How the White House plans to help 5G grow

Trump hearts 5G.Image: BOB AL-GREENE / MASHABLE The White House is getting serious about 5G. At a White House event on Friday, President Donald Trump and FCC chairman Ajit Pai will announce their plans to help boost 5G development in the United States, according to Axios. The FCC voted on several resolutions this morning that will begin the process of auctioning the rights to high-frequency airwaves that will enable the deployment of 5G infrastructure by private companies. This is part of the White House’s “5G Fast” plan, which seeks to support the widespread development and deployment of 5G across the country. “Later this year, we’re going to be holding the biggest auction of spectrum in American history,” Ajit Pai told …

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launches first paid mission and lands all three boosters

New York (CNN Business)SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful vehicle flying today, just launched its first-ever mission for a paying customer. It was also the first time SpaceX managed to land all three rocket boosters after launch. During Falcon Heavy’s widely watched debut flight in February 2018, in which it launched CEO Elon Musk’s own Tesla Roadster into orbit, only the two side boosters were recovered. Why Falcon Heavy matters This rocket is by far the most powerful operational launch vehicle in the world. And with a sticker price of $90 million, it is also about a third of the price of its closest competitor, United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy. Introducing a new ultra-powerful rocket has allowed SpaceX …

Poll finds 82% of Americans think social media is a waste of time

Americans might be getting sick of social media.Image: Muhammed Selim Korkutata / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images A whopping 60 percent of people in a new poll say they don’t trust Facebook to protect their data. The poll comes courtesy of NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, which also found that more than half of Americans view aspects of Facebook and social media in general in a negative light.  SEE ALSO: Facebook’s plans for a ‘high quality news tab’ sure sound like a swipe at Apple News+ That’s perfectly understandable, given Facebook’s reputation over the past couple of years. Privacy scandals have rocked Facebook on a regular basis, including the revelation that user passwords were stored in plain text …

If you have a WOW Air flight it’s canceled

The end of WOW Air.Image: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images WOW Air, known for its too-good-to-be-true budget flights between Iceland, Europe, and North America, is finished.  The company abruptly shut down and grounded all its flights on Thursday. It had been providing cheap transatlantic flights since 2012. Its website looked normal except for a yellow banner on the top announcing, “WOW AIR has ceased operation. All WOW AIR flights have been cancelled” with a link to a travel alert. WOW Air is no more. Image: wowoair.us / screengrab Earlier this year WOW had pitched “its lowest airfare ever with $49 flights to Europe” in an email. According to CNN, the airline CEO spoke with an Icelandic news outlet and said negotiations …

Adventure startup turns old gas cars into electric vehicles

New cars sold in the EU and built after May 2022 will have to include a built-in breathalyzer.Image: FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images The European Union has agreed on new rules stating that all cars built after May 2022 and sold in the European Union will have built-in speed limiters, as well as breathalyzers that won’t allow driving if the driver is intoxicated.  The European Parliament is expected to ratify the new regulations in September. The UK, which may not be part of the European Union by then, will nevertheless adopt the new rules as well.  SEE ALSO: Europe passes new copyright law that might change the internet forever The list of new mandatory safety features for cars is actually much longer, …

How the Christchurch terrorist attack was made for social media

(CNN)The footage is grainy and has a video-game aesthetic. But it soon becomes terrifyingly obvious that what is being filmed here is not a work of fiction. The video, which has not been verified by CNN, appears to show an unseen attacker opening fire on worshippers in a mosque, as if they were targets in a game. The attacks took place in the apparently unlikely location of Christchurch, New Zealand, still struggling to recover after a devastating earthquake that brought down thousands of buildings and killed nearly 200 people in 2011. The city’s population fell sharply after that event. The exodus was largely replenished by migrants, many hired to help rebuild the city. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said …

Googles Emma Haruka Iwao breaks Pi world record

The European Commission fined Google $1.7 billion for illegal ad practices that stifled its rivals from competing in the online advertising market.Image: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images The EU is making Google pay for its anti-competitive practices. On Wednesday, the European Commission ordered Google to pay a huge €1.49 billion antitrust fine (roughly $1.7 billion USD) for “abusive practices in online advertising.” The Commission determined that Google had engaged in illegal conduct to “cement its dominant market position” with its Adsense program, which had a market share of more than 70 percent from 2006 to 2016 in Europe. Hundreds of Google’s advertising agreements with major websites were reviewed by the commission, which discovered numerous restrictive clauses that blocked the company’s advertising rivals …

Every part of this fully functional electric motorbike was 3D printed

Unlike its older brother, the super-fast G12, Greyp G6 looks and feels like a regular mountain e-bike.Image: Stan Schroeder/Mashable How smart can a bike get?  The Greyp G6, a battery-powered bicycle launched Friday, March 15, provides a new answer to that question. It raises the bar for every other e-bike manufacturer with a ton of original features that turn the bike into a powerful, high-tech gadget.  Over the weekend, I got the chance to try out the G6 on the beautiful trails of Croatia’s island Brač. Turns out, it’s also incredibly fun to ride. SEE ALSO: How dirt biking gives black youth a shot at STEM opportunities Greyp is a sister company of Croatian hypercar maker Rimac Automobili, and the …

Why the hell is this Facebook outage taking so long?

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have been down for hours and we don't know why.Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images Facebook is in the midst of its biggest outage in recent memory. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have been down for users around the world for at least five hours.  The company hasn’t commented on exactly how many of its users are affected, but reports from downdetector.com, a website that tracks online service disruptions, indicates the issue is widespread, affecting users in North America, South America, and Europe. (Downdetector.com shares a parent company with Mashable.)  Besides Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, the company’s advertising tools have also been impacted, according to its director of product, Rob Leathern. Users are also reporting issues with their …

Facebook struggles to deal with epic outage

Washington DC (CNN Business)A partial Facebook outage affecting users around the world has stretched beyond 14 hours, but was showing some signs of ending early Thursday. It’s believed to be the biggest interruption ever suffered by the social network. Instead of selfies and status updates, many Facebook users got an error messageduring the outage that said: “Sorry, Something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as fast as we can.” The lengthy disruption is likely to upset advertisers that spend large amounts of money to reach potential customers on Facebook platforms. The company’s flagship social network has more than 2.3 billion users, and Instagram has more than 1 billion. People went on Twitter to vent their frustration about the …

Tesla unveils new, faster V3 Supercharger

The need for speed.Image: tesla Tesla is speeding up charging with the third generation of its Supercharger. Unveiled on Wednesday, the carmaker said in a blog post that the new V3 Supercharger will boast charging rates of up to 250 kW.  SEE ALSO: This is what it takes for a Tesla Model S to become a police car At its peak, V3 can charge at rates of 1,000 miles per hour, and can top up a Model 3 Long Range with 75 miles of charge in five minutes. Perfect for those quick bathroom stops. There’s no power splitting, in which drivers experience slower power rates if other stations are in use. V3 allows drivers to charge their vehicles at the …

Facebook leaks reveal unethical global lobbying strategies

Image: bob al-greene / mashable Facebook’s whole business model hinges on collecting data and breaching users’ privacy, so it comes as no surprise to learn that the company has been currying favor with politicians around the globe to stymie legislation that protects people’s privacy. Leaked internal documents from Facebook, reported on by The Guardian and Computer Weekly Saturday, outline a litany of ways that Facebook was using its power, money, and influence to sway politicians including a former UK chancellor, a former prime minister of Ireland, and a former president of India. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s search feature has some pretty creepy suggestions The leaks show specific tactics that Facebook used to get on the good side of politicians and push …

This game examines what it’s like to work in an Amazon warehouse

Can you keep your shifts in this Amazon game?Image: Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images It’s no secret that working in Amazon fulfillment is hardly what you’d call a dream job. The dismal working conditions in its warehouses have long been criticised by the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and its own workers, despite Amazon’s efforts to portray the opposite. SEE ALSO: New York Mayor blames Amazon: ’You have to be tough to make it here’ To mimic what it’s like to work in fulfillment, Australia’s ABC News has created a news game called The Amazon Race, which is based on the experiences of people who’ve worked in the company’s Melbourne warehouse. The game is based on the accounts of eight current and former …

Lyft plans to launch IPO next month

Beat is one of the ride-hailing apps that will be folded into the join BMW-Daimler transit services.Image: beat Two major car makers just out “Ubered” Uber.  Last year, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he wanted the app to do it all: individual rides, carpools, food deliveries, electric bicycles, e-scooters, self-driving vehicles, and even flying taxis. He wanted Uber to become “the Amazon of transportation.” But on Friday, German companies Daimler (of Mercedes-Benz) and BMW announced they were investing 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) to offer many of the same services.  SEE ALSO: After Uber bought Jump, people started riding bikes instead of ordering cars Under the plan (which will initially focus on Europe, but could expand around the world), the …

Model 3s mostly bare backside is to Tesla’s advantage

Notice the bare backside.Image: tesla Look at the back of your car or the next car passing by. Unless it’s an ultraluxury Lamborghini or something similar, you likely just saw which car company made the car (maybe a Honda) as well as which model it is (probably a Civic).  Now look at the backside of a Tesla Model 3, the electric car company’s newest sedan. It’s almost entirely bare, save for the Tesla logo above the license plate. (The dual motor version is badged and says “Dual Motor,” so there are exceptions.) Its predecessors, Models X and S, out in 2015 and 2012, respectively, didn’t get this same treatment — their names were prominently displayed on the backs of the car. …

Ford created a bed which stops your partner hogging it all

The lane-keeping bed keeps errant sleepers on their side.Image: ford Your annoying, bed-hogging partner has met its match. Ford has designed what it calls a “lane-keeping bed,” in which pressure sensors monitor when a sleeper is out of their lane. SEE ALSO: Twitch streamer falls asleep during stream, wakes up to find 200 people watching him When the sensors detect your partner has moved into your space, a conveyor belt built into the bed aims to gently realign them into place. We have questions: Will the moving conveyor belt wake you up? And can you switch off the lane-keeping feature, if you just like to cuddle?  It doesn’t really matter though, because the “lane-keeping bed” is sadly only a gimmick …