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Tesla raised prices at its Supercharger stations
Tesla drivers will have to spend a little more at the charger. The electric automaker has raised prices at its Supercharger stations, according to Electrek (via Engadget), after implementing a new pricing structure.
Up until now, the company has charged drivers under a state / region pricing scheme. According to Electrek, the company is now moving to an individual charging station structure, to take local demand and power rates into consideration. The site pointed out that New York drivers were most recently charged a state-wide rate of $0.24 per kWh, which jumped 33 percent to $0.32 per kWh in New York City under the change, and notes that drivers in Europe have also reported increases.
The company hiked prices anywhere from 20 to 40...More Info...
Facebook is launching a petitions feature
Tomorrow, Facebook will launch a petitions feature called Community Actions, reports TechCrunch, which will allow users to notify their local officials of actions that they’d like to see happen.
TechCrunch says that the feature will begin to roll out to users tomorrow across the United States, who will be able to create a petition, tag relevant public officials or organizations, and get their friends to support their cause. Supporters for any given petition will be able to discuss the topic with fellow supporters on the page, and will also be able to create events and fundraisers.
The site characterizes the feature as one aimed squarely at organizing around public officials, citing examples that range from a “Moratorium on New Drilling”...More Info...
The military is looking at ways to intercept nukes from space — but
What Never Was is a somber Myst-like adventure that leaves you wanting
It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play, we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend.
Shortly after the death of her grandfather, Sarah Wright is tasked with cleaning out the attic of his home in rural England. The small room is furnished with a desk, a large grandfather clock, and a curious globe. It’s also full of books and mysteries that Sarah uncovers as she searches through her grandfather’s belongings.
This is the setup for What Never Was, a first-person adventure that feels like a cross between Gone Home and Myst. It’s smaller in scale compared to Gone Home — in What Never Was you only have access to...More Info...
A new trailer for American Gods’ second season teases a coming war b
Starz has released a new trailer for its upcoming second season of American Gods, showing off a building confrontation between the old gods and new.
The series is based on the 2001 fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman, which follows a former convict, Shadow Moon (played by Ricky Whittle in the show), after he’s hired by a mysterious individual named Mr. Wednesday (played by Ian McShane). He acts as a body guard and driver for the man as he travels across the country on a secretive mission. (Spoilers ahead) The first season of the highly stylized show saw the pair meeting a number of strange individuals on their journey, and it isn’t until the finale that Shadow Moon realizes that the man he’s been accompanying isn’t a human at all, but a...More Info...
We spoke to a Waymo One customer about how robot taxis get confused by
Last month, Waymo launched its first self-driving taxi service — Waymo One — in Phoenix, Arizona, but you would hardly know it by scrolling through your feed. No Facebook posts, no live-streaming videos, no tweets. We don’t know how many people are using the Google offshoot’s self-driving minivans (Waymo won’t say), but the ones that are have been surprisingly mute on social media.
One exception is Shawn Metz, a 30-year-old HR manager who lives in Chandler, Arizona. Since he was invited to use Waymo One in December, Metz has posted at least a dozen videos on Instagram and YouTube, documenting his experience using Waymo’s self-driving minivans.
He’s become the hero of AV...More Info...
India wants social media platforms to remove content it deems ‘unlaw
The Indian government has proposed new rules aiming to stop the spread of fake news and misinformation in the country on social media — and local civil liberties groups aren’t happy. Late last month, the Internet Freedom Foundation penned a statement saying that these new rules would act as a “sledgehammer to online free speech.”
The proposed rules would amend Section 79 of India’s IT Act, the primary law in the country concerning online commerce and cybercrime. The IT Act works in a similar manner as the US’s Communications Decency Act, and the specific section that would be amended reads a lot like Section 230. If the amendments are approved, platforms like Facebook and Twitter would be required to censor content that the Indian...More Info...
Apple is once again selling its iPhone SE — for now
Last September, Apple officially stopped selling its iPhone X, iPhone SE, and iPhone 6s models, following the release of the iPhone XS and XR. This weekend, MacRumors noticed that Apple quietly began to sell the iPhone SE in its clearance section.
The phone appears to have sold out. The 2016-era phone was available in 32GB and 128GB sizes, with $100 and $150 knocked off the price, respectively. The phones were available in space gray, rose gold, gold, and silver colors.
It doesn’t appear that Apple has made the iPhone X or iPhone 6s for sale once again, but if you’ve been missing a decent phone with a headphone jack, this might be the time to pick one up.
Update January 20th, 2019 at 4:00PM ET: The iPhone SE no longer appears on...More Info...
Leaked image shows off three variants for the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineu
Samsung will hold its next Unpacked event next month, where it’s expected to show off a “fully functional” version of its foldable phone, along with the next iteration of its Galaxy lineup, Galaxy S10. A new leaked image from Evan Blass shows off three versions of the phone, the S10E, the S10, and the S10+.
There have been rumors floating around since last fall that the S10 would come in three variants: the S10 and S10+ with a curved OLED screen, hole-punch selfie camera, and in-display fingerprint scanners, with a third (presumably the S10E), serving as a cheaper edition without all the bells and whistles. The company is also rumored to have been in discussions with Verizon to bring a 5G version of the phone to the US. A leak from...More Info...
Watch an inventor take on a Royal Marines assault course in a jet suit
For years, military science fiction has envisioned fantastical tech for soldiers to use in the distant future, from suits of powered armor to advanced weapons. Richard Browning, the inventor and CEO behind Gravity Industries, recently took his jet suit for a spin over the UK Royal Commando’s Commando Training Center in Lympstone, Devon.
Browning — a former Royal Marine reservist — started up his company in 2017, and has been showing off his jet suit since then. The suit, named the Daedalus Mark 1, uses six tiny jet engines — two mounted on the wearer’s back, with an additional two mounted on each arm — which allows the user to fly through the air in a controlled flight.
I saw Browning demonstrate his suit a couple of years ago at San...More Info...