SpaceX Starts Sending Invites for Starlink Public Beta, Satellite Internet Costlier Than Expected

SpaceX has started its beta program for Starlink internet. A few Reddit users have reported to have received email invites for the ‘Better Than Nothing Beta’ program of the Starlink satellite internet service. The invites are being sent to those who have registered their interest in the internet services that will leverage the Starlink satellites placed in the lower-earth orbit. According to screenshots of the email invite shared on Reddit, SpaceX is claiming rather underwhelming data speeds ranging from 50mbps to 150mbps, with a latency of 20ms to 40ms. The…

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Tesla’s Entry Could Help India Become a Global EV Manufacturing Hub, Align Further Investments

Amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn, India can positively look at two significant occurrences next year when Elon Musk formally announces Tesla’s entry into the country and Tim Cook opens first Apple retail store, along with a thrust on assembling/manufacturing more products in the country. The two big-ticket investments in the form of Tesla and Apple are set to lift India as a brand on the world map — further signalling the end of its dependence on China-led investments in the tech and auto sectors — while ensuring job creation and…

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Musk one step closer to beam cheaper Internet with Starlink | Technology News

Washington: Elon Musk-run SpaceX has launched 60 more Starlink satellites aboard Falcon 9 rocket to be deployed in low-Earth orbit, bringing the constellation to 788 as the company gears up for a public beta of the affordable satellite broadband service. The 13th Starlink launch was completed on Sunday from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “As our Starlink network is still in its early stages, the Starlink team continues to test the system, collecting latency data and performing speed tests of the service,” the company said…

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toyota: Toyota says it won’t expand further in India, blames ‘we don’t want you’ taxes

Toyota Motor Corp. won’t expand further in India due to the country’s high tax regime, a blow for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who’s trying to lure global companies to offset the deep economic malaise brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government keeps taxes on cars and motorbikes so high that companies find it hard to build scale, said Shekar Viswanathan, vice-chairman of Toyota’s local unit, Toyota Kirloskar Motor. The high levies also put owning a car out of reach of many consumers, meaning factories are idled and jobs aren’t…

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Elon Musk says Bill Gates has ‘no clue’ about electric trucks

SAN FRANCISCO: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has hit back on tech billionaire Bill Gates who earlier cast doubt on his ability to develop electric vehicles for long-haul travel. Reacting to a Twitter follower who asked Musk about his opinion on Gates’ comment on the viability of electric trucks, Musk replied: “He has no clue”. Gates wrote in a blog post in late August that the problem with long-haul electric vehicles is that batteries are big and heavy. “Even with big breakthroughs in battery technology, electric vehicles will probably…

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Tesla: Volkswagen CEO drives Tesla Model Y, calls it a ‘reference’ car

BERLIN: Soon after Tesla CEO Elon Musk paid a friendly visit to Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess to get a special look at VW’s new upcoming electric cars, Diess drove Tesla Model Y, saying it was a “reference” car for the German automaker. The carmaker confirmed that there’s no deal in the making between the two automakers and it was basically just Diess checking out Musk’s latest electric car, reports Electrek. “Of course, I also tested a Tesla Model Y with my colleague Frank Welsch. This car is for us in…

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Volkswagen not seeking a deal with Tesla on EVs: CEO

FRANKFURT: Volkswagen‘s Chief Executive Herbert Diess on Monday sought to quell speculation that the world’s largest carmaker, which is on a mass production push for electric cars, has plans to develop deeper ties with start-up rival Tesla. Diess met with Tesla’s Chief Executive Elon Musk in Braunschweig, Germany, last week, and during his visit VW let Musk drive its new ID.3 electric car. “Just to be clear: We just drove the ID.3 and had a chat – there is no deal/cooperation in the making,” Diess said in a post on…

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Tesla cars to now visually detect speed limit signs

SAN FRANCISCO: EV maker Tesla has rolled out a software update that will let its vehicles Autopilot system detect speed limit signs using cameras. When the camera detects a speed limit sign, it will display it on the driver visualisation screen in case. A user can also set a speed limit warning. “Speed Assist now leverages your car’s cameras to detect speed limit signs to improve the accuracy of speed limit data on local roads. Detected speed limit signs will be displayed in the driving visualisation and used to set…

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Elon Musk Puts Computer Chips in Animal Brains So Humans Can ‘Save, Replay Memories’ Someday

Musk said that since the first version of Neuralink was revealed slightly more than a year ago, the device has been simplified and reduced to about the size of a large coin and the thickness of the skull. With the help of a surgical robot, a piece of the skull is replaced with a Neuralink disk, and its wires are strategically inserted into the brain, the demonstration showed. The disk registers nerve activity, relaying the information via common Bluetooth wireless signal to a device such as a smartphone,…

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Elon Musk confirms Tesla Nevada factory was target of ‘serious’ cyberattack

Elon Musk said on Thursday that Tesla Inc’s factory in Nevada was a target of a “serious” cybersecurity attack, confirming a media report that claimed an employee of the company helped the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) thwart the attack. News website Teslarati said that the electric carmaker was the unnamed company in a statement issued by the US Department of Justice on Tuesday about a Russian national’s arrest, in connection with a planned attack on an unidentified company. “This was a serious attack,” Musk said in a tweet, in response…

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Tesla’s Musk hints of battery capacity jump ahead of industry event

SEOUL: Tesla Inc’s chief executive Elon Musk has suggested the U.S. electric carmaker may be able to mass produce longer-life batteries with 50% more energy density in three to four years. “400 Wh/kg *with* high cycle life, produced in volume (not just a lab) is not far. Probably 3 to 4 years,” Musk tweeted on Monday ahead of its anticipated “Battery Day” event where Tesla is expected to reveal how it has improved its battery performance. Researchers have said the energy density of Panasonic‘s “2170” batteries used in Tesla’s Model…

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Elon Musk to reveal more about brain-computer tech startup Neuralink this week, may announce human trials | Technology News

New Delhi: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is all set to reveal a key update on his most secretive brain-computer interface technology startup Neuralink this week. Musk may also announce human trials for the technology that has been successful on mice and even apes, an IANS report has said. “If you can’t beat em, join em – Neuralink’s mission statement,” Musk had tweeted on July 9 without divulging much details. “Progress update August 28, ” he added. If you can’t beat em, join emNeuralink mission statement — Elon Musk (@elonmusk)…

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