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Volkswagen to Devote 3 German Plants to Electric Car Push

November 14th, 2018

Via: AP: German automaker Volkswagen will convert three factories in Germany to manufacture electric cars, ramping up production of zero-local emission cars ahead of tougher European emissions standards, the company said Wednesday. Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen said Wednesday that it would begin local production of electric-powered vehicles at its facilities in Emden and Hannover in 2022. A […]

How ZTE Helps Venezuela Create China-Style Social Control

November 14th, 2018

Via: Reuters: Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new identification card. The “fatherland card,” already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond. … The card is increasingly linked by the government to subsidized food, health and other social programs […]

After Conquering the World, Smartphone Faces Uncertain Future

November 12th, 2018

The last phone I bought was a heavily discounted Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It’s fine. I have no plans to upgrade. I’d consider buying a “modern” flagship-grade phone if it included a 3.5mm headphone jack and an easily removable back and battery. There are no high end phones with easily removable batteries and the 3.5mm […]

Robots Are Coming for Europe’s Jobs

November 12th, 2018

Via: Bloomberg: Robots are coming for people’s jobs in Europe, and the countries in the ex-communist east are particularly vulnerable. With the use of industrial robots rising globally, the average worker in Slovakia — the world’s top car producer per capita — faces a 62 percent median probability that his or her job will be […]

U.S. Army Personnel to Compete in eSports to Boost Recruitment

November 12th, 2018

In other news: Too Fat to Fight: Military Threatened by Childhood Obesity. Via: Stars and Stripes: The Army is putting together a team of video gamers from within its ranks to try to reach young Americans in the digital worlds where they spend much of their time. More than 15 years after launching “America’s Army,” […]

Alarm Over Talks to Implant UK Employees with Microchips

November 11th, 2018

Via: Guardian: Britain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security. UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK. The tiny chips, implanted in the flesh between […]

Windows 10: BitLocker on Self-Encrypted SSDs Blown

November 7th, 2018

haha Un-Effing-Believable. Via: ComputerWorld: Reacting to a recently discovered security hole in hardware-based encryption in solid state drives, Microsoft recommends that if you’re using BitLocker to protect a solid-state drive, you switch from hardware to software encryption. Related: Compromised from the Operating System Down to the Silicon

Chicken Meat ‘Cultured’ from Chicken Cells

November 4th, 2018

Via: Engadget: You may know Just (formerly Hampton Creek) for its vegan cookie dough and mayo, but the company has also been working on cultured meat — real meat that’s made from animal cells rather than taken from an animal itself. While it’s not the only company doing so — there are actually quite a […]

GM Electric Bicycles Unveiled

November 2nd, 2018

Tesla might also do an electric bike. Via: Electrek: Today is a big day for car companies jumping on the electric bicycle bandwagon. First Elon Musk dropped a bombshell saying Tesla might build an electric bike, and now GM electric bicycles are on the horizon too. GM gave a surprise announcement this morning where they […]

Chinese-Style ‘Digital Authoritarianism’ Grows Globally

November 2nd, 2018

Via: AFP: Governments worldwide are stepping up use of online tools, in many cases inspired by China’s model, to suppress dissent and tighten their grip on power, a human rights watchdog study found Thursday. The annual Freedom House study of 65 countries found global internet freedom declined for the eighth consecutive year in 2018, amid […]

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