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Elon Musk's flamethrower is real and yours for just $500

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Some were ready to shoot the idea down in flames. But it’s often wise, on hearing an apparently loopy concept emerge from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, to assume that he’s deadly serious. In this case, it was Musk insisting that his Boring Company would release a flamethrower.

Which, it strikes me, is a deadly serious implement.

On Friday, there was talk that it sat behind a password-protected product page. On Saturday, it appeared for sale on the company’s website at the bargain price of £500. Oh, but there was so much fascinating marketing to accompany it.

There was Musk showing off his little friend. And then he decided to film himself, fully armed and enflamed, attacking a camera.

Don’t do this. Also, I want to be clear that a flamethrower is a super terrible idea.

Definitely don’t buy one.

A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Jan 27, 2018 at 5:29pm PST

His employees joined in the fun.

Great for roasting nuts ? ?

A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Jan 27, 2018 at 4:53pm PST

And then Musk took to Twitter to explain the most serious existential use for something that costs, well, half the price of an iPhone X. “When the zombie apocalypse happens, you’ll be glad you bought a flamethrower. Works against hordes of the undead or your money back!” he wrote.

When the zombie apocalypse happens, you’ll be glad you bought a flamethrower. Works against hordes of the undead or your money back!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2018

The Boring site makes some outlandish claims for the weapon.

It insists it’s “guaranteed to liven up any party!” Even more disturbing is the idea that it’s the “world’s safest flamethrower!” Of course, this is all for amusement.

“May not be used on Boring Company decorative lacquered hay bales or Boring Company dockside munitions warehouses,” says the sales blurb. Then there’s: “Fire extinguisher sold separately (for exorbitant amounts of money.)” Over the years, flamethrowers have had their attraction for the engineering crowd.

Who could forget the bike with a flamethrower and an ejector seat? Even handheld flamethrowers have enjoyed their raging moments. But perhaps the most entertaining — until now, of course — was the Thomas the Tank Engine Flamethrower, aka the little engine that could blow your head off.

I can’t confirm that next week, Musk will be launching a Tesla Model 3-shaped flamethrower.

Though I fear if Tesla doesn’t hurry up with satisfying orders for this car, he may endure a mob of dissatisfied, flamethrower-wielding customers picketing his headquarters.

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Apple HomePod pre-orders open today: here's what you need to know

The wait is nearly over. The Apple HomePod[1] will be available to pre-order online from January 26 for those keen to get their hands on the smart speaker in the US, UK and Australia. Apple fans in France and Germany will have to wait until Spring 2017. 

According to Apple[2], the Siri-powered smart speaker will be delivered on February 9, which is also when it’s expected to go on sale in Apple brick-and-mortar shops in the US, UK and Australia too. 

But as you might expect, many are predicting they could sell out fast. That means if you want to be one of the first to bark commands at Siri from your sofa, you’ll need to pre-order one as soon as possible.

How can you get an Apple HomePod?

Pre-orders are available on Apple.com, as well as on the Apple Store app[3] on iOS devices in the US, UK and Australia. 

At the time of publishing however, it seems that Apple is yet to press go on the option to pre-order. Apple pre-orders usually begin at midnight Pacific Time, but although there’s a holding page on the website and on the Apple Store app dedicated to the HomePod, there’s no vital ‘pre-order’ button. We’ll keep you updated. 

The Apple HomePod will cost $ 349 in the US, £319 in the UK and $ 499 in Australia.

What is the Apple HomePod?

For those who haven’t been following the news and announcements around the Apple HomePod, it’s a smart speaker powered by Siri. In many ways it’s a response to the huge popularity of similar standalone speakers, such as the Amazon Echo[4] and Google Home[5]

Because Apple is pretty late to the smart speaker party, it’s not clear yet what kind of demand the HomePod will have. Many users interested in voice-powered smart speakers will have probably already got their hands on one of HomePod’s competitors. But given that it’s part of the super popular Apple ecosystem and puts Siri to good work, it’s also likely to entice Apple fans in a heartbeat. 

References

  1. ^ Apple HomePod (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Apple (www.apple.com)
  3. ^ Apple Store app (itunes.apple.com)
  4. ^ Amazon Echo (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ Google Home (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ Apple HomePod release date, news and features (www.techradar.com)

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New Xbox One Alpha update preview for January 2018

If you are an Xbox One Alpha Inside member, there is yet more good news on the way for you as Microsoft has just revealed that a new Xbox One update is available offering another juicy preview of upcoming Xbox One features. You can only get these if you are enrolled into this test program and those who are should see a new Xbox One 1802.180119-1917 update available for download right now. New features include a new tab for Xbox Game Pass within the My Games and Apps menu for those with an active Game Pass subscription, allowing users to quickly install games available from Games Pass.

This is going to be very useful, as Microsoft has recently revealed that all future first party games and Microsoft Studio games will appear on Xbox Games Pass on the day that game is released.

Also new in this update is the option for gamers to hide specific achievements that they want to keep private. You can even hide yourself from playing a certain game in the Next Achievements tab.

For everything else in this patch including bug fixes, head to the official Xbox website here for more details. This update is available now, so for those that have it let us know what you think. For everyone else awaiting the next update, this is what will be available to you soon.

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Get two Sonos Ones for the price of one Apple HomePod

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In the same week Apple revealed the Feb.

9 availability of its first smart speaker, the HomePod, Sonos has a response: two Sonos One speakers for £349 or GBP349. The Sonos One smart speaker is £199 or GBP199 on its own, and the company says the bundle deal will be available from Friday, Jan.

26, for “a limited time.” The HomePod goes up for preorder on the same day. The Sonos One scored an 8.7 in our review, good for the Editors’ Choice award as our favorite smart speaker.

In addition to Sonos multiroom capabilities, it comes with Amazon‘s Alexa voice assistant built-in, and is due to get the Google Assistant some time this year. You can connect two Sonos Ones to work in stereo, as surround-sound speakers or in separate rooms as part of a Sonos system.

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Sonos One

Move over, Amazon Echo and Google Home. The Alexa-powered Sonos One is the first smart speaker that actually sounds good playing music.

And now it works with Spotify.

SEE IT £199.00at Amazon.com

In our tests, Sonos’ stereo performance was superb, and in my review of the competing £399 Google Home Max I said: “If I had to choose straight-up between a single Max and a pair of Sonos Ones in stereo mode, I’d take the Sonos speakers for their improved soundstage.” I’m dying to hear how the HomePod’s sound compares to the Max and the One.

The Sonos One is one of the first third-party products to announce support for Apple AirPlay 2, the multiroom music standard which is expected to debut after the release of the HomePod with iOS 11.3.

While Sonos has yet to announce the ability to speak to Apple’s Siri via the One, the company says its speaker will be addressable through an iOS device.

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