Still in Model 3 “production hell,” Tesla buys factory technology supplier

On Tuesday, Tesla announced that it had purchased an automation and machining company called Perbix. Perbix has supplied Tesla with parts for its high-tech factories in Fremont, California, and Sparks, Nevada, for the past three years, according to CNBC. Although it’s unclear how much Tesla paid for Perbix, the company says it made an offer of cash and stock, and SEC filings show that Perbix owner James S. Dudley received 34,772 shares of Tesla stock, which reflects about $10.6 million at today’s share price of $305.59.

The purchase comes exactly a year after Tesla acquired German firm Grohmann Engineering, which then became Tesla Advanced Automation Germany. The Germany-based engineering department specializes in factory automation, much like Perbix does. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stressed high-level automation as critical in boosting Tesla’s delivery numbers. Tesla struggled for years to make delivery quotas on the Model S and the Model X vehicles, and Musk told investors last year that his solution was to make each of his factories look like an “alien dreadnought.” An oft-repasted phrase from Tesla executives is that the company is focusing on factory automation to build “the machine that makes the machine.”

Although Tesla is largely making its quotas now with respect to the Models S and X, the electric vehicle maker had a very disappointing third quarter with respect to the Model 3. The “budget” vehicle aimed to bring long-range EVs to the market for a mere $35,000 by mid-2017. But after a debut event at the end of Q2, the company admitted it had only built 266 Teslas in Q3, claiming that bottlenecks in battery-pack construction were hindering its ability to churn out the pre-ordered cars.

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iPhone X Case Review Roundup 3: Rokform, Nodus, Moshi and Peel

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, I’m taking a close look at iPhone X cases from a wide range of manufacturers. Case reviews aren’t often featured on MacRumors, but with the launch of the iPhone X and its entirely revamped design, we felt that it was worth exploring some of the case options out on the market.

This is the third review in the series, with the other two available here and here.

For all of my reviews, I’m looking at the general usability of iPhone X cases. Extreme drop tests and in-depth testing aren’t covered because those factors are less important than how a case works on an average day, and it’s often fairly easy to tell from design how protective a case is going to be.

Factors like bulk, button accessibility, general protection, grip, thickness, and appearance are what I focused on below.


Nodus is known for its line of high-quality leather cases, and its Access Case 3 has been made available for the iPhone X. Priced at £49.99 (~$65), the Access is a folio-style case that’s surprisingly slim.

The Access has a simple design that actually holds the iPhone X in place with adhesive that Nodus calls micro suction, with “millions of microscopic suction cups” holding onto the iPhone. The adhesive (or micro suction) doesn’t feel particularly sticky when touched and so it doesn’t pick up lint and other detritus, but it grips tightly to the glass of the iPhone X.

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Apple Pay Cash Preview: A Look at Apple’s New Peer-to-Peer Payments Service

Apple Pay Cash, Apple’s promised peer-to-peer payments service, is finally here. As of yesterday, U.S. public beta testers and developers running the latest beta of iOS 11.2 are able to use the Apple Pay Cash feature ahead of its official release.

With Apple Pay Cash now available for testing, we thought we’d take a close look at the new feature to see just how it works. As it turns out, Apple Pay Cash is dead simple to use, but there are many hidden details about the feature you’ll want to know.

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Apple Pay Cash is designed to let you transfer money to and from family, friends, and co-workers. If, for example, a co-worker picks up a coffee for you on the way to work and you want to reimburse them, Apple Pay Cash is the perfect solution. If you paid for your brother’s dinner last week and want your cash back, Apple Pay Cash is a quick and easy solution.

All Apple Pay Cash transactions are conducted through the Messages app on the iPhone (and on the Apple Watch in watchOS 4.2). There’s a new Apple Pay Cash app built into Messages, and tapping on this brings up the Apple Pay Cash interface. From here, you can choose to send or request money right in a one-to-one Messages conversation.

When sending money, the person on the other end simply needs to tap your incoming Apple Pay Cash message to accept, and that money is offloaded onto a new Apple Pay Cash card in the Wallet app. Money can be sent using a debit card, credit card, or Apple Pay Cash card, but all money received is stored on the Apple Pay Cash card. The Apple Pay Cash card is provided by Green Dot, a company that offers prepaid Discover cards.

Sending money from your debit card or Apple Pay Cash card is free, but there’s a 3% fee when you use a credit card. Money on your Apple Pay Cash card can be used to make Apple Pay purchases or it can be sent to your bank account. For more details on setting up and using Apple Pay Cash, make sure to check out our full Apple Pay Cash how to.

There are limits on Apple Pay Cash. When adding cash to your card, it’s a $10 minimum or a $3,000 maximum. When sending or receiving money, there’s a $1 minimum and a $3,000 maximum, and a $10,000 maximum over 7 days. Once you’ve sent or received $500, you’re going to need to verify your identity, which involves confirming personal details and uploading a picture of a photo ID.

Apple Pay Cash is limited to the United States right now, and to use the feature, both people need to be running the latest iOS 11.2 beta. An iPhone 6 or later is required, two-factor authentication must be turned on, and an eligible credit or debit card must be available in Wallet.

Apple will presumably launch Apple Pay Cash officially with the iOS 11.2 update, so non-beta testers may not have long to wait before the feature is widely available.

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