Monthly Archives: June 2015

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Floyd Mayweather Is In The Market For A $4.8M Koenigsegg

Floyd Mayweather may have taken our criticism of his car collection seriously, as “Money” is reportedly looking to add a $4.8 million Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita to his garage.

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Comment Of The Day: Eighteen Years Edition

We, the members of your humble Jalopnik staff, pride ourselves on our sense of humor. Cleverness. Jokery, some might call it. Making the stuff you read about cars/racing/planes/exploding things actually worth reading.

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AppleCare will replace your battery once it drops to 80% of its capacity

The battery in your iPhone or Apple Watch is a precious resource, and it becomes more precious as your devices age and their batteries begin to lose capacity. One solution to this problem is to buy an aftermarket replacement battery, look up an iFixit guide, and crack your phone or tablet open yourself. If you’ve paid for the AppleCare and AppleCare+ extended warranty programs, though, we’ve got good news.

Apple will now replace any battery covered by AppleCare+ once it drops below 80 percent of its original capacity, as outlined in refreshed AppleCare+ documents spotted by MacRumors late last week and reported on other sites today. Previously, a battery had to drop to 50 percent of its original capacity to be eligible for replacement under AppleCare+, limiting its helpfulness to all but the heaviest users and those with defective batteries. Macs covered by the standard AppleCare agreement can also have their batteries replaced if they drop below 80 percent of their original capacity, as outlined in a footnote here.

AppleCare+ can be added to an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Apple Watch at purchase or within 60 days of the purchase date. AppleCare for Macs can be purchased at any point during the computer’s standard one-year warranty term.

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Vintage Catalina Flying Boat In Nic Cage Film Partially Sinks On Beach

Yesterday, a gorgeous Catalina PBY named Flora-Bama that was being used as a prop for the upcoming Nicolas Cage movie USS Indianapolis: Men of Honor began taking on water while performing touch and goes for the camera. Today, the plane sits half sunk in the surf along Gold Beach, Florida, a most peculiar sight for beach-goers.

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What It’s Like To Actually Buy And Drive A Surplus Military Truck

If you’ve never been tempted by the wares at a military surplus auction, you probably just didn’t know they exist. Hundreds of awesome army trucks get hawked every week, and now you can see what it’s like to actually take one home and drive it around!

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Facebook Messenger no longer requires Facebook account in US, Canada

On Tuesday, Facebook changed the login process for its Messenger app, meaning users no longer need to have a Facebook account in order to talk to the service’s members. All they need is a phone number—but not a landline one.

Ars confirmed the change by installing and testing the Facebook Messenger app. Now when Android and iOS users load the app without having been logged in, they will see a smaller-text option that reads, “Not on Facebook?” If a user taps that, the app will automatically fill in the device’s default number if it’s a mobile phone, which can be changed—but whatever number is used, it has to accept SMS, as Facebook confirms your phone number via a text message.

Once that has been done, Messenger asks for a full name—which, again, it will auto-populate based on your mobile device’s information, but you can delete and retype that as you see fit. It also asks new users to upload an image, but that’s not required. Phone-only Messenger users only have one way to add new contacts: by entering the phone number attached to any FB profiles. Searching by name won’t work; you’ll have to ask friends for their account phone numbers (or let the app comb your contact list for numbers that match up with Facebook accounts).

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You are free to crowdfund: Kickstarter wins its first patent case

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter was approached by a competing platform, ArtistShare, in 2011. Just what happened next is disputed. ArtistShare founder Brian Camelio says he wanted to strike a business deal with Kickstarter.

In court papers, Kickstarter said that Camelio had a patent he said Kickstarter was infringing, and Camello intended to sue. Kickstarter took the matter to court first, filing a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the patent. The move left Camelio “stunned and disappointed,” he said in a 2011 interview.

This week, Camelio, who founded ArtistShare in 2003, may be even more disappointed. His patent, “Methods and Apparatuses for Financing and Marketing a Creative Work,” is no more. It was invalidated in an order (PDF) published yesterday, four years after his dispute with Kickstarter began.

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Facebook Messenger’s money-sending tool arrives for all US users

When it first announced plans to let you send money to your pals in its Messenger app, Facebook said the feature would roll out in the States in the coming months. Well, the time has come. After flipping the switch for folks in New York City and the …

Secret US court allows resumption of bulk phone metadata spying

A secret US tribunal ruled late Monday that the National Security Agency is free to continue its bulk telephone metadata surveillance program—the same spying that Congress voted to terminate weeks ago.

Congress disavowed the program NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed when passing the USA Freedom Act, which President Barack Obama signed June 2. The act, however, allowed for the program to be extended for six months to allow “for an orderly transition” to a less-invasive telephone metadata spying program.

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Save Money on Road Trips with a Portable Kitchen Kit

Save Money on Road Trips with a Portable Kitchen Kit

When you’re on the road, going from one hotel to the next, eating out can cost you a huge chunk of change. With a portable kitchen kit, you can cook in your room and save that money for something else.

Tonya Prater at The Traveling Praters breaks down all the utensils and other cooking supplies in their own kit that you can easily throw into your own. Your portable kitchen should have:

  • A small crockpot
  • A small baking sheet (for when you stay somewhere with an oven)
  • A can opener
  • A small cutting board and paring knife
  • A serving spoon and spatula
  • A collapsible mixing bowl, colander, and measuring cups

With just those items you can run to a nearby grocery store and throw together real meals for a lot less than the local chain restaurant. The crockpot alone can easily cook soups, pastas, and even brown hamburgers. Don’t forget to add some cleaning supplies too, and if you have a enough room, some Ziploc bags, aluminum foil, cooking spray, paper plates, and spices will make it even better. All of this could fit into a small plastic bin and only take up a little room in your car. There are plenty of workarounds for cooking in hotel rooms, but having a pre-made kit gives you a leg up. Read more at the link below.

Cooking in a Hotel Room: Creating a Portable Kitchen | The Traveling Praters

Photo by Tonya Prater.