President Donald Trump, it seems, is a fan of Elon Musk. Trump hailed the SpaceX and Tesla CEO in an interview with CNBC’s Joe Kernen at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, calling the billionaire tech pioneer a “genius” who ranks up there with Thomas Edison.
"He's going to be building a very big plant in the United States. He has to, because we help him, so he has to help us." pic.twitter.com/WIlBJS0saE
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) January 22, 2020
“He’s one of our great geniuses and we have to protect our genius,” Trump said of Musk while discussing Tesla, the electric car maker, with Kernen. CNBC posted the video online today
SpaceX, Musk’s private spaceflight company, has also impressed Trump with its regular launches of reusable rockets. The company is also building a new Crew Dragon space taxi for astronauts, as well as a giant Starship rocket for trips to the moon and Mars.
“He likes rockets, and he does good at rockets too, by the way,” Trump said. “I never saw — where the engines come down with no wings, no anything and they’re landing — I said, ‘I’ve never seen that before.’
“He’s one of our very smart people and we want to cherish those people,” Trump added. “He’s done a very good job.”
Trump also marveled at the success of Tesla, which reached a $100 billion market cap for the first time today, according to CNBC.
“Shocking, how well, how it’s come so fast,” Trump told Kernen of Tesla’s success. “You go a back a year and they were talking about the end of the company, and now all of a sudden, they’re talking about these great things.”
Trump also said that he expects Musk and Tesla to build another giant manufacturing plant in the United States.
“He has to because we help him,” Trump said without elaborating what he meant. “And so he has to help us.”
On Sunday (Jan. 19), SpaceX launched a critical in-flight abort flight of its Crew Dragon spacecraft to test the spacecraft’s emergency escape system to protect astronauts during a rocket emergency. The company plans to launch its fourth batch of Starlink internet satellites on Friday (Jan. 24).
Musk called the Crew Dragon abort test a “picture-perfect” flight, adding that SpaceX hopes to begin launching astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA in the second quarter of this year.
Instagram Reels launched in India to fill the void left by TikTok ban
Facebook-owned social media platform Instagram today announced Reels, a short-video making tool that will come as a joy to many TikTok users in the country. The move follows the recently imposed ban on TikTok in India. Now Instagram Reels will aim to fill in this void created by the sudden ban. As per Instagram, videos make up over one-third of the Instagram posts in India, including both long-form and shorter-format videos. The service also noticed that live-streaming of videos became an increasing trend during the pandemic.
Interestingly 45 percent of the videos shared on Instagram were about 15 seconds or smaller in duration. This prompted the creation of Instagram Reels. The company also states that Reels is the future of entertainment and that it will cover everyone from big media companies to individual content creators. Moreover, Reels is currently being launched only in a few countries. India will be the fourth country to get the feature after Brazil, Germany, and France.
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How does Instagram Reels work?
Instagram Reels will let users create short format videos which by default will be available to share with Instagram’s Explore tab. However, users will also have the option to share their videos directly to their own stories and feed. The Instagram Explore section will remain unchanged. However, there will be some dedicated space for Reels content on the top. This should be implemented in a new update soon.
Instagram has also revealed that once the app picks up pace, it will also be setting up a monetization model. This will allow frequent users to earn from the app via their content, based on their viewership.
When will you get Reels?
Note that Instagram Reels will not be a new, standalone application, but a part of the Instagram app itself. After the recent test, the feature will soon have a broader rollout in India. The feature will start rolling out to users in India from 7:30 pm IST and at the onset, will be populated with content from a diverse set of public figures and creators, such as Ammy Virk, Gippy Grewal, Komal Pandey, Arjun Kanungo, Jahnavi Dasetty aka Mahathalli, Indrani Biswas aka Wondermunna, Kusha Kapila, Radhika Bangia, RJ Abhinav and Ankush Bhaguna.
OnePlus Nord to reportedly feature 48MP main camera on the back
The OnePlus Nord is one of the most hyped up and the most leaked devices in recent history. The mid-range OnePlus phone has seen its design, specifications, and price being leaked many times over the past few weeks. Now as we come closer to the launch date, new information on the phone has surfaced. Now it is tipped that the OnePlus Nord could feature a 48-megapixel main camera on the back.
Recent leaks and reports had also revealed that the OnePlus Nord will also have a total of four cameras on the rear of the phone. The main sensor of these four is now speculated to be a 48-megapixel sensor, just like the one used on the OnePlus flagship devices.
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That is a strong setup to boast of for a phone that is expected to hit roughly the Rs 25,000 mark in India. The specifications will help the phone go toe-to-toe with some of the best upper mid-range phones in the country. Given that OnePlus could likely use the same sensor used on its higher-end OnePlus 8 series, we can expect some great camera quality out of at least the main camera sensor. Another recent leak also pointed at OIS support on the phone’s rear camera.
Meanwhile, on the front, the OnePlus Nord is expected to feature two cameras in a pill-shaped notch. These will be likely a 32-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera.
OnePlus Nord retail box revealed
In addition to confirming the new feature, the retail box for the new device has also been revealed. It will come in a black box, unlike previous OnePlus phones with their white or red finish boxes. The top of the box has the OnePlus logo in the corner. While the word “Nord” is spelled multiple times in a much larger font.
The box is designed in such a way that we can see the teal/cyan color of its interior. This is the same color used for the logo of the new Nord line. OnePlus also demonstrates the robustness of the box by having two people stand on top of it. The OnePlus Nord has an unveiling date on July 21. The event would be the first AR launch of a phone in the world.
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 price in India dropped to Rs 3,999
Xiaomi has once again started offering the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 at Rs 3,999. In May, the company had launched these at Rs 4,499, but for a limited period these were retailed at Rs 3,999. Now, it looks like Xiaomi has once again dropped the price.
Consumers looking to purchase the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 can head over to mi.com and Amazon India website. We aren’t sure if this price drop is permanent or not, because Xiaomi hasn’t officially communicated about it anywhere as yet.
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At Rs 3,999, Xiaomi is making direct competition against Realme Buds Air, which is also available for Rs 3,999 in the country. Additionally, the earbuds come with three months free Gaana Plus subscription. The subscription offer is valid from until September 30, and the subscription can be redeemed until March 31, 2021.
Specifications and features
The earbuds feature a half in-ear design that houses a 14.2mm dynamic driver and titanium composite diaphragm. The earbuds themselves come in two-tone design where the earbuds are glossy while the stem is matte. Xiaomi says this design allows the earbuds to stay in ear for a longer duration without any fatigue.
Xiaomi claims Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 have a rated battery life of 14 hours. The earbuds themselves can last for up to four hours on a single charge. It includes support for Bluetooth 5.0 and features dual noise cancelling microphones as well. There is a USB Type-C port for charging that takes around one hour and 10 minutes for full charge. It comes only in white color and the case also sports a matte finish.
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Xiaomi says it is focusing on superior audio quality, clear calling and long battery life with True Wireless Earphones 2. It supports LHDC codec, which transmits at 900kbps as opposed to something like SBC. It has dual noise cancelling microphones that can reduce environment noise down to 30dB. It also supports seamless connectivity with Mi smartphones via quick pairing.
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