Samsung will reportedly make 3nm processors at expanded Texas plant

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Samsung is considering spending over $10 billion to build an advanced new logic chipmaking plant in Austin, Texas, Bloomberg is reporting. The plant may be capable of making processors as advanced as 3nm, and would be Samsung’s third worldwide to use extreme ultraviolet lithography technology in its chip production. If the plans go ahead, construction at the plant could begin this year, with operations commencing as soon as Read more…

Charging company EVgo is going public via SPAC merger

Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge Another company in the electric vehicle industry is going public by merging with a so-called SPAC, or special purpose acquisition company. This time, it’s EVgo, one of the leading providers of electric vehicle charging stations in the US. The deal is expected to bring in $575 million for EVgo. When it closes, EVgo will become a publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. In something of a Read more…

Alphabet bursts its balloon-powered internet plans

Alphabet’s moonshot idea of beaming internet connectivity from giant balloons is floating back down to earth. The Google parent company announced that it’s shutting down the Loon project because the business model is unsustainable. “The road to commercial viability has proven much longer and riskier than hoped,” said Astro Teller, who leads Alphabet’s experimental X lab, in a Thursday blog post. “So we’ve made the difficult decision to close down Loon.” The ambitious venture aimed to deliver Read more…

New giant ‘radio galaxies’ help shed light on the history of the universe

Two giant radio galaxies have been discovered with South Africa’s powerful MeerKAT telescope, located in the Karoo region, a semi-arid area in the southwest of the country. Radio galaxies get their name from the fact that they release huge beams, or ‘jets’, of radio light. These happen through the interaction between charged particles and strong magnetic fields related to supermassive black holes at the galaxies’ hearts. These giant galaxies are much bigger than most of Read more…

Once you go EV, you never go back — according to 82% of owners, anyway

According to a report from automotive market research firm, JD Power, most electric vehicle (EV) drivers vow to never return to combustion engines. Good. JD Power says that 82% of EV early adopters “definitely will” consider buying another electric vehicle. However, it seems drivers aren’t totally loyal to the brand of their current EV, and overall satisfaction matters when it comes to their next purchase decision. [Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture, explained by data] Read more…

My team tried blocking Slack to focus — it worked

It’s time to write. I make some coffee, open a blank document, then decide to quickly check Slack before I get started. Two hours later, I’ve written nothing. Team chat apps are essential for online collaboration, but their very existence makes it hard to focus on longer-term projects. There’s always something I could be responding to on Slack, and responding to those things usually feels productive—and sometimes it is. But that time adds up, and I’m perpetually Read more…

Study: Low-traffic neighborhoods in London are making roads 3 times safer

When the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March last year, office workers swiftly pivoted to working from home. As travel restrictions came into force, more people were forced to spend time at their homes and in their local community. In an attempt to make inner city residential communities more liveable, councils began introducing low-traffic neighborhoods. Low-traffic neighborhoods seek to make roads a safer place for all, by limiting the volume of cars allowed on certain Read more…

Google threatens to pull out of Australia over controversial news law

Google said that it could pull its search services from Australia if the country passes its debatable law that requires big tech companies to pay media organizations for listing their content. In a Senate hearing, and later in a video, Google Australia’s Managing Director, Mel Silva, said that the proposed media law “would break how Google search works.” Mel Silva, Managing Director for Google Australia, explains why there is a workable news code that doesn’t break Read more…

An Indian city plans to use facial recognition to spot women in distress — what could go wrong?

It’s now fairly common for cities to install surveillance cameras with facial recognition capabilities to help catch criminals  — Beijing and Moscow use them extensively. However, a city in northern India is taking a different approach: it wants to detect distress on women’s faces, so it can assist them when they’re attacked or threatened. Cops in Lucknow, the capital city in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), aim to install an AI-based camera system on 200 crime Read more…