KW 7: Google 3D Animals: Awesome beasts from sharks to tigers in life-size 3D, The role of combining new tech with existing infrastructure in energy transition, VdTÜV study: Increasing concern about cyber attacks on networked products


Google 3D Animals: Awesome beasts from sharks to tigers in life-size 3D: Have you tried Google’s 3D animals? They are amazing. From sharks to tigers to tiny creepy-crawlies, here’s a full list of the augmented reality creatures you can look at life-size, in your home, or wherever you are, through your phone screen. If you’ve never seen them, they’re 3D, near-photo-realistic animations of scores of animals which will appear magically on your phone screen. You can even take photos of yourself with them and share the results.

The role of combining new tech with existing infrastructure in energy transition: The power sector’s investments into software to optimize performance, costs, and revenues of generation and grid assets are constantly growing – so much that they are projected to reach $5.2 billion in 2025. While reinforcing the aging energy infrastructure is a long-term goal globally, it’s also an extremely resource-intensive endeavor. Yet, there might be a simpler solution in plain sight: combining digital technologies with existing infrastructures. Ultimately, this approach is easier to execute, provides immediate savings, and lays the foundation for a successful energy transition. Smart grids, which are networks that comprise a broad mix of technologies, have shown particular promise.

VdTÜV study: Increasing concern about cyber attacks on networked products: Many consumers‘ trust in smart home products is slowly declining. Around 66% believe that the risk of a hacker attack from internet-connected televisions, alarm systems or vacuum cleaner robots is increasing. 68% also fear the misuse of personal data. In addition, 80% do not know how well the devices are protected against cyber attacks. This is the result of a representative Forsa survey on behalf of the TÜV Association among 1,005 people aged 16 and over. On the occasion of the „Safer Internet Day“, Dr. Dirk Stenkamp, President of the TÜV Association (VdTÜV), said that protection against cyber attacks must become an integral part of product safety. Consumer safety concerns have slowed the development of the smart home market.

Singapore plans urban climate reversal: In the western region of Singapore, 42,000 new apartments will be built in five residential areas. The smart eco-city Waltstadt is supposed to ensure more energy efficiency with intelligent technology. Apartment buildings are surrounded by parks and bodies of water and are therefore close to nature. The eco-city will also have technologies for energy efficiency and CO2 savings, such as central and climate-optimized cooling systems, automated and efficient waste management and a car-free city center.

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myHOMEBOOK warns of smart home products from the US and East Asia: Many consumers shy away from the technology, the costs and the effort of smart home products. They can save money, waste less electricity and lower heating costs. According to Günther Ohland, chairman of the board of the SmartHome Initiative Deutschland e.V., the concept and benefits of smart homes have not yet fully reached the Germans. This is also due to the fact that many big brands sell their technology products as smart and thus shape the term. In addition, Ohland warns against Far Eastern or US American products. These rely 100 percent on the cloud with servers in the US and the Far East. You don’t know what will happen to the data, while in Europe all data is subject to the GDPR.

Malware is now targeting Apple’s new M1 processor: Mac malware has always been less common than its Windows-targeting counterparts, but in recent years the threat to Apple computers has gone mainstream. Now hackers have debuted malware tailored to run on Apple’s new ARM-based M1 processors, released for the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini in November. Apple’s M1 chip is a departure from the Intel x86 architecture Apple has used since 2005, and it gives Apple the opportunity to bake specific Mac security protections and features directly into its processors. That transition has required legitimate developers to work on building versions of their software that run “natively” on M1 for optimal performance rather than needing to be translated through an Apple emulator called Rosetta 2. Not to be outdone, malware authors have started making the transition too.

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„In mathematical terms, video conferences make 700,000 cars superfluous.“
Jens Clausen, author of the representative survey on the climate protection potential of video conferences and home office of the Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD) and the Borderstep Institute.


Mercedes has to recall a million cars due to emergency-call location error: Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles because the software in their emergency-call systems could send responders to the wrong location after a crash. The recall comes after Mercedes-Benz learned of a crash in Europe where the automatic emergency-call system sent the wrong position of the vehicle. It began an investigation in October 2019, and it eventually found other similar events. A company spokesman said that it found none in the United States.

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