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Watch a Tesla Model S get stolen with a key fob hack

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

Tesla’s cars may be high-tech, but that doesn’t mean they’re foolproof when it comes to security. This fact is on display in a new video that shows, without the proper protections in place, that it’s not that hard to steal one of the company’s cars.

The video shows two thieves skulking around a Model S at night while it’s parked in a driveway in the UK. Using a tablet and a phone in tandem, they eventually intercept the frequency used by the Tesla owner’s key fob, even though it was “at the back of the house,” according to the owner. The thieves then relay that signal to the car, tricking it into thinking that the owner was using the key fob to get in and drive.

Thefts like these are a risk with just about any car that allows for…

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Elon Musk says the Boring Company’s first tunnel under LA will open December 10th

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

The rapid transit tunnel that Elon Musk’s Boring Company is digging beneath Los Angeles will open on December 10th, and free rides will be offered to the public the following night, Musk tweeted on Sunday evening.

The two-mile test tunnel underneath SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, is a proof of concept for an underground public transportation system, which aims to transport passengers and vehicles beneath congested roadways on autonomously driven electric platforms called “skates.” The skates will theoretically transport eight to 16 passengers, or one passenger vehicle, along magnetic rails at speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h), Musk tweeted.

Pretty close, actually
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2018

In August,…

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Asus’ new Zen AiO 27 desktop has a hidden wireless charger in the base

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

Asus just announced its latest Zen AiO 27 computer: a sleek, all-in-one desktop with a 4K 27-inch touchscreen and a built-in 7.5W Qi wireless charger in the base so you can charge your phone while you’re at your desk.

It’s a clever idea that should appeal to anyone who is considering picking up a Zen AiO 27. After all, the whole point of an all-in-one computer is to give your desk a clean look. Why spoil that with an extraneous wireless charger?

The Zen AiO 27 also offers some pretty good specs for a 2018 desktop. It has an Intel 8th Gen Core i7-8700T processor, a Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 2TB hard drive and 512GB PCIe SSD for storage. Asus isn’t skimping on ports, either: there’s a Thunderbolt 3 port, three…

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The rich kids of Weibo made their money into a meme and it didn’t end well

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

This month, people in Russia, India, and now China have been uploading photos of themselves “falling” out of their luxury vehicles, surrounded by the carefully arranged detritus of their wealth, ranging from Gucci bags and jewelry to headphones and Supreme clothes.

What’s become known as the “Falling Stars” challenge is basically the Rich Kids of Instagram turning their fortunate statuses into a meme. It all seems to have started in August when a Russian Instagram user posted an image of herself falling out of a private jet. The trend has since arrived to Chinese social media, where it’s dubbed a more self-explanatory “wealth-flaunting challenge” (as spotted by Abacus).

Since the meme is essentially materialistic, it was ripe for…

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Self-driving school bus project shut down by the government

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has shut down a self-driving school bus project in Florida, calling it “unlawful.” It’s one of the most forceful interventions by the Department of Transportation in the early days of autonomous vehicles. The news was first reported by Jalopnik.

The North American arm of international transportation company Transdev was using one of its pod-like electric autonomous shuttles — called the EasyMile Easy10 Gen II — to carry up to 12 school children at a time. The test was taking place in Babcock Ranch, a tech-forward community in Florida that claims to be the country’s first solar-powered town. A spokesperson for Transdev could not be reached for comment.

The NHTSA says Transdev…

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eBay launches a new smartphone trade-in service with instant payouts

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

eBay announced its new Instant Selling program for smartphones today, which will allow users to list their old phone on the platform and immediately receive an eBay voucher in return. eBay says it’s offering higher return rates than Gazelle, EcoATM, AT&T Trade-in, Apple Give Back, and Verizon Trade-in.

For a 64GB unscratched, unlocked iPhone X, for example, you can get up to $490 on Gazelle, $260 on EcoATM, $450 through AT&T Trade-in, $525 through Apple Give Back, and $500 through Verizon Trade In; eBay values the iPhone X at $679.

For a 64GB unscratched Samsung Galaxy S8, you can get $185 through Gazelle, $85 through EcoATM, $180 through AT&T Trade-in, and $185 through Verizon. (Apple doesn’t accept the S8.) eBay offers $271.

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China will soon require blockchain users to register with their government IDs

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

China’s central government has drafted a new regulation that would strip blockchains of their anonymity, requiring users to provide their real names and national ID card numbers when registering for a blockchain service. Trading Bitcoin is already banned in the country, but the policy will place significant restrictions on ongoing blockchain development.

On Friday, the Cyberspace Administration of China, the country’s internet regulator, released a draft of the policy, which would also require blockchain services to remove “illegal information” quickly before it spreads among users. The services will also be required to retain backups of user data for six months and provide them to law enforcement whenever necessary. Users who break the…

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Mui is an interactive wooden panel that can control your smart home

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

Forget E Ink or OLED screens. Now, the hottest new display is a piece of wood. With the Mui interactive wooden display, which is now funding on Kickstarter, you can choose a Sanded Sycamore, Cherry, Maple, or Ash panel to send and receive messages, check the news and weather, and control your smart home. Via IFTTT, it can also connect to a Google Home, Amazon Echo, Philips Hue, Sonos, and other smart home services.

We got an early preview of Mui last year, and we came away impressed with its elegant design and concept. The display is activated when you touch the surface, showing a minimal menu that disappears when the panel goes back into sleep mode. Early adopters can back Mui for $499. Its price will go up to $999 when it ships, which…

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Gjemeni puts your couch in a box

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

Gjemeni, pronounced Gemini, is a new furniture-on-demand service from founder Sean Pathiratne. The company offers decidedly tech-forward furniture that comes in a single box and can be assembled by anyone in a few minutes.

Pathiratne sees his company as a fashionable and agile furniture company that brings stylish stuff to your living room in the vein of Zara or H&M.

“We can create and deliver on trends through our technology-led global supply chain with the agility and speed of ‘fast fashion.’ We are ‘fast furniture,'” said Pathiratne.

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“I live and work in Silicon Valley. I spend a lot of time in WeWork and other co-working places, in the offices of start-ups, and with tech friends,” said Pathiratne . “I observed how millennials live and work. They are a restless bunch physically – which mirrors their restlessness overall. They don’t like the status quo in business or with the objects in their lives. They are constantly shifting and fidgeting on ..