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Act fast — tax credits for GM electric cars are disappearing – Roadshow

Chevrolet Bolt EVs and Volts will cost more as of today.
Source: CNET

2020 BMW X5 M, X6 M debut: Latest Bavarian barnstormers kick it up a notch – Roadshow

If the standard M models aren’t enough, park your behind in an M Competition variant instead.
Source: CNET

Porsche Panamera 10 Year Anniversary model toasts a decade – Roadshow

A lot’s happened in 10 years, and through it all, Porsche sold over 250,000 Panameras.
Source: CNET

Conozca a los 35 jóvenes más innovadores del mundo de 2019

Una parte de nuestro espíritu consiste en que la tecnología debe ser una fuerza para el bien. Nuestra lista anual de Innovadores menores de 35 es una herramienta ponerle cara a esa idea. La lista de este año demuestra que incluso en esta sociedad tan dura y cínica, todavía hay personas inteligentes dispuestas a dedicar su vida a usar la tecnología para hacer un mundo más justo y seguro
Source: MIT

The First Drone Airline, a Critical Device Vulnerability, and More News

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.
Source: Wired

Cybersecurity giant Comodo can’t even keep its own website secure

Comodo, which bills itself as a “global leader in cybersecurity solutions,” said its forum was hacked.

The admission came in no less than a forum post, which confirmed a hacker exploited a recently disclosed vulnerability in vBulletin, a popular forum software and used by Comodo. The flaw, which requires little skill to exploit, allows an attacker to remotely run malicious code on a vulnerable forum. In this case, the exploit was used to dump the entire user database.

Exploit code was released on September 23. Two days later, vBulletin released patches for the software.

But despite claiming in it disclosure that it takes “security very seriously” and is its “highest priority,” the company didn’t immediately patch its forum software. Four days after the patches were released, its forum was hacked.

According to the disclosure, Comodo said the hackers stole usernames, names and email addresses, and the user’s last IP address used to access the forum. Some social media handles were also stolen in the breach.

Comodo said it has about 245,000 registered forum users.

It’s not the most damaging breach on record but it’s a bruising security lapse for a company that claims to be half-decent at this stuff.

This is Comodo’s second security snafu this year following another breach involving an exposed password, which allowed a security researcher access to the company’s intranet — and access to internal files and documents.


Source: TechCrunch

Tesla acquires computer vision startup DeepScale in push towards robotaxis

Tesla has acquired DeepScale, a Silicon Valley startup that uses low-wattage processors to power more accurate computer vision, in a bid to improve its Autopilot driver assistance system and deliver on CEO Elon Musk’s vision to turn its electric vehicles into robotaxis.

CNBC was the first to report the acquisition. TechCrunch independently confirmed the deal with two unnamed sources, although neither one would provide more information on the financial terms of the deal. 

Tesla vehicles are not considered fully autonomous, or Level 4, a designation by SAE that means the car can handle all aspects of driving in certain conditions without human intervention.

Instead, Tesla vehicles are “Level 2,� and its Autopilot feature is a more advanced driver assistance system than most other vehicles on the road today. 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.

Earlier this year, Musk said Tesla would launch an autonomous ride-sharing network by 2020. DeepScale, a four-year-old startup based in Mountain View, Calif., appears to be part of that plan. The acquisition also brings much needed talent to Tesla’s Autopilot team, which has suffered from a number of departures in the past year, The Information reported in July.

DeepScale has developed a way to use efficient deep neural networks on small, low-cost, automotive-grade sensors and processors to improve the accuracy of perception systems. These perception systems, which use sensors, mapping, planning and control systems to interpret and classify data in real time, are essential to the operation of autonomous vehicles. In short, these system allow vehicles to understand the world around them.

The company argued that its method of using low-wattage and low cost sensors and processors allowed it to deliver driver assistance and autonomous driving to vehicles at all price points.

The company had raised more than $18 million — in $3 million seed and $156 million Series A rounds — from investors that included Autotech VC, Bessemer, Greylock and Trucks VC.

On Monday, DeepScale’s co-founder Forrest Iandola posted an announcement on Twitter and updated his LinkedIn account. The Twitter message read “I joined the @Tesla #Autopilot team this week. I am looking forward to working with some of the brightest minds in #deeplearning and #autonomousdriving.”

In Tesla’s push towards “full self-driving,” it developed a new custom chip designed to those capabilities. This chip is now in all new Model 3, X and S vehicles. Musk has said that Tesla vehicles being produced now have the hardware necessary — computer and otherwise — for full self-driving. “All you need to do is improve the software,â€� Musk said in April at the company’s Autonomy Day.

Others in the industry have balked at those claims. Tesla and Musk have maintained the “improve software” line, and have continued to rollout improvements to the capability of Autopilot. Earlier this month, Tesla released a software update that adds new features to its cars. The update included “Smart Summon, an autonomous parking feature that allows owners to use their app to summon their vehicles from a parking space.


Source: TechCrunch

Cloosiv raises $1M to bring mobile ordering to every coffee shop

 

A few months back we took a look at Cloosiv, a company aiming to provide smaller coffee shops a mobile ordering solution that can compete with those of the mega coffee chains.

Today the Cloosiv team is announcing that they’ve raised a $1M seed round.

Most coffee shops want to be able to offer mobile ordering — but apps are tough to build and maintain, and users don’t want to install an app for a coffee shop they might only visit once or twice.

Instead, Cloosiv’s approach is to build one big network of coffee shops all under the same app roof. Open up Cloosiv, and up pops a list of nearby, Cloosiv-enabled shops. Tap into any of the shops, and you’ll get a mobile ordering experience not unlike what you’ll find at the huge name competitors — with things like order history, item customization, and tipping all incorporated. Cloosiv charges merchants a percentage off each order, with the percentage decreasing as order volume goes up.

cloosiv ordering

Cloosiv founder Tim Griffin tells me that investors in the round include Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, Roger Dickey (Founder and former CEO of Gigster), Avichal Garg (former Facebook Director of Product Management), Ken Deeter, Brad Powers (CTO of Passport), and John Kim (co-founder of the chat API company SendBird).

Cloosiv currently has around 315 locations using the platform, and they’re expecting to pass 500 by the end of this year.

With mobile ordering making up at least 13% of Starbucks’ transactions in the US last year, this space is heating up. A competing platform out of Seattle, Joe Coffee, announced just a few months back that it had raised $750k with plans to expand its network to other major cities.

While Cloosiv merchants currently receive orders through the standalone Cloosiv app, the next step for the company is integrating orders into the point-of-sales apps many merchants are already using — like Clover, Micros, and Square. Griffin tells me a partnership with Square is already in the works, with integration into the Square point-of-sales app “close.”

cloosiv merchant


Source: TechCrunch

A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK

But the appeals court said states can adopt and enforce their own net neutrality rules, which the FCC tried to prohibit.
Source: Wired

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Desktop Kit review: Homebrew hacking

The Raspberry Pi 4 Computer Desktop Kit has everything you need to hack together your dream PC project. It’s the most capable Pi ever released, yet comes in a simple package.
Source: Digital trends

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