Last Updated Mar 16, 2010 4:53 PM EDT When BMW is not launching high-performance cars, it's working on a futuristic program called Project i, which will produce a small battery-powered urban electric vehicle (EV) for use in "mega-cities" (those with populations of more than 10 million). And to help design it, the German automaker has tapped Paris-based Dassault SystÃ¨mes. According to Dassault, its CATIA 3D auto design software helped create 80 percent of the cars on display at last year's Los Angeles Auto Show, including the 2010 Green Car of the Year (the Audi A3 TDI, a clean diesel that gets an estimated 42 miles per gallon). BMW signed a five-year agreement with Dassault on March 9. The software will allow BMW engineers to simulate how low-emission vehicles will perform and measure such metrics as fuel economy and grams per kilometer of carbon emissions. It could also be useful in determining the all-important range of battery vehicles. 3D design software is a big … [Read more...] about NASCAR Meets BMW in 3D Design World
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(MoneyWatch) Few consumers would be shocked that companies will at times stretch the truth, slant information, or otherwise bend over backwards to make things sound better than they are. That's the current case with some high tech heavyweights like Microsoft (MSFT) and a number of Android hardware manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, HTC, and Asus. Each has been caught in its own way. It's a reminder to take everything an advertiser says with a grain of salt. Microsoft faces quandary in aping Apple and GoogleSamsung and Apple: High-tech's Punch and JudySamsung Galaxy beats Apple iPhone in satisfaction Finding significant juggling, stretching, and bending of numbers is nothing new. Apple does it too (AAPL). But these latest examples from the Android crowd and Microsoft are brazen. Start with the former, the Android group -- a technical expert in Luxembourg allegedly found that some technical specs as shown by testing software, called benchmarks, were effectively faked. That would be a … [Read more...] about Samsung, Microsoft bending the truth in marketing?
For the U.S. government, the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan represents a unique opportunity to test advanced computer forensics techniques called "media exploitation" that it's developed over the last few years. The military's acronym for the process is DOMEX, which one Army team in Iraq cheekily sums up with this motto: "You check their pulse, we'll check their pockets." Full coverage: The Killing of Osama bin LadenCIA spied on bin Laden compound from safe house The electronic gear hauled away by an assault team of Navy SEALs reportedly included five computers, 10 hard drives, and scores of removable media including USB sticks and DVDs. Some reports say the forensic analysis is taking place at the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Va., while others have placed it at a "secret location in Afghanistan." (See list of related CNET stories.) While the U.S. government isn't exactly volunteering what's happening now, the Army has confirmed in the past that it provides "tactical … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Finding treasures in Bin Laden computers
WASHINGTON - Volkswagen (VLKAY) has disclosed to U.S. regulators that there is additional suspect software in its 2016 diesel models that would potentially help their exhaust systems run cleaner during government tests. Volkswagen confirmed to The Associated Press that the "auxiliary emissions control device" at issue operates differently from the "defeat" device software included in the company's 2009 to 2015 models disclosed last month. That disclosure triggered the worldwide cheating scandal engulfing the world's largest automaker. The newly revealed software makes a pollution control catalyst heat up faster, improving performance of the device that separates smog-causing nitrogen oxide into harmless nitrogen and oxygen gases. VW spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said the new issue with the 2016 diesel models, known as an auxiliary emissions control device, was first revealed last week to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California regulators. "This has the function of a warmup … [Read more...] about Volkwagen: 2016 diesels have new software to foil emissions test
Last Updated Feb 21, 2016 10:46 PM EST WASHINGTON -- The county government that owned the iPhone in a high-profile legal battle between Apple Inc. and the Justice Department paid for but never installed a feature that would have allowed the FBI to easily and immediately unlock the phone as part of the terrorism investigation into the shootings that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.If the technology, known as mobile device management, had been installed, San Bernardino officials would have been able to remotely unlock the iPhone for the FBI without the theatrics of a court battle that is now pitting digital privacy rights against national security concerns.The service costs $4 per month per phone.Instead, the only person who knew the unlocking passcode for the phone is the dead gunman, Syed Farook, who worked as an inspector in the county's public health department.The iPhone assigned to Farook also lacked a Touch ID feature, meaning the FBI cannot use the dead gunman's … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Common software would have unlocked San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone