Autonom Taxi Unveiled Aka The RoboTaxi

French company by the name of Navya has revealed that they have created a fleet of driverless taxis, the company has already proved itself by providing Las Vegas, Michigan and Singapore with all electric shuttle buses which you guessed it, are also self-driving.

At a company event in Paris, Navya unveiled the autonom cab. They have described the car as being the first “taxi robot”, this looks to overtake the competitors such as Uber when battling for the title of best self-driving transport service.

Although the exterior is extremely different to other self-driving cars, the inside is also features no cockpit which also means no steering wheel, brakes, mirrors, just seats. This shows the confidence in how competent the vehicle they are realising is going to be, let’s hope so.

You may be thinking “where are all the security features?”, well let me explain, the car uses 10 LiDAR sensor units, six built in cameras, four obstacle radars and even a computer system to control the rest of the taxis features without the need for a human. They are also implementing a company made mapping tool which will present the routes to the car.

Look at the testing of the vehicle if you wish

 

A little bit of information about the key features now, the car can seat six passengers thanks to the extra space provided by the removal of the cockpit, the 55-mph max speed will not be taken advantage of as the car has been capped at 35mph to make sure it doesn’t conflict with the urban streets speed limit.

Until we see the car at work within the busy urban streets we will never know what it is capable off, would you trust this vehicle with your morning journey to work?

 

Dubai Police Introduce New Hoverbikes

Dubai has been testing new hover bikes in the effort to upgrade its police force by adding them to the list of police issued vehicles, the Hoversurf Scorpions were recently unveiled at the Gitex Tech Conference.

The bikes are going to be used to allow officers on emergency response to get to location faster and easier by being granted the ability to go over the traffic and prevent being stuck in a backlog of traffic or being stuck behind slow movers. The 600 pound bikes can run at speeds of up to 43 miles per hour and allows the use of the bike for 25 minutes per charge while being able to fly autonomously for four miles.

The hover bikes are going to be mass produced for the Dubai Police after it was confirmed by the Hoversurf CEO on Facebook that they had agreed a deal. It is well known that Dubai have a love for technology and gadgets with the police using a range of high speed super cars and linking drones to them to aid in the fight against crime.

I speak for myself when I say I would like to work the emergency services in Dubai, do you think the tech is needed?

Apple Engineer Dismissed After Daughters iPhone X Video Goes Viral

An Apple engineer has reportedly lost his job due to a video posted by his daughter while visiting the Apple Campus of the unreleased iPhone X went viral on YouTube, people soon realised that her vlog included her playing around with the phone, this then caused it to attract thousands of people and even led to the video being picked up by popular apple related sites such as 9to5Mac which allowed the video to spread to more people at a much faster rate.

The video has been followed up by a video in which she states that her father has been released by Apple because of her posting the video online, the dismissal is down to an Apple policy which prohibits the filming of products before an official release, he wasn’t the one who filmed it, but because he allowed her access to the phone and allowed her to film it leaves him to blame for the issue. Apple reportedly requested that the video be taken down but it was too late as it had already been re-uploaded by many YouTube channels and news outlets.

You may feel like Apple are being harsh by letting the employee go, but not only did she show the phones exterior but also went through the phone and exposed employee only QR codes which are used to access certain things within the phone, along with the notes app which showed code names for future apple products which could lead to the compromise of some future projects.

With filming in general being strictly prohibited on the Apple Campus, the filming of an unreleased iPhone will probably be a huge violation of the rules, so very understandable that he was let go, Do you feel like this was a justified dismissal?

iPhone 8 Battery Bloating

In the past week, there has been numerous reports of the new iPhone’s (8 & 8s) batteries inflating and splitting the phone open and rendering it useless. Apple have not yet made a official statement on the issue, however sources have said that they are beginning very serious investigations in to these reports.

CNET and TechCrunch have conducted tests to identify what is causing the problem and how many devices are affected, the numbers came back very low – less than 10 occurrences throughout the 5 countries which the research was carried out.

Even though the phones are splitting open, it’s still not as dangerous as the Samsung explosion issues from a few years ago, with zero cases of the iPhone exploding. Will you still be purchasing one of the new iPhones?

New Ransomware ‘Bad Rabbit’ Cripples Businesses

In the past 24 hours, a new strain of ransomware has been spreading across Russia, Ukraine and various other countries around the world, with attacks on major organisations.

The “Bad Rabbit” ransomware bears similarities with the “WannaCry” and “Petya” which we observed earlier this year, however it is not yet know how far this new malware has spread.

Two public transport companies in Russia are said to be the worst affected with servers, computers and files being completely encrypted bringing all services to a standstill.

The US computer emergency readiness team said it “discourages individuals and businesses from paying the ransom as this does not guarantee that access will be restored”.

Earlier this year we suffered from 2 (WannaCry & Petya) other cyber attacks which also went on to spread across the globe, infecting more and more for a few days which resulted in hundreds of thousands of pounds in ransom being paid out to the hackers. They held data at ransom, this affected many huge organisations, such as the NHS.

Ransomware typically encrypts all files and provides you with the link to a “onion” (dark web) site which allows you to purchase a key to decrypt everything.

A recent press release urges people not to pay the ransom of 0.05 bitcoin which is the equivalent to £213 as there is no guarantee that your files will be not be encrypted still once you have paid.

If this was to be even more high scale it could cause even more businesses to be rendered useless until the fix is issue, your computer could be off limits until they discover a way around paying the fee.

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Wi-Fi Flaw Puts Millions of People at Risk

A recent discovery unveiled that a significant amount of Wi-Fi networks may have just been compromised. With exception of the few Wi-Fi networks using WEP or unsecured networks, most households and workplaces are currently WPA 2 Standard and the findings released claim that all networks using it can be infiltrated.

 

 

US Cert put out the warning that if you are using WPA 2 standards, you are most likely compromised as the issue is affecting almost everyone who has a router. That old router sitting in the living room could cause you more problems than you’ll ever know.

At this moment in time a research team being led by Mathy Vanhoef is trying to gather more data on the issue and are yet to release information about how someone would commit such an attack and how it would be launched as this would simply cause more hacking. At this moment in time, it is not clear whether or not this exploit is being used maliciously, but what we do need to know is what will the networks do to ensure our online safety. What we know so far:

  • Update your devices as soon as possible, this will break the chain.
  • It does not store passwords
  • It can only be done locally
  • The hacker doesn’t need to be logged into your network.

Nintendo Planning Game Boy Re-Release

Good news for all you Game Boy lovers, in recent days there has been speculation of the original Game Boy making its return to our hands to celebrate the handheld devices 30th birthday.

This surprise news caught attention for the first time when a twitter account which follows companies trademarking activity tweeted it out for the entire world to see, not only was the word “Game Boy” trademarked, but an image of the console was submitted alongside it.

 

With the consoles 30th birthday coming on July 21st, 2019, Nintendo still have a substantial amount of time to go ahead with production and development and even though people are still sceptical of the whole situation because they believe they aren’t going to be initiating a Game Boy comeback it wouldn’t come as a shock with the re release of 2 of Nintendo’s most popular consoles, this being the NES Classic and the SNES Classic.

If the Game Boy is released it may follow suite with the previous console re releases, will the console be marginally smaller than the original? Which may make them more appealing to the modern market but the Game Boy being reduced in size could dramatically take away some of the novelty provided when playing.

Do you feel that the Game Boy could have the same success it previously had but 30 years down the line? Will it prove as popular in today’s market? What do you think?

100x Faster Wi-Fi Could Be Coming Soon

In this ultra fast day and age, where speed is king, slow loading times are often a major inconvenience.

When websites take longer than a few seconds to load, we become frustrated or in some cases just abandon it altogether.

But there is some good news. Recent reports suggest that a new breakthrough could mean we could be getting cat memes and netflix 100 times faster, according to Metro.

A team of US researchers reportedly sent video signals using ‘terahertz’ waves, a higher-frequency than Wi-Fi’s usual microwaves, which apparently means data could travel at 50 gigabits per second or in English – really really really fast.

Professor Daniel Mittleman, of Brown University, went on to say “We have shown that we can transmit separate data streams on terahertz waves at very high speeds and with very low error rates. This is the first time anybody has characterized a terahertz multiplexing system using actual data, and our results show that our approach could be viable in future terahertz wireless networks.”

It may seem like a load of jargon for now, but super fast wifi could soon be a reality – fingers crossed.

What’s Really Inside An Etch-A-Sketch?

These guys over at “The King Of Random” &  “What’s Inside” on YouTube decided to hack up an Etch A Sketch to see how it works.

Back in the nineties, this toy was a staple for most kids toy boxes – the pinnacle of toy technology and yet it was basically just a more complicated means of drawing, with the added benefit that you could start a fresh with a quick shake.

etch-a-sketch

To children, or perhaps just us, this device seemed to be powered purely by magic and the contents remained a mystery ever since – until now that is. SPOILER: it turns out that it actually isn’t powered by magic.

So without further ado, check out the video below to see what it is that makes these magical doodle screens work.

 

Tech Companies Build Giant Robots To Battle Each Other

If you’re like us, then you have probably seen and maybe even enjoyed Robot Wars. Whilst we like Dara O’briain, it just isnt the same these days without Craig Charles.

Robot Battle
Robot Battle

Anyway, back to the point, a couple of years back, American firm Megabots, the manufacturers of huge robots, threw down the gauntlet (for an epic super huge robot battle) to their Japanese counterparts (Kuratas) and now we are at a stage where it’s all becoming a reality.

 

Megabots founders Andrew Stroup, Matt Oehrlein and Gui Cavalcanti created the company to “empower an entire generation of creators to actually build the robots of science fiction for the first time”.

Kuratas are pretty similar in the way they make huge robots to entertain people, as well as being able to muck around with all kinds of cool things.

We genuinely can’t wait to see this battle of the bots. It’s set to take place in August this year at an undisclosed location. Watch this space.