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5 Things to Know With Your Morning Coffee — Thursday, August 19, 2021

August 19, 2021
By Corey Noles

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.

Facebook’s Horizon Workrooms Could Change Working From Home

Facebook is introducing a new feature that could bring a new look to how at least some of us collaborate from home. Horizon Workrooms are designed to create a comfortable co-working environment similar to that of being in person at the office by using virtual reality and custom-designed avatars. The open beta is currently live on Oculus Quest 2.

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Honda Releases sub-$500 Electric Scooter

The new Honda U-BE electric scooter is changing the price floor for its sector. The scooter is meant to be a more affordable option to its U-GO, which retails for about $1,150. Currently, the U-BE is only available in China. With no shipping and the fact that it falls under China’s electric bicycle regulations, the company was able to shove the price down significantly.

Wedding Guests Use a Ford F-150 Hybrid to Power Wedding After Outage

Before a Michigan wedding could be ruined by a power outage, a pair of Ford engineers rigged a Ford F-150 hybrid to restore electricity. The couple plugged the lights and speakers into the truck and the night went on. Stormy weather had already pushed the night back two hours, but the pair decided the truck could likely save the wedding because they recently did the same in a power outage at home.

Tesla is Trying to Enter Japan’s Power Market

In its effort to provide local power companies with large battery storage and energy management systems, Tesla seems to be making a play for Japan’s energy market. The company has reportedly won a contract for an energy storage project in Hokkaido. They will reportedly be installing a 6 MW system capable of servicing about 500 households.

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Author Bio: Corey Noles is the Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has covered crime, MLB, business, healthcare, politics and anything else that could snag a headline.

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