Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.
So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.
Nio Adds Battery Swap Stations for its Electric Cars
Chinese electric automaker Nio is opening four battery swap stations around Europe. This means a full charge is possible in three minutes. Europeans took to Twitter, however, to refer to the move as a PR stunt because they believe superchargers make it redundant.
China Says Rocket Heading for Earth Will Mostly Burn Up
Chinese officials say its uncontrolled rocket heading for the earth should mostly burn up in the atmosphere. It’s difficult to say where it will land, but US officials say they expect it to re-enter this weekend. China claims there is little risk of harm to humans.
Tesla Tells Regs Full Self Driving May Not Be Available by Year’s End
Tesla may not hit it’s end goal of 2021 mark for having fully autonomous driving. It’s told a regulator Thursday, that it’s not sure it can reach L5 by year’s end. There are five levels of autonomous driving, with L5 marking 100% fully autonomous.
FTC Goes After Companies for Restricting Product Repairs
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published its “Nixing the Fix” report, investigating repair restrictions in many industries, but particularly from mobile phone and auto manufacturers. The issues include software and product design that makes things unnecessarily difficult to repair. It also says limited spare parts are part of an anti-competitive practice to ensure products can only be serviced at the original dealer.