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Recent articles by Darrell:

Apple said to be testing a switch to USB-C for future iPhones –

It’s neither surprising, nor necessarily new scuttlebutt, but one of the most reliable Apple news scoopers of all time has chimed in to say that Apple is indeed at least serious enough about a potential switch from Lightning to USB-C on future iPhones that it’s doing testing with models equipped with the latter connector. Bloomberg’s […] → Read More

DJI’s new Mini 3 Pro drone hits the aerial photography sweet spot –

DJI has just introduced a new drone — its most capable ever to squeak under the 250 gram limit that keeps operators free from a whole host of headaches and restrictions for flight (note that local laws and rules still do apply — being small doesn’t mean you can do anything you want). The DJI […] → Read More

Holoride will give us a look at the in-car VR future arriving now at TC Sessions: Mobility 2022

At TC Sessions: Mobility 2022, we'll be chatting with Holoride co-founder and CEO Nils Wollny. The company is set to start shipping its in-auto VR experience. → Read More

Starlink adds $25/month ‘Portability’ add-on that lets users move their internet around –

Starlink has introduced a new paid add-on feature that lets customers “temporarily” move their service to different locations — anywhere within the same continent as their permanent service address that is currently served by Starlink satellite availability. The add-on will cost an additional $25 per month for users in the U.S. Of course, you’ll also […] → Read More

Twitter said to be close to a deal with Elon Musk –

As unlikely as it may have once seemed, reports indicate Elon Musk may actually end up the owner of a newly-private Twitter after all. Both The Washington Post and The New York Times are reporting that Twitter’s board is seriously considering Musk’s offer to buy the company, with the corporate governing body’s attitude towards the […] → Read More

SpaceX’s Starlink prices are going up across the board –

SpaceX is raising prices for Starlink, including the price for the hardware kit itself, as well as the monthly fee for service. The price of the kit is increasing even for existing deposit holders, but it’s jumping more for any new orders. Starlink hardware will cost existing deposit holders and extra $50, with the price […] → Read More

Cityblock Health names co-founder Toyin Ajayi as new CEO –

Primary healthcare provider Cityblock Health has named co-founder Toyin Ajayi as its new CEO. The company, which has raised nearly $900 million and has a valuation just shy of $6 billion, focuses on delivering comprehensive, quality care to the underserved population relying on Medicare and Medicaid in the U.S. Having previously served as the company’s […] → Read More

Blue Origin will fly SNL’s Pete Davidson to space on March 23 –

Pete Davidson will go to space thanks to Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin, on March 23. The Saturday Night Live star will be the first SNL cast member in space. → Read More

Why isn’t the Studio Display also an Apple TV? –

Apple finally delivered what many have been asking for in the Apple enthusiast community: A first-party display that doesn’t cost a minimum of $5,000. The new 27-inch Studio Display instead costs $1,600, which is still a lot more than a lot of people want to pay for a monitor, but it’s still probably a welcome […] → Read More

Sony and Honda reveal plans to jointly make and sell electric vehicles

Sony’s current favorite big tease is playing at being a carmaker, and today it announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with real automaker Honda to discuss and develop that idea further. The two companies jointly announced that they would officially be exploring their intent to build a joint venture sometime this […] → Read More

Rivian CEO walks back price hike for any customers who pre-ordered before March 1 –

Rivian surprised many of its pre-order customers on March 1 with the announcement of a significant price increase for its R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV. On Thursday, the company issued a press release authored by CEO RJ Scaringe that modified the planned price increase, promising customers who placed their pre-order for either vehicle prior […] → Read More

Max Q: International space collaboration under threat –

This week, the biggest story in the space industry is understandably the biggest story in world events overall: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Of course, the most immediate and devastating impact of Russia’s actions are those felt by the people on the ground in the besieged country, but already there are signs that this could forever […] → Read More

Virgin Galactic will sell you a $450K ticket to space starting February 16 –

If you want to go to space and you have $450,000 you can get a ticket starting tomorrow. Virgin Galactic is selling reservations for a spot on its suborbital spaceplane, which come with an exclusive “membership” that will include access to “money-can’t-buy experiences” — except that money can buy them: $450,000, specifically. For now it […] → Read More

Max Q: Is one guy building out private human space demand? –

When SpaceX’s first paying space customer flew on a Crew Dragon with a handpicked crew of three last year, it had all the markings of a one-and-done stunt kind of thing. Billionaire Jared Isaacman was the driving force behind the trip, which spanned a few days and saw them spend their time in low Earth […] → Read More

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship event leaves a lot of questions around the company’s big rocket –

Elon Musk delivered an update on the company’s progress and plans for Starship, its next-generation launch spacecraft, from the Starship development site in Boca Chica, Texas. Musk had an impressive backdrop — the combined Starship and Super Heavy booster launch craft, standing nearly 400 feet tall. But much of what Musk had to say about […] → Read More

Astra’s first rocket launch from Florida goes awry –

Astra launched its first rocket from Florida’s ‘Space Coast’ today, with a liftoff from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. It was the startup’s second attempt after an earlier one was scrubbed on Monday due to a technical issue, and this time the rocket got off the pad — but unfortunately, […] → Read More

Max Q: Earth observation is the place to be in space –

Your friendly neighborhood Max Q welcomes you to the week of February 7! This past week saw some strong signs that the big boom in commercial space for the foreseeable future is going to land in Earth observation. It’s not like this has been an ignored market in the past: GPS is basically a type […] → Read More

Wyvern adds $4M in new non-equity funding for its in-demand hyperspectral imaging tech –

Canadian startup Wyvern only just announced a $4.5 million seed round (which itself nearly doubled close to the wire thanks to new commitments) and entry into Y Combinator, and now it’s revealing that it has landed another $4 million in funding via Canada’s Sustainable Development Technology (SDTC) program. The SDTC program offers startups at seed, […] → Read More

ICEYE’s new $136M in funding points to a white hot space-based remote sensing market –

Synthetic aperture radara imaging startup ICEYE has raised $136 million in a new Series D funding round, bringing its total raised to date to $304 million and making it one of the most well-capitalized space startups outside of SpaceX. ICEYE’s focus is on remote sensing, i.e., capturing images of Earth from space, and the technology […] → Read More

Max Q: NFTs… but for space stuff –

Welcome back to Max Q, our weekly newsletter about space and the business thereof. NFTs were bound to intersect with space in a number of ways, and the way they do in this week’s newsletter is very likely not the first such intersection, but it is the first one I’ve noticed. Also, some hiccups for […] → Read More