Fortnite’s next event will be Avengers: End Game-themed

In case you needed another reason to get excited about Avengers: End Game’s rapidly-approaching release date on April 25, you can now add a Fortnite crossover event to that list.

Today on Twitter, Fortnite teased a second crossover event with Marvel for Avengers: End Game that will start one day before the film hits theaters. 

While the tweet doesn’t give us much to go off of other than the date, it’s fair to expect either new character skins or another appearance of Thanos in-game. (If you weren’t around for it last year, Fortnite ran a crossover event for Avengers: Infinity War that put Thanos in the game for a few weeks.) 

The silver lining here is that we don’t have long to wait to find out what the cryptic clue means, as the update lands on Thursday. That’s good for the True Believers out there… and maybe not so good for folks who don’t like being inundated with advertising.

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Tesla plans to launch a robotaxi network in 2020

Tesla expects to launch the first robotaxis as part of broader vision for an autonomous ride-sharing network in 2020, CEO Elon Musk said during the company’s Autonomy Day.

“I feel very confident predicting that there will be autonomous robotaxis from Tesla next year — not in all jurisdictions because we won’t have regulatory approval everywhere” Musk said without detailing what regulations he was referring to. He added that he is confident the company will have regulatory approval somewhere next year.

Tesla will enable owners to add their properly equipped vehicles to its own ride-sharing app, which will have a similar business model to Uber or Airbnb. Tesla will take 25 percent to 30 percent of the revenue from those rides, Musk said. In places where there aren’t enough people to share their cars, Tesla would provide a dedicated fleet of robotaxis.

Musk has talked about the Tesla Network and ambitions to allow owners to place their vehicles on the ride-hailing app since 2016.

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Samsung Delays the Release of Its Galaxy Fold Smartphone

Almost as soon as Samsung’s new foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, made its way into the hands of early reviewers and analysts, things started falling apart.

A Bloomberg reporter shared images of his Galaxy Fold review unit “just two days in” with an unusable display, one that looked akin to a large smartphone with midnight ink spilled on it. The Verge published a story that included images of a broken Galaxy Fold, one with a tiny bulge under the display and the “telltale lines of a broken OLED converging on the spot where the bulge is.” A reporter from CNBC posted a video to Twitter, now viewed over 2.7 million times, of the display on a Galaxy Fold flickering like a strobe light in a club.

I obtained WIRED’s Galaxy Fold review unit on Thursday morning of last week week, and so far the phone’s display is still usable and intact (though the phone’s swipe-to-unlock function hasn’t been working all the time). But the very obvious—and very public—evidence [...]  read more

“Anyone relying on LIDAR is doomed,” Elon Musk says

Today at Tesla’s first Autonomy Day event, Elon Musk took questions from the press but didn’t have time for questions about Lidar. Historically, he’s been vocal about the technology, and this time he put it as clear as he could. 

“LIDAR is a fool’s errand,” Elon Musk said. “Anyone relying on LIDAR is doomed. Doomed! [They are] expensive sensors that are unnecessary. It’s like having a whole bunch of expensive appendices. Like, one appendix is bad, well now you have a whole bunch of them, it’s ridiculous, you’ll see.”

The topic was brought up by a question about if Tesla’s just-revealed self-driving hardware could handle input from LIDAR. Tesla’s vehicle’s currently uses several sources of data to acquire autonomous driving: radar, GPS, maps, ultrasonic sensors and more. But not [...]  read more

iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S4: what’s the best premium tablet available now?

Some people want a tablet as a cheap laptop-lite, but others are looking for a processing powerhouse with an impressive display and other cutting-edge features, and both Apple and Samsung have this corner of the market covered with the iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, two top-end tablets. Both companies have …

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Save $100 on Dyson vacuum cleaners at Walmart and Amazon

Spring is officially here, and for most of us, that means beautiful weather, vacations and the inevitable spring cleaning. To help you with this daunting task, retailers like Walmart are slashing the prices on top-brand cleaning appliances that can normally be quite pricey. Right now you can get the Dyson DC33 Upright Vacuum on sale for $179.99. That’s a $100 discount and the best price we’ve seen for the bagless vacuum.

The Dyson vacuum cleaner works on all indoor surfaces so you can seamlessly clean your carpets, tile and wood floors without having to switch inputs or change the vacuum head. The powerful DC33 features root cyclone technology and a lifetime HEPA filter to capture dirt and microscopic particles and remove allergens and bacteria from your home. Because this vacuum is bagless, the dirt is stored in a hygienic bin that’s conveniently released with a push of the button. The Dyson DC33 includes a wand and hose that releases in one smooth action and includes [...]  read more