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Tesla’s new Model S will automatically shift between park, reverse, and drive

Tesla’s redesigned Model S and Model X will have a very unconventional and possibly controversial feature: automatic shifting between park, reverse, neutral, and drive (or PRND). There will be an option to change drive modes on the touchscreen, but CEO Elon Musk made the case for automatic shifting on Twitter late Wednesday night.

“Car guesses drive direction based on what obstacles it sees, context & nav map,” Musk tweeted. “After you drive without using a PRND stalk/stick for a few days, it gets very annoying to go back & use a shifter! You can override on touchscreen.”

An internal Tesla document obtained by Electrekexpands, slightly, on what Musk means by “guesses”:

The vehicle uses its Autopilot sensors to intelligently and automatically determine intended drive modes and select them. For example, if the front of Model S/X is facing a garage wall, it will detect this and automatically shift to Reverse once the driver presses the brake pedal. This eliminates one more step for the drivers of the world’s most intelligent production cars.

That’s just one example, and we’ve asked Tesla for more, though the company reportedly no longer has a PR department and has not responded to questions The Verge sends to its general press line since September 2019.

The general idea behind the decision fits into the larger Silicon Valley ethos that Tesla subscribes to, though, of “eliminating friction.” The consequences of trying to automate PRND won’t be clear until people start taking deliveries of these new cars, which is supposed to happen in a matter of weeks.AUTOMAKERS HAVE TINKERED WITH PRND SELECTORS FOR YEARS, TO SOMETIMES DEADLY EFFECT

Automakers have tinkered with the look and location of drive mode selectors for years, enabled by the rise of automatic transmissions and the ability to change modes via software (also known as “shift by wire”). Many companies have ditched the classic steering wheel stalk in favor of a knob on the dashboard or the center console or separate physical buttons.

Others have tried to mix hardware and software, but it has not gone well. Fiat Chrysler had to recall more than 1 million Jeeps, Dodges, and Chryslers because the interface — which involved a lever and a button that always returned to center position — caused enough confusion that some people were run over by their own vehicles. In fact, this “rollaway” problem is likely how actor Anton Yelchin died.

So-called “mode confusion” is a real concern even in simpler designs. In 2018, one of Fiat Chrysler’s own commercials showed actor Kathryn Hahn mistaking the Pacifica minivan’s rotary gear selector for a volume knob.

The removal of the PRND stalk that the Model S and Model X previously featured is part of a wider overhaul of the interior design of those vehicles, but it’s not the only one to conjure a debate about safety. Tesla has ditched its circular steering wheel in favor of one that’s U-shaped — a decision that Roadshow reports has already drawn the interest of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the federal safety regulator for motor vehicles.REGULATORS HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT MODE CONFUSION FOR DECADES

When asked whether NHTSA is looking into Tesla’s decision to automate PRND, the agency answered with a fairly stock response: “Manufacturers must certify their vehicles [to] meet applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards before putting them on the road,” and that it will require vehicles found noncompliant or that contain a safety defect to be recalled and may impose fines if a manufacturer does not recall vehicles in a timely manner.” The agency said it’s in “regular communication with manufacturers to discuss potential safety concerns” and that it reviews consumer complaints and company data to screen for safety risks.

While federal motor vehicle safety standard number 102 spells out the specific sequence of PRND, and number 114 covers some really basic rollaway issues, it does not appear that any others would necessarily preclude Tesla’s automation or the lack of a physical selector. That’s despite NHTSA saying this all the way back in 1999 in a response to BMW about using alternate gear selection methods like touchscreens, keypads, or voice controls:

We are concerned that, as new designs for automatic transmissions that do not use a shift lever come into the market, there is nothing in Standard No. 102 to prevent misshifting in those vehicles.

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Xiaomi says its ‘Air Charge’ technology works over several meters

Xiaomi has announced “Mi Air Charge Technology,” a wireless charging system that the company claims is able to charge devices “within a radius of several meters.” Multiple devices can be charged at 5W at the same time, according to Xiaomi, and physical obstacles apparently don’t reduce charging efficiency.

Xiaomi says the technology will also work with smartwatches and fitness bracelets. Another goal is to make “living rooms truly wireless,” with speakers, lamps, and smart home devices all being powered by the same remote system. A Xiaomi representative confirms to The Verge, however, that no commercial products will include the technology this year, and declined to provide a timeframe for release.

Here’s how Mi Air Charge Technology works, in Xiaomi’s words:

The core technology of Xiaomi’s remote charging lies in space positioning and energy transmission. Xiaomi’s self-developed isolated charging pile has five phase interference antennas built in, which can accurately detect the location of the smartphone. A phase control array composed of 144 antennas transmits millimeter-wide waves directly to the phone through beamforming.

On the smartphone side, Xiaomi has also developed a miniaturized antenna array with built-in “beacon antenna” and “receiving antenna array”. Beacon antenna broadcasts position information with low power consumption. The receiving antenna array composed of 14 antennas converts the millimeter wave signal emitted by the charging pile into electric energy through the rectifier circuit, to turn the sci-fi charging experience into reality.

Needless to say, you should be skeptical about the prospects of this technology making it to market until evidence suggests otherwise. Companies like Energous have been making announcements about “truly wireless charging” at CES and beyond for several years, but the technology is yet to gain serious traction. Xiaomi has demonstrated wireless charging engineering breakthroughs in the past, however, and has the advantage of owning a huge hardware ecosystem that it could theoretically leverage.

Source: The Verge

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Razer unvails the future of gaming chairs at CES 2021

For the first time CES, due to the pandemic is streamed online and visitors have to attend the event online.

While the event lasts we are going to see a variety of companies reimagining the future.

This particular post is about Razer. The gaming giant unvailed how they see the future of gaming chairs by unvailing an exiting prototype.

The prototype is a gaming chair, which unfolds its self and turns into the ultimate gaming setup. Watch the clip as posted on Twitter.

What do you think?

I think is beautyful.

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Mark the date: S21 will launch on January 14

Samsung today surprised the media by droping an invitation to their virtual presentation of their new flagships.

At January 14 Sumsung plans to hold the Unpacked 2021 press conference, meaning that we will see their new 5G phones and accessories.

The keynote will start at 10 EST time, around 5pm Cyprus time. All of the latest Samsung Galaxy S21 leaks point to the three new phones – the S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra

Of course, Samsung’s event invite doesn’t name any of the phones we mentioned. It bills this invite for its semi-annual Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 showcase, with the tagline ‘Welcome to Everyday Epic’. But the event invite image clearly shows the recently leaked rear camera module in an opaque cube.

The virtual event invitation

The specs are all confirmed by daily articles found on the net ahead from the official launch. We know that the tech giant is going to unvail three phones with three screen sizes – 6.2, 6.7 and 6.9 all with 120Hz adaptive displays and smaller bottom bezel.

The Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus rear cameras seem to be getting special treatment, according to several renders of the refined camera module. All with three lenses – presumed to be a 12MP main, 12MP ultra-wide and 64MP telephoto – appear in a flatter module this year, resulting in a slightly less pronounced camera bump. 

A twist or two

In a twist, the Galaxy S21 Ultra may also include an S Pen, the stylus that’s previously been exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. If true, that would be a big reason to buy the most expensive version of the phone – and less of a reason to wait for a new Samsung Galaxy Note 21 presumably will launch in August 2021.

This weekend we also got insight into a novel accessory that Samsung may launch on January 14: a Tile-like Bluetooth tracker called Samsung Galaxy SmartTag. It may be helpful for finding items like keys, backpacks and luggage that constantly go MIA. If the SmartTag tracker does get announced, Samsung will beat to market the yet-to-be-revealed Apple AirTag tracker that’s been rumored for more than a year.Advertisement

different leak outed a second Unpacked 2021-bound accessory this weekend: the Galaxy Buds Pro may put Samsung on equal footing with the AirPods Pro when it comes to true wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation and support for Dolby Atmos. The source of the leak? Samsung’s own website.

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Sony’s latest PS5 update will tell you if you’re playing the PS4 version of a game

Sony’s latest PlayStation 5 update seems to have fixed one of the biggest issues with cross-gen games on the console: making it clearer when players have the PlayStation 4 version of a game installed and notifying them when there’s a PS5 version available to download. 

The feature, spotted by Twitter user Tidux, aims to clarify one of the more frustratingly complex parts of the PlayStation 5. Because the console offers backwards compatibility for all PS4 games — including ones that offer free next-gen PS5 updates, like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla or Destiny 2 — it’s pretty easy to accidentally install the older version of the game.

Microsoft has taken a simpler approach to the system, with its Smart Delivery program that will automatically install (or update) a game to the best version for a console. While Sony’s method isn’t quite as easy, it’ll at least make it clearer to players when they have the wrong version installed.

The new feature will likely be particularly helpful in the future, as more developers continue to release PS5-optimized versions of their PS4 titles. Under the current system, there’s no great way for players to know when there’s a PS5 version of a game available. But with the new update, anyone who owns Control: Ultimate Edition and has the PS4 version installed, for example, will be notified when the next-gen version is released on February 2nd. 

The option appears to only show up for games that include free next-gen upgrades, something that’s left to the discretion of the developer. Games that require a new purchase for “remastered” versions, like Insomniac’s 2018 Spider-Man or Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, will remain as separate downloads as usual.

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J.L Motorace reaches agreement with SEGWAY 

NICOSIA, CYPRUS (December 22, 2020) J.L Motorace Ltd, one of the leading distributors in the motorcycle industry has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with tech giant SEGWAY for all Powersport vehicles.

The new Segway ATV and UTV lineup includes the Snarler 570 and Snarler 1000 ATVs, Fugleman 570 and Fugleman 1000 Utility UTVs, and the Villain 1000 Sport UTVs.

Along with the new machines, Segway also has built a smartphone app to track the vehicle’s performance, mileage, speed and more.

“This is a cutting edge technology and design at affordable pricing which we trust superior to anything in the marketplace at this price range,” said Mr. Jack Lambrou, the Founder of J.L Motorace. “We feel that this collaboration comes at a great time giving the maximum value vs price to the end user.”

“We are very glad to work with Motorace in the Cyprus market. After exploring various options, we have concluded that Motorace is the ideal partner to represent our brand on the island. Through their experience in the industry and professional approach we are confident that this is the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship” posted SEGWAY on their social media channels.

J.L Motorace Ltd is the proud representative of multiple prestigious and world leading brands and has great experience in serving clients at the highest level. The company’s mission is to provide the best available value vs price across all sectors it is involved in.

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Its Official: The boys are back!

2020 is full of surprises, and sudenly this came out!

Watch how the Amazon’s Trio surprised us by releasing the new episode of The Grand Tour actually a day earlier.

And just like that, #AMassiveHunt is released early. All those marketing plans… wasted. It’s on Prime Video now. Can you find it?

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Samsung confirms stylus support is coming to Galaxy phones like the S21

The Note seems not long for the world, and cheaper folding phones are coming

Samsung’s president of mobile, TM Roh, dropped several hints about the company’s product roadmap in a blog post today. He confirmed Samsung will hold an event in January — presumably for the Galaxy S21. He also implied that S Pen support will come to more phones and that Samsung intends to broaden its line of folding phones with less expensive options.

The hint that’s likely to have the biggest impact on the greatest number of customers is stylus support for Galaxy phones beyond the Note line. That’s been rumored for some time now, but Roh also claims that Samsung intends to “add some of its most well-loved features to other devices in our lineup.”

It may mean that the other half of those rumors will also come to pass: that the Note line itself may soon be coming to an end, at least as a premium flagship in Samsung’s lineup. The Note hasn’t been that differentiated from the regular S line of phones for a while now. The main difference beyond design language has been that silo for the stylus.SAMSUNG WILL HAVE AN EVENT IN JANUARY TO ANNOUNCE NEW PRODUCTS

With S Pen support on Galaxy S phones like the upcoming Galaxy S21 line and Z phones like the Z Fold (and maybe even a Z Flip), Samsung probably figures it’s just as easy to store a stylus in a case as it would be inside a phone.

Roh also confirmed that Samsung will be providing more details in January. That’s when Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S21 line, a month or two ahead of when it usually does.

The S Pen wasn’t the only thing Roh hinted at in the post. He also said that Samsung intends to have a “portfolio of foldables” and that it wants to make the category “more accessible to everyone.” “Accessible,” in this case, is likely a reference to the price of folding phones, which clock in anywhere from $1,300 to $2,000 for a new phone right now. The rumor here is that there will be a Z Fold “Lite” sometime in 2021. If folding phones are ever going to be more than a curiosity, they’ll need to come down significantly in price. That appears to be what Samsung is aiming for.

The Z Fold 2 can support itself at different angles now.
The next version of the Z Fold will likely include support for stylus input.

Roh says that Samsung will put more emphasis on “pro-grade camera and video capabilities” on its phones. That’s not really much of a revelation, but it may mean that Samsung hopes to get back into a camera quality race with Apple and Google — a race Samsung has yet to definitively win. Roh promised an “epic new year” and specifically mentioned using AI to improve image quality. Computational photography is precisely where Samsung has traditionally fallen a little behind its competitors.

He hinted that it would begin to do more with UWB in 2021 as well. Like Apple, he’s promising that your phone will open your car door. Unlike Apple, he’s willing to talk about using it to locate objects and “even your family pet.”

That’s a lot of teases for Samsung’s January event, which we currently expect to happen on the 14th. That’s when we’ll see the Galaxy S21 announced and perhaps a bit more, an earlier start than usual to a new year of phones.

Source: The Verge

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Lightyear Movie Starring Chris Evans Release Date Set For Summer 2022

Lightyear, an animated film starring Chris Evans as the beloved character Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story franchise, has an official release date. Toy Story has been a massive part of the Pixar brand since its inception, with the movies Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4 becoming some of the animation studio’s highest-grossing films of all time. Now, Pixar seems to be taking the next step in their Toy Story journey.

While past Toy Story movies have focused on Woody, this new prequel from Pixar will concentrate on Buzz Lightyear, only not the toy Buzz Lightyear seen in the films. Buzz was introduced in Toy Story and was used to explore how changing media trends influence the types of toys kids buy. But one thing the Toy Story saga has yet to explore is just where Buzz Lightyear came from – and the story that inspired the astronaut toy’s creation.Continue Scrolling To Keep ReadingClick the button below to start this article in quick view.START NOW

Lightyear will be released on June 17, 2022, in theaters. The release date should give Disney enough distance from the coronavirus pandemic to ensure moviegoers are ready to return to theaters. Not much else is known, other than Chris Evans will be voicing Buzz Lightyear (the original guy, not the toy), and he’s so excited he took to Twitter to comment on his loss for words.

This unique premise explains why Disney has decided to recast Buzz Lightyear, originally voiced by Tim Allen. Since the Buzz of Lightyear will technically be an entirely new character, it makes sense that Pixar would want to take the voice acting in a different direction. And after years of playing America’s superhero in The Avengers, Chris Evans is an obvious choice for this heroic and patriotic character.

Beyond the initial announcement, the teaser for Lightyear did not give any hints about the prequel film’s plot. Since the story focuses on a real human astronaut, it’s unlikely we’ll see any interaction with the other toy characters like Woody or Mr. Potato Head. However, we might see a few little green alien men on Buzz’s journey. Plus, if the Buzz featured in Lightyear ends up joining the Space Rangers to battle Evil Emperor Zurg, the film may give more detailed origins to those characters as well. Until Lightyear releases, Toy Story fans will have to wait a few years until they see Chris Evans go to infinity and beyond.

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Apple AirPods Max are Apple’s first over-ear headphones

The Apple AirPods Max are finally here

The Apple AirPods Max have finally been launched, having been the subject of rumor for quite some time now. 

The first Apple over-ear headphones – which most outlets predicted would be called the AirPods Studio –  were quietly announced via a press release posted the Apple newsroom.

According to the company, they come with “incredible high-fidelity audio, Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, and spatial audio”, like the AirPods Pro.

Landing on December 14, they’ll cost you $549 / £549 / AU$899 , and you can preorder today.

Read more here.