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Can this $17 Pod Really Keep Herbs Fresh for 3 Weeks? We Tested It to Find Out - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2024-01-05 07:00
The makers of the nifty Herb Saver say it triples the life of your fresh parsley, basil and cilantro. We'll be the judge of that.

SpaceX sues NLRB in an attempt to interrupt unfair labor case

Engadget - Fri, 2024-01-05 06:55

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently accused SpaceX of unlawfully firing eight employees who wrote an open letter criticizing Elon Musk's behavior on social media, as well as the company's response to it. Now, according to Bloomberg, SpaceX is trying to stall the complaint's progress by suing the labor board. The company reportedly argues in its lawsuit that the complaint should be dismissed because the NLRB's structure is "unconstitutional." 

SpaceX's lawsuit attacks the way the labor board conducts its hearings. The NLRB uses its own administrative judges for its proceedings, and the company says that deprives it of its "constitutional right to trial by jury." Companies can appeal rulings by agency judges to NLRB members in Washington, and they could even go as far as to escalate their appeal to federal court. SpaceX apparently told the court that the case against it should be put on hold to prevent the company from having to go through "protracted administrative proceedings before an unconstitutionally structured agency."

The open letter at the center of this case called Musk's behavior on social media "a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment." It called out the executive's "harmful Twitter behavior," including a tweet wherein he made a joke about the sexual misconduct allegation made against him. The letter asked the company to hold all leadership accountable for their actions and to condemn harmful behavior. SpaceX fired a total of nine employees over the letter, the NLRB's complaint said, which means they were illegally fired for "engaging in protected concerted activity at work."

In its lawsuit, SpaceX said the open letter "caused significant distraction to SpaceX employees around the country" and that it fired the employees involved "for violating numerous company policies." As Reuters notes, the private space corporation used a similar tactic in the past to block the US Department of Justice from pursuing an administrative case that accused the company of discriminatory hiring practices. SpaceX also filed a lawsuit protesting the fact that the Justice Department's administrative judges have powers reserved for President-appointed officials even though they were only appointed by the US attorney general. The company successfully convinced the judge to pause the administrative case against it while its own lawsuit was ongoing. 

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Mortgage Rates for Jan. 5, 2024: Rates Move Up for Homeseekers - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2024-01-05 06:44
A handful of important mortgage rates increased. Here's what to expect if you're in the market for a home loan.

Mortgage Refinance Rates on Jan. 5, 2024: Rates Move Up - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2024-01-05 06:43
Several important refinance rates were higher this week, but rates should start trending down in the coming months.

Tesla is recalling 1.62 million vehicles in China over autopilot safety controls

Engadget - Fri, 2024-01-05 06:20

Tesla is recalling 1.62 million vehicles in China over the same Autopilot safety issue that forced it to upgrade two million vehicles in the US. As before, fixes will be done will be via free over-the-air (OTA) updates to add features that ensure drivers pay attention while using Tesla's driver assistance system. It affects nearly every Tesla ever sold in the country, including imported Model S and Model X vehicles along with Model 3 and Model Y EVs made in China. 

According to China's State Administration for Market Regulations (SAMR), drivers may "misuse the level 2 combined driving assistance function, increase the risk of vehicle collision and posing safety risks." Like in the US, the OTA update will incorporate additional controls and alerts that encourage drivers to continue monitoring the vehicle when Tesla's Autosteer function is engaged. 

Tesla is also recalling 7,538 imported Model S and Model X vehicles to fix a problem that may prevent doors from unlocking in the event of a collision — an issue also addressed earlier in the US. That recall will be done via an OTA update as well, with no need for customers to go to Tesla stores.

Stateside, the NHTSA has kept its investigation into Autopilot safety controls open as it monitors Tesla's fixes. The regulator said last August that it was opening an investigation into Autopilot following 11 crashes with parked first responder vehicles since 2018 that resulted in 17 injuries and one death. In a letter to Tesla sent shortly afterward, the regulator requested detailed documentation on Autopilot to know how it ensures that human drivers will keep their eyes on the road while Autopilot is engaged and whether there are limits on where it can be used.

Earlier this week, Tesla said that it delivered a record 1.8 million EVs around the world. Over half of those (944,779 EVs) were sold in China, making it the company's biggest market by far. Tesla's Shanghai plant can produce up to 1.1 million Model 3 and Model Y cars a year for the Chinese market and exports to Europe, Australia and New Zealand. 

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2024 Will Be the Year We Figure Out EV Charging - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2024-01-05 06:00
Charging confusion and range anxiety made many Americans hesitant to adopt electric vehicles. But 2024 is shaping up to change that, with most automakers shifting to the same standard.

Save Up to $1,020 on Samsung's Upcoming Galaxy S24 Lineup When You Reserve Now - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2024-01-05 04:44
This reservation deal nets you a preorder spot, $50 in Samsung credit and additional savings of up to $970 when you place your order.

Samsung is teaming up with Tesla and Hyundai to offer deeper smart home and EV controls

Engadget - Fri, 2024-01-05 04:39

With CES 2024 almost upon us, we're about to hear more talk about smart homes than the rest of the year combined. Samsung has started the proceedings by announcing that it's partnering with Tesla and Hyundai to expand SmartThings into the areas of home energy and vehicle/home automation. 

The partnership with Tesla will allow owners of the company's EVs, along with products like Powerwall and Solar Inverter, to monitor and control their homes using Samsung's SmartThings Energy app — displaying information related to energy production, storage and usage. 

For instance, Powerwall users will be able to sync the Tesla app's "Storm Watch" function to their home devices, so they can be alerted to extreme weather events like hurricanes or snowfall through connected Samsung TVs and smartphones. It'll also let you activate the AI Energy Mode before and during power outages to conserve remaining Powerwall energy. 

Other companies will be able to do the same, as Tesla recently published its "FleetAPI" app that lets developers interact with Powerwall, Solar and Wall Connector in addition to its EVs. Samsung is among the first to hop on board, though. "We are pleased that Samsung has chosen to be an early developer, given its leading position in consumer smart home technology," said Tesla's Drew Baglino. 

Samsung partners with Tesla and Hyundai to connect cars with homesSamsung

Samsung has also teamed with Hyundai to expand its SmartThings platform to Hyundai's EVs and other vehicles, allowing "Home-to-Car" and "Car-to-Home" services. That'll let you connect your smart home to a Hyundai car's infotainment system so you can control one with the other. For instance, you'll be able to start your car via the SmartThings app, control the air conditioning, open and close windows and check charging status. And from the car, you'll be able to control home appliances like TVs, AC and EV chargers. 

It'll also allow you to create a routine where your home lights and climate control are activate when the car arrives home, or the ability to set the car to an ideal temperature after your smartphone's alarm goes off. At the same time, you'll be able to monitor energy information about EVs and chargers to set the optimal time for charging a vehicle, based on factors like energy pricing, solar panel data and more. 

The new features sound useful, particularly if you have an EV or Tesla power system installed. It's still under development, but Samsung will be providing an early look at its CES 2024 booth next week. 

We're reporting live from CES 2024 in Las Vegas from January 6-12. Keep up with all the latest news from the show here.

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Google has started disabling third-party cookies for Chrome users

Engadget - Fri, 2024-01-05 01:09

Google has just disabled third-party cookies for one percent of Chrome users, years after it first introduced its Privacy Sandbox project. The company announced late last year that it will kick things off by disabling cookies for a random one percent of Chrome users globally on January 4. Chrome owns more than half of the worldwide browser market share, and according to Gizmodo, that means Google has killed cookies for 30 million users. 

People included in this rollout will see a notification when they launch their browser telling them they're one of the first to experience Tracking Protection. It also explains that Tracking Protection limits sites from using third-party cookies to track them as they browse. Since this rollout is bound to break a few websites that have yet to adapt to a change that will affect most people who go on the internet, Google will allow users to temporary re-enable third-party cookies. They can do so by clicking on the eye icon that's now on their browser bar to toggle off the new feature. 

Google's Privacy Sandbox initiative, just like its name implies, was designed to be an alternative to cookies that will allow advertisers to serve users ads while also protecting their privacy. It assigns users to groups according to their interests, based on their recent browsing activities, and advertisers can use that information to match them with relevant ads. The system is supposed to be less invasive than cookies — all data and processing take place on the device itself, and Google says it will store user interests for three weeks. The project has caught the attention of regulators over concerns that it will make the company even more powerful than it already is. But if all goes well, Google will continue rolling out Tracking Protection over the next few months until it has disabled third-party cookies for all Chrome users by mid-2024. 

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Handheld Clothes Steamer - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-01-04 18:50
30-sec fast heat-up & auto-off.

Magnetic Wallet - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-01-04 18:42
Phone stand wallet, holds 3 cards.

3 in 1 Wireless Charger - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-01-04 18:38
Magnetic & foldable.

Car Mount Phone Charger - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-01-04 18:35
Fast charging phone cooling charger.

Cordless Robotic Pool Cleaner - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-01-04 18:32
90min battery life & self-parking.

Oral-B iO Electric Toothbrush - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-01-04 18:28
With 1 replacement brush head.

Yes, the Xbox Toaster Is Real and You Can Buy It at Walmart - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-01-04 18:25
X marks the toast with this Walmart-exclusive kitchen appliance.

Electric Hand Massager - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-01-04 18:21
With heat & compression.

XL Wool Dryer Balls - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-01-04 18:16
Natural fabric softener, 6pcs.

Electric Facial Cleansing Brush - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-01-04 18:13
Waterproof & rechargeable.

Label Maker Machine - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-01-04 18:05
Mini thermal printer w/ tape.