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Honda to buy a tiny stake in EV battery company that also supplies Tesla

Japanese auto marque Honda is reportedly buying a stake in a Chinese battery maker that’s a big supplier to the electric vehicle market. Reuters reports that Honda will purchase a 1% stake in Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology, better known as CATL. The two are reported to be working together to develop EV batteries. [Read: How you can watch BMW unveil its hotly anticipated iX3 EV next week] You might not know the CATL name, but you’ll probably know many of the companies that they supply — Tesla being......

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The influencers of pandemic gardening

Espiritu is behind Epic Gardening, the hugely popular, multiplatform gardening social media presence. At age 32, the San Diego-based gardener has laid down roots in YouTube (660,000 subscribers), Instagram (221,000), TikTok (523,000), even Pinterest, and his follower count easily crests 2 million across them. Thanks to a mix of advertising revenue and brand deals — Espiritu is the official American purveyor for Australian raised-vegetable-bed brand Birdies, for example — Epic Gardening is his full-time job. A cornerstone of Espiritu’s appeal is that he’s self-taught. He first began gardening in 2011, after graduating with......

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NASA upgrades Australia’s Deep Space Station for future missions to Mars

NASA is in the midst of upgrading Deep Space Station 43 — one of its Deep Space Network’s largest antennas located in Canberra, Australia — to prepare for future missions. The agency’s Deep Space Network is a collection of dishes that make communication with robotic spacecraft possible, and DSS 43 is the only one capable of sending commands to Voyager 2. It’s the network’s sole 70-meter antenna in the Southern Hemisphere, so it’s the only one powerful enough to reach a probe that’s traveling southward in interstellar space. If you’ll recall, Voyager 2......

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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. We wound up having more to talk about than we had time for but we packed as much as we could into 34 minutes. So, climb aboard with Danny, Natasha, and myself for another episode of Equity. Before we get into topics, a reminder that if you are signing up for Extra Crunch and want to save some money, the code “equity” is your friend. Alright, let’s get into it: Robinhood is back in the news......

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Everything you need to know about facial recognition in Australia

Facial recognition technology is increasingly being trialled and deployed around Australia. Queensland and Western Australia are reportedly already using real-time facial recognition through CCTV cameras. 7-Eleven Australia is also deploying facial recognition technology in its 700 stores nationwide for what it says is customer feedback. And Australian police are reportedly using a facial recognition system that allows them to identify members of the public from online photographs. Facial recognition technology has a somewhat nefarious reputation in some police states and non-democratic countries. It has been used by the police in China to identify......

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A Facebook SDK issue caused Spotify and other popular iOS apps to crash

If you woke up this morning ready to listen to your Release Radar mix on Spotify, well, we have some bad news — at least for iPhone users. The Spotify app for iOS has been completely down for much of the morning. Spotify acknowledged the issue on its support Twitter page, and the reliable Down Detector site also shows major issues. While the app was crashing hard on both an test iPhone and iPad, the desktop and Android apps seem unaffected. Something’s out of tune. We’re currently investigating, and we’ll keep you posted......

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TNW announces new tech space in Amsterdam West

First there was City, then there was South, and now — TNW West! We’re excited to announce that we’ll soon be expanding our TNW spaces with our third location, situated in the Westas, one of Amsterdam’s greenest neighborhoods. TNW West will allow us to almost double the size of our community in Amsterdam, connecting and supporting more fast-growing tech companies and talent. In partnership with MRP Development, one of the largest property developers in the Netherlands, we’ll be operating an additional 6,000m2 of tech space at the new location, bringing the total footprint......

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How to mute notifications while mirroring your phone screen

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. As gyms and sports complexes have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve started to work out at home using various fitness apps. But I find it cumbersome to look at workout videos on the phone, and follow trainers’ movements. So, I resorted to mirroring my phone screen on my TV. But I was annoyed when notifications from WhatsApp and Twitter showed up on the TV screen......

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Podcast: Thunderbolt 4, Snapdragon 865 Plus and Facebook's latest mess

We’re back from the July 4th break and we’re ready to dive into some seriously nerdy news. This week, Devindra and Cherlynn chat about Intel’s Thunderbolt 4 standard, and what it means for your next PC. We also dive into Qualcomm’s latest announcements, including the gaming-focused Snapdragon 865 Plus. And finally, we explore why Facebook just can’t seem to do much right these days, especially when it comes to appeasing civil rights groups. Listen below, or subscribe on your podcast app of choice. If you’ve got suggestions or topics you’d like covered on......

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NASA has signed a new agreement with Japan that lays out plans for the two nations to cooperate on the International Space Station (continuing existing partnership between the countries there) as well as on NASA’s Artemis program, which includes missions in lunar space and to the lunar surface. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine signed the agreement with Government of Japan Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Koichi Hagiuda on July 10. It’s a Joint Exploration Decoration of Intent (JEDI), which essentially commits the two countries to laying the groundwork for more concrete......

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Food delivery startups in India have been struggling to make financial sense for years. They have each lost as much as $50 million a month to win and sustain customers by offering heavy discounts. And unlike some other markets, food delivery startups in India have been severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic. But Zomato, one of the two market leading startups operating in the space, today offered a rare sign of hope for the market after it said it had severely cut its cash-burn as it looks to become profitable. The Gurgaon-headquartered firm said......

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The RokBlok is the vinyl record player that we’ve waited 100 years to enjoy

TLDR: The RokBlok is the world’s smallest wireless record player and may be the world’s coolest way to play music — period. Occasionally, a particularly well-conceived article or review will get right to the beating heart of a topic with just a single line of text.  Such was the case with the RokBlok and this succinct one-line encapsulation from TechCrunch: “It’s cute as a button, clever as hell and utterly absurd.” Yes, yes and yes. And due to all three, you probably need to have the RokBlok, dubbed the world’s smallest wireless record......

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Ming-Chi Kuo: MacBook Pro with Apple ARM chips coming in Q4 2020

Apple’s first Mac with its own ARM processor will be the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via iMore). He believes that production of that model will start in Q4 of 2020, with an A-series powered MacBook Air arriving shortly afterwards either in Q4 2020 or early 2021. Apple will also release 14- and 16-inch versions of the MacBook Pro with its own silicon that will enter production in Q2 or Q3 of 2021. Apple already said that it would ship its first ARM-powered Macs by the end of 2020, but......

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Spring 2020 was gloomy for Klook. As countries closed their borders and went into complete or partial lockdown, the SoftBank-backed travel platform saw its revenue plummet by as much as 90% through March and April. The World Travel and Tourism Council said in April that the coronavirus could put up to 100 million jobs in the global travel and tourism at risk. But in the dark times, opportunities were also bubbling up. Six-year-old Klook enables travelers, primarily from Asia, to discover and book overseas experiences ranging from Napa Valley wine tastings to staying......

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Coronavirus has changed travel in European cities for good — here’s how

This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. At a recent Cities Today Institute roundtable, cities across Europe told a consistent story – public transport ridership is down between 60 and 90 percent on pre-coronavirus levels and capacity is reduced due to social distancing, while private car usage is beginning to climb once again.......

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Klipsch T5 II and T5 II Sport earbuds arrive in August starting at $199

Inside, there’s a new Bluetooth antenna that should offer a better connection and improved audio quality is onboard thanks to a new driver and diaphragm. There’s also a handy transparency mode to allow you to hear your surroundings without removing the buds from your ears. The T5 II is IP67 rated against dust and water, an improvement from the IPX4 on the previous model. Klipsch kept the battery life at eight hours on the buds themselves with three more charges in the case. And thankfully, the Zippo-like case is back. That was one......

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Flight Simulator 2020 set to move from alpha to closed beta on July 30th

If you’ve applied for the alpha program, you could still get in before the beta, as Microsoft also unveiled the alpha 5 update with a new wave of invitations. The release itself focused on killing more glitches, with fixes to flight dynamics, individual aircraft, multiplayer characteristics, peripherals, weather and more. It’s still paying attention to detail, apparently, as one of the bugs was “snow does not last on the ground surfaces as expected.” If you decide to jump in, remember that to get the most out of the game (particularly those gorgeous graphics),......

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Facebook removes 3 white supremacist band pages — leaves 117 others

Facebook has removed pages of the heavy-metal bands SoldierSS of Evil, Whitelaw, and Frangar for violating the platform’s hate speech policies. The ban follows a new Al Jazeera investigation that identified 120 Facebook pages — with a total of over 800,000 likes — of mostly heavy-metal bands and record labels with direct ties to white supremacist ideology. Al Jazeera flagged five of these pages to Facebook for breaking the platform’s hate speech rules by displaying white supremacist ideology, but two are still under review. According to Al Jazeera, the majority of the pages......

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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin on its way back to $10,000’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin BTC every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Planck used to say: Let’s get it! Bitcoin price We closed the day, July 09 2020, at a price of $9,277. That’s a minor 1.59 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$150.02. It was the lowest closing price in one day. We’re still 53 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market......

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How you can watch BMW unveil its hotly anticipated iX3 EV next week

The hotly anticipated BMW iX3, the company’s first electric vehicle that’s part of its core product line up, will be officially unveiled next week. On July 14 at 10AM CEST, the German automaker will take the covers off the EV and it’ll be the first time the public or press has seen it for real, CarScoops reports. While vehicle unveilings are typically reserved for the press, it seems BMW is letting anyone watch the livestreamed event. All you have to do is go to this link: CLICK HERE on July 14, at 10AM Munich time,......

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