Week of 9/29/2017

Week of 9/29/2017

 

 

TECH TRENDS:

Hey, Turn Bluetooth Off When You’re Not Using It
Wired

 

 

 

 


When Bluetooth is on in a device, it is constantly open to and waiting for potential connections.
https://www.wired.com/story/turn-off-bluetooth-security/

Microsoft’s Nadella Wants to Help Coders Take a Quantum Leap
Wired

 

 

 

 


Theory suggests some problems that would take millions of years on a conventional supercomputer might take minutes on a modest quantum computer.
https://www.wired.com/story/microsofts-nadella-wants-to-help-coders-take-a-quantum-leap/

Critical Code In Millions Of Macs Isn’t Getting Apple’s Updates
Wired

 

 

 

 


For certain models of Apple laptops and desktop computers, close to a third or half of machines have EFI versions that haven’t kept pace with their operating system system updates. And for many models, Apple hasn’t released new firmware updates at all, leaving a subset of Apple machines vulnerable to known years-old EFI attacks that could gain deep and persistent control of a victim’s machine.
https://www.wired.com/story/critical-efi-code-in-millions-of-macs-is-not-getting-apple-updates/

 

AUTOMOTIVE TRENDS:

3 Modern Car ‘Conveniences’ That Are More Hassle Than They’re Worth
Digital Trends

 

 

 

 


Lane Keep Assist…automatically turning the wheel to physically keep you in line. Fair enough. When it works. When it bugs out while you’re driving like a saint, then it becomes a distraction. You find yourself focused on why it’s being triggered, not what’s ahead.
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/inconvenient-luxuries-in-modern-autos/

Electric RV Gives Campers Almost Unlimited Range
PSFK

 

 

 

 


This RV has the best of both worlds, electric charging capabilities and solar power for back up if you’re out in a remote location sans grid.
https://www.psfk.com/2017/09/electric-rv-givers-campers-almost-unlimited-rtange.html

 

CLIENT NEWS:

BMW is set to offer a pad to wirelessly charge your car
The Verge

 

 

 

 


Wireless charging has become one of the biggest buzzwords for devices this fall, and its importance for transportation shouldn’t be underestimated when agencies and municipalities think about how we’re going to charge all of the electric vehicles of the future.
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/25/16363038/bmw-wireless-charging-pad-for-cars-530e

Mercedes-Benz kicks off drone delivery pilot in Zurich
TechCrunch

 

 

 


For this demonstration, the drone flew at about 260 ft in the air…It flies consistently at this height all the way to the destination, and then it descends to land on the roof of a Mercedes-Benz van.
https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/28/mercedes-benz-kicks-off-drone-delivery-pilot-in-zurich/

 

INTERESTING FINDS:

Spielberg-backed VR startup grabs $20M led by AMC to bring headsets into movie theaters
TechCrunch

 

 

 

 


Dreamscape has signed a sizable partnership with AMC to start bringing the company’s full-body motion capture VR tech, which allows up to six simultaneous users in a shared social experience, into movie theaters and standalone locations.
https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/26/spielberg-backed-vr-startup-grabs-20m-led-by-amc-to-bring-headsets-into-movie-theaters/

Stop calling those fasteners ‘Velcro’ please, Velcro’s legal team begs of us
Mashable

 

 

 

 

Velcro’s legal team really really needs you to stop calling those Velcro-type fasteners Velcro. Because it’s infringing its trademark, and making its lawyers cry.
http://mashable.com/2017/09/26/velcro-music-video/?utm_cid=hp-r-2#wp_09bSVNZq5

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