1. Lightyear One to the Rescue
Looks like we have another Tesla in the market! Lightyear One is an electric solar-powered car, originally named Stella, which is now ready for the world to see. The Lightyear One has not officially launched, but did release a prototype that is driver friendly and can go up to 450 miles on a single charge. Even though they have sold over 100 vehicles, they intend to start their production by 2021 at starting price point of approx. $136,000. Lightyear One is “designed from the ground up to maximize performance from a battery that can directly grab sun from a roof and hood covered with 16 square feet of solar cells”. The most beneficial aspect for electric cars is that they can be charged at any charging station without having to scout for a specific one.
So what can your car do?
For more information on the car: https://newdawn.lightyear.one/
2. Deepfakes Are Funny Yet Harmful
What are deepfakes? Used to create parodies and funny videos by merging other peoples’ features (mainly celebrities) into someone’s face or voice, deepfakes have been getting destructive lately. According to CNN, there is an online community where they use celebrities’ faces in disrespectful pornographic material. Adam Mosseri, former executive at Facebook and currently the head of Instagram said that during his time at Facebook, there was a deepfake video of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, saying “Imagine this for a second: One man, with total control of billions of people’s stolen data, all their secrets, their lives, their futures.” Mosseri’s goal isn’t how to stop the deepfakes, but at this point, how to find them quickly because “if a million people see a video like that in the first 24 hours or the first 48 hours, the damage is done,”. Companies like Instagram, Facebook and YouTube are taking extra precaution on these platforms before anything gets more scrutinized.
3. Xbox and PS4 On Your iPad
Ever thought of mixing game consoles with the iOS software?
Apple is introducing Xbox and Playstation 4 controller support to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. How cool is that? Now your Xbox and PS4 games are portable. Apple has a select MFi (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) bluetooth controller that is now compatible with these controllers. Pairing a controller is not any different from connecting any other Bluetooth device. “Most games that already support MFi controllers will immediately detect that the Xbox controller is present and work as you’d expect”. Avid gamers that own Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and PS4 understand the screen size as opposed to an iPhone X screen, making the transition seamless. Having these games compatible with a very commonly owned smartphone increases the likelihood of purchasing more Apple and Xbox/PS4 consoles and controllers. So it is a win-win for both the devices and gaming industry.
(Source: The Verge)