Month: July 2019

Lyft pulls its electric bike fleet from San Francisco streets after some catch fire

Lyft is pulling its pink electric bicycles from the streets of San Francisco, just two months after deploying them, because some of these bikes caught fire while in use. The bikes, officially labeled Lyft bikes and accessible under the newly rebranded Bay Wheels platform (formerly Ford GoBike), are one of the ride-hailing company’s new dockless …

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No marshmallows here: Veronica Mars season 4 pulls no punches

<figcaption class=”caption”><div class=”caption-text”><a href=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/veronica-mars-key-art.jpg” class=”enlarge-link” data-height=”370″ data-width=”650″>Enlarge</a> <span class=”sep”>/</span> Hulu’s poster and key art for the new season. It’s been surreal seeing public transit ads for this long-dead, personal favorite show around town.</div><div class=”caption-credit”>Hulu</div></figcaption> </figure> Cue Air’s “La femme d’argent.” Ah, the optimism of youth. Sure, 2004 Veronica Mars, your best friend was murdered, your …

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Fundstrat Co-Founder Tom Lee: US Fed Rate Cuts Are Helping Bitcoin

Fundstrat Global Advisors co-founder Tom Lee believes that recent interest rate cuts in the United States by the Federal Reserve are a boon for Bitcoin (BTC).   Lee remarked on how the rate cuts positively impact Bitcoin investment in an interview with Fox Business on July 31, saying: “Bitcoin’s becoming increasingly a macrohedge for investors against …

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Apple Stores Will Soon Host AR Art Tours And Developer Sessions

AR[T] will include interactive walks, educational lessons, and in-store installations. Yesterday, Apple announced Today at Apple, a new AR-based program designed to expose Apple Store visitors to next-level augmented artwork developed using the companies Swift Playground platform. Launching August 10th at select Apple Store locations, Today at Apple, aka AR[T], is composed of three sessions: …

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Full Reveal of Respawn’s ‘AAA VR shooter’ Coming to Oculus Connect with Playable Demo

<!– Share buttons by mashshare.net – Version: 3.4.0–>We’ll finally get a full reveal of Respawn’s upcoming Oculus exclusive VR title at Oculus Connect at the end of September, including the first opportunity to actually play the game. Next to Valve’s still unannounced but confirmed-for-2019 VR game, Respawn’s upcoming ‘AAA VR shooter’ is perhaps the most …

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One chip to rule them all: It natively runs all types of AI software

Enlarge / Skynet light? The Tianjin-controlled bike stalks one of its creators. Jing Pei et al. We tend to think of AI as a monolithic entity, but it’s actually developed along multiple branches. One of the main branches involves performing traditional calculations but feeding the results into another layer that takes input from multiple calculations …

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LightSail 2 successfully demonstrates solar sailing

Sponsored Links Planetary Society LightSail 2 is faring much better than its ill-fated predecessor. The Planetary Society has verified that LightSail 2 successfully raised its orbit using solar sailing, making it the first small spacecraft to demonstrate the concept (though Japan’s IKAROS was the first of any kind to fly). The team is now focused …

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Tesla launches clever marketing push in China ahead of local Model 3 production

By Simon Alvarez Posted on July 31, 2019 As Gigafactory 3 nears completion, Tesla is running full speed in its efforts to promote the company and its electric cars to the greater Chinese area. Among the most recent ones is a special partnership with Star Alliance, one of the region’s largest and most prominent airlines …

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Valve-backed Xrdesktop Brings Linux Desktop Environments Into VR

Collabora’s xrdesktop, sponsored by Valve, adds full VR support to Linux desktop environments such as GNOME and KDE. VR On Linux So Far Linux is an open source operating system initially developed in the 90’s. Unlike Microsoft Windows, Linux is highly modular. This allows users to pick and choose which windowing system and desktop environment …

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What the Next 4 Years of Ethereum Look Like

Yesterday, ethereum celebrated its fourth birthday. Four years ago, on July 30, 2015, the world’s first general-purpose blockchain platform went live. Called ethereum, the platform was the first of its kind to feature a Turing-complete virtual machine and native programming language able to deploy code of any algorithmic complexity. “Before ethereum, developers had to design …

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