Audi's Future: Self-Driving Cars, Dual HUDs, LTE
From PCMAG.com: “Audi sketched out its vision for the future of connected cars Wednesday at CES, with cell phone boosters and LTE paving the way for hands-free driving and user-controlled swipable heads-up displays.
The German carmaker, which last year debuted a modular multimedia interface (MMI) built around the Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor, again brought Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang on stage to unveil a version of the board using the 1.4-GHz Tegra 3, which is currently being made available in the upcoming Audi A3.
But the company also unveiled a ridiculous amount of technology that the company is developing in its labs. A short-term improvement, LTE, seemed almost like an afterthought, after being prominently featured in announcements from Seagate and OnStar, among others.
Audi’s connected car vision, Audi Connect, previously used 3G technology to connect the car to an array of…read on.”
Feds Say iMessage Is 'Impossible' to Intercept
Encryption technology used by Apple’s iMessage makes it “impossible” for law enforcement to intercept the content of those messages, according to documentation from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
The DEA’s San Jose office discovered last month that iMessages sent between Apple devices “are not captured by pen register, trap and trace devices, or Title III interceptions,” the document says. “iMessages sent between two Apple devices are considered encrypted communication and cannot be intercepted, regardless of the cell phone service provider.”
It’s easier to intercept a message between an iOS and non-iOS device, the DEA said.
“A speaker this small can't possibly replace a dedicated sound system, or even a modestly priced iPod dock. However, considering its tiny size, the Foxl v2 Bluetooth performed didn't fare too badly in our tests. I connected my Motorola Droid X to the speaker via Bluetooth and played a selection of tracks to hear how it handles bass, tremble, and various instruments and vocals. The Protomen's "The Hounds" came through satisfyingly clear and loud, the rockabilly guitar riff reaching well across our test room and just through the doors, despite the jazzy vocals falling a bit short of that range. It didn't shake the lab, but two aisles away you could almost hear "The Hounds.”—
I see what you did there.
Anonymous Hacks Apple Server
The hacker group Anonymous has broken into one of Apple’s servers, but that statement sounds a lot worse than it actually is for Apple customers. First off, the infiltrated server appears to be one that Apple used to process technical support follow-up surveys. And the hack itself only managed to reveal 27 internal Apple user names and passwords: No customer dataseems to have been compromised in the attack.
Anonymous posted the results of its hack to Pastebin, and Apple has responded by taking the affected server offline.