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New Tesla Model S is world's quickest car and has a rectangular steering 'wheel'

FOX News

Tesla is reinventing its wheels. Its steering wheels, that is. The automaker's updated Model S and Model X unveiled on Wednesday feature all-new interior designs with rectangular steering wheels that look more like airplane yokes than what's typically found in a road car. They are also similar to what some racing cars use, not to mention the ultimate self-driving car: K.I.T.T. from the "Knight Rider" TV show. Tesla had previously incorporated into the design of its Cybertruck and Roadster prototypes.


The best Pixel 4a 5G accessories

Engadget

Google turned out three new phones this past year, and we were particularly fond of the $459 Pixel 4a 5G. It has nearly all the same features as the budget-friendly Pixel 4a, but packs in a bigger screen, a second wide-angle camera and a 5G radio, making it more future-proof than its predecessor. It doesn't offer wireless charging or water resistance like the $700 Pixel 5, but then again, it costs $200 less. Here, we've recommended the best and most useful accessories for what's sure to be one of the most popular phones of the year. One of the first accessories you'll want to get for your Pixel 4a 5G (or any smartphone, really) is a case to prevent it from getting too damaged from the occasional drop.


Ring will roll out $60 video doorbell in February

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Owning a Ring video doorbell will soon be more affordable. The makers of the popular smart home device announced Wednesday they are launching a version of the video doorbell for $59.99, making it the lowest-cost model available. The Video Doorbell Wired will work with existing doorbell wiring, and will include most of the features of other Ring doorbells including HD video, two-way audio, advanced motion detection and the ability to set privacy zones. Users can control the doorbell using the Ring app. Owners can also subscribe to a monthly Ring plan for additional features such as a People Only Mode which will only alert you when human beings are detected.


The Next Target for a Facial Recognition Ban? New York

WIRED

Civil rights activists have successfully pushed for bans on police use of facial recognition in cities like Oakland, San Francisco, and Somerville, Massachusetts. Now, a coalition led by Amnesty International is setting its sights on the nation's biggest city--New York--as part of a drive for a global moratorium on government use of the technology. Amnesty's #BantheScan campaign is backed by Legal Aid, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and AI For the People among other groups. After New York, the group plans to target New Delhi and Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. "New York is the biggest city in the country," says Michael Kleinman, director of Amnesty International's Silicon Valley Initiative.


Baidu secures license for full driverless road tests in California

Engadget

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted Baidu permission to test its autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel. It's had authority to test its vehicles in California since 2016, but up until now, it could only do so with a backup driver. This development means it can now conduct full driverless road tests using Lincoln MKZ and Chrysler Pacifica vehicles loaded with its self-driving technology within Sunnyvale in Santa Clara County. This makes Baidu the sixth company to secure a permit for driverless road testing in the state, joining the likes of Alphabet's Waymo, GM's Cruise and Nuro. To secure the permit, the company had to prove to the California DMV that its technology is capable of Level 4 or 5 autonomy.


Building AI – follow-up course from the creators of Elements of AI

AIHub

You may be one of the 600,000 people who signed up to the popular Elements of AI course, created by Reaktor and the University of Helsinki. The good news is that the team have released a second course: Building AI. Like the first course, this is completely free, and you can learn at your own pace. Building AI is for anyone who wants to improve their AI-related vocabulary and skills, including non-programmers and people who can program in Python. By taking the course, you'll learn more about what makes different AI methods possible and where and how these methods can be applied in real life.


Start learning about Python and AI with this ebook bundle

Mashable

TL;DR: Pick up new skills in 2021 with the AI and Python Development eBook Bundle by Mercury Learning, on sale for 96% off-- only $19.99 -- as of Jan. 28. This e-book bundle from Mercury Learning is designed to help you communicate with computers with content on Python programming, TensorFlow, and artificial intelligence. And it also happens to be on sale for just 20 bucks. With 15 e-books total, each published in the past two years, this bundle is jam-packed with relevant, up-to-date information. You'll get a number of books specific to Python, the general-purpose programming language that's skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years.


Demo Day: the most exciting day of the year (Jan 28th, 3pm CET)

Robohub

Multidisciplinary teams of minor students have designed and built a functional robotic prototype for a project customer with a challenge to improve the lives of working people. Streaming live from RoboHouse on the TU Delft Campus, you can join a virtual celebration of ideas en technology with some of our communities finest talent. On Thursday 28 January 3pm (CET) you can visit the streaming website that we have created for the occasion. There you will find live video streams for a programme with a project overview and demonstrations by each student team. This all happens between 3pm and 4:30pm.


Hacking your way to victory: the joy of cheating in open-world games

The Guardian

It's clear how the Viking raids in Assassin's Creed Valhalla are supposed to work. Ubisoft's latest historical adventure has you playing as a brave Norse warrior rampaging across England with your fellow raiders, battling Saxon soldiers and ransacking their burning cities. That's not how I play. I discovered early on that, instead of approaching an enemy site in my longship, with all my skilled courageous troops, then engaging in open, bloody warfare, I had more success if I went ahead alone and hid in the bushes, picking the guards off one by one and quietly hiding their bodies. You can clear out a whole town without a scratch, and then your fearsome warriors can pop in at the end and help you open the treasure chests.


'Seinfeld' actor Jerry Stiller's $5M estate divvied among family, aides, charities

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Late comedy legend Jerry Stiller divvied up his roughly $5 million estate among his family, including kids Ben and Amy -- and also generously left funds to several New York organizations and former employees, The Post has learned. The actor, who died in May at 92, designated money for his longtime personal assistant and his since-deceased housekeeper, according to his will, dated March 2010 and filed in Manhattan Surrogate's court in September. The document notes that the $150,000 left to his assistant was "in recognition of her exceptional services toward enhancing the professional careers of myself and my wife for many years."