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Police take perfect selfie after driving drunk man home

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

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And the night ended well.

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There are times when having one too many can involve being accosted two too many police officers.

This experience was encountered by an Australian man called Reece.

The difference is that the two officers took him home and then posed — with him — for a glorious selfie.

Soon, the picture began to float around the web. Reece had originally posted it with the words: “So was just looking through my phone and turns out these good c**** took some banger selfies after they took my drunk ass home. Bloody legends.” (Translation: “banger” equals “very good.”)

The Tasmania Police Department posted their work to Facebook. What a work. There is Reece in the background, prostrate in bed, but sober enough to signal that he’s OK. And there are the officers smiling at a good deed done.

The police, though, added a message about ensuring you have a designated driver when you go out, or that you take public transportation.

“Snr Sgt Fox said that police did not normally drive people home who were suffering from the effects of alcohol.” the post said. “However police are always looking for a place of safety for anyone who is affected by alcohol.”

In this case, police said that they’d been contacted by a taxi company who were concerned for Reece. The police added wryly: “Because he was a bit worse for wear, our officers took the opportunity to record the moment with a selfie in the likely event he could not remember how he got home.”

The Tasmania Police Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

One hopes, however, that Reece has been in touch to commend the officers on their excellent photographic skills in a moment of severe stress.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/police-take-perfect-selfie-after-driving-drunk-man-home/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Asus ZenBook Pro has plenty of inner pieces

The most beautiful phone ever has one wildly annoying issue

The Samsung Galaxy S8’s fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but the annoying fingerprint reader could sour your experience.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/pictures/asus-zenbook-pro/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Woz: Tesla, not Apple, will have the next tech moonshot

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

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A big admirer of Elon Musk.

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When it comes to the next great tech breakthroughs, Steve Wozniak isn’t betting on the company he founded.

Instead, he believes Tesla is at the forefront of anticipating the world to come.

In an interview with Bloomberg Canada, Woz explained that he believes Elon Musk will be behind the things no one has really thought of.

“I think Tesla is on the best direction right now,” he said. “They’ve put an awful lot of effort into very risky things.”

Woz said Musk anticipated things like electric cars, self-driving cars and the need for efficient transportation systems. He expressed admiration for Musk’s Boring Company, which believes that digging holes beneath the surface will obviate traffic.

“I’m going to bet on Tesla,” he said.

Why, though, is Tesla different? “They started with a car — the Tesla Model S — that made little sense in engineering terms in how much you have to build for what price and what the market will be,” he said

Why, then, did the Model S succeed? “It fit one person’s ideal of this will be the most beautiful, you know, a very beautiful, elegant and simple device to use,” said Woz.

“It was really built for Elon’s own life. What car would he like? And when things come from yourself, knowing what you’d like very much and being in control of it […] that’s when you get the best products,” he explained.

Some might imagine that Woz had Steve Jobs’ — and his own — attitude in mind when he chose Musk as the next standard-bearer. After all, Apple created the sorts of computers that no one thought even looked like computers. (Which was, of course, why real human beings gravitated toward them.)

Now, however, Woz didn’t mention Apple as being in the vanguard of the next big thing. A clue to why emerged from his subsequent words.

“Look at the companies like Google and Facebook and Apple and Microsoft that changed the world — and Tesla included. They usually came from young people. They didn’t spring out of big businesses,” he said.

Apple is now a very big business. Might Woz be slyly suggesting that Cupertino can’t quite match the more cavalier creative nature of Musk? I think he just might.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s mother killed in boating mishap

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has lost his mother in a boating accident, and his father has been injured.

Kalanick’s parents, Bonnie and Donald, were boating on Pine Flat Lake near Fresno, California, on Friday when their craft struck a rock and sank, according to a preliminary report by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

“Deputies later found a man and woman on shore. He had moderate injuries and the woman was deceased,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. Kalanick’s father was flown by helicopter to a regional medical center.

“Last night Travis and his family suffered an unspeakable tragedy. His mother passed away in a devastating boating accident near Fresno and his father is in serious condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis and his family in this heartbreaking time,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.

Kalanick reportedly was close to his mother. He posted these photos to Facebook on Mother’s Day, earlier this month:

Recode’s Kara Swisher, who also writes for Vanity Fair, published an outtake from a profile she did of Kalanick for VF. It gives a glimpse of Kalanick’s relationship with his mother and father.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/uber-ceo-travis-kalanicks-mother-killed-in-boating-mishap/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Before you install the Amazon Video app on Android, read this

Ask almost any security expert, and they’ll tell you switching on “unknown sources” on your Android phone or tablet is one of the worst things you can do for device security.

But that’s exactly what Amazon has asked its app store customers to do for years.

The heart of the problem is Amazon’s requirement to allow installations from “unknown sources” — that is, any app or game that hasn’t been carefully vetted by the Google Play app store. That’s because while almost all of Amazon’s apps are already in Google Play, the retail giant’s own third-party app store, dubbed Underground, isn’t allowed.

Opening your Android phone or tablet up to apps and games outside Google’s protective walled garden also makes your device infinitely more vulnerable to malware.

A spokesperson for Amazon said “millions” of devices have Underground installed, but warned that “customers should take care only to download content from sources they trust, like Amazon.” That includes Amazon Prime Video — the company’s competitor to Netflix — which is only available on Android through the Amazon Underground store.

But it’s not Amazon’s app store that’s the problem — it’s the giant hole you have to punch in Android’s security to get it installed in the first place.

You can read more of this story on our sister site ZDNet.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-underground-app-store-android-security-risk/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Here’s your first look at the Mercedes-AMG hypercar’s powertrain

Mercedes-AMG has already given out a few details of its upcoming hypercar, dubbed Project One. Now, we can finally take a look at how it all comes together.

The performance sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz released a new teaser for Project One today, showcasing the ridiculous Formula 1-derived powertrain. Shortly thereafter, the automaker was nice enough to give us some time with it in person.

We already know it will put out more than 1,000 horsepower, thanks to a plug-in hybrid system that mates a 1.6-liter gas V6 to four electric motors — two driving the front axle, and two integrated into the powertrain out back. Three of the motors (the two front axle motors, and the MGU-K connected to the crank) have an output of about 161 horsepower.

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All that’s left to unveil at this point is the body.


The engine, mounted midship, sports a massive air intake up top, which will integrate into the body with a bit more elegance than a Formula 1 car. Its lithium-ion battery sits low and flat just behind the front axle. Stuck between the engine and the battery is a litany of electronic components, the same components you’d find tucked into a 2015-ish-era Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 car. Also like Mercedes-AMG’s Formula 1 car, the turbocharger is split in two, with each half residing on either side of the engine block, connected by a shaft that runs through the engine’s V.

It’s complicated, it’s powerful, and it’s unlike any other road car in existence. If you’ve been yearning for a Formula 1 car for the road, here’s the best way to make that happen — if you can get your hands on one, which won’t exactly be easy.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/heres-your-first-look-at-the-mercedes-amg-hypercar-powertrain/#ftag=CAD590a51e