It became five o’clock strong test between TikTok CEO Shou Chew and US lawmakers, who have found TikTok’s suspicion a rare source of bipartisan agreement. It comes as US officials have told the company they may ban the app if it does not split from ByteDance.
As in previous hearings with social media executives, lawmakers pressured Chew for often impossible yes-no answers to complex questions and became frustrated when he refused to give one. In one exchange, Rep Tony Cardenas asked Chew if ByteDance was a Chinese company. He would only admit that it was a “global” company with a Chinese founder. The hearing was also very different from previous hearings with other CEOs of social media companies, as the vast majority of lawmakers are not active on TikTok. Not all of their questions were nuanced, either: Rep. Richard Hudson asked if TikTok could “access home Wi-Fi.” The future of TikTok remains uncertain, Chinese officials said Thursday they oppose a sale of the social network.
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The Tech Preview requires the latest and most expensive NVIDIA graphics cards.
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The objective is spaceflight at a lower cost.
After several cleanup attempts, Relativity Space has finally launched its 3D-printed rocket. But the results have been mixed. His successful Terran 1 vehicle took off from Cape Canaveral late Wednesday but failed to reach orbit after the second-stage engine only momentarily ignited. It is unclear what led to the failure, but relativity is promising updates in the “coming days”. Terran 1 endured Max-Q (maximum dynamic pressure), the time supposed to put the most stress on the 3D printed design, so this is considered an achievement. The 3D printing process theoretically provides simpler, more reliable rockets that are cheaper to manufacture and could be ready in weeks, reducing satellite orbiting costs.
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Companies say the journey from the city center will only take 10 minutes.
Archer Aviation and United Airlines today announced a partnership to launch a commercial air taxi route between Downtown and O’Hare International Airport in 2025. In addition to being the headquarters and largest hub of United, Chicago Airport makes it an ideal test bed for flying taxis. The drive to or from O’Hare, in the western suburb of Rosemont, can take anywhere from 35 minutes to over an hour, depending on traffic. Archer estimates that a flight in one of its air taxis will only take 10 minutes to get from O’Hare to its destination at a downtown heliport.