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.
Airlines Warn Government of Potential Disruption over C-Band 5G
CEOs from Delta, United, and Southwest Airlines, sent a joint letter to the White House voicing grave concerns over the activation of new C-band 5G networks by AT&T and Verison on Wednesday, January 19. The airlines fear a “catastrophic” event could occur on Wednesday. The concern is that interference from 5G cell towers could affect sensitive safety equipment on jets around the nation. They are urging leaders not to allow 5G towers be deployed within two miles of any major airport until the FAA can find a way to do it safely.
Fiat is Working on the Most Affordable EV Yet
Stellantis/Fiat have decided to take aim at the bottom of the EV market. The Fiat Panda is expected to be the most affordable EV ever and have a price tag below their cornerstone 500e. According to the company, the Panda will adopt a “spartan design” and limited color palette that will be “minimalist and fully customizable.” The cars are expected to be available as soon as this spring.
Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta Has Had No Accidents, Musk Says
Elon Musk claims Tesla has not seen a single crash in its ongoing Full Self-Driving Beta that began more than a year ago. The test involves owners selected by the company to participate based on several criteria, including the safety test score. The beta test allows the car to navigate automatically to a destination entered into the navigation system — but the driver can’t just read a book or take a nap. As it currently stands, the driver needs to remain alert and ready to drive at all time.
Google Plans to Make it Easier to Share Files With Yourself
Even today, the process of getting a file to another of one’s own devices is clunky at best. Google is working on a new feature to make that a bit easier. Enter “Self Share.” With the new feature, Chrome OS would choose the best way to send the file to the device in question, whether that be Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or some other technology. The feature is now available on the Canary development channel, so it may be a while from reaching the end-user but it’s likely coming. Eventually.