The Wrecking Club will let you pay to demolish appliances — for fun or stress busting
- The business, founded by former accountant Tom Daly, opened its doors last year, and lets participants smash household and office goods as a way to relieve stress.
- The price varies based on the number of people, what you want to break – and how long you plan to use the room.
- The founder said he's had a wide range of people coming in, from kids as young as 12 years old (with their parents), to people in their 80s with hearing aids.
- Yet as more and more people discover the business, finding enough things to smash is surprisingly hard.
- "People don't want to lug it all the way here," Daly joked.
- The Wrecking Club isn't the only company in the business of breaking.
- It's one of the reasons why Daly plans on expanding, and overhauling the club's location later this year, into a full service operation with food and drinks.
Shifting military technology and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear treaty
- Russia tested and then deployed land-based missile with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (300 and 3,400 miles).
- The US has authorized $58 million in funding for the development of active defenses to counter INF-range ground-launched missile systems; counterforce capabilities to prevent attacks from these missiles, and countervailing strike capabilities to enhance the capabilities of the United States.
- China has not signed onto this treaty and had mid-ranged land-based missiles, drones and is now developing railguns and electromagnetic launchers to boost the range of missiles.
- The United States and Soviet Union signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in December 1987.
- In the INF Treaty, the United States and Soviet Union agreed that they would ban all land-based ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers.
- There is a Congressional Research Service report – Russian Compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty : Background and Issues for Congress.
Hands on with Huawei's brand new smartphone, the Mate 20 Pro
- You might already be familiar with Huawei's P series, an impressive range of Android phones updated earlier this year.
- This isn't Huawei's first phone with on-screen fingerprint recognition, but it's one of the few major flagships this year with the feature.
- The Mate 20 Pro's triple lens camera ditches the monochrome sensor on Huawei's P models, in favour of an ultra-wide sensor that lets you take bigger, wider shots like cityscapes or landscapes, and impressively detailed macro shots.
- At the launch event for the Mate series, Huawei demonstrated 3D Live Object, an augmented reality feature that appeared to be built into the camera.
- An exec scanned a real toy panda on-stage, which then rendered as a 3D object on the Mate 20 Pro's screen.
- Huawei fans who already opted for the P20 Pro, which came out earlier this year, may well be disappointed that their flagship is already looking out of date.
Still waiting for a video game developer to win a Genius Grant
- Every year since 1981, the MacArthur Foundation has handed out the "Genius Grant," awarding a handful of individuals $625,000 each in recognition of their creative skills and success in their chosen field.
- The foundation keeps the Genius Grant nomination process fairly opaque, with a "constantly changing pool of invited external nominators chosen from as broad a range of fields and areas of interest as possible." The nominees are evaluated by an Independent Selection Committee of 12 leaders in the arts, sciences, humanities, non-profit and commercial industries.
- The Guggenheim Fellowship has been active since 1925, offering grants to people "who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts." Recipients come from a broad range of fields, including film, literature, history, physics, drama and dance.
Trump threatens to pull US out of weapons pact with Russia, saying Moscow is violating the terms
- President Donald Trump says he will pull the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.
- Trump says Moscow has violated the agreement, but provided no details.
- The 1987 pact helps protect the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe and the Far East.
- It prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.
- Trump made the announcement Saturday following a campaign stop in Elko, Nevada.
- National Security Adviser John Bolton was headed Saturday to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.
- Said Trump: "We are going to terminate the agreement and then we are going to develop the weapons" unless Russia and China agree to a new deal.
Tesla quietly stopped selling its full self-driving feature as an option in new cars because it was causing 'too much confusion'
- Tesla quietly killed off its full self-driving feature as an add-on option on its website for new buyers on Thursday.
- Tesla previously offered a "Full Self-Driving Capability" that cost $4,000 in addition to the $5,000 required for Enhanced Autopilot.
- While Tesla had previously sold the full self-driving function, the feature itself hadn't actually been rolled out yet.
- Gene Munster, a managing partner at the venture capital firm Loup Ventures, told Business Insider in May that selling a fully autonomous feature could cause confusion for consumers— and possibly become a problem for Tesla.
- On Thursday, Tesla also began taking orders for a lower-cost, mid-range Model 3.
- The vehicle begins pricing at $45,000 before incentives and has a range of about 260 miles per charge.
- Tesla rolled out a new, simplified web page to take orders for the new Model 3 as part of the new product launch.
Regina Dugan: Companies using AI should consider worst-case scenarios
- Former DARPA director and leader of secretive skunkworks divisions at Facebook and Google Regina Dugan said companies need to think about how using AI technology can go wrong in order to try to understand the ethical, societal, and legal implications of their work.
- In her interview, Dugan explained tactics used by DARPA and applied at companies like Google to create agile methods of experimentation and cutting-edge innovation with a number of university, startup, and government partners.
- In addition to her time at DARPA, Dugan has been at the forefront of innovation for decades, serving as VP of engineering for Google’s skunkworks division Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) from 2012 to 2016, and founder of Building 8 at Facebook until October 2017.
- In the broad-ranging conversation, Dugan also addressed the tech industry’s persistent lack of progress when it comes to creating more diverse companies.
Tesla is rolling out a cheaper, mid-range Model 3
- Tesla is now offering a new, cheaper mid-range battery version of the Model 3 that starts at $45,000 before federal tax incentives.
- Musk tweeted that the mid-range Tesla Model 3 costs $35,000 after federal and state tax rebates in California.
- However, for customers to realize the full $7,500 federal tax incentive, they must take delivery of the electric vehicle by December 31, 2018.
- The delivery estimate for the mid-range version is 6 to 10 weeks, which means customers who order the vehicle by late October or early November should still be able to get the full tax credit.
- The tax credit begins to phase out once a manufacturer has sold 200,000 qualifying vehicles in the U.S. Under these rules, Tesla customers must take delivery of their new Model S, Model X or Model 3 by December 31.
Tesla Has Finally Released Its Long-Promised $35,000 Model 3. Sort Of
- Tesla’s Model 3 was originally supposed to be the company’s mass-market offering, with prices starting at $35,000 before incentives.
- The version on sale for the last year—the long-range version—costs between $49,000 and $78,000.
- On Thursday, CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce a new, mid-range version of the car that costs $35,000—after federal and state tax rebates.
- In other words, the new version costs $45,000 before incentives.
- So when’s the actually-$35,000-before-incentives version of the Model 3 coming?
- While the long-range Tesla battery pack takes the car 310 miles on a charge, the mid-range version has a range of 260 miles.
- Tesla has also changed the Model 3’s option structure, making the rear-wheel drive option available only for the mid-range version of the car, although Musk said it would also be available as an “off-menu” option for long-range Model 3s over the next week.
Tesla 3 just got a more-affordable mid-range version for $45,000
- In a surprise announcement, Elon Musk launched a mid-range model of Tesla 3 with a range of 260 miles.
- The new version is now the cheapest available variant of Tesla 3 priced at $45,000.
- Tesla 3 model has been available for $49,000 with a long-range battery and no options for over a year.
- The change in price structure means the long-range version has only All Wheel Drive (AWD) option and costs $54,000.
- Musk said that the long-range version with Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) costing $49,000 will be available to order as an off the menu item for a week.
- Our new Mid-Range Battery is being introduced this week in the U.S. and Canada to better meet the varying range needs of the many customers eager to own Model 3, and our delivery estimate for customers who have ordered the Standard Battery is 4-6 months.