. This should enable Foxconn to partner with manufacturers for sedans, SUVs, and even commercial vehicles.

You can follow a stream of the company’s Hon Hai Technology Day event below, in which it revealed more details:

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Journalist Tim Culpan also noted that Foxconn is slated to release a solid-state EV battery by 2024, and Tesla reportedly signed on to pick this up.

The news about the iPhone manufacturer getting into the EV business isn’t entirely surprising, as we heard back in January that it was teaming up with Fiat Chrysler (FCA) to produce electric cars for the Chinese market. At that time, it said it would handle electronics and software — including internet-connected features — while FCA would take care of the rest of the manufacturing duties.

Liu said the company is keen to quickly launch an ‘open platform’ that includes batteries, connected services for cars, vehicle and fleet management software, and other EV components, in order to grab market share as soon as possible. It’s kind of like creating an Android-like ecosystem that many brands can build with, and compete with proprietary platforms like Tesla’s.

If it can make that happen in short order, Foxconn is looking at delivering parts for some three million vehicles.


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Published October 16, 2020 — 07:38 UTC

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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