Day: September 6, 2020

Fast cars, discount scooters and hopping spacecraft

Woof, what a week it’s been. As the IFA conference winds down and gadget release season heats up, let’s take a look at some of the headline highlights of the past seven days.



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Is it possible to hoon in a straight line? The 1,502HP electrically-driven Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 aims to find out. It recently set down an 8.27 second quarter-mile, hitting a top speed of 168 mph during its run. Let’s see if Lucid Motor’s initial EV offering can manage to match those stats once it gets to the track.



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Then again, why spend tens of thousands of dollars on an electric muscle car when you can spend ones of thousands on an internet-connected treadmill that continually shouts at you as you run?



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The company whose founder died because he drove their product off a cliff wants to assure you

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China wants to decouple from US tech, too

It was perfect ju-jitsu. After weeks of watching US president Donald Trump pressure Chinese tech company ByteDance to sell its social media app TikTok to Microsoft, Beijing struck back, using one of Mr Trump’s own weapons of choice — export controls. Chinese authorities expanded the Middle Kingdom’s list of controlled exports to include algorithms, which are of course TikTok’s main asset.

As the mother of a teenager who spends too much time watching 15-second bursts of physical comedy on the app, I can tell you that they are very good at keeping you hooked.

The move is in large part political. TikTok is hardly as strategic as, say, the 5G equipment maker Huawei. Yet as one Chinese investor put it to me, it wouldn’t do for Beijing to allow the Trump administration to appear to “force a liquidation sale” of the viral video app, even at a time when Chinese

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Asia stocks set to trade lower as U.S.-China tech tensions rise

SINGAPORE — Asia markets were set to trade lower at the Monday open as tech tensions between Washington and Beijing escalate.

Futures pointed to a lower open for stocks in Japan, with the Nikkei futures contract in Osaka at 23,200. That compared against the Nikkei 225’s last close at 23,205.43.

Shares in Australia were also poised to dip, with the SPI futures contract at 5,875.0, as compared to the S&P/ASX 200’s last close at 5,925.50.

Investors will watch shares of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), China’s largest manufacturer of semiconductors, after a Defense Department spokesperson said the Trump administration is considering imposing export restrictions on the firm.

SMIC is seen as an important player in China’s ambition to grow its domestic semiconductor industry. The potential move by Washington, first reported by Reuters, would mark a major escalation in the tech battle between the U.S. and China.

On the economic data

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Could iPhone SE’s one camera beat the Galaxy A51’s four? Here’s how they compare

The Samsung Galaxy A51 is a $225 powerhouse with four cameras that give it flexibility for photography, from ultrawide to macro. But Apple’s new iPhone SE, despite only having one rear camera, has smart photography features borrowed from more expensive models such as the iPhone 11. Here’s how these two midrange phones compare on everything from portraits and landscapes to video recording.

Apple iPhone SE: $399 at Apple Samsung Galaxy A51: $225 at Samsung

iPhone SE or Galaxy A51: Battle of the $400 phone cameras

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The Galaxy A51 has more cameras for variety

Right off the bat, the Galaxy has four rear cameras: a 48-megapixel main camera at f2, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide, a 5-megapixel macro camera and a depth sensor. The iPhone SE has a single 12-megapixel rear camera at f1.8.

But while the variety sounds great on paper, in practice, I found myself

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Forget The Nvidia RTX 3000 Series, AMD Is Selling Bikes Now

Nvidia has announced its second generation of RTX graphics cards, promising yet another massive leap forward in gaming performance, features and an unusually competitive price tag. But forget all that, because AMD just took its own adventurous step forward, albeit within a decidedly different market: the company is now selling custom mountain and cruiser bikes.

Spotted by GameRant, the AMD Custom Mountain Bike and Custom Cruiser Bike recently appeared for $299 on the AMD Fan Store site and are “designed for many years of fun and comfortable transportation,” says AMD.

Both are available with multiple frame and wheel color options including what you see above. I’ll wager an educated guess those wheels are “Ryzen Orange,” though I would have preferred Radeon Red. . .

The mountain bike features Shimano index shifting, MTB brakes, a

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Sony’s unexpected PS5 release plans might’ve been leaked by the new ‘Call of Duty’ game

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The PS5 release date might actually be staggered rather than a simultaneous international launch this fall, with North America set to receive the console ahead of the holidays.

Other regions might get the console in “late 2020,” which seems to be an indication that the PlayStation 5 might not ship before Christmas in all markets.

The information comes from Sony’s localized PS5 product pages, but also from launch plans for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the debut of which seems to be aligned with the PS5.

We already know that the novel coronavirus has impacted the launch of the PlayStation 5. From development and manufacturing to marketing events, COVID-19 ruined everything. It’s not just the PS5, but also the Xbox Series X, Apple’s new iPhone 12 handsets, and plenty of other products that

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ABS-CBN, GMA news websites not accessible

MANILA, Philippines — The news websites of media giants ABS-CBN and GMA-7 became inaccessible on Thursday morning.

A notice that reads: “this connection is not private” appears from both websites when attempted to be visited.

The notice also reads: “This website may be impersonating ‘news.abs-cbn.com’ to steal your personal or financial information. You should go back to the previous page.”

A similar warning appears for GMA News Online, carrying the name of the media outlet in the notice.

The notices still appear as of posting, according to some users, although some have reported being able to access the ABS-CBN News website past 11:00 a.m.

ABS-CBN and GMA have yet to issue official statements on the website glitches as of posting time.

In a tweet, ABS-CBN News Digital executive editor Lynda Jumilla-Abalos said the network is already checking the glitch.

“Users reporting internet services of #PLDT, #Globe, #Converge down in several

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Evolution of the COVID-19 vaccine development landscape

The COVID-19 vaccine R&D landscape has developed at unprecedented scale and speed since our initial analysis in April identified 115 candidates in the pipeline (Nat. Rev. Drug Discov. 19, 305–306; 2020). In this updated overview, we focus on candidates in clinical trials and provide some initial perspectives on their clinical development.

Evolution of the R&D landscape

As of 2 September 2020, the global COVID-19 vaccine R&D landscape includes 321 vaccine candidates, an increase of more than 2.5 fold compared with our previous report. Of these, 32 vaccine candidates are in clinical trials (Supplementary Table 1), with plans to enrol more than 280,000 participants from at least 470 sites in 34 different countries. The most advanced clinical candidates are now in phase III trials, and data to support licensure are anticipated to be available later this year. For the leading candidates, large-scale manufacturing of vaccine has already been

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HISD launches 36 digital learning centers for students that do not have access to technology

HOUSTON – Houston Independent School District is opening 36 digital learning centers for students that do not have access to technology. The centers are for elementary and middle school students, enabling them to take part in instruction through the HISD @ H.O.M.E. Learning program.

The centers will be located across the district and open weekdays from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. All students that attend will be provided breakfast and lunch daily at no charge. Breakfast will begin at 7:15 a.m. daily.

HISD created the district learning centers to provide on-campus instruction for students who don’t access to internet access or appropriate remote learning devices for virtual learning, a requirement by the Texas Education Agency.

How can students participate?

Students must be approved and assigned to a digital learning Center by their home campus.

Students identified as not having access to technology for online learning will be assigned to a

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