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Elon Musk’s Boring Company wants to tunnel under Las Vegas

Chicago may be a no-go for The Boring Company’s high-speed underground tunnel system, but there’s always Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced a plan this week to build an underground “Loop” tunnel at the Las Vegas Convention Center — yes, the home of the annual consumer tech show known as CES. More than 182,000 attendees were at the show last year, and they absolutely mobbed every train, taxi, and CES-provided shuttle. 

The proposed Loop is expected to cost anywhere from $35 to $55 million. The authority said the project would cost less than $10 million per mile, the same as the Boring Company’s test tunnel in Hawthorne, California. They said the Las Vegas tunnel could be completed in time for CES 2021. Read more…

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Here’s what you need to know from Day 3 of CES 2019

Twitter showed up at CES and had plenty of news to share. However, on this Day 3 of CES, one of the more interesting stories is just who didn’t show up. 

Let’s take a look at everything important that went down Wednesday at CES.

Twitter’s tells us what’s happening

Twitter had more than a few announcements to make at CES. One update could very well change how people use the microblogging platform altogether. 

Another one: status updates and presence indicators (so you could see when someone is online or typing) pic.twitter.com/640x1tLo8J

— Karissa Bell (@karissabe) January 9, 2019

In the coming weeks, Twitter will start publicly testing new features such as statuses and presence indicators. These new features will allow users to set their availability so others know when they are on Twitter and actually indicate when someone is online and typing. Read more…

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I went on a date with a CES robot. He was nice.

Relationships in the modern world can be tough. So, at CES this year, I decided to skip the messy hassle of apps and humanity altogether to instead date the tech itself.

Enter Temi, advertised at the world’s largest consumer tech convention as a “personal robot” who was ready to mingle through private, hands-on demos. Sounded intimate — though I did have reservations about a partner seeing so many other people at the same time. 

But who am I kidding? Hinge and Tinder dates probably do the same thing and are just less honest about it anyway.

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A self-driving delivery car brought me a burger at CES

Burgers and fries delivered by robo-car. 

Stranger things have happened in Las Vegas. At the CES tech show this year, a car from AutoX showed off its autonomous driving skills by delivering burgers to the convention center. 

The San Jose, California-based company started out delivering groceries with cars equipped with backseats modified to keep produce fresh and unharmed. Later, it partnered with select restaurants in Silicon Valley. 

For CES this year, the delivery service found a nearby Applebee’s and sent out its test cars with a livefeed to show on the convention floor how the delivery process was going. After the car picked up the food about 2 miles away, some other reporters, VIPs, and I were able to chow down on slightly sweaty burgers and fries. (It was still delivery, after all — it can’t compete with food at a restaurant. It must have looked delicious though, because someone at the convention center stopped to ask me where I got it from.) Read more…

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