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Concept Audi A6 E-Tron Has Headlights That Can Project Video Games

SlashDot - 1 hour 7 min ago
Audi has revealed its all-electric A6 E-tron concept, a luxury sedan that will come packed with tech including the ability to project video games on to a wall. Tom's Guide reports: The A6 E-tron, which was unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2021 today, is built on the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) chassis architecture that Audi is developing in collaboration with Porsche. And though a production version of the car isn't likely to be available until later in 2022, its development is well under way; the car you see here shouldn't be miles away from the final version. The A6 E-tron Concept boasts almost 435 miles of range and comes armed with a 100 kWh battery, which can be replenished from 5 to 80% in under 25 minutes as well as being able to accept fast 270kW charging. Featuring a motor on each axle, with a combined power output of 469 bhp and 590lb ft of torque, the Audi A6 E-tron should be quick, too, with a 0-62 mph time of under 4 seconds. However, Audi also plans PPE-based models with a single motor mounted on the rear axle to keep energy efficiency and prices in check. Standout cosmetic touches include digital matrix LED headlights, which have the party trick of being able to project images. Audi suggests that owners can park facing a wall during recharging and pass the time playing a video game using the technology, or watch a movie. Audi has even developed a game, which is playable via a smartphone, to show how the concept works. Four more LED projectors are housed in the corners of the car to shine animated turn signals on the road. OLED technology in the taillights promises more electrical trickery and there are additional projectors that switch on when the doors are opened. These, suggest Audi, can be used to issue greetings to passengers or warnings to passing cyclists when the doors are opening.

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Volkswagen ID 4 named 2021 World Car of the Year - Roadshow

CNET News - 1 hour 43 min ago
Honda, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche win awards in other World Car categories.

Dyson V11 vs. Shark Rocket Pet Pro: Two powerful cordless vacuums compared - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 49 min ago
See how the impressive Dyson V11 stacks up against one of its closest cordless vacuum competitors, the Shark Rocket Pet Pro.

Virus reportedly won't stop Michael Keaton from playing Batman in The Flash movie - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 1 min ago
Last month, the actor revealed that the coronavirus situation in the UK could affect whether he reprised the superhero role.

Overwatch's director has left Blizzard, leaving fans concerned over its sequel - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 7 min ago
Memes, regrets and concerns for Overwatch 2 are the play of the game.

MI5 Warns of Spies Using LinkedIn To Trick Staff Into Spilling Secrets

SlashDot - 2 hours 7 min ago
According to the United Kingdom's Security Service, known as MI5, hostile states are creating fake LinkedIn profiles to trick users into spilling secrets. The BBC reports: At least 10,000 UK nationals have been approached by fake profiles linked to hostile states, on the professional social network LinkedIn, over the past five years, according to MI5. "Malicious profiles" are being used on "an industrial scale," the security agency's chief, Ken McCallum, said. A campaign has been launched to educate government workers about the threat. The effort -- Think Before You Link -- warns foreign spies are targeting those with access to sensitive information. One concern is the victims' colleagues, in turn, become more willing to accept follow-up requests - because it looks as if they share a mutual acquaintance. MI5 did not specifically name LinkedIn but BBC News has learned the Microsoft-owned service is indeed the platform involved. The 10,000-plus figure includes staff in virtually every government departments as well as key industries, who might be offered speaking or business and travel opportunities that could lead to attempts to recruit them to provide confidential information. And it is thought a large number of those approached engaged initially with the profiles that contacted them online.

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TikTok uploads are broken

Engadget - 2 hours 22 min ago
Many TikTok users are currently unable to post to the app due to a strange issue affecting uploads to the video app.

Apple Announces New Apple TV 4K With Redesigned Siri Remote

SlashDot - 2 hours 27 min ago
The new Apple TV sports a more powerful A12 Bionic chip that lets it play HDR video at higher frame rates. It also comes equipped with a redesigned Siri remote. The Verge reports: The new Siri remote has an iPod-style scroll wheel, a five-way click pad, touch controls, a mute button, and a power button that can turn your TV on and off. Meanwhile, the Siri button is now on the side of the remote, and Apple says that the voice assistant now works on Apple TV in Austria, Ireland, and New Zealand, in addition to the 13 countries where it was already supported. Finally, the new Siri remote's enclosure is made out of 100 percent recycled aluminum. You'll get the new remote with the new $179 4K set-top box, or it's available separately for $59. As well as being compatible with the new Apple TV 4K, it also works with the 2017 model and Apple TV HD. Apple will also sell the remote bundled with the Apple TV HD for $149. Other features of the Apple TV 4K include support for 60fps Dolby Vision playback over AirPlay from a compatible iPhone, and the ability to optimize the colors of your TV screen using the light sensor on an iPhone.

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YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Gets 'Freedom Expression' Award Sponsored By YouTube

SlashDot - 2 hours 50 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Newsweek: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki received a "Free Expression" award from the Freedom Forum Institute in a virtual ceremony sponsored by YouTube, an online video platform owned by Google. On Thursday, YouTube creator Molly Burke presented Wojcicki with the accolade in a video shared to the platform. "I'm so excited to be here tonight to present Susan Wojcicki with the Free Expression award. As the CEO of YouTube, Susan is facing some of the most critical issues around free expression today," Burke said. Following the ceremony, some Twitter users mocked Wojcicki for receiving an award that was sponsored by her own platform. "YouTube CEO won a Free Speech award...sponsored by YouTube. Hahahahhhaahhhahhahahahaaaaaaa," one user wrote. Another wrote, "Lol, youtube receiving an award for free expression/pro first amendment is Orwellian s***. What's next, Facebook getting an award for respecting privacy?"

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Apple AirTag accessories are already here from third-party vendors - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 53 min ago
Keychains, mounts and even a glasses strap option are here to help house your new smart tags.

Discord reportedly ends talks for $10B acquisition by Microsoft - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 9 min ago
Microsoft won't be replacing Skype anytime soon.

See the adorable dino footprint left by a cat-size stegosaur - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 25 min ago
It looks like a young stegosaur might have been tiptoeing 100 million years ago.

Best prepared meal delivery for 2021 - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 26 min ago
We're talkin' no-fuss, healthy prepared meals and oven-ready meal kits delivered to your door every week.

AirPods 3, M1 Mac Pro, HomePod Soundbar and more: Everything we didn't get at Apple's Spring Loaded event - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 32 min ago
Apple unveiled an upgraded Apple TV, AirTags, new M1 iMacs and two new iPad Pros. But here's what we're still waiting for.

Venmo to Allow Customers to Buy, Sell and Hold Cryptocurrencies

SlashDot - 3 hours 32 min ago
PayPal on Tuesday will begin allowing select customers of its Venmo app to buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrencies as consumers increasingly look for ways to pile into the digital assets. Bloomberg reports: The firm will make it available to all the app's users, who number more than 70 million, within the next few weeks. For now, Venmo is allowing customers to trade in just four types of cryptocurrency: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash. Users will also have the ability to share their cryptocurrency purchases on the Venmo feed. "We do think some customers will certainly want to share this fun experience," Darrell Esch, senior vice president and general manager of the Venmo app at PayPal, said in an interview. "They can share with their friends and community that they've taken the step into this space."

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UK’s IoT ‘security by design’ law will cover smartphones too

TechCrunch - 3 hours 50 min ago

Smartphones will be included in the scope of a planned “security by design” U.K. law aimed at beefing up the security of consumer devices, the government said today.

It made the announcement in its response to a consultation on legislative plans aimed at tackling some of the most lax security practices long-associated with the Internet of Things (IoT).

The government introduced a security code of practice for IoT device manufacturers back in 2018 — but the forthcoming legislation is intended to build on that with a set of legally binding requirements.

A draft law was aired by ministers in 2019 — with the government focused on IoT devices, such as webcams and baby monitors, which have often been associated with the most egregious device security practices.

Its plan now is for virtually all smart devices to be covered by legally binding security requirements, with the government pointing to research from consumer group “Which?” that found that a third of people kept their last phone for four years, while some brands only offer security updates for just over two years.

The forthcoming legislation will require smartphone and device makers like Apple and Samsung to inform customers of the duration of time for which a device will receive software updates at the point of sale.

It will also ban manufacturers from using universal default passwords (such as “password” or “admin”), which are often preset in a device’s factory settings and easily guessable — making them meaningless in security terms.

California already passed legislation banning such passwords in 2018 with the law coming into force last year.

Under the incoming U.K. law, manufacturers will additionally be required to provide a public point of contact to make it simpler for anyone to report a vulnerability.

The government said it will introduce legislation as soon as parliamentary time allows.

Commenting in a statement, digital infrastructure minister Matt Warman added: “Our phones and smart devices can be a gold mine for hackers looking to steal data, yet a great number still run older software with holes in their security systems.

“We are changing the law to ensure shoppers know how long products are supported with vital security updates before they buy and are making devices harder to break into by banning easily guessable default passwords.

“The reforms, backed by tech associations around the world, will torpedo the efforts of online criminals and boost our mission to build back safer from the pandemic.”

A DCMS spokesman confirmed that laptops, PCs and tablets with no cellular connection will not be covered by the law, nor will secondhand products. Although he added that the intention is for the scope to be adaptive, to ensure the law can keep pace with new threats that may emerge around devices.

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'Ted Lasso' season two hits Apple TV+ on July 23rd

Engadget - 3 hours 58 min ago
Ted Lasso returns to Apple TV+ on July 23rd.

Apple's new M1 iPad Pro looks even closer to becoming a Mac - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 4 min ago
A new processor, 5G, a promising camera, Thunderbolt and... a high price tag.

Hackers Are Exploiting a Pulse Secure 0-Day To Breach Orgs Around the World

SlashDot - 4 hours 12 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Hackers backed by nation-states are exploiting critical vulnerabilities in the Pulse Secure VPN to bypass two-factor authentication protections and gain stealthy access to networks belonging to a raft of organizations in the US Defense industry and elsewhere, researchers said. At least one of the security flaws is a zero-day, meaning it was unknown to Pulse Secure developers and most of the research world when hackers began actively exploiting it, security firm Mandiant said in a blog post published Tuesday. Besides CVE-2021-22893, as the zero-day is tracked, multiple hacking groups -- at least one of which likely works on behalf of the Chinese government -- are also exploiting several Pulse Secure vulnerabilities fixed in 2019 and 2020. Used alone or in concert, the security flaws allow the hackers to bypass both single-factor and multifactor authentication protecting the VPN devices. From there, the hackers can install malware that persists across software upgrades and maintain access through webshells, which are browser-based interfaces that allow hackers to remotely control infected devices. Multiple intrusions over the past six months have hit defense, government, and financial organizations around the world, Tuesday's post reported. Separately, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said that targets also include US government agencies, critical infrastructure entities, and other private sector organizations." Mandiant said that it has uncovered "limited evidence" that tied one of the hacker groups to the Chinese government. Dubbed UNC2630, this previously unknown team is one of at least two hacking groups known to be actively exploiting the vulnerabilities. Tuesday's blog post also referred to another previously unseen group that Mandiant is calling UNC2717. In March, the group used malware Mandiant identifies as RADIALPULSE, PULSEJUMP, and HARDPULSE against Pulse Secure systems at a European organization. Pulse Secure on Tuesday published an advisory instructing users how to mitigate the currently unpatched security bug.

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Outside the Wire is Netflix's most popular title released this year (according to Netflix) - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 20 min ago
The movies Yes Day and I Care A Lot​ and teen series Fate: The Winx Saga​ were also big draws during the first months of the year.