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  • Lordstown Motors reverses claims about “binding orders” for electric pickup truck
    by Kirsten Korosec on June 17, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Lordstown Motors does not have binding orders from customers for its electric Endurance pickup truck — a reversal from claims made earlier this week by company executives in an effort to restore confidence in the troubled company, according to a regulatory filing released Thursday. Lordstown Motors interim CEO Angela Strand and President Rich Schmidt made […]

  • China launches 3 astronauts to its new space station core module
    by Aria Alamalhodaei on June 17, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Three Chinese astronauts have docked at China’s space station core module, named Tianhe, for the first time. The three astronauts flew to space as part of the Shenzhou 12 mission, China’s first crewed mission since 2012. They will call the core module of the Tiangong space station home until September, making it the longest crewed […]

  • Amazon’s Appstore lowers its cut of developer revenue for small businesses, adds AWS credits
    by Sarah Perez on June 17, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Amazon is following in the footsteps of app store giants, Apple and Google, with this week’s introduction of its Amazon Appstore Small Business Accelerator Program. The new program will reduce the commissions Amazon takes on app developer revenues for qualifying smaller businesses. Previously, Amazon’s Appstore took a 30% cut of revenue, including that from in-app […]

  • Neo4j raises Neo$325m as graph-based data analysis takes hold in enterprise
    by Danny Crichton on June 17, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Databases run the world, but database products are often some of the most mature and venerable software in the modern tech stack. Designers will pixel push, frontend engineers will add clicks to make it more difficult to drop out of a soporific Zoom call, but few companies are ever willing to rip out their database […]

  • Google announces EPYC-based Tau virtual machines for Cloud
    by Brian Heater on June 17, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Google this morning announced the launch of Tau, a new family of virtual machines built on AMD’s third-gen EPYC processor. According to the company, the new x86-compatible system offers a 42% price-performance boost over standard VMs. Google notably first started utilizing AMD EPYC processors for Cloud back in 2017, while Amazon Cloud’s offerings date back […]

  • Karin Tsai, director of engineering at Duolingo will be speaking at TechCrunch City Spotlight: Pittsburgh on June 29
    by Natasha Mascarenhas on June 17, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    TechCrunch City Spotlight: Pittsburgh is getting closer, with impressive featured speakers including Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian and Mayor Bill Peduto. However, we’ve saved the best for last: Our last speaker is Karin Tsai, director of engineering at Duolingo, a $2.4 billion business that is all about making language learning fun and accessible. The […]

  • Last-mile, landscaping and leaping robots
    by Brian Heater on June 17, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    I spoke to Refraction AI co-founder/CTO Matthew Johnson-Roberson on the occasion of the Michigan startup’s $4.2 million seed raise. This week we posted a Q&A where he answers a wider range of topics about the delivery robotics company, and this bit jumped out at me: It still boggles my mind that nobody has tried to […]

  • Instagram’s TikTok rival, Reels, rolls out ads worldwide
    by Sarah Perez on June 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Instagram Reels are getting ads. The company announced today it’s launching ads in its short-form video platform and TikTok rival, Reels, to businesses and advertisers worldwide. The ads will be up to 30 seconds in length, like Reels themselves, and vertical in format, similar to ads found in Instagram Stories. Also like Reels, the new […]

  • A security bug in Google’s Android app put users’ data at risk
    by Zack Whittaker on June 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Until recently, Google’s namesake Android app, which has more than five billion installs to date, had a vulnerability that could have allowed an attacker to quietly steal personal data from a victim’s device. Sergey Toshin, founder of mobile app security startup Oversecured, said in a blog post that the vulnerability has to do with how […]

  • Deep reinforcement learning will transform manufacturing as we know it
    by Annie Siebert on June 17, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Reinforcement learning and simulation are essential to solving the constraints and novel challenges that take place in factories and supply chains. […]

  • Self-driving cars are a no-go, so let’s all pretend flying cars are coming
    by Ioanna Lykiardopoulou on June 17, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Some decades ago we were expecting that by now we’d be comfortably riding in our own self-driving car. Clearly, that didn’t happen, but, folks, don’t despair. We have the world’s first all-electric flying race car. Do we really need a flying race car? Well, I think not, but in any case meet the Airspeeder MK3 that made today its first flight over the deserts of South Australia. The Alauda Airspeeder Mk3, defined by the company as a full-sized remotely-operated electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL), weighs 100kg and can fly at speeds over 120 kilometers per hour.  Matthew Pearson, the founder of…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • This training can land you six key IT certifications that can get you working, all for under $30
    by TNW Deals on June 17, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    TLDR: The Premium CompTIA and Cisco Networking Certification Prep Bundle gets learners ready to pass six key certification exams on system security, networking, and more. If you thought all that time spent indoors over the past year probably prompted many people with IT aspirations to bone up on key disciplines and get certified…well, you’re pretty bright. That’s exactly what happened. According to a survey, certification exams were up 16 percent in 2020, with 30 percent of those students saying the pandemic motivated their new learning. Meanwhile, over 90 percent of respondents said certification increased their confidence, 86 percent said they’d…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • The DuoTurbo Mobile Hotspot can be an absolute lifesaver when you need WiFi anytime, anyplace
    by TNW Deals on June 17, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    TLDR: From home or the road, the DuoTurbo 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot can easily keep up to 10 devices connected to WiFi at once. A mobile hotspot can get you out of a lot of jams. As hard as it may be to believe, there really are still places where WiFi remains hard to come by. While that’s an inconvenience if you’re trying to post a picture to Instagram or check on your favorite boutique’s store hours, it can be a lot more than annoying for business professionals, remote workers, or entrepreneurs who need to be connected at all times.…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Uber’s disastrous economic cocktail: Manipulating supply and demand
    by Matthew Beedham on June 17, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Back in March, I wrote about how Uber’s ride-hailing business was having an absolute downer. One that had been spurred on by a drop in rider numbers thanks to COVID-19, and legislative rulings over how it classifies its drivers. It was shaping up to be a fight between David (the drivers and lawmakers) and Goliath (Uber). At the time, I professed that David was yet to find his projectile, but now, I’m questioning whether he’ll need one at all to force Uber to change how it treats its drivers. Since writing that article, I had a number of Uber drivers…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber […]

  • Facebook’s ‘immersive’ VR ads are the capitalist hell no one asked for
    by Thomas Macaulay on June 17, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    VR can provide an immersive escape from the mundane. But there’s one thing it won’t let you escape from for much longer: advertising. Facebook announced on Wednesday that it will soon start testing ads inside Oculus headsets — despite the VR brand’s founder once promising that it would never happen. “We are not going to track you, flash ads at you, or do anything invasive,” pledged Oculus creator Palmer Lucky, shortly after Facebook bought his firm in 2017. That always sounded optimistic, given the social network gets around 97% of its revenue from ads. Seven years later, the skeptics have been proven correct.…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook […]

  • US senator outrageously tries to exempt AVs from safety standards — gets rejected
    by Ioanna Lykiardopoulou on June 17, 2021 at 10:13 am

    While President Joe Biden’s plans to boost EV adoption have been well received, the incorporation of self-driving cars into US roads is still facing strong resistance. Yesterday, the US Senate Commerce Committee rejected Republican Senator John Thune’s proposal to attach measures lifting regulations on autonomous vehicles (AVs) to a $78 billion surface transportation bill, Reuters reports.  Thune has suggested granting to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the power to exempt a large number of autonomous vehicles per manufacturer from safety standards written with human drivers in mind. The senator has argued that self-driving vehicles could enhance road safety by eliminating human error,…This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • A brief history of our beloved mobile phones
    by The Conversation on June 17, 2021 at 9:47 am

    I have a cellphone built into my watch. People now take this type of technology for granted, but not so long ago it was firmly in the realm of science fiction. The transition from fantasy to reality was far from the flip of a switch. The amount of time, money, talent and effort required to put a telephone on my wrist spanned far beyond any one product development cycle. The people who crossed a wristwatch with a cellphone worked hard for several years to make it happen, but technology development really occurs on a timescale of decades. While the last…This story continues at The Next Web […]

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