Tech News Today

Jan 2nd 2017

Tech News Today 1674

Tread the VR

Enhanced Autopilot, Bitcoin, Dell XPS 13, ASUS ZenFone AR
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Guests: Russell Holly
Category: News

Research by Security Research Labs shows how easy it is to abuse flight reservation systems, with three systems making up 90 percent of all reservations worldwide and utilizing 70's and 80's era technology to do it. As a result, weakened authentication makes it easy for anyone to capture personal and booking information using relatively simple methods.

Tesla is rolling out the first big update to its Enhanced Autopilot system, but only to the first 1000 cars in its fleet for starters. The enhancements include Traffic Aware Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warnings, and Low Speed Autosteer. Elon Musk says Autopilot 2.0 will reach feature parity to 1.0 in the first half of 2017.

Bitcoin apparently had a new years resolution: To reach higher than $1000, and it did that thanks to a good year that saw it climb 125 percent in 2016. It reached $1,022 on the Bitstamp exchange, which is the highest it's been since the Mt. Gox hack in late 2013 saw its value plunge from its all time high of $1163 to less than $400.

At the top of many people’s New Years resolutions list is likely to strike a better work/life balance. In France, employment law is helping all of its workers do just that by affording workers the right to disconnect from technology during off-hours. Employers with 50 or more workers are now required to work with employees to negotiate ways that they can switch off when not at work.

  •  Russell Holly from VRheads discusses how virtual reality can be used to help gamers get in shape.

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