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How the Audi e-tron compares to the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace

Audi just announced its first production electric vehicle. Called the e-tron, the EV is a mid-size SUV loaded with technology with an unofficial range of over 300 miles. It’s nicely equipped, and with a starting price of $74,800, it sits between the Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla Model X. The e-tron is most similar to the Jaguar I-Pace though the Audi is slightly better equipped. The e-tron packs a 95 kWh battery over the Jaguar’s 90 kWh battery. It’s also slightly larger and rated to tow 4,000 lbs. Comparing the e-tron to the Model X gets messy. Tesla sells the Model X in three flavors: mild, hot, and on fire. The mild version starts at $72,100 and packs a 75 kWh battery good for 237 miles. Spend $88,600 to get the 100D and its 100 kWh battery that’s rated for 295 mil...

U.S international Oguchi Onyewu announces retirement after 15-year career

Onyewu retires with 69 caps for the U.S. national team over a 15-year career that included stints at 12 different clubs. Former United States men's national team player Oguchi Onyewu announced his retirement on Monday in a post on his official Instagram account. "From a lanky kid growing up in Olney MD, to playing for some of the greatest clubs in the world… this sport gave me so much! #Blessed #BeginningAndEnding" Onyewu, 36, earned 69 caps for the national team and was a member of the 2006 and 2010 World Cup teams. He scored six international goals, making his first national team appearance in 2004 and his…

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino expresses doubt over La Liga game in U.S.

With reports that Girona are set to face Barcelona in Miami this coming January, the FC crew share their varying opinions on La Liga coming to the U.S. La Liga may not get permission from FIFA to hold Girona's home game against Barcelona in Miami on Jan. 26, 2019, with president Gianni Infantino expressing doubt. While plans to stage a game have been progressing, a decision has yet to be made by football's world governing body and Infantino has admitted the idea is not appealing to him.  In a statement provided by FIFA to ESPN, Infantino said he is keen for the game to develop in the United States and is very supportive of Major League Soccer. "I…

African experiments with drone technologies could leapfrog decades of infrastructure neglect

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Harley-Davidson is opening a Silicon Valley R&D center to power EV production With a $10 million round, Nigeria’s Paga plans global expansion Samantha Stein Contributor More posts by this contributor Only 48 hours left to apply for Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 Announcing Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2018 A drone revolution is coming to sub-Saharan Africa. Countries across the continent are experimenting with this 21st century technology as a way to leapfrog decades of neglect of 20th century infrastructure. Over the last two years, San Francisco-based startup Zipline launched a national UAV delivery program in East Africa; South Africa...

FEMA to send its first ‘Presidential Alert’ in emergency messaging system test

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will this week test a new “presidential alert” system that will allow the president to send a message to every phone in the US. The alert is the first nationwide test of the presidential alert test, FEMA said in an advisory, which allows the president to address the nation in the event of a national emergency. Using the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, anyone with cell service should receive the message to their phone. “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,” the message will read, due to be sent out on Thursday at 2:18pm ET. Minutes later, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will broadcast a similar test message over television, radio, and wireline video services. Emergency ale...

North Korea skirts US sanctions by secretly selling software around the globe

Fake social media profiles are useful for more than just sowing political discord among foreign adversaries, as it turns out. A group linked to the North Korean government has been able to duck existing sanctions on the country by concealing its true identity and developing software for clients abroad. This week, the US Treasury issued sanctions against two tech companies accused of running cash-generating front operations for North Korea: Yanbian Silverstar Network Technology or “China Silver Star,” based near Shenyang, China, and a Russian sister company called Volasys Silver Star. The Treasury also sanctioned China Silver Star’s North Korean CEO Jong Song Hwa. “These actions are intended to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas information...

Ex-United States keeper Tim Howard becomes part owner of English club

LONDON — Former United States goalkeeper Tim Howard is part of a consortium that has taken over a fifth-tier football club in London. The purchase of the majority of shares in Dagenham and Redbridge comes as the Victoria Road Football investment group prepares to launch Memphis 901 in the second-tier United Soccer League next year. "Dagenham & Redbridge FC 2017 Ltd are very pleased to announce that Victoria Road Football, LLC, an American entity, have completed the purchase of the majority of…

Kegel trainer startup Elvie is launching a smaller, smarter, hands-free breast pump

Elvie, a Berlin-based startup known best for its connected Kegel trainer is jumping into the breast pump business with a new $480 hands-free system you can slip into your bra. Even with all the innovation in baby gear, breast pumps have mostly sucked (pun intended) for new moms for the past half a century. My first experience with a pump required me to stay near a wall socket and hunch over for a good twenty to thirty minutes for fear the milk collected might spill all over the place (which it did anyway, frequently). It was awful! Next I tried the Willow Pump, an egg-shaped, connected pump meant to liberate women everywhere with its small and mobile design. It received glowing reviews, though my experience with it was less than stellar. The proprietary bags were hard to fit in the device,...

Golden Gate Ventures closes new $100M fund for Southeast Asia

Singapore’s Golden Gate Ventures has announced the close of its newest (and third) fund for Southeast Asia at a total of $100 million. The first hit a first close in the summer, as TechCrunch reported at the time, and now it has reached full capacity. Seven-year-old Golden Gate said its LPs include existing backers Singapore sovereign fund Temasek, Korea’s Hanwha, Naver — the owner of messaging app Line — and EE Capital. Investors backing the firm for the first time through this fund include Mistletoe — the fund from Taizo Son, brother of SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son — Mitsui Fudosan, IDO Investments, CTBC Group, Korea Venture Investment Corporation (KVIC), and Ion Pacific. Golden Gate was founded by former Silicon Valley-based trio Vinnie Lauria, Jeff...

United States’ Weston McKennie only has bruised, not sprained, left knee

A Mexico red card helped turn the tide in the United States' favor, as Tyler Adams' first international goal stood up as the winner in Nashville. Taylor Twellman gets fired up talking about the search for the next United States coach, which continues nearly a year after the World Cup failure. United States midfielder Weston McKennie has a bruised left knee, not a sprain as was first announced. McKennie left the Americans' 1-0 friendly win over Mexico on Tuesday night in the 40th minute after injuring the knee and was replaced by Julian Green.  The U.S. Soccer Federation originally called the injury a sprain, but said Wednesday he was re-evaluated and has a bruise and no sprain. McKennie, who also played 83 minutes against Brazil on Friday, is among the U.S.'s m...

All access US vs. Mexico from Nashville

We took a sneak peek behind the scenes from Nashville where the USMNT hosted arch-rivals Mexico.

Mexico lost focus after Matt Miazga mocked Diego Lainez, needs ‘Tuca’ Ferretti’s guidance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United States' 1-0 victory over Mexico will be remembered mainly for Matt Miazga mocking Diego Lainez's height in the second half. It was an incident and a photo that will go down in the collective consciousness of the relatively young U.S.-Mexico soccer rivalry. It gave a spark to a game that threatened to be stale. The giant U.S. defender making fun of the skillful, diminutive 18-year-old laid down a marker for the new generation in a Clasico that needed a jump start. The…