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FedEx is adding 1,000 Chanje vans to electrify its fleet

November 20, 2018 Alex 0

FedEx is turning to a relatively new and unknown startup as it ramps up its efforts to electrify its fleet of delivery vans. The company announced Tuesday plans to add 1,000 electric delivery vehicles from Chanje Energy, a California-based and China-backed startup founded in 2015.

FedEx is purchasing 100 of the vehicles from Chanje Energy. It will lease the remaining 900 Chanje vehicles from Ryder System. The purpose-built electric vehicles will be delivered on a rolling basis over the next two years.

The vans, which can travel more than 150 miles when fully charged, will be used by FedEx Express for commercial and residential pick-up and delivery services in California.

Chanje’s roots grew out of Smith Electric Vehicles, a now defunct electric-truck company based in Kansas City. Chanje was originally meant to be joint venture between Smith and FDG Electric Vehicles. Smith no longer operates and Chanje, led by Smith’s former CEO Bryan Hansel, has gone on to grow.

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The highest flying consumer tech stocks have lost $1 trillion

November 20, 2018 Alex 0

Another day, another stock market setback for once high-flying technology companies, which have lost roughly $1 trillion in the latest stock market slide.

Shares of the core group of consumer technology companies including Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, and Netflix are falling again — contributing to the big indexes like the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 sliding into negative territory for the year.

This collapse is thanks in part to rising interest rates that have investors looking for a more stable return profile than placing bets on high-growth technology companies. There’s also some concern that maybe growth won’t be so high for these technology giants as they enter their teenage and twenty-something years as public companies.

It’s also happening against the backdrop of an overall economic picture that looks less rosy for the United States. Single family housing starts, which are considered a bellwether for the nation’s economic health are still down from thei..

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Facebook and Instagram are down for some users across the US

November 20, 2018 Alex 0

Facebook is experiencing a rare outage that is making the popular social network site — along with Facebook Messenger and Instagram — unavailable to users across the United States as well as parts of Europe and South America, according to third-party site Down Detector’s outage map.

Facebook has officially acknowledged the issue on its social media platforms (ironically, Twitter is likely your most reliable source due to the outage), and the company’s support dashboard notes that it’s working on a fix.

We know some people are having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
— Facebook (@facebook) November 20, 2018

Today’s outage marks the second major downtime event for…

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Valve is discontinuing the Steam Link, at least the hardware part

November 20, 2018 Alex 0

Valve has quietly updated the Steam page for the Steam Link. The message says that Valve is discontinuing the Steam Link. The device will become unavailable once all units have been sold.

When Valve introduced the Steam Link in 2015, your TV setup was completely different. Google, Amazon and Apple just released Android TV, the Fire TV and tvOS. Smart TVs weren’t so smart. In other words, you had no way to install an app and run it on your TV.

The Steam Link was a tiny box with an HDMI port, USB ports, an Ethernet port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and more. It could only do one thing — you could connect the Steam Link to a Steam client running on a powerful computer and play games on a different screen. Even before the Nintendo Switch, companies were thinking about ways to play the same game in multiple ways.

And if you were wondering why the Steam Link has yet to receive an update, you now have the answer. The company is switching to a software strategy.

“The supply of physical Steam Link har..

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Facebook is finally rolling out its “how long do I spend on Facebook” dashboard

November 20, 2018 Alex 0

15 weeks after Facebook announced its “Your Time On Facebook” tool that counts how many minutes you spend on the app, the feature is finally rolling out around the world. Designed to help you manage your social networking, the dashboard reveals how many minutes you’ve spent on Facebook’s app on that device each day for the past week and on average.

You can set a daily limit and receive a reminder to stop after that many minutes each day, plus access shortcuts to notification ,News Feed, and Friend Request settings. Those last two shortcuts are new, but otherwise the feature works the same as when it was previewed. You can access it by going to Facebook’s More tab -> Settings & Privacy -> Your Time On Facebook.

TechCrunch first broke the news that Facebook was working on the feature in June. Facebook gave some explanation for the delayed access to the feature, with spokespeople telling me “We typically rollout features slowly so we can catch bugs early and resolve them quickly. We slo..

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The Pokémon: Let’s Go Poké Ball controller is psyching out dogs

November 20, 2018 Alex 0

The latest Pokémon games can be played with a special peripheral that is shaped like an actual pokéball that you can throw to catch monsters. But since the controller is ball-shaped, makes sounds, and comes attached to a rope-like holster, pets everywhere are confused. What do you mean this cool new toy isn’t for your real furry friend?

The Poké Ball Plus is an attractive proposition for Pokémon collectors, and one of its biggest draws is that it gifts players the rare, legendary Mew. The controller can also house a digital pokémon in it, allowing you to walk your friend out into the real world while experiencing some limited feedback. As a Pokémon fan, I had to get one. Unfortunately, the controller immediately caught the attention of…

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You can now sign into a Microsoft Account without a password using a security key

November 20, 2018 Alex 0

Microsoft is making it easier and more secure to sign into a Microsoft Account today. The software giant is now supporting standards-based FIDO2 security key devices to allow anyone to sign into their Microsoft Account without a username or password. Microsoft is enabling the security key or Windows Hello support through its Edge browser, and it’s the first company to support password-less authentication using the FIDO2 WebAuthn and CTAP2 standards.

If you have the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update, you’ll be able to set up Windows Hello or a physical security key from Yubico or FEITIAN that support the FIDO2 standard. If you have a device with a Windows Hello webcam or fingerprint reader, you can simply visit Microsoft Account…

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Uber aims to offer more wheelchair-accessible rides with shorter wait times

November 20, 2018 Alex 0

Uber has long received flack for its lack of widely available wheelchair-accessible rides. Today, Uber is taking steps to ensure riders who rely on wheelchairs can get rides when they need them, and without having to wait more than 15 minutes. That’s thanks to a partnership with MV Transportation, a paratransit service provider that operates across 30 states and Canada.

Through the partnership, Uber will be able to add hundreds of wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs) to its platform across six markets. In New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Toronto, Uber riders can expect wait times of 15 minutes or less on average. Over the next year, the plan is to get average wait times in San Francisco and Los Angeles down to 15 minutes. Uber says rides in those eight cities account for half of all Uber trips in North America.

Because Uber doesn’t own any of the vehicles, the company has historically been dependent upon everyday people — many of whom do not have wh..