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Elon Musk: 'Major improvements to Autopilot' coming with 8.0 update

Tesla cars are going to get a big update soon. 

CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter that he will announce details about the company's next software update on Wednesday. 

Musk also said that Tesla's software update 8.0 will include big improvements in Autopilot. 

Major improvements to Autopilot coming with V8.0 and 8.1 software (std OTA update) primarily through advanced processing of radar signals

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 31, 2016

 "Major improvements to Autopilot coming with V8.0 and 8.1 software (std OTA update) primarily through advanced processing of radar signals," Musk said. 

We need to do one more minor rev on 8.0 and then will go to wide release in a few weeks

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 31, 2016

Samsung is delaying shipments of the Galaxy Note 7 following reports of exploding batteries

Samsung is delaying shipments of its latest phone, the Galaxy Note 7, for quality testing, the company told Reuters Wednesday.

Samsung wouldn't comment on what kind of quality testing, but there have been scattered reports that some Galaxy Note 7 batteries are exploding, according to the Korea Herald. A Samsung spokesperson was not available for additional comment.

It's unclear how many units are being delayed or how if current Note 7 phones, which went on sale earlier this month, will be affected.

The Galaxy Note 7 received glowing reviews from just about everyone. It's the best Android phone you can buy, and the most beautiful phone ever made. However, if the battery issue spreads, that could be a big problem for Samsung's otherwise successful launch.

How people managed to get their hands on the next PlayStation before it's even announced

If you go to a GameStop, Best Buy, or your local Walmart, this is the PlayStation 4 you'll find there for sale:

That's the only PlayStation 4 that exists. Or at least that's what we thought until last week, when a slimmer, round-edged PlayStation 4 started popping up in online gaming forums. This is the so-called PlayStation 4 Slim:

Make no mistake: This is the real deal.

Sony hasn't officially announced it, nor has the company even responded to request for comment. But it's very much real, and expected to get an official debut on September 7 — Sony's holding a "PlayStation Meeting" press event (which Business Insider is attending).

So, how do we know it's real?

A few days after this one popped up from a Twitter user named "

That 'interesting' and possibly alien radio signal probably came from our own planet

Earlier this week, astronomers were puzzling over an allegedly powerful burst of energy that seems to have emanated from the star HD 164595, located some 94 light-years away in the constellation Hercules.

"An international team of researchers has announced the detection of 'a strong signal in the direction of HD164595,'" book author Paul Gilster wrote at his blog Centauri Dreams, noting that a Russian radio telescope called RATAN-600 detected the signal on May 15, 2015.

The signal's Russian discoverers urged the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) to take a long, hard look at HD 164595.

And, as Business Insider previously reported, that's exactly what the organization started doing Sunday night.

"We looked last night with

Here's what's at the center of the universe in 'No Man's Sky'

Warning: Major spoilers ahead for "No Man's Sky." Obviously.

When I meet new people and tell them I write about video games for a living, they immediately bring up one of two things: Pokémon Go or "No Man's Sky." They're the two games that seem to have captured the imaginations of those who otherwise don't follow the gaming industry that closely.

The idea of exploring a vast and nearly infinite number of planets is undoubtedly an exciting premise for a video game, but there's one other thing that's kept people interested in "No Man's Sky" — the mystery of exactly what's at the center of the universe. In just about every bit of marketing for "No Man's Sky," completing this journey is touted as the ultimate goal of the game.

Well, for those of you who are curious about it but don't have the hours to pour in, here's exactly what happens when you get there.

You enter a new...

Amazon is growing its shipping network an absurd amount — and that could be bad news for FedEx (amzn)

Amazon has grown a tremendous amount over the years.

Bloomberg's Devin Leonard reports that Amazon's annual revenue in 2010 was $34 billion. As of last year, that grew to $107 billion. The number of employees has also grown tremendously from 33,700 workers in 2010 to 268,900 as of June.

Gene Munster, an internet industry analyst at Piper Jaffray, told Bloomberg that Amazon is expected to sell 7.2 billion items this year. By 2020, that number is expected to grow to 12.6 billion items.

But getting that kind of growth isn't cheap, and involves heavy investment in transportation. Amazon spent $11.5 billion on shipping last year — that's twice what the company spent two years ago. 

A crucial scene in the last episode of 'Stranger Things' almost didn't happen

"Stranger Things" producer-director Shawn Levy couldn't be prouder of the fact that audiences have become obsessed with the Netflix show just as it is.

But when he talked to Business Insider on Tuesday, he revealed how an important moment in the finale of the first season almost didn't happen — and without it, we'd be going into the just-announced season two with different implications.

At the close of chapter eight, "The Upside Down," police chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) brings food from his station's Christmas party and leaves it in a box in the woods, along with a few Eggos. The short but crucial moment indicates that Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), the girl with psychokinetic abilities that saved the town from a monster and who has since vanished, could still be alive.

But according to Levy, in the original script, Hopper does not leave Eggos.

Bill Nye is getting his own Netflix show that's going to bust common science myths

Bill Nye is returning to television with a talk show at Netflix, "Bill Nye Saves the World."

It's set to debut in spring 2017.

According to a press release on Wednesday, the show will "tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispel myths, and refute anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders, or titans of industry."

“Since the start of the 'Science Guy' show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” Nye said in a statement.

Here's everything we know so far about 'Stranger Things' season 2

Netflix has announced that its hit series "Stranger Things" is returning for a second season in 2017. But fans still have a lot of open questions about where the plot will go.

So who's coming back? What new thrills do show creators Matt and Ross Duffer have in store for us? And are we returning to the Upside Down?

The brothers have thrown out some hints.

Here's everything we know so far about season two.

Season two will pick up a year later.

Though the Duffers thought about starting the story a full decade after the events of season one, they decided to stay close to what we saw unfold.

"There’s still things that are unresolved," Ross Duffer told

Behold! This is now the thinnest laptop in the world

Thin laptops are good. Though they aren’t powerhouses, they’ve gotten stronger as the years have passed, and they’ve always taken a load off your back while you’re on the go.

A laptop as thin as the Acer Swift 7, however, is going for opulence as much as convenience.

It’s not just slim — it is, as of this writing, the slimmest laptop in the world, measuring 0.39 inches at its thinnest point. That beats out HP’s Spectre from earlier this year, and makes it the first notebook to crack the sub-centimeter mark.