• Tesla just set a new record high. Now it wants to dump $5B in stock

    Tesla just set a new record high. Now it wants to dump $5B in stock
    Tesla stock closed at a new all-time high on Monday, its third this month, bringing its 2020 returns to a taint-tickling 650%. Now, Tesla wants to cash in on the abundant investor interest… again. The Musk-led wunderstock is looking to raise an additional $5 billion, having recently filed to sell the equivalent of 0.8% of the company’s outstanding shares, reports MarketWatch. The move comes just three months after Tesla‘s share price sank 16% in one day after the co
  • Hyundai’s ultra-fast new EV charge station used to pump gas

    Hyundai’s ultra-fast new EV charge station used to pump gas
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai has given a glimpse into what might become a common sight in the future after it converted an old gas station into a collection of ultra-fast chargers for electric vehicles. As the Korea Herald reports, Hyundai this morning unveiled the charging station in southeastern Seoul, which consists of eight high-voltage EV chargers capable of delivering 350 kWh of power, and peak at 800 volts. In other words, that should be enough to charge a wide array of electric vehicle
  • KEF’s new basketball-sized subwoofer promises ‘maximum bass in minimum space’

    KEF’s new basketball-sized subwoofer promises ‘maximum bass in minimum space’
    We do a fair amount of high-end speaker and headphone reviews at TNW, but it’s rare we talk about other audio system components. Every once in a while though, such a product ends up earning our attention. Case in point: KEF, a hi-fi audio company, just launched a tiny subwoofer with some wild performance claims. First things first: this subwoofer is expensive, at $1,500.  The price might be justified, though, once you see the KC62 has a claimed frequency response of 11 – 200 Hz
  • GitOps has been ‘controversial’ — but the truth is your organization needs it

    GitOps has been ‘controversial’ — but the truth is your organization needs it
    There’s a popular (and, not that it matters, wholly untrue) myth that says we only ever use 10% of our brains, with the rest locked away as untapped potential. Sometimes I think Git is a bit like that.  We all know Git. It’s the foundation of the modern software development workflow. But if you’re merely using it as a tool to host and manage code, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to bring order and consistency to your infrastructure deployments.  GitOps
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  • LG reportedly wants to sell its phone business to a Vietnamese manufacturer

    LG reportedly wants to sell its phone business to a Vietnamese manufacturer
    LG might exit the smartphone business and it’s already in talks with potential suitors to buy its unit. After yesterday’s reports of LG‘s internal memo informing staffers of this step, Korean dailies are reporting today that the company might sell the smartphone segment to a Vietnamese conglomerate, VinGroup. According to Business Korea, VinGroup has the most attractive offer on the table for the Korean tech giant’s phone business. The Vietnamese group already produ
  • The White House website reinstates Spanish version that Trump removed

    The White House website reinstates Spanish version that Trump removed
    Following President Joe Biden‘s inauguration, the White House‘s  official website has promptly re-instated a Spanish version of its website. ¡Por fin! For those wondering, @WhiteHouse already has a Spanish-language page up.https://t.co/veEo5k443Y pic.twitter.com/nbjx4PqJsl — Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77) January 20, 2021 As noted by Julio Ricardo Varela of Latino Rebels the Spanish page is directly accessible from the White House website’s main menu, o
  • After years of testing, Netflix confirms it’s launching a shuffle play feature this year

    After years of testing, Netflix confirms it’s launching a shuffle play feature this year
    If you’re struggling to find something worth watching from Netflix’s vast catalog and you don’t trust the recommendations of your friends, the streaming service has some good news for you. The company is finally launching a “shuffle play” feature for users who would rather let an algorithm pick their next series to binge on. The streaming service confirmed it will roll out the feature globally during a Q4 investor interview on Tuesday. “Our members
  • Scientists developed an AI system for predicting human psychosis

    Scientists developed an AI system for predicting human psychosis
    A team of European scientists led by researchers from the Max Planck institute recently developed the world’s first cybernetic system for predicting psychosis onset in high-risk patients. According to the NIH, about three percent of the general population (data is US-specific) will experience psychosis in their lifetimes. To put that in perspective, the odds you’ll be stung by a bee are approximately six million to one. Unfortunately, predicting psychosis in high-risk patients is a
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  • New AI system counts endangered elephants from space

    New AI system counts endangered elephants from space
    Scientists have unveiled a new tool for monitoring endangered wildlife: an AI system that automatically counts elephants from space. The tech combines satellite cameras with a convolutional neural network (CNN) to capture African elephants moving through forests and grasslands. In tests, the surveying technique detected elephants as accurately as human observers, while eliminating the risk of disturbing the species. The research joins a growing range of AI projects that are seeking to
  • Sofa Summit is the first virtual event you need to join this year — here’s why

    Sofa Summit is the first virtual event you need to join this year  — here’s why
    Much of the world is still online, but just because we’re at home doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy an event with great speakers, sessions, and networking potential. Most conferences in 2020 went fully virtual so that no one would miss out on the experience — TNW 2020 included — and now we can begin the year right with the Sofa Summit. Sofa Summit is organized by Smartly.io, and it’s the world’s largest social advertising event. Lasting for almost 15 ho
  • 5G-powered drones will soon deliver packages in Florida

    5G-powered drones will soon deliver packages in Florida
    This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. Verizon has announced a collaboration with United Parcel Service (UPS) to test 5G to deliver retail packages via drones to residents at The Villages retirement
  • Stone River eLearning is almost 5,000 hours of premium tech training for under $100

    Stone River eLearning is almost 5,000 hours of premium tech training for under $100
    TLDR: Stone River eLearning offers more than 800 courses covering dozens of tech training staples to help get you hired or ready to tackle new challenges in your current job. Almost a year into the upheaval of COVID-19, the reverberations are still being felt. Jobs are upended, careers are in doubt, and millions are looking at other options for what to do next professionally. While charting a new life course can seem demoralizing at times, take heart — the tech industry remains eager for
  • Tesla backtracks on hiring someone to fight Elon Musk’s Twitter critics

    Tesla backtracks on hiring someone to fight Elon Musk’s Twitter critics
    Reports published yesterday suggested that EV maker Tesla was on the hunt to hire someone specifically to fight against social media messages directed at the company’s CEO Elon Musk. However, it seems the company has already gone back on the idea. It hasn’t even been 24 hours yet, and the job description for a customer service post at Tesla has been changed to now omit any mention of them being required to fight messages leveled at Musk. [Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture,
  • Social media marketing is more competitive. This collection can help you master Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more

    Social media marketing is more competitive. This collection can help you master Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more
    TLDR: The Silicon Valley Social Media Marketing Course and Certification is a complete package to understand how to sell and engage on seven of the most popular social platforms. Social media is the town square of the 21st century. Today, even your grandparents have an Instagram account. No, really…about half of the Baby Boomer generation uses social media now. As a brand manager, when you’ve got half of the world’s population all in one place, you better be able to take adva
  • Astronomers just detected the oldest and most distant quasar ever

    Astronomers just detected the oldest and most distant quasar ever
    More than 13 billion light years from Earth, the quasar J0313–1806 radiates vast quantities of electromagnetic radiation. This body, formed just 670 million years after the Big Bang, is seen shining with 1000 times the total light produced by the Milky Way Galaxy. The supermassive black hole at its center is more than 1.6 billion times more massive than the Sun. At a distance of more than 13.03 billion light years from Earth, J0313–1806 is the most distant— and thus the most a
  • 3 EV economy metrics you need to know

    3 EV economy metrics you need to know
    Welcome to SHIFT Basics, a collection of tips, explainers, guides, and advice to keep you up to speed with mobility tech. Humans have measured the efficiency of gasoline cars using miles per gallon (MPG) and liters per 100 kilometers (L/100km), for as long as anyone that’s alive can remember. Both these figures offer drivers a quick and understandable number that represents the efficiency of their vehicle. For MPG a higher number is better, and with L/100km a lower number is better. The m
  • After firing Timnit Gebru, Google is now investigating another researcher in its ethical AI division

    After firing Timnit Gebru, Google is now investigating another researcher in its ethical AI division
    Google has suspended the corporate account of Margaret Mitchell, Timnit Gebru’s former co-lead of the Big G’s ethical AI division, claiming she shared thousands of internal files with people outside the company. A source told Axios that Mitchell had been using automated scripts to find messages showing discriminatory treatment of Gebru, whose recent ousting from the tech giant sparked outrage among colleagues. A Google spokesperson said the company was investigating the in
  • MediaTek’s 2021 flagship chip comes with big promises: 168Hz display and ray tracing

    MediaTek’s 2021 flagship chip comes with big promises: 168Hz display and ray tracing
    When it comes to smartphone chipsets, usually, Qualcomm, Apple, and Samsung rule consumer debates. However, Taiwanese firm MediaTek, which became the largest chipset vendor in Q3 2020, is no small fish. The chipmaker released its new flagship processor, called the Dimensity 1200, today. The chip is the firm’s first high-end mobile CPU since 2019, when it released the Dimensity 1000. It also released a toned-down cousin of the 1200, called the Dimensity 1100. The 6nm chip follows
  • 3 creative ways to use your brand’s data to improve marketing measures

    3 creative ways to use your brand’s data to improve marketing measures
    Marketing is an undeniably creative medium. But all too often, I’ve seen marketers lean a bit too heavily on the creative side — to the point where they ignore or overlook the messaging that would have the greatest impact on their customers. When it comes to understanding your customers’ needs and communicating how you can address those needs, you’re going to have to rely on data. While data may not always seem like a natural match with a creative activity like advertisi
  • How machine learning enhances customer segmentation

    How machine learning enhances customer segmentation
    One of the key challenges that marketing teams must solve is allocating their resources in a way that minimizes “cost per acquisition” (CPA) and increases return on investment. This is possible through segmentation, the process of dividing customers into different groups based on their behavior or characteristics. Customer segmentation can help reduce waste in marketing campaigns. If you know which customers are similar to each other, you’ll be better positioned to target your
  • Alibaba shares jump 8% as Jack Ma surfaces after 3 months

    Alibaba shares jump 8% as Jack Ma surfaces after 3 months
    Jack Ma is back. Well, not in an Arnie-in-terminator way, but the Alibaba co-founder, who was believed to have gone missing for several weeks until recently, made a video appearance in an educational event where he addressed teachers working in rural China. The ecommerce company’s shares jumped by more than 8% on the Hong Kong stock exchange on the back of Ma’s first sighting in three months. Ant Group, Alibaba’s affiliate company, confirmed the video’s authent
  • Facebook’s AI for describing photos in your feed is way smarter now

    Facebook’s AI for describing photos in your feed is way smarter now
    The internet is not easy to navigate for people with visual imparities. While there are screen reader applications to help them, often, websites or users don’t add alt text to images. In turn, the reader can’t describe to the user what the picture looks like. Thankfully, we have seen plenty of AI models in the last few years that make this task easier by automatically captioning photos. Facebook, which introduced a model called Automatic Alternative Text (AAT) in 2016, has
  • Trump gets suspended from YouTube for another week

    Trump gets suspended from YouTube for another week
    Last week, YouTube suspended President Trump from its platform for seven days following the riot at the Capitol, saying a recent video on his channel had incited violence. At the time, YouTube said it would revisit the move at the end of the suspension, and today the video platform announced it is extending the ban for another seven days. Although Trump’s previous videos — other than the one that was removed — are still available on his account, the suspension prevents th
  • The best vampire games and mods to play until Bloodlines 2 releases later this year

    The best vampire games and mods to play until Bloodlines 2 releases later this year
    Paradox Interactive’s Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 is among the most anticipated games of 2021. Unfortunately it’s been pushed back toward the second half of the year. And that’s a long time to keep the beast at bay for those of us who were excitedly expecting it last year. However, as we’ve recently seen what can happen when a much-anticipated game is released a little too early, we here at TNW commend Paradox and developer Hardsuit Labs for making the decision
  • Google Chrome update makes it easy to fix all your weaksauce passwords

    Google Chrome update makes it easy to fix all your weaksauce passwords
    Let’s face it, we’ve all had some terrible passwords in our past. Whether it’s using the same password for every site, using some combination of personal information, or simply not using enough unique characters, many of us would do well to strengthen our online security habits. To that end, Google‘s latest update to Chrome (version 88) makes it easy to fix all your weak passwords in one go, assuming you’re already using the browser for password management. On the
  • GPT-3 is the world’s most powerful bigotry generator. What should we do about it?

    GPT-3 is the world’s most powerful bigotry generator. What should we do about it?
    GPT-3 is, arguably, the world’s most advanced text generator. It costs billions of dollars to develop, has a massive carbon footprint, and was trained by some of the world’s leading AI experts using one of the largest datasets ever curated. And, in spite of all that, it’s also inherently bigoted. A recent study conducted by researchers from Stanford and McMaster universities found that GPT-3 generates novel statements of bigotry. In other words: GPT-3 can generate completely f
  • GPT-3 has ‘consistent and creative’ anti-Muslim bias, study finds

    GPT-3 has ‘consistent and creative’ anti-Muslim bias, study finds
    GPT-3 has a startling ability to produce text that sounds like it was written by a human. But a new study shows it also has a worrying proclivity for anti-Muslim bias. Researchers from Stanford and McMaster universities probed the neural network on tasks including prompt completion, analogical reasoning, and story generation. They discovered that a Muslim-violence bias appears consistently — and creatively — in various uses of the model: While thes
  • Microsoft partners with GM to make self-driving cars a reality

    Microsoft partners with GM to make self-driving cars a reality
    Driverless car startup Cruise, a GM subsidiary, today announced the finalization of a two-billion dollar equity fund from primary investors Microsoft, Honda, and GM. Leading off: Microsoft’s money is the big ticket item here for Cruise. While the company’s valuation has skyrocketed to about $20 billion from investors, netting one of big tech’s trillion-dollar whales has pushed GM stocks up nearly seven percent. But the cash isn’t the only thing in play here. Per a Reuter
  • Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 870 is an ‘almost-flagship’ chip for Android phones

    Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 870 is an ‘almost-flagship’ chip for Android phones
    Qualcomm has always had a confusing naming scheme for its processors, and today it’s adding to that confusion with the launch of the Snapdragon 870. It represents something of a new category for a company, in that it’s a step below the company’s latest and greatest, while still being an upgrade over the previous year’s flagship. The Snapdragon 888 is the company’s current flagship. It was announced in December and will be the processor found in most top-performing
  • How Bangkok’s 40,000-kilometer transport network was mapped for the first time

    How Bangkok’s 40,000-kilometer transport network was mapped for the first time
    This article was originally published by Christopher Carey on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. London-based mapping company WhereIsMyTransport has completed what it claims is the first comprehensive overview of Bangkok’s transport network, mapping 40,0

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