Benedict Benedict

Even Fixed VW Diesels Might Emit More Pollutants Than Law Allows

As part of its $15 billion settlement package to begin resolving its use of so-called “defeat devices” in 500,000 diesel-engine vehicles in the U.S. to skirt emission standards, Volkswagen has agreed to pay $2.7 million to establish a fund to reduce nitrogen oxide in any area of the U.S. were VW’s emissions-cheating vehicles were located. But it turns out those funds aren’t just for past emissions, they’re also for future ones.  [More]

Apple Fixes iPhone Flaw That Allowed Siri Twitter Search To Access To Photos, Contacts

Apple Fixes iPhone Flaw That Allowed Siri Twitter Search To Access To Photos, Contacts

No one likes a snoop. That’s why Apple says it has fixed a security flaw in the iOS operating system that allowed the Siri virtual assistant to search Twitter on locked iPhones, leading to the unauthorized access of photos and contacts.
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Benedict Benedict

VW Gets Another Month To Come Up With Plan For Vehicles With “Defeat Devices”

Today was the day, the deadline for Volkswagen to come up with a fix for some 500,000 diesel-engine vehicles that contain “defeat devices” to skirt federal emissions standards, only that didn’t happen. Instead, a judge is giving the company one more month.  [More]

(Eric Arnold)

Judge Gives Volkswagen Until March 24 To Come Up With Fix For Dirty Diesels

Volkswagen has one month to come up with a plan on how to fix nearly 500,000 diesel-engine vehicles that contain “defeat devices” to skirt federal emissions standards, a judge overseeing class-action suits against the carmaker declared on Thursday. [More]

(Jacob Tompkins)

Report: Regulators Ask VW To Produce More Electric Vehicles To Make Up For That Emissions-Cheating Stuff

While hundreds of thousands of consumers in the U.S. continue to wait for Volkswagen to create a plan to fix vehicles that cheat emission standards, federal regulators are apparently looking to the future, asking the carmaker to produce more electric vehicles in the country as a sort of penance for its use of “defeat devices” in diesel cars.  [More]

Twitter Fixes “Password Recovery Bug” That May Have Exposed Information Tied To 10,000 Accounts

Twitter Fixes “Password Recovery Bug” That May Have Exposed Information Tied To 10,000 Accounts

Twitter says it has fixed a problem with its password recovery system that recently made vulnerable the emails and phone numbers associated with thousands of Twitter accounts.  [More]

Tesla Updates Self-Parking Software After Consumer Reports Raises Concerns

Tesla Updates Self-Parking Software After Consumer Reports Raises Concerns

When Tesla announced last month that it would push out a software upgrade to allow Model S owners to park their electric car in a garage or perpendicular spaces without anyone behind the wheel, it was seen as yet another step toward a fully autonomous vehicle. That was until researchers found the new “Summon” mode contained a small safety issue.  [More]

(Eric Arnold)

VW Buyback Plan Seems More Likely As Company Struggles To Find Fix For Emission-Cheating Vehicles

Since Volkswagen admitted last year to using “defeat devices” in certain cars to cheat on emissions tests, some owners and consumer advocates have pushed for the carmaker to buy back affected vehicles from customers. VW had resisted this idea, but without any other resolution in the offing, a mass buyback offer is beginning to look possible.
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(Eric Arnold)

Volkswagen CEO: We Are Not Crooks

While Volkswagen is currently the target of numerous civil lawsuits — including one filed last week by the federal government  — there is still the possibility VW could face criminal charges. But the company’s CEO contends that no real crime was actually committed. [More]

VW Reportedly Considering Buying Back More Than 50,000 Emissions-Cheating Cars In The U.S.

VW Reportedly Considering Buying Back More Than 50,000 Emissions-Cheating Cars In The U.S.

Volkswagen may buy back tens of thousands of vehicles in the United States if the company can’t find an easy way to remove “defeat devices” that allow the cars to evade emissions standards.  [More]

Lawmakers Call For VW To Buy Back Emission-Cheating Cars At Pre-Scandal Value

Lawmakers Call For VW To Buy Back Emission-Cheating Cars At Pre-Scandal Value

Despite nearly a quarter of the 482,000 owners of Volkswagen vehicles equipped with “defeat devices” accepting a “goodwill package” of $1,000 in cash and credits for their troubles, lawmakers said on Thursday that the carmaker needs to do more – namely buy back the automobiles that violate federal air pollution emission standards.  [More]

Nintendo Trusts Their Users, Goes Above And Beyond

Nintendo Trusts Their Users, Goes Above And Beyond

Nintendo, apparently forgetting that they are a large corporation, went out of their way to make sure all the variables that caused John’s Wii to glitch were addressed. Read his full letter inside.