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Ex-Teslans Hired For ‘Special Project’ of Apple

Lately, Apple has been hiring, former as well as current Tesla employees to join its company

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Adding another one of Tesla employees to its team, Apple has hired Michael Schwekutsch, former Vice President of the electric powertrains at Tesla as the Senior Director of Engineering in its “Special Project Group”.

Schwekutsch would join back Doug Field, a long-time engineering executive at Tesla who in 2018 joined Apple to lead its electric car project code named Titan.

Apple has already shifted over 200 employees from Titan to other teams earlier in January, according to the media reports.

“Now that Schwekutsch — who has exclusively worked on electric powertrains over the last decade — has joined Apple, it is becoming clear that the company plans to bring a complete electric vehicle into the market,” Electrik reported.

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

At Tesla, Schwekutsch worked on the development of edge Drive Systems like the one of the Tesla Roadster II and Tesla Truck.

He also managed programmes for the electric and hybrid powertrains of the BMW i8, Porsche 918 Spyder, Fiat 500eV, Volvo XC90, among other popular vehicles.

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Lately, Apple has been hiring, former as well as current Tesla employees to join its company.

“Apple has hired some longtime executives and engineers that don’t appear to have been let go by Tesla in what appears to be another wave of the poaching war between the two companies,” the report added. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Apple Applies for a US Trademark on ‘Slofie’

The application cost $400

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Apple has applied for a US trademark on ‘Slofie’, potentially giving the company control over the word’s usage.

“Slofie is the term for selfies recorded in slow-motion at 120fps. The iPhone maker does define slofie as “downloadable computer software for use in capturing and recording video.”

The trademark is likely meant to stop other companies from branding their own camera features with the slofie terminology, as the feature is currently exclusive to the iPhone 11, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

The application cost $400.

Apple recently launched 3 iPhone 11 models, two of them with a triple rear camera setup, housing stunning specifications to make you a near-perfect photographer.

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The three smartphones, upgrades over the last year’s iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, will ship with the iOS 13, the latest mobile operating system from Apple. (IANS)