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Every 52 minutes, someone in the US dies in a drunk-driving accident… According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each year, around 10,000 people are killed due to alcohol-related crashes, which translates into nearly 30% of all traffic fatalities. Despite the laws, fines, and penalties that exist to prevent drunk driving, people still get behind the wheel after consuming alcoholic beverages. And if we can’t stop them from making this irresponsible choice, maybe we can stop them from driving altogether. That’s what the Congress is trying to do as part of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which…This story continues at The Next Web

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The world almost turned upside down when over the weekend, Elon Musk asked on Twitter if he should sell 10% of his stake in Tesla. Given his previous antics, it’s not unprecedented for the billionaire to ask random folks on a social network about sensitive financial advice. Musk eventually sold almost 3% of his shares — 4.5 million stocks worth almost $5 billion — over the next few days. This sale led everyone to believe that he indeed heard the Twitterati and made the decision. Crazy, right? But as the Wall Street Journal’s Newley Purnell notes, Musk’s sale was pre-planned…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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A new theory published in the APS physicsjournal seeks to explain the origin and proliferation of dark matter through the introduction of a simple concept: what if dark matter can turn regular matter into dark matter? Up front: Physicists have long suspected that dark matter has either existed for as long as the universe or that it was created as a byproduct of the Big Bang event. We’re not quite sure, but that’s because nobody’s ever directly observed dark matter. We assume it exists because we can see objects and events we can observe reacting to something mysterious. Scientists who believe…This story continues at The Next Web

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Rivian today showed that people “will come” even before you build it. Today, the electric truck manufacturer raised a massive $11.9 billion in its initial public offering (IPO). This is the biggest so far this year and the sixth-largest ever on a US exchange. It trumps Uber which raised $8.1 billion in 2019. The company, founded in 2009, is now valued at more than $77 billion — nearly as much as traditional companies Ford and General Motors. Shares were offered at $78 each — above the previously estimated price between $57 and $62, showing there’s a keen commitment to buy. Pretty good…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Universities are increasingly using computer programs to supervise university students sitting their exams. Is this the future of testing? Due to the pandemic, institutions worldwide have rapidly adopted exam software like Examplify, ExamSoft and ProctorU. Proctoring technology allows exam-takers to be monitored off-campus. They can sit exams in their homes, instead of a person having to watch them in a traditional exam room. Some programs simply enable a person to supervise students remotely. More sophisticated, automated proctoring software hijacks the student’s computer to block and monitor suspicious activity. These programs often use artificial intelligence (AI) to scrutinise exam conduct. Our…This story continues at The Next Web

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Lithium-ion batteries have played a vital role in the development of electric vehicles and we love them for that. But at the same time, lithium is expensive to produce, unstable in high temperatures, and a finite resource whose mining often comes with supply chain problems. Battery researchers and manufacturers have been assiduously searching for a more sustainable replacement. One intriguing alternative they’ve discovered is another chemical element: sodium. Why lithium has been dominating Lithium and sodium are neighbors in the periodic table, which basically means that they offer similar properties and can both be used as charge carriers in the…This story continues at The Next Web

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Meta — the surveillance firm formerly known as Facebook — wants everyone to know that it’s being more responsible “this time round.” The Silicon Valley behemoth on Tuesday revealed the latest aspect of its reformed character. The company pledged to eliminate ad-targeting related to ‘sensitive’ topics, such as race, health, political belief, or sexual orientation. The new policy will take effect from January 19th and cover all of Meta’s apps. We are removing ad targeting options that relate to topics people may perceive as sensitive. This includes options related to health, race or ethnicity, political affiliation, religion, or sexual orientation.…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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TLDR: The PowerDirector and PhotoDirector 365 Subscription Bundle brings together video editing and image editing into a killer duo of multimedia creation. There’s virtually no industry that doesn’t use multimedia pieces to push their messaging forward these days. From old school marketing materials to much newer school social media posts, nobody’s skill set is complete without at least a working knowledge of how to craft a cool video or edit an engaging image. Right now, users can kill two birds with one stone by locking in both the video editing and image editing power of The PowerDirector and PhotoDirector 365…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: Retro game like it’s 1999 with this throwback game console at a ridiculously holiday-friendly price. While no one challenges the raw processing power or unparalleled visual dazzle of cutting edge gaming consoles like the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X, there’s a reason that Tic Tac Toe and Hangman have existed and thrived for hundreds of years. Because game play matters. A lot.  And when it comes to game play, game designers at the dawn of the video game era pretty much nailed it right out of the gate. That’s why retro gaming and throwback experiences of the…This story continues at The Next Web

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VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft are rapidly growing from prototypes to commercial vehicles. But while most prioritize electric batteries, there’s a suite of companies developing hydrogen-powered VTOLs, including the Skai from US company Alaka’i. I recently spoke to Brian Morrison, co-founder, president, and CTO, to find out more.   Why is Skai using hydrogen, not lithium-ion batteries? Firstly, I was curious why hydrogen instead of Lithium-ion batteries. Morrison said: “Lithium-ion batteries scare me.” He recalled the Boeing 787 lithium-ion battery fires in 1987. Boeing had delivered the aircraft to the airline just 18 days prior. In that time, the…This story continues at The Next Web

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A lot of developers would’ve been delighted by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers‘ orders to allow third-party payments on the Apple App Store. According to the order, the last date for the iPhone maker to comply with it is December 9.  However, Apple is not backing down just yet. The company is planning to appeal to the Ninth Circut for a stay. In a statement, it said that “no additional business changes should be required to take effect until all appeals in this case are resolved.” So don’t get your hopes high just yet. In her order issued in the Epic…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Unicorns, rainbows, seed, pre-seed, angel… my head was spinning as I changed fields a couple of years back. After a decade in PR, comms, and journalism — having worked mostly for the ‘big guys’ with their big partners like Sony, P&G, HP, Cisco, Netflix, etc. — I entered the crazy world of startup PR. I was a total novice here, honestly thinking VC meant ‘video chat’. But the switch meant more than learning a few new acronyms. When you say to a journalist “Hi, I’m from Google,”  well, they probably know that without you needing to introduce yourself. When you…This story continues at The Next Web

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Here’s something you don’t read every day: Apple is making it easier to fix your broken iPhone 13. It’s a rare instance of Apple backtracking from one of its hostile moves towards the right to repair. When the iPhone 13 was released, repair specialists and enthusiasts quickly realized that changing the display would stop Face ID — you know, the phone’s most important security feature — from working completely. In order to maintain Face ID functionality, repair shops would have to remove a tiny chip over from the original screen, significantly complicating what is likely the most common repair; iFixit…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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“If you want something done right, do it yourself,” the saying goes. That’s the strategy Microsoft appears to be taking with its new Surface Laptop SE, by far the cheapest PC the company has ever made (the excellent Surface Laptop Go started at $549). It’s a shot across the bow to Google’s Chromebooks, with which Microsoft is taking matters into its own hands, rather than relying exclusively on partners making budget devices. For years, Microsoft has tried to stave off Chrome OS’ increasing presence in education. Chromebooks are cheap, reliable, and relatively easy to deploy in an educational environment. Despite…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Pac Man‘s a simple protagonist. He doesn’t have a scruffy beard or a worried look in his eyes. He’s doesn’t sling out quips or one-liners. He eats dots. That’s it. That’s sort of how black holes work. They only do one thing: gobble up literally everything. But, just like Pac Man, they can only eat the stuff that’s right next to them. Black holes and stars collide often and, usually, this results in cosmic mergers. Basically, the black hole eats the star or the star becomes a black hole and merges with the other black hole to form a single,…This story continues at The Next Web

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Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are about two-thirds of the way to producing excess power with a nuclear fusion reactor. If you didn’t just leap out of your seat, that’s okay. The science community’s been teasing fusion for decades and, like a lot of technologies, it’s always about another decade away. But here’s the thing: this time really is different. There are numerous fusion projects closing in on “ignition,” the point where a reactor produces more power than it takes to run. We might really be a decade away from a useful fusion reactor. But, unfortunately, that would…This story continues at The Next Web

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The looming arrival of Spotify Wrapped always arouses excitement — and terror. If, like me, you have exquisite taste, the end-of-year breakdown of your listening habits is an eagerly-awaited reminder of your discerning judgment. If, however, you have a tin ear for music, it’s time to feverishly hit repeat on some pretentious tracks that you don’t actually like. Those who neglect this duty shall be granted a Wrapped that leaves them ostracized by their friends and family (sorry, grandma). For those of you in the latter camp, I have some tragic news: you’re already too late. Tracking for this year’s…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Spotify

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This article was originally published by Built In. Don’t quit your day job just yet. That’s the message that should be implied — if not explicitly stated — to every applicant of every gig and creator marketplace during the vetting process. With the poorly named Great Resignation in full swing, talent is leaving the nest (prison?) of gainful full-time employment at record levels and sometimes seemingly on a whim. As a result, talent marketplace startups are popping up to backfill that labor with the promise of a full-time salary on a work-for-yourself basis. As a 20-year entrepreneur who has dabbled…This story continues at The Next Web

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The dramatic rise of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has spotlit concerns about the role of technology in exam surveillance — and also in student cheating. Some universities have reported more cheating during the pandemic, and such concerns are unfolding in a climate where technologies that allow for the automation of writing continue to improve. Over the past two years, the ability of artificial intelligence to generate writing has leaped forward significantly, particularly with the development of what’s known as the language generator GPT-3. With this, companies such as Google, Microsoft, and NVIDIA can now produce “human-like” text. AI-generated…This story continues at The Next Web

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Frances Haugen’s testimony tour arrived in Brussels on Monday to a rapturous reception. The Facebook whistleblower told European lawmakers that the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA) could set a “global gold standard” for online safety — as long as they make a few tweaks. The new rules — which are due to be finalized next year — are meant to improve content moderation. Haugen’s comments on the regulation shone further light on how she wants online platforms to be policed. Regulating big tech Haugen had previously suggested a range of measures to curb harmful content: Requiring platforms to publicly disclose their…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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TLDR: Check out these early Black Friday prices on different backup power generators and battery packs for all your emergency needs.  As you step back this year and admire your holiday lighting display, the one that could rival the Las Vegas Strip when viewed from space, it might be worth at least a passing thought to consider what happens if you’ve just single-handedly drained your regional power grid. There’s a lot of juice being consumed there, and beyond the ludicrous power bill you’ll receive in January, you should probably also be ready if your entire town goes black.  Darkness is…This story continues at The Next Web

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This week BMW confirmed with Auto-blog that it’s shipping vehicles without touchscreen functionality in response to the semiconductor chip shortage. The issue was initially raised on a Bimmerfest forum post stating that customers who receive a touchscreen free car receive a $500 credit. The post says these cars will also lose the BMW Backup Assistant if they were marketed with the optional Parking Assistant Package. The Backup Assistant enables automatic reversing in narrow parking areas and those with poor visibility. Buyers receive $500 compensation for the lowered functionalities… but is that enough compensation? Reduced functionalities have been a trend this…This story continues at The Next Web

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The fintech sector was already booming, but with increased demand for user-friendly, digital financial services, the pandemic really pushed many new and innovative solutions into mainstream use. It’s understandable that banks could see this as a threat — drawing away customers and even potentially rendering their services obsolete. But, instead of feeling threatened, some are taking a very different approach: if you can’t beat them, join them. Unlike the world of big tech, rather than simply acquiring them, banks like ABN Amro are looking to form mutually beneficial strategic partnerships with fintechs offering key services for their customers. Innovations like…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Fintech

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Apple has been annoyingly secretive about the possible development of its own Apple Car. But is it building a dream team to make that happen? Certainly. As Bloomberg reports, the tech giant has hired Christofer “CJ” Moore, who’s been working as the director for Tesla’s Autopilot software since 2019, and who’s been with the company since 2014 — hinting at the attempt to develop self-driving tech.  And that’s only the latest addition. Apple already has three more former Tesla executives on its team: Stuart Bowers, head of Autopilot until 2019 (to whom Moore will report, according to Bloomberg), former drivetrains…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Last month, Apple announced its new MacBook Pro models with an updated M1X ARM-based processor. While the performance of M1-based Macs was already impressive, the new chip brings 70% CPU performance improvement and 200% GPU performance improvement — at least according to Apple. This means that developers can take better advantage of these power upgrades. If you’re looking for the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro with a 16-inch screen, 64GB RAM, and a 32-core CPU, it’ll cost you around $4,000. That’s not a small amount by any means. But that hasn’t stopped companies like Twitter, Uber, and Shopify from giving their developers…This story continues at The Next Web

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