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.
Samsung Galaxy A31 India launch today: Everything you need to know
Samsung will be launching its new Galaxy A31 in India in today. The South Korean company listed the smartphone on its official website last week, and even the Flipkart listing was up. Samsung first unveiled the Galaxy A31 globally in March. It flaunts a 6.4-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with a waterdrop-style notch. The handset was introduced in two configurations – 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, and in 6GB+128GB variant. But it is expected that Samsung might launch the phone in one variant in India with 6GB RAM. The price is said to remain close to Rs 23,000.
As we already know, Samsung’s A series of devices sell through both online and offline platforms. So it is likely the Galaxy 31 will also be made available across retail channels. The company will live stream the launch event on its official website at 2PM.
Samsung Galaxy A31: Specifications and features
The full specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A31 was noted on the global website in March. In India, we expect it to come with same configuration. The phone will pack a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display. Samsung does not mention which processor it is using, but according to leaks it sports a MediaTek Helio P65 SoC under the hood. It has options for 4GB / 6GB RAM with 64GB / 128GB Internal storage, but in India, we might just get the high-end model. The handset will support MicroSD Slot up to 512GB.
The device features a large 5,000mAh battery with 15W charging support as seen on the smartphone’s predecessor. In terms of cameras it features a quad-camera setup on the back. The primary camera on this setup is a 48-megapixel one with f/2.0 aperture. There is also an ultra wide camera with an 8-megapixel sensor and f/2.2 aperture, a depth sensor of 5-megapixels with aperture of f/2.4, and finally a macro lens with 5-megapixel sensor and f/2.4 aperture.
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In terms of a selfie camera it features a 20-megapixel sensor and f/2.2 aperture. On the software front, the device will run Android 10-based OneUI out-of-the-box. It also features an on-screen fingerprint sensor rather than a physical one. The smartphone will also feature Samsung Pay as online payments feature.
Xiaomi Water Purifier C1 Enhanced Edition launched; Features a 5-level filtration system
Xiaomi has just launched its latest Internet of Things (IoT) smart product in the market. This new product is called the Xiaomi Mi Water Purifier C1 Enhanced Edition. Checking out the information available, it is the successor to the Mi Water Purifier c1 that landed in the market in September 2019. Given that Enhanced Edition is the newer product, it obviously features some improvements and refinements. In addition, Xiaomi has also increased the pricing of the new version from 1,299 RMB to 1,899 RMB. This new price amounts to about Rs 20,110 at the time of writing. Let’s check out other details about the Xiaomi Water Purifier C1 Enhanced Edition here.
Xiaomi launched an ‘Enhanced Edition’ of its Water Purifier C1; details
According to a report from GizmoChina, the new version comes with an identical design as the original C1. However, the new model features a 5-stage filter to purify water. For context, the older version featured a 4 stage purifier. Xiaomi also listed these five filter elements on the product listing page. These include folding PP, front Carbon rod along with scale inhibitor, reverse osmosis, and a rear Carbon rod. The company claims that the first level of filtration brings the water “to the level of packaged drinking water”. Xiaomi has also improved the waster water ratio from 1:1 to 2:1 in “Enhanced Edition”.
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Inspecting the design, the overall design of the new water purifier is slim at 127mm. Buyers can install in under the kitchen counter. The filter has the capacity to purify about 1.3L of water per minute. The company has also added a “smart control faucet” on the filter to constantly monitor the “real-time” life of the filter elements.
If the element is fine then the faucet will show a Blue light. On the other hand, the Orange light will serve as a reminder to change the filter elements. Given that it is an IoT smart device, it also connects to the MIJIA app while sharing all the important data. Xiaomi has not revealed any timeline regarding the launch of the C1 Enhanced edition in the Indian market.
OnePlus 8 5G goes on sale at 12PM on Amazon India: Check full specifications, price
OnePlus 8 5G will be available for purchase once again in India. The cheaper of the two flagships from OnePlus went on sale last week. After the sale, OnePlus announced that the smartphone will be available once again on June 4. While OnePlus 8 5G is going on sale for the third time, the OnePlus 8 Pro 5G is still not available for purchase. The Chinese smartphone maker had announced that it is delaying the open sale of OnePlus 8 Pro in the country.
To recall, the OnePlus 8 Series was launched globally on April 14 and was initially said to become available from May 29 in India. OnePlus 8 5G will be available for purchase at 12:00PM IST via Amazon India. OnePlus seems to be getting a lot of positive feedback for its non-Pro model this year. With the aggressive pricing, OnePlus 8 is a strong contender for best smartphone in the sub-Rs 50,000 price segment.
OnePlus 8 5G: Price in India, Specifications
OnePlus 8 is available in three different storage options in the country. The base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is available for Rs 41,999. The variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 44,999. There is also a third variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage available for Rs 49,999. It comes in three different colors: Onyx Black, Glacial Green and Interstellar Glow colors. As part of the sale, SBI card holders can get flat Rs 2,000 off when they purchase the device. There is also no-cost EMI on the device for up to 12 months.
In terms of hardware, we are looking at a 6.55-inch Full HD+ Fluid AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC with Adreno 650 GPU, OnePlus 8 5G comes in three different storage options. The smartphone runs OxygenOS 10 based on Android 10 and supports UFS 3.0 storage. For imaging, there is a 48-megapixel main camera on the back. It is paired with a 16-megapixel ultrawide and a 2-megapixel macro camera. It has a 16-megapixel selfie camera, 4,300mAh battery and support for 30W fast charging.
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