Hashtag Trending Aug 22 – Tesla Raises Cost of FSD; an alternating current that uses no electricity; hackers want your cookies more than santa claus

Tesla is raising the cost of its full self-driving (FSD) feature, a new type of air conditioner cools without using electricity, and hackers are eyeing cookie sessions to trick multi-factor authentication.

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Tesla is upping the initial cost of its full self-driving feature to $15,000, a $3,000 increase from the previous price. The news was announced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter, who is still struggling with legal issues over the acquisition of the social media platform. As noted by Engadget, the company will honor the current price of $12,000 if the order has already been placed. Any Tesla vehicle with an FSD 3.0 or higher computer is eligible for the upgrade, which will unlock features such as Advanced Active Guidance and Assisted Driving. It is not yet clear whether the subscription for full self-driving will also receive a proportional price increase.

Source: Engadget

A company has created an air conditioner that does not use electricity. The Kensho, developed and patented in Israel, uses liquid nitrogen to keep the room cool. The unit produces a gentle breeze at -10C without using a fan. Instead, it relies on the pressure generated when nitrogen changes from its liquid state to a gaseous state. Not only does Kensho reduce energy consumption, but the only byproduct is just nitrogen, which makes up about 70% of the outside air. And because there are no electrical parts, it’s completely silent. There is a catch, however, and that is that the nitrogen should be replaced every seven to 10 days, which essentially makes it a subscription. The Kensho will debut in six restaurants in Tel Aviv, Israel, and is expected to cost the same as a conventional air conditioner.

Source: no camels

In the latest development of the cat-and-mouse cybersecurity game, hackers steal session cookies to bypass multi-factor authentication. Markets for web session cloning or identity theft are multiplying, attracting unscrupulous actors. Since popular browsers store cookie settings in a specific file location on the user’s device, attacks to extract them can be scripted. Then there are the proven phishing attacks that still plague the industry. To protect yourself, the technical publication eSecurity Planet recommends disabling the built-in password backup features without a master password. Deleting cookies frequently also helps.

Source: Planet eSecurity

A startup turns recycled plastic into homes. Azure, the Los Angeles-based startup, uses recycled plastic to 3D print prefab homes. By using discarded plastic, Azure says its homes can be made 30% cheaper and 70% faster than conventional methods. The demo units also look much livelier and more modern than the concrete ones, with transparent sidewalls and smooth multi-toned panels. Azure currently only sources post-industrial plastic, but hopes to integrate post-consumer plastic into its future homes.

Source: Business Intern

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