VW considering partnership with carmakers to develop software: CEO
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told Der Spiegel that the company is considering partnerships with other carmakers to develop software. He did not rule out cooperation with competitors such as BMW or Daimler. “If Europe loses data sovereignty in the car, then we will make ourselves completely dependent on high-tech companies from USA or China,” Diess warned.
Motorcycle vibrations can harm iPhone camera: Apple
Apple has said that exposing iPhones to high amplitude vibrations, specifically, those generated by high-power motorcycle engines, can degrade the performance of the camera system. “It’s not recommended to attach your it to motorcycles with high-power or high-volume engines,” Apple said, recommending a vibration dampening mount for vehicles with small-volume or electric engines like scooters.
Facebook asked for clarifications over its smart glasses by Italy
Italy’s data protection authority has asked Facebook to provide clarifications over its newly launched smart glasses to assess whether the product is compliant with privacy laws. It said that it wanted to be informed on measures Facebook has put in place to protect people occasionally filmed. Smart glasses allow wearers to take calls or capture photos and short videos.
Black holes exert pressure on their environment: Study
University of Sussex physicists have found that black holes exert pressure on their environment, in a scientific first. Researchers revealed they found an extra figure that was presented in equations that they were running on quantum gravitational corrections to the entropy of a black hole. They eventually found that quantum gravity can lead to pressure in black holes.
Google gave user data to HK govt in 2020 despite vowing otherwise
Google submitted user data to the Hong Kong government last year despite having pledged not to process such requests from authorities, the Hong Kong Free Press reported citing its report. It complied with three of 43 government requests received between July-December 2020. One request was for an emergency disclosure involving a credible threat to life, while others involved human trafficking.
Skyroot signs MoU to test its rocket hardware at ISRO facilities
Spacetech startup Skyroot Aerospace has entered into an agreement with the Department of Space for access to ISRO facilities and expertise towards the development and testing of subsystems/systems of space launch vehicles. The Framework MoU will enable Skyroot to avail ISRO’s technical expertise. Skyroot has reportedly become the first private company to formally enter into an agreement with ISRO.