Road test: Chinese 'robotaxis' take riders for a spin
Chinese entrants in the race to put autonomous vehicles on the road are bringing "robotaxis" online in hopes that a hired-car format can be the key to unlocking wide acceptance of the futuristic technology.It is expected to be years before cars that operate completely without human intervention are unleashed owing to lingering technological, regulatory, and safety hurdles.But as China challenges US tech dominance, Chinese players such as Baidu, Alibaba-backed AutoX and ride-sharing king DiDi Chuxing recently launched autonomous taxi pilot projects in cities around the country.Similar efforts a...
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SpaceX, ULA land massive military launch contract for U.S. Space Force
The U.S. Space Force is going to send its military hardware into space on SpaceX and United Launch Alliance rockets.The Department of Defense announced the two companies beat out Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman for the $653 million National Security Space Launch Phase 2 contract for missions planned from 2023-2028 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.ULA, which will be using its next-generation Vulcan Centaur rockets landed the larger portion, $337 million, for 60% of the launch services with SpaceX, which will continue to use its Falcon 9 and Falc...
Goldman Sachs Considering Launch of Stablecoin
The news that Goldman Sachs is considering its own cryptocurrency is a significant development for the crypto sector. Mathew McDermott, Goldman Sachs’ new digital asset global head, confirmed that the U.S. investment bank was exploring whether to launch its own digital asset, CNBC reported Thursday.Q2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreThis is a significant pivot in strategy by Goldman following a refutation of Bitcoin as an asset class back in May.Goldman Sachs Is Now Recognizing The Value Of Digital Assets Of StablecoinDave Hodgson, Chief Investment Officer, NEM Group & Managing Di...
How the murder of musician Hachalu Hundessa incited violence in Ethiopia: Part II
Hachalu Hundessa interview with OMN via Firaabeek Entertainment / CC BY 3.0.Editor’s note: This is a two-part analysis on Hachalu Hundessa, a popular Oromo musician whose murder incited ethnoreligious motivated violence fueled by disinformation online. Read Part I here. Within an hour of musician Hachalu Hundessa’s assassination on June 29 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopians netizens hit social media with scattershot conspiracy theories, hate speech & disinformation campaigns — particularly on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.Most of these conspiracy theories tap into the country’s divisive historical iss...
Chinese WeChat users fear being cut off from US friends
A US ban on the WeChat messaging platform could cut lines of communication between friends in China and America and force people to switch to a replacement, social media users said on Friday.US President Donald Trump has announced sweeping restrictions against Chinese-owned WeChat and TikTok, signing executive orders giving Americans 45 days to stop doing business with the platforms.Trump cited national security concerns, which also threw into doubt the US operations of WeChat's parent firm, Tencent.WeChat is a messaging, social media, and electronic payment platform and is reported to have mo...
Mark Phelan: 5 things to love and 1 thing I hate about Cadillac's Lyriq electric SUV
Cadillac’s Lyriq electric SUV revealed revolutionary new technology and design Thursday night, but with its on-sale date more than two years away, it’s anybody’s guess whether the vehicle will be the breakthrough the brand promises.The Lyriq — pronounced ‘lyric,’ if you’re wondering — was developed to be a mainstream vehicle that makes money and sells in meaningful numbers, not a super-luxury halo vehicle that grabs headlines but does little for the bottom line.It’s a five-seat luxury-sport SUV, the hot-selling category that includes Cadillac’s own XT5 and customer favorites like the Audi Q5, ...
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TechNode launches Corporate+ Membership Program
Designed for senior leaders and decision-makers who are involved in implementing innovation strategy within their organizations, TechNode’s Corporate+ membership offers companies an all-in-one service. The program includes access to insightful innovation news, VIP seats in high-quality conferences, and networking opportunities through city tours, to help businesses across China accelerate innovation and source the right startups.The industrial summits series is the highlight of our offerings in our latest TechNode Corporate+ Membership Program.Starting from August 2020, TechNode will launch a ...
Calls, SMS, and radio: How pre-internet tech helps low-income children's schooling in India's lockdown
Parents performing educational activities with children using ThinkZone's resources received via mobile phone. Screenshot of YouTube video by ThinkZone.As classes shifted to virtual environments in India following the COVID-19 lockdown, students from remote areas and low-income families who lacked internet access faced tremendous challenges in keeping up with their studies.India entered lockdown in March and only in June began gradually lifting restrictions. Classes were shifted to virtual environments, despite the fact that only a quarter of all Indian households have internet access.An award...
US Wechat ban will mean more than lost connections
On July 15th, just two days after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro spoke of possible actions to be taken against Tiktok and Wechat, my mother forwarded me a long, extremely detailed step-by-step guide for downloading and backing up my Wechat data and contacts. The guide has been viewed over 100,000 times since it was first posted.OpinionFrankie Huang was born in Beijing and raised in New Jersey. She is a freelance writer, illustrator, and strategist based in Boston. Her work explores feminism, diaspora identity, and social issues.“I never believed or worried about a Wechat ban,” my moth...