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Lilium unveils five-seater air taxi prototype after a successful maiden flight for its latest jet
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Lilium, the Munich-based startup developing an on-demand “air taxi” service, has unveiled a new five-seater prototype and is announcing to the world that a maiden flight for the new device was successfully completed earlier this month. It’s not the first time a Lilium Jet — the company’s all-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) device — […]

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Tesla updates battery software on Models S and X after Hong Kong fire     – Roadshow
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The update affects the battery’s thermal management systems and its charge control systems and is being rolled out on Wednesday.

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After burning through $1 billion, Jawbone’s Hosain Rahman has raised $65 million more
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Not everyone gets a second chance in Silicon Valley. Entrepreneur Hosain Rahman has been given many more than that. Though his last company, Jawbone, which produced wireless speakers and Bluetooth earpieces, went kaput in 2017 after burning up $1 billion in venture funding over the course of ten years, Rahman has managed to raise $65.4 […]

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After a few misfires, Army’s newest pistol program is slow on the draw
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(video link) After a nearly decade-long effort to pick a new pistol for the US military, the Army’s Program Executive Office‑Soldier awarded its Modular Handgun System (MHS) contract to SIG Sauer on January 19, 2017. More than two years later, the Army says that the program is still on track for planned purchases—but the Army’s […]

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After Nevada’s outrage over plutonium shipment, Energy Dept offers olive branch
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Enlarge / The Device Assembly Facility at the Nevada National Security Site. (credit: Nevada National Security Site ) This week, Energy Department Secretary Rick Perry sent a letter to Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto saying that the Department would move a half-ton load of plutonium waste out of Nevada between 2021 and 2026. Last year, […]

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After scrub, SpaceX targets early Saturday for NASA cargo launch
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Enlarge / A new Falcon 9 rocket, and a Dragon spacecraft, on the pad Thursday. (credit: SpaceX) Early on Friday morning, within minutes of the opening—and closing—of an instantaneous launch window, SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and Cargo Dragon supply mission to the International Space Station. The company said it made […]

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The Morning After: Facebook's new look
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Welcome back. Facebook's big annual event kicked off yesterday with a lengthy keynote and lots of talk of privacy, features to find your secret crush (no, really) and a new-look social network. F8 runs for a few more days, so expect more stories late…

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Sri Lanka blocks social media sites after deadly explosions
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The government of Sri Lanka has temporarily blocked access to several social media services following deadly explosions that ripped through the country, killing at least 207 people and injuring hundreds more. Eight bombings were reported, including during Easter services at three churches, on the holiest weekend of the Christian calendar. In a brief statement, the […]

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Intel says it will exit 5G phone modems just hours after Apple, Qualcomm settle     – CNET
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Guess we know why Apple and Qualcomm reached a settlement agreement in their licensing dispute.

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