With Perfume on EVM Button TMC Workers Smell Voters Fingers to Crosscheck

first_imgNew Delhi: The battle between the BJP’s ‘kamal’ (lotus) and the TMC’s ghas phool (grass flowers) in Bengal’s electoral battle has entered a different sensory realm. With perfume on TMC’s EVM button, the party’s workers were standing at a ‘safe’ distance to ensure that votes were polled in their direction, said reports.The polls in Bengal have seen sporadic clashes, allegations of rigging and booth capture. In Birbhum district, two constituencies Bolpur and Birbhum are voting. As per a report published in Bengal daily Anandabazar Patrika, the TMC had found a novel method of voter intimidation. The report claimed that the local TMC leadership had sprayed ‘ittar’ (perfume) on the EVM button for the party. It quoted sources as saying that “if you vote for TMC, the smell stays on your finger”.It alleged that after casting their ballot, voters and their fingers would then be “scrutinised” by TMC workers who would be standing at a distance of about 200 meters. The report added that several such complaints had been registered by those “whose fingers didn’t smell of perfume”.“When a political party like the Trinamool knows that it has been rejected by voters, it resorts to every method known to subvert a free and fair poll,” said Shishir Bajoria, BJP leader and member of the party’s election management committee, while confirming the incident at Birbhum. A source in the party said, “Ye naya nahi hai. Purana khel hai (This isn’t new. This has happened before).”However, the ruling party has denied the allegations.Earlier, on her visit to Birbhum, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had asked her party’s district president Anubrata Mandal to be careful and, perhaps most importantly, “fight like a tiger”. The Election Commission, meanwhile, has kept the TMC leader under strict surveillance while the Lok Sabha seat goes to polls on Monday.Mandal is the president of Birbhum’s TMC unit and has been involved in a number of controversies. With him under lock and key and with no access to mobile phones, Birbhum saw clashes between the TMC and BJP supporters in Nanoor turning violent with nine people being injured. Birbhum’s BJP candidate Doodh Kumar Mondal is also reportedly under the EC scanner after he was seen using a mobile phone inside a booth.The TMC had won 87 percent of the gram panchayat seats uncontested in last year’s polls that were marred by violence. BJPLok Sabha elections 2019tmctrinamool congress First Published: April 29, 2019, 3:03 PM IST | Edited by: Ahona Senguptalast_img read more

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EC Sends Fresh Notice to Adityanath For Remark Comparing SP Candidate to

first_img 2019 lok sabha electionsAdityanathelection commissionuttar pradesh First Published: May 2, 2019, 9:18 PM IST New Delhi: The Election Commission of India on Thursday issued yet another notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath for violating the Model Code of Conduct. The firebrand BJP leader has been given 24 hours to explain his remarks in which he had described a Samajwadi party candidate as “Babur ki aulad” or “Babur’s child”.Adityanath made the comment at an election rally in UP’s Sambhal district on April 19. Referring to the SP candidate from Sambhal, Shafiq-ur-Rehman Burq, Adityanath had said, “What can be said about the SP… it fielded a candidate in Sambhal who claims to be the descendant of Babar, hesitates to garland the statue of Babasaheb, and does not recite the Vande Mataram.”Adityanath had made the comment immediately after resuming campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections upon his return from a 72-hour ban.The EC said Adityanath’s comment could “create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities” and along religious or linguistic lines. The poll body said that candidates should refrain from criticising other parties or workers “based on unverified allegations”.The EC said it had already earlier censured Adityanath for making communal speeches and had barred him for 72 hours from holding any public meetings, processions, rallies, roadshows and interviews. The poll panel had earlier issued him a showcause notice for his “communal” remarks, where he had Adityanath had compared the Lok Sabha elections to a contest between ‘Ali’, a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, the Hindu god Hanuman. last_img read more

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Kejriwal Sisodia Get Poll Panels Notices After BJP Complains of Violations

first_img aaparvind kejriwaldilip pandeymanoj tiwari First Published: May 6, 2019, 10:53 PM IST New Delhi: The Delhi poll panel issued notices on Monday to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia on two separate matters following complaints against them for violating the Model Code of Conduct.BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari had complained to the Chief Electoral Officer, accusing Kejriwal of “intentionally insulting” his profession and the Poorvanchali community on Saturday. The CEO office had also received a complaint against Sisodia from BJP’s Girish Sachdeva, claiming the Aam Aadmi Party was issuing letters, asking voters to vote for the party by highlighting the achievements of the government, which was a violation of the poll code.Following the complaints, the Delhi poll panel issued the notices, seeking Kejriwal and Sisodia’s reply by Tuesday noon, officials said.An official of the poll body said they have asked Sisodia whether such letters have been issued.At a public meeting in support of AAP’s North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey last week, Kejriwal had said, “Manoj Tiwari dances really well. Pandey does not know how to dance. Pandey knows how to work. Vote for the person who works and not the one who is a dancer. The dancer won’t be of any use to you.”In the complaint, Tiwari, an actor-singer and also the BJP’s North East Delhi nominee, had said, “My profession is not immoral and illegal and that people of our country feel proud that being a professional, I am serving the masses and representing Poorvanchali people living in Delhi.” last_img read more

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From Veterans to Firsttimers Delhi Candidates Seek to Harness Maximum Out of

first_imgNew Delhi: From highlighting poll manifesto to attacking opponents, social media is being used widely by candidates from all three major political parties in the fray in election as much as to achieve greater connect with voters.It is seemingly a triangular contest on all seven seats in Delhi, and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms are coming as handy tools by party candidates to project their agenda. The BJP, Congress and the AAP, all three major parties are going all-out on the social media with polling round the corner on May 12.From veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit to new entrants like Gautam Gambhir and boxer Vijender Singh, almost everyone in the reckoning is trying to harness maximum political advantage out of the digital platform.Olympian pugilist Vijender, who is making his political debut with this election, has been fielded by Congress from South Delhi up against sitting BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri and AAP’s Raghav Chadha.Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi held an impressive roadshow for Singh on Wednesday evening which was streamed live on his official Facebook account. He also shared pictures of the crowd taking selfies with Gandhi or himself, seeking to appeal to the youth voters, who are likely to play a crucial role in the polls.On his Facebook and Twitter accounts, the 33-year-old from the cradle of Indian boxing — Bhiwani in Haryana, also regularly puts up videos and pictures to broaden engagement with voters online, often using tagline ‘Haath ka sath’, reference to his party symbol — hand. Cricketer-turned-politician Gambhir fighting polls from East Delhi on a BJP ticket also shares videos and photos regularly to keep a connect with voters, more so the youth who consume a lot of news on politics through social media.On his social media account, Gambhir had earlier shared a news report in which he had told a national daily that he had joined politics to “go beyond tweeting”. A poster shared recently on his Facebook account, carries his image and the message — “Not here for picnic. Will show how work is done”.Both debutant politicians share their canvassing schedule on Facebook and Twitter seeking maximum traction out of the medium.Vijender Singh, who still uses an image of him in his sporting avatar as a Facebook profile picture, has said that, “sports has taught me to fight, and I am here to win this fight”.Candidates are also using social media to highlight achievements of their respective parties as much as to hit out at opponents for maximum electoral gain. AAP’s Atishi contesting from East Delhi has shared accomplishments of the AAP government in Delhi in the education sector as well as images of star campaigner Swara Bhaskar, who is rooting for the Arvind Kejriwal-led party.Raghav had also shared images of Bollywood actor Gul Panag campaigning for him in South Delhi by riding a motorcycle. Seen in a turban with folded hands, in his Twitter avatar, Chadha in a tweet on Thursday said, “Anticipating the BJP’s low politics, we have set up surveillance teams of top volunteers. Armed with spy cams, mobile apps & the grit to ensure free & fair elections, they’re keeping a close eye on the BJP’s nefarious activities. We’re watching your every move, you watch the law.”Senior Congress leader and New Delhi candidate Ajay Maken and sitting New Delhi MP Menakshi Lekhi have also sought to leverage maximum traction out of social media.”My voters have made me victorious in three out of four re-elections from the same constituency! Reason is Simple-I never lose touch and am easily accessible for development works!,” he tweeted recently while sharing a video of a meeting with people in a locality.Bhojpuri actor and BJP’s sitting North East MP Manoj Tiwari has also to engage effectively with netizens as the polling date draws near. As many as 164 candidates are in the fray in Delhi, where the polls is largely being seen as a triangular contest among the AAP, BJP and the Congress.Of the over 1.43 crore voters in Delhi, 78,73,022 are male and 64,42,762 female, while 669 belong to the third gender. The number of overseas electors stands at 40 while count of service voters is 11,005. Amit ShahLok Sabha elections 2019MahagathabandhanNarendra Modi First Published: May 9, 2019, 6:47 PM IST | Edited by: Sohini Goswamilast_img read more

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More MPs From West Bengal to be Inducted in Union Ministry Dilip

first_img BJPDebasree Chaudhuridilip ghoshmodi 2.0 First Published: May 31, 2019, 9:03 PM IST Kolkata: Sensing anger among the party’s rank and file over the fact that only two of the 18 West Bengal MPs got ministerial berths, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh Friday said more parliamentarians will be made ministers in future.Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy, one of the key figures in the party’s stellar performance in the Lok Sabha polls in Bengal, too exuded confidence that more MPs from West Bengal will be inducted in the Union ministry and asked the party workers to wait for some time. “Two MPs have been inducted (in the union council of ministers) and several others will also be made ministers in future. It is a continuous process,” Ghosh said.Two BJP MPs from the state were sworn-in as ministers of state in New Delhi on Thursday.While Babul Supriyo was given the ministry of environment, forest and climate change, first time MP Debasree Chaudhuri got the ministry of women and child development.Supriyo, a play-back singer turned politician, had served as MoS in the previous government as well.”The BJP is a national party and the TMC is a regional party. A lot of factors need to be kept in mind while selecting members of the union council of ministers. There should be representation from the entire country,” Roy said.”I will request you (party workers) to wait for some time. More MPs will be inducted in the ministry,” Roy said.Ghosh said the responsibility of the state party unit was to send as many BJP MPs to Lok Sabha as possible so that Narendra Modi becomes the prime minister for a second time.The BJP won 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, four less than the TMC’s 22. The remaining two seats were bagged by the Congress, while the Left Front drew a blank. last_img read more

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Will Rahul be Leader of House in LS Sonias Reelection as Head

first_imgNew Delhi: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s re-election as Congress Parliamentary Party leader on Saturday may have opened more options for party president Rahul, even as he offered to quit after Lok Sabha poll debacle.After former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh proposed Sonia’s name, all 52 lawmakers of the Congress from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha elected her as their chairperson. The suspense now is over who will be the leader of the party in Parliament. As the leader of the CPP, Sonia has the authority to appoint leaders in both the houses. This right was given to the chairperson after amending the party constitution in 2004. Since the Indira Gandhi era, the party president has played second fiddle to the person occupying the top seat in the government. While the tussle was settled in favour of the former during the tenures of Nehru to the Rajiv Gandhi era, it fell to Sonia Gandhi to reverse the equation in 1998 when she took over as party chief.Her party managers worked on a strategy to ensure that she had the authority to appoint the leader of the House in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha even though she was not even an MP. Pranab Mukherjee, who had been a man of all seasons, had offered a remedy to ensure Sonia’s authority over the parliamentary wing continued undiluted even though a new leader was elected as the CPP leader. In May 2004, Sonia had appointed two leaders as CPP leaders in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. She had named Manmohan Singh as leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha and Mukherjee as leader of the House in the Lok Sabha. Singh was, by then, sworn as prime minister too. Under the CPP constitution, its leader’s post was the highest but Clause 5 of the party constitution was amended to create the chairperson’s post. Under sub-clause ‘C,’ the chairperson and not the CPP leader would nominate the party leaders in both houses as well as the deputy leaders and chief whips. The amended clause now reads: “The chairperson shall have the authority to name the leader of the CPP to head the government, if necessary.”So, Sonia, as CPP chairperson, can nominate Rahul as leader of the House in the Lok Sabha, a post that was held by Mallikarjuna Kharge in the 16th Lok Sabha. Kharge, however, lost the election from Karnataka’s Gulbarga for the first time.Even though the number of party lawmakers in the Lower House is higher than that in 2014, the Congress is still short of three members to qualify for the post of Leader of Opposition.This is the first official meeting that Rahul attended after the meeting of the party’s working committee held on May 25, where he offered to resign as Congress chief.”Rahul Gandhi thanked the voters and Congress workers. He says, ‘every Congress member must remember that each one of you is fighting for the Constitution, for every person in India irrespective of the colour of his skin or belief’,” Surjewala quoted him as saying. congresscongress parliamentary partyJyotiraditya ScindiaKC Venugopal First Published: June 1, 2019, 2:09 PM IST | Edited by: Sumedha Kirtilast_img read more

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FCI Result 2019 Food Corporation of India Phase 1 Result Released at

first_img exam resultFCIFCI Result 2019Food Corporation of India First Published: July 8, 2019, 12:26 PM IST FCI Result 2019: The Food Corporation of India has announced the FCI Phase 1 Result 2019 for 4,103 JE, Steno and Assistant posts. The result was posted by the Food Corporation of India on its official website fci.gov.in. Candidates who appeared in the FCI Phase-1 online exam 2019 can check FCI Result 2019 Phase 1 on the official website. The FCI Phase-1 online exam 2019 was conducted by the FCI from May 31 to June 3 2019. Candidates who have qualified the FCI Phase-1 online exam 2019 are now eligible to appear in Phase-II online exam.FCI Result 2019 Phase 1: How to check your FCI Phase 1 examination result: Students are advised to follow the below-mentioned steps to check the Food Corporation of India Phase 1 result 2019, FCI Phase 1 Result 2019, FCI Result 2019 Phase 1Step 1: Go to the Food Corporation of India’s official website fci.gov.inStep 2: Click on FCI Phase 1 Result 2019Step 3: Enter Roll Number, registration number, D.O.B, captcha code and click on submit to check your FCI 2019 Result for Phase 1Step 4: FCI Phase-1 online exam 2019 result will be available on screenStep 5: Download and take a printout of the result for future referenceKeywords: FCI Result 2019, Food Corporation of India, fci.gov.in, FCI Phase 1 Result 2019, The FCI Result 2019 Phase 1 last_img read more

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Final Galaxy S9 releaselevel pics and specs just leaked

first_imgStory TimelineGalaxy S9 augmented reality demo extracted from Unpacked appGalaxy S9 release date might be coming up fastThese Giant HD Galaxy S9 images just leaked SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 Plus:• Display (S9+): 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED (529 PPI)• Processor in USA: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (SDM845)• Processor Internationally: Samsung Exynos 9810• RAM: 4 or 6 GB• Internal Storage: 64GB, 128GB (options)• MicroSD Slot: Yes, 256GB potential• Connectivity: Bluetooth LE, NFC, USB-C, Cat 18 LTE support• Camera (backside): Dual lens: 12 MP (f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.55, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) AND 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6, 1 µm, AF), OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, LED flash• Camera (front facing): 8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6, 1.22 µm), autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR• Sensors: Iris scanner, 3D sensor, fingerprint reader (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2• Battery: 3600 mAh, USB-C, Quick Charge 2.0 or higher, wireless charging with Qi standard• Additional Features: Samsung DeX, ANT+ support, Bixby AI personal assistant, AKG stereo speakersStay tuned for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus in full effect at the event on February 25th. Samsung has an event planned in Barcelona just before Mobile World Congress 2018, and we’ll be bringing you all the hands-on action you can handle. Then we’ll have reviews after that – as soon as possible! Above and below you’ll see specs that are NOT CONFIRMED and NOT OFFICIAL in any way, whatsoever. These specs are based on rumors that’ve been flying around for the past few months, combined into a set of lists. These lists are OK accounts of what we’re expecting, but are by no means perfect – take them with a grain of salt! Pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus have leaked the devices in their entirety. I mean basically everything you could possibly want to know about these devices, out there for the taking. It’s an intense, insane, bonkers-level amount of information released at this point – though it’s not as if we didn’t expect such a set of data points and images. It’s just days away from the release of both smartphones, at this point. Both the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will likely be released in several colors, including a lovely purply-purple. The smaller device will have a single camera at its back, while the larger will have a dual-lens setup. Both devices are set to have an ever-so-slightly different curvature to their frontside than in devices released before now. These devices will have a Power Button, a volume rocker, and a virtual assistant button – that’s for Bixby. Samsung’s setup here is very, very similar to that of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus – and we’ll safely assume that Bixby button won’t be re-mappable at first – but once developers get their hands on it, who knows? AdChoices广告NOTE: The hands-on images you see here were leaked from a Weibo account post. Since retrieving these images, that post and that whole account have been deleted! Imagine that.The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are shown in photos and press images (renderings) above and below, in abundance. There’s very little we’ll be able to see that hasn’t already been shared, other than in-hand experience video – which we’ll get to you as soon as possible. The real experience, the hands-on action, and the review-level accounts – that’s what you’ll want to see next.SAMSUNG GALAXY S9:• Display (S9): 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED (570 PPI)• Processor in USA: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (SDM845)• Processor Internationally: Samsung Exynos 9810• RAM: 4 or 6 GB• Internal Storage: 64GB, 128GB (options)• MicroSD Slot: Yes, 256GB potential• Connectivity: Bluetooth LE, NFC, USB-C, Cat 18 LTE support• Camera (backside): Single lens: 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6, 1 µm, AF), OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, LED flash• Camera (front facing): 8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6, 1.22 µm), autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR• Sensors: Iris scanner, 3D sensor, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2• Battery: 3100 mAh, USB-C, Quick Charge 2.0 or higher, wireless charging with Qi standard• Additional Features: Samsung DeX, ANT+ support, Bixby AI personal assistant, AKG stereo speakerslast_img read more

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The best Galaxy S9 deal isnt with a carrier

first_imgToday we’re following those deal-seekers aiming for the new Samsung Galaxy S9 to see where and/or IF there is a deal to be had. Unlike previous years, Samsung announced they’d release the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at the same time as carriers – with payment plan options, to boot. This might well be the first year when Samsung gets a substantial amount of sales from their smartphones directly from consumers, rather than in the aftermath of carriers and in-store buys. Samsung FirstSamsung announced they’d have the Galaxy S9 and S9+ available on preorder starting March 2nd, with standard sales starting March 16th. Samsung will release an unlocked Galaxy S9 for $719.99 outright or $30/month for 24 months. The unlocked Galaxy S9+ straight from Samsung will be $839.99 outright or $35/month for 24 months.Samsung will have these devices in three colors: Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, and Coral Blue. A number of trade-in options are available, and they aren’t half bad. Per our full trade-in guide, you’ll find the following list of credit amounts and devices attached.• $350 credit – Apple: iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus; Samsung: GS8, GS8+, Note8• $300 credit – Apple: iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus; Google: Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL; LG: G6, V30; Motorola: Z2 Force, Z Force; Samsung: GS7, GS7 Edge, GS7 Active• $200 credit – Apple: iPhone 6, 6 Plus; HTC: 10; LG: G5, V20; Motorola: Z Droid, Z2 Play; Samsung: GS6, GS6 edge, GS6 edge+, GS6 Active, Note 5• $100 credit – Apple: iPhone SE; HTC: M9, M9+; LG: G4, V10; Motorola: Z Play, Turbo 2; Samsung: GS5, Note 4, Note EdgeThe OthersSamsung has the devices for approximately $720 and $840 unlocked. AT&T has the devices only on their AT&T Next payment plans. With these plans, AT&T eventually has you paying $790.20 and $915 for the devices over a period of 30 months. AT&T will have Lilac Purple, Midnight black, and Coral Blue, too.AdChoices广告Sprint is attempting to charge users $792 and $912 for the devices on a lease – which means you won’t even own the devices. They’re charging that munch total if a user wishes to pay $33 or $38 per month for the devices over the course of 24 months. If the user wishes to switch to a new Galaxy smartphone in 12 months, they can do so for “free,” but they’ll have to turn their old phone in and the new phone’s 24-month pricing starts from zero.T-Mobile will attempt to get in your face first with preorders on March 1st and 9:01PM with in-store availability the same as everyone else: March 16th. T-Mobile’s various plans have the devices costing $720 and $840 by the time you’re done paying $30 a month for 24 months, etcetera.Verizon will have the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus available for approximately $800 and $930 after paying $33.33 or $38.74 per month for 24 months. Verizon also has a variety of packages which should suitably confuse your senses enough to make you excited to purchase, including a Fast Charge Power Bundle, one with a prepaid MasterCard, and another with $10 off Samsung accessories.US Cellular hasn’t announced prices yet, but they have teased some sort of $250-off offer with trade-in, which might be kinda neat. If you want to work with US Cellular coverage, that is.Total Pricing Rundown, Galaxy S9 / S9+:• Verizon: $800 and $930• Sprint: $792 and $912 (leased, not bought)• AT&T: $790.20 and $915• T-Mobile: $720 and $840• Samsung: $720 and $840The differences in price are a bit more than slight. When you spread the cost over a period of months, you might not notice the difference. That’s the plan when it comes to companies (carriers and manufacturers) trying to sell you hundreds of dollars worth of device here in 2018.The DealThe deal is part of a bit of a revolution in the way the public purchases phones here in the United States. Direct from Samsung is the best place to buy a Galaxy S9 and/or Galaxy S9 Plus, but not because it costs any massive amount less than the competition. The big deal here is in your freedom from a contract tying you down to a single carrier for no good reason.No company has a hardware installment plan that costs less than Samsung – they’ve got the devices for $30/$35 a month. No company has any deal on price for the hardware based on the purchase of a contract with any carrier. That’s no longer a situation carriers should be reeling you in with.Instead, buy straight from Samsung, and buy your SIM card from a carrier separate. That’s called BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, and carriers will be glad to set you up right out the gate. This is the way of the future, a future which finally separates the hardware from the service. Lets hope this is the first in a tradition of phones sold in just this way. Story TimelineSamsung Galaxy S9 hands-onGalaxy S9 vs S8: The reasons to upgradeGalaxy S9: Why you don’t need itlast_img read more

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Elon Musks Boring Company reveals exciting ambitions

first_imgMusk goes into detail about what he calls the Loop, to some extent a smaller scale implementation of the Boring Company’s ultimate goal. That tunnel will only run across downtown LA to LAX and will carry 16 people at a time. Traveling at a speed of 150 miles per hour, the travel time should take around 8 to 10 minutes. The clincher, however, is the $1 fare that Musk plans to charge passengers.The Loop pales in comparison with the end game: the Hyperloop. This tunnel system is envisioned to carry people across the country at airline speeds. There are a few competitors to the Boring Company in this space though Musk’s company already got approval for a tunnel between New York and Washington, DC. The company, however, is taking baby, comparatively boring, steps in LA first. After all, Musk says, if you can build a tunnel in LA, you can do the same anywhere.The Loop isn’t the only tunnel the Boring Company is boring, however. There will also be one that will run parallel to the I-405 but won’t be for public transportation. But perhaps the most mysterious of all is a “partnership” between the company and LA Metro. Previously, the city was worried about the Boring Company coming in conflict with its own tunnel plans, though the exact details of this partnership are still unknown.AdChoices广告The Boring Company is perhaps one of the most ironic companies in recent times. It stands to have the most impact and benefit to Earth-bound humans but also meets the most friction in government and public acceptance. It is also more ambitious, almost to an insane degree, than, say Tesla, but is actually just a side hustle for Musk. And as much as it seeks to build, it might also destroy with its Boring Flamethrowers which, if Musk is serious, will be personally delivered by the company to each and every buyer. Christening a drilling company “The Boring Company” is both the worst way to name a baby and also a stroke of genius at the same time. The tongue-in-cheek but totally official and legal name belies Musk’s ambitions to get rid of the bane of his existence: LA traffic jams. At a press conference held, almost by fate, at the Leo Baeck Temple near the Interstate 405 freeway, the illustrious revealed details of his tunnel vision that proves just how un-boring his youngest company is.last_img read more

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Dual SIM iPhones tipped in iOS 12 beta 5

first_imgStory TimelineiPhone X Plus, 6.1-inch LCD iPhone dummies pop upNew iPhones shown in leaked photosNew iPhone X leaks in hands-on videos Though Dual SIM phones have yet to really take off here in the US, they’re pretty popular in other regions of the world. This is especially true in places like Europe and Asia, where people are more likely to visit other countries frequently. A lot of manufacturers offer dual SIM variants of their flagship phones in some regions, but one company that doesn’t is Apple. That could all be changing at some point in the not-too-distant future. 9to5Mac took a dive into the code of iOS 12 beta 5 and found a few references to dual SIM support. For instance, mentions of “second SIM status” and “second SIM tray status” were discovered in a portion of the software responsible for diagnostics, as well as a reference to a “dual SIM device” elsewhere.Apple, it seems, seems to be prepping iOS to include dual SIM checks in its diagnostic reporting. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of dual SIM support heading to Apple’s phones. At least one phone tipped for reveal this year, the iPhone X Plus, is said to offer dual SIM capabilities.At the time of that report, it was unclear if Apple would opt for a tray that can hold two physical SIM cards or if it would make one a programmable e-SIM, but these references in iOS 12 suggest that it’s the former. It’s worth pointing out, however, that even if Apple goes for a dual SIM set up in one or all of its iPhones for 2018, we may not see those variants launch here in the US given the lower demand for them.AdChoices广告Basically, this discovery is one that’s very fascinating but ultimately leads to more questions. Hopefully we don’t have long to wait before those questions have answers, as the expectation is that Apple will announce its new iPhones at an event in September. In the meantime, we’ll keep an eye out for more information, but for now, head down to the comments section and tell us if you want a dual SIM iPhone.last_img read more

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Waze and Ford team up to launch SYNC AppLink compatibility

first_imgAppLink, as many Ford owners already know, allows you to run apps from your phone through Sync, putting them up on the screen embedded in your dashboard. With Waze, which for the uninitiated is a crowd-sourced GPS app, this kind of functionality will be particularly handy. Most importantly, it means no more windshield mounts or glancing at your phone just so you can use the navigation app you prefer.In today’s announcement, Ford and Waze note that all of the features of the Waze app will be available when used through AppLink. This means support for features that were just recently rolled out, including support for high occupancy vehicle routes and the ability to navigate the app via voice commands. To use Waze through AppLink, you’ll only need to connect your phone to your car’s USB port. Once you do, you’ll be able to pull up Waze on your SYNC’s display, thereby routing the readout of your directions through your vehicle’s sound system. If voice commands aren’t really your thing, you’ll be able to use SYNC’s touch screen to interact with Waze as well.Waze and Ford say that this functionality will be available in the coming weeks. Any 2018 Ford vehicle running SYNC 3 version 3.0 or later will be able to use Waze with AppLink right away, while other SYNC 3 cars can apply an update either over the air or via USB the enable Waze support. Ford promises that more AppLink partners will be coming online soon, with upcoming support for iHeartRadio specifically announced. We’ll keep an eye out for more news about incoming AppLink partners, but for now, head on over to our CES 2018 hub for all of our coverage from the show! Story TimelineWaze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-carWaze Android app adds roadside assistance from other usersWaze and Spotify integration now rolling out to iOS CES 2018 has had its share of interesting announcements, but one that might take some by surprise is the reveal of a new Ford and Waze team up. The two companies announced their new partnership today, and it will see Waze becoming accessible through Ford’s SYNC AppLink platform. This is great news for Waze adherents, as it should make the app much easier to use when you’re on the road.last_img read more

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iPhone 11 feature leaks release for 2019 and 2020

first_imgThere’s a lot of rumors flying around this week, but we’ll be starting with a set from MacRumors and working our way backward. The iPhone collection of 2020 will apparently roll with 5G support and relatively major upgrades for the front and back of the phone. Up front: a fullscreen fingerprint sensor. On back: a newly-minted 3D sensing camera setup.But wait, you might be saying, I’ve been following leaks really closely and was led to believe there was a 3D sensor on the backs of the 2019 iPhone lineup. That might also be – but from year-to-year we might well see a 3D sensor that can do a little to a 3D sensor that’s capable of a whole lot. How far it’ll go – I don’t yet know.The frontside of the 2020 iPhone collection was tipped to have a full-screen Touch ID system. That means fingerprint login anywhere on the display panel with “acoustic fingerprint technology.” Like it’ll hear your thumb coming from a mile away, right?There’s a potential 2020 iPhone SE 2 coming (obviously next year), but there’s some doubt as to the legitimacy of this rumor. It could be that Apple is simply considering this device and not yet committed to ordering parts in bulk. Apple, meanwhile, still seems committed to using ONLY OLED in its iPhones starting as early as 2020.The more conservatively-priced iPhone XR for 2019 was said to have one extra GB of RAM – so 4GB instead of 3GB. Otherwise it’ll be extremely similar to its predecessor. Though no iPhones from this point forward will have 3D touch, apparently. That’s a feature that’s pretty much going away entirely in favor of Haptic Touch – so it’s said.Much like last year, production is very likely ramping up in July and August, and we’ll probably see an event at Apple headquarters in September of 2019. This will mean either a late September or early October release date for the iPhone 11 (or iPhone XI, whatever you’d like to call it at this early stage). The future of the iPhone is in flux, with predictions of some features appearing while others fade away. According to a report published today, we won’t see 5G in an iPhone in 2019, but we WILL see said feature in 2020. That means another year of waiting – maybe. It might also be that 5G changes the game for every smartphone everywhere.last_img read more

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Audi etron recall affects US EVs What you need to know

first_imgThe road to electrification seldom goes smoothly, and Audi is getting its first taste of that with an proactive safety recall for some of its 2019 e-tron electric SUVs. Approximately 540 cars already delivered to buyers are being affected, the automaker confirmed today, over a possible issue that could affect the battery. However, Audi says, no actual incidents have been reported worldwide. 2019 Audi e-tron Gallery Story TimelineThe Audi e-tron is great news for Tesla drivers2019 Audi e-tron range revealed for US: What you need to know2019 Audi e-tron Review: Grading on a Curve Deliveries of the 2019 e-tron only began recently, but Audi has identified an early potential issue in one of the seals. That grommet could possibly break, the automaker says, and thus allow moisture into the battery compartment. Such an event “could lead to a short circuit or in extreme cases to a thermal event,” Audi observes, since coolant meeting electricity can cause a fire or overheating. Approximately 540 vehicles already delivered to customers in the US are impacted by the recall, along with a number of e-tron that were yet to be delivered. The total amount is 1,644. Audi has delivered approximately 1,109 e-tron in the US so far. The remainder, an Audi spokesperson tells SlashGear, are unaffected and available for sale. It’s unclear how many e-tron sold outside of the US are affected at this stage; the automaker tells us that there have been five incidents reported globally where the yellow “battery fault” light turns on due to moisture entering the wiring assembly. Audi began contacting e-tron owners affected by the recall midway through last week, the spokesperson confirmed to us, and the official NHTSA recall is expected to be issued early this week. Drivers can choose to continue to use their e-tron until the repair is ready, which is expected to be in August 2019. However if they see a yellow battery warning light on their dashboard, they should pull the car over and park it in the open, contact roadside assistance to have it moved to a dealership, and not plug it in to charge. Alternatively, Audi is offering affected e-tron owners a loaner vehicle as they wait, together with pick-up and delivery of their car and the temporary replacement. They’ll also get a cash card for $800 to cover any gas fees incurred. Audi Care will be offered, too, or reimbursed if the owner already purchased it. Audi’s full statement is below. While a recall so early in the e-tron’s lifespan is embarrassing, Audi is undoubtedly taking the right route here. Even if no incidents have been reported, had the seal later failed the fallout from overheating cars – or worse – could have destroyed confidence in the automaker’s EVs. After all, we’ve seen what happened when issues went unaddressed with other electric vehicle firms, and how that can undermine enthusiasm not only for that company’s cars but electrification in general.Addressing the recall head-on, and early in the e-tron’s release, meanwhile, could in fact boost confidence rather than reduce it. Owners are likely to be frustrated, certainly, but it’s an opportunity for Audi to demonstrate how quickly its dealer network can swing into action and deal with the new technology. That has been a lingering concern across potential buyers of most EVs, as the industry shifts away from internal combustion to broader electrification. It’s worth noting that the e-tron is not actually based on VW Group’s upcoming MEB, or “Modular Electric Drive Matrix,” platform. Instead, it uses a customized version of the MLB platform – which also underpins the Audi Q5 SUV, for example – as the automaker group prepares for the launch of models based on the new architecture. Audi’s full statement:“Audi of America takes the safety of its customers and the quality of our vehicles very seriously. In order to ensure the highest levels of safety and quality for our customers, we have issued a voluntary recall affecting approximately 540 e-tron vehicles that have been delivered to customers and 1,644 in total. The recall is in response to a potentially faulty seal that may allow moisture to enter the battery compartment which could lead to a short circuit or in extreme cases to a thermal event. We are applying an abundance of caution as no such incidents have been reported globally. The recall repair is expected to become available in August 2019.Customers are being contacted directly to inform them of the recall and our dealer network is fully engaged to deliver the best customer-service possible. We regret any inconvenience caused to our customers and reservation holders as we work with all parties toward a positive outcome in the weeks ahead. Audi e-tron vehicles unaffected by the recall remain available for delivery and our reservation system remains open to receive customer reservations” Audi spokesperson[Article updated to clarify the location of the seal affected] The issue is around a potentially faulty seal in the wiring harness between the charge plug and the battery. The e-tron uses a liquid-cooled battery consisting of 36 modules, each of which contains twelve 60 Ah cells, and fixed into a frame which acts as a crumple zone in case of a crash. Since EV batteries can get very hot, particularly when being charged at fast rates such as the 150 kW maximum that the e-tron supports, active cooling is required. In Audi’s case, the roughly 22 liters of coolant in 132 feet of tubing involved is designed to be physically separated from the battery cells. That way, in the case of an accident, the coolant should flow away from the cells.last_img read more

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Humana May Be Next Insurer To Exit Some Obamacare Exchanges

first_img The Arizona Republic: Humana Weighs Exit From Health-Insurance Marketplaces In Some States Humana became the latest health insurer to serve notice that it might leave some Affordable Care Act exchanges next year, creating more uncertainty for customers ahead of this fall’s enrollment window and presidential campaign, during which the law is sure to remain a hot debate topic. The insurer, which is being acquired by rival Aetna, said Wednesday that it expects to make a number of changes to its business for 2017, and that may include leaving some markets both on and off the exchanges or changing prices. Humana Inc. sold coverage in 15 states this year. (5/4) Humana Inc. on Wednesday reported its profit tumbled 46% in the first quarter of the year, hurt by costs related to the Aetna Inc. merger and a rise in a key measure of the company’s medical costs. Still, results for the health insurer, which in July agreed to be acquired by rival Aetna, topped expectations. Chief Financial Officer Brian Kane said the company is encouraged by early indicators in its Medicare and health-care services businesses “but remain cautious while our health-care exchange experience continues to develop.” (Steele, 5/4) The Associated Press: Change Is In The Works For Humana ACA Exchange Participation The Wall Street Journal: Health Insurers Struggle To Offset New Costs This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.center_img Humana Inc. may become the latest health-insurance company to exit Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges in some states next year as it seeks to curb financial losses. (Alltucker, 5/4) Humana May Be Next Insurer To Exit Some Obamacare Exchanges The insurance provider is weighing changes to its 2017 business that could include leaving some Affordable Care Act marketplaces and raising premiums. Humana reports that profits fell 46 percent, in part due to costs related to its merger with Aetna. The Wall Street Journal: Humana Profit Falls 46%, Hurt By Costs From Aetna Merger Insurers have begun to propose big premium increases for coverage next year under the 2010 health law, as some struggle to make money in a market where their costs have soared. The companies also have detailed the challenges in their Affordable Care Act business in a round of earnings releases, the most recent of which came on Wednesday when Humana Inc. said it made a slim profit on individual plans in the first quarter, not including some administrative costs, but still expects a loss for the full year. The Louisville, Ky.-based insurer created a special reserve fund at the end of last year to account for some expected losses on its individual plans in 2016. (Radnofsky and Wilde Mathews, 5/4) last_img read more

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Microsoft could be teasing a Game of Thrones title coming exclusively to

first_imgIt appears that Microsoft is teasing a Game of Thrones reveal on its official social media channels, could it be an upcoming console exclusive for the platform? While nothing concrete has been announced, a brief video on the Xbox Twitter account is clearly teasing something related to HBO’s beloved show. The brief teaser begins with an explosion of fire before revealing what appears to be the lower half of Daenerys Targaryen’s family sigil. Related: PS5 vs Xbox Two And now your wait begins.Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/gfnM1vtAEO— Xbox (@Xbox) May 6, 2019Whether this is teasing a limited-edition line of consoles or a fully-fledged game in development at the company, it has us incredibly excited to see what Microsoft is teasing. Microsoft recently acquired major developers such as Compulsion Games and Obsidian Entertainment, the latter of which is renown for RPGs such as Fallout: New Vegas, Alpha Protocol and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Whatever is being teased right now, we’ll likely see it emerge during Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference, which will hopefully spill the beans on Xbox Two as well.Games of Thrones offers the perfect blueprint for a massive RPG experience in the vein of The Witcher 3, and would be a strong feather in Microsoft’s cap if it ends up being a major console exclusive. On the flipside, a Game of Thrones title that bears similarity to something like Civilisation or Crusader Kings would be equally thrilling, giving you control over the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros through huge, dynamic conflicts of your own making. The possibilities for a property like this are full of potential. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorcenter_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.last_img read more

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Heres how to watch todays Pokemon Sword and Shield Nintendo Direct

first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Nintendo has announced it will hold a special direct presentation later today where it will reveal all-new details for Pokemon Sword and Shield.Set to launch later this year exclusively for Nintendo Switch, we’re surprised that Nintendo is revealing so much for Sword and Shield ahead of E3 2019. Perhaps this means we’re going to be treated with a barrage of information on Animal Crossing Switch at next week’s show? Either way, consider us excited.Related: Xbox at E3 2019Pokemon Sword and Shield Nintendo Direct – When is it?Today’s Direct will take place at 2pm BST where you’ll be able to watch all the major announcements as they happen. We’ve compiled all the different time zones below for your convenience to make things a little easier:6am PT9am ET2am BSTPokemon Sword and Shield Nintendo Direct – How can I watch it?As is always the case with direct presentations, it will be available to watch across Nintendo’s Twitch and YouTube channels. We’ll drop a trailer and on-demand links in this article as they emerge throughout the presentation, here’s hoping for a bunch of juicy new information.Are you looking forward to Pokemon Sword and Shield? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter @trustedreviews. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.last_img read more

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The Canton Smart Soundbar 9 boasts Chromecast and multiroom features

first_imgGerman audio manufacturer Canton has announced the Smart Soundbar 9, which comes with built-in Chromecast and multi-room compatibility.Canton has built some great soundbars and soundbases, like the DM100 and DM55, and now it’s back with a new effort – the Smart Soundbar 9.Related: Best soundbars 2019Inside the soundbar are four bass drivers and two midrange drivers with 50mm aluminium cones, plus two 19mm fabric-dome tweeters. The bass drivers are further supported by two passive drivers to help deliver more depth and punch. It’s all contained within a sleek, premium looking body (89 x 7 x 10 cm, HWD) and is best-suited to TVs 40-inches and bigger. If you fancy wall-mounting, the soundbar supports that, too.Wireless connectivity is available in spades. Chromecast is built-in, so users can ‘cast’ audio from other devices on the network. You can also cast audio from music streaming apps, including Spotify, Tidal, Google Play Music, Deezer and TuneIn, and there’s native support for Spotify Connect if you want to stream directly from that service, too.If you have other Canton Smart products, the Smart Soundbar 9 can be added to create a wireless multi-channel home cinema set-up, or you can go fully multi-room and have audio played around the house with compatible Canton products. 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless connections are supported, as is aptX Bluetooth.Despite the onus on wireless, physical connections haven’t been shunned. Around the rear are four HDMI ports − three inputs and one output − with the output functioning as a HDMI ARC connection. All HDMI connections support HDCP 2.2 and other connections include optical, coaxial, stereo RCA and a dedicated subwoofer out.Dolby Digital and DTS Digital surround sound tracks can be decoded, as can Hi-res audio tracks up to 24-bit 24-bit/96kHz.Related: What is Hi-res Audio?Other features include an IR-learning sensor, so the soundbar can be used with another remote, automatic on/off switching in line with the TV, EQ adjustments to bass, midrange and treble and lipsync technology that synchronises speech with what’s happening on screen.The Smart Soundbar 9 goes on sale in late July 2019 in black or silver finishes for an RRP of £699. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more

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Venturing To The South Pole In An Electric Car Powered By The

Effort aims to spur environmental actionAdventurous expeditions have long been a part of the story about the transition to electric vehicle dominance, and now a new effort is about to extend that tradition. Meet the Polar Explorer (pictured above): a solar-powered four-wheel-drive vehicle made largely from recycled plastic that will attempt to reach the South Pole in about 10 weeks from now.More expedition action Venturi Develops Electric Vehicle For Use In Antarctica Watch As Nissan LEAF Drives Thousands Of Miles Across Eurasia Source: Electric Vehicle News Zero South Plug-In Hybrid Hummers Headed For South Pole Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 21, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News The project arose from the simple act of disposing of some plastic packaging, something millions of us do every day. For the Dutch couple at the heart of the project — Liesbeth and Edwin — this was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back and it triggered a series of events that ultimately led them to design, build, and test this glorious photon-fed beast.For the past year or so, the “Clean 2 Antarctica” team has been posting videos of there progress and associated activities, and so you can probably find the answers to any engineering questions among the 68 (to date) visual missives on their YouTube channel. A perusal of its website does give a few interesting facts, though. For instance, its top speed is a mere 8 kph (4.97 miles per hour) while its weight is 1485 kg (3273.87 pounds).The “tractor” portion of the vehicle features two solar panels, with each of the two trailers it pulls support four each, giving it a total of ten panels. Speaking of the trailers, they’ll hold enough food for 47 days, though the targeted time for the expedition is 30 days. The entire train is 16 meters (52.49 feet) in length.Despite all the preparations, the 2,400 km (1491 miles) journey should prove challenging. Though they have the advantage of being on the Southern continent when the sun never sets, they’ll also face temperatures of -30 C (-22 F) regularly and likely experience much colder. Perhaps this is a good time to mention that the cabin of the vehicle isn’t heated. (Yikes!)We wish the couple and their entire team the best of luck with their unique adventure and hope to hear of their success in the coming months. For a little more insight into some of their preparations, check out the video below of their testing in Iceland..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Source: Reddit, Clean2Antarctica read more

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Tesla patents new type of cable easier to manipulate by robots in

Tesla has made some missteps in its attempt to drastically automate vehicle production, but it has now launched new initiatives to get it right for its next-generation ‘Alien Dreadnought’ factory.The automaker is now patenting a new type of cable that’s easier to manipulate by robots. more…The post Tesla patents new type of cable easier to manipulate by robots in move to automate production appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward

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