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BMW's motorsport division announces first EV based on the i4
BMW M, the German automaker's motorsport division, has announced that it's developing its first battery-electric car based on the upcoming i4 EV. According to CarAdvice, BMW M CEO Markus Flasch has made the revelation during a press event for Austral...
6 hours ago
Engadget
BMW's motorsport division announces first EV based on the i4
SpaceX's reused rockets will carry national security payloads for the first time
SpaceX has been reusing rockets for years, but they've been off-limits for some crucial launches. They?ll get more use soon, however. The private spaceflight company has signed a contract with the US Space Force to reuse a Falcon 9 booster rocket for...
6 hours ago
Engadget
SpaceX's reused rockets will carry national security payloads for the first time
Hyundai's next electric race car hints at the future of sporty road-going EVs
Hyundai's electric sports car ambitions didn't end with a spruced-up Veloster. The automaker has unveiled an RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car that not only promises to boost its motorsport plans, but reflects the "next generation" of N performance car...
7 hours ago
Engadget
Hyundai's next electric race car hints at the future of sporty road-going EVs
Go read this story about a bizarre harassment campaign by a group of ex-eBay employees
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Back in June, authorities in Massachusetts announced they were charging six former eBay employees in connection with the strange harassment campaign of a couple who ran an e-commerce newsletter. The six had sent the couple, Ina and David Steiner, online ...
8 hours ago
The Verge
Go read this story about a bizarre harassment campaign by a group of ex-eBay employees
How the pandemic is bringing Elon Musk's dream to connect everyone on Earth closer to reality
Illustration by Efi Chalikopoulou for Vox How the technology behind airplane wifi could help connect everyone on Earth. In vast swaths of the United States and the world, there are millions of people who don't have reliable internet access. These unconnected people aren't just in far-flung places ...
8 hours ago
Recode
How the pandemic is bringing Elon Musk's dream to connect everyone on Earth closer to reality
Polestar will put its eco-friendly Precept car into production
Polestar's Precept won't suffer the same grim fate as many concept cars. The Volvo sibling has revealed that it will turn the Precept into a production car after a strong public response. While Polestar didn't say just how the mass-produced version w...
8 hours ago
Engadget
Polestar will put its eco-friendly Precept car into production
SpaceX scales back plans for Starship's first high-altitude flight
You might want to dial back your expectations for the first high-altitude SpaceX Starship flight. Elon Musk now says the flight with the SN8 prototype will top out at 15km, or close to 50,000ft, instead of the 18km and 60,000ft he?d mentioned earlier...
9 hours ago
Engadget
SpaceX scales back plans for Starship's first high-altitude flight
PSA: Google Meet to limit meetings to 60 minutes on free plans September 30th
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google said in April it would allow unlimited-length meetings in its Google Meet video chat platform for all users until September 30th, and it looks like the company is sticking with that timeline. After September 30th, free versions of Meet will be limited ...
10 hours ago
The Verge
PSA: Google Meet to limit meetings to 60 minutes on free plans September 30th
Is your startup the next TikTok?
Editor's note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. And I don't mean building an app that gets the world addicted to short-form videos. I mean, where you build a huge company that spans the world and then get ...
10 hours ago
TechCrunch
Is your startup the next TikTok?
Tesla will boost your Model Y's acceleration for $2,000
How eager are you to improve the performance of your Tesla Model Y" Eager enough that you"d pay a hefty sum for what's ultimately some code changes" Now's your chance. Electrek reports that Model Y owners with Dual Motor AWD variants (but not Perform...
10 hours ago
Engadget
Tesla will boost your Model Y's acceleration for $2,000
US tightens trade restrictions on Chinese chipmaker SMIC
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The US Commerce Department has added China's largest chipmaker, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), to its entity list, after it determined there an "unacceptable risk" that equipment SMIC received could be used for military purposes, ...
11 hours ago
The Verge
US tightens trade restrictions on Chinese chipmaker SMIC
This Week in Apps: Redesigning the iOS 14 home screen, app makers form "fairness" coalition, latest on TikTok ban
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three ...
11 hours ago
TechCrunch
This Week in Apps: Redesigning the iOS 14 home screen, app makers form "fairness" coalition, latest on TikTok ban
Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion makes the megahit more accessible
Put off by Gloomhaven's bulk? This could be for you.
14 hours ago
Ars Technica
Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion makes the megahit more accessible
How Duolingo designed the new characters for its Project World
The cast of characters from Duolingo's Project World | Duolingo Don't worry, Duo the owl isn't going anywhere Continue reading…
14 hours ago
The Verge
How Duolingo designed the new characters for its Project World
The coronavirus pandemic by the numbers
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge I"m dwelling on numbers because this week, the US officially counted 200,000 COVID-19 deaths. Words like "grim milestone" just don't seem adequate in the face of that toll. Numbers are valuable. Case counts help scientists track the infection's spread. ...
14 hours ago
The Verge
The coronavirus pandemic by the numbers
Deep algebra for deep beats: The beautiful sounds of musical programming
The beauty of these projects comes as much from sonic textures as from elegant code.
15 hours ago
Ars Technica
Deep algebra for deep beats: The beautiful sounds of musical programming
Windows XP Source Code Got Leaked All Over the Internet
Plus: A cruel phishing test, ransomware hits Russia, and more of the week's top security news.
15 hours ago
WIRED
Windows XP Source Code Got Leaked All Over the Internet
The madness of Susanna Clarke, fairy princess
After more than a decade away, the fantasy author is back with Piranesi.
15 hours ago
Ars Technica
The madness of Susanna Clarke, fairy princess
The Polestar Precept, an electric sedan powered by Android, is going into production
In February, Chinese electric vehicle company Polestar revealed a gorgeous sedan concept called the Precept that featured a stunning design along with an interior chock-full of sustainable material. But as with most concepts, it wasn't clear whether the Precept would ever be a real car. Today, Polestar ...
15 hours ago
The Verge
The Polestar Precept, an electric sedan powered by Android, is going into production
Some Cities Are Plotting a "Green Recovery" After Covid-19
Cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, and New Orleans are aiming to tackle another, longer-term emergency: the climate crisis.
16 hours ago
WIRED
Some Cities Are Plotting a "Green Recovery" After Covid-19
The 9 Best Travel Bags: Carry-On Luggage, Duffel, Budget (2020)
A rolling carry-on is perfect for more than just flying. Whether going by air, road, or rail, here is our favorite luggage.
16 hours ago
WIRED
The 9 Best Travel Bags: Carry-On Luggage, Duffel, Budget (2020)
Seismic sound waves crossing the deep ocean could be a new thermometer
Sumatran earthquakes can be used to track the warming of the Indian Ocean.
16 hours ago
Ars Technica
Seismic sound waves crossing the deep ocean could be a new thermometer
20 Best Weekend Deals: Laptops, Smart Speakers, and More
Snag discounts on the MacBook Air, Echo Dot, OnePlus 8, and other tech to keep you distracted indoors as the weather starts to cool.
17 hours ago
WIRED
20 Best Weekend Deals: Laptops, Smart Speakers, and More
Activists at Amazon Say Its Climate Efforts Still Fall Short
One year after organizing a walkout, employees are calling for a more ambitious environmental agenda.
17 hours ago
WIRED
Activists at Amazon Say Its Climate Efforts Still Fall Short
Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules?on a Whole 'Nother Planet
Scientists picked up signs of phosphene on Venus by using a technique called rotational spectroscopy. It works like this.
17 hours ago
WIRED
Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules?on a Whole 'Nother Planet
Hilarious music video articulates exactly why we can't quit flip phones
For about a decade, the smartphone market has copied Apple and built pretty much every phone just like its solid slab iPhone. That was until roughly the past year, when several companies have tried to bring the flip phone back, with new devices from Samsung, Motorola, and Microsoft. The verdict is ...
20 hours ago
Fast Company
Hilarious music video articulates exactly why we can't quit flip phones
Why adding "Plus" to the name of every streaming service is actually good
Picture this: You're a big time media executive. (Yes you, congrats!) Today, your job is to figure out what to call your company's new streaming service. It takes the content from all your channels and properties, and combines that with a bunch of stuff you own the licenses for. It will also be home ...
21 hours ago
Fast Company
Why adding "Plus" to the name of every streaming service is actually good
Tinder's new relationship goal: Get users to hang out, not just hook up
Back in April, as many countries were still enforcing stay-at-home orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic, online dating saw a surge in activity–even when meeting IRL wasn't an option. Tinder saw one of the bigger spikes, with 52% more messages sent globally and swipe volume among members under 25 also ...
22 hours ago
Fast Company
Tinder's new relationship goal: Get users to hang out, not just hook up
How COVID-19 is changing the English language
In April, the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary did something unusual. For the previous 20 years, they had issued quarterly updates to announce new words and meanings selected for inclusion. These updates have typically been made available in March, June, September, and December. In the late ...
22 hours ago
Fast Company
How COVID-19 is changing the English language
This random practice can boost collaboration and productivity
There's not a lot of serendipity on remote teams. You don't run into coworkers in the hallway, will never chat casually in the break room, and can't say good morning as you walk past someone's desk. Every interaction is intentional: you, or the other person, need to reach out. But reaching out to ...
23 hours ago
Fast Company
This random practice can boost collaboration and productivity
How the 2020 census is trying to overcome Covid-19, digital divides, and Trump to get an accurate count
Efi Chalikopoulou for Vox Another court defeat for the Trump administration means people have until October 31 to fill out their census form. 2020 has been a strange and unpredictable year for so many things, and the US census is no exception. Some of its challenges were anticipated: It's ...
1 day ago
Recode
How the 2020 census is trying to overcome Covid-19, digital divides, and Trump to get an accurate count
Postmates cuts losses in Q2 as it heads towards tie-up with Uber
Popular food delivery service Postmates is in the process of merging with Uber in a blockbuster $2.65 billion deal that would see it join forces with its food delivery competitor, Uber Eats. The deal remains under antitrust scrutiny, and has not yet been approved for closing. The deal is expected to ...
1 day ago
TechCrunch
Postmates cuts losses in Q2 as it heads towards tie-up with Uber
Rare case of black licorice poisoning kills man in Massachusetts
The licorice plant naturally contains a toxin called glycyrrhizin.
1 day ago
Ars Technica
Rare case of black licorice poisoning kills man in Massachusetts
Daily Crunch: Reviewing the new Apple Watch
We've got an in-depth review of the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple gives Facebook a temporary break on App Store fees and Alexis Ohanian is raising a new fund. This is your Daily Crunch for September 25, 2020. The big story: Reviewing the new Apple Watch Brian Heater has already been writing about the Apple ...
1 day ago
TechCrunch
Daily Crunch: Reviewing the new Apple Watch
Black founders face a unique set of challenges
The notion that Black people in America need to work twice as hard as others to succeed may be a depressing sentiment, but it has been deeply ingrained into the psyches of many African-Americans. At TechCrunch Disrupt, several Black founders spoke about some of the burdens that come along with being ...
1 day ago
TechCrunch
Black founders face a unique set of challenges
NASA commissions report to show its economic impact: $64B and 312K jobs
Perhaps anticipating budget pushback from the federal government, NASA has released its first-ever agency-wide economic report, documenting the agency's impact on the nation's jobs and cash flow. Everyone knew NASA was impactful, but now we know exactly how impactful it is, some $64 billion and more ...
1 day ago
TechCrunch
NASA commissions report to show its economic impact: $64B and 312K jobs
How Old Navy quickly turned its stores into e-commerce distribution centers
An Old Navy employee tracks how many people are inside a reopened store in Cambridge, Massachusetts on June 8, 2020. | Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Nancy Green, the head of Old Navy for Gap Inc., explains to Recode's Jason Del Rey how her company rethought its business in ...
1 day ago
Recode
How Old Navy quickly turned its stores into e-commerce distribution centers
Alphabet, shareholders settle in lawsuits over sexual harassment at Google
Investors sued after one exec accused of misconduct was compensated $240M to leave.
1 day ago
Ars Technica
Alphabet, shareholders settle in lawsuits over sexual harassment at Google
Why we're still years away from having self-driving cars
Efi Chalikopoulou for Vox Self-driving cars were expected to roll out by 2021. Here's what we need to solve and build first. For the last five years, all anybody in the car world has talked about " well, apart from electrification " is autonomous driving. Carmakers began dropping the terms ...
1 day ago
Recode
Why we're still years away from having self-driving cars
Reports: Trump to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill vacant Supreme Court seat
President Trump is reportedly planning to announce that he will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away one week ago. Multiple news outlets reported the news on Friday, citing unnamed sources who said ...
1 day ago
Fast Company
Reports: Trump to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill vacant Supreme Court seat
Apple won't take a cut " for now " when Facebook sells online classes
Apple CEO Tim Cook testified at a Senate hearing in 2013. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The temporary "Apple tax" break will also affect Airbnb and ClassPass. Apple and Facebook have called a temporary truce in one of several fights between the two tech giants. But they're still not pleased ...
1 day ago
Recode
Apple won't take a cut " for now " when Facebook sells online classes
The future of the vote
Tara Jacoby for Vox Tech and our democracy are more connected than ever before. The 2020 presidential election was always going to be a pivotal moment for our country. Then the Covid-19 pandemic's human and economic tolls raised the stakes. The pandemic also accelerated a shift that was already ...
1 day ago
Recode
The future of the vote
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