Today's Top Technology Headlines
- U.S. opens investigation in Tesla after fatal crash in Autopilot mode
The agency said the crash came in a 2015 Model S operating with automated driving systems engaged, and "calls for an examination of the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash." The investigation is the first step before the agency could seek to order a recall if it finds the vehicles were unsafe. NHTSA said in a statement the driver of the 2015 Model S was killed while operating in Autopilot mode in a crash on May 7 in Williston, Florida. NHTSA said preliminary reports indicate the vehicle crash occurred when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the Tesla at an intersection.
- Qualcomm files 17 new complaints in China courts against smartphone maker Meizu
Qualcomm Inc has filed 17 fresh complaints in China against Meizu Technology Co, stepping up its battle with the Chinese smartphone maker after the two were unable to reach a licensing accord in the U.S. tech giant's biggest market. The patent infringement complaints by Qualcomm, submitted to intellectual property courts in Beijing and Shanghai on Thursday, mark the second time in a week it has taken legal action against Meizu, one of China's top 10 handset suppliers. Qualcomm is seeking to uphold terms of its landmark 2015 anti-trust settlement with China's economic policy panel, the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC).
- BMW teams up with tech firms for driverless cars: source
BMW is set to announce an alliance to develop self-driving cars with collision detection specialist Mobileye and computer chip maker Intel, a source familiar with the matter said, as the race to put driverless cars on the road heats up. The tie-up is likely to focus on technology being developed by Mobileye to give computer-driven vehicles better reflexes without driver input, ushering in an era of self-driving cars early in the next decade, analysts said. It will be attended by BMW Chief Executive Harald Krueger, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Mobileye Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Amnon Shashua, they said.
- Uber driver data in Kenya helps bridge credit gap
By Neha Wadekar NAIROBI (Reuters) - Sidian Bank has approved its first car loans to experienced Uber [UBER.UL] drivers in Kenya, using a model the ride hailing service hopes can be rolled out across countries in Africa where a lack of customer data limits lending. Getting loans is one of the main hurdles facing small businesses and individuals across the continent as relatively few people have bank accounts or a credit score to go with them so lenders can assess risk. Under the Sidian Bank scheme, Uber's app for booking cars and registering customer satisfaction provides the data the lender needs to decide whether to offer Uber drivers relatively cheap loans to buy their own cars.
- Ukraine central bank flagged cyber-attack in April: memo
By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's central bank urged lenders in April to review security procedures, saying thieves had attempted to steal money from a Ukrainian bank using fraudulent SWIFT transfers, according to a confidential message obtained by Reuters. The warning, issued on April 28, did not identify the bank or say if the cyber attack had been successful, but said it had been similar to the theft in February of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank. A spokeswoman for SWIFT had no immediate comment.
- Chipmaker Micron results, forecast disappoints, shares drop
(Reuters) - Memory-chip maker Micron Technology Inc reported third-quarter revenue below analysts' estimates, forecast a surprise loss for the current quarter and said it is implementing a plan to lower costs, including by focusing on fewer projects and cutting jobs. Micron, which faces stiff competition from rivals such as Samsung, has been suffering as weak demand for personal computers pulled down the prices of its chips in the last few quarters. The company's net sales fell 24.8 percent to $2.9 billion in the quarter ended June 2, missing analysts average estimate of $2.96 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Micron forecast fourth-quarter adjusted loss of 16-24 cents per share, while analysts were expecting a profit of 3 cents.
- Netflix is being sued for raising its prices
I think most TV and movie lovers would agree that one would be hard pressed to find a service that provides more bang for the buck than Netflix. In addition to a growing stable of quality original programming, Netflix also has a wide selection of movie and TV content. And even though Netflix's content library is 40% smaller today than it was four years ago, the quality of content available is arguably unmatched anywhere else. But rolling out an endless string of original content and securing licensing deals with Hollywood studios isn't cheap, a business reality that has naturally forced Netflix to raise its prices over the past few years, even for longtime subscribers. And so, not surprisingly, Netflix now finds itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit. DON'T MISS: This is the iPhone 7 leak we’ve been waiting for Remember when we told you recently that you're about to start paying more for Netflix ? The Hollywood Reporter reports that a Netflix subscriber who was led to believe that he was grandfathered in under Netflix's $7.99/month rate recently filed a class action suit against the streaming giant for increasing his monthly rate to $9.99. "For a period of time, Netflix solicited persons to subscribe to Netflix's streaming service by guaranteeing that Netflix would not increase monthly subscription prices as long as the subscribers maintained the subscription service continuously," the complaint reads in part. "Netflix has broken its contract with these subscribers by unilaterally raising monthly subscription prices." Consequently, the subscriber in question -- one George Keritsis -- is suing Netflix for breach of contract and is hoping to secure class action certification. Is the $2 increase annoying? Sure, but let's be honest -- it's still a much better deal than what Hulu charges for its commercial-free streaming tier. Netflix has yet to issue a statement on the lawsuit but we'll keep you posted as to how this one progresses.
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- Tesla driver killed in crash with Autopilot active, NHTSA investigating
A Tesla Model S with the Autopilot system activated was involved in a fatal crash, the first known fatality in a Tesla where Autopilot was active. The company revealed the crash in a blog post and says it informed the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the incident and said NHTSA is investigating. The accident occurred on a divided highway, when a tractor trailer drove across the highway perpendicular to the Model S. Neither the driver, who is ultimately responsible for the vehicle’s actions even with Autopilot on, nor the car noticed the big rig or the trailer "against a brightly lit sky" and brakes were not applied.
- HTC’s two Nexus phones might only differ by display and battery
Android N nexus 6HTC is probably going to manufacture two new Nexus devices this year, which Google has reportedly codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. Last week, we got a preview of the specs for the Sailfish with no hint of Marlin. Now, it’s Marlin’s turn. Android Police published what we can supposedly expect to see on the bigger Nexus:Quad-core Qualcomm processor5. ...
- Great news for stoners: Terrence Malick's IMAX nature doc has a trailer
Terrence Malick's first IMAX film, Voyage of Time, hits theaters October 7th and you can watch a trailer for it right now. Voyage of Time is about the birth of the universe. If you're thinking "wasn't there a lot of 'birth of the universe' stuff in Malick's 2011 film The Tree of Life?" you are correct, and Malick has said that much of this film is pulled from the same pile of footage.
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- Here come the virtual reality Olympics ... for Samsung users
NEW YORK (AP) — Athletes in Rio will compete to be the fastest sprinter and highest jumper at the Olympics this August. But there's another test underway as well: How well can virtual reality capture sporting events?
- The new features in Tesla’s upcoming software update sound incredible
When Tesla flipped the switch and activated its Autopilot software in late 2015, it provided us with a glimpse into what the future of driving would be like. And while Tesla's Autopilot isn't exactly perfect, it's still more capable and advanced than anything else out on the market today. DON'T MISS: 5 ways the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years Now comes word via Electrek that the next Autopilot software update in the works is going to be a doozy. Said to be the biggest UI refresh to date, the report adds that the impending 8.0 software update will bring even more autonomous features to Tesla's fleet of Model S and Model X vehicles. While the Autopilot is not quite there yet, Tesla has been improving it with each new update and the 8.0 version brings the system one step closer to a virtually autonomous driving system on highways with the addition of automatic off-ramp with the turn signal. Much like Tesla’s current automatic lane change with the turn signal when on Autosteer, 8.0 will allow drivers to command the Autopilot to take an exit by simply activating the turn signal. What's more, the new update -- which is said to already be in beta testing -- will deliver a "smoother experience" with respect to Autosteer and stop and go traffic. Indeed, even when the current incarnation of Autopilot works properly, the experience can sometimes tend to be a bit on the jerky side. But what's even more exciting is that Tesla's vast array of sensors will be able to process, analyze and display to the driver even more information about other cars on the road. Specifically, a UI refresh to the dashboard display will not only show other vehicles on the road but will also indicate the "angle they are moving, like perpendicular to the Tesla or turning around a corner." On a related note, about two months ago we highlighted how the next-gen version of Tesla's Autopilot software and hardware will help take autonomous driving to the next level . Specifically, new Autopilot hardware from Tesla partner Mobileye will be able to more readily avoid obstacles and recognize important weather conditions that can often play a role in how software interprets data. Make sure to hit the source link below for the full rundown of changes Tesla drivers can expect to see once the company releases its latest Autopilot software update.
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