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Ford invests $500m in Rivian and intends to build a vehicle on Rivian’s EV platform –

Rivian today announced a major investment from Ford. The 115-year old automaker is investing $500 million into the Michigan-based EV startup. Along with the cash, Ford announced plans to build a vehicle on Rivian’s electric vehicle platform. → Read More

“Anyone relying on Lidar is doomed,” Elon Musk says

Today at Tesla’s first Autonomy Day event, Elon Musk took questions from the press but didn’t have time for questions about Lidar. Historically, he’s been vocal about the technology, and this time he put it as clear as he could. → Read More

The consumer version of BBM is shutting down on May 31

It might be time to move on from BBM. The consumer version of the BlackBerry Messenger will shut down on May 31. Emtek, the Indonesia-based company that partnered with BlackBerry in 2016, just announced the closure. → Read More

Review: The $199 Echo Link turns the fidelity up to 11

The Echo Link takes streaming music and makes it sound better. Just wirelessly connect it to an Echo device and plug it into a set of nice speakers. It’s the missing link. → Read More

Review: The $299 Echo Link Amp adds Alexa to any speaker

The Echo Link Amp is designed to give Echo owners options. Instead of settling for the sound from a couple of Echo speakers, this amp lets owners use a set of nice bookshelf speakers. → Read More

Tonal raises $45 million to bring strength training to more living rooms

Tonal is today announcing its series C financing that it hopes will allow the company to bring its at-home gym to even more homes. → Read More

Ford to offer hybrid and electric options in redesigned 2020 Escape SUV

Ford today is taking the wraps off the latest generation of the Escape . It’s a major re-work inside and out with new sheetmetal and powertrain options. → Read More

FarmWise turns to Roush to build autonomous vegetable weeders

FarmWise wants robots to do the dirty part of farming: weeding. With that thought, the San Francisco-based startup enlisted the help of Michigan-based manufacturing and automotive company Roush to build prototypes of the self-driving robots. → Read More

Ludlow Ventures raises $45m for third fund

Ludlow Ventures raised another $45 million to invest in young startups. The Detroit-based venture firm is today announcing it closed its third fund since the firm’s founding in 2010. → Read More

Nvidia AI turns sketches into photorealistic landscapes in seconds

Today at Nvidia GTC 2019, the company unveiled a stunning image creator. Using generative adversarial networks, users of the software are able to sketch images that are nearly photorealistic with just a few clicks. → Read More

Verizon’s 5G to launch first in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11

Verizon today announced the launch details of its first standards-based 5G wireless service. Starting on April 11 5G will be available throughout areas of Chicago and Minneapolis. → Read More

Zortrax makes high resolution 3D printing easier and cheaper

3D printers have come a long way since the early days of RepRap and DIY hacker culture. → Read More

OnePlus, EE and Qualcomm starts a contest for 5G apps

Today at MWC Barcelona OnePlus CEO Pete Lau unveiled an initiative to spur apps for 5G networks. The timing is right, too. → Read More

New microSD format promises insane transfer speeds, better battery life

Today MWC Barcelona the SD Association unveiled microSD Express that will allow future mobile devices to consume and create content at even faster speeds. → Read More

Qualcomm’s new 4G, 5G platforms to bring improved telecommunication to vehicles

Qualcomm today announced new 4g and 5g chipsets for connected vehicles. → Read More

Qualcomm’s new 4G, 5G platforms to bring improved telecommunication to vehicles

Qualcomm today announced new 4g and 5g chipsets for connected vehicles. → Read More

Oppo executive questions how foldable phones improve the user experience

Oppo VP Brian Shen took to Weibo today to unveil the company’s foldable phone concept. It looks like the same kit used by Huawei and it’s unclear if Oppo will release the device. → Read More

Huawei unveils its 5G consumer solutions built on new 5G chipset

Today at MWC Barcalona Huawei launched its first consumer 5G products. Aside from its 5G Mate 20 X, the company also updated and new products that will bring 5G to people’s homes and devices through routers and connectivity options. → Read More

Huawei is bringing 5G to the Mate 20 X

Today at MWC Barcelona Huawei announced it will bring 5G to its flagship phone, the Mate 20 X. This marks the first 5G phone from the Chinese mobile giant. Huawei joins a growing list of companies introducing their first 5G phone in early 2019. → Read More

Circle raises $20m Series B to help even more parents limit screen time

Circle makes a fantastic screen time management tool and today the company announced a round of funding to help fuel its growth. → Read More