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18Nov/170

Tesla made a phone battery pack that mimics Supercharger monuments

Tesla dropped an electric semi truck and a new Roadster at a recent event, but it apparently launched another product that didn't get any stage time. The automaker has released, of all things, an external battery pack (the Powerbank) with USB, microUSB and Apple lightning connections that can charge your Android phone or iPhone on the go. Maybe that's not as strange as it sounds, considering Tesla has a Gigafactory that pumps out batteries, including one for homes called Powerwall. In fact, the Powerbank uses a single 18650 cell with 3,350mAh capacity that's also found in its Model S and X electric vehicles. (Obviously, though, the cars are powered by more than one cell.)

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/18/tesla-powerbank/

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18Nov/170

Recommended Reading: The church of AI

Inside the First Church of Artificial Intelligence
Mark Harris,
Wired

You may know Anthony Levandowski from being at the center of Waymo's lawsuit against Uber, but he's also the "Dean" or leader of a new religion of artificial intelligence. Wired takes a look at Way of the Future's doctrine, Levandowski's role and the quest to create the divine AI.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/18/recommended-reading-the-church-of-ai/

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18Nov/170

NASA satellite launch promises accurate week-long forecasts

NASA and NOAA know that multi-day weather forecasts can be crucial to tracking hurricanes and their aftermath, and they're about to significantly boost the reliability of those forecasts. They just launched JPSS-1 (Joint Polar Satellite System-1), the first of a series of NOAA satellites that should improve the accuracy of weather forecasts extending as long as a whole week. It includes five upgraded instruments (including an infrared imaging sensor and a microwave sounder) that can track weather-influencing factors with exacting detail, such as atmospheric temperature, clouds, ice cover, ocean colors and volcanic ash.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/18/nasa-launches-next-gen-weather-satellite/

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18Nov/170

Giant ‘Minecraft’ graphics upgrade delayed to 2018

Instead, the biggest improvement (beyond the Better Together release) is The Update Acquatic, which refines underwater adventures. There are new water physics (such as buoyancy), dolphins, coral and a water-appropriate weapon (the trident). There's no release date just yet.

This certainly isn't going to trigger a crisis for Minecraft players, but it does suggest that the graphics pack and Switch update were more than a little ambitious. It's going to take a while for the world-building game to grow significantly beyond its roots.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/18/giant-minecraft-graphics-upgrade-delayed-to-2018/

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18Nov/170

The best phones under $500

iPhone SE ($349)

Sure, the iPhone SE is due for an update, but as the only sub-$500 iPhone available, it's the best choice for Apple fans on a budget. If you can overlook its dated design, the iPhone SE is a capable phone that performs well despite (or thanks to) its now two-year-old A9 processor. Its compact 4-inch size also makes it a strong option for those who prefer something smaller. Plus, Apple recently doubled the iPhone SE's storage, which is another bonus. You'll also like the 12-megapixel rear camera, which delivers accurate colors and crisp details, but its 1.2-MP front-facer will disappoint selfie lovers.

Honorable mention

ASUS ZenFone 4 ($349)

Also worth a look is the ASUS ZenFone 4, which stands out for its 12-megapixel dual cameras, which can save pictures as RAW files. It also features a dual-pixel sensor for faster autofocus, along with optical image stabilization and Portrait mode for artificial bokeh. The secondary sensor on its back side uses a wide-angle lens in the same vein as the LG G6, allowing you to capture landscapes and skylines more easily. The rest of the phone's specs are typical for the price: a Snapdragon 630 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Its 5.5-inch full HD IPS display can get pretty bright too, with a max setting of 600 nits. Some people might not like ASUS's ZenUI skin, which runs on top of Android 7 Nougat, but camera aficionados who can put up with a slightly different (and cartoonish) UI might find the ZenFone 4 compelling.

HTC U11 Life ($349)

I sincerely hope "squeezable" sides won't spread to smartphones other than the HTC U11 and the Google Pixel 2, but I have to admit they can be helpful at times. On the HTC U11 Life, pressure-sensitive edges detect when you're squeezing the phone, and launch your designated apps. You can also set this to perform specific actions within some apps, like zooming out in Google Maps, which is more useful than the Pixel's implementation. In addition to this novelty feature, the U11 Life packs a Snapdragon 630 chipset, a 5.2-inch full HD screen and built-in Alexa support. Each U11 Life also comes with a pair of HTC's uSonic earbuds, which tunes audio based on the shape of your ear, making it an even better deal overall. But the reason for these is the missing audio jack on the U11 Life, so be aware that you won't be able to plug in wired earbuds before you decide.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/17/best-phones-under-500/

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18Nov/170

Amazon partners with EatLove to deliver personalized meals

Following yesterday's team-up between Amazon and Allrecipes, the online shopping giant is announcing yet another grocery delivery partnership with EatLove, makers of an app for personalized recipes. Once you build up a meal plan of your own, you can quickly get the items you need through AmazonFresh. EatLove isn't just another recipe service: It accounts for dietary restrictions, medical issues and offers up daily reminders to make sure you follow its recommendations. Naturally, the integration is only available in markets where AmazonFresh is available, but it sounds like a genuinely useful addition to EatLove.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/17/amazon-eatlove-delivery/

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18Nov/170

Dwyane Wade is the latest athlete to have a show on Facebook

Facebook already has a show featuring LA Laker Lonzo Ball, his father LaVar and his two brothers -- a series called Ball in the Family that was recently renewed for a second season. It also has a eight-part reality series starring Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, and all of these shows complement the platform's growing slate of sports coverage.

Each episode of BackCourt Wade will air on consecutive Mondays beginning next week. You can take a peek at the show in the trailer below.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/17/dwyane-wade-latest-athlete-facebook-show/

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18Nov/170

Tip your favorite Twitch streamer with PayPal

Purchasing Bits with PayPal works the same way as with other payment options. Simply click on the "Get Bits" button above enabled video streams and select a bundle of Bits. You'll now see the PayPal option along with the others, like Amazon. If you've used other payment systems in the past, you can click on "Change payment service" and choose PayPal as your funding source. Plus, according to Twitch, "PayPal may be an option when purchasing bits on iOS and Android devices if you reside in a country where Apple or Google offer PayPal for in-app purchases."

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/17/tip-twitch-streamers-paypal/

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18Nov/170

Google’s latest VR series takes you to the set of ‘Austin City Limits’

Some of Google's VR show offerings include a Discovery travel series, tours of supermodels' closets, an MLB series that profiles up-and-coming baseball stars, a look into the lives of NFL players, coaches, executives and fans as well as Google's Immerse series that explores race, diversity and identity.

Austin City Limits: Backstage will be a 10-part series with each episode featuring a different artist or group. The first three episodes, which are available now, focus on Ed Sheeran, the Zac Brown Band and Unsung Heroes. You can check them out using your Cardboard or Google Daydream View here.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/17/google-vr-series-set-of-austin-city-limits/

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18Nov/170

Los Angeles taps a shuttle service to get riders to Metro stops

Via, a ridesharing service that lets users hop on a ride with others who are headed in a similar direction, uses algorithms to find which vehicle makes the most sense given the person's destination. It currently operates in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC and soon, London.

Starting next summer, Metro riders will be able to book a Via to or from three major Metro stations. The fares will be subsidized by Metro and riders will be able to pay with their TAP account -- LA's public transport fare card. The project and its reduced fare rates are funded by a $1.35 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration.

"We're making our systems more inclusive -- because access to public transportation is a right, not a privilege," LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. "Everyone should be able to make a trip on Metro buses and trains, and these funds will help more riders get where they're going quickly and conveniently."

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/17/los-angeles-taps-a-shuttle-service-to-get-riders-to-metro-stops/

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