Month: June 2018

Tesla opens Model 3 orders to more people and trims prices

If you're in line for a Model 3 then we have good news. The company has announced that it's opening pre-orders to all reservation holders in the US and Canada, now that it's able to produce more cars (apparently that tent manufacturing line is helpin… Source: Engadget | Tesla opens Model 3 orders to more …

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Florida is appointing a cryptocurrency czar

Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis believes his state needs to start keeping a closer eye on cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). That's why he created a position for a state-specific cryptocurrency czar who'll be in charge… Source: Engadget | Florida is appointing a cryptocurrency czar

Airbnb strengthens Paris presence thanks to Century 21

Airbnb has clashed with cities where it operates for awhile over regulations specific to each. Back in December, authorities in Paris started cracking down harder on the service to comply or face legal consequences. Airbnb has a new strategy to play… Source: Engadget | Airbnb strengthens Paris presence thanks to Century 21

NTSB: Model S battery caught fire twice after Florida crash

It's not unheard of for cars to catch fire in a crash, but there are now instances of Tesla cars' batteries reigniting well after the fact. As part of a preliminary report on a Model S crash in Ford Lauderdale, Florida, NTSB investigators revealed th… Source: Engadget | NTSB: Model S battery caught fire twice …

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New Snapdragon chips bring dual cameras to more mid-tier phones

With certain exceptions, mid-range smartphones haven't been keeping pace with the bells and whistles of higher-end handsets — you can still expect 'just' a single rear camera and 1080p video recording. Qualcomm might soon fix that. It's launching… Source: Engadget | New Snapdragon chips bring dual cameras to more mid-tier phones

Senator asks FCC if Stingrays can interfere with 911 calls

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) wants to know if cell-site simulators, also known as Stingrays, have the potential to interfere with mobile communications, and he's asked the FCC to share any research it has done into the matter. In a letter sent to Chairma… Source: Engadget | Senator asks FCC if Stingrays can interfere with 911 …

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Undercover dark web bust leads to more than 35 arrests

The US just broke new ground in its bid to shut down illegal markets on the dark web. A slew of agencies (the Department of Justice, Homeland Security Investigations, the Secret Service, the DEA and the Postal Inspection Service) have announced the… Source: Engadget | Undercover dark web bust leads to more than 35 arrests

Apple Engineer and YouTuber Mark Rober Working on Anti-Motion Sickness VR Technology for Use in Autonomous Vehicles

Engineer and popular YouTuber Mark Rober, who is known for his science-related videos that can rack up millions of views, works at Apple as an engineer in the special projects group, reports Variety. The site says that Rober has been working on Apple’s virtual reality projects, including “using VR as on-board entertainment for self-driving cars.” …

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'Overwatch' update rewards you for commending fellow players

Blizzard is continuing its quest to create a positive Overwatch community and fight toxicity. After a round of testing, the developer has released an update to its class-based shooter that introduces an Endorsements system. Think of it as a rough par… Source: Engadget | 'Overwatch' update rewards you for commending fellow players

US Army tests AI that predicts vehicle repairs

Keeping vehicles in good working order is about more than just getting to work on time for the US Army. A breakdown in the middle of a combat zone could prove deadly. So, to help keep on top of repairs, the army is testing artificial intelligence to… Source: Engadget | US Army tests AI that …

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New Twitter users will have to verify a phone number or email address

Twitter has begun to acknowledge that it has persistent problems with malicious automation and spam accounts and it has been working on ways to fix these issues. Today in a blog post, the company shared some of its efforts as well as the progress it… Source: Engadget | New Twitter users will have to verify …

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Twitter adds support for login verification with a USB key

Twitter announced today that you can now use a USB security key, such as Yubikey, as part of the two-factor authentication process. It's the latest expansion of Twitter's verification support, which, as of last year, also includes third-party apps li… Source: Engadget | Twitter adds support for login verification with a USB key