Driver In Fatal Tesla Crash Was Playing Video Games

Two years ago, a 2017 Tesla Model X sped directly into a concrete barrier on a Silicon Valley freeway and now, earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that the man behind the wheel the vehicle was playing video games at the time the accident. While Elon Musk has been installing speech features into his later models and hiring employees without degree requirements, his semi-autonomous vehicles have become somewhat a danger to society due to people’s reliance on the vehicle’s self-piloting feature.  Driver In Fatal Tesla Crash Was Playing Video Games

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According to NBC Bay Area, Walter Huang was commuting to his engineering gig at Apple on March 23, 2018, when he activated the ‘autopilot’ feature on his  2017 Tesla Model X. After investigating the accident thoroughly, the National Transportation Safety Board gathered the cell phone records and data received from Huang’s phone which revealed that a gaming app was in use during the time the crash on Highway 101. 

Robert Sumwalt revealed to The Verge the NTSB’s findings, stating:

“The Tesla car log data showed that there was no driver-applying steering wheel torque, indicating the hands were likely f the steering wheel during this time period.” He continued,  “In this crash, we saw an over-reliance on technology, we saw distraction, we saw a lack policy prohibiting cell phone use while driving, and we saw infrastructure failures, which, when combined, led to this tragic loss.”

NTSB’s report also revealed that the Model X’s forward-collision warning system failed to warn Huang an upcoming barrier. Sumwalt also blames Sumwalt California’s transportation department after discovering that the barrier was damaged in an accident 11 days prior to the incident involving Huang.

Sumwalt then took aim at Tesla stating:

“We urge Tesla to continue to work on improving their Autopilot technology and for NHTSA to fulfill its oversight responsibility to ensure that corrective action is taken where necessary. It’s time to stop enabling drivers in any partially automated vehicle to pretend that they have driverless cars.” 

The NTSB chairman then went on to reveal that the Board had urged Tesla to look further into their vehicle automation systems earlier, saying:

“We ask that recommendation recipients respond to us within 90 days. That’s all we ask. But it’s been 881 days since these recommendations were sent to Tesla and we’ve heard nothing. We’re still waiting.”

While Walter Huang is at fault for treating his Tesla like a self-driving car, the National Transportation Safety Board believes that if Tesla doesn’t adjust their autopilot features in the future, we’ll see the death toll rapidly rise from autonomous vehicle incidents. Check out KPIX CBS SF Bay Area report the cause the Tesla crash in the video provided below. 

 

 

Royce Da 5’9" Talks Mending Beef Between Logic & Joyner Lucas

Once upon a time, Joyner Lucas and Logic were at odds. Then, last May the pair surprised fans by released their collaborative track, “ISIS.” While there wasn’t much said about how the two rappers ended up squashing their beef, Logic hinted that Royce Da 5’9″ had something to do with it when he rapped: “Yeah, uh, far from the minimum / Killin’ ’em with no Ritalin, and 5’9″ was the middleman to get ’em in the same room / Now we on the same tune, and we still the gang-dum / The illest lyricists on the same sh*t.” In a chat with HipHopDX, Royce detailed what went down and how he was able to help mend the relationship between the two emcees.

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“Well, I had a long conversation with Logic about it back when it was happening,” said Royce. “And I had a long conversation with Joyner about it. I had two separate conversations with them but I had conversations with them in a way where I was giving my opinion but I was also listening and] understanding each their sides and just throwing a little bit my opinion, but just making sure I put something on their brains to take with them. That’s all I did.”

“And then, after time progressed, one thing led to another,” he added. “Joyner came to me and he said that he wanted to get on the phone with Logic because some things that I told him back in the day resonated. It just lined up. And now he understands, so it was just like, ‘Man, you think he’ll get on the phone with me?’ I’m like, ‘Absolutely!'”

Royce recalled previously telling Joyner that “Logic is not like that,” referring to him as an artist who doesn’t have a reputation wanting to beef with other rappers. “He’s not that kind person. He’s not into what you’re trying to do right now,” Royce said he told Lucas. He added that he believed Joyner felt bad about the situation because Lucas was “maturing” and beginning to “understand that you don’t have to do certain things… It’s better to just kinda be chill. Don’t force things.” 

Logic agreed to speak with Joyner Lucas and after the two were able to talk out their differences, they ended up collaborating on “ISIS.” Check out Royce talking about being the mediator between the two artists below.

Reddit CEO Calls TikTok "Fundamentally Parasitic"

The term “parasite” has been in recent times associated with a critically-acclaimed foreign film that made history by winning “Best Picture” at the 2020 Oscars a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for how the word was used by  CEO Steve Huffman recently when he expressed his feelings about the wildly-popular social media app TikTok.

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While speaking on a panel called Social 2030 in front a large group Silicon Valley investors, Huffman responded to TikTok possibly being a platform that they could learn from by saying, “Maybe I’m going to regret this, but I can’t even get to that level thinking with them.” He went on to add, “Because I look at that app as so fundamentally parasitic, that it’s always listening, the fingerprinting technology they use is truly terrifying, and I could not bring myself to install an app like that on my phone.” Huffman added an extra two cents to his harsh opinion by saying, “I actively tell people, ‘Don’t install that spyware on your phone.'” A spokesperson for TikTok responded to his accusations, telling TechCruch exclusively, “These are baseless accusations made without a shred evidence.”

Even though and TikTok are in no way competing, could Steve Huffman be simply hating on the popularity TikTok or does he have a point worth paying attention to? Sound f with your thoughts down below in the comments after checking out Megan Thee Stallion‘s hilarious #RideOrDieChallenge TikTok compilation video:

Scott Storch & Amber Rose Secure A Big Ol’ Bag

Throughout their respective careers, both Scott Storch and Amber Rosehave secured their fair share bags. Yet never quite like this, never quite so scented. Those steadily watching from afar have seen Storch mount a comeback the century, juggling his resurgent producing career and laying down a foothold in the marijuana industry. Sometimes the two go hand in hand; Storch is seldom seen behind the keys without a blunt on his lips. And now, we have a better understanding as to why.

Scott Storch & Amber Rose Secure A Big Ol' Bag

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Storch recently took to Instagram to reveal the mother all bags, the end-all bag-all, a bag weed so vast it would leave an entire small country high for a week. Or perhaps a rapper’s tour bus. Storch seems enamored by the contents, sticking his head inside and inhaling an odor so pungent you can likely smell if from here. Amber Rose seems equally impressed, posing as one pose might beside a particularly impressive and/or intuitive child. Suffice it to say, the bag has been secured.

In spirit with his hip-hop roots, Storch captioned the picture with a clutch reference to one rap’s t-pondered questions: “What you got in that bag?” Originally pondered by storied philosopher Ludacris in the book  Word Of Mouf circa 2002, it would appear we finally have the answer at long last. Expect Storch’s phone to be ringing f the chain in the coming days, with the “hey Scott, it’s been a while” coming on strong.

Kylie Jenner Shares Adorable Photos Of Stormi Looking All Grown: See Pics

Kylie Jenner posted some adorable photos her daughter Stormi looking all grown up on Instagram yesterday. The little girl donned gold hoop earrings, a Chrome Hearts outfit, and a blinged out handbag as she typed away on a cell phone in one the snapshots. It’s reported that the outfit retails for approximately $245 and her purse alone is about $595, which is a rhinestone bag from Alexander Wang NY.

“#LOVEOFMYLIFE,” Kylie captioned the adorable pics with. (see below)

Despite the cuteness overload, Kylie Jenner has been under fire for dressing Stormi up lately. Some say that Kylie is posing a safety hazard for allowing the little girl to wear adult sized earrings. “Don’t you think she’s too young to wear those?” one fan wrote, while another added. “They could get caught on stuff.”

More people were critical in Stormi’s outfit, saying, “her wardrobe is more than my annual salary,” one fan wrote. “She’s wearing all my bank account,” another person added. “That bag she’s carrying can pay my school fees for a year,” a third person chimed in. 

However, Kylie doesn’t seem to be too worried about what other people think as she continues to let Stormi wear her adult-sized accessories and outfits. What do you think? Is Kylie dressing up Stormi too much or nah?

Chris Paul Comments On Lakers Trade And What Could Have Been

Chris Paul is considered to be one the best point guards in the entire NBA although he has certainly had his fair share bad luck over the years. Back in the day, Paul was supposed to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers but the trade was vetoed by David Stern who claimed it wasn’t a fair deal. Fans were incredibly upset by the move and it made Stern an unpopular man in LA for many years. Since Stern’s passing, Lakers fans have forgiven the former commissioner for his move.

Recently, Paul appeared on Take It There with Taylor Rooks. During the interview, Rooks asked Paul about the Lakers deal that never was. Paul reflected on that time his career and whether or not he still thinks about it. As he explained, there wasn’t much he could do although he and Kobe Bryant had made big plans at the time.

“It’s even crazier to think about now, given the situation in the past few months — losing Kobe and David Stern,” Paul said. “It would’ve been special. I talk about it at some points. Me and Kobe actually got on the phone and talked about this and that. Me and my brother were about to get on a flight to L.A. There are times when I think, ‘This would’ve been (special),’ but I can’t get caught up in that. It all worked out.”

Had Paul joined the Lakers, they would have been a serious problem in the Western Conference for many years. Instead, Paul went to the Clippers and eventually the Houston Rockets before being dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Regardless, it’s fun to imagine what could have been.

Kanye West Stops To Listen To Aspiring Rapper Spit Bars

Kanye West gave an aspiring rapper the time day on Wednesday, as he stopped on the street to give the hopeful artist’s music a listen. In a video shared by the Daily Mail, Ye can be seen out and about in Calabasas, California. The clip does not capture the moment that the young man approached Ye, but it does show the Jesus Is Born artist bopping along to his tunes coming out  a smart speaker. The aspiring rapper spits over the music he’s playing, and Ye seems to show his approval. Toward the end the footage, Kanye receives a gift some sort from the fan, and it appears as though the aspiring rapper gives Ye’s associate his phone number. Watch part the interaction take place below, or click here for the full video.

This is certainly not the first time that Kanye has taken the time to listen to a hopeful artist’s work, and he’s proved that doing so can lead to finding future superstars. Most notably, Ye first discovered Big Sean’s talents back in 2006 when the then-unsigned rapper approached Ye outside a radio station in Detroit and rapped for him. The interaction ultimately led to Sean’s deal with Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label. 

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Ye also assisted another artist, Cameron Grey, with his debut album after Cameron freestyled for him outside the House Blues in L.A. in 2015. Will this mystery man be the next artist that Ye blesses with a music career?

Anghami Says They're Juggling Multiple Investment and Acquisition Offers

Anghami, the leading music-streaming service for residents of North Africa and the Middle East, claims to be fielding multiple equity-investment offers and acquisition proposals.

In a recent interview, Anghami co-founder Elie Habib confirmed  that his company is evaluating investment and buyout bids. Specifically, Habib said that Anghami has “been approached by multiple parties” and that he and other company officials are “contemplating” the suggested agreements.

However, while Habib made clear that he is open to closing a buyout deal, he also said, “We’re not going to sell out just to sell out,” before reiterating that potential purchasers must be committed to assuring the platform’s long-term success.

Lastly, Habib stated that he and Eddy Maroun (Anghami’s co-founder and CEO) are in no hurry to sell, as their streaming service is one of the few to have already achieved profitability.

With approximately 73 million users and 31 million songs to its credit, Anghami has reportedly been offered somewhere around $400 million to sell. The brand was founded in 2012 and, as the first legal music streaming service in the Arab world, has inked a number of high-profile, growth-minded deals.

The region’s independent record companies quickly jumped at the opportunity to promote their songs to millions of listeners, as did the Big Three record labels.

The Lebanon-based company then reached agreements with cell phone service providers (who were eager to form partnerships and to cut back on piracy) and other media brands, gaining additional popularity as the Middle Eastern and Northern African music industries grew. (For instance, Anghami has been prominently featured on Arab Idol.)

Like Spotify, Anghami offers both free and paid versions; the latter comes ad-free and allows users to download songs and play them offline, in addition to importing music from non-Anghami sources.

Earlier this month, it was  that India’s largest music streaming service, Gaana, had secured over 150 million subscribers and a top position in the country. All signs indicate that emerging markets are becoming increasingly lucrative for streaming services, though global heavyweights like Spotify and Apple Music are struggling to establish front-running positions.

ESPN Analyst Suspended For Calling Baker Mayfield A Midget

ESPN Cleveland analyst Tony Grossi has been suspended indefinitely following comments he made about Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. During a discussion about the league’s QBs, Grossi referred to Mayfield as a “fucking midget” when he thought he was f the air but a hot microphone picked up every word he said.

You can hear the slip up at the tail end the video embedded below.

Grossi got under Mayfield’s skin last October when he questioned the QB about one the Browns’ pointless drives in their loss to the New England Patriots. At the time, Mayfield lashed out, “That’s the dumbest question you could ask. What? Jesus, Tony.”

ESPN Cleveland issued the following statement regarding Grossi’s comments on Tuesday.

“The term Tony used is a derogatory slur to describe Little People. Good Karma Brands will not tolerate derogatory language that demeans others or groups people,” the company said Tuesday in a media release.

“We are addressing this matter with Tony directly, and while we normally do not comment on personnel matters, we do want to share that we have made the decision to immediately and indefinitely suspend Tony Grossi. In addition, we will pursue sensitivity and inclusion training for everyone on our content teams across our company,” Good Karma Brands stated.

For what it’s worth, Mayfield is listed as 6’1.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield Accused Of Cheating On Wife

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is accused cheating on his wife with a 20-year old Ohio woman, who claims she hooked up with the newly married man in the parking lot a Cheesecake Factory. Kacie Dingess alleges that she first caught Mayfield’s attention when she sent him a Snapchat video from a preseason tailgate party back in August, a month after Baker and Emily Mayfield tied the knot.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield Accused Of Cheating On Wife

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During an interview with Cleveland radio show “Rover’s Morning Glory” earlier this month, Dingess described in detail how she and Mayfield exchanged photos online before ultimately arranging a meet up. She also showed the radio hosts nude photos that Baker allegedly sent her.

“He kept texting me, saying like, ‘Send me pictures’ and blah, blah, blah,” she claimed (H/T US Magazine). “We were texting for a while, and then he was like, ‘OK, come see me.’ So I got in my car and I drove all the way to Westlake, and it was like behind Cheesecake Factory in some weird development parking lot. And so he texted me when I was on my way there and he was like, ‘You have to leave your phone in the car.’”

Once inside Mayfield’s SUV, Dingess claims that the two hopped in the backseat and she performed oral on him.

“When] I left, I was like, ‘Good doing business with you’ — like, joking around,” she recounted (H/T US Magazine). “And he was like, ‘Don’t say that!’ And I was like, ‘I’m just kidding.’ And then I lost my Juul in his car and we had to look for that for a few minutes. He was like, ‘OK, well, drive safe,’ and I was like, ‘OK, see ya.’”

So if this incident did actually occur, why is she coming forward now? She explained to the radio hosts that Mayfield blocked her on twitter, which led her to out him as a cheater. 

Alicia Keys Performs ‘Moonlight Sonata’ at Kobe Bryant Tribute

In addition to Beyoncé, Alicia Keys performed a musical tribute to Kobe Bryant at Monday’s “Celebration of Life.”

The Grammy-winning songstress took the stage at L.A.’s Staples Center to perform Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No. 14,” also known as “Moonlight Sonata.” Dressed in a satin purple jacket, Keys delivered the powerful performance while seated at the piano.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka revealed that Kobe taught himself to play the classical composition to show his love for Vanessa. “While he was away, he wanted to live in his love for Vanessa so at night under the moonlit sky, he vowed to teach himself by ear to play the first movement of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata,’” said Pelinka. “When he told me this, I thought, ‘There’s no way!’… That next morning, Kobe called and played me the first few measures. The next morning, more. By the end of the week, he had the entire piece mastered, and he played it for me over the phone without a mistake.”

“Moonlight Sonata” had special meaning to both Vanessa and Kobe. “Vanessa, when you told me the Moonlight Sonata is such a beautiful part of your love story bc Kobe vowed to learn it for you, I was speechless,” tweeted Keys, who sampled the song on “Piano & I” off her 2011 debut Songs in A Minor. “I felt the depth of your love for each other & your girls with every note I played today. The love between u lights up the world.”

Keys previously paid tribute to Kobe at last month’s Grammys, just hours after he, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash. She joined Boyz II Men for a performance of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye.”

Beyoncé opened Monday’s memorial with a medley of “XO” and “Halo,” while Christina Aguilera performed “Ave Maria” in Italian. Friends including Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Jimmy Kimmel took the stage to remember the Lakers legend throughout the two-hour “Celebration of Life.”

Vanessa also delivered a moving tribute to her husband and daughter Gigi. “God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other,” said the mother of four. “He had to bring them home to heaven together.”

Spotify, Pandora Could Be Default Options on the Apple HomePod

A new report suggests Apple is considering opening its HomeSpot speaker to rivals like Spotify and Pandora.

Bloomberg reports that Apple is discussing letting users choose third-party applications as their defaults. The move is likely a response to a Spotify suing Apple in Europe for favoring apps from its own ecosystem.

Microsoft faced something similar in the first Browser War in the ’90s with Internet Explorer. The EU eventually slapped Microsoft with a $732M fine over failure to implement the mandated ‘browser choice’ option. More recently, the European Commission hit Google with a record $5 billion fine for anti-competitive behavior.

Apple wants to avoid getting the same treatment from the EU regarding anti-competitive behavior.

If the report is accurate, this is the first time since the App Store launched in 2008 that users could choose their own default apps. Many app developers have complained that it makes it hard to compete on iOS. Some companies like Sonos are getting lawmaker’s attention by testifying to House panels.

“Today’s dominant companies have so much power across such a broad array of markets and continue to leverage that power to expand into new markets that we need to rethink existing laws and policies,” Sonos CEO Patrick Spence back in January.

Opening the HomePod ecosystem to new default music apps is another move to address anti-trust concerns. After lawmakers pressed the issue on allowing iOS users to change their browser, maps, email, and music apps – it may be happening.

Being the default music player for HomePod speakers means automatic growth for Apple Music as users adopt the ecosystem.

Apple’s products have always been a closed ecosystem – it’s a complaint users have had for users. The move means users can have a different default music player than Apple Music on the HomePod.  It’s something both Google and Amazon allow on their smart speaker ecosystems – and have since launch.

Are the Rumored Apple StudioPods Coming Soon?

The long-rumored Apple StudioPods, over-the-ear headphones may be launching soon.

A new retail listing for Target may give some clues about the headphones. A new listing dubbed “Apple AirPods (X Generation)” has appeared for $399. Tech analyst Jon Prosser says the headphones could launch in March.

The Target listing has three SKUs for the same price. The Apple StudioPods could come in three different color options – likely grey, white, and gold. While Target would not provide any information on the listings, the names are likely temporary.

AirPods X may not be the official name when the product launches later this year.

Beats is currently the only way to get over-the-ear headphones from Apple. Both Beats and Bose headphones are sold in Apple stores across the nation. If the Apple StudioPods is releasing this year, it’s the first time Apple has produced its own branded headphones.

So far, we only have speculation about features that could be included. It’s expected that they will include active noise cancellation – similar to the latest generation . ANC and high fidelity audio may warrant the $399 price tag for Apple StudioPods.

The move would also place Apple in direct competition with itself – pitting Apple StudioPods against Beats Solo Pro.

These leaked retail listings join the rumored release of a cheaper version of AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro Lite is reportedly in manufacturing and will release this year, despite coronavirus outbreak concerns. That outbreak in mainland China is causing supply chain issues for several companies.

Apple, Samsung, Nintendo, and have all confirmed quarantine procedures are impacting their supply lines. That could change which quarter Apple launches the rumored StudioPods, too. For now, it looks like new headphones, new AirPods, a new iPod Touch, and a new 10.5-inch iPad are definitely on the way ‘some time’ this year.

Anthony Davis Recalls How He Found Out About Kobe Bryant’s Passing

Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others passed away in a helicopter accident on January 26th this year. It was shocking news at the time and even a month later, it still doesn’t feel real. Today, the Staples Center will be holding a public memorial for Kobe and Gianna. This memorial will host thousands Lakers fans who are hoping to pay their respects for one final time.

For Lakers players, Kobe’s death was not just a shock but also heartbreaking news that has completely changed the course their season. In a feature with ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Anthony Davis spoke about the moment the Lakers team flight found out about the tragic accident.

So I remove one my headphones, and I look,” Davis said. “And Dwight tells me, ‘Man, Kobe died.’ And me thinking as invincible as Kobe Bryant is, I’m like, ‘Kobe who?’ Because I’m like, that’s not — it’s not Kobe Bryant. And he was like, ‘Kobe.’ And I was like, ‘OK. Kobe who? I’m not sure who you’re talking about.’ And he was like, ‘Kobe Bryant.’ And at this time, Bron is still asleep. So I was like, ‘Wait, what? How? Like, I need details, like, tell me.’ And he was like, ‘Man, helicopter crash.’”

Anthony Davis Recalls How He Found Out About Kobe Bryant's Passing

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Eventually, Lakers players began to wake up and news spread to everyone, including LeBron James. At first, LeBron couldn’t believe what he was being told. His reaction was like many others on the team who were holding out hope that the reports could have been a mistake.

“I remember the first thing Bron said to me was, ‘Man, y’all stop playin’ — like, stop playing with me,’” Davis recalled. “And I’m trying to get on the internet. And Dwight, like, you can see him start crying. He was like, ‘It’s true.’”

Kobe Bryant is perhaps the greatest Lakers player all-time and his impact still lives on. The Lakers will be looking to win the championship for him and as it stands, they have the whole city Los Angeles behind them.

The Weeknd Secures Major Verizon Sponsorship Ahead of World Tour

The Weeknd has inked a major promotional partnership with Verizon, the largest cell phone service provider in America.

According to details emailed by Verizon, the sponsorship deal will center on The Weeknd’s just-announced After Hours Tour. Ticketholders who are enrolled in Verizon Up, Verizon’s rewards program/app, will gain access “to an exclusive stage side experience” with other Verizon Up users. Additionally, The Weeknd will meet with Up-equipped guests at certain concerts, which have not yet been specified.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the agreement is an “exclusive Verizon Up concert from The Weeknd.” Additional details, including a date and location, will be made available later this year.

Speaking of the Verizon agreement, The Weeknd said that “connecting with my fans is paramount,” and that he believes this sponsorship will enable him to become closer with more of his supporters.

The aforementioned side-stage experiences will be available only during The Weeknd’s U.S. concerts. Verizon Up is free to download for Verizon Wireless subscribers.

The North American leg of The Weeknd’s After Hours Tour is set to initiate on June 11th, with a concert in the artist’s home country. Following two additional shows in Canada, The Weeknd is scheduled to tour the U.S. into the start of September. After a brief break from the road, the 30-year-old will make his way to Europe for a series of performances in October and November.

Ticketmaster customers will be able to access the After Hour Tour’s pre-sale tickets next Tuesday, February 25th, at 10 AM EST (7 AM PST). Notably, a few locations’ tickets won’t be made available until February 28th.

The Weeknd’s fourth album, After Hours, will drop on March 20th. Three of the 14-track work’s songs—“Heartless,” “Blinding Lights,” and “After Hours”—have been released as singles.