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Robotic Tesla taxis will be roaming the streets very soon, Elon Musk says

The Independent - Tech

Tesla plans to have a fleet of robotic taxis roaming the streets without drivers next year, Elon Musk has said. The claim is just the latest in a series of exciting pronouncements from the chief executive, who has repeatedly missed his own targets. But he has bet a considerable part of his business on the technology underpinning it. As well as allowing for the robot taxis that will drive themselves around the streets, Mr Musk says that by next year there will be a million Tesla cars on the streets that have full autonomous technology and are able to drive themselves. We'll tell you what's true.


Elon Musk says Neuralink machine that connects human brain to computers 'coming soon'

The Independent - Tech

Elon Musk has revealed his Neuralink startup is close to announcing the first brain-machine interface to connect humans and computers. The entrepreneur took to Twitter to tell followers the technology would be "coming soon" – though he failed to provide details. Neuralink was set up in 2016 with the ambitious goal of developing hardware to enhance the human brain, however, little about how this will work has been made public. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.


Apple event live stream shows creepy footage from inside headquarters that could hint at new products

The Independent - Tech

Apple appears to be broadcasting eerie footage from inside of its own headquarters, hours before one of its biggest events in years. Tim Cook and other senior Apple staff are set to take to the stage in Apple's own Steve Jobs Theater later today, announcing the company's new products. Unlike previous events, it will not be releasing hardware or software, but instead showing off new subscription services that allow people access to films, TV and news. That event is set to be livestreamed through Apple's own website. And that video appears to have already begun: with strange footage from inside the theatre itself.


New Tesla Model Y completes joke that Elon Musk has been working on for 10 years

The Independent - Tech

It has taken 10 years, but Elon Musk has finally got to the punchline. The Tesla CEO has revealed the company's new car: the Model Y, the last part of one of Mr Musk's many long term plans. It means that the company now makes the Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y. Parked next to each other, the model numbers spell out S3XY. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.


Apple will finally fix iPhones even if they have a third-party battery inside, leak suggests

The Independent - Tech

They were ineligible to be looked at by the Genius Bar, for instance, meaning that getting a battery replacement could mean passing up the chance for any other service work. That was the case even if the problem was with another component and not the battery, meaning that the entire phone would be banned from repairs just for having a third-party battery. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view. But a new note seen by Macrumors shows that Apple Stores and Apple's approved service providers will be able to fix those phones.


Samsung Galaxy Buds for S10 are like Apple AirPods but with one key difference

The Independent - Tech

The latest Samsung Galaxy S10 leak has revealed the Apple rival's answer to the AirPod wireless earphones, expected to be called the Galaxy Buds. An image of the headphones in a charging case appears to show them resting on the as-yet unreleased Galaxy S10 smartphone. Previous rumours surrounding Samsung's next flagship smartphone suggest it will support reverse wireless charging, meaning it can share its battery power with other phones and devices nearby. The positioning of the Galaxy Buds on top of the phone hints that this feature will work with the new earphones – making them truly wireless. Wireless charging was meant to be rolled out with the Apple AirPod earphones, but the wireless charging system still hasn't been released more than two years after the launch of the AirPods.


Galaxy S10: Leaked Samsung charging feature hints at huge battery new battery feature

The Independent - Tech

With less than a month to go until the unveiling of the next Samsung flagship smartphone – presumably called the Galaxy S10 – the latest leak suggests there will be a major update to the device's wireless charging capabilities. Samsung already supports wireless charging for its high-end Galaxy S-series and Note range of phones, but its next-generation handset may be able to share its battery power with other phones. Huawei introduced this feature last year with the Mate 20 Pro, which uses a charging coil in the back of the phone to give as well as receive wireless charging. All that is needed to share the battery is to enable the charging function in the phone's settings and place it near another device compatible with Qi wireless charging. The Galaxy S10 is also expected to support 5G, according to separate leaks, though this may only be available for owners in the US and South Korea.


If technology is going to take over our lives, it needs to be a bit more considerate

The Independent - Tech

If 2018 was the year we learnt to hate tech, then 2019 must be the year it hopes to win us back. It might seem that recently the industry has given up on its aspirations to revolutionise knowledge and communications, and instead focused on sowing disinformation and monetising our private lives. It was blamed for election results and mental health crises, finally changing the world on the scale its proponents promise – but not for the better. As the new year begins, companies will be defined by their response to these challenges. It seems unlikely that the largest tech companies will rise or fall any time soon, but we will likely point to this time as the moment things changed.


CES 2019: Foldable phones, smart bikes, 8K TVs and everything else to expect

The Independent - Tech

The world of tech will soon make its annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for CES 2019, billed as the world's biggest technology trade show. Acting as a showcase for this year's most anticipated products, it also acts as a gauge for what tech trends to expect in the years ahead. Some of the world's biggest companies will be there, including LG, Samsung and Sony, though Apple will once again be among the notable absentees. Officially kicking off on 8 January at the Mandalay Bay, the conference will open for press and preview viewings on 6 January, before the whole thing concludes on 11 January. All the latest news and unveilings will be covered by The Independent but until then here's everything to expect from this year's tech extravaganza.


What Apple's shock iPhone sales announcement means for its customers

The Independent - Tech

Apple has made one of the most shocking announcements in its history, and its not a new feature or product. In a strange run of events, Apple froze trading on its stock and was forced to announce that its results were about to disappoint its investors. The announcement was meant primarily for Apple's shareholders, and the wide circle of analysts and financial markets that revolve around them. Tim Cook's letter announcing the change was addressed to its investors, and included information intended for them. As an indication of how rare such a statement is, Apple has not done this since 2002 – long before the iPhone, and just months into the iPod era.