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AT&T’s 5G network launches next month with the $1,300 Galaxy S10 Plu

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AT&T is finally opening its 5G network up to consumers. Next month, the carrier will begin selling the Galaxy S10 Plus 5G for $1,300, and customers on select unlimited plans will be able to connect it to AT&T’s burgeoning 5G network.

Initially, 5G for consumers will be offered in five cities: Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rochester, and San Diego. An additional 10 cities, including New York, Boston, and San Francisco, are listed as coming “soon after,” and AT&T intends to have nationwide coverage within the first half of 2020.

At launch the network will not offer the fastest type of 5G connections, millimeter wave (mmWave), which use faster airwaves to deliver much faster...

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Watch this supercut of Elon Musk unveiling the Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took the stage on November 21st to unveil the Cybertruck, Tesla’s all-electric pickup truck and the automaker’s sixth vehicle since its founding in 2003.

There will be three versions of the truck — 250 miles, 300 miles, and 500 miles of range — with a variety of towing capacities and 0-60 mph capabilities. Musk unveiled the truck at a cyberpunk-inspired event with many, many lasers, and even a surprise ATV.

But the event didn’t exactly go according to plan. In an effort to demonstrate the truck’s shatterproof windows, Tesla design chief Franz von Holzhausen smashed them with a heavy metal ball thrown at close range.

There are three versions of the truck available:

  • Single motor rear-wheel drive with 250 miles of...

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Tesla’s Cybertruck is available for preorder with a $100 deposit

Tesla’s newly revealed Cybertruck is now available for preorder at tesla.com/cybertruck. The company is currently taking $100 deposits to reserve the truck. But as Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted during an event in Los Angeles Thursday night, deliveries are still a ways off.

There are three versions of the truck available:

  • Single motor rear-wheel drive with 250 miles of range, 7,500-pound towing capacity, and 0-60 mph capabilities in under 6.5 seconds, for $39,900.
  • Dual motor all-wheel drive with 300 miles of range, 10,000-pound towing capacity, and 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds for $49,900.
  • Triple motor all-wheel drive with 500 miles of range, 14,000-pound towing capacity, and 0-60 mph in under 2.9 seconds for $69,900. (Though this version...

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Tesla made an ATV to complement its futuristic Cybertruck

At the Tesla Cybertruck event in Los Angeles Thursday, Elon Musk said three words most of the tech world is familiar with: “One more thing.” That turned out to be an electric all-terrain vehicle. The ATV can charge from the bed of the Cybertruck, naturally.

The Tesla ATV’s aesthetic is still very much in the Blade Runner motif that Musk touted in the runup to the event. We’ll have more details about the ATV as we get them from Tesla, so stay tuned.

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Tesla Cybertruck will get up to 500 miles of range and start at $39,90

Tesla CEO Elon Musk just unveiled the company’s first electric pickup truck, also known as Cybertruck, at an event in Los Angeles, California. The truck will come in three versions with 250 miles, 300 miles, and 500 miles of range, respectively. And it will start at $39,900, Musk said. The truck won’t be rolling off the assembly line until late 2021, but preorders can be made at tesla.com/cybertruck.

Always a showman, Musk put the truck through its paces in an effort to demonstrate its ruggedness. He had Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla’s chief of design, hit the door of the truck with a sledgehammer several times, claimed it was practically bulletproof, and showed the truck winning a tug-of-war with a Ford F150 and a drag race with a...

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Valve is bringing its Index VR headset to more countries

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Right after announcing Half-Life: Alyx, already one of the most anticipated VR games of all time, Valve has confirmed plans to bring its Index headset and controllers to other countries, starting with Canada and Japan today. The $999 Index is already available in the US and Europe.

Half-Life: Alyx won’t require a Valve Index, but the company’s own VR headset is likely to provide the most high-end experience available. It’s also unclear to what degree the game might be optimized for Valve’s Index controllers, which offer better individual finger sensing than most competitors.

Half-Life: Alyx will be a free download for all Index owners, while people who buy the headset before the end of the year will get access to in-game cosmetic items...

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Two days after launch, Google Stadia founders finally have their acce

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The launch of Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service has been an absolute mess, overpromising and underdelivering at every turn — but at least those gamers who put their faith in Google can actually play now. Google just tweeted that it has finally delivered access codes to everyone who purchased the $130 Stadia Founder’s Edition — some of whom were sitting around with useless Stadia gamepads, waiting for the ability to actually be a “Founder”, until today.

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Alphabet X’s new Everyday Robot project wants to build robots that c

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Today, Alphabet’s X moonshot division (formerly known as Google X) unveiled the Everyday Robot project, whose goal is to develop a “general-purpose learning robot.” The idea is that its robots could use cameras and complex machine learning algorithms to see and learn from the world around them without needing to be coded for every individual movement.

The team is testing robots that can help out in workplace environments, though right now, these early robots are focused on learning how to sort trash. Here’s what one of them looks like — it reminds me of a very tall, one-armed Wall-E (ironic, given what the robots are tasked to do):

Here’s a GIF of a robot actually sorting a recyclable can from a compost pile to a...

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How to use Alexa to turn on the lights

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Deploying smart home technology is one of the more appealing promises of voice control systems like Alexa. It’s tempting (and maybe inevitable) to fall down a rabbit hole of complexity when you’re setting up a smart home because there are so many options and possibilities. If you’re just starting out, it might be a good idea to keep it simple for your first step into creating a smart home. For example, let’s begin by installing a single light bulb that you can ask Alexa to turn on and off.

There are many brands of smart light bulbs, and as a result, setup procedures may differ from brand to brand. I picked a Philips Hue bulb because they’re easily available, quick to set up, and well supported.

Initial setup

The first step is to screw in...

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The Air Force will change how it selects its next launch providers fol

An artistic rendering of Blue Origin’s future New Glenn rocket. | Image: Blue Origin

The Air Force is going to change the criteria for selecting its next round of rocket launch providers after one company competing for the gig protested the procurement process, Space News first reported. Private spaceflight company Blue Origin argued that the selection benchmarks were unfair — an argument that was upheld this week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Currently, the Air Force is on the hunt for two companies to launch the US’s national security satellites from 2022 to 2026 as part of its Launch Service Procurement program. For rocket companies, being selected is a huge opportunity, as it could result in hundreds of millions to billions of dollars in launch contracts. The Air Force put out a call for proposals in...

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