Tech

This Bluetooth Attack Can Steal a Tesla Model X in Minutes
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The company is rolling out a patch for the vulnerabilities, which allowed one researcher to break into one in 90 seconds and drive away.

The Code That Controls Your Money
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COBOL is a coding language older than Weird Al Yankovic. The people who know how to use it are often just as old. It underpins the entire financial system. And it can’t be removed. How a computer language controls the financial life of the world.

Dropbox saved almost $75 million over two years by building its own tech infrastructure
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After making the decision to roll its own infrastructure and reduce its dependence on Amazon Web Services, Dropbox reduced its operating costs by $74.6 million over the next two years…

Windows 10 is now nagging users with full screen Microsoft Edge ads
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In production builds, Microsoft is A/B testing a new ‘feature’ that is designed to nag users with fullscreen window-less Microsoft Edge recommendations in the OOBE screen. The nag will appear when users set up their PC, sign in to their system after applying updates, or when they click on a new ad banner within the …

BMW's electric future-scooter is going to production within months
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BMW's wacky Concept Link electric scooter from 2017 is within a few months of becoming a super futuristic-looking production bike, and this new Definition CE 04 is the last time we'll see it without mirrors and a license plate.

Your Computer Isn't Yours
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On modern versions of macOS, you simply can’t power on your computer, launch a text editor or eBook reader, and write or read, without a log of your activity being transmitted and stored.

Disney unveiled an animatronic robot with the same gaze as humans built to create 'the illusion of life'
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The robot can mimic human-like actions like tilting its head, blinking, saccade, and breathing to name a few functions.

Silk Road bitcoins worth $1bn change hands after seven years
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Funds have lain dormant since darknet site founder Ross Ulbricht was jailed in 2013

People Are Jailbreaking Used Teslas to Get the Features They Expect
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Tesla is getting more aggressive in revoking paid software features on used cars, raising the stakes in a battle over what used Teslas can do that has raged for years.

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator
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A secret experiment in 2007 proved that hackers could devastate power grid equipment beyond repair—with a file no bigger than a gif.

Sony Unveils 'Spatial Reality Display' with Eye-tracking for Glasses-free 3D Viewing
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Sony recently unveiled Spatial Reality Display, a 15.6-inch 4K panel that includes both eye-tracking and embedded lenticular lens array so users can view 3D content with the naked eye. In contrast to the $3,000 Looking Glass Holographic Monitor, which is decidedly much chunkier due to its optical array and light field rendering tech, Sony’s Spatial …

Apple iPhone 12: The chip advance set to make smartphones smarter
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A chip-making process pioneered in the Netherlands will let smartphones take the next leap forward.

Apple debuts iPhone 12 family, focusing on 5G and 5nm chips
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The 2020 iPhone family combines the world's most compact mobile processors with the fastest cellular technology, all within refreshed but familiar casings.

Retro Games, the maker of TheC64 teases an Amiga 500 for 2021
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Retro Games, the maker of TheC64, has posted a teaser announcing a mysterious new system release for 2021. No details are known yet, but it makes sense to release a mini/classic version.

Was the Librem 5 Dogwood worth the wait?
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The phone is not quite ready yet but this iteration looks promising.

US readying antitrust lawsuit against Google search engine: Report
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The US is not alone in its concern, but had not pursued action against the company since early investigations in 2013

Kiwi ingenuity paves the way for safer drone flying
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Amidst growing concern that recreational drones may pose a danger to manned aircraft, Kiwi drone and RC model enthusiast Bruce Simpson has come up with a valuable new piece of technology to ensure that this risk is minimised. The small hand-held device uses the ADSB transmissions from manned aircraft to alert drone and model fliers […]