Tesla has gone into reverse gear and relaunched its referral program.After ditching the scheme in February because of spiraling costs, the Elon Musk-led automaker on Tuesday announced a new referral program designed to encourage current Tesla owners to sing the praises of its electric cars.Going forward, each time someone purchases a new Tesla using your referral code, you’ll receive free Supercharging worth 1,000 miles — that’ll get you from Los Angeles to Seattle, or from New York City to Orlando (though you’ll have to pay to come back again).If that’s left you feeling a little underwhelmed, then how about a chance to win a Tesla?That’s right, you’ll also have your name thrown in the hat for a chance to win a limited edition Model Y — Tesla’s recently unveiled mid-size electric SUV — with draws taking place monthly.An additional quarterly draw offers a limited-edition Roadster as the prize.
An undisclosed number of Nokia 7 Plus smartphones have been caught sending their identification numbers to a domain owned by a Chinese telecom firm.The handsets spaffed the data in clear text over the internet to a server behind the domain vnet.cn, which appears to be owned by China Telecom.The HTTP POST requests from the devices included IMEI numbers, SIM numbers, and MAC identifiers, which can be potentially used to identify and track the cellphones.According to HMD Global, which bought the Nokia phone business from Microsoft in 2016, a limited number of Nokia devices have been communicating by mistake to "a third party server.""We have analyzed the case at hand and have found that our device activation client meant for another country was mistakenly included in the software package of a single batch of Nokia 7 Plus," an HMD Global spokesperson explained to The Register in an email."Due to this mistake, these devices were erroneously trying to send device activation data to a third party server."
Last night, Facebook revealed that it found a flaw in January in its systems that stored user passwords in plain text, which meant that anyone who had access to them could read those passwords without having to decrypt them.The vulnerability impacts “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users.”What’s more shocking is that, according to cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs, in some instances, the company has been storing these passwords without securing them since 2012.The report also noted that because of the flaw, nearly 20,000 Facebook employees had access to the plaintext passwords of between 200 million and 600 million users, in a searchable form.However, Krebs explained that only 2,000 developers ran queries that rifled through these passwords:My Facebook insider said access logs showed some 2,000 engineers or developers made approximately nine million internal queries for data elements that contained plain text user passwords.
Bitmain Set to Deploy $80 Million Worth of Bitcoin Miners, Sources Say – CoinDeskWhat happened: Chinese cryptocurrency mining giant Bitmain is reportedly planning to deploy up to 200,000 units of mining equipment in China, according to mining farm operators who are familiar with the plan.Bitmain has reportedly been in talks and started making deals with mining farms in China’s southwestern provinces to host the mining equipment.The company is reportedly looking to benefit from the low-cost hydroelectric power in the region during the summer.The deployment is conservatively estimated to cost between $80 million and $100 million.Why it’s important: The decision to scale up its mining capability comes a few months after the mining giant shuttered a number of its overseas offices, including those in Israel and Amsterdam, amid the crypto market slump last year.
One of the fringe benefits of having an electric car is that for the most part, they require much less maintenance than a comparable vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine.Tesla is taking advantage of this after crunching the data on the last few years of service and vehicle data by moving away from a recommended yearly service program to one that only requires vehicles to come in when parts need to be replaced.This probably sounds crazy if you've never spent a significant amount of time with an electric vehicle, but think about it like this: What are the most common service items on your ICE-powered car?Oil changes, brakes and tires.Add in things like accessory belts and timing belts that degrade with use and heat and all of a sudden you have a pretty full maintenance schedule.An EV doesn't have engine oil to change, nor do the motors produce the same kind of heat that gasoline or diesel-powered engines do.
The fanfare over the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy Fold may be over, but it seems that Samsung may yet have one more big thing coming in a few weeks.Unlike the 2018 Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9, the Galaxy A90 continues to be an interesting mystery.At least one mystery may have already been solved, though, and we have Samsung to thank for that.For a brief moment, a small footnote on its Galaxy A series confirms that the upcoming mid-range phone will, indeed, bear a “notchless infinity screen”.This is the first time we’ve heard Samsung use that term.It already trademarked the Infinity-O name that it used for the Galaxy S10.
Gaming hardware maker Razer seems to be sending some fans mixed signals.It reportedly shuttered and reshuffled its employees away from its mobile division, causing concern over the future of the Razer Phone line.Now it has announced a partnership with Tencent, best known for publishing PUBG and Honor of Kings (a.k.a.Arena of Valor) to optimize the latter’s games for the former’s hardware.That, of course, has mobile gamers speculating that all hope is not lost and that a Razer Phone 3 might indeed be coming soon.Details of the partnership are unsurprisingly generic.
That's a big part of why the company this week launched Epic Online Services, which will let video game developers easily create games that include cross-play across PCs, consoles, and smartphones.Sweeney says that it's all based on tech that Epic came up with itself for "Fortnite," and indeed, the success of that game has allowed the company to reinvest in Unreal Engine and the Epic Games Store, businesses that serve outside developers.Epic is making a big push towards helping other developers succeed, pro bono, because Sweeney says what's good for the industry is good for the company.Last year, Epic Games successfully convinced Sony to allow players of its smash-hit game "Fortnite" to battle each other across PlayStation and Xbox— a big win, given that Sony had publicly resisted this so-called cross-play.I think the cross-platform experience ... companies throughout the industry are not taking advantage of that yet.More than just a player-friendly feature that encourages more people to spend more time with more games, he says cross-play is a small part of a much bigger trend in video games that many are overlooking.
Millions of unencrypted Facebook passwords were accessible by more than 20,000 employees, the social media giant has admitted.A data protection failure going back as far as 2012 saw up to 600m passwords stored in plain text, according to security researcher Brian Krebs.The company said it will notify “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram Users” about the breach.Facebook added that the security failure, which was discovered by the firm in January, had not been internally abused by employees, and that the passwords were not visible to anyone outside of the company.In a statement the company said: “As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems.“This caught our attention because our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable.
SAN FRANCISCO—This year's Game Developers Conference saw two game makers emerge with a possible chapter in a future dystopian sci-fi novel: the story of making money by letting robots do the work.The other, Ziba Scott, had put together a fine mobile-friendly puzzle game, Girls Like Robots.They teamed up during the 2013 Global Game Jam to push something out that resembled the "race to the bottom" they saw on mobile platforms.“A portal to a better world”With that slot-creation template set, the team automated the process of feeding information to Google Play (a much easier marketplace to exploit than iOS at the time) and creating publicly available freeware slot machine apps with ads.The duo could feed a single slot-machine keyword into their combined scripts, which took "a few hours" in all to build, then watch on a "ghost monitor" as its system faked like a human, clicked every appropriate checkbox, picked every country, agreed to every terms-of-service agreement, and filled in every appropriate text box—then took the auto-generated slot machine and uploaded it for anyone to play.
Sometimes you look at a piece of fan art and think, “No, that has to be professional.” This is one of those times.The below art is by Kirk Manley who, yes, is a professional artist but also does fan art for all kinds of pop culture on the side.He sent us some of his work highlighting four recent Marvel movies and they kind of floored us.Manley’s style is a beautiful mix of energy and colour that really brings these well-known characters to life.And that’s not even the half of it.Over on his homepage and on his Deviant Art page, Manley has lots more stunning work from the worlds of comic books, history, music, and more.
CD Projekt Red has confirmed it still plans to release two AAA titles by 2021.While we know one of these titles will definitely be dystopian RPG Cyberpunk 2077, we're still in the dark about what the second title could be.This release window was reaffirmed on the official CD Projekt Red forums, with moderator Donata Popławska confirming the studio is sticking to its original roadmap."As far as the strategy of the CD Projekt Capital Group for 2016-2021 is concerned, its plans to release the second AAA game by 2021 remain unchanged," the moderator wrote (translated via Resetera user Antiax).However, Popławska did not expand on what the second AAA title to be released in this time frame could be."We are currently focusing on the production and promotion of Cyberpunk, so we do not want to comment on further projects," they continued.
WASHINGTON, March 21, 2019 -- In 1871, Dimitri Mendeleev presented his periodic table to the world.Many of the current 118 elements were missing, and he left placeholders for those yet to be discovered.Each element has a unique story of scientific discovery.This week on Reactions, we're honoring Women's History Month during this International Year of the Periodic Table.And we are sharing the story of two of chemistry's most brilliant and bold women, their paths to elemental discovery and how they changed the world as we know it: https://youtu.be/Zv8jECGdZAY.Reactions is a video series produced by the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios.
The University of Luxembourg and the Goodyear Innovation Center in Luxembourg have launched a new research project that studies the use of Near-Field Communication (NFC) in automotive safety systems.The four-year research project has the potential to initiate major innovations in the automotive sector.It is funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) and Goodyear.Near-Field Communication, a promising technologyNear-Field communication is poised to fundamentally change the automotive sector."NFC is a form of short-range wireless communication that relies on electric and magnetic fields generated around a transmitting antenna.
But they often operate only within a restricted current range.Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich physicists have now developed an organic transistor that functions perfectly under both low and high currents.Transistors are semiconductor devices that control voltage and currents in electrical circuits.In the field of inorganic semiconductors, dimensions below 100 nanometers are already standard.In addition, their performance with regard to charge-carrier transport is considerably worse.They can easily be printed on an industrial scale, the material costs are lower, and they can be transparently applied to flexible surfaces.
The 10-section report will “help business leaders understand that cyber risk should be managed the same way as any other business risk,” Minister David Lidington said to FTSE 350 CEOs at the Cabinet Office today.The good news: a methodical approach to ensuring security can remove low-hanging fruit; the vast majority of attacks are still based upon well known techniques, and even sophisticated attackers start with the simplest and cheapest options.The key thing to understand about cyber security defences is that they need to be layered and include a range of measures, from technology solutions to user education to effective policies.It is critical meanwhile that Board members understand and follow their organisation’s security policies.Section 2: Embedding Cybersecurity Into your StructureA cyberattack brings with it operational risk, legal risk, and financial risk.
A reference to Apple's AirPower wireless charger has appeared in the code of the company's Australian website.AirPower was announced in 2017 but has yet to launch due to technical issues, reports have indicated.An AirPower launch would come after Apple made several other surprise hardware announcements this week ahead of a March 25th event at Steve Jobs Theater, where it's expected to unveil a video streaming service and subscription news service.Apple has yet to make any announcements regarding the availability of its AirPower wireless charging mat.But a recently discovered reference in the code on Apple's Australian website indicates that could be changing soon.A reference to AirPower is included in the code on Apple's Australian website, which Twitter user Michael Bateman discovered on Thursday.
For at least a few months now, we’ve been hearing rumors of an upcoming all-digital Xbox One S. This rumored console is said to ship without a disc drive, which would essentially make it the entry-level machine for the Xbox One family.Today, we’re getting a glimpse at what its box art could look like, along with a rumored launch date for the console.Earlier this month, Windows Central reported that the Xbox One S All-Digital, as it’s supposedly called, could be revealed as early as next month.Apparently, Microsoft is gearing up for an Inside Xbox reveal at some point in April.It doesn’t sound like there will be a long period of time before reveal and launch either, as a new report today claims the new console will release in early May.More specifically, Windows Central is again the source of today’s rumor, saying that it expects the Xbox One S All-Digital to launch on May 7, 2019.
My son and I had taken Amtrak to upstate New York for a weekend of cheap skiing.Over the course of the weekend, they unfolded twisting stories of personal ingenuity and foul cyber deeds that were as Victorian as turrets and spindles.A year later, Operation Firewall ended up nabbing Shadowcrew, the notorious ring of hacker blackhats who stole over 40 million credit and debit card numbers from people like Paris Hilton.Angela’s tale of derring-do included: a ghostly and menacing visitor to the B who spoke in code and was obsessed with the Alamo; a shoe bomber; a sting operation that involved webcams and trickery; and one actually genuine hacker, Albert Gonzalez.I can’t say it didn’t cross my mind, but later I ran her story by E. J. Hilbert, a security expert who had been part of Operation Firewall, and he confirmed she had supplied the investigation with “cool details,” though he hadn’t worked with her directly.Because Ben and I didn’t have a car, Angela gave us the number of a local one-woman car service to give us a lift to the train station.
The hole-punch on the new Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup might not be as obnoxious as a notch.But, in case you wanted to hide it anyway, there’s now an app that collects creative wallpapers designed to camouflage the phone‘s camera cutout.As spotted by Android Police, Hidey Hole essentially scrapes Reddit for hole-punch wallpapers and stacks them in one place, so you can comfortably choose from a wide range to trick out your S10.What’s especially nifty is the app also lets you adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation settings for each image.There’s one catch though: you need to have an S10 to download the app (that’s also the reason why our broke asses couldn’t test out Hidey Hole).The cutout wallpaper trend first picked up earlier in March, when users took to Reddit to share images designed to hide the S10‘s hole-punch.