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The $228 OnePlus Nord N300 Packs Good Looks, 33 W Charging



OnePlus is showing off a new low-end smartphone, the OnePlus Nord N300 5G. This is a $228 phone you can get at T-Mobile starting November 3. The highlights include a surprisingly handsome design for this price point, 33 W charging, and a 90 Hz display.

First up: specs. The SoC is a MediaTek Dimensity 810. That means a 6 nm chip with two 2.4 GHz Cortex A76 cores, six 2 GHz, Cortex A55 cores, and an ARM Mali-G57 MP2 GPU. There’s 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 5000 mAh battery. The display is a 6.56-inch, 1,612×720, 90 Hz “HD+” display. A 90 Hz display on a phone this cheap sounds impressive, but this phone’s predecessor, the Nord N200, didn’t have the power to reliably ship 90 frames per second to the 1080p display, making it a bit of a waste. The downgrade to 720p (and maybe a slightly faster SoC) means OnePlus might actually hit 90 FPS this year, but it’s not clear the resolution drop will be worth that.

33 W charging means this will charge faster than an $1,100 iPhone. There’s a side fingerprint reader in the power button, and you get a microSD slot, NFC, and a headphone jack. For cameras, you get one rear 48MP main camera and a just-for-looks 2MP “depth” camera. The front camera is 8MP. The phone ships with Android 13, and OnePlus’ usual update timeline for these cheap phones is one major update and three years of semi-regular security updates.

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Electrify America Is Raising Its Prices in March



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Road-tripping in an electric vehicle might be slightly more expensive this year. On Thursday morning, Electrify America informed its user base that starting on March 6, the company will raise its prices.

“We’ve tried hard to maintain our current pricing, but rising operational and energy costs have now made adjusting our pricing necessary,” the company wrote in an email to customers. “We shall continue to maintain simple, uniform pricing across the country, and this adjustment ensures we can uphold our commitment to drive electric vehicle (EV) adoption and the future of electric mobility.”

Currently, guests (i.e., people without an Electrify America account) and Pass members pay $0.43 per kWh in states that allow billing by unit of energy. That’s increasing by 11.6 percent to $0.48 per kWh starting next month.

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Ford Follows Tesla’s Lead, Cuts Prices on Mustang Mach-E



Enlarge / It’s not been designed to be a Nürburgring taxi, but switch the Mach-E GT Performance Edition into Unbridled Extend if you’re going to autocross it. (credit: Ford)

If you’ve been on the fence about buying a new Ford Mustang Mach-E, good news: Ford has dropped prices across the lineup of its first battery-electric vehicle. At the low end, there’s a $900 drop on the RWD standard-range base model, listed at $45,995. At the other end is a $5,900 decrease for the GT Extended Range, which now carries a $63,995 MSRP.

In addition to the price cuts, Ford will also increase production of the Mustang Mach-E. The carmaker now plans to build 130,000 BEVs for the North American and European market, a massive increase from the previously planned 78,000. The production increase will in turn decrease wait times for new cars, a sticking point for drivers ready to trade hydrocarbons for electrons. Those who have already ordered new BEVs from Ford will get the lower prices as well.

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Ford’s move comes just two weeks after Tesla discounted some of its models by as much as 20 percent. At the bottom of the lineup, the Model 3 RWD is now $43,990—$3,000 cheaper than it was last year. The Model Y has been heavily discounted as well, with the Long Range and Performance models seeing a $13,000 discount.

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The Flight Tracker That Powered @ElonJet Has Taken a Left Turn




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A major independent flight tracking platform, which has made enemies of the Saudi royal family and Elon Musk, has been sold to a subsidiary of a private equity firm. And its users are furious.

ADS-B Exchange has made headlines in recent months for, as AFP put it, irking “billionaires and baddies.” But in a Wednesday morning press release, aviation intelligence firm Jetnet announced it had acquired the scrappy open source operation for an undisclosed sum.

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