Elon Musk says Tesla owners could make up to $30,000 a year turning their cars into ‘robotaxis’


Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk unveiled a plan to repurpose Tesla vehicles into robotaxis. This would allow owners of Teslas equipped with autonomous functionality to rent out their car while it is not in use via an app. Musk estimates a single robotaxi can make $30,000 a year. He said he thinks the program can be implemented as early as next year.

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Xiaomi follows up $375 e-bike with $450 electric moped touting 120 km range


Xiaomi is probably best known for its range of cell phones and other handheld electronics. But the company has made significant progress in the electric bicycle market as well. Xiaomi’s newest offering is a long-range electric moped. The Xiaomi Himo T1 e-moped also comes with an unbelievably low price tag of just $450.

Xiaomi’s new Himo T1 electric moped

Xiaomi is no stranger to the electric bicycle market.

The company unveiled its first electric folding bike model last year. The Himo V1 was a pint-sized folding e-bike that Xiaomi offered for just $261.

Xiaomi recently followed up with a larger folding e-bike, the Himo C20. It featured larger wheels and higher capacity battery, yet still retained a low price of $375.

Now Xiaomi is back with their first electric moped: The Himo T1. And true to form, Xiaomi has again kept the price surprisingly low at around $450.

xiaomi himo t1

Himo T1 tech specs

The Himo T1 is something of an electric bicycle in an electric scooter’s body – a true electric moped. And like many mopeds, the pedals are mostly just there to make the Himo T1 legal as an e-bike. Riders can simply rest their feet on the scooter-style floorboard.

The moped sports a rear hub motor rated at a nominal 350 W, but I’d wager that it’s putting out closer to 750 W of peak power – at a minimum.

With a 48 V battery, the Himo T1 would need just a tiny 7 A controller to meet 350 W. It is much more likely that the T1 is hiding a 15 A or even 20 A controller under the hood, which would put the peak power in the 720-960 W range.

The Himo T1’s 48 V battery is rated at 14 Ah, which packs in 672 Wh of energy. That’s good for 60 km (37 mi) of range. But for those needing even more range, the moped also has a 28 Ah option for a total of 1.34 kWh of battery capacity and a maximum range of 120 km (75 mi).

A front suspension fork and dual coilover rear suspension should make for a decently smooth ride.

Stopping power in the front comes from a hydraulic disc brake. The rear employs both a cable-actuated drum brake and regenerative braking via the in-wheel motor. The company claims a dry braking distance of 4.5 m (14 ft).

Xiaomi hasn’t listed the top speed or weight of the Himo T1 yet, but a new law recently enacted in China limits electric bicycles to 25 km/h (15.5 mph) and 55 kg (121 lb). So it’s a safe bet to assume it matches the legal limit on top speed. And by the looks of the T1, it should weigh in at well under 55 kg.

The electric moped uses a simple one-button start and features a large digital display. The front headlight is shaped like the ‘O’ in the English Himo logo and includes both high and low beams.

Domestic sales and deliveries of the Himo T1 are set to begin on June 4th. There’s no word yet on when it will be available in the US or Europe. But like most of Xiaomi’s previous electric bikes, it is likely to pop up on Chinese deal sites like AliExpress and GearBest with international shipping options.

You can see the T1 in action in the video below. And before you go, let us know what you think of Xiaomi’s new Himo T1 electric moped in the comment section below.

from Electrek http://bit.ly/2KTnJTc

Woman Accused Of Sending 159,000 Texts To Man After One Date Doesn’t Understand Why She’s In Jail

Woman Accused Of Sending 159000 Texts Doesnt Get Why Shes In Jail

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Jacqueline Ades, a woman accused of sending a man she went out on a date with one more than 159,000 text messages and breaking into his home doesn’t understand why she’s in jail. She also wants to go to trial because she believes that a jury will not only find her not guilty, they will insist that she marry the man she stalked.

In a recent phone interview with The Arizona Republic, Ades expressed disbelief that she’s been incarcerated since May 2018 after authorities charged her with sending thousands of text messages, many of them very disturbing, over the course of 10 months, ending with her arrest in the man’s home as she was taking a bath.

“I just think it’s ridiculous,” Ades said. “I can’t believe that it turned into this. I can’t believe that I’m actually in jail over some text messages.”

She maintained that her threats against the man’s life were jokes that she would never act on. She said the man responded to her texts for three months but stopped after she sent the threats. Ades said she threatened the man after a fight with her mother and took out her anger on him.

“I said, ‘If I had a perverted imagination, what would I think?’” Ades said. “And then I wrote all these weird things. Just, like, I was literally playing with my imagination and it turned out that that scared him.”

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Ades, who was deemed mentally incompetent at a Rule 11 hearing in March, amazingly, could have actually been released from jail several months ago, according to her attorney Matthew Leathers, if she had just accepted a plea deal which included time served, 10 years probation, and being barred from contacting the victim.

But Ades told The Republic she refused to take the deal because she didn’t believe it was real. She thought it might be the victim’s way of testing her resolve, she said.

Ades said she wants to go to trial, where she’s positive the jury will not only find her not guilty, but will order her and the man she’s accused of stalking to marry her.

“They’re going to say, ‘You’re not guilty and on top of it we, like, demand that you two get married,’” Ades said.

Ades had previously stated that she met the man on Luxy, an “Elite Dating and Upscale Matchmaking Site for Sophisticated Singles,” and that she “would most likely would move back to Florida once she was released and go to school to become a Pilates instructor.”

Ades’ next hearing is scheduled for May 21st.

from BroBible.com http://bit.ly/2IDEboB

The new new web


Over the last five years, almost everything about web development has changed. Oh, the old tech still works, your WordPress and Ruby On Rails sites still function just fine — but they’re increasingly being supplanted by radical new approaches. The contents of your browser are being sliced, diced, rendered, and processed in wholly new ways nowadays, and the state of art is currently in serious flux. What follows is a brief tour of what I like to call the New New Web:

Table of Contents

  1. Single-Page Apps
  2. Headless CMSes
  3. Static Site Generators
  4. The JAMStack
  5. Hosting and Serverlessness
  6. Summary

1. Single-Page Apps

These have become so much the norm — our web projects at HappyFunCorp are almost always single-page apps nowadays — that it’s easy to forget how new and radical they were when they first emerged, in the days of jQuery running in pages dynamically built from templates on the server.

from TechCrunch https://tcrn.ch/2Ds59vq

These gorillas take better selfies than any influencer can


Can we just take a moment to appreciate how well these gorillas know their angles?

Ndakazi and Ndeze, two orphaned gorillas who were raised at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, posed for a selfie that went viral over the weekend. 

Standing upright behind ranger Mathieu Shamavu, the gorillas served nothing but face for the camera. That over the shoulder smize! That slight squat, just subtle enough to show off the gorilla’s figure! These girls take better selfies than any influencer can.

It’s stunning. 

In an Instagram post, the national park’s official account confirmed that the photo is real and that most primates are actually comfortable walking upright “for short bursts of time.”

“Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky,” the caption reads, “so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities!”

But before you get any ideas, the park reminded its followers not to approach wild animals for a selfie — this photo was taken under “exceptional circumstances,” and the park rangers take “great care to not put the health of the gorillas in danger.”

“We want to emphasize that these gorillas are in an enclosed sanctuary for orphans to which they have lived since infancy,” the Instagram caption added. “It is never permitted to approach a gorilla in the wild.”

from Mashable! http://bit.ly/2VYJ7r7

RIP Mike McGrath of Muff Wiggler


It’s come to my attention that

Mike McGrath, founder of the Muff Wiggler forum, has passed away

. I am in complete shock. I don’t know what to say, what to post. As most of you know, Mike created the de facto modular synth forum on the internet,

Muff Wiggler

, and he did it in a way that put members first. He created a platform for makers and users of synths to come together and engage directly with each other.

Some personal history:  Mike reached out to me years ago, before starting the Muff Wiggler forum. He actually had a couple of blogs including

Muff Wiggler before the forum

. That image to the left is the first image of his I posted

here back on Dec 4, 2006

 (he also had a

classic blue Wiard modular system

that was the envy of many synth enthusiasts). The last post from Mike went up back on July 30, 2018 when he

gave away a Buchla Music Easel to save a life


I met Mike at NAMM, and at the opening of the Muff Wiggler store in Portland

back in 2014

. We chatted off and on over email over the years and he was always supportive. He was real and down to earth. I was looking forward to reminiscing with him on the "old days" and what it was like for him to run the best modular (and synth) forum on the net. He once corrected me when I said he ran the best modular forum – he said the forum covered synths too! 🙂

I just can’t believe he is gone. As the host of this site, I feel like I lost a fellow compatriot. Someone I had history with through the ups and downs. Running a site can be a challenge, and just knowing he was out there doing his thing helped. I am going to miss him and the lost experiences we would all have had with him around.

from MATRIXSYNTH http://bit.ly/2UtW9vj