The Morning After: 2020 Corvette adds NFC, 1080p and OTA updates – Engadget
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Welcome to your weekend! Chevrolet unveiled its tech-filled 2020 Corvette, and Comic-Con is in full swing. We’ll take a look back at someone this week’s highlight stories, like Neuralink’s plan to connect brains with computers, and fresh news from Friday like Hulu’s surprise Veronica Mars drop.
NASA’s Project Artemis (aptly named as the goddess of hunting is Apollo’s twin sister) aims to take humans back to the Moon by 2024. But there are many lingering questions about the destination, the goals, the motivations, the project itself, NASA’s current readiness level and whether it has the support in Congress to move forward.
Apple’s latest MacBook Pro isn’t the redesign some are waiting for. But it’s a strong refinement of the existing formula, particularly in the speed department. For $200 more than a MacBook Air, you get a much faster machine.
The weather is, well, getting there. It’s time to step outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether that’s the trail or the backyard. This week, we have some gear recommendations to ratchet it up a notch. If you really want to escape, we can show you how technology can help you live in nature full-time (and still keep your job) and what to pack should (natural) disaster strike. For those who just want to enjoy the ride between home and work, we have some treats for you, too.
Two years ago, we heard about Elon Musk investing heavily in Neuralink, a company dedicated to building a device that links human brains to computers. Now, it has unveiled the “threads” and other hardware that it says can actually do the job. So far it has been done in rats, and according to Musk, “a monkey has been able to control the computer with its brain.”
Thanks to a robot carefully inserting the wires near groups of neurons, the hope is that not only will it assist patients in restoring things like movement or sight, but possibly help humanity keep pace with AI.
After decades of speculation and nearly endless teasing, Chevrolet has unveiled the long-awaited mid-engined Corvette. Scheduled to begin production later this year, the 2020 Stingray brings the “fastest 0-60 time of any entry Corvette ever” — with a starting price promised under $60,000 and a right-hand-drive version — thanks to a naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 engine capable of 495 HP.
The Performance Data Recorder / Valet Mode system it added in 2014 has been updated for high resolution 1080p recording, and its nose can use GPS to remember where speed bumps are, then automatically lift when it gets near one. It also has Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging and NFC.
But wait, there’s more…
- Equifax will reportedly announce a $700 million data breach settlement on Monday
- Chrome update will stop sites from checking for Incognito Mode
- What to watch to celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary
- Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ teaser trailer revealed at Comic-Con
- How to make the most of that Instant Pot you just bought
- Hulu’s Comic-Con surprise: ‘Veronica Mars’ S4 is streaming now
- Lotus’ all-electric Evija hypercar fully charges in nine minutes
- Nintendo quietly upgrades the Switch with up to 9 hours of battery life
- Google’s $10 Stadia Pro plan includes one free game per month
- Readers tell us why the OnePlus 6T has so many fans, despite some low review scores
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