Do You Own a Tesla? It’s Vulnerable to Hacking

· Andrew Orr · Link

Security experts found that Teslas are vulnerable to certain kinds of hacks. One expert, Brian DeMuth, said there are no easy ways to prevent it, but you can take some measures.

There are a few things that can reduce the risk if you are willing to accept diminished functionality in the car. For example, the telematics unit can be removed from the vehicle to eliminate attacks over the cellular network, but this also will prevent mobile apps and other remote functionality from working. Removing the telematics unit could also trigger warnings and other errors to appear in the instrument cluster or infotainment system.

Walmart Sues Tesla Over Solar Panel Fires

· Andrew Orr · News

Walmart is suing Tesla in a multi-million dollar lawsuit, alleging that the latter’s solar panels caused fires on as many as seven stores.

New Tesla Model Y Unveiled

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Tesla unveiled its latest vehicle Friday, the Model Y. The Verge reported that CEO Elon Musk bragged that despite being SUV-like, the vehicle “will ride like a sports car.” It will be available in the fall of 2020, with prices starting at $47,000.

“It has the functionality of an SUV, but it will ride like a sports car,” Musk said. “So this thing will be really tight on corners.” The $47,000 long range Model Y will come first in the fall of 2020, and will have a range of 300 miles, Musk said. Tesla will also sell an all-wheel-drive dual motor version for $51,000, and a performance version for $60,000— both of which will also be available in fall 2020. The cheaper, standard range version with a range of 230 miles won’t be available until 2021, Musk said, and will sell for $39,000.

Tesla Granted Permission to Sell Model 3 in Europe

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Tesla Model 3.

LONDON – Tesla received permission to start selling the Model 3 in Europe. Bloomberg News reported Monday that the Dutch vehicle authority, RDW, gave the firm the go-ahead. It could start delivering the Long Range Battery version of the vehicle in February. The news came just days after CEO Elon Musk announced that the company was going to lay off 7% of its full-time staff to reduce the price of the Model 3.

The European launch is crucial for Tesla as it navigates what Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk called a “very difficult” road ahead. The company is cutting jobs so it can profitably deliver lower-priced versions of the Model 3, Tesla’s first car targeted for the mass market. Musk has pointed to sales of the sedan in Europe and China as a main reason he isn’t concerned about any potential setback caused by a halving of the U.S. federal tax credit, to $3,750, on Tesla purchases as of Jan. 1.

The $4,400 Caviar iPhone

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

If the standard iPhone 10 is just not enough for you, luxury gadgets manufacturer Caviar has released a modified version, complete with a solar panel to charge the battery. It is not so sunny on the bank balance though – the phone starts at $4,400. The solar panel on the Tesla iPhone X charges the battery in around 30 hours. And yes, it was named as a tribute to Elon Musk’s electric car company. However, the phone apparently got rather hot when it was charged the normal way. It may be out of budget for most of us, but the Tesla iPhone X certainly catches the eye. MacRumours got their hands on one.

Elon Musk 'Might Move' to Mars

· Charlotte Henry · News

Elon Musk on Axios on HBO

Space X CEO Elon Musk has said that there is a 70% chance he will go to Mars and that he might even move there.

The Facebook Dance, Autonomous Cars, and our AI Future - ACM 454

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan and Jeff discuss the ongoing #deletefacebook discussion and whether it’s a tempest in a teapot. They also talk about autonomous vehicles, regulation, and our future with driverless cars, and also our future with artificial intelligence.

SpaceX's 4 Hour Video of Starman's Voyage to Mars

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

SpaceX posted the four hour stream of Starman’s initial voyage into space, and it’s super cool. Starman is the name of the dummy SpaceX plopped into the driver’s seat of the Tesla Roadster it sent to Mars. Because [Elon Musk]. This was all part of the maiden launch of Space X’s Falcon Heavy rocket earlier this week. According to Space.com, SpaceX expected the battery on the streaming camera to work for 12 hours, but it crapped out after four. And those four hours are pretty darned cool—Flat Earthers may find the whole thing particularly enlightening. Check it out!

Verne Troyer's Tesla Unboxing Video is Even Better than You Think

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Getting a new car is pretty cool, and if it’s a Tesla, even more so. If it’s Verne Troyer getting a new Tesla it’s cool with a double dose of awesome. Verne is an actor who is well known for is role as Mini Me in the Austin Powers movies and he’s used to dealing with products that aren’t sized quite right for him. His new Tesla, however is perfect, and his unboxing video is so much fun it should be criminal.

Apple Security FUBAR or SNAFU, Bitcoin Bubble, Tesla Bubble, and Oak Island - Pop.0 ep.22

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

In this video podcast, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit ask whether the macOS High Sierra root access flaw indicates that Apple is FUBAR or was a simple SNAFU. They also discuss the huge spike in Bitcoin and whether or not we’re seeing a bubble. And speaking of bubbles, some Tesla critics say that company is experiencing its own. The cap the show with a look at The History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, and Bryan has a theory about the most recent episodes. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)