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09-27-2021 Cars
Tesla: Samsung To Produce Hardware 4 Computer for Cybertruck; Will Also Utilize 7nm Processing Tech

Tesla Cybertruck will reportedly have a Samsung-made computer, according to latest reports. The Tesla Hardware 4 computer will be the official chip for one of the world's biggest EV makers. Samsung to Spearhead Chip Production For Tesla Samsung will reportedly produce Tesla's HW 4.0 for the Cybertruck vehicle. According to an initial report of Korean publication The Korea Economic Daily, some people who knew Samsung's plans revealed the information. Since the agreement between the two companies was already settled, the consumer electronics giant is now on its way to produce self-driving chips for Tesla's Cybertruck. One source said that Tesla and Samsung have engaged in several discussions since the year 2021 began. The virtual deal was completed as both sides agreed on the negotiation. Samsung would reportedly manufacture the Tesla Hardware 4 chips in its plant in Hwasung, South Korea. Samsung Will Also Produce 7nm FSD Computer The partnership of Tesla and the chipmaker is not limited to the creation of the Cybertruck processor. On Friday, Sept. 24, Teslarati mentioned in its report that a 7-nanometer technology will incorporate the full self-driving computer of the EV maker. The production would start in the last quarter of this year, the report added. The narrative fits the fact that Samsung is Tesla's trusted partner in chip production. The previous Hardware 3 computer of Tesla is also developed by Samsung, and it's possible that we could see more Samsung-supported electric cars in the future such as Model X and Y. In comparison, the 7nm chips might fall slightly lower in quality compared to their 5nm counterparts. For this case, Samsung will do its best to maintain a high-quality chip for Tesla's EVs according to Teslarati. Tesla CEO Elon Musk first introduced the HW 4.0 during last month's AI Day. The tycoon confidently said that the next hardware computer for self-driving will provide more safety for the users. In July, there was a swindling rumor about a secret deal between Tesla and Samsung. According to Korean sources, the South Korean tech giant has agreed to a $436 million deal with the automaker for the EV's cameras. The target recipient for the Samsung cameras highlighted the Cybertruck. The electric pickup vehicle would be allegedly supported by more than eight advanced cameras. The report also said that Samsung would supply the cameras for the Cybertruck next year. Read Also: Tesla CEO Elon Musk Hints on 2023 Launch of $25k EV With No Steering Wheel Tesla FSD Beta Button to Launch on September 24 Last week, Musk said that the FSD Beta Button of Tesla will debut on Friday, Sept.24. The CEO noted that only experienced drivers will feel the power of the feature. The full-self driving package was launched in August 2019 when it cost $6,000. Right now, its price sits at $10,000, a $4,000 difference in a matter of two years. ...

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09-27-2021 Science&Technology
Intel ARC News: ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte Will Launch The First Custom Models



Intel ARC graphics cards are coming out really soon. And it looks like the Big Three AIBs are going to take the forefront. UKRAINE - 2021/08/17: In this photo illustration, Intel Arc logo is seen on a smartphone screen with Intel logo in the background. Intel has announced Intel Arc for the company's first gaming GPUs, reportedly by media. The Big Three is obviously composed of ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte, which will reportedly introduce the first custom models of the upcoming ARC graphics cards from Intel, reports VideoCardz. It's still unclear, however, whether these brands will be putting out truly custom cards, or they'll just be participating in the reference design launch. A Chinese language website called MyDrivers allegedly broke the news out first shortly after Intel executive Raja Koduri was interviewed by the Japanese tech site ASCI. According to their initial report, OEM factories controlled by ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte are working on designs for the Intel ARC graphics cards. They say that the companies are "hoping" to develop extra business opportunities in the market, which is corporate-speak for saying "we want a cut of the money pie." However, there's no official word yet from Gigabyte on whether they actually want to participate in the Intel ARC launch. MSI and ASUS, on the other hand, are more or less confirmed, with ASUS already launching a custom discrete card featuring the Intel Iris Xe. Here's a video of it installed in a prebuilt PC from CyberPower: Earlier, Intel exec Raja Koduri basically confirmed that Intel has already shipped their reference designs for their first-generation ARC GPUs, codenamed Alchemist. There is enough confidence that the aforementioned Big Three AIBs are among the ones who already received the reference designs. Intel ARC Custom Graphics Cards: What Can Buyers Expect? Intel is serious about challenging the NVIDIA and AMD monopoly of the graphics card market. But if they really want to make a name for themselves, they have to get these custom cards right. In a bid to do just that, they already hired a bunch of former AMD and EA managers allegedly to reinforce their entry into the gaming hardware space. These people, considered as high-level hires, are purportedly intended to strengthen current relationships with hardware makers and game developers. Another thing that must go right with these custom Intel ARC graphics cards is overclocking. There's a reason people go for AIBs when buying GPUs: they're just better than reference models in almost any way, specifically in terms of overclocking. Intel has confirmed that their ARC graphics cards will be overclocking-ready at launch, which means people will have the option to squeeze some more juice out of the silicon. Custom cards from AIBs are often built for overclocking, with the Big Three being forerunners in this kind of thing. ...

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09-27-2021 Science&Technology
NASA seeks a new ride for astronauts to the Artemis launch pad

NASA has asked industry for ideas to develop an "Artemis Crew Transportation Vehicle" that will take its astronauts from suit-up facilities to the launch pad on launch day. The space agency, of course, has not launched its own astronauts on a NASA-built vehicle since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011. From 1984 through the end of the shuttle era, the agency used a modified Airstream motor home, known as the "Astrovan," to ferry crews to the launch pad. This iconic vehicle had a shiny, silvery exterior but a fairly spartan interior. "The current vehicle's appeal is rooted in its tradition rather than its décor," the agency acknowledged in 2011. Now, NASA is gearing up for a new era of deep space exploration, and it plans to launch four astronauts at a time inside the Orion spacecraft, on top of a Space Launch System rocket. The first human flights on these vehicles could occur in late 2023 or early 2024, NASA administrator Bill Nelson recently said. While it has taken literally decades and tens of billions of dollars to develop the spacecraft and rocket, NASA is hoping its launch pad ride can be furnished a little more quickly. In its solicitation, released Friday, NASA says its "Artemis CTV" should be delivered no later than June 2023. NASA is considering three different options for the new vehicle. A provider can custom-build a vehicle, modify a commercially available vehicle, or repair and refurbish the venerable Astrovan. As part of its solicitation, NASA has a lengthy list of requirements for its Artemis transport vehicle. Among them: It must be a zero-emission vehicle, such as battery-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell electric It must have a carrying capacity of eight passengers, including four fully suited astronauts It must have extensive capacity for equipment, including large bags for helmets, ice-based cooling units, and more Have sufficiently wide doors of 24 to 36 inches for ingress and egress by suited astronauts According to Ars automotive editor Jonathan Gitlin, it is unlikely that any existing zero-emissions vehicle meets these requirements, even with modifications. Ford's forthcoming electric Transit Van may come close, Gitlin added. The best option, in fact, may be renovating the old Airstream. This is because the vehicle will not be called upon for particularly long journeys—it's only a few kilometers to and from the launch pad—and this demand would be well within the capabilities of a couple Tesla drive units and a slab of batteries. With the Artemis program, NASA is going back to the Moon like it did in the 1960s. It's using a capsule design, not dissimilar to Apollo, and a large rocket with space shuttle main engines designed in the 1970s. So, why shouldn't astronaut transport be retro, too?

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09-27-2021 Science&Technology
Why I'm switching to iPhone 13 Pro Max from the iPhone 12 Pro Max

I’m upgrading to the iPhone 13 Pro Max from the iPhone 12 Pro Max. What can I say — I like big phones. Ever since I owned the iPhone 8 Plus, it’s been big screens for the best phones or bust. Whether it’s for streaming shows, FaceTiming or scrolling social media, the more screen real estate, the better. More recently, I’ve taken to TIkTok (here's your sign to follow Tom’s Guide’s TikTok account) and the 6.7-inch screen of my iPhone 12 Pro Max makes shooting and editing videos a breeze. iPhone 13 Pro Max review: Pros and cons Everything we know about iPhone 14 Plus: iPhone 13 Pro's best feature has a problem Heck, if the iPad mini 6 I just ordered (read how I got it for free) supported a SIM card, I’d turn it into my everyday phone. It doesn’t, so the iPhone 13 Pro Max must suffice, unless I decide to make the jump to Android for a phablet like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, which expands to an epic 7.6 inches. But when it comes to iPhone vs. Android, I’m sticking to Apple’s ecosystem. In fact, I'm switching to the iPhone 13 Pro Max from the iPhone 12 Pro Max because my 12 Pro Max was never really mine. It's Apple's on lease, with the expectation that I'll send it back for the 13 Pro Max after completing 12 months of payments. That doesn't mean I'm not excited about the upgrades, though. Compared to my iPhone 12 Pro Max, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a longer battery life according to our iPhone 13 battery test, plus sweet new iPhone 13 camera features and adaptive refresh up to 120Hz for the smoothest scrolling on any Apple handset yet. Though it’s slightly heavier than its predecessor, the 13 Pro Max maintains the 6.7-inch display, yet with a smaller notch. The iPhone 13 Pro Max comes in a 1TB storage option for the first time, too. Even with all my TikTok-ing, I’m confident I don’t need this much iPhone 13 storage, thanks to my generous iCloud plan. Instead, I’m actually downgrading my storage, lowering my current monthly fee with Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Plan. How this saves me money If you’ve ever wondered, “Is Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program worth it?,” the answer varies year-to-year and model-to-model. For example, the iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12 fees on the Upgrade Program are generally the same, but I spent more every month for the iPhone 12 Pro Max compared to what I spent for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. You can pay $54.08 a month for the 128GB iPhone 12 Pro Max instead of $1,099 upfront. The 256GB version will cost $58.28 per month while the 512GB version will cost $66.58 per month. The new 1TB iPhone 13 Pro Max option is $74.91 per month. All these plans come with Apple Care+, a major perk for the accident-prone. So by downgrading my storage, I’ll spend $54.08 per month for the next 12 months instead of $58.28. Again, my iCloud storage plan alleviates the need for an abundance of on-board space. ...

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09-27-2021 Cars
California Autonomous EV Plan Aims To Restrict All Traditional and Hybrid Cars From Operating by 203

California announced a new plan to make all its autonomous vehicles zero-emission, which is expected to happen this coming 2030. This means that government officials will try to prevent traditional and hybrid cars from operating on the state's roads. This detail was confirmed by California Governor Gavin Newscom on Thursday, Sept. 23, after signing a new bill. The latest approved law, sponsored by various environmental groups, states that all gas-based and hybrid-powered autonomous car models should no longer run. As of the moment, various parts of the United States are making efforts to make residents use zero-emission vehicles as carbon emissions rise in different countries. Now, California joins them as Newsom confirms his latest move against the sale and production of gas-based automobiles. California To Make ALL Autonomous Cars Zero-Emission According to The Verge's latest report, Governor Gavin already announced his two executive orders for clean energy-based cars back in 2020. The first one states that all cars sold by 2035 should be zero emissions. An electric cable is attached to the side of a Chevrolet Volt vehicle during a viewing on Capitol Hill July 19, 2007 in Washington, DC. The Volt is a plug-in electric vehicle which will run its first 40 miles without using any gasoline, and then the battery pack will be re-charged by a small internal combustion engine that runs on gas, diesel or ethanol when required. The other bill explained that all commercial vans and trucks sold and manufactured in California should also run on clean energy. This is quite an amazing initiative since it makes California the first U.S. state to halt sales of fossil fuel-bring cars. Because of government officials' efforts, 15 more states already followed California's plan as they released similar bills to make their own running vehicles zero-emission. In other news, U.S. would soon see self-driving FedEx trucks roaming the streets. On the other hand, environmentalists want to boycott Toyota, claiming that the manufacturer prevents EV development. Michigan Also Announces EV-Based Project California is not the only state that wants to help the rising EV industry. Michigan also announced its plan to build a highway that would automatically charge visiting EVs. This would be a great innovation once it is completed since electric cars would no longer need to stop just to power up. "Michigan was home to the first mile of paved road, and now we're paving the way for the roads of tomorrow with innovative infrastructure that will support the economy and the environment," said Governor Whitmer via Convenience's report. For more news updates about California's EV plans and other similar initiatives, always keep your tabs open here at TechTimes.

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09-27-2021 Science&Technology
Unreleased MacBook Pro details were just leaked by Apple itself

The first Apple event of the season brought us various new products less than two weeks ago. Apple unveiled the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, redesigned iPad mini, and a brand new iPad. But the company has a few more exciting products scheduled for a 2021 release, according to rumors. Reports say that Apple might host an additional press conference later this fall. That’s where it’ll introduce the redesigned MacBook Pro laptops and other new products. We think we already know much of what to expect from the new MacBooks. But Apple might have just dropped another detail about the new laptops in an accidental leak. The big MacBook Pro screen upgrade The redesigned MacBook Pro has appeared in a variety of rumors from various insiders throughout the year. Early rumors said that Apple wanted to unveil the 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro models at WWDC in June. Apple’s own YouTube videos for the show included references to an “M1X MacBook Pro” device that doesn’t exist. M1X is the purported name of Apple’s next-generation M-series chip. Insiders familiar with Apple’s plans offered the same MacBook Pro predictions. The new laptops would feature a redesigned chassis with additional ports and a MagSafe connector. Aside from USB-C, the MacBook Pros will support HDMI and SD cards, those rumors said. The display also represents a big update for the 2021 MacBook Pro series. While Apple already sells a 16-inch Intel-based MacBook Pro, it never launched a 14-inch model. That’s changing this year. More importantly, both devices will supposedly feature mini-LED screens. Earlier this year, Apple unveiled the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the first tablet to feature a mini-LED display. macOS Monterey beta spills display secrets Apple just released the seventh beta of macOS Monterey, its newest operating system update for Mac. A MacRumors reader discovered new display resolutions in the latest beta. The display specs undoubtedly fit the upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models that haven’t yet been released. The new screen resolutions are “3456 x 2234 Retina” and “3024 x 1964 Retina.” As expected, they do not fit any existing Mac computers. The current 16-inch MacBook Pro has a native resolution of 3072 x 1920, while the 13-inch Pro has a 2560 x 1600 screen. The new display resolutions indicate Apple will upgrade pixel density to around 250 pixels per inch. The current pixel density sits at 226-227 pixels per inch. As always, these leaks remain unconfirmed until Apple unveils the new MacBook Pro models. However, they come from Apple’s own macOS software. This indicates Apple plans to use these particular displays in the near future. The only possible Macs that would warrant displays this impressive are the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro and 14-inch MacBook Pro laptops. ...

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09-27-2021 Politics
Biden administration has removed just 2K of 30,000 migrants who surged border in Del Rio

The Biden administration has removed just 2,000 of the more than 30,000 migrants who surged to the border in Del Rio in September, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Friday. Scenes of approximately 15,000 migrants camped under the Del Rio bridge drew national and international headlines, as well as outrage from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. The administration surged resources and Border Patrol to the area, although it subsequently ended horse patrol within days amid debunked allegations that Haitian migrants were being "whipped." Mayorkas on Friday announced from the White House podium that "there are no longer any migrants in the camp underneath the Del Rio International Bridge." He told reporters nearly 30,000 migrants had surged to the border since Sept. 9, and that approximately 12,400 had been allowed to have their cases heard by an immigration judge "to make a determination on whether they will be removed or permitted to remain in the United States." These migrants were released into the United States with either a notice to appear in court or a notice to check into an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. Mayorkas said an estimated 8,000 migrants "have decided to return to Mexico voluntarily" and just over 5,000 are being processed by DHS to determine whether they will be expelled or placed in immigration proceedings in the U.S. ...

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09-27-2021 Science&Technology
Apple Music Bug Can Now Be Fixed for Affected Smartphones Including iPhone 13: How to Solve This Iss

An Apple Music bug has emerged from the complaints of several iPhone users who experienced it. The unusual glitch is affecting the catalog and the Sync Library of the music and video streaming app. Besides the newest iPhone 13, what other devices are affected by the bug, and how do you fix this issue? Apple Address Music Bug Issue An Apple Music bug is causing some problems for some users of the latest smartphone and tablet devices. From Apple's support document about the recent Apple Music Bug, users could not access the catalog of the app and its settings because of the issue. In addition, the new device could also not utilize the Sync Library. The Cupertino giant noted that the bug specifically affects the following devices below: iPhone 13 iPhone 13 mini Phone 13 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max iPad (9th generation) iPad mini (6th generation) How to Fix the Apple Music Bug Issue According to Mashable's latest report on Friday, Sept.24, users can get rid of the annoying bug in their Apple Music app with one simple process. To solve the issue, you will need to update your particular device first. To do that, here are the steps: Head to the Settings and select "General." After that, click that Software Update. Tap the "Install Now" button. The update will now be finished. For others who have already bought the newest iPhone 13, there is reportedly a pre-emptive security update for iOS 15. What you should do after receiving a notification about that is to install it. Read Also: #TechTimesLifeHack: How to Set an iPhone Alarm to Know it is Fully Charged iPhone 13 Mini Document About its MagSafe Charger Recently, another support document from Apple suggested that the iPhone 13 mini variant will maintain the original 12-watt power. The same limitation was previously featured in iPhone 12 mini, its predecessor. The MagSafe wireless charging feature will not roll out a 15W wireless charging experience because the company wants to avoid some problems with overheating. In addition, this will be a good adjustment to preserve the iPhone 13 mini's battery life. Given its small battery size, there's no way that a huge capacity can be housed inside it. In another article that we wrote earlier this week, there were circulating alerts that highlighted a "mistaken" full iPhone storage. After some users updated their iPhone to the latest iOS 15, they encountered wrong alerts about the device. If you are one of many people who have experienced the glitch, here are the things that you need to remember to remove this alert. On Twitter, one iPhone user said that nothing happened when she clicked the notification. The only solution that you can do is to dismiss the alert. If you receive the notification, just ignore it. It's also important to know that getting rid of some files will not exterminate the bug. ...

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09-25-2021 Politics
Biden administration stops Border Patrol using horses in Del Rio amid Dem outrage

The Biden administration is prohibiting Border Patrol agents from using horses in the Del Rio sector amid Democratic outrage over images that lawmakers falsely claimed showed agents using "whips" to stop Haitian migrants getting into the U.S. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a press briefing Thursday that the images, which involve a Border Patrol agent grabbing one of the migrant's shirts, are "horrible and horrific" and noted that an investigation is ongoing. "I can also convey to you that [DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas] also conveyed to civil rights leaders earlier this morning that we would no longer be using horses in Del Rio," she said. A DHS spokesperson later said in a statement: "We have ceased the use of the horse patrol in Del Rio temporarily. We'll prioritize other methods for identifying individuals who might be in medical distress." The revelation comes on the fourth day of controversy related to the false claims that agents used "whips" against Haitian migrants on Sunday – a claim that was initially debunked by Mayorkas and Border Patrol chief Raul Ortiz on Monday, who noted that agents were wielding long reins to control their horses in difficult riverines. Other Border Patrol sources have noted that agents will spin or twirl their reins in order to move the horse forward as a signal to the horse. So far no images have been presented of migrants being hit by the reins. However, as the White House condemned the images, by Tuesday Mayorkas had changed his stance. "I was horrified by what I saw," Mayorkas told CNN. "I'm going to let the investigation run its course. But the pictures that I observed troubled me profoundly. That defies all of the values that we seek to instill in our people." On Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris said she supported an investigation and was "deeply troubled" by the allegations. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer decried "images of inhumane treatment of Haitian migrants by Border Patrol—including the use of whips." The agents involved have since been moved to administrative duty. The narrative that the agents used "whips" has continued to gather steam among activists and left-wing Democrats, who have then infused a racial narrative into the mix, given that the Haitians are Black. "What we witnessed takes us back hundreds of years," Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said this week. "What we witnessed was worse than what we witnessed in slavery … cowboys with their reins, again, whipping black people." As those claimed to continue to move forward, without evidence, agents expressed anger to Fox News about the move, which they said will make them less safe. "It will make patrolling extremely difficult along with security. This is insane. The agents did nothing wrong," one agent told Fox. Meanwhile, former acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan tore into Mayorkas, accusing of throwing agents "under the bus." ...

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09-25-2021 Cars
Tesla (TSLA) breaks ground on new ‘Megafactory’ to produce Megapack batteries

Tesla announced that it has broken ground on a new facility called ‘Megafactory’ in Lathrop, California. It will be used to produce Megapacks, Tesla’s biggest batteries for stationary energy storage. As of now, Tesla exclusively produces its battery packs for its energy division, Powerwall, Powerpacks, and Megapacks, at Gigafactory Nevada. But now it looks like the company is going to expand production to California. Sonny Dhaliwal, mayor of Lathrop, made the announcement of the new “Tesla Megafactory” on Facebook: “We are proud to be the home of the Megafactory, Tesla’s most recent expansion here. The future of green energy will be produced right here in our community. This development means more prosperity for our city, more employment opportunities for our residents, and a brighter future for our planet.” He shared some pictures of a groundbreaking ceremony that confirm the new factory will produce Megapacks: Almost exactly two years ago, Tesla launched the Megapack. It was Tesla’s third stationary energy storage product after the Powerwall and Powerpack. A single Megapack unit is a container-size 3 MWh battery system with integrated modules, inverters, and thermal systems. With the bigger size and integrated power electronics, Tesla claims that the Megapack is 60% more energy-dense than its Powerpack. It also comes onsite ready to install and can ship in containers. The battery system quickly became extremely popular to deploy large-scale energy storage projects, like a battery project replacing a gas peaker in Ventura County and a huge 1 GWh project in Northern California. It’s interesting that Tesla is now expanding to Lathrop to produce the new battery packs. Tesla has long used warehouses in the Northern California city to house logistic operations. In 2019, we took a closer look at Tesla’s real estate and operations in Lathrop. According to Tesla’s 10-K SEC filing, the company owns a 500,000-square-foot building in Lathrop, which is about an hour east of Fremont factory, and it has long-term leases on at least three more buildings for a total of over 1 million square-feet of floor space in the city of about 23,000 people. The company also took over a new 870,000-square-foot building in 2019.

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09-25-2021 Science&Technology
Google's Android Automotive OS is coming to Honda cars in 2022

A host of features are being added to Google's Android Auto experience, and the company's Automotive OS will come to more cars including, for the first time, Honda vehicles from 2022 onwards. Google introduced its Android Auto app in 2015, enabling drivers to run a tethered connection between their smartphone and their vehicle’s stereo system to play music from the device, have Maps’ turn-by-turn directions be read aloud, and take calls through the sound system. In the six years since, both Android Auto and the infotainment systems they operate on have gotten a whole lot smarter. On Thursday, Google announced that it will be rolling out even more features and capabilities to drivers, whether they run Android Auto on their phones or directly through their cars. While Android Auto has been designed to minimize distractions to the driver when on the road, initially connecting the phone to the infotainment or stereo system has to date been a whole thing. You’d have to make sure the Bluetooth radio was live on your phone, then cajole the vehicle into recognizing and pairing with the device, then remember the myriad various oral commands to incite Android Auto into doing what you actually wanted it to. But no longer! Drivers will soon be able to effectively automate the tethering process just by saying “Hey Google, let’s drive.” What’s more, Google has redesigned the Auto UI to enable access to a bevy of content sources including Amazon Music, Audible, iHeartRadio, JioSaavn, Pandora, Podcast Addict, SoundCloud, and YouTube Music with one-tap accessibility as well as have the system read incoming text messages aloud and allow the driver to respond by voice. Expect to see these new features arrive over the next few weeks in English-speaking markets as well as Germany, Spain, Mexico, France and Italy. And for international travelers using dual-SIM phones, Android Auto will allow you to establish separate Work and Personal profiles and have their relevant contact lists and calendar appointments display, depending on when and why they’re behind the wheel. For vehicles with in-car displays, Android Auto (the mirroring version, not what you’d find on the Polestar 2 or the XC40 Recharge) will soon boast a few new features, such as games. Google is partnering with GameSnacks to offer drivers quick and fun diversions to play while the vehicle is parked. Finally, an end to doom-scrolling while sitting in public charging lots. Conversely, Google is making paying for gas less interactive. Just say “Hey Google, pay for gas” to have the vehicle’s infotainment system complete a contactless payment with Google Pay. You do have to select the fuel grade and, you know, actually pump the gas but, still. The feature will be available at Exxon and Mobil gas stations to start with support for Shell, Conoco, Phillips 66 and 76 stations coming soon. ...

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09-25-2021 General
Top U.S. envoy to Haiti resigns over "inhumane" expulsions of migrants at border

A top U.S. envoy to Haiti tendered his resignation on Wednesday, citing the Biden administration's "inhumane" effort to expel hundreds of Haitian migrants to their home country, which is recovering from a deadly earthquake and plagued by political instability, widespread insecurity and crippling poverty. Ambassador Daniel Foote, who was chosen to be the U.S. special envoy to Haiti in July, called the Biden administration's policy in Haiti "deeply flawed," saying his recommendations were brushed aside. "I will not be associated with the United States['] inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs in control of daily life," Foote wrote in his resignation letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, which was obtained by CBS News. In response to a recent sharp increase in arrivals of Haitians in the Texas border community of Del Rio, and the emergence of a massive camp there that at one point housed 15,000 migrants, the Biden administration launched a deportation blitz to Haiti. Since Sunday, the U.S. has carried out 12 deportation flights to Haiti, expelling more than 1,400 migrants there, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has said the expulsions will continue on a "regular basis." The U.S. is planning to carry out as many as seven daily expulsion flights to Haiti in the coming days, a person briefed on the plan told CBS News. The Biden administration is also in talks with Chile and Brazil to see if they can receive Haitians who used to live in those countries, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Congress on Wednesday. In his resignation letter, Foote said Haiti's "collapsed state" won't be able to absorb hundreds of deportees. The deportations, he said, could also backfire, prompting more Haitians to flee and head to the U.S. "The people of Haiti, mired in poverty, hostage to the terror, kidnappings, robberies and massacres of armed gangs and suffering under a corrupt government with gang alliances, simply cannot support the forced infusion of thousands of returned migrants lacking food, shelter, and money without additional, avoidable human tragedy," Foote wrote in his letter, which was first published by PBS NewsHour. Foote also criticized the administration for backing Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who became Haiti's de facto interim leader after President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in July. "The hubris that makes us believe we should pick the winner — again — is impressive," he wrote. In a statement, State Department spokesman Ned Price pushed back sharply on Foote's assertion that his recommendations were dismissed out of hand, saying Foote "failed to take advantage of ample opportunity to raise concerns about migration during his tenure and chose to resign instead." ...

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09-23-2021 Science&Technology
Uber CEO Says Prices of Rides Will Decrease by the End of 2021 as More Drivers Return to Work



Uber was greatly affected by the pandemic in 2020 and had struggled with high ride costs and long wait times. Things are expected to take a turn as the ride-hailing company's CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, said that the company is now recovering. Uber's Changes According to CNBC, the change will take effect at the end of the year because more drivers are returning to work. This means that the supply and demand issue will be solved. During the Squawk Box interview, Khosrowshahi said that the company knew that they needed to bring on more drivers early on. In the second quarter of 2021, they leaned into supply, especially in the United States, to revive their driver base and grow it across the country. The outcome of the action they took during the second quarter of the year is now becoming visible. The CEO stated that the pricing will be decreased by the end of the year, and the number of available Uber services will go up. Uber spent millions in 2020 to entice drivers to sign up to its platform as the demand for the service became difficult to track. Some drivers left the platform due to COVID-19, while some paused services before lockdown. Other drivers switch to food delivery and are now sticking with it. The extended unemployment benefits given by the government were able to fill some of the needs of the drivers. However, since that has phased out, the drivers are gearing up to get back to work. Despite the slow balancing of supply and demand, Khosrowshahi stated that Uber is still not where it is supposed to be. The company will provide updates on driver numbers in November. The company adjusted its financial forecast and said that it would turn its first adjusted profit before the year's third quarter ends. Uber anticipates its adjusted EBITDA or earnings before interests, taxes, depreciation, and amortization to be between a loss of $25 million and a profit of $25 million, according to The Baltimore Post. The company stated that it believes its adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of the year will be much better than a loss of $100 million. The company added that the company should see a profit during the fourth quarter of the year on an adjusted EBITDA. Uber also anticipates a gross booking of $23.2 billion for the second quarter of the year, adjusted from the $24 million that it predicted during the earnings call. Uber's Struggle During the Pandemic In 2020, the ride-hailing company offered cash incentives to its drivers to keep them going during the pandemic. However, those efforts did little to entice the drivers to stay, thus leading to longer wait times and high prices in Uber service, according to TechCrunch. Nicole Moore, a volunteer organizer with Rideshare Drivers United, stated that the drivers were on strike last year. They stayed off the road for numerous reasons. One of them is the fear of the pandemic, which made a lot of drivers quit. ...

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09-23-2021 Science&Technology
Elon Musk trolls Biden with Trump line over perceived Inspiration4 snub



Elon Musk, SpaceX founder and leading orbital travel agent, was feeling a bit slighted by the world's most powerful man after President Joe Biden failed to acknowledge the company's landmark Inspiration4 mission that sent four civilians on a three-day trip in orbit of our planet. The flight was bankrolled by billionaire Jared Isaacman, who commanded the mission aboard a Crew Dragon capsule, alongside geologist Sian Proctor, data engineer Chris Sembroski and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital employee Hayley Arceneaux. The quartet splashed down safely off the coast of Florida on Saturday. The mission served as a fundraiser for St. Jude, with over $60 million raised from the public so far. Isaacman also pledged $100 million and Musk added $50 million. When a Twitter user asked why the president hadn't acknowledged Inspiration4, Musk hopped into the replies. "He's still sleeping," the CEO wrote, in an apparent reference to Donald Trump's favorite nickname for his former adversary, "sleepy" Joe Biden. It seems fair to point out, as a number of other Twitter users have, that the president may have a few other things on his plate at the moment, like continuing to manage the response to a global pandemic, climate crisis and various national security threats. For what it's worth, NASA administrator Bill Nelson, a Biden appointee, did offer his congratulations to the crew multiple times. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Inspiration4 is the latest in a string of pioneering space tourism missions this year. Richard Branson flew to the edge of space on the first fully crewed flight of his Virgin Galactic spaceplane in July. Nine days later, Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos cruised a bit higher with three other passengers on his New ...

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09-23-2021 Science&Technology
Tumblr Launches Post Plus Feature for All US Users, Lets Creators Set Subscription Price for Exclusi



Tumblr released a new feature called Post Plus. The new feature will allow users to sign up for a subscription that will give them exclusive content from their favorite creators. Tumblr Post Plus Feature Post Plus is similar to Twitter's Super Follows feature. The creators on the platform can designate some of their posts as only for paying subscribers. The feature will be launched worldwide in November, according to TechCrunch. Tumbler has made some changes on the platform since the limited beta version of Post Plus began in July. Post Plus creators can also block users who subscribe to them. In the past, creators needed to contact Tumblr's customer support if they wanted a certain user blocked, which raised concerns among them. Also, creators can set a subscription price to $1.99 a month. They can also go for $3.99, $5.99, or $9.99 a month, according to CNET. Also Read: Tumblr Lets You Decide If You Want Your Blog Viewable On The Web Or Not If a creator has existing content that they want to add to their Post Plus feature, they can go back and paywall it. The feature is not limited to new posts. Tumblr is also removing the blue plus badge that appears next to the usernames. The platform stated that most of the adjustments it made were due to the feedback it received from the users. A lot of the users were not happy about the Post Plus announcement, and some of them even organized a protest by encouraging others to log off. The users cited concerns regarding the legality of monetizing fan work, though those issues stem from misunderstandings of the copyright law. In 2016, Tumblr added ads so that bloggers could make money from the platform. Several Tumblr creators link out to their Ko-fi or Patreon accounts, so Post Plus is pitched as a way to support them without having to leave the platform. The social media site had difficulties building back its user base after thousands of users deleted their accounts in 2018 when Tumblr banned pornography. In 2020, Tumblr deleted millions of posts and comments as it launched a more strict hate speech guideline. Almost half of the current Tumblr users are Gen Z, and the platform hopes that Post Plus can attract more creators. Turning to Podcasts for Trends Aside from launching new features, the platform collaborates with other platforms to boost its exposure to younger audiences. According to The Drum, the microblogging social network struggles to keep up with the other social media sites. In an attempt to maintain its relevancy, the platform introduced the "Big Week on Tumblr" podcast. The podcast will reveal all of the trends and events of the past week. It will be curated by Tumblr's editorial team, with topics ranging from site features to new releases. The podcast will only deliver updates, it will air every Friday and it will also feature several pop culture topics, from Marvel to K-pop, from TV shows to movies, and more. ...

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09-21-2021 Science&Technology
Hands-on: Baseus MagSafe Battery Pack & Power Bank [Video]



The Baseus MagSafe Wireless Power Bank is one of the more unique and functional MagSafe battery accessories I’ve come across. There aren’t too many useful MagSafe accessories out there, so this one is definitely cool to see. 10,000mAh Capacity The Baseus MagSafe battery pack was designed to be a convenient MagSafe charger for your iPhone 12 or 12 Pro. The 10,000mAh capacity it boasts will allow you to fully charge an iPhone 12 up to 2.4 times. This capacity is far larger than Apples’ very own MagSafe battery. Apple’s charger is more so meant to top you off. But the Baseus battery pack will give you a 0-100 charge a few times over. Secure Magnetic Connection If you’ve got an iPhone 12 or later, you’re going to get the secure magnetic connection that MagSafe provides. And I’m very pleased with how strong the magnetic connection is. My iPhone 12 Pro Max isn’t necessarily the lightest phone ever. But the Baseus Battery pack can easily hold the weight of the 12 Pro Max. The LED screen is easily one of the most unique features of this battery pack. This entire gloss black area features a display that can show you the percentage of the battery pack and its state of charge. The convenience of being able to see the battery’s exact percentage is something you simply don’t get with a lot of other chargers. USB-A & USB-C Ports The Baseus battery comes with an 18W USB-A port that supports quick charging 3.0. You’ve also got a 20W USB-C port that supports Power Delivery 3.0 and Quick charging 3.0. So you don’t have to worry about waiting an eternity to charge the battery pack. 9to5Mac’s Take Overall, this is a very handy & functional MagSafe accessory. And if you’ve got an iPhone 12 or any wireless charging phone, this is a great option for the price. We’re teaming up with Baseus to giveaway a purple iPhone 12. So be sure to check out the giveaway page if you’re interested.

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