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This Week

  • AI: Google takes GPS to the next level with AI
  • COMPUTING: SanDisk unveils the world’s fastest 1TB microSD card, takes 3+ hours to fill
  • COMPUTING: Huawei’s Mate X foldable phone costs $2600, somehow is more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • CRYPTO: Twitter gives the Bitcoin Tippin servers the Internet hug of death, crashes them
  • CRYPTO: Ethereum Constantinople upgrade gets the go ahead, activating Feb 28th
  • ENERGY: Tesla’s battery rakes in $29 million in cash over 2018
  • NANOTECH: Breakthrough in the search for graphene-based electronics
  • SPACE: SpaceX reuses and lands stage 1 booster for the third time, prepares to destroy it
  • TRANSPORT: Peugeot unveils its new all-electric e-208 hatch with 340 km of range

The News!

Google takes GPS to the next level with AI

One of the consistent challenges when navigating with Google Maps is figuring out the right direction to go: sure, the app tells you to go north – but many times you’re left wondering, “Where exactly am I, and which way is north?” Over the years, we’ve attempted to improve the accuracy of the blue dot with tools like GPS and compass, but found that both have physical limitations that make solving this challenge difficult, especially in urban environments.

SanDisk unveils the world’s fastest 1TB microSD card, takes 3+ hours to fill

Get extreme speeds for fast transfer, app performance, and 4K UHD.2 Ideal for your Android smartphone, action cameras or drones, this high-performance microSD card does 4K UHD video recording, Full HD video and high-resolution photos. The super-fast SanDisk Extreme microSDXC memory card reads up to 160MB/s* and writes up to 90MB/s. Plus, it’s A2-rated, so you can get fast application performance for an exceptional smartphone experience

Huawei’s Mate X foldable phone costs $2600, somehow is more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Fold

Experience the future of mobile technology with the HUAWEI Mate X. The new folding design integrates a new era of communicative interaction. Keep it compact for daily smartphone tasks or unfold to reveal an exceptional experience in multitasking or entertainment. Ushering in the 5G revolution with the HUAWEI Balong 5000, the world’s first 7nm multi-mode 5G chipset achieves the industry-leading 5G download speed. The HUAWEI Mate X with Balong 5000 officially unlocks a new experience in the 5G era.

Twitter gives the Bitcoin Tippin servers the Internet hug of death, crashes them

While Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter and Square, only overtly pledged his allegiance to Bitcoin in early-2018, he has rapidly become a fabled character in the crypto community. Some may saw the Silicon Valley mainstay is clamoring for attention, but it has quickly become apparent that he truly is enamored with this space.

Ethereum Constantinople upgrade gets the go ahead, activating Feb 28th

You read the title right, don’t worry. After a number of failed attempts, due to bugs and consensus misalignment, the Ethereum core development team has finally decided to go ahead with the fabled Constantinople blockchain upgrade. This is the project’s first named upgrade in over a year, accentuating its importance. Here’s BlockGeek’s breakdown of the upgrade, including the deets and what it means for the popular crypto project.

Tesla’s battery rakes in $29 million in cash over 2018

The Tesla big battery at Hornsdale in South Australia pulled in revenue of €18 million ($A29 million) in calendar 2018, well ahead of the expectations of its owner and operator, the French renewable energy developer Neoen. In its first annual revenue declaration, made after its stock exchange listing late last year, the Paris-based Neoen says the performance of what is officially known as the Hornsdale Power Reserve was ahead of expectations “owing to its technical characteristics,, particularly its highly responsive approach.”

Breakthrough in the search for graphene-based electronics

For 15 years, scientists have tried to exploit the “miracle material” graphene to produce nanoscale electronics. On paper, graphene should be great for just that: it is ultra-thin—only one atom thick and therefore two-dimensional, it is excellent for conducting electrical current, and holds great promise for future forms of electronics that are faster and more energy efficient. In addition, graphene consists of carbon atoms – of which we have an unlimited supply.

SpaceX reuses and lands stage 1 booster for the third time, prepares to destroy it

Falcon 9 first stage has landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, completing this booster’s third launch and landing. Highest reentry heating to date. Burning metal sparks from base heat shield visible in landing video. Fourth relight scheduled for April. High probability of this particular rocket getting destroyed by Dragon supersonic abort test. Otherwise, at least 20 or 30 missions for Falcon 9. Starship will take over before the F9 fleet reaches end of life.

Peugeot unveils its new all-electric e-208 hatch with 340 km of range

New PEUGEOT e-208 is fitted with a 50 kWh large-capacity battery enabling a vehicle range of up to 340 km, according to the WLTP protocol. Linked to the passenger compartment cooling system, fluid-cooled temperature control enables fast recharging, optimised range and increased life-span. This battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160 000 km for 70% of its charge capacity.

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