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Where Was the Battery at Teslas Battery Day?

Musk made some big promises at Teslas highly anticipated Battery Day. But a prototype never made an appearance, and it was unclear what Tesla had actually achieved.

Wired 23 Sep 2020 5:54 am

Tesla is building a cathode plant and getting into the lithium mining business

A little more than a year ago, during Teslas 2019 shareholders meeting, CEO Elon Musk said the company might get into the business of mining minerals used in electric veh

TechCrunch 23 Sep 2020 5:39 am

Tesla lays out 'Battery Day' plans that lead to a $25,000 electric car

The Tesla Battery Day presentation is under way, and CEO Elon Musk has shown off a number of changes the company is making that he says can halve the cost per kWh of buil

Engadget 23 Sep 2020 4:43 am

Tesla says its battery innovations will deliver its goal of a $25,000 mass market electric car

Tesla held its Battery Day event on Tuesday to discuss a variety of innovations it has developed and is pursuing in battery technology for its vehicles. At the event, Tes

TechCrunch 23 Sep 2020 4:36 am

TransferWise reports accelerating revenue growth to 70% in its March, 2020 fiscal year

TransferWise, a European fintech unicorn, announced the financial results of its fiscal year ending March, 2020. The company posted strong growth, continued profit and ne

TechCrunch 23 Sep 2020 4:31 am

Caura, an app to take the hassle out of car ownership, launches from Echo co-founder Sai Lakshmi

Caura, a new U.K. startup that aims to take the hassle out of car ownership, is breaking cover today. Founded by Sai Lakshmi, who previously co-founded Echo, the medicati

TechCrunch 23 Sep 2020 4:30 am

Tesla's 1,100HP 'Plaid' Model S sport sedan will arrive in late 2021

To cap off the Battery Day unveiling, Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed video of the long-hinted-at Plaid version of a Model S sedan. Back in 2019 Tesla showed video of a triple

Engadget 23 Sep 2020 4:22 am

Future Teslas will have batteries that double as structure, making them extra stiff while improving efficiency..

Tesla has fundamentally redesigned the way that its battery packs integrate into their vehicles, turning them into structural elements of the car, rather than just fuel s

TechCrunch 23 Sep 2020 4:22 am

Arlo's Essential XL Spotlight camera can go a full year on a single battery charge

Arlo is adding two new models to its affordable Essential series of security cameras, the Essential XL Spotlight Camera and Essential Camera. The highlight of the former

Engadget 23 Sep 2020 4:02 am

Chitin could be used to build tools and habitats on Mars, study finds

The manufacturing process would require minimal energy and no specialized equipment.

Ars Technica 23 Sep 2020 3:48 am

Daily Crunch: Microsoft launches Azure Communication Services

Microsoft takes on Twilio, Google launches a work-tracking tool and Mirakl raises $300 million. This is your Daily Crunch for September 22, 2020. The big story: Microsoft

TechCrunch 23 Sep 2020 3:44 am

Social networks are doing a voter registration blitz this week

With the most uncertain election in modern American history fast approaching, social networks are doing a final big push to get their users registered to vote. The effort

TechCrunch 23 Sep 2020 3:33 am

Porsche boosts battery capacity by 27 percent for 2021 Panamera hybrid

More lithium-ion is the highlight of this plug-in sedan's midlife refresh.

Ars Technica 23 Sep 2020 3:31 am

Papa raises $18 million to expand its business connecting older adults with virtual and in-person companions

The Miami-based startup Papa has raised an additional $18 million as it looks to expand its business connecting elderly Americans and families with physical and virtual c

TechCrunch 23 Sep 2020 3:15 am

US has topped 200,000 COVID-19 deathsand many more to come

Some researchers expect the death toll to reach 378,000 by the end of the year.

Ars Technica 23 Sep 2020 2:50 am

Gillmor Gang: Watch Party

This Gillmor Gang episode is as much about what we didnt talk about as what we did. In the run up to the recording session, we somehow suspected wed talk about Apples vir

TechCrunch 23 Sep 2020 2:27 am

CMUs MoonRanger robot rover will be the first to search for water ice on the moon in 2022

Carnegie Mellon University and spin-off space startup Astrobotic are developing a robotic rover to look for water on the moon, and the little bot just passed the crucial

TechCrunch 23 Sep 2020 2:17 am

Facebook takes down Chinese-run accounts that posted about US elections

Facebook has taken down a network of fake accounts that were run out of China and posted about US politics, the company disclosed Tuesday.As CNET points out, Facebook has

Engadget 23 Sep 2020 2:00 am

Chinese propaganda network on Facebook used AI-generated faces

Facebook removed two networks of fake accounts spreading government propaganda on the platform Tuesday, one originating in China and one in the Philippines. In its latest

TechCrunch 23 Sep 2020 1:57 am

Pinterest breaks daily download record due to user interest in iOS 14 design ideas

The excitement around the ability to customize your iPhone homescreen following the release of iOS 14 has been paying off for Pinterest. According to new third-party esti

TechCrunch 23 Sep 2020 1:34 am

Arctic sea ice hits 2nd smallest summer extent on record

Extent dropped to 3.74 million square kilometers on September 15.

Ars Technica 23 Sep 2020 1:31 am

SXSW will host an online festival in 2021

As part of its 2021 plans, SXSW will host an online festival that will attempt to replicate the best features of its annual conference in Austin, Texas. SXSW Online will

Engadget 23 Sep 2020 1:10 am

Apple Watch Series 6 teardown unveils missing Force Touch, bigger battery

For the most part, though, it's the same old Watch.

Ars Technica 23 Sep 2020 12:50 am

What to expect from Googles 2020 Hardware event

Expect the Pixel 5, Nest Audio, and a merger of Android TV and Chromecast.

Ars Technica 23 Sep 2020 12:33 am

Microsoft expands App Assure to bring better compatibility to Snapdragon PCs

Qualcomm and Microsoft are teaming up to encourage more developers to make their apps compatible with Windows on Snapdragon. The companies announced a new App Assure prog

Engadget 23 Sep 2020 12:31 am

WellSaid Labs research takes synthetic speech from seconds-long clips to hours

Millions of homes have voice-enabled devices, but when was the last time you heard a piece of synthesized speech longer than a handful of seconds? WellSaid Labs has pushe

TechCrunch 23 Sep 2020 12:22 am

Amazon Prime Day will reportedly start on October 13th

After it was delayed earlier in the year, Prime Day 2020 will kick off partway through next month, according to The Verge. The website says it obtained an internal Amazon

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 11:55 pm

Were updating The TechCrunch List soon. Founders, send in your recommendations of the most helpful lead VCs

Earlier this year, we launched The TechCrunch List, a carefully curated group of VCs who lead rounds recommended by thousands of founders for their acumen and friendlines

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 11:53 pm

Tech must radically rethink how it treats independent contractors

Where tech has succeeded in creating of hundreds of thousands of independent contractor positions, it also has to lead the way in reimagining how we may treat them and re

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 11:51 pm

Walmart's latest drone trial delivers at-home COVID-19 tests

Walmart is starting to deliver at-home COVID-19 tests by drone. A trial got underway in North Las Vegas today and the deliveries will expand to Cheektowaga, New York earl

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 11:37 pm

Google will no longer let developers charge for Chrome extensions

Google will soon discontinue paid extensions for its Chrome browser. The company had previously temporarily disabled the feature but now plans to make the change permanen

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 11:34 pm

Despite a rough year for digital media, Blavity and The Shade Room are thriving

Last week at TechCrunch Disrupt, TechCrunch media and advertising reporter Anthony Ha sat down with Blavity CEO Morgan DeBaun and The Shade Room CEO Angelica Nwandu to ch

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 11:33 pm

Facebook prepares for a potentially 'chaotic' election aftermath

Facebook has become the latest tech giant to say its executives are planning for some of the worst case scenarios after the 2020 presidential election. During an intervie

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 10:55 pm

Big tech has 2 elephants in the room: Privacy and competition

The question of how policymakers should respond to the power of big tech didnt get a great deal of airtime at TechCrunch Disrupt last week, despite a number of investigat

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 10:32 pm

Mirakl raises $300 million for its marketplace platform

French startup Mirakl has raised a $300 million funding round at a $1.5 billion valuation the company is now a unicorn. Mirakl helps you launch and manage a marketplace

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 10:30 pm

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

Operation Disruptor is an unprecedented international law enforcement effort, stemming from last years seizure of a popular underground bazaar called Wall Street Market.

Wired 22 Sep 2020 10:27 pm

Fortnite's Battle Bus is dropping into 'Rocket League'

Rocket League is going free-to-play on Wednesday, and Psyonix and Epic Games are marking the occasion with a crossover with the publishers other big free-to-play title, F

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 10:26 pm

OnePlus Nord Users Experiencing Random Factory Data Reset Issue: Report

OnePlus Nord arrived as the company's new mid-range smartphone series a few months ago. The company is already said to be working on two new models in this series which m

Gizbot 22 Sep 2020 10:18 pm

Twitter makes its biggest push ever to encourage voter registration

As part of National Voter Registration Day, Twitter is rolling out new tools to connect US users with voter registration resources. The platform says this is its biggest

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 10:07 pm

States, DOJ reportedly meeting this week to plan Google antitrust suit

Google may be the target of the biggest antitrust suit in 20 years.

Ars Technica 22 Sep 2020 9:57 pm

Microsoft gives Outlook for Mac a facelift for Big Sur

Microsofts big changes to Outlook dont end with an updated iOS app Outlooks Mac version will also get a major facelift in October, just in time for Apples macOS Big Sur

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 9:54 pm

Microsoft Teams will add breakout rooms and automated meeting recaps

Microsoft announced a slew of updates for Microsoft Teams meetings at Ignite, including more Together Mode scenes, custom layouts, breakout rooms and automated recaps. Th

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 9:47 pm

156 countries commit to fair COVID-19 vaccine access, but US wont join

At least $35 billion needed for success.

Ars Technica 22 Sep 2020 9:40 pm

Microsoft Edge on Linux preview is coming in October

Microsofts revamped, Chromium-powered Edge browser will finally arrive on Linux next month but only as a developer preview, the company announced today. Youll be able to

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 9:39 pm

Microsoft says its $22,000 85-inch Surface Hub S2 can help with social distancing

Microsofts 85-inch Surface Hub 2S will begin shipping in January, the company announced today. Pre-orders for the giant, $22,000 collaborative display are now open in the

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 9:34 pm

Amazon adds support for Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu in local Indian languages push ahead of Diwali

More than seven years after Amazon began its e-commerce operations in India, and two years after its shopping service added support for Hindi, the most popular language i

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 9:33 pm

Outlook for iOS and Android is getting better voice controls

As part of the slew of news from its Ignite conference today, Microsoft announced some changes coming to its Outlook app for iOS and Android. Voice controls are getting e

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 9:21 pm

What happens to Bethesdas multi-platform games under Microsoft?

Did Microsoft pay $7.5 billion just to start making PS5 games?

Ars Technica 22 Sep 2020 9:15 pm

Introducing the Expo Pass for TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

Dont let budget woes keep you from participating in TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 on October 6-7. Were dedicated to making this event accessible to as many members of the mo

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 9:11 pm

HMD is bringing a 5G smartphone and wireless earbuds to the US

Over the past four years or so, HMD has carved out a nice little niche for itself with its Nokia-branded handsets. The instant name recognition of a legacy brand was a ni

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 9:00 pm

How to tell if the air around us is safe to breathe

The Wests 2020 fire season has been absolutely brutal, with more than 7,600 blazes spreading the length of coast, killing 35 people and charring 3.1 million acres to date

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 9:00 pm

Event discovery network IRL raises $16M Series B after refocusing on virtual events

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the way a number of companies have had to do business. For the event discovery startup, IRL, it meant pivoting into the virtual events spac

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:58 pm

Bose's Sleepbuds II address some of our concerns (just not the high price)

Two years ago, Bose released its first Sleepbuds. The pricey earbuds were meant to promote a good nights sleep by covering background noise (ie snoring) and relaxing user

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 8:56 pm

Bose introduces a new pair of sleep-focused earbuds

Sleep is tough to come by even when there isnt a pandemic raging. Even when it doesnt feel like the world is coming apart at the seams every damn day. Boses original Slee

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:55 pm

HubSpots new end-to-end sales hub aims to simplify CRM for mid-market customers

HubSpot, the Boston firm that made its name by helping to define the in-bound marketing concept, sees a pandemic landscape thats changing the way companies sell, forcing

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:45 pm

Mailchimp launches new AI tools as it continues its transformation to marketing platform

Mailchimp may have started out as an easy to use newsletter tool, but that was almost 20 years ago. Todays company still does email, but at its core, it is now a marketin

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:40 pm

Microsoft challenges Twilio with the launch of Azure Communication Services

Microsoft today announced the launch of Azure Communication Services, a new set of features in its cloud that enable developers to add voice and video calling, chat, text

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:30 pm

Microsoft Azure launches new availability zones in Canada and Australia

Microsoft Azure offers developers access to more data center regions than its competitors, but it was late to the game of offering different availability zones in those r

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:30 pm

Microsoft brings data services to its Arc multi-cloud management service

Microsoft today launched a major update to its Arc multi-cloud service that allows Azure customers to run and manage workloads across clouds including those of Microsoft

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:30 pm

Microsoft launches new Cortana features for business users

Cortana may have failed as a virtual assistant for consumers, but Microsoft is still betting on it (or at least its brand) for business use cases, now that it has rebrand

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:30 pm

Google Assistant can control Disney+ on Google smart displays

You can now use Google Assistant voice controls to navigate Disney+ content on smart displays like Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. To use the feature, youll have to link your

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 8:30 pm

Microsoft Teams gets breakout rooms, custom layouts and virtual commutes

Unsurprisingly, Teams has become a major focus for Microsoft during the COVID-19 pandemic and so its no surprise that the company is using its annual Ignite IT conference

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:30 pm

Microsoft launches Azure Orbital to connect satellites to its cloud

At its (virtual) Ignite conference, Microsoft today announced the launch of Azure Orbital, a new service that is meant to give satellite operators a complete platform to

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:30 pm

Microsoft brings new robotic process automation features to its Power Platform

Earlier this year, Microsoft acquired Softomotive, a player in the low-code robotic process automation space with a focus on Windows. Today, at its Ignite conference, the

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:30 pm

Razer made wireless versions of its most popular accessories

Razer is moving deeper into wireless territory. It has released its first major collection of wireless gaming accessories. The lineup includes versions of some of Razers

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 8:30 pm

Microsoft updates its Endpoint Manager with improved macOS support and more

At its Ignite conference today, Microsoft announced a number of new features for the Microsoft Endpoint Manager, the companys unified platform for managing and securing d

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:30 pm

Microsofts Edge browser is coming to Linux in October

Microsofts Edge browser is coming to Linux, starting with the Dev channel. The first of these previews will go live in October. When Microsoft announced that it would swi

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:30 pm

OnePlus 8T Specifications Leaked Via Amazon Listing; Fastest Charging OnePlus Phone?

OnePlus recently confirmed that the next flagship smartphone -- the OnePlus 8T will launch on October 14. Now, the smartphone has been briefly listed on Amazon, revealing

Gizbot 22 Sep 2020 8:28 pm

How to watch Teslas double hitter shareholder meeting and battery day event

Teslas battery day is here after months of tweets and teasers from the companys CEO Elon Musk. And while the battery day portion will certainly provide plenty of news and

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:27 pm

TikTok removed more than 104 million videos in the first half of 2020

TikToks surging popularity has resulted in more video takedowns. The companys latest transparency report states that it removed 104 million clips during the first six mon

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 8:20 pm

Replacing an Apple Watch Solo Loop could be a headache

Apple is trying something new with its Watch Series 6. The new device comes with the option of clasp-less bands -- either the silicon Solo Loop or Braided Solo Loop. But

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 8:11 pm

Amazon taps Echelon for the Prime Bike, a $500 Peloton knock-off

Amazon teamed up with Echelon to build and sell the Prime Bike. The $500 exercise bike is a virtual clone of the $1900 Peloton bike minus the screen even the color schem

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 8:11 pm

Blue Origin targets this Thursday for New Shepard reusable rocket launch with NASA landing system test

Blue Origin just announced the timing of its next rocket launch and its surprisingly soon, in just two days on Thursday, September 24. The launch of Blue Origins New She

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 7:49 pm

Why the COVID-19 crisis is a great time to up your sales game

Rather than looking at your sales function as a cutaway expense, you can use this period to reset, build a best-in-class sales team, and form a revamped go-to-market stra

Your Story 22 Sep 2020 7:47 pm

Royole returns with another foldable

I first spent time with the Royole Flexpai at a TechCrunch event in China back in 2018. The devices was exciting. It was the first commercially released foldable, after a

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 7:37 pm

The story of cheaper batteries, from smartphones to Teslas

The economics of cheaper batteriesand why they're good news for the planet.

Ars Technica 22 Sep 2020 7:36 pm

Brazils banks try to outflank challengers by investing in a $15 million round for Quanto

Trying to outflank competition from neo banks and other potential challengers, two of Brazils largest financial services institutions, Bradesco and Ita Unibanco, have inv

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 7:34 pm

Latch, a smart lock company, looks to become a platform with the launch of LatchOS

Tech that powers physical spaces is in the midst of a growth spurt. One company in the mix, Latch, is today announcing the next phase of the company with the launch of La

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 7:30 pm

Willow, the startup making the wearable breast pump, raises $55 million

Willow, the startup company making a new, wearable, breast pump for women, is capping off a frenetic 2020 with $55 million in fresh funding as it looks to expand its prod

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 7:14 pm

The next US particle accelerator will be built on Long Island by 2031

Work has begun to build a new particle accelerator at the Department of Energys Brookhaven National Laboratory at Upton, Long Island. The new facility will form the backb

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 7:10 pm

All your Xbox Series X and S preorder links in one place

New Xbox preorders go live today. Here's what to know and where to get one.

Ars Technica 22 Sep 2020 7:09 pm

Qualcomm's mid-range chip uses AI to clean up the audio on voice calls

Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 750G, a 5G-capable processor designed for mid-range smartphones rather than higher-tier devices that might use the Snapdragon 765G. T

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 7:00 pm

EasySend raises $16M from Intel, more for its no-code approach to automating B2C interfaces

No-code and low-code software have become increasingly popular ways for companies especially those that dont count technology as part of their DNA to bring in more upda

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 6:51 pm

TikTok, WeChat and the growing digital divide between the U.S. and China

Over the past decade, the dynamic between Chinese and United States tech companies has undergone dramatic shifts. Once seen as a promising market for American companies,

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 6:34 pm

Made In Space is sending the first ceramic manufacturing facility in space to the ISS next week

In-space manufacturing company Made In Space is pushing the envelope on what can, well, be made in space with its next mission which is set to launch aboard a Northrop G

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 6:31 pm

Fitbit Sense review: Basic smartwatch, robust health tracker

You've probably seen Fitbit and Apple share stories about how their smartwatches have saved lives. Anecdotes about users who discovered heart irregularities or final

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 6:30 pm

Realme M1 Sonic Review: Affordable Electric Toothbrush That Could Have Been Smarter

Realme recently announced the Realme 7-series smartphones in India along with some exciting lifestyle products. Among various products, the M1 Sonic Electric Toothbrush c

Gizbot 22 Sep 2020 6:30 pm

Morgan Beller, co-creator of the Libra digital currency, just joined the venture firm NFX

Morgan Beller, who is a co-creator of the proposed Libra digital currency, along with Facebook vice presidents David Marcus and Kevin Weil, has left the company to become

TechCrunch 22 Sep 2020 6:30 pm

Elgatos new Ring Light can be controlled from a Stream Deck

When it comes to streaming, a well lit room can often make the difference when engaging with a community. Elgato has been developing its livestream lighting range for a w

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 6:30 pm

Jabra will add ANC to its Elite 75t earbuds in October

Jabras Elite 75t may be the best true wireless earbuds you can buy right now, but they dont have active noise cancellation (ANC). The buds do offer a host of attractive f

Engadget 22 Sep 2020 6:30 pm