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Twitch becomes latest social platform to suspend President Trump
by Boyd Chan
Over the last 24 hours, some of the major social media platforms have suspended accounts belonging to US President Donald Trump. Twitter was the first to make such a move after the violent events that unfolded in Washington DC, citing "repeated and severe violations" of its civic integrity policy.
Following this development, Trump was also suspended from posting on Facebook and Instagram for a duration lasting at least until Joe Biden takes office, while a number of shops hosted by the Trump organization and campaign were disabled on Shopify's e-commerce platform.
Now, Amazon-owned Twitch has today added its name to the growing list. In a statement to Polygon, the platform confirmed the measure against the US president, saying that:
The move comes almost six months after Trump's previous ban from Twitch for what the company cited as "hateful conduct" while the disputed content was also removed from online access.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether other platforms will take a similar stance against the US president in the dwindling days of his administration and if any actions will remain in place after this departure.
By Ather Fawaz
Nuro approved to become the first driverless delivery service in California
by Ather Fawaz
Image via Nuro Nuro, the autonomous delivery startup, has obtained the first-ever approval from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to launch driverless services in the state. The milestone achievement makes Nuro the first company to receive approval of this kind, ahead of companies like GM and Amazon who have only received testing approvals for their bids in the same technology thus far.
Following the approval, Nuro can now start autonomous routine deliveries of food, beverages, medicine, and other products in California. The firm states that it will soon begin operating commercially on California roads in two counties—Santa Clara and San Mateo— near its headquarters in the Bay Area with an established partner. The company stated in a blog post:
Service will start off with a fleet of Toyota Prius vehicles in fully autonomous mode before the company eventually deploys its custom-built electric R2 vehicles. Nuro accentuated that safety is the primary concern for its vehicles, stating that the "R2 was purposefully engineered for safety, with a design that prioritizes what’s outside — the people with whom we share the roads — over what’s inside." As such, deliveries can only occur during good weather conditions, and the vehicles will be limited to a maximum of 25mph (~40km/h).
Tesla to recall thousands of vehicles over suspension issue
by Paul Hill
China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has announced that Tesla will recall 30,000 imported Model S and Model X vehicles in the country citing two suspension problems. The company will be recalling vehicles made between September 17, 2013, and January 15, 2018.
According to SAMR, the vehicles made during the time period typically suffer from one of two suspension problems but some could have both of the problems. To fix the issues, Tesla will replace some components of the suspension system. This replacement will be made free of charge.
Specifically, SAMR has ordered Tesla to replace the rear linkages of the left and right front suspension as well as the upper linkages of the left and right rear suspension. According to CNBC, the NHTSA in the United States flagged up suspension issues but Musk defended himself by saying that complaints made to NHTSA were fabricated.
Over the last couple of years with President Trump ramping up his trade war with China, Tesla moved to build a factory in Shanghai which began selling vehicles at the end of 2019. Despite Trump looking to bring manufacturing back to the US, Tesla has now started exporting Model 3 cars from China to more than 10 European countries including Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland.
Tesla’s move into China to sidestep the tariffs being imposed by both parties of the trade war is a bit unusual. Many technology firms including Apple, Google, HP, and Dell have all started the process of moving production out of the country to other Asian countries. The main reason for Tesla's decision, however, is because China is the biggest electric vehicle market in the world.
Source: Gasgoo via CNBC
DuckDuckGo now offers private driving and walking directions
by Paul Hill
The emergent search engine, DuckDuckGo, has announced that it’s introducing privacy-respecting driving and walking directions to its map search results. To open up directions, just search a location you want to go to in search and press the new ‘Directions’ button if a map appears in the search results, or navigate to the maps tab and press ‘Directions’ on the sidebar.
After pressing the directions option you’ll be presented with a new sidebar that lets you select your mode of travel, the start of your route, and the destination. Once you’ve provided it with these bits of information, it will offer up different routes with the travel duration and the route distance. You can expand these route options by pressing ‘Show steps’, this will bring up detailed instructions on how to complete the journey.
Privacy is at the core of DuckDuckGo and its maps offering is no different. In its announcement, DuckDuckGo said:
The new map directions are fairly basic compared to other mapping tools but hopefully, this can be expanded in the future to incorporate public transport timetables and cycling routes. Nevertheless, directions should come in handy for DuckDuckGo users that want to get a rough estimate of how long their trips may take.
The Crew 2 is free to play until December 9, also gets a 75% discount
by Florin Bodnarescu
Ivory Tower's The Crew 2 is free to play from today until December 9, while also benefiting from a 75% discount most of the available platforms.
If you're unfamiliar, this is an open world racing game - and abviously the successor to 2014's The Crew - in which you get to drive planes, motorcycles, boats, and of course cars. It features a persistent world, the map of which is a scaled down version of the United States, divided into five distinct regions. You get to complete challenges both in the single-player campaign as well as in co-op and multiplayer modes. There is a progression and leaderboard system in place, much like in titles such as Forza Horizon 4, quite a few of the Need for Speed games (the Autolog feature), and even older titles like Test Drive Unlimited.
It's worth keeping in mind that while the free weekend is available via Uplay, Steam, Epic Games Store, as well as on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, certain restrictions apply. For example, you will need to have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription to download and participate in the free event on Microsoft's console. If you're on a PlayStation 4, you can download and play without a problem, though only the single-player content. An active PS+ subscription is required to access features like PvP or creation of groups (crews).
If you purchase the game, your progression during the free weekend will carry over to the full version. Luckily, The Crew 2 is also on sale right now, featuring a pretty decent 75% discount on Steam, Uplay, and for those on Xbox. Here are the links to all available platforms:
Steam | Uplay | Epic Games Store | PlayStation | Xbox
Keep in mind that the free weekend ends on December 9 at 8PM UTC / 12PM PST / 3PM EST / 7AM AEDT.