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13
Oct
2020
Posted in software

Tesla’s Revamped Self-Driving Software Will Go Into Beta Testing Next Week

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Tesla’s long-awaited, revamped Autopilot is moving one step closer to becoming a reality.

After years in development and no shortage of serious setbacks, the California-based electric car giant is set to begin beta testing its new self-driving software next week. Following a complete system rewrite, the select group of chosen drivers will gain access to the update, which will include Full Self-Driving (FSD) mode, a significant advance from previous editions. In April, founder Elon Musk announced that the autonomous feature would be publicly available by the end of 2020, but that deadline is fast approaching.

Getting fully operational is critical for the automaker on more than one front. Not only will it be a boon to the company for being the first major marque to have such autonomous driving widely available, but it is also a necessity before Tesla can deploy the self-driving taxis it hopes to have on the road in a handful of markets sometime next year.

There isn’t any word yet on how long testing will proceed, but it will most likely need to be extensive if Tesla hopes to bring the program to market smoothly. Its many revisions and missed deadlines have raised eyebrows in the auto industry, though not nearly as much as the multiple fatal collisions that have occurred while previous generations of its Autopilot were in use.

None of that news seems to have dissuaded investors, however. Even during the worst phase of the coronavirus pandemic so far, Tesla has performed phenomenally well even as its competitors have struggled. Rally after

13
Oct
2020
Posted in website

What We’re Teaching at ExtraCurricular This Week

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From Cosmopolitan

Sooo…how’s your fall semester going? Actually, nevermind. We know, and we’re sorry. That’s why we created ExtraCurricular. ICYMI: we’ve created an entire semester’s worth of classes—free! free classes!—to give you everything that (campus) life just…isn’t right now.

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It’s College 2.0, and you’re invited, whether you’re:

  • surviving Intro to Econ literally right this sec (btw, you forgot to mute your Zoom and everyone can hear your roomie yelling at her bf)

  • or post-college and out in the real-world also on Zoom

And *drumroll* school is officially in session starting this week! Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, Bea Arthur, a licensed mental health counselor, award-winning entrepreneur, and CEO of The Difference (which provides on-demand access to therapy as Amazon’s first mental health Alexa Skill), will school you on how to do the (seemingly) impossible: avoid burnout when we’re hustling 24/7. She’ll break down the definition of “burnout” and how to recognize its symptoms, plus she’ll examine the bad habits (the feels kind, and real-life kind) burnout typically brings on and the good habits we can adopt to sidestep it in the first place. Feeling better already, TBH.

On Thursday, also at 7 p.m. ET, Maxie McCoy, host and executive producer of Woman On (a new digital experience that feels like talk show meets Sunday School—except not religious) and author of You’re Not Lost: An Inspired Action Plan for Finding Your Own Way, will teach you how to build a website as fancy as your résumé—no graphic design degree required, promise! And she should know: she did it all herself for years, and now she’s sharing all her hacks exclusively with you.

Here’s the thing: the job market is tougher than ever, and even in “normal” times, you’re probs not getting what

12
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Week Ahead Brings Earnings Season, Amazon Prime Day, Apple Event

Key Takeaways:

  • Broken record time as stimulus hopes continue to provide early market support
  • Earnings season gets underway tomorrow with big banks beginning to report
  • Big week for FAANGs as Amazon
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    Prime Day, Apple
    AAPL
    event coming up

If Wall Street had a seat belt sign, now’s when the captain would tell us to buckle up for possible turbulence ahead.

Even if earnings season didn’t begin tomorrow, there’s plenty to keep investors on their toes. Amazon’s (AMZN) Prime Day, Apple’s (AAPL) long-awaited product event, continued stimulus negotiations in Washington, and mounting virus cases in the U.S. and Europe all get mixed into the recipe.

Ordinarily, those ingredients would be enough for anyone, but this time it’s happening while investors and the entire world have one eye on polls three weeks ahead of the U.S. presidential election. Despite all this, volatility is the lowest since late August. We’ll see if it stays that way as this thick stew of news flows freely in coming days. With so much coming up, it’s unlikely we’ll see any real trend in the market today unless, of course, there’s news from Washington.

Which brings us to the broken record department, where stock futures rose this morning amid continued hopes of a stimulus agreement. That was last week’s theme and it continues into this week. Negotiations over the weekend had a mixed tone, so it still feels like anything can happen.

Think a stimulus isn’t worth all the Wall Street fuss? Late last month, Goldman Sachs
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(GS) cut its Q4 gross domestic product (GDP) forecast in half to 3% when it appeared all hopes of fiscal help were lost. No word yet on whether that gets revised if Congress and the White House get something done.

Early strength could partly

08
Oct
2020
Posted in website

Website offers chance to ‘live under a rock’ during election week

Oct. 8 (UPI) — An accommodation-booking website is offering weary voters an escape from “election stress disorder” with the opportunity to “live under a rock” for the week of the election.

Hotels.com said the Nov. 2-7 stay in a man-made cave 50 feet below ground in New Mexico will be available to book on its website on a first-come, first-served basis at 9 a.m. Friday.

The website said the opportunity is perfect for “those who are experiencing election stress disorder (this is a real thing!).”

The five-night stay costs an “Abraham Lincoln-inspired” $5 per night.

“After you’ve cast your ballot, you can check out of the newsfeed negativity and check in to a man-made cave built 50 feet below ground,” the website said.

Hotels.com said it will also be offering a 20 percent discount on selected properties with “rock” in the name using the coupon code “UnderARock” starting Friday morning.

“Political fatigue is real regardless of the year or election,” said Josh Belkin, vice president of Hotels.com.

“We’re transforming an age-old idiom into a bookable experience, so individuals can relax, recharge, and recover… because who knows what else 2020 has in store for us.”

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08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

‘Genshin Impact’ Makes $60 Million In Its First Week On Mobile Alone

KEY POINTS

  • “Genshin Impact” has generated $60 million in player spending on mobile platforms a week after its Sept. 28 launch
  • Cross-platform play and its gacha-based system have combined to make “Genshin Impact” a hit
  • “Genshin Impact” has surpassed 17 million downloads on mobile

“Genshin Impact,” a free-to-play, open world action RPG, has made a whopping $60 million during its first week on the App Store and Google Play alone.

According to Sensor Tower’s data, developer miHoYo’s “Genshin Impact” was second only to “Honor of Kings” in sales and even beat “PUBG Mobile” during its launch week. 

“Genshin Impact” also topped the list of highest-earning mobile RPG in the world a week after its Sept. 28 launch, beating the likes of “Monster Strike” and “Fate/Grand Order,” per Sensor Tower.

The $60 million isn’t the total amount generated by the title as it was also released on the PlayStation 4 and PC. Screen Rant reported that miHoYo currently has no plans for an Xbox One version, but it is weighing its next-gen console options.

One of the reasons cited for the impressive figures generated by “Genshin Impact” is its gacha-based shop system, which originated in Japan. There are thousands of “gachapon” or “gashapon” vending machines around Japan featuring random toys in capsules.

This is the same system that “Genshin Impact” uses, allowing players to randomly receive characters, weapons or items to assist them in their quest. A system within the game allows players to convert currency into additional rolls, which can translate into more items and weapons.

“Genshin Impact” has already surpassed 17 million downloads on mobile platforms as word-of-mouth about the game continues to spread via social media. As with most role-playing games, players can spend hours interacting with characters and exploring levels to try and complete a team to