Apple may snap up supercar maker McLaren

Caleb Denison
Apple may snap up supercar maker McLaren
Apple may purchase or make a strategic investment in supercar maker McLaren. The move is likely part of Apple's reworked strategy to get into the car business.

While we once thought Apple might be taking its foot off the gas with regards to developing its own car, a new report indicates Apple may just buy its way into the car market. According to the Financial Times, Apple is looking at luxury car maker McLaren with hungry eyes.

The tech giant hasn’t decided whether to buy McLaren outright or simply make a strategic investment, but in either case Apple would get access to McLaren’s vast experience working with lightweight materials like carbon fiber and aluminum and could leverage the auto company’s expertise in … ya know … making cars, be they hybrid or fully electric vehicles.

It’s a bold move considering McLaren only makes supercars. But, if you’re just going to snatch up a car brand, might as well go big, right? McLaren is apparently denying the talks are taking place, according to The Verge. We’ll have to see how this plays out in the coming weeks or months.

Nike’s self-lacing shoes

Back to the Future — that iconic gem of a movie from the ‘80s – may have celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, but Back to the Future II – the sequel which inspired us to dream about flying cars and hoverboards – has its 30-year anniversary coming up in about 3 years, and Nike will be ready for it with its new HyperAdapt 1.0 self-lacing shoes. Yup, I’m not even kidding. The shoes are a reality and they have an official release date of November 28.

That’s just in time for the holidays, and you know that’s no accident. This will likely be the Tickle Me Elmo-style must-have gift of the decade that would no doubt incite Black Friday riots, except you have to make an appointment at select Nike retail tov“experience and purchase” the futuristic footwear.

No word on price, but we’re going to go with somewhere around a whole bunch of bucks. The shoes will be battery powered, so you’ll have to recharge them (and these probably won’t explode … probably). You’ll just need to press a button to tighten the laces, and another to loosen. Now, if we could just get the hoverboard to work right, we’d be set!

Allo there, Google!

Finally, Google’s new AI-powered messaging app, Allo, was released today and should be available worldwide in a matter of days. DT’s Julian Chokkattu says its smarter than iMessage and that’s it’s almost flawless, save a few glaring omissions. Get a first-hand look at how it works and what it can do in this first-impressions video.