Uber forced to raise prices by up to 80% in Hong Kong

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If you’re going to be hailing an Uber in Hong Kong — expect to pay a lot more, starting today.

The ride hailing giant has hiked its minimum fare in the territory by as much as 80 percent, a decision that came after an “evaluation of the marketplace.”

Uber announced that the price hike starting Monday would affect UberX, UberBlack and UberAssist services.

The company will also be introducing an additional booking fee of $0.64 (HK$5).

For UberX for example, the minimum fare from Kowloon to the New Territories would be raised from $3.20 (HK$25) to $5.11 (HK$40) — with the booking fee charge, that’s $5.75 (HK$45). Read more…

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Your next computer will be nearly twice as fast as existing PCs

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Computers may no longer be tech darlings now that everyone uses their smartphones to do basically everything, but they’re about to get really exciting again.

About every two years, Intel introduces new processors that shape the computing industry and this year’s no different. Whereas the last two generations of chips were kinda like half steps in performance, the new 8th-generation “Ice Lake” Core processors are nearly twice as fast as 7th-gen “Skylake” chips

It’s a big bump up in performance and you’ll feel the speed even if you’re just browsing the web.

The first computers (laptops and 2-in-1s) with 8th-gen chips, available in Core i5 or i7 (U-series) flavors, will ship at the beginning of September with up to 145 designs available. Desktop processors will ship in the fall and then enterprise versions later. Read more…

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A Tesla Model X raced a Lamborghini Aventador, guess which car won

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Typically, you wouldn’t race an SUV against a race-oriented supercar, but in the case of Tesla, everything is possible. 

A YouTube video posted by DragTimes over the weekend shows a Tesla Model X P100D pit a Lamborghini Aventador SV in a drag race.

Tesla won. 

True, the win was by the slightest of margins. True, Tesla had a better start. And true, the Lambo was catching up fast by the end. But it’s still insane to see a 5,400 pound SUV worth $165,000 win a race against an iconic supercar that weighs 4,200 pounds, and has a $530,000 price tag.  Read more…

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Elon Musk and 115 other experts ask the UN to ban killer robots in open letter

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Elon Musk, Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, and 114 other leading AI and robotics experts have joined together to ask the UN to ban the use of so-called killer robots in an open letter published today.

The group is concerned about the potential use of lethal autonomous weapons and how they might be applied in the future, and they penned a short note released by the Future of Life Institute. The text was made public to kick off the opening of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) in Melbourne, Australia, according to a press release.

“Lethal autonomous weapons” refers to the drones, autonomous machine guns, tanks, and other forms of weaponry controlled by AI on next-generation battlefields.  Read more…

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You can pre-order a limited edition Xbox One X right now

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The Xbox One X is now available for pre-order. Sort of.

Microsoft is doing a special limited pre-order for Xbox One X, a so-called “Project Scorpio” edition that’s a reference to the technologically beefy console’s codename. It is the same price as the standard Xbox One X ($499) and will launch the same day (Nov. 7) but has unique design elements.

For starters, the Project Scorpio name will be accented on the console as well as the controller in a green font, and the whole box will be done up with a unique premium paint finish. Apparently, there is also an easter egg on the back of the console for the ultra Xbox fan. Read more…

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