Tesla could release ‘full self-driving’ beta software to wider audience in 2 weeks, says Elon Musk

Cars of the future may be closer than they appear.

The head of Tesla Inc. has some encouraging news for self-driving car enthusiasts. On Friday, Elon Musk said on Twitter that the company could soon expand the beta, or test, version of its “Full Self Driving” software to a wider audience.

Musk, the 49-year-old tech innovator who earlier this week became the second richest person in the world, was answering a question posted on Twitter by a self described “Cloud/Infrastructure geek, motorcyclist, auto racing enthusiast, Tesla-nerd, and technologist.”

Twitter user DanBurkland asked Musk when #FSDbeta would be available in Minnesota, he wrote, referring to the beta version of the software.  “Roads are dry and I’m happy to put it through its paces on our interesting roads,” he added.

“Probably going to a wider beta

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SpaceX Starlink internet from space: New 60-satellite launch brings expanded beta closer

After delaying the 16th Starlink mission on Sunday, SpaceX has now launched its Falcon 9 rocket to bring its Starlink satellite count to 955. 

Deploying its payload of 60 satellites into orbit is the seventh mission for the Falcon 9’s first-stage rocket booster, which landed successfully back on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ droneship in the Atlantic. The rocket launched from the Space Launch Complex 40, or SLC-40, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday, November 24 at 9:13pm EST. 

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Per Space.com, this launch puts SpaceX within about eight more Starlink missions before it completes the first phase of its constellation of 1,440 satellites. 

These satellites orbit Earth at an altitude of 550km (340 miles). SpaceX is targeting “near global coverage” by next year. The second phase of satellites will orbit at over 1,000km (621 miles). 

SpaceX last month rolled out

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SpaceX engineers holding a Reddit AMA on Starlink’s Better than Nothing beta

Beginning at noon PT/3PM ET Saturday, a group of SpaceX engineers working on the Starlink satellite project will answer questions on Reddit about its Better than Nothing Beta program. The ultimate goal of the Starlink program is to provide global internet coverage from space, and SpaceX launched the public beta test last month, after introducing a private beta over the summer.

Beta users had to buy all of the Starlink ground equipment for $499 and then pay a $99 monthly fee for active service to participate in the program. An email to those invited to the public beta said users could “expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms over the next several months as we enhance the Starlink system.” The email also indicated there would be brief periods of no connectivity, and that latency and data speeds would improve as the

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Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS is in Android Messages beta

After two long, complicated years, every Android user worldwide (outside China) now has access to the next-gen texting standard that is replacing SMS. Google is directly offering RCS chat services through its Android Messages app to anybody who installs it and uses it as their default texting app, which partly bypasses a carrier rollout that, at times, has ranged from sluggish to incoherent to broken.

Just as importantly, Google has announced that it’s finally beginning to enable a key privacy feature: end-to-end encryption. For Android users who use Android Messages, one-on-one chats will eventually be end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning neither carriers nor Google will be able to read the content of those messages.

Even though encryption is only beginning to roll out to people who sign up for the public beta for Android Messages, turning on encryption for RCS is a very big deal. It’s a massive privacy win,

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Apple issues second beta of iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3 to developers

Apple has moved onto a new generation of betas, with the second developer builds of iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3 now available for testing.

The latest betas and configuration profiles can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center, with subsequent changes available as over-the-air updates on enrolled devices.

The second round follows the release of the first generation, issued by Apple on November 12.

The first beta for iOS 14.3 introduced support for Apple ProRAW, its new image format that combines computational photography benefits with those of shooting in RAW. A new video about an updated pairing interface in the Find My app was discovered, including a glyph that could represent the AirPods Studio.

For HomeKit, it changes how it handles updates for accessories, while other changes involved App Clips, default search options, Cardio Fitness categories in the Health app, Shortcut wallpaper updates, and behind-the-scenes support

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Adobe releases Arm beta version of Photoshop for Windows and macOS

Adobe is releasing Arm versions of Photoshop for Windows and macOS today. The beta releases will allow owners of a Surface Pro X or Apple’s new M1-powered MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini to run Photoshop natively on their devices. Currently, Photoshop runs emulated on Windows on ARM, or through Apple’s Rosetta translation on macOS.

Native versions of Photoshop for both Windows and macOS should greatly improve performance, just in time for Apple to release its first Arm-powered Macs. While performance might be improved, as the app is in beta there are a lot of tools missing. Features like content-aware fill, patch tool, healing brush, and many more are not available in the beta versions currently.

Adobe lists a number of known issues for both macOS and Windows, but does note that new features will be added in the weeks ahead. The beta version isn’t officially supported for daily

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