Daniel Zlatev (Tech Writer)
Wooed by tech since the industrial espionage of Apple computers and the times of pixelized Nintendos, Daniel went and opened a gaming club when personal computers and consoles were still an expensive rarity. Nowadays, fascination is not with specs and speed but rather the lifestyle that computers in our pocket, house, and car have shoehorned us in, from the infinite scroll and the privacy hazards to authenticating every bit and move of our existence.
Maker of the first 600-mile electric SUV outs a new high-power SmLFP battery with twice the charge speed
GAC, whose Aion LX Plus was the first electric SUV to break the 620-mile range barrier, now has something in store for the more affordable standard range EV batteries with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) technology. Its new cells offer higher energy density, 2C charging rates, and better capacity retention in cold weather climates.
New CATL battery tech can charge an EV pack to 80% in five minutes and offer '16 years of service life'
A 500-mile range in five minutes, that's what the new electric vehicle battery charging tech of Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) promises. Besides the ultrafast charging abilities of its innovative cell-to-pack batteries, CATL also prides itself in their "16 years of service life."
Chip-tuned Tesla Model S Plaid hits record 216 mph top speed surpassing its own specs
After running out of track length twice, the EV performance modders from Ingenext managed to hit a record top speed with a hacked Tesla Model S Plaid on an airport landing strip. The car was fitted with performance breaks and tires and even then it took it the whole length of the track to stop after surpassing the top speed that Tesla promises.
Tesla cars build quality a rare pandemic bright spot in JD Power survey but one Model S Plaid owner disagrees
Creaky dashboard, panel gaps, rattling interior - one new Model S Plaid buyer begs to disagree with a new J.D. Power 2022 Initial Quality Survey that showed Tesla's build quality actually improved year-on-year. It still sits at the bottom of the new US vehicles quality pile, though.
Elon Musk says the autoworkers union has too much power over the White House while Tesla cuts 200 Autopilot jobs
Tesla will be temporarily weakened by the effort to ramp up production at two new Gigafactories at once, said VW's CEO, and this will be Volkswagen's chance to catch up by 2025. Tesla just shed more than half of the jobs in its Autopilot office in San Mateo all the while Elon Musk complained about UAW's power over the White House.
Starlink satellite Internet prices are up but download speeds increase 38% in the US and 58% in Canada
Elon Musk's Starlink satellite Internet service is growing leaps and bounds, both in terms of monthly prices and when it comes to download speeds. Compared to the same period last year, Starlink speed have gone way up not only in the US and Canada, but across the globe.
Samsung to make long-range 4680 battery cells for Tesla
After LG's intention to beat Panasonic to market with its own 4680 battery production, Elon Musk's electric car company may have found another alternative 4680 cell supplier. Samsung SDI will apparently start mass production of 4680 battery cells in its Malaysian factory next year and deliver up to 12GWh of those to Tesla when the lines are fully operational.
Some Tesla Model Y deliveries delayed due to faulty rear motors
After problems with the rear motor of the Model 3 delivered from the Gigafactory in Shanghai, now the Model Y may be suffering the same issues. Those who are waiting on their Model Ys assembled at Giga Berlin are reporting order delays or cancellations precisely on account of drive units delivered from Giga Shanghai.
CATL makes its 620-mile EV battery official with 10 minutes charge to 430 miles range
The largest EV battery maker CATL just unveiled its long-teased Kirin battery that uses an innovative cell-to-pack technology to achieve the world's highest volume utilization. The packs are superior to Tesla's 4680 battery by offering higher energy density and better cooling in the same footprint.
German police wants to ban Tesla cars from its premises on security grounds but the union is unconvinced
After Chinese government official resort gatherings, now the German police premises in Berlin want to ban Tesla's electric vehicles from entering the department's perimeter. The reasoning is that cameras on Teslas constantly record their surroundings and send the footage to a foreign country.
Tesla surprises fleets with subsidy return request two years after purchase on insufficient mileage
Corporate fleet cars are often used for private purposes and the safeguards that the Chinese state has put in place to ensure they aren't have caught Tesla customers by surprise. Instead of warning them upfront or eat the difference, as other EV makers did, Tesla simply sent messages that government subsidies have to be returned.
Electric Honda eNP1 SUV launches keeping the sub-US$30,000 price promise
Honda launched its second affordable electric SUV, the e:NP1, that offers up to 320 miles of range on a charge and whose basic model starts from just US$26,160. The company aims to occupy the affordable EV niche by offering several sub-US$30,000 electric vehicles by 2027, and the e:NP1 is a step in that direction.
The 3.75MW MCS standard for charging heavy-duty electric vehicles is official and first 1MW stations will have Tesla compatibility
CharIN's new Megawatt Charging System for heavier electric vehicles like long-haul trucks, buses, planes, or ferries, that has been years in the making, is now standardized. The Tesla Semi might be taking advantage of the new MCS standard, while Teslas and other electric cars will be able to charge at the initial 1MW stations, too.
The new 480kW fast chargers will 'disrupt' EV uptake as owners won't need a gas car for longer trips, says XPeng CEO
XPeng is preparing to line up major highways with the company's groundbreaking 480kW chargers that can top up its electric vehicles to 80% in just 12 minutes. The electric carmaker's CEO is now predicting that the 'disruptive' fast charging technology will increase electric vehicle uptake significantly, as families will no longer have to maintain two cars.
The Model 3 LR now costs $57,990 in the US as Tesla does another EV price increase round of up to $6,000
While the outrageous delivery times for a new Tesla are getting shorter, the prices of its cars across the board are getting higher. Tesla just did another round of price increases, ranging from US$2,000 for the Model Y Performance version, to the whopping $6,000 more for the Long Range Model X.
Coinbase CEO expects a long crypto winter as the exchange lays off 1100 employees while running an NBA ad to mock pessimists
The plunge in transaction fee revenues is forcing the largest crypto exchange in the US Coinbase to do another round of layoffs, this time of 18% of its staff. 'A recession could lead to another crypto winter and could last for an extended period,' advises the CEO of Coinbase.
EV battery fire hazard underscored by reigniting junkyard Tesla that couldn't be put out
Firefighters across the globe are facing a new problem with burning electric cars - they can't easily be put out - and require many times the amount of water and efforts to extinguish. A case in point is a wrecked Tesla sitting in a junkyard for weeks before it spontaneously combusted and the fire brigade couldn't kill the flames with their current toolkit.
LG prepares to join Sony as an Apple AR/VR headset high pixel density display supplier
While Sony is preparing to release its PlayStation VR2 with the highest pixel density display among commercial OLED panels, it will also be supplying screens for Apple's upcoming AR/VR headset. That will make it both a major competitor and a major supplier, so LG will try to bring some diversification to the Apple AR/VR headgear supply chain.
Enormous post-2013 Tesla EV model recall may be in store over potential Autopilot issues with first respondent vehicle detection
About 830,000 electric cars made by Tesla may be subject to a recall over potential issues with the self-driving hardware and software. These include Model 3 units made since 2015, Model S ones after 2013, the Model X built since 2015, and the Model Y built in 2020 and 2021.
Tesla Model 3 accelerates and gets airborne into a 20-feet tree pinball as driver remains safe
A Tesla Model 3 driver suffered only minor injuries after their electric vehicle sped up across a JC Penny parking lot, got airborne into a forest and tumbled down 150 feet clashing with tree tops along the way. The authorities say the sudden acceleration incident was due to a medical emergency on part of the driver.
Tesla Model Y is now released in Australia, Japan, and New Zealand at AU$77,356 price with decent delivery times
The Model Y release date has finally arrived for Australia, Japan, and New Zealand, shortly after the showroom units were spotted being delivered Down Under. Tesla has listed a Nov 2022 - Feb 2023 delivery window which is a decent wait time considering the 12-month wait its Model 3 commanded just recently.
Tesla's drastic EV market share slump may be over as Gigafactory Shanghai gets back to 100% capacity
Tesla's market share of global electric vehicle sales dropped to just 10% in the spring as its Shanghai Gigafactory experienced closures due to the zero COVID-19 policy of the local Chinese government. That's a drastic three-year slump, but Tesla Giga Shanghai is finally ramping up to full capacity now.
Tesla Model Y release date in Australia and New Zealand nears as showroom units spotted for delivery
The wait times for a Tesla Model Y in Australia and New Zealand may soon begin to shrink significantly as showroom units of Tesla's SUV have been spotted riding on a delivery truck by eagle-eyed fans. As Tesla gradually ramps up production in the Shanghai factory, Australian Model Y customers might be in for a delivery time window shorter than a year from now.
BYD reveals a battery deal with 'friend' Elon Musk as it stays mum on whether Tesla ordered safer blade batteries or LFP packs
The Warren Buffett-backed Build Your Dreams (BYD), China's biggest carmaker, has entered a battery supply chain deal with Tesla, reveals its VP of automotive engineering research. BYD makes the innovative blade batteries that are much safer than traditional EV packs.
Samsung sweeps all Tesla Cybertruck and Semi truck quality FSD camera deliveries
Samsung has virtually monopolized the camera component deliveries for Tesla's heavier duty electric vehicles like the Cybertruck electric pickup and the Semi. Given the preorder interest and waiting list for the two Tesla trucks, Samsung Electro-Mechanics division may be in for revenue windfall from millions of camera units.
Elon Musk says China leads the world in electric cars and green energy as XPeng CEO disagrees
'Few seem to realize that China is leading the world in renewable energy generation and electric vehicles. Whatever you may think of China, this is simply a fact,' quipped Tesla's CEO Elon Musk on its company's Weibo account. The CEO of XPeng, though, a main Tesla rival locally, says the industry is still in its infancy in China.
Dogecoin inventor calls Elon Musk 'grifter' for propping crypto and FSD 'Ponzi' as he predicts a harder price crash
The Australian co-creator of the meme cryptocurrency Dogecoin, Jackson Palmer, has some harsh warnings about the future of crypto and doesn't mince words when it comes to Tesla's CEO Elon Musk. Musk, according to Mr. Palmer, has no idea about coding or the underlying risks associated with crypto and makes investment advices like he gives FSD Beta promises.
LG may beat Panasonic to Tesla's performance 4680 battery mass production start
The CEO of Panasonic may have vowed to give Tesla 'top priority' when it comes to production of the groundbreaking 4680 cylindrical battery that goes into Tesla's performance vehicles, but LG may beat it to the punch. 'Equipment and materials for pilot mass production have been prepared,' says LG.
Scientists develop tiny wearable for painless monitoring of all three diabetes vitals, including blood sugar and alcohol levels
The UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors has created what they call a "multi-tasking wearable" for continuously monitoring not only blood sugar levels, but also the impact of drinking alcohol and participating in strenuous exercise on them. This Holy Grail of diabetes vitals' monitoring is made possible by a painless skin patch with microneedles that can be worn at all times.
Tesla’s stock tanks amid deadly crash investigation, harassment allegations, and ESG index drop, as Musk claims persecution
A recent chain of negative publicity swirling Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk led to a stock market rout that nixed US$66 billion off its market capitalization on Friday alone. The carnage may continue next week amid an NHTSA Autopilot crash investigation probe and Musk's sexual harassment allegations.
After the Rivian fiasco, George Soros invests in NIO
The Soros Fund Management, an investment vehicle of the billionaire George Soros, has acquired the so-called Note 2/0 convertible share assets of NIO. The up-and-coming Chinese electric car maker NIO whose cars are direct competitors to Tesla's in its home market, just had its shares upgraded to 'Buy' from 'Neutral.'
Tesla probed for unsanctioned playback of scary phrase due to a Model 3 screen malfunction
A new Tesla Model 3 display malfunction has caused a scary incident according to reports filed with China's Consumers Association, forcing a mother and her daughter to scurry out of the car in a hurry. The infotainment display was acting out throughout the day, culminating with the playback of the 'I died a horrible death' phrase at night.
Tesla leans on Panasonic for faster 4680 battery production as it scouts the US for a dedicated factory
Panasonic said it is experiencing unprecedented demand for its electric vehicle batteries, especially for the ones it supplies to Tesla. Mass production of the ground-breaking 4680 cylindrical battery, for instance, will have to be pulled forward as Tesla has reportedly been leaning on Panasonic to work faster.
Tesla to produce just 200 cars in its Shanghai factory today
Tesla is having issues with components supplies for its electric cars made in the sprawling Shanghai factory and the plant's production is again grinding to a halt. Previously, Tesla was able to churn out up to 1,200 EVs daily there, but on Tuesday it expects to produce only 200.
Samsung showcases the first 240Hz OLED display for laptops
The first OLED laptop screen with record high 240Hz screen refresh rate will be made by Samsung and is being showcased at the Display Week 2022 expo in San Jose. Razer already announced that it will be making a laptop with it in the Blade 15 line that will be launched in Q4 and will cost the whopping $3,500.
Tesla charging stations keep getting their cables cut and not always for the copper
Tesla drivers and technicians have to face another instance of aggressive behavior towards the brand besides road rage incidents now, cord-cutting. A number of Supercharger stations on roads and wall boxes in parking garages have witnessed their cables being cut, but apparently not always for the copper in them.
Ford's Tesla-beating ambition has CATL scouting US locations for EV battery plants in a 670 GWh global capacity push
The ambitious strategy to become the 'true EV leader' in America means that Ford will need a sizable battery production capacity expansion and supply diversification. After roping in the Koreans from SK On for battery plants on US soil, Ford has now attracted the biggest EV battery producer CATL to scout prospective locations in Kentucky and South Carolina.
Tesla reveals its battery supply chain that includes nickel price hedges and a solid-state module maker
Tesla disclosed its relatively short list of raw battery materials and component suppliers and confirmed plenty of partnerships that have only been rumored so far. The cooperation with Vale is particularly significant, as the Brazilian mining giant has entered a long-term contract with Tesla to ensure an affordable supply of low-carbon nickel.
Tesla's touted 4680 battery faces a formidable competitor as CATL's superior cell nears release
The world's largest EV battery maker CATL tipped that it is ready to launch its unicorn of a prismatic cell that has a higher energy density than Tesla's game-changing 4680 battery. CATL's Kirin battery does so by using the chemistry and footprint of Tesla's 4680 cell.
Apple prices its longest Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable option at a premium
Apple ships a short Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable together with its new Studio Display that is often not nearly enough for the ambitious workstation setups that the 5K monitor beckons for. It will, however, now sell you a much longer, 10-foot Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable for the princely sum of US$159.
Hyundai to announce a stacked EV battery factory in the US during Biden's Korea visit
President Biden is preparing for a trip to South Korea and Hyundai Motor is expected to use the occasion and announce the creation of its own EV battery factory in Georgia or Alabama. The electric car battery plant will be built via a partnership with SK On that uses a novel stacked battery technology.
Long-term Model 3 testing reveals the worst months to drive a Tesla
A two-year Tesla Model 3 test that clocked 50,000 miles on the odometer has revealed the truth about the EPA range estimate of electric cars. The Model 3 was driven under drastically different conditions from the summer to the winter months, revealing the best and worst times to drive a Tesla.
Georgia will front Rivian $1.5 billion for a new R1T and R1S electric trucks plant
The future R1T and R1S electric trucks by Rivian may be manufactured in Georgia, as the state's governor Kemp just announced a huge incentives package for Rivian's factory there. It includes a new interchange for Interstate 20, as well as land and tax breaks, amounting to a total package of $1.5 billion.
The Bored Ape Yacht Club's Otherside NFT deeds sale burned a whopping ETH amount amid failed transactions and apologies
The Ethereum blockchain suffered one of its most challenging cryptocurrency destruction times since the hacking of the DAO forced Buterin to create a fork in the road. The culprit, a Yuga Labs Otherside metaverse land sale showered the BAYC NFT creators with money, but burned a record amount of gas for a transaction, and destroyed US$158 million in ETH.
Tesla supplier CATL says it has to split the battery materials price increase with EV makers now
The world's largest maker of batteries for electric vehicles said it can't keep absorbing the drastic increase in prices of nickel, cobalt and other materials that go into its EV battery cells anymore. As its revenue jumps exponentially, its profit is way down, prompting it to 'renegotiate' new battery prices with Tesla and other automaking clients.
The Apple Car may cost north of $100,000, use premium titanium material in its design
The Apple Car undertaking may be called Project Titan as the team in Cupertino plans to use a lot of premium titanium material in the car's design, reports a renowned leaker. While Apple is still planning to announce its EV in 2025, it will likely position it at the luxury end of the market.
Leapmotor beats Tesla to unveil first EV with cell-to-chassis battery tech as CATL speeds up its development
The Leapmotor C01 sedan that will be released in June will be the first commercially produced electric vehicle with battery cells directly integrated in the underbody. The novel cell-to-chassis EV battery technology increases interior space and torsional rigidity and reduces EV weight by 10%, while saving on total battery costs.
Labor Department says crypto puts Americans' retirement savings at risk as Fidelity lets Bitcoin in 401(k) pension plans
After a smaller 401(k) provider announced they are letting clients hold up to 5% of retirement savings in crypto, the Fidelity Investment behemoth one-upped the offer by allowing pension plan subscribers to save up to 20% of their nest egg in bitcoins. The move prompted a backlash from the Labor Department which advises against placing Americans' retirement savings at unnecessary risk.
Laptop prices set to increase in the second half of 2022
On account of added manufacturing costs and intense component supply chain, logistics, and assembly problems, the major laptop makers are 'mulling' an increase in prices for the second half of the year. The ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns in China, as well as the supply issues stemming from the Russian invasion of Ukraine are cited as the main culprits.
Despite feisty competition, Tesla nets the lion's share of 2022 electric car sales in America with Model 3 and Model Y to blame
Despite that the US now can offer no less than 28 different electric vehicle models on sale from eighteen carmakers in total, there is still one undisputed sales champion. The one that offers the most car models - Model 3, Model Y, Model S, and Model X - and commands the most profit per vehicle, too.
Range and prices of all electric cars available in the US get visualized, from the cheapest EV to the most expensive
There is now a visualization how many electric vehicle models are on sale in America, from what brands and with what specs such as range or horsepower. Based on solid grounds like the EPA EV range estimate database, the graphic includes all US-sold EVs - from the cheapest to the most expensive - complete with their exact prices and specifications relative to the competition.
Shiba Inu burning portal lets holders earn interest on their burntSHIB tokens
A centralized Shibaswap portal for burning Shiba Inu coins has been launched by the meme token community and it aims to entice holders to burn by providing them with passive income from the transactions. After $SHIB owners send their coins to the burn wallet, they'd get burntSHIB tokens in return on which they can earn up to 49% annualized return in RYOSHI transaction rewards.
Tesla now uses cheaper batteries in half of its new cars
According to Drew Baglino, Tesla’s Senior VP of engineering, half of the electric carmaker's vehicles are now coming out of the factory with LFP batteries. The Lithium ferrophosphate cathode chemistry is cheaper to produce as the raw materials that go into it are more plentiful than the expensive nickel and cobalt in Tesla's extended range and performance vehicles.
Twitter pilots crypto payments for content monetization
Select Twitter users in the Ticketed Spaces and Super Follows programs will be able to receive their content monetization payments in USD stablecoin crypto. The move comes in partnership with fintech giant Stripe.
Tesla probing Wi-fi connection to AT&T and Comcast Xfinity hotspots for its cars
After putting Starlink McFlatface dishes at select Supercharger locations in the US to offer free satellite internet connectivity to Tesla owners while charging, and allowing the use of phones as hotspots while driving, now Tesla is preparing another Internet access option. Tesla owners will be able to connect to thousands of Wi-fi hotspots by Comcast's Xfinity, AT&T, Orange, and others.
A Tesla Model 3 off-grid charging range is to be tested with printed solar panels around Australia
A group of scientists and engineers are heading on a solar energy-powered electric car trip along the 9,380 miles of the Australian coast on an off-grid charging proof-of-concept project. They will be retrofitting a Tesla Model 3 with new printed solar cells to test how long it will take it to go the distance.
Elon Musk: rampant Tesla price increases are forward-looking despite record profits per car
Despite that Tesla managed to hedge the price increase of nickel and move to cheaper LFP batteries for its EVs with standard range packs, it has been unabashedly raising its car prices to preempt future production cost increases, according to Elon Musk. Also, he argued, the waitlist for Tesla cars is long anyway, so people don't seem to be put off by their higher prices.
First foldable display Asus ZenBook laptop nears limited release with PI film cover for its flexible OLED screen
Asus has reportedly ordered just 10,000 foldable OLED displays and cover films from BOE, SKC, and Kolon Industries for its first ZenBook 17 Fold OLED laptop with bendy screen. That's the same amount HP is alleged to have tasked LG and SKIET with for its own such foldable laptop which, however, will be released later than the ZenBook.
The new Logitech Lift is a cheaper, colorful vertical ergonomic mouse with left-handed version and long battery life
Logitech outed a new vertical mouse called Lift that is smaller and more affordable than the MX Vertical. Unlike its larger Logitech sibling in the ergonomic mouse niche, the Lift has a left-handed model and is available in several colors, including white and pink.
The foldable 17-in HP laptop is shaping up with its flexible OLED display's cover film supplier reveal
Unlike foldable smartphones that are now mostly using ultra-thin glass (UTG) for the cover of their flexible screens, the cover material of the OLED displays used for the budding niche of foldable laptops is still in flux. HP, in particular, has decided on a thin polyimide (PI) film instead of UTG for its 17-in foldable laptop.
Tesla stops selling its electric cars with 'wasteful' charging cable as Elon Musk advises to buy wall connectors instead
Tesla used to include a mobile charging cable with each new EV purchase, but Elon Musk now says that this is 'wasteful' and owners will have to buy one separately, if needed. The charging cable is currently sold out over at Tesla, but Musk did promise to slash its price in half, add more adapters to it, and make it 'easy to order with the car.'
Jeep's Stellantis EV battery production ventures with Samsung and LG starting this month
Samsung SDI is looking at Michigan and Illinois to build a battery plant for Stellantis electric vehicles, while LG has already chosen Ontario for its battery joint venture with the carmaker. An electric Jeep and Dodge RAM 1500, as well as a Wrangler Magneto concept have been teased so far, but Stellantis plans to have 75 EV models by 2030.
First non-invasive COVID-19 breath test approved by the FDA, much faster than antigen testing
InspectIR's COVID-19 Breathalyzer device takes only three minutes to analyze and detect an active infection with 99% accuracy for the negative or 91% for the positive test results. The COVID-19 breath test sample itself is collected in about ten seconds, but the device is not intended for at-home usage.
Apple testing nine Macs with M2, M2 Pro, and M2 Max chips, may launch redesigned MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro 13 first
Apple is preparing a veritable bonanza of new Mac models with the upcoming second generation of its M-series of chipsets. First for release will be a completely redesigned MacBook Air and the basic MacBook Pro 13, while in the fall we may seem an M2 Mac mini. The MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 with their M2 Pro and M2 Max processors may appear at a later date.
California aims to ban sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035 in a boon for EV makers like Tesla
The California Air Resources Board has issued a legislative proposal that strives for a complete ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035. That goes for plug-in hybrids, too, and will leave only electric and hydrogen-powered cars on the market, while the goal for 2026 is to triple the current sales of zero-emission vehicles in California.
NFT of Jack Dorsey's first tweet put for US$48 million sale, attracts laughable bids
The first ever post by Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey was converted to NFT not long ago and was acquired for US$2.9 million by an investor in a charity auction set by Mr. Dorsey himself. Now, its new owner wants to resell it at a profit and pegged the asking price to US$48 million of which the current bid only covers US$6,823.
Honda investing US$40 billion into electric cars and solid-state battery, last of the top 5 legacy carmakers
Honda will invest more than US$64 billion in R&D and development of new vehicles and services over the next decade, US$40 billion of which will go directly into electric car development. Honda plans to have a solid-state battery production batch ready in two years, and launch 30 new EV models by 2030.
Another Model 3 driver mistakes the gas pedal for the brakes, lands the Tesla on a jetty
In a second such incident in the span of only a week or so, a Tesla Model 3 driver has pressed on the gas pedal instead of applying the brakes while trying to park the electric car. The first time the Model 3 landed on top of an ambulance, while now it got beached on the rocks of a jetty at the Dana Point Harbor in Orange County.
Tesla Roadster 2 is up for preorder with all but the deposit price references removed
Tesla is once again asking fans of its original Roadster, the electric car that started it all, to preorder its Roadster 2 successor. After the reservations were closed for a few months, those who want to get the Roadster 2 can secure their place in the line against a US$50,000 deposit with a possible release scheduled for 2023.
Tesla's Full Self-Driving Beta will become available to all paying Americans and Canadians
Elon Musk is on record saying that the Full Self-Driving Beta feature will be an option to buy for every Tesla owner in the US or Canada later this year. Currently, not only do North American Tesla drivers need to pay the US$12,000 for the FSD software, but they also have to have a 99/100 Safety Score to qualify.
Sony PlayStation VR2 to sport OLED display with a larger size and the highest pixel density
According to display industry analyst Ross Young the new PlayStation VR2 will have an OLED screen with the highest pixel density of 'well over 800 PPI.' Sony already disclosed the per-eye resolution of the VR2 screen and quick calculations return that it may be at least an inch larger than the panel of the original PS VR.
Intel downplays Alder Lake socket warping reports, warns 3D-printed brackets may void CPU warranty
An Intel spokesperson has responded to reports that the new Alder Lake processors' LGA1700 socket bracket may cause heat spreader warping and operating temperature rise. They warned that the slight 'deflection' isn't bringing the CPU out of specs and any aftermarket solution may void the processor's warranty.
The new Ledger Nano S Plus crypto hardware wallet offers most Nano X features on the cheap
Ledger has launched a new crypto hardware wallet stick that sits in the sweet price spot between the beginner's Nano S, and the full-featured Ledger Nano X meant for the pros. The Ledger Nano S Plus costs just US$79, yet comes packed with security features to safely store your Bitcoin, Ethereum, NFTs, or various meme tokens out of scammers' reach.
NIO sysadmin cops to mining Ethereum on the EV maker's servers, 'negatively impacting the company's system security'
An employee of the electric carmaker NIO has admitted to jerry-rigging the company's servers that are used for its self-driving software and other IT applications for mining crypto. NIO's sysadmin started mining Ethereum when its price shot up last year and was caught by the company's compliance and risk management department for presenting an IT security risk.
Tesla increases Model 3 prices again to keep its profit margins despite hedging the nickel battery bets
For a third time just in 2022, Tesla has raised the prices of its Model 3 Long Range and Model 3 Performance version cars. These are the models that use a nickel battery instead of the cheaper LFP packs that are in the standard range Model 3, yet the price increase comes despite that Tesla hedged the price of the metal long time ago.
Tesla recalls 2019-2022 Model 3 batches for sudden loss of power that can happen at highway speeds
A batch of 34,207 imported Tesla Model 3 cars and 93,578 China-made vehicles spanning the January 11, 2019 to January 25, 2022 production period have been recalled for a faulty inverter. The out-of-spec component could result in a loss of power while driving, or a failure to start when in parking mode.
The White House gathers auto industry execs on EV charging 'interoperability' and this time Elon Musk was invited
President Biden's administration has held a meeting with automotive industry execs, including Tesla's Elon Musk, on how to ensure interoperability of EV charging standards. The White House has earmarked US$7.5 billion for a nationwide charging network as part of the infrastructure bill and needs every stakeholder to be on the same page for the rollout.
Apple may land a third display supplier for future OLED MacBooks
Unlike the initial period of switching to OLED display technology for its iPhones, Apple may have a choice of three screen suppliers for its first OLED MacBooks, iPads, and monitors. Besides LG and Samsung, BOE has reportedly also started developing the 8.5-Gen technology that is considered superior for production of OLED displays with diagonals larger than ten inches.
Buffett's BYD becomes first carmaker to stop gas-powered vehicle sales as it details its Model 3 competitor's global release
Warren Buffett's investment in BYD is now prophetic as the company just became the first legacy carmaker to wean itself off ICE-powered vehicles completely. BYD announced that it hasn't produced or sold a single car that runs only on an internal combustion engine this March, while BYD Australia detailed the release date of the carmaker's direct Tesla Model 3 competitor.
After the electric Acura, Honda expands its GM tie-up to budget EVs rivaling Tesla's vaporware US$25,000 car
Honda is expanding its electric car partnership with GM to include sub-US$30,000 EVs that the two carmakers plan to co-produce in the millions. The budget electric vehicles will be based on GM's Ultium platform and battery, but won't be hitting the market before 2027, giving Tesla plenty of time to counter with its promised US$25,000 car.
After leasing 100,000 Teslas, Hertz signs up 65,000 Polestar 2 EV rentals for US, Europe, and Australia
Hertz will be diversifying its EV rental fleet options with 65,000 Polestar 2 electric cars, after signing up with Tesla to lease 100,000 of its Model 3 sedans. The first Polestar 2 EVs will be available to rent at Hertz locations in Europe, the US, and Australia, starting this spring.
Elon Musk buys a multibillion stake in Twitter as Jack Dorsey admits he's 'partially to blame' for the state of online speech
Elon Musk has become Twitter's largest shareholder as he bought at least a 9.2% ownership via the acquisition of 73,486,938 common shares, effecting rumors of a buyout and sending Twitter stock 25% up in premarket trading. Tesla's CEO recently mentioned that a 'new platform' is needed about the state of free speech on Twitter.
Tesla Model 3 records road rage chase and EV driver harassment by Ford and Chevy truck owners as 911 calls fall through
After being chased by two lifted Ford and Chevy pickup trucks and hearing 911 dispatch refuse to send law enforcement at the scene, a young Tesla driver commented: 'Unfortunately, this is the reality of driving an electric vehicle even 40 minutes from Los Angeles. I wouldn’t wish this on any EV owner, especially 16-year-old EV owners.'
Alleged Satoshi Nakamoto Craig Wright says he'd sell 'anti-crypto' Bitcoin that has 'no utility' as he touts his Satoshi Vision project
Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed co-inventor of the Bitcoin protocol collective known as Satoshi Nakamoto, said he is rather disappointed with the current state of the network and might sell his bitcoins that have 'no utility.' He actually called Bitcoin 'anti-crypto' and said he developed it as 'clear text,' not a cryptographic protocol.
Biden evokes the Defense Production Act on EV battery materials as Tesla and Samsung dodge the price hike of nickel
Tesla and Samsung have hedged their nickel price bets and their battery production remains relatively unscathed when it comes to the stratospheric rise of the metal used for the cathode in extended range batteries. President Biden is doing the government's share by calling the powers of the Defense Production Act to rein in rising EV battery material prices.
Tile partners with Intel on findable Lenovo or MSI laptops and Dell on a trackable stylus with the longest battery life
The new Dell Premier Rechargeable Active Pen that can be used with its 2-in-1 laptops or convertibles now has built-in Tile finding technology that rings it up when lost. Besides partnering with Dell, Tile also expanded its cooperation with Intel to offer more findable computers from Lenovo, MSI, and Fujitsu.
Samsung picks new PCIe 5.0 SSD testers as Intel and AMD prepare to release more processors with support for the faster storage interface
Intel and AMD will be releasing new server farm processors that support the new PCIe 5.0 interface standard and Samsung wants to be ready with storage products when that happens. Samsung has reportedly held bids to diversify its PCIe 5.0 SSD testing suppliers to better its QA processes on the runup to the launch of the fast mission-critical SSDs.
The Tesla that crashed on top of an ambulance was not in self-driving mode, confirm San Diego authorities
The Tesla Model 3 that lodged between an ambulance and a parking lot embankment in San Diego the other day was ruled a human error, rather than caused by engaged Full Self-Driving Beta mode. Instead of jumping on the breaks while parking, the driver slammed the accelerator pedal, resulting in the Tesla landing on the roof of a parked ambulance below.
LG working on foldable Apple MacBook OLED screens, to supply HP with 17-inch 4K laptop display that folds into an 11-incher
LG is crafting big foldable OLED displays for use in future HP and Apple devices. The 17-inch HP laptop screen folds into an 11-incher and sports 4K resolution as well as touch and stylus input support. LG will start its mass production in the third quarter.
Tesla cars now offered as a monthly subscription service in the US
Tesla fans in select US cities will be given the option to use one of the electric car company's models in a monthly subscription option instead of purchasing or leasing it. Provided by Kyte, the US$995/month Tesla subscription service will start in select New York locations as well as in San Francisco, California.
Intel ARC GPUs trump AMD and Nvidia with full hardware AV1 codec support as game streaming demo vs HEVC shows
Intel demoed game streaming with hardware-accelerated AV1 video codec that its new ARC graphics chips offer for both encoding and decoding action for the first time on a desktop or laptop GPU. For now, AMD and Nvidia GPUs don't offer native AV1 encoding support, while Intel clearly demonstrates its superiority over the HEVC codec in an Elden Ring game stream demo.
Lucid Air beats Tesla to another prestigious 2022 electric car of the year award on record range and designer interior
Lucid Air keeps scoring 2022 Car of the Year awards in the electric vehicles category as, after it won the MotorTrend trophy, it now scored the Cars.com badge of honor. The famous car magazine gave it its EV of the year award on account of its record range on a charge, copious cargo space, and a responsive infotainment system in the luxury interior.
Co-founder of Tesla pegs today's EV batteries good for 15 years then precious for recycling like catalytic converters
Today's high nickel or cobalt content in extended-range electric vehicle batteries could turn into a recycling bonanza towards the end of the car's useful lifespan, argues Tesla's co-founder JB Straubel. His company is now recycling up to 10 GWh a year and he says current EV batteries will last at least 15 years before the battery is sold for recycling.
Tesla owners in Australia now have to override an 80% battery charge limit at busy Supercharger locations
Tesla owners at trafficked Supercharger network locations in Australia such as Broadway in Sydney Pacific Fair at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, or Knockrow in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, have their battery charge level automatically set to 80%. They can still override and charge to full, though, as Tesla employed the measure to avoid congestion.
Fuel economy fines nearly triple for legacy automakers in a boon for Tesla, as the US reverses a Trump administration delay
The parent company of Chrysler alone will now have to pay US$572 million in retroactively applied fuel economy standard penalties as per the NHTSA decision. The new penalties that will be applied as far back as model year 2019 will be a boon for EV makers like Tesla which can now charge even more for CAFE standard compliance credits.
Elon Musk says closing nuclear plants now is 'total madness,' calls Biden's leadership 'ancient' in a talk about the future
In a wide-ranging interview, Tesla's Elon Musk confirmed his belief that Germany should not only stop closing its operational nuclear power plants, but should also reopen the ones it already closed as a stopgap solution on the way to sustainable energy sources. Speaking on the topic of longevity, he called Biden's administration 'ancient' and lacking touch with the people or penchant for innovation like Tesla.
Living 3D-printed bone replacements to reach VA hospitals as part of VA Ventures' BioBone project
The newly minted VA Ventures project of the Department of Veterans Affairs is already leveraging the vast resources of the agency to leverage novel technologies like 3D-bioprinting. They expect to have living BioBone grafts in VA clinics in the next three to five years, helping Veterans who need reconstructive surgery.
Tesla Model 3 and Model Y now ineligible for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project subsidies in California
After hiking the prices of its most popular Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles, Tesla no longer qualifies for California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project subsidy with them. Buyers who ordered their Model 3 or Model Y before, or on March 15, will still be able to apply for the US$2000 rebate, though.
Unlike Elon Musk, CATL says 'long range still a trend,' teases a 600-mile battery and a new 4680-beating cell
The world's largest battery maker CATL inadvertently trolled Tesla's Elon Musk while teasing its upcoming battery technologies by saying it 'found that consumers' quest for long range is still a trend,' contrary to Musk's claim that a 600-mile Tesla is pointless. CATL said it will launch a 4680-type cell with 13% higher capacity this year, as well as a 600-mile battery in 2023.
First Giga Berlin Tesla Model Y gets into an accident, now has to wait several weeks for a bumper job
One of the first 30 customers who waited 3 years to receive the keys of a made-in-Europe Model Y from Elon Musk upon the opening of Tesla's new Gigafactory in Berlin, already managed to get into an accident. Rear-ended by an Audi at a red light stop, he was told that the bumper replacement or repair will take a few weeks, mainly while the shop is waiting for the Model Y parts to arrive.
Ford tests the F-150 Lightning towing capacity in extreme conditions, stays mum on the battery discharge rate
Ford F-150 Lightning already proved that its specs are better than they are on paper by covering 20 miles more on the grueling EPA range test than it is officially supposed to. The next test is of its towing capacity in the extreme heat and cold of the Davis Dam and Colorado's Gauntlet.
Gigabyte BRIX Extreme, 'the most powerful multitasking mini-PC,' unveiled with 12th Gen Intel processors, whisper quiet operation
Gigabyte announced the 2022 BRIX Extreme series that it calls the 'most powerful multitasking mini-PC' on account of the up to Core-i7 Intel Alder Lake processing power, and plethora of connectivity options like HDMI 2.1 output or a DisplayPort Alt Mode. The new BRIX Extreme boxes are also whisper quiet, even in 45W TDP boost processor mode.
Canadian scientists 3D-print working testicular cell tubes as precursor to new infertility treatments
University of British Columbia researchers have managed to bioprint working tubular structures from human testicular stem cells in order to fight a common causes male infertility. The 3D-printed testicular tubes will now be "coached" into sperm production the way they behave in healthy human testicles and potentially used for developing novel in-vitro fertilization treatments.
Bitcoin of America adds Dogecoin to its crypto ATM machines, sending Doge price way up
Dogecoin has risen way above the crypto market average as it becomes the fourth cryptocurrency to be included as a trading token in the Bitcoin of America's chain of crypto ATMs. Shiba Inu, whose price action usually correlates with Doge, is up with the general Bitcoin price trend, indicating that the ATM inclusion may be behind Dogecoin's recent price action indeed.
3D-printed Colgate Nutristacks unveiled as chewable mouthwash alternative for dental care
Colgate has partnered with Nourish3D, a company that 3D-prints various dietary supplements, over the so-called Nutristacks chewables that contain ingredients meant to provide oral care similar to that of mouthwash. The 3D-printed Nutristacks cost £35.99 for a batch of 28, and contain dietary supplement like calcium, arginine, xylitol, B12, or CoQ10.
Tesla disclosed government credits profit only after the SEC mandated it, new documents show
Tesla made US$1.5 billion from selling government-mandated carbon tax credits to legacy carmakers, mainly overseas, as well as various smaller subsidies. That's more than a quarter from its US$5.5 billion net income in 2021, forcing the SEC to mandate it report regulatory credits as a separate line item in its annual financial statement.
Elon Musk tips new Tesla colors at long last, a complex 13-layer red and 8-layer 'liquid' silver
The Deep Crimson Multicoat and Mercury Silver Metallic colors that leaked in the Tesla app last year may turn out to be actual hues in which Model Y SUVs will be coming off the conveyor belts of the Gigafactory Berlin over the coming months. Elon Musk tipped that the red color consists of no less than 13 layers, while the 'liquid silver' needs 8 layers of paint to materialize.
Federal Reserve Chairman says crypto has to be 'brought within' existing financial regulation to 'protect consumers'
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said during a panel discussion organized by the Bank of International Settlements that they will be guided by the "same activity, same regulation" principle when it comes to regulating crypto. Despite that the digital asset class is currently outside the traditionally banking and finance regulatory framework, it will have to be "brought within" it if it serves the same purposes, he added.
Tesla's Elon Musk says new manganese battery may be key to scaling EV production
In a speech to Tesla Gigafactory Berlin employees during the factory's opening ceremony, Elon Musk confirmed that they are exploring manganese as a cathode material. In order to scale EV batteries to the 300 terawatt-hours of annual production needed to achieve sustainable transportation, he said, alternatives to affordable LFP battery materials will be needed.
Stellar Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck EPA battery range estimates beat the Rivian R1T
Ford managed to beat its own F-150 Lightning range on a charge specs in the EPA range estimate tests by 20 miles with a top 320-mile number for the XLT, Lariat or Pro versions. Thus, the F-150 Lightning models with extended-range battery manage to outlast their direct competitor, the Rivian R1T electric truck.
Elon Musk to inaugurate Tesla's Gigafactory Berlin today and hand over the first Model Y keys to early buyers
Elon Musk is on stage in Germany today to hand the keys for the first Model Y units built in Tesla's new Berlin-Brandenburg Gigafactory. Not only will Tesla's first factory in Europe be building hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles there, but also millions of state-of-the-art battery cells.
As Bitcoin mining becomes less profitable, energy companies spot opportunity
Instead of just providing the electricity and services needed or crypto mining data centers, energy companies are increasingly starting to mine for Bitcoins themselves. Thanks to the economies of scale they achieve by eschewing third-party operators, they can go up to the 90% margins enjoyed by Bitcoin miners in the crypto heyday of 2021.
Elon Musk reveals Tesla's Master Plan 3 to be about 'extreme scaling' away from fossil fuels
Instead of working on brace new Tesla models, the electric carmaker may prioritize scaling up the production of its existing ones in its Master Plan 3 roadmap, tips Elon Musk. Tesla's Master Plan 3 will be all about 'scaling to extreme size,' he teased, in order to end our dependency on fossil fuels.
Porsche to ‘expand’ its Apple partnership amid tips the Apple Car team has been ‘dissolved’
Porsche managers have recently travelled to the U.S. to meet with Apple representative over mysterious but “exciting common projects.” The latest Porsches already offer some of the deepest integration with Apple’s software and services among carmakers, though, while the Porsche-Apple partnership story comes hot on the heels of a reputed analyst’s memo that the Apple Car team has been “dissolved for some time.”
LG testing OLED displays for Apple's MacBooks
LG could monopolize the initial OLED MacBook and iPad screen supply as not only is it a pioneer in dual-stack OLED technology, but now industry insiders claim that it has been testing Gen 8.5 substrates for larger Apple devices, too. The first OLED MacBook is said to be released in 2025, but the first OLED iPads might arrive before that.
Tesla now includes wind speeds, air density, and humidity in battery range remaining estimates
Tesla's fresh 2022.8.2 software update has been parsed for new features and a surprise new bunch of environmental factors it now accounts for when giving range estimates has emerged. Teslas will include factors like crosswinds or humidity in their trip energy expenditure calculations, albeit seemingly in China only for now.
Starlink satellite internet average speed tests peg it at over 100 Mbps, faster than fixed broadband in Australia, Canada, or the UK
SpaceX's satellite internet service Starlink has notched another achievement on its average download speed belt, piercing the 100Mbps threshold required for funding by various rural broadband initiatives in the U.S. In some countries like Australia, Canada, UK, or Germany, Starlink provides internet that is faster than their fixed broadband services on average.
Dual-stack OLED display tech and new blue diode material to increase device lifespan and battery life
A new material for the blue diodes in an OLED panel triples the current luminous efficiency preventing the dreaded burn-in problem and increasing the lifespan of the screen significantly. A dual-stack OLED display method adds 30% lower power consumption to the increased lifespan, too.
Intel to enter the Angstrom nanometer chip era with US$88 billion 'made in Europe' processor investment
Europe will be ready for the fractional nanometer Angstrom processor era with a giant US$88 billion investment by Intel. New fabs in Germany are scheduled to become operational and churn out Angstrom era chips by 2027, while Intel plans a US$33 billion investment in its Irish foundries for making more down-to-earth 7nm processors.
The Bored Apes Yacht Club NFT set adds CryptoPunks in a US$5 billion merger, will transfer the IP rights to owners
Yuga Labs, the company behind the popular Bored Apes Yacht Club NFT series has acquired the distribution rights to the no less popular CryptoPunks and Meebits series for undisclosed amount. The first thing that Yuga announced together with the acquisition is that it will be transferring the IP rights to CryptoPunks NFT buyers, something that its creators from Larva Labs had refused to do.
Elon Musk says Tesla is feeling inflationary pressures, challenges Putin to a 'single combat' over Ukraine
Frustrated by 'inflationary pressures' on Tesla and SpaceX, their CEO Elon Musk tweeted he'd like to enter a 'single combat' with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The fight will be over Ukraine, he added, as the Russian invasion there has forced Tesla to increase prices and widen EV delivery windows.
Coinbase One platform with no transaction fees offers free crypto trading, US$1 million in exchange account protection
A new Coinbase One subscription tier has launched in beta testing form to offer fee-free crypto trading transactions, and up to a million in account protection, as well as 24/7 support. Coinbase keeps mum on its One platform monthly subscription price as it seeks to diversify from transaction fee-based revenue streams.
Buffett-backed BYD leaks the specs of its Model 3 competitor Seal with innovative blade battery
The Tesla Model 3 will soon have a direct competitor in China, as the largest EV maker there has leaked the specs of its upcoming BYD Seal electric sedan in a regulatory approval filing. The BYD Seal specs include single and dual-motor configurations and an innovative blade battery, while its price will undercut the Model 3 by a wide margin.
Judge in 'Satoshi Nakamoto trial' orders Craig Wright to pay US$43 million more in IP damages to the heirs of Bitcoin co-inventor
Miami court judge in the so-called "Satoshi Nakamoto trial" has ordered the defendant Craig Wright to pay US$43 million extra in intellectual property theft damages to the estate of the deceased David Kleiman, the alleged Bitcoin co-inventor. The sum is on top of the US$100 million already awarded to Mr. Kleiman and represents a wider timeframe for accrued interest.
Tesla raises the Model Y LR price by US$10,000 in a year, its EV orders still double on high gas prices
Tesla has now priced the base Model Y Long Range and Model Y Performance, as well as the Model 3 Long Range models with the Nickel-Cobalt-Aluminum batteries at US$59,990, US$64,990, and US$51,990, which is a $1000 hike compared to just the other day. The culprit is the exorbitant rise of nickel prices.
Rivian stock sinks on delivery woes, cheaper R1T trucks with LFP battery to be released in 2024
Rivian just pulled a Tesla as its CEO announced in an earnings call that the EV truck maker will be switching its standard-range fleet vehicles to the cheaper and more available LFP batteries this year. Using iron instead of the rarer nickel or cobalt, these batteries are also the ones Tesla installs in its standard-range Model 3 or Model Y now.
President Biden's crypto executive order pleases the industry but fails to prop Bitcoin
President Biden signed the rumored far-reaching executive order on cryptocurrency regulation, taxation, and government crypto research. From stablecoins to fraud prevention, the mild-mannered order seems to have pleased everyone involved in crypto for now.
Tesla's LFP battery switch proves wise as Russian nickel cut adds US$1580 to EV production costs
If the price of nickel goes from US$20,000 to US$50,000, this adds US$1580 in costs to the typical 60 kWh electric vehicle battery pack, and the price of the metal briefly touched US$100,000 due to the sanctions levied on Russia. Tesla's move to bet on cheaper iron-based LFP batteries for its Model 3 and Model Y looks rather smart now.
President Biden to sign an executive order on digital dollar and federal crypto controls
President Biden will be signing a wide-reaching cryptocurrency control executive order that will aim to coordinate the regulation efforts of the various government agencies currently involved in monitoring the crypto market. The development and viability of a digital dollar may also be addressed.
Elon Musk urges decommissioned nuclear plants to reopen and vows to repeat his Fukushima stunt
Not only would the world have to pump more fossil fuels out of the ground in the short run to offset the impact of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, claims Elon Musk, but it would also have to get more nuclear energy, too. Tesla's CEO advises that Europe needs to reopen its decommissioned nuclear power plants.
Tesla using one of the big LFP battery advantages to remedy dead 12V units on the new 2022 Model 3
An issue with the new 2022 Model 3 and Model Y LFP batteries has left drivers stranded without a charge in both the main and the auxiliary 12V packs. The LFP battery calibration may be the culprit and Tesla now recommends that all owners who got the early Model 3 deliveries charge to 100% at least once a week to remedy the problem.
Rivian pulls a Tesla on the R1T price increase for early adopters, says those who cancelled their preorder can come back
Rivian increased the pricing of its flagship quad-motor R1T electric pickup model to US$79,500 from US$67,500 without the destinations charges. Facing a backlash and mass cancellations by those who preordered, it has now walked back the price increase for them with an apology.
Elon Musk calls for more fossil fuels regardless of the impact on Tesla
The person who singlehandedly created the electric vehicle revolution with its Tesla brand of electric car is now calling for more fossil fuels. Elon Musk claims that, in order to achieve energy independence to offset the current oil and gas supply disruption, the U.S. needs to pump more fossil fuels out of the ground.
Samsung going after LG's Mercedes EQS Hyperscreen with its own long-life OLED display tech
Samsung has started developing its own dual-stack OLED display technology to counter the LG technological advancements in the realm. Called the T-series, for tandem, the new Samsung dual-stack OLED tech will bring much longer lifespan suitable for automotive applications.
Tesla with 600 miles battery range doesn't make sense, says Elon Musk
Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has again claimed that 400 miles on a charge is the current sweet spot maximum for electric cars. Tesla could've made a 600-mile car last year, he continued, but the weight and price tradeoffs are not worth the trouble, according to Tesla's CEO.
NFT regulation probes for money laundering and fractional lending launched by the Treasury and SEC
Non-fungible tokens may have to be treated like stocks with all the regulatory compliance resulting from that fact, claims a Securities and Exchange Commission probe. Meanwhile, a Treasury Department study says NFTs may need more regulation to avoid money laundering activities pertinent to "high-value art."
Ford spins off dedicated Model E electric vehicle startup, gas-guzzlers remain as Ford Blue
Buoyed by the success of its Mustang Mach-E and F-150 electric vehicles, Ford today split into two new completely different companies - Model E for EVs, and Ford Blue for gas-guzzlers. The word play is on the iconic Model T that started the Ford story as we know it.
Rivian stock tanks on R1T truck price increase, as Elon Musk tips profit's 'impossible' amid preorder cancellations
Rivian's flagship quad-motor AWD R1T electric pickup model now starts from the whopping US$79,500 instead of the US$67,500 it cost the other day, and that's without the destinations charges. As if to soothe that drastic price increase, Rivian introduced two cheaper RWD models with smaller batteries, but for a 2024 delivery.
Most crypto exchanges reluctant to freeze Russian accounts, say that goes against the whole idea behind crypto
The major digital asset exchanges like Binance, Coinbase, or Kraken, aren't going to institute blanket bans on Russian crypto accounts despite Ukraine's plea to freeze any and all transactions. Such a move would fly in the face of crypto's libertarian virtue, they argue, yet add that if they are forced to comply with government mandates they might have to go along.
The first electric car with solid-state battery announced has pack with the energy density of a regular one
The Dongfeng E70 electric sedans were announced as the world's first commercially available electric vehicles with a solid-state battery when they were delivered as part of a taxi fleet. Now the energy density of the E70's battery pack and its range on a charge have been outed, and they are pretty run-of-the-mill.
Elon Musk activates Starlink's satellite Internet service over Ukraine, says "more terminals are en route"
The satellite connectivity arm of Elon Musk's Space X company - Starlink - has been made operational in Ukraine in addition to the fistful of other countries it services. Tesla's CEO replied to the pleas of Ukraine's Deputy PM that they have activated Starlink over the country and "more terminals are en route."
Camera-only Tesla Vision FSD comes to the Model S and Model X defying opinions that self-driving needs radar
The Tesla Model S and Model X batches produced in North America after mid-February will come without a front radar to augment Tesla's self-driving mode. The more popular Model 3 and Model Y already moved to the cheaper Tesla Vision camera-only solution last May.
Ford's CEO admires Tesla's profit margins or NIO's innovation, but vows to beat them both
Tesla makes at least US$10,000 per electric vehicle sold and this is the strategy that Ford's CEO Jim Farley wants to replicate while executing its own US$50 billion 2030 electrification plan. The other electric carmaker that Ford's CEO admires is NIO which currently beats Tesla at the specs-for-price game with the ET7 performance sedan and its semi-solid state battery option.
3D-printed heart tissue created by retrofitting a robotic arm beats for six months
In yet another demonstration of bioprinting's abilities, scientists managed to retrofit a robotic arm with six degrees of movement freedom to 3D-print cardiac tissue. The faux heart managed to beat for at least six months, demonstrating the viability of the technology.
Tesla will allow other cars on its charging network in the U.S. but wants the government to pay for Superchargers, too
Tesla's well-established Supercharger network would be a willing participant in the Infrastructure Bill's US$7.5 billion effort to build 500,000 EV charging stations nationwide. In comments sent to the FHA, however, Tesla notes that it'd like its exclusive Supercharger stations to get the same grant treatment as any public stations it builds where non-Tesla cars can be charged.
Bored Tesla Cybertruck owners will be able to play Cyberpunk 2077, and the whole Steam roster
Tesla is working to bring the full Steam game portfolio to its cars' infotainment systems, some of which are already powered by AMD Ryzen and RDNA 2 GPUs capable of delivering PlayStation 5 level of gaming performance. Asked whether the Cybertruck will be able to run Cyberpunk 2077, too, Tesla's CEO answered "100%."
Stolen Bored Apes Yacht Club NFT owner sues the OpenSea exchange with "my Bored Ape is rarer than Justin Bieber's" argument
One Timothy McKimmy has filed a lawsuit against the OpenSea NFT exchange platform claiming that they had their pricey Bored Ape Yacht Club series NFT stolen without any repercussions. The Bored Ape #3475 NFT, they argue, is rarer than Justin Bieber's US$1.3 million Bored Ape, while demanding compensation.
Burning Porsches on the Felicity Ace ship prove electric car batteries are a fire hazard for sea transport
Firefighting efforts to quell the flames on the burning Felicity Ace ship full of luxury vehicles are complicated by the fact that electric car battery fire can't be easily put out with water. The SMIT Salvage company hired to save the burning ship says they've never had a case like that before due precisely to the electric cars on board.
VW said to buy Huawei's autonomous self-driving car platform for US$1.6 billion
Volkswagen's talks with Huawei to purchase its autonomous driving unit are reportedly already in the haggling stage regarding the price of acquisition. Huawei recently unveiled the first vehicle that runs on its HarmonyOS platform and VW intends to make it a Tier 1 supplier of autonomous driving solutions for its own electric cars.
Apple Car's self-driving processor modules to be packaged by Korean companies just like Tesla's FSD chip
The Apple Car's autonomous driving subsystem processing power has reportedly been tasked to the Apple Silicon department responsible for the A15 or M1 chipsets. Apple is apparently developing the self-driving chip for its car project in partnership with Korean OSAT (outsourced semiconductor package test) companies just as it did for the M1 processor.
Ford accelerates EV battery production launch for its 43GWh Kentucky and Tennessee plants
Buoyed by the generous U.S. government incentives and a growing electric vehicles market in America, Ford's two upcoming U.S. battery factories are now expected to start mass production three months ahead of schedule. Ford's battery partnership with Korea's SK Group - Blue Oval SK - has reportedly already started ordering the Kentucky battery plant equipment.
China's digital currency cards used as official payment method at the Olympics
China set digital yuan machines for athletes, Olympics officials or visitors to exchange their dollars or rubles to the local e-CNY digital currency as a way to popularize it. The digital renminbi ATMs took many foreign currencies and issued a hardware wallet with the corresponding amount in Chinese crypto in the form of a plastic debit card that could then be used for payment in shops and restaurants.
Tesla's Reverse Summon self-parking feature nears release with three options to choose from
Reverse Summon, an upgrade to the Tesla Autopilot's Smart Summon option, is reportedly getting closer to release and the Tesla engineers in charge are working on three smart parking options owners can pick from. One of the Reverse Summon auto-parking choices could be to drop you off close to your building entrance before your Tesla drives off to park itself.
Viable 3D-printed liver organoids pave the way for custom drug testing and toxin damage regeneration
University of Utrecht researchers have managed to hone their 3D-bioprinting method enough to achieve the creation of functional liver-mimicking units that can detoxify impurities like the human organ. By using volumetric bioprinting via light sources, the scientists kept the liver organoids alive and intend to use the method for studying new drugs or regenerative medicine of damaged livers.
Rivian running pilot production tests for its own battery factory
A number of Rivian executives in charge of production and battery development have visited Korea recently to prepare for a pilot production run in local facilities. After the battery development and production partnership with Samsung fell through, Rivian was reportedly still left with Korean suppliers as the only option to gain know-how and speed its American battery factory plans.
VW CEO debunks Elon Musk on Tesla's cheaper camera-only FSD kit, says LiDAR needed for L3 autonomous driving
Volkswagen's CEO Herbert Diess is of the opinion that Level 3 autonomous driving definitely requires a LiDAR in addition to the cheaper cameras-only solution that, say, Tesla uses for its Full Self-Driving Beta mode. Elon Musk, however, is on record saying that he'd be 'shocked' if the FSD Beta doesn't achieve better safety vision than human drivers this year.
Electric vehicles no longer the greenest as buyers want bigger and more powerful EV trucks and SUVs
Fully electric vehicles now occupy only four of the top dozen or so slots in the greenest American cars ranking, down from seven last year. The plug-in or gasoline hybrids of the 2022 model year turned out to be more energy-efficient than new EVs that are constantly growing in size and horse power.
Tesla Model S owner trades it for a Chrysler 300 V8 on quality issues, says Tesla's charging network only good thing about it
After a two-year fight with Tesla's assembly quality, repair customer service, and interior trimmings, a Model S owner finally traded it for a Chrysler 300. The big V8 sedan checked all the boxes for them, down to the fact that they have physical knobs to control the A/C or car stereo volume while driving without looking to a screen.
'Keep Your Coins' crypto asset forfeiture bill introduced in Congress to curb the government's digital wallet seizure powers
Prompted by the cryptocurrency wallet forfeiture possibility opened by the Canadian government's Emergencies Act against the so-called Freedom Convoy financing, a U.S. congressman is introducing a new "Keep Your Coins" bill. It aims to prevent digital asset forfeitures by the government without a court order and stop unsanctioned crypto transactions monitoring.
Ford lets Maverick truck owners 3D-print their own cup holders and FITS accessories
2022 Maverick pickup owners will be delighted to hear that the CAD files needed to 3D-print their own accessories for the Ford Integrated Tether System have been open-sourced by the carmaker. The system of slots in the Ford Maverick truck that lets them add cup holders, storage bins, and many more, has now been opened to the creativity of anyone with 3D-printing skills.
The Rivian R1T electric pickup's Gear Guard theft-protection system bets on cables, cameras, and a Yeti sentinel
Rivian detailed its R1T electric truck's protection system aimed at preventing theft or damages to the expensive EV. Called Gear Guard, the sentry kit consists of five cameras offering a full 360-degree around the R1T at all times, a virtual Yeti sentinel, and the good ol' steel cable to guard your belongings.
The 'free bitcoin' Coinbase Super Bowl QR code ad crashed the crypto exchange, prompting a reaction by Edward Snowden
The popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase ran one of the most memorable Super Bowl ads in recent memory - a mystery bouncing QR code with allusions to The Office TV series and 8-bit gaming. The Coinbase Super Bowl commercial was so successful that it crashed the exchange's critical trading app, forcing a reaction by none other than Edward Snowden.
Ahead of the Steam Deck release date, Valve lets users 3D-print their own custom shells for the portable console
Valve is urging 'tinkerers, modders, accessory manufacturers, or folks who just want to 3D print a Steam Deck to see how it feels' to have a go at the portable console's CAD files it uploaded on GitHub. With the surface topography files, fans will be able to 3D-print their own custom Steam Deck shells to compensate for the single black color version at launch.
NIO's solid-state battery maker and Tesla's new design center get priority treatment by Beijing
NIO will be starting the first deliveries of its groundbreaking ET7 performance sedan with 600+ miles of range in Q4 and the Beijing municipality has prioritized the factory buildout of its 150kWh semi-solid state battery maker. Tesla's new design center is listed among the other priority projects of the local government, too.
George Soros bets big on Rivian by investing US$2 billion in the electric truck maker
An investment vehicle of the billionaire George Soros has staked US$2 billion in Rivian Automotive, the maker of the R1T electric pickup truck and the R1S midsize electric SUV. The R1T production delays, however, have sent Rivian's share price down 43% in 2022 alone, and the Soros Fund Management stake is now worth just $1.17 billion.
Binance CEO whose Bitcoin riches surpass Satoshi Nakamoto's pours US$200 million into Forbes to spread the word about crypto
Before Bloomberg recently ranked the richest people in crypto, everyone assumed that this was Satoshi Nakamoto, the mystery Bitcoin protocol creator who allegedly owns 1.1 million of the earliest bitcoins mined. It turned out that the CEO of the largest crypto exchange Binance owns that title now, and he just invested US$200 million in Forbes to help educate the globe about crypto.
Budget NVIDIA T1000 graphics card for workstations released with up to 8GB GDDR6 memory, five 4K monitors support, and compact design
You can now grab the NVIDIA T1000 graphics card aimed at workstation professionals for less than $400 in the U.S. The T1000 specs include four DisplayPort 1.4 outputs and support for up to five 5K or two [email protected] monitors, a very slim design with one active fansink, as well as low 50W power consumption.
Tesla's design chief tips 'flying' Roadster 2 release, says Apple products no longer an inspiration
Tesla finally has some exciting news about the follow-up to its original Roadster EV as its design chief hinted they are still "feverishly" working on its development though a release probably won't happen before 2023. Tesla's design exec also said that Apple has long dropped the ball on the looks and excitement its products bring.
New scoliosis treatment research uses smart 3D-printed back brace to fix posture in children with spine deformity without surgery
Parents of children with spine deformities will be delighted to hear about yet another medical application of the 3D-printing technology, this time potentially used for successful treatment of scoliosis. University of Glasgow researchers have developed a 3D-printed back brace that can sense and adapt to continuously right your posture while wearing it.
Shiba Inu becomes the most popular coin trade in Ethereum 'whale' wallets as $SHIB price skyrockets after burn announcements
The top thousand of Ethereum "whale wallets" have made Shiba Inu the most widely traded token there, which, together with the announced coin burns, could explain the skyrocketing of the $SHIB price in just the past 24 hours. Shiba Inu replaced the Curve DAO Token (CRV) as the most popular coin trade in the whale Ethereum wallets each of which holds US$145 million on average.
After the Mustang Mach-E success, Ford sets aside $US20 billion more to be the 'true EV leader' in America
From solid-state battery investments to hitting a production capacity for 600,000 electric vehicles by 2023, Ford wants to be the "true EV leader" in the U.S. In order to achieve this, Ford will invest up to US$20 billion more on top of its US$30 billion EV commitment by 2030, spearheaded by an ex-Tesla and Apple Car executive.
Tesla nets an accounting loss on its Bitcoin investments, but still has US$2 billion worth
Tesla lost US$101 million on its crypto investments in 2021, reveals its latest SEC filing, as Elon Musk's buoyant $US1.5 billion Bitcoin purchase saw some writedowns throughout the year and towards the crypto price crash at its end. Tesla previously profited from a March sale of some of its Bitcoin holdings, and now holds US$1.99 billion worth of bitcoins.
Bored Apes Yacht Club NFT collection creators revealed as Justin Bieber buys another for US$470,000
To no will of their own, the identities of the co-creators of the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT collection have been revealed. The doxxed Florida men are behind one of the most coveted and celebrity-endorsed NFT kits in recent memory, with Justin Bieber spending nearly US$1.8 million on two Bored Ape NFTs in the span of a week.
MIT invents new stronger-than-steel polymer that can be mass-produced 'easily' to toughen phones, cars, or even buildings
MIT researchers have managed to create a new polymer material called 2DPA-1 that has twice the yield strength of steel and up to six times the deformation resistance of bulletproof glass. The unorthodox sheet polymer can be easily spun in mass quantities and used as ultradurable coating for phones and cars, or even as a building material.
YouTuber catches the first self-driving Tesla car accident evidence on video as it happened
Incidents with Teslas in the Full Self-Driving Beta mode have been reported, but there was no evidence to confirm them for the NHTSA so far. A YouTuber took the newest FSD Beta 10.10 update for a drive around San Jose and experienced what could be the first self-driving Tesla accident caught on tape in real time.
Dogecoin founder puts his 'Dreaming Doge' NFT collection up for sale at 0.088 ETH apiece
The original "meme coin" is now reincarnated in the form of an NFT collection by its co-founder called 'Dreaming Doge' and available over at the OpenSea platform. The Dreaming Doge set consists of eight digital art pieces with 88 editions each that go for the equivalent of about $254 each in Ethereum.
Tesla's game-changing 4680 battery will be given 'top priority' by Panasonic
The new cylindrical 4680 battery that Tesla intends to start placing in its electric vehicles as soon as this quarter will also be produced by Panasonic later this year. Panasonic commented that, since Tesla has placed a huge order for them, it will be given 'top priority' as a client for its first 4680 batteries to be shipped later in 2022.
3D-printed PlayStation controller mod allows one-handed PS4 and PS5 gaming
There is now a 3D-printed PlayStation controller mod that aids one-handed usage for all those gamers with accessibility disadvantages or just those who'd like to be able to dig in a KFC bucket during gameplay. The mod can be 3D-printed either for lefties or for righties, and the shoulder buttons are all grouped on the opposite side for single-finger access.
IKEA serving 3D-printed vegan meatballs at job interviews in its 'Taste the Future' recruitment campaign
IKEA's new "Taste the Future" recruitment campaign shoots two birds with one stone by offering job candidates a plate of 3D-printed IKEA vegan meatballs to break the ice. IKEA is going plant-based for at least half of its main meals by 2025 and is also searching for tech and innovation talent to fill a number of open positions.
Tesla issues its largest ever vehicle recall over seatbelt safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has filed a recall request with Tesla for an issue affecting the seatbelt fastening chime. The warning sound fails to engage when the driver exits the vehicle when it's on and then returns, so Tesla will have to issue an OTA fix for the affected Model 3, Y, S, and X vehicles.
Instead of a ban, India now wants to tax crypto at 30% and make it legal tender
India has swung from an intention to ban all digital assets transactions in the country to a proposal to tax crypto with a 30% government cut on profits and issuing a digital rupee. According to analysts this arguably means that Indian officials are exploring the possibility of crypto becoming legal tender.
AMD expects record 2022 earnings buoyed by Ryzen 6000/7000 laptops release and Radeon sales, closes in on Intel's profit margins
AMD expects record 2022 revenue based on the launch of its first Ryzen 6000 systems in February, as well as the appearance of its next-gen 5nm Ryzen 7000 series processors in the second half of the year. The projection comes hot on the heels of another blockbuster financial year for AMD that saw it near Intel's profit margins.
Tesla's record Model 3 sales claim in Australia was wrong, resulting in 'truth in reporting' demand by industry execs
Toyota Camry can feel safe that its 28-year reign at the top of the new car sales ranking hasn't been abruptly brought to an end by the Model 3 EV. Tesla Australia, it turns out, has claimed record Model 3 sales in error, putting its numbers at odds with the actual vehicle registration data in defiance with the 'truth in reporting' initiative of a local industry board.
Discord and Sony PlayStation tie the knot with full PSN account integration and PS4/PS5 game activity profile display
Sony's partnership with Discord that was announced last spring is finally bearing fruit in the form of a PlayStation Network account integration with your Discord profile. After linking your PSN and Discord accounts, users in the U.S. (for now) will be able to display their gaming status and activity to their Discord friends and followers.
Proliferation of 3D-printed 'ghost gun' parts used for semi-automatic upgrades has Houston officers calling for better regulation
According to the Houston Police Department, one Ronald Caballero used potentially 3D-printed gun parts to modify two weapons for rapid fire which were then recovered when he shot three police officers during a traffic stop. ATF officials are increasingly worried about the proliferation of the so-called 'Glock switches' used to upgrade semi-automatic weapons.
Tesla reveals how much a Model Y or Model 3 cost to make, reports envious profit margins
Tesla's gross profit margin is one of the highest in the industry, it turns out, as it costs Tesla just US$36,000 on average to build one of its electric vehicles. A healthy 29% profit margin is something many carmakers can only dream of, yet Tesla is determined to bring production costs even further down going forward.
Pulse oximeter accuracy differs by skin color, 'unreliable' to measure true oxygen saturation in all COVID-19 pneumonia cases
Researchers from the University of Nottingham teamed up with the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust to determine the accuracy of those widely used pulse oximeters based on the color of your skin. Standard pulse oximeters, it turned out, significantly overshot the blood oxygen saturation for the Mixed ethnicity group compared to the White cohort.
Porsche Taycan EV breaks a battery charging record by spending just 2.5 hours and $77 at fast chargers for an LA-to-NYC trip
It took a bog standard Porsche Taycan less than two and a half hours on the charger and US$76.82 in electricity costs to cover the 2,834.5-mile distance between Los Angeles and New York. "Hypermiling" aficionado Wayne Gerdes managed to shorten the previous Guinness world record's fast-charging time by nearly three times.
Rivian's battery partnership with Samsung falls apart over 'unacceptable' demands by the electric truck maker
Instead of creating a battery development and manufacturing partnership with Rivian, Samsung created such a joint-venture with Stellantis, as the maker of the R1T electric pickup went into a production delay spiral. Not only couldn't Rivian commit on purchase volumes, but it also wanted "unacceptable" technology transfers.
VISA's crypto-backed payment cards notch record transaction volume as owners use them for everyday purchases
Payment card company VISA's crypto wallet-linked cards witnessed a bonanza of transactions in its first quarter of the fiscal 2022 year. VISA's payment cards linked to Bitcoin and other digital currencies scored 70% more in transactions for a single quarter than for the whole of fiscal 2021.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance to develop a solid-state battery and 35 new EVs in a US$26 billion investment
The electric car pioneers from the Alliance of Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi will be investing US$26 billion in the next five years towards fleet electrification with the goal to have 35 new EVs by 2030. Not only that, but Nissan is tasked with the mass production of an all-solid-state battery before the end of the period.
Tiny FaceBit sensor can monitor if you wear your free N95 mask correctly at a fraction of a smart mask's price
Researchers have developed a tiny clip-on sensor that can make any mask smart by monitoring the fit and wear duration, as well as the wearer's vitals. Busy healthcare professionals in COVID-19 wards may be first to test the FaceBit sensor and get notified about mask-wearing problems via the accompanying app.
Tesla's Elon Musk rides a Cybertruck ahead of the electric pickup top model's price unveiling
Tesla's CEO Elon Musk bragged about riding the Cybertruck electric pickup in the EV maker's Gigafactory in Texas just when a walkaround video of what may have been the same prototype he rode had leaked out. Elon Musk is expected to give updates on the Cybertruck's price and production roadmap later today.
IMF urges El Salvador's President to drop Bitcoin as legal tender in US$1.3 billion loan negotiations
The International Monetary Fund has advised that El Salvador's government renege on its decision to make Bitcoin a legal tender in the country, citing "large risks associated with the use of Bitcoin on financial stability..." The success of a US$1.3 billion loan negotiation with El Salvador may hinge on following the IMF's advice.
GM bets US$7 billion on electric pickup and trucks production, its largest single investment in history
General Motors announced the biggest single production investment in its history, a nearly US$7 billion outlay aimed squarely at the production of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra electric trucks. GM plans to surpass Tesla and become America's largest EV manufacturer, and will start by converting the Orion factory in Michigan into an electric truck plant, as well as invest in battery cell production there.
Bitcoin mining presents a threat to the American power grid, warns credit rating agency
Adding to the worries of cryptocurrency investors, the credit rating agency Fitch has issued a statement defining Bitcoin mining as a potential threat to the stability of the American power supply system. Not only is crypto mining energy-intensive, Fitch says, but the plunge in Bitcoin prices could force farms to renege on their long-term electricity supply contracts.
Doctor tries to sell the X-ray of a Bataclan attack survivor depicting lodged Kalashnikov bullet as NFT
An orthopedic surgeon at the Teaching Georges-Pompidou European Hospital has tried to sell an X-ray of one of his patients as NFT. He listed the X-ray of a woman who survived the Bataclan terror attack in Paris with a Kalashnikov bullet lodged in her arm on the OpenSea NFT platform at a US$2776 price.
First electric cars with a semi-solid state battery by the world's largest lithium producer launch in a taxi fleet
The NIO ET7 and ET5 performance sedans that are sizing up Tesla's Model S Plaid won't be the first electric cars with semi-solid state batteries, as a humble taxi fleet just got its first delivery of EVs with such packs. Made by the world's largest lithium producer Ganfeng, the E70 electric cars' battery packs are made with solid electrolyte diaphragm.
The US$10 billion James Webb Space Telescope's final destination to be reached today, and NASA will livestream its arrival
Almost a month after its launch from Europe's Spaceport at Kourou, in French Guiana, NASA's signature James Webb Space Telescope project will be docking at its final destination in the Earth-sun Lagrange Point 2. NASA will be streaming the telescope's parking efforts live on YouTube and take questions from viewers.
3D-printing of cheaper, lighter metal car parts made viable by Fraunhofer researchers
Researchers from Fraunhofer IAPT, one of the leading additive manufacturing process science institutions, have managed to make 3D-printing of car parts in large quantities a viable alternative to traditional methods. A step-by-step optimization process resulted in a car door hinge that is lighter and cheaper than its milled counterpart.
Verified Twitter NFT profile pictures launch in hexagonal shape, NFT avatars can be set in the iOS app only
Twitter is rolling out a way to connect your crypto wallet to your account and pick any NFT image in the JPEG or PNG format there as your profile picture. The NFT avatars will appear in a hexagonal shape instead of a circle, and for now can only be set via the Twitter for iOS app.
Bank of Russia proposes a complete ban on Bitcoin mining and crypto transactions
The Russian Central Bank has come up with its own set of proposals to add to the Parliament's working group on crypto regulation that was formed back in December. The head of Bank of Russia's Financial Stability Department presented a report that essentially suggests a full ban on crypto payments, mining, and transactions in the country.
CATL launches universal EVOGO battery swap service that can be used by most electric cars on the market
About 80% of the electric vehicles currently on the market, as well as the ones that will appear up to three years from now, will be able to use the new EVOGO battery swap station network of the world's largest EV battery maker CATL. The cross-platform EVOGO network is achieved by an innovative rented battery block concept that can be used for swaps by most EVs out there in 125-mile range increments.
Opera outs a Web3 crypto browser with non-custodial wallet integration for Windows, Mac, and Android
Opera has launched a dedicated surfing tool in its Crypto Browser Project that has been built with Web3 in mind from the ground up. Besides an integrated Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other blockchains wallet, the browser features a Crypto Corner for news and quick exchange access, as well as a plethora of privacy and security features.
First felony charge against a Tesla driver who killed two while on Autopilot filed in a seminal moment for automated driving
The first felony charges against a driver using a widely available autonomous driving system like Tesla's Autopilot have been pressed in California after a deadly crash. The U.S. government has been investigating a number of incidents involving Tesla cars in Autopilot and Traffic Aware Cruise Control modes since last August, too.
Mass solid-state battery production for electric cars slated for 2030, says CATL, despite NIO's semi-solid battery success
The world's largest electric vehicle battery maker CATL isn't optimistic about the speed of solid-state battery development and pegs 2025 as the year when the first samples will appear. CATL expects just 1% of electric cars to boast solid-state batteries by 2030.
Buoyed by the Ioniq 5 release, Hyundai looking to expand its electric cars production in America
Hyundai Motors plans to release no less than seven electric vehicles in the U.S. this year among all of its brands like Kia or Genesis, starting with the base Ioniq 5 model. The existing factories in Alabama and Georgia may be retrofitted for expanding EV production in America according to Hyundai's US$7.4 billion manufacturing plan, but President Biden's pending subsidies for carmakers registered with the United Auto Workers Union may tip the scales in the Tennessee plant's favor.
25 Tesla cars in 13 countries hacked as a security warning by a 19-year-old enthusiast
A 19-year-old IT and security enthusiast has managed to gain access to a number of Tesla cars in different countries following a vulnerability in third-party software or hardware that they installed. The access included key control features like "disabling Sentry Mode, opening the doors/windows and even starting Keyless Driving," in addition to honking the horn or taking over the car stereo while driving.
Top Cybertruck model price may be announced January 26 along with Tesla's 2022 product roadmap
Tesla scrubbed all Cybertruck 2022 production references from its website recently and threw those who hit the preorder button in a state of confusion. It turns out that Elon Musk may simply be preparing for a grand 2022 Tesla product roadmap unveiling during the next quarterly conference call where the top Cybertruck electric pickup trim and its pricing will be revealed.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS gets the new LG infotainment system for its pillar-to-pillar Hyperscreen
LG has scored another electric vehicle win after making its durable dual-stack OLED displays the preferred choice for in-car infotainment systems. Not only will LG be providing the flexible OLED panel for the unique Mercedes EQS pillar-to-pillar Hyperscreen, but it also announced that its new infotainment system will be present in the EQS electric performance sedan as a full package.
Satoshi Nakamoto's net worth no longer the richest in crypto, as Binance CEO makes a billionaire list for the first time
Answering the question who is currently the richest person in crypto, the net worth of the Binance exchange founder and CEO has been estimated for the first time. Bloomberg's Billionaire Index immediately shot him before the alleged inventor of Bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto's riches. While Satoshi is supposedly the owner of 1.1 million bitcoins sloshing around with dubious access privileges, the Binance CEO net worth is tangible and now pegged at US$96 billion, making him the richest man in crypto.
Tesla's new 'Full Self-Driving' 10.3 update has an Assertive mode that mimics a more aggressive driver
The 'Full Self-Driving' 10.3 update that Tesla outed not long ago to owners with the sufficient number of Safety Score point and then pulled for left turn issues, has three distinctive driving modes - Chill, Average, and Assertive. A new driving test takes and compares the three profiles on one and the same road to determine what passes for aggressive driving in the opinion of Tesla engineers.
First 3D-printed flexible OLED display may herald an era of cheap phone and laptop screens
OLED display manufacturing requires big machines and clean factories, making flexible OLED panels in modern phones and laptops the most expensive component there. Researchers at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have managed to create the first bendy OLED screen done entirely by 3D-printing all of its active diodes, interconnects, and encapsulation, paving the way for cheaper OLEDs in the future.
Tesla owners reveal how they mine for Bitcoin and Ethereum with the electric car's battery and GPU
A couple of enterprising Tesla owners have been using their electric cars to mine for cryptocurrencies or privacy tokens like Monero. According to them, the most profitable way to mine for crypto with a Tesla is to use a hacked firmware and hook graphics processing units directly to the electric motor. One Tesla Model 3 owner reveals that this way he was able to net up to $800 a month in Ethereum when the cryptocurrency was at its record price.
Microsoft wiggles into electric cars via its award-winning Azure AI voice assistant, exclusive to XPeng EVs
Microsoft has partnered with one of the most promising electric car makers, XPeng, to provide its Azure AI-powered voice that scored the highest of any in-car virtual assistant on the MOS voice quality scale. The new EV virtual butler of XPeng will use Microsoft's Azure cloud to offload the processing tasks from the cars' chipset and provide unsurpassed life-like voice command experience inside XPeng's electric cars.
Tesla rolls out a 175 MPH 'Plaid Track Mode' update for the Model S and a Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit to match
If you thought the 1000+ horse powers of the Model S Plaid not pushy enough at 163 miles per hour, Tesla just released the third of its storied line of Track Mode updates that upped the top Model S Plaid speed to 175 MPH. Besides all the new performance features, the update also includes critical break temperature warning to remind you that you have to get Tesla's new US$20,000 Carbon Ceramic Brake kit for the Plaid.
Rapid antigen tests can't detect an Omicron infection fast enough to prevent community spread, new study finds
Rapid antigen tests may be a waste as far as the fast-spreading new COVID-19 Omicron virus variant is concerned, says a new scientific study. The researchers followed frontline workers whose jobs require daily testing with PCR and rapid antigen tests, and found out that most of them have been shedding Omicron virus particles long before it showed on the rapid antigen tests, while PCR tests caught the infection much earlier.
After the expensive Silverado electric pickup, Chevrolet teases a US$30,000 Equinox EV
Chevrolet will be releasing a number of new electric vehicles starting next spring with the Silverado Work Truck fleet pickup, and continuing with its performance RST version in fall 2023. The real electric bestseller of Chevy, however, may be an Equinox crossover EV that will start from just US$30,000 when it gets released in 2024, and it will be followed by a full-size Blazer electric SUV model.
Samsung outs a 'first of its kind' portable Freestyle projector that can blow up your apps or Netflix to 100 inches
Samsung announced a unique projector device at CES 2022, called the Freestyle, as it shoehorns powerful projector features into a smart speaker form factor that weighs less than two pounds with the stand. The picture size output ranges from 30"-100", depending on the distance from the projecting surface, and the Freestyle can be powered by an external battery in case you want to take it on the road.
Elegant 2022 Gigabyte AORUS and AERO laptops land with new 16" model, up to 4K 120Hz mini-LED, RTX 3080, and Core i9-12900 specs
Gigabyte has outdone itself with the 2022 AORUS and AERO laptop series by fixing every user complaint about their predecessors in one fell swoop. The new AORUS and AERO laptops sport 90% screen-to-body ratio, more orthodox camera placement, and all the modern bells and whistles like fast 4K 120Hz mini-LED or OLED displays, 360Hz IPS panels for gamers, plus up to RTX 3080 Ti GPU and Core-i9 Alder Lake processing specs and Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Mass Kazakhstan protests against energy prices jeopardize the world's Bitcoin mining hashrate
After the Chinese ban on crypto mining, Kazakhstan quickly became the world's second-largest Bitcoin hashrate country, only to see its status go down with the statue of ex-President Nursultan Nazarbayev today. Rising energy prices and rationing of electricity were only harbingers of things to come for the Bitcoin mining community in Kazakhstan, as they now face an Internet blackout and unprecedented mass protests that already caused the fall of the government there.
Tesla Model S covers a record 750-mile range on freezing Michigan highways with a new ONE battery
The new Gemini 001 battery pack prototype by Our Next Energy (ONE) propelled the Tesla Model S for 14 hours straight around Michigan in the cold mid-December temps. ONE managed to double the battery density of Tesla's stock 103.9 kilowatt-hours battery by using innovative packaging technology and proprietary chemistry. ONE's high-density battery pack beat the world record for a Model S range by covering 752 miles on winter highways, and 882 miles on a dynamometer in the lab.
Sony reveals more PlayStation VR2 features, tips new Sense controllers and an exclusive Horizon VR game trailer
Sony will have a new virtual reality headset about five years after the PlayStation VR hit the shelves. It just previewed the PSVR2 features by tipping brand new Sense controller features, 'stunning visuals,' and an exclusive Horizon Call of the Mountain title written specifically for the PlayStation VR2 launch. Sony also released the first Horizon Call of The Mountain VR trailer, indicating that the PSVR2 launch is near.
TCL announces 4K 144Hz mini-LED TVs with high refresh rate panels aimed towards console gaming
While laptops with 120Hz 4K displays may be few and far between, the CES 2022 expo is showing that this year may turn the tide on high refresh rate 4K monitors, notebooks and TVs. The latest entrants in that trend come in the form of 4K TVs with mini-LED panels by TCL that sport the whopping 144Hz refresh rate.
Tesla raises the Model 3 and Model Y prices in China, makes them slightly lower than the Model S competitor NIO ET7
NIO just unveiled the prices for its 2022 electric performance sedan, the ET7, and they are over what Tesla charges for its Model 3 or Model Y vehicles, even after their latest price increase, but way less than the direct Model S competitor. The 100 kWh NIO ET7 offers a way larger battery pack than the Tesla Model 3 Long Range, and similar to what the Model S offers, while Tesla no longer qualifies for subsidies as it doesn't offer a battery swap service.
Roche outs a quick COVID-19 self-test kit for home use that detects Omicron and Delta variants
Roche has announced a new rapid COVID-19 test kit for at-home use, taking on testing stalwarts like Abbott or the numerous Chinese companies that offer rapid antigen tests you can buy from the pharmacy or retail locations. The new Roche COVID-19 At-Home Test displayed very good accuracy and was granted FDA Emergency Use authorization for mass production of tens of millions of units as soon as this month.
Russia forms a working group on cryptocurrency regulation
Russia is drafting a comprehensive framework for cryptocurrency regulation to build on the digital asset legislation that it passed back in January. The government has formed a working committee in the Duma, the Russian Parliament, which held its first meeting with Bank of Russia financial experts and lawmakers to start working on a crypto regulation proposal to be presented in front of Parliament for voting some time in February.
Europe finally has a battery Gigafactory, as Northvolt makes the first Li-ion cells developed on the Old Continent
European car makers can breathe a sigh of relief as their electric vehicle plans may get a boost from the first Li-ion battery developed and assembled on European soil. So far, the EV plans of legacy stalwarts like VW or BMW hinged on Asian battery maker supply, but Northvolt's announcement that its first pack has rolled off the conveyor belts in Sweden may significantly change the battery procurement game for European EV manufacturers.
Tesla goes AMD Ryzen for the 2022 Model Y and Model 3 infotainment systems in America, gets rid of 12V lead-acid batteries
North America is finally getting its new 2022 Tesla Model Y and Model 3 batches with upgraded media system processors and new 12V batteries. Tesla is now equipping all new cars with AMD Ryzen chips instead of the older, slower Intel Atoms, and swapping the 12V lead-acid batteries that were prone to failure with new Li-ion packs. Previously, the AMD Ryzen advantage was only given to Tesla cars made in its Chinese factory, but now the goods are coming to America.
A new 'Great Reset and the Rise of Bitcoin' documentary sheds light on the origins and future of crypto
The 'Great Reset and the Rise of Bitcoin' will be a fresh documentary on the origins of cryptocurrency in general and Bitcoin in particular. Written, produced, and directed by storied crypto trader and investor Pierre Corbin, it will start with the creation of the Bitcoin protocol by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, and continue to the current state of Federal Reserve money printing that necessitates the rise of DeFi and digital assets like Bitcoin.
Habitat for Humanity's first 3D-printed house in the U.S. goes to a Virginia family in need
Habitat for Humanity has delivered the first keys for a 3D-printed home in its Habitat Homebuyer Program to a Williamsburg, Virginia family. The single mother in need has participated in Habitat's projects for the hundreds of "sweat equity" hours required to apply, and can now move in her new home, 3D-printed by Alquist with special temperature-isolating concrete.
3D-printed prosthetic ear made with biodegradable material, tech may be used for other cartilage implants
A partnership between the Technion Institute of Technology and the Sheba Medical Center has successfully biofabricated a human auricle with a 3D-printed scaffold and cartilage grown from the patient's own cells. So far, children with microtia have had to undergo painful costal cartilage grafts and wait until age 10 to have their undeveloped ears surgically reconstructed. The 3D-printed prosthetic ear method can be used from age six and is much less invasive.
First R1S electric SUV deliveries aim to keep Rivian's December release promise
Rivian's stock price traded below its IPO level for the first time after the electric truck maker announced it will miss the 2021 production goals due to battery supply chain issues. As if to counter the bad impressions, Rivian announced the delivery of its first R1S electric SUV vehicles this week, to the company's Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officers.
Innovative electric car maker NIO may prep to enter the U.S. market and take on Tesla directly
NIO, one of the most innovative Chinese electric car makers, may be preparing to bring its cars to this side of the pond, after managing to launch several of them in Europe. Its 2022 expansion plans include bringing the 600-mile ET7 sedan to Norway and five other EU countries, but a few LinkedIn job listings suggest that it could very well be eyeing the American market, too, despite the formidable presence of Tesla.
You can now use your Tesla as a megaphone to alert pedestrians in real time
Tesla has added a new Megaphone mode in the audio options of the mandated external speakers that are used to raise awareness among pedestrians about a Tesla approaching at low speed. The Megaphone option is in addition to the Boombox mode that was received with the big holiday update last year, and could play pre-recorded audio via that same speaker alert system.
CATL strives to be NIO's 600-mile range semi-solid state battery supplier with a new 'ultrahigh nickel' tech
The world's biggest electric car battery maker - CATL - may have become complacent when it comes to innovation, reports local media. It now has to fight to bring back NIO's business when it comes to the unique 600+ mile battery pack for its ET5 and ET7 sedans. NIO developed the 150 kWh "semi-solid state" battery with a nimbler competitor instead of with CATL, forcing it to go back to the negotiation table with a new "ultrahigh nickel" technology and a new EV battery chemistry offer.
Crypto regulatory compliance automation firm Astra raises US$9 million in a private token sale
The cryptocurrency regulation requirements will only grow with time, and there are now services like the Astra Protocol that are offering automated compliance layer over digital asset trades. To continue its development, Astra has raised US$9 million in a private token sale from notable investors like Republic, DAOMaker, Fundamental Labs, Faculty, Richard Dai, and Wave GP Cardano. The Astra regulatory layer has built-in Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money-Laundering (AML) compliance abilities.
Discord hack steals Solana crypto from Fractal's in-game NFT channel subscribers
Using Discord's webhooks interface, hackers gained access to the official channel of the new Fractal marketplace for in-game NFT trading, established by Twitch's co-founder Justin Kan. Instead of a link to a promised NFT Airdrop giveaway, Fractal's Discord channel subscribers got a malicious one that was used to grant access to their Solana crypto wallets. Ultimately, 373 Discord subs clicked on it and connected their wallets to the anonymous scam account only to see their SOL holdings emptied in record time. Fractal promised to compensate their losses and thanked the hackers for the free publicity.
As Wall Street bids lithium prices way up, Tesla may build a huge LFP battery factory in the U.S.
Tesla plans to offset the galloping battery component prices by using the cheaper LFP chemistry in all of its standard range vehicles. Not only that, but it may have entered a U.S. factory agreement with Gotion, a big Chinese LFP battery cells supplier, which includes production on American soil. The potential deal that Gotion bragged about has it procuring the whopping 200 GWh in a 5-year period, an amount that makes Tesla the prime candidate to be that "large listed automobile company in the US" mentioned in the statement.
Fraunhofer develops the first color OLED microdisplay for smart glasses, helmets, or other wearables
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology have developed the world's first color OLED microdisplay with ultra low power consumption. Those can be used for information we need right in front of our eyes at all times, like with smart glasses and other wearables, but have so far all been monochrome. By cutting the pixel size in half and utilizing CMOS technology, the Fraunhofer scientists have managed to deliver an OLED microdisplay that can show a mixture of green and red colors for the first time.
First 'Tesla baby' delivered in the electric car while in Autopilot mode
A Philadelphia couple - Yiran and Keating Sherry - turned their Tesla into a veritable delivery car as Yiran gave birth to their second child in the EV on the way to the hospital. Her husband Keating had to put the Tesla in Autopilot mode as they got stuck in traffic, and assist with the birth of his daughter Maeve, happening on the passenger seat. When the Tesla drove them to the hospital, the nurses went and cut the umbilical cord right there in the electric car, making Maeve the first true "Tesla baby."
STALKER 2 developers abandon in-game NFT NPC plans after fans revolt
Crypto fans among gamers who like the STALKER franchise might be disappointed to hear that the developer studio behind the upcoming STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl edition has ditched the plans to introduce an NFT-driven "STALKER metaverse." Citing a backlash against the environmental impact of the blockchain technology, and accusations of profiteering from a fad, the Game World studio said it is abandoning the NFT plans, even though they considered them just a way for an independent game shop to stay afloat.
Free 2022 Polestar 2 OTA update significantly increases its EPA range on a charge
Polestar, the electric brain child of Volvo and Geely, has released a free OTA update for its base Polestar 2 model with a US$45,900 price that increases the range on a charge with a cool 37 miles. The EV managed to achieve 270 miles in the demanding EPA test, which is better than the Standard Range Model Y, if Tesla didn't relegate that one to the dustbin of history. The company also promised an OTA update for its flagship Polestar 2 Long Range Dual motor version that will increase its performance to the whopping 476 hp.
The first electric Lexus RZ 450e slated for 2022 release
Lexus took the stage together with Toyota while the world's largest car maker was announcing its fleet electrification plans. Not only will there be a luxury Lexus sports car on battery power, but fans of the premium brand will be able to buy the first Lexus EV called the RZ 450e as soon as next year. Based on the joint Toyota-Subaru eZ4X platform, the new RZ may nevertheless offer more premium features, while Toyota also teased a full-size electric Lexus SUV for release at a later date.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 price and release dates announced for all models, cheapest Ioniq 5 slated for 2022 launch
Hyundai just announced all 2022 Ioniq 5 electric crossover model prices and release dates for America, and they are rather palatable considering the Ioniq 5's specs and features. The cheapest Ioniq 5 will cost just US$39,700, but Hyundai is not launching this Standard Edition Standard Range model until the spring. The SE, SEL, and Limited models will carry the bigger battery, and have up to 303-mile range, depending on whether they are rear wheel drive, or the more powerful 320HP AWD model versions. Their prices go up to US$54,500 for a fully-equipped Limited AWD model, cheaper than a base trim Tesla Model Y.
Hackers tweet that India has accepted Bitcoin as official currency from PM Modi's account
India is currently working on a comprehensive cryptocurrency legislation to regulate the digital assets market in the country which may lead to an outright Bitcoin ban. The final say will be on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Twitter account was hacked to announce India accepts Bitcoin as legal tender immediately after his comments that India should "jointly shape global norms for emerging technologies like social media and cryptocurrencies so that they are used to empower democracy, not to undermine it."
The total Bitcoin mining hash rate is now higher than before the Chinese ban on miners
The Bitcoin mining network has demonstrated its resilience in the face of major country crackdowns, as the Total Hash Rate of miners completely recovered to pre-Chinese ban levels on Friday. Analysts are saying that the reason behind this quick recovery of the global Bitcoin mining network was due to a combination of factors. On one hand we had the swift reactions of mining companies which moved to more welcoming countries like Russia, Kazakhstan, or the U.S., and on the other there was the Fed's money printing spree that left investors with tons of cash they had to park somewhere.
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 range estimate breaks the 300-mile barrier on the EPA test, top speed confirmed
About the only thing left for Hyundai to reveal about the 2022 Ioniq 5 is the price of all the trims in the U.S. It just got certified by the EPA for an impressive 303 miles range on a charge from its upgraded 77.4 kWh battery. In addition, Hyundai released all the specs we've been waiting on so far, like the Ioniq 5's top speed or towing capacity, as well as its interior and exterior color options.
The 3D-printed assisted suicide Sarco Pod capsule hasn't been approved under Swiss euthanasia laws yet
In the last few days, a wild claim by the creator of the 3D-printed assisted suicide Sarco Pod made the news rounds, informing that their mobile euthanasia contraption was approved for use in Switzerland. It turns out that none of the organizations that provide assisted suicide in the country - like EXIT or Dignitas - knew of such a legal review or intends to employ the Sarco Pod in their euthanasia services. The mobile Sarco Pod's assisted suicide promise is one of idyllic settings and personal choices, while its oxygen deprivation method differs from the typical euthanasia practice in Switzerland.
3D printing of plant-based meat substitute made possible by 'thermosensitive' cocoa butter
Food science researchers have managed to whip up a concoction of soy protein isolate, emulsifiers, starches, and other plant-based ingredients to achieve "superior 3D printing performance" of plant-based meat dough. Their secret ingredient seems to have been the use of cocoa butter that finally made the patties flow, while the efforts to 3D-print substitute meat with pea protein have been futile. The researchers added shiitake powder to achieve the taste and say the meat replacement has as much protein as chicken.
Jury orders Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, to pay US$100 million in intellectual property theft
The verdict in the Kleiman v. Wright lawsuit, sometimes called the "Satoshi Nakamoto trial," is in, and Mr. Wright has to pay US$100 million in intellectual property damages to the plaintiff. Filed by the heirs of the deceased David Kleiman, the lawsuit aimed to prove that the alleged Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto was a collective of Mr. Kleiman and Mr. Wright hence they are entitled to their fair share of the 1.1 million bitcoins their undertaking mined. None of those bitcoins had to be accessed during the trial, as the focus was on the intellectual property of the joint venture, so the verdict couldn't definitively solve the Satoshi Nakamoto conundrum.
Cryptocurrency execs testify before U.S. Congress, warn 'onerous' regulation may have a 'chilling' industry effect
Alesia Haas, the CEO of Coinbase Inc., is testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services alongside five other crypto exchange representatives for the first time. In prepared testimonies, the cryptocurrency platform execs urged Congress to be careful while regulating and taxing digital currency like any other asset, as they risk creating "unnecessarily onerous and chilling laws and regulations." The first Congressional hearing of crypto exchange execs is still ongoing, and you can watch the live stream here.
China's lunar rover 'cube' mystery may be a rock formation
The Chinese moon rover has been exploring the South Pole–Aitken basin crater on the dark side of the Moon ever since it became the first spacecraft to land there back in 2019. Recently, it snapped a photo of a mysterious "cube" on the edge of the crater that Chinese media were quick to call a "mystery hut." China's lunar rover is heading to investigate the strange object further, but a scientist has managed to confirm that the "moon hut" might be just a rock, judging from images of the area snapped by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Tesla investigated by the SEC over disclosure of fire hazard in SolarCity panel installations
An ex-SolarCity quality assurance employee has filed a lawsuit against Tesla Energy arguing criminal negligence regarding faulty solar roof installations that caused residential and commercial fires. In complaints filed before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, he claims that Tesla management didn't take his fire hazard warnings seriously. The SEC probe into the reported Tesla Energy wrongdoing will determine if it communicated the fire risks from the faulty solar panel installations to shareholders or the public.
Security firm flags crypto wallet credentials malware tucked into a hacky KMSPico Windows activator
The security researchers from Red Canary have identified another threat to your software cryptocurrency wallet of choice, and it is hiding in a popular Windows activator. The fake KMSPico installers work as intended for Microsoft Windows or Office activation, but they can also lodge into several popular crypto wallets and grab their credentials. Since KMSPico is piggybacking on Microsoft's own Windows Key Management Services (KMS) option, the security firm claims that even IT departments use it, potentially introducing crypto wallet malware to the unsuspecting machines they activate Microsoft software on.
First SNAG drone that can perch on trees like a bird has 3D-printed falcon legs
Using biomimicry to replicate how birds land on tree branches and balance there, Stanford researchers have managed to create SNAG, the Stereotyped Nature-Inspired Aerial Grasper, which can fly like a quadcopter but land like a peregrine falcon. SNAG is not your average drone but a robotic bird that can grasp branches of various forms and textures with its 3D-printed legs, motors for muscles, and fishing line for tendons. The end goal is to conserve battery while filming or surveying an area by perching instead of hovering all the time.
Electric cars performance and battery range in cold weather must be improved, say Chinese regulators
The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology responsible for EV certification wants electric cars to do better in cold weather conditions. Citing reduced battery range on a charge when temperatures are low, the Ministry held a panel to coordinate the efforts of electric car makers, regulators, and researchers to serve EV drivers better in cold climates. The list of participants includes the top Chinese EV manufacturers which already hold the range-on-a-charge records, as well as academia that deals with battery chemistry research.
Bitcoin mining community on edge as Kazakhstan rations energy, Elizabeth Warren studies its climate impact
Cryptocurrency miners face a perfect regulatory storm from the looming financial regulation of digital assets on one side and the upcoming climate change bills on the other. Bitcoin mining in Kazakhstan became the second-largest globally after China banned its miners, but the country's energy infrastructure can't handle the load, and large mining platforms are relocating to the US. Here, however, Senator Elizabeth Warren has sent a letter demanding more info on the climate impact of Bitcoin mining, spelling further regulatory trouble for miners.
Google Search can now find a doctor that accepts your insurance, saving on out-of-network deductibles
To help patients navigate the perplexing in or out-of-network specifics of the U.S. healthcare industry, Google Search is now offering providers the options to list which insurance they take. Given the exponentially higher charges patients can incur when going to an out-of-network practice, the service aims to make emergency decisions easier. Moreover, doctor's Google Search business listings can now be filtered by Medicare insurance and by languages spoken by the practice.
Crypto exchange execs to face Congress for the first time as the SEC pushes registration
Maxine Waters (D-CA), the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, has scheduled a December 8 Congressional hearing titled the "Digital Assets and the Future of Finance: Understanding the Challenges and Benefits of Financial Innovation in the United States." The hearing will see crypto platform execs testify before Congress for the first time. Witnessed include the Coinbase CFO and five others who will appear amidst a regulatory oversight push by SEC's Chair Gensler. He again demands that cryptocurrency exchanges register with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
'Severe' Starship Raptor engine production snags could bankrupt SpaceX, Elon Musk warns
The Thanksgiving weekend has been transformed into a full-blown crisis over at SpaceX by an Elon Musk "all hands on deck" email. The production snags for the new Starship Raptor engines turned out to be more severe than previously thought, putting the launch of the new Starlink satellites in jeopardy. These are the ones that are supposed to make Starlink profitable, and Elon Musk warns that the Starship has to fly at least twice a month next year to keep SpaceX afloat.
First 3D-printed prosthetic eye installed in a patient's socket
The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, one of the leading research centers in visual computing computer science based on images and 3D models, has 3D-printed a prosthetic eye. Using its proprietary Cuttlefish: Eye software and 3D-printing technology, the scientists have managed to create models in a fraction of the time typically needed for fitting one. Fraunhofer's new technology will undergo clinical trials in the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, where 40 patients will get 3D-printed prosthetic eyes.
Nissan unveils US$18 billion 'Ambition 2030' electric car agenda with a Tesla Cybertruck competitor
Nissan announced an electrification program of its own called "Ambition 2030" that will see it introduce 23 new EV models across the Nissan and Infinity brands this decade alone. The company already takes reservations for its first electric SUV, the Ariya, but it introduced more EV concepts, including a MAX-OUT convertible and a Tesla Cybertruck competitor. Besides electric car production, Ambition 2030 includes a plan to develop a proprietary solid-state battery and expand its 4R Energy battery recycling and repurposing program.
Tesla Model Y production in the new German Gigafactory to start as soon as December
After months of delay and red tape compliance, the first Tesla Gigafactory in Europe may begin Model Y production in a matter of days. The Brandenburg State Environment Office will reportedly be signing off on the Berlin Gigafactory opening, allowing up to 30,000 units to be built there in the first half of 2022. That's in addition to the large capacity for Tesla 4680 battery cells production, for which CEO Elon Musk just declined a billion worth of EU subsidies.
Obscure Omicron coin named like the COVID-19 variant defies the general crypto market crash
An obscure cryptocurrency named Omicron is now surging for obvious reasons, all the while Bitcoin and Ethereum experienced a Black Friday market crash. The Omicron crypto is gaining attention for the simple fact that it shares a name with the latest World Health Organization COVID-19 "variant of concern" designation for the B.1.1.529 mutation first found in Africa. The aptly named OMIC coin price has surged 700% on historically high volume ever since B.1.1.529 became Omicron.
The Tesla Model 3 price increases now make it ineligible for EV subsidies in markets like Canada
Tesla has been raising the prices of its entry-level Model 3 sedan and the Model Y SUV for a while now, explaining it with supply chain issues and the chip shortages. The problems are so severe that Tesla has delivered cars without something as simple as USB charging ports. Tesla has now raised the Model 3 price tag several times already, making even the basic model fall outside the federal or provincial subsidies scope in countries like Canada.
The Fed issues 'crypto sprint' roadmap for the new cryptocurrency regulation and tax law guidance
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have issued a joint statement clarifying the next steps in the US cryptocurrency regulations. After the infrastructure bill was signed into law with crypto taxation provisions, the agencies are now outlining a roadmap for their digital assets regulation guidance that stretches through 2022.
The Tesla Cybertruck proves a sales hit long before its release, now worth more than BMW
Tesla's Cybertruck reservations beat the market capitalization of BMW or Ford with no deliveries in sight, just a tentative Q4 2022 release timeframe. The electric pickup reservations surpassed 1.2 million, potentially bringing Tesla a US$80 billion windfall in pre-sales. While investors are cautious about the EV stock bubble that is now worth more than storied legacy automakers, the Cybertruck sales success story indicates that the bubble may not pop any time soon.
The Bitcoin mining ban started a fire sale on Chinese miners, FT investigation reveals where they went
When China banned Bitcoin mining, panicked local firms went into a fire sale mode for their rigs. The bulk of the crypto miners went to Russia, followed by Kazakhstan, the US, Canada, Paraguay, and even Venezuela. The more expensive rig models ended up in more developed countries, whereas mining in Caracas seems to be a poverty alleviation strategy, made profitable on older power-hungry Chinese miner models by cheap electricity.
Canada bans 5G antennas around airports for potential interference with aircraft altimeters
The Canadian Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development will follow the example of its US counterparts and will restrict 5G connectivity where planes take off and land. The move will affect 26 Canadian airports where mid-band 5G antennas will be banned outdoors but allowed inside the airport buildings. The restrictions come as the potential for 5G signal interference with a plane altimeter can not be ruled out with absolute certainty, claims ISED.
Electric car charging stations mandated for all new British homes
Starting next year, new British homes or commercial buildings like supermarkets and office spaces will have to be equipped with electric charging stations. The law will mandate retrofitting EV chargers in older buildings that undergo significant renovations, too. According to the government, the home charging legislation could add up to 145,000 new electric car charging stations per year in the UK.
New XPeng G9 electric SUV primed for international markets with 800V charging, Gigabit connectivity
After successfully launching its G3 electric SUV and P7 sedan in Norway, XPeng just unveiled a mid-size G9 SUV designed for international markets from the onset. Fully compliant with the European crash safety and certification standards, the XPeng G9 will feature ultrafast 800V charging, an autonomous driving system, and Gigabit connectivity that allows it to get OTA firmware updates in as little as 30 minutes.
Stubborn battery flames in electric car accidents solved by a new firefighting tool
Austrian fire truck manufacturer Rosenbaum has developed a new high-pressure nozzle to solve the problem of expensive EV battery fire accidents. The process now involves dousing the electric car with water for hours, creating toxic runoff. The new nozzle pierces the battery pack housing, putting out the burning cells directly.
Biden signs crypto taxation into law, but a new bill aims to set exemption for miners
A bipartisan group of Senators has reintroduced a last-ditch amendment bill to exempt entities like miners or wallet developers from being considered crypto transaction brokers, stifling digital asset innovation. Under the new crypto taxation bill that President Biden just signed into law, they may have to report transactions to the IRS just like exchanges; analysts are worried it'd be impossible for them to comply, pending Treasury Department guidance on the new law.
Starlink satellite internet dishes start popping up at Tesla Supercharger stations
Just as Tesla's CEO Elon Musk promised earlier this year, the company has started outfitting select Superchargers with satellite internet connectivity. Thanks to a Starlink service dish, those in line for Superchargers in Florida and other places can now use Tesla's Starlink connectivity for free instead of paying US$10 a month for the electric car maker's premium cellular service.
A lawsuit may finally reveal who is Satoshi Nakamoto, the alleged inventor of Bitcoin
According to the heirs of one David Kleiman, he co-created the Bitcoin protocol together with another programmer, Craig Wright, and is entitled to half of the one million bitcoins their partnership created. They have filed a lawsuit against Mr. Wright in Florida to prove the collective is behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto that allegedly has access to the bitcoins in question, now worth north of US$60 billion.
Cryptocurrency regulation vote deadline urged by the European Commission
The European Commissioner for Financial Services urged EU members and the European Parliament to agree on a crypto regulation proposal by November's end. Some EP members expressed skepticism about the deadline, indicating that it'd be better if the crypto legislation is synchronized with the White House to make sure it enhances rather than stifles innovation.
The Aion LX Plus announced as the first electric SUV with 600+ miles range
The first fully-electric SUV to be announced with a 1000km, or about 626 miles range on a charge, is another EV slated for the Chinese market, GAC's Aion LX Plus. Tested with a 144.4 kWh pack, it reportedly managed to cover 904km before the battery died during the hot-weather test with the A/C on.
Rivian's stock price marks largest IPO since Facebook
America's love affair with trucks transitions into the EV realm as Amazon-backed Rivian notches one of the largest ever initial public offerings. Rivian's shares debuted 30% higher than its set US$78 IPO stock price, making the electric pickup maker more valuable than legacy stalwarts like GM or Ford.
Elon Musk's Tesla stock Twitter challenge ends in a US$100 billion market cap loss
Tesla's CEO Elon Musk pledged before his Twitter followers to sell 10% of his stock holdings to preempt new taxation laws, and Tesla's shares have slid more than 10% since.
First social skills framework for robots developed at MIT
A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines has created a mathematical framework to make robots cognizant of how their actions impact others.
Crypto taxation passes with the House infrastructure bill, time to sort those Shiba Inu coin gains
Congress finally passed the new infrastructure bill with its provisions to tax cryptocurrency transactions essentially unchanged. Pending IRS and Treasury Department guidance, any digital asset class deal above US$10,000 may now have to be reported by the exchanges for tax purposes.
Largest 3D-printed housing community rising in Texas to aid in homebuilder shortage
The first company to obtain a permit for, then build a 3D-printed house in the US, now plans the world's largest 3D-printed neighborhood in Austin, TX.
Tesla Superchargers open to non-Tesla electric cars in a game-changing pilot
Tesla is opening a few of its fast Supercharger stations for vehicles of electric car makers like VW, Mercedes, BMW, Hyundai, etc. to use. Charging non-Tesla vehicles is available at a slightly higher cost in a potential pivotal moment for charging standards interoperability.
Coinbase notification scam steals US$11 million in bitcoin from a crypto account in 10 minutes
In a warning to Coinbase users not to fall for fake customer service representatives, a subscriber got their Bitcoin account plundered with their own helping hand.
Tesla's stock soars on US$4.2 billion Hertz deal, European sales top reports
Tesla's shares continue their upward march on reports that Hertz ordered 100,000 Model 3 cars for its fleet, while Tesla became the first electric car company to top European sales last month.
iPhone maker Foxconn outs its first electric cars, including a 750HP Model E sedan
A new electric vehicle player has entered the fray, and it is none other than Apple's iPhone manufacturer Foxconn with an electric SUV, sedan, and bus models trio.
MIT accelerates the discovery of new 3D printing materials with open-source AI platform
MIT and BASF have teamed up to create an open-source AI algorithm that significantly speeds up the development of new materials for 3D printing with niche characteristics.
Hyundai tips Ioniq models with a 500-mile range thanks to new Li-Metal battery investment
The nascent Li-Metal battery technology that allows for 500 miles (800km) of range on a charge has won the heart (and a $100 million investment) of Hyundai for the next Ioniq models built on the E-GMP platform.
Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' mode finally lands for regular owners in a watershed moment for autonomous cars
Tesla finally took its Full Self-Driving car mode out of the early access program, widening its availability to Tesla car owners with a perfect safety score.