More than 20,000 Linksys wireless routers are regularly leaking full historic records of every device that has ever connected to them, including devices' unique identifiers, names, and the operating systems they use.Independent researcher Troy Mursch said the leak is the result of a persistent flaw in almost three dozen models of Linksys routers.It took about 25 minutes for the Binary Edge search engine of Internet-connected devices to find 21,401 vulnerable devices on Friday.A scan earlier in the week found 25,617.Exploiting the flaw requires only a few lines of code that harvest every MAC address, device name, and operating system that has ever connected to each of them.The flaw allows snoops or hackers to assemble disparate pieces of information that most people assume aren’t public.
Telecoms.com periodically invites third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues.One of the biggest reasons for going full MVNO has been the ability to switch wholesale partner easily to chase better commercials.However, the rate of change in our industry, particularly technological change, is bringing the tried and tested concepts into review.One of the biggest challenges is getting the right settings onto handsets as the model has changed so much over the years.Traditionally all the settings needed to use a mobile service were stored in the SIM.This is no longer the case, and there’s increasing reliance on settings being pre-populated in direct and market sourced devices across the board.
The email marketing company Mailchimp has announced that it will soon expand beyond email to offer a full marketing platform aimed at SMBs.The new platform will feature a number of new products including technology to record and track customer leads, ad retargeting on Facebook and Instagram, social media management and the ability to purchase domains and build websites.Mailchimp will even provide its users with businesses intelligence that leverages AI to provide recommendations on how and when to market to potential customers.The company is also changing its pricing by moving from three tiers to four and new customers can sign up for its free plan or pay either $9.99, $14.99 or up to $299 per month with its plans scaling depending on usage and features.If you're already a Mailchimp customer, don't worry as existing paid users will be able to continue using their plans with the option to move to the new packages at any time.Mailchimp's expansion is part of a larger effort to widen its scope by building more serviettes for the small-business segment which is typically overlooked by larger firms.
A lot of the kinks in virtual reality hardware and software have been ironed out, and Valve has decided to jump into the front end of the current generation of immersive experiences with the Index VR head-mounted display.The original reveal of the Valve Index included plans to reveal more in May, but we have a price and official release date a bit sooner.The Valve Index will ship June 28 and the complex VR kit with the headset, controllers, and two base stations will cost $1,000.Individually, you can get the Valve Index VR HMD for $500.The controllers are $280, and you can get them bundled with the Index for $750 to save a few bucks.The Valve Index Base Station’s price is $150 and is compatible with any headset with support for SteamVR 2.0 like the Index and HTC Vive Pro.
That teaser didn’t come with any significant information on capabilities or hardware requirements, but it did suggest that we could look forward to learning more in May.With May now just around the corner, Valve announced today that the headset will go up for pre-order tomorrow.As it turns out, the Index is targeting the high-end VR segment – while other companies might be looking for ways to make VR less expensive (or at least more accessible), the Valve Index is a high-end headset with a high-end price tag.The difference between the Index and other VR headsets, Valve claims, is in its “optimized pixel layout,” which serves up 50% more subpixels than OLED.This, in turn, leads to a better fill than OLED, which reduces the screen door effect that plague some VR games.Valve doesn’t claim that the screen door effect is gone entirely in the Index, but any reduction will certainly help with immersion.
Shiok Meats, a Singapore startup that makes lab-grown shrimp, has raised US$ 4.6 million in seed funding from various investors, announced co-founder and CEO Sandhya Sriram.The “clean meat” company will use the money for research and development and to hire more engineers.According to a report in Forbes, the company will scale production over the next two to three years, enabling Shiok Meats to deliver its products globally.The Forbes report also pointed out that shrimp is often peeled by slave laborers.In addition, consumers could risk exposure to food-borne diseases, harmful chemicals, or microplastics.Support quality journalism and content.
It would seem that Samsung aimed to remove certain Galaxy Fold articles and features from the web this week.Since we are a news publication that aims to benefit not only readers, but discerning consumers and early adopters of new technology, it’s become time to have a chat.We strive to inform you, the reader and the consumer, about the many positive and negative aspects of devices like the Galaxy Fold as in-depth as possible, whenever it makes sense to do so.Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to go too in-depth simply because, for example, it doesn’t always matter which kind of screws hold a phone together.They explain there that they’ve been asked to remove the teardown until they’re able to get a final retail version of the device, assuming the device’s perceived flaws are fixed.Google Glass “became the poster-child for wearables’ intrusion on privacy” and failed to become a consumer product worth owning.
So how did the company decide how much computing power would be sufficient?“I wouldn’t say it is perfect,” said Trip Chowdhry, managing director at Global Equities Research.At one point, the car didn’t recognize a turn arrow on a traffic light, and it was notably hesitant at a four-way stop, he adds, although most of the time the driving was impressive.That experience sounds on par for the herky-jerky world of self-driving car prototypes.Alphabet division Waymo is widely seen as the technological leader, but its launch of a driverless taxi service in Phoenix last year was muted.The vehicles have safety drivers sitting at the wheel, and are not available to the general public.
A large portion of Monday's Tesla Autonomy Investor Day was spent showing off the company's new-ish (it's been out of development for a year and a half, according to Musk) Full Self-Driving chip and the system into which it has been built.Tesla CEO Elon Musk lavished praise on the chip design and compared it with Nvidia's Drive Xavier system.Nvidia doesn't seem to be especially thrilled with that.In a blog post published on Tuesday, Nvidia called out Musk's comments as being inaccurate and maybe slightly unfair.The comments to which Nvidia refers involved the dual-chip Tesla system and its ability to perform 144 trillion operations per second (TOPS); Musk said it far outperformed Drive Xavier's 30 TOPS.Nvidia replied by pointing out that Drive Xavier is a single chip system designed to power advanced driver assistance systems and not fully autonomous cars.
Most details about the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro have been rumored ahead of their expected May 14 launch, but the latest specs leak is perhaps the most detailed yet, covering almost every aspect of the upcoming phones.According to @Samsung_News_, the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G will both have a 6.7-inch 1440 x 3120 screen with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 90Hz refresh rate.The camera setup, meanwhile, is said to be a triple-lens array, with a 48MP main lens sporting both optical and electronic image stabilization, and an f/1.6 aperture.That’s supposedly alongside an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens offering 3x zoom, and a 16MP f/2.2 wide-angle lens with a 117-degree field of view.There’s also apparently a 16MP f/2.0 lens on the front.OnePlus 7 Pro / Pro 5G:6.7" 3120x1440p - 19,5:9 - 90Hz 48MP F1.6 OIS+EIS, 8MP 3x Zoom F2.4, 16MP 117 F2.2, Selfie: 16MP F2.0Snapdragon855, 6+128GB, 8/12+256GB,UFS 3.04000mAh 30W Warp ChargeIn-Display FPBlue/Grey/Brown (Tweet 1/2) pic.twitter.com/v3jU9tguUsApril 22, 2019
Tesla, particularly CEO Elon Musk, isn’t exactly popular for its estimates and predictions.It has recently admitted its failure to meet expectations and demand in shipping its Model 3 electric cars.So when the carmaker actually does get the estimate right, it’s a pleasant surprise.Even better, however, Musk has said that its custom Full Self-Driving Computer promised 6 months ago isn’t just here, it is actually already hiding inside all Tesla models made within the past weeks.Tesla has been talking about making its own computers, including a processor of its own design, for its cars way in 2017 and but promised last October that it would soon be rolling out that chip within six months.Some probably didn’t give it too much credit considering how often Musk makes promises, especially for something that is outside the expertise of the company.
The Silicon Valley company's plan to detail its driverless tech comes amidst growing questions about global demand for Tesla's electric vehicles, the ongoing health of its stock and the stability of the company's leadership -- Musk included.According to Tesla's initial press announcement, the company "is making significant progress in the development of its autonomous driving software and hardware, including our FSD computer, which is currently in production and which will enable full-self driving via future over-the-air software updates."On April 15, Musk upped the ante by tweeting, "Buying a car in 2019 that can't upgrade to full self-driving is like buying a horse instead of a car in 1919."Based on Elon's statements that he plans to have over a million "robotaxis" on the road by the end of 2019, is is fully committed to that idea.Tesla says it plans to take attending investors on test drives to experience its latest iteration of Autopilot, including demonstrating features and functions that remain the subject of ongoing development.For its part, Tesla's self-titled Full Self Driving hardware doesn't seem to include core technologies that virtually every other company racing towards driverless cars has deemed necessary for safe, reliable operation.
The Tesla computer, a new custom chip designed to enable full self-driving capabilities, is now in all new Model 3, X and S vehicles, CEO Elon Musk said during the company’s Autonomy Day.Tesla switched over from Nvidia’s Drive platform to its own custom chip for the Model S and X about a month ago and for the Model 3 about 10 days ago, Musk said.“All cars being produced all have the hardware necessary — computer and otherwise — for full self-driving,” Musk said.“All you need to do is improve the software.”Work is also already underway on a next-generation chip, Musk added.The design of this current chip was completed “maybe one and half, two years ago.” Tesla is now about halfway through the design of the next-generation chip.
As predicted, Tesla discussed its car lineup’s forthcoming self-driving features during an “Autonomy Day” keynote ahead of its Q1 2019 earnings call later this week.It’s got a batch size of one — as soon as an image shows up, it processes it immediately — and it packs two fully independent Full Self-Driving (FSD) packages, each with their own with DRAM memory, flash storage chips, and power supplies.The aforementioned FSDs are built on a 14-nanometer FinFET CMOS process and measure 260 millimeters squared, and have 6 billion transistors and 250 million logic gates capable of achieving 36.8 TOPS.Their LPDDR4 RAM modules (running at 4,266 gigabits per second) boast a peak bandwidth of 68 GB/s, and the integrated image signal processors — which have 24-bit pipelines and support both advanced tone mapping and advanced noise reduction — can perform operations on up to 1G pixels per second.Other on-chip components include a graphics chip that supports both 32-bit and 64-bit floating point operations and a dozen ARM A72 64-bit CPUs clocked at 2.2GHz that deliver “two and a half times the performance of the current solution,” according to Bannon.Additionally, there’s a security chip that ensures the system only runs code cryptographically signed by Tesla, and a dedicated H.265 video encoder.
It’s a big week for Tesla and it’s kicking off April 22 with “Autonomy Investor Day.”What is Autonomy Investor Day, you ask?The details are vague, but it’s supposed to be a demonstration that explains and showcases Tesla’s autonomous driving technology.CEO Elon Musk put it a bit more dramatically when he tweeted earlier this month: “On April 22, Investor Autonomy Day, Tesla will free investors from the tyranny of having to drive their own car.”On April 22, Investor Autonomy Day, Tesla will free investors from the tyranny of having to drive their own car— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 13, 2019
Call goes out to teach sailors all about phishing (and malware, and network security)Companies have until May 6 to make their pitch to the Navy Postgraduate School on exercises it can use with its course on Cyber Operations Fundamentals.Specifically, the school wants a contractor to develop lab exercises to go along with the yber Operations course.Those exercises should help to give the students a taste of what sort of attack techniques and situations they would face when pitted against both private and government-backed hackers in the field.In short, the cyber-security version of war games.From the sound of things, the class is designed to be an entry-level crash course for officers on the basics of infosecurity, encryption, and communications.
After 15 months in rotation, the folks at Lensrentals, an online photography equipment hire service based in the US, had a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II lens return from a rental with a full-grown (but dead) fly trapped between a pair of lens elements inside.It’s not uncommon for dust and debris to find their way inside a sealed lens, but this fly had to be an especially determined photo-bomber to get in there.How exactly the fly got inside is still a bit of a mystery.It took one of Lensrental’s technicians a full hour to just disassemble the long lens before he got to the elements serving as the fly’s final resting place.It took another 45 minutes to clean out everything the fly left behind, which included not only droppings, but also dried guts as the technician’s amateur forensics determined the insect had ultimately been crushed between a pair of moving glass elements.It left many deposits inside the lens before it finally bit the dust.
The cost of a Tesla with full self-driving capabilities is set to rise by several thousand dollars in the coming months.According to a tweet by the company's CEO Elon Musk, the price of cars with the company's the Full Self-Driving option will rise "substantially over time", with the first hike happening on May 1.Please note that the price of the Tesla Full Self-Driving option will increase substantially over time13 April 2019When asked by one follower whether the price rise would be "a few thousand dollars", Musk replied that yes, it would be in that ballpark.Tesla's Full Self-Driving package currently costs $5,000 (about £3,800, AU$7,000) if you request it when ordering a new car, or $7,000 (about £5,300, AU$9,900) if you want to add it later, so that's a hefty extra outlay.The price hike comes as Tesla prepares to launch its new self-driving computer, which will be offered as a retrofit to customers who have already bought a car with the Full Self-Driving option.
In a few weeks, Tesla buyers will have to pay more for an option that isn’t yet completely functional, but that CEO Elon Musk promises will one day deliver full autonomous driving capabilities.Musk tweeted Saturday that the price of its full self-driving option will “increase substantially over time” beginning May 1.Musk has promised that the advanced driver assistance capabilities on Tesla vehicles will continue to improve until eventually reaching that full automation high-water mark.Please note that the price of the Tesla Full Self-Driving option will increase substantially over time— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 13, 2019Musk didn’t provide a specific figure, but in response to a question on Twitter, he said the increase would be “something like” around the $3,000+ figure.