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SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell hosted the first four NASA astronauts who will be riding into space on the company’s new passenger spacecraft, the Crew Dragon, which is being built for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. And the company gave press their first peek at the tools the astronauts will use to train for these inaugural flights.
Audi will sell an electric vehicle that can keep up with Tesla’s performance and range. Mercedes, Volkswagen, and BMW will follow soon, as they are set to regain technological leadership, especially when it comes to luxury cars. But even if they do, they will be depending on suppliers from China, Korea, or Japan to deliver one crucial part of their EVs: the battery cells.
T-Mobile is launching a new customer service initiative called Team of Experts. The company says it will get rid of constant annoyances like call center runarounds, confusing phone menus, and long wait times by giving subscribers their own dedicated team of customer care reps.
For his 50th birthday next month, Will Smith will bungee-jump from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon. (And, of course, we’ll be able watch to live.) It’s a dramatic stunt that strikes fear into the hearts of worried fans who wonder whether it’s possible he’ll spring directly up into the helicopter’s blades. The Verge explains why the laws of physics mean that can’t happen.
We’ve come a long way from the initial gadget to the lithium-ion batteries that power much of our lives, including our phones, batteries, cars, satellites, and more. We’re taking a week to celebrate the humble battery and its influence on technology, culture, science, and transportation.
T-Mobile is offering free trials of its service in Atlanta, Austin, and Boston. People in those cities can get a free Wi-Fi hot spot to test T-Mobile’s network on their current phone for 30 days or until they hit 30GB of data usage — whichever comes first.
Saint Louis University has announced that it will be placing Echo Dot devices, powered by Alexa for Business, in every student residence hall room or student apartment on campus. While other colleges, like Arizona State University, have put Echo Dots in student housing before, SLU says this is the first time a college will equip every student living space with an Amazon Alexa-enabled device.
A grand jury report released Tuesday said more than 300 priests abused children in Pennsylvania over a period of 70 years. One of those children was Jim VanSickle, who is now an advocate for others.