Tesla raises “full self-driving” price from $8,000 to $10,000

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Enlarge / Interior of Tesla’s Model 3.

Tesla is wasting no time cashing in on excitement over the company’s forthcoming “full self-driving” software release, which was released in beta form to a small number of customers last week. Tesla has now raised the price of the FSD upgrade from $8,000 to $10,000.

Tesla has tinkered with pricing for the full self-driving package repeatedly over the last two years. In 2018, the package cost $3,000 at vehicle purchase time or $4,000 when purchased later. In 2019, Tesla briefly cut the price to $2,000, angering customers who had paid higher prices.

Bethesda exec says an Xbox-exclusive Elder Scrolls is “hard to imagine”

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Enlarge / Seriously, about all we really know about The Elder Scrolls VI at this point is that it will have mountains.

It has been over a month now since Microsoft announced it was spending $7.5 billion to purchase Bethesda Softworks via its parent company, Zenimax Media. But gamers and industry-watchers are still left with one burning question: what does this mean for the prospect of multi-console (i.e. non-Xbox) releases for future Bethesda games?

Bethesda’s Todd Howard, known for his directing and producing work on The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, isn’t quite ready to answer that question directly.

The 2020 Genesis G90—a good luxury sedan from an alternate dimension

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The revisions to the G90’s interior tend more to a new mix of materials than the radical plastic surgery that has resculpted the exterior. The wood trim has an open grain, and it looks and feels much better than the overly glossy stuff that Genesis used to use. The leather is thick and luxurious, as are the carpets. And if there isn’t quite enough room in the back, there are easy-to-reach buttons on the side of the front passenger seat that allow your driver to quickly move it into its footwell and away from whoever it is that’s sitting in

SpaceX Starlink public beta begins: It’s $99 a month plus $500 up front

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Enlarge / A SpaceX Starlink user terminal/satellite dish.

SpaceX has begun sending email invitations to Starlink’s public beta and will charge beta users $99 per month plus a one-time fee of $499 for the user terminal, mounting tripod, and router. The emails are being sent to people who previously registered interest in the service on the Starlink website. One person in Washington state who got the email posted it on Reddit. Another person who lives in Wisconsin got the Starlink public-beta invitation and passed the details along to Ars via email.

SpaceX is calling it the “Better Than

With turbopump issues “sorted out,” BE-4 rocket engine moves into production

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Enlarge / A BE-4 rocket engine undergoes tests in West Texas.

Blue Origin

Blue Origin appears to have solved some development issues related to the turbopumps in its powerful BE-4 rocket engine.

United Launch Alliance chief executive Tory Bruno said Friday that the problem was “sorted out,” and that the full-scale, flight-configured BE-4 engine is now accumulating a lot of time on the test stand. Bruno made his comments about one hour into The Space Show with David Livingston.

Bruno’s company, ULA, is buying the BE-4 engine to provide thrust for the first stage of its upcoming Vulcan-Centaur rocket

Lamborghini’s Huracán Evo RWD is made for maximum fun, not lap times

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Noble lineage

In many ways, the Huracán Evo RWD can be considered the offspring of the LP 580-2 and Performante, taking the former’s rear-drive approach to performance and blending it with a number of the upgrades that were introduced in the latter. Output is up to 610hp (455kW) thanks to a Performante-derived iteration of the naturally aspirated, 5.2-liter V10 and its raucous center-mounted exhaust system. Meanwhile, removing the front differential hardware takes roughly 75lbs (34kg) off of the front end of the car versus a standard Huracán Evo.

There’s also 73-percent more downforce on tap here versus an LP

Besides the “Big One,” closer faults could also shake Portland

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Portland sits in a flat basin, with northwest-oriented faults where it meets the rugged terrain of the Coast Range. Those faults tend to experience compression as well as lateral movement due to the combination of tectonic forces. Long-term fault movements often leave an unambiguous, linear mark on the landscape, though the prodigious moisture and vegetation in this area do a pretty good job of obscuring things. Still, some of these faults are identifiable on the landscape if you know how to look.

That includes the Gales Creek fault 35 kilometers (22 miles) west of Portland. A Portland State University team

Our PlayStation 5 has arrived—here’s what we can show you so far

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