Tuesday’s top tech news: Lightyear’s buzz fizzles

Tuesday’s top tech news: Lightyear’s buzz fizzles


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Plus more details about Apple’s long-rumored VR / AR headset.

By Verge Staff

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Three months ago, electric vehicle company Lightyear said that it had started production of its €250,000 (around $270,000) Lightyear 0, which boasted an expansive array of solar panels capable of adding up to 44 miles of range to the car. Well, the company has now announced that it’s halting production of the 0 in order to focus on the sub-$40,000 Lightyear 2 coming in 2025. It’s not great news for the fledgling startup, whichever way you cut it.

Meanwhile, a Bloomberg report has shed new light on Apple’s long-rumored AR / VR headset, which is expected to launch this spring. The good news is that it’s expected to be packed with premium technology like advanced hand tracking and face-tracked FaceTime calls. The bad news is that this technology apparently won’t come cheap, with the headset expected to cost around $3,000. Sounds like it’ll be an early-adopter product for the foreseeable future. If you’re after something more affordable and current, why not check out the Meta Quest 2, which now uses more advanced hand-tracking software by default.

For now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:

Stay tuned, as we continue to update this list with the most important news of today: Tuesday, January 24th, 2023.

  • The Senate Judiciary hearing over Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift debacle is starting now.

    Ticketmaster’s botched attempt to sell tickets to Taylor Swift’s The Eras tour — and inadvertent antitrust radicalization event — is now being discussed on Capitol Hill.

    The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing “That’s the Ticket: Promoting Competition and Protecting Consumers in Live Entertainment” will have Joe Berchtold, the CEO of Ticketmaster’s parent company Live Nation, and others testifying.

  • People really, really like HBO’s The Last of Us.

    The second episode of the videogame-inspired TV series brought in 5.7 million viewers on Sunday, an impressive 22 percent increase from the premiere’s 4.7 million viewers last week.

    The first episode is also currently tracking 18 million viewers since airing, edging towards HBO’s wildly popular House of the Dragon viewership numbers. Check out our full review for The Last of Us here.

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