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Video: As Robotics and AI Merge, a Huge Competition for Progress, and Funding, is Developing...

In This Video: Major technology and robotics companies are advancing their efforts to develop and train artificial intelligence models. These AI systems are being designed to perform a wide range of roles and functions, preparing for a future where AI is integral to various industries and aspects of everyday life.

Video Courtesy of NBC News

Major Windows Security Hole Went Unpatched by Microsoft for Over a YEAR...


Windows Exploit

Hackers have been targeting Windows 10 and 11 users with malware for over a year, but a fix has finally arrived in the latest Windows update released on July 9th.

This vulnerability, exploited by malicious code since at least January 2023, was reported to Microsoft by researchers. It was fixed on Tuesday as part of Microsoft’s monthly patch release, tracked as CVE-2024-38112. The flaw, residing in the MSHTML engine of Windows, had a severity rating of 7.0 out of 10.

Security firm Check Point discovered the attack code, which used “novel tricks” to lure Windows users into executing remote code. One method involved a file named Books_A0UJKO.pdf.url, which appeared as a PDF in Windows but was actually a .url file designed to open an application via a link.

Internet Explorer Continues to Haunt Windows...

When viewed in Windows, these files looked like PDFs, but they opened a link that called msedge.exe (Edge browser). This link included attributes like mhtml: and !x-usc:, a trick long used by threat actors to open applications such as MS Word. Instead of opening in Edge, the link would open in Internet Explorer (IE), which is less secure and outdated.

Internet Explorer, Microsoft's infamously insecure browser has been discontinued for years, and even more previously unknown vulnerabilities are still occasionally discovered.  The point being - once a hacker has Internet Explorer open, and the ability to tell it to open a URL, they can choose from a wide variety of methods to install software, execute code, or destroy data.

IE would prompt the user with a dialog box to open the file, and if the user clicked “open,” a second dialog box appeared, vaguely warning about opening content on the Windows device. Clicking “allow” would cause IE to load a file ending in .hta, running embedded code.

Haifei Li, the Check Point researcher who discovered the vulnerability, summarized the attack methods: the first technique used the “mhtml” trick to call IE instead of the more secure Chrome/Edge. The second technique tricked users into thinking they were opening a PDF while actually executing a dangerous .hta application. The goal was to make victims believe they were opening a PDF using these two tricks.

Check Point’s report includes cryptographic hashes for six malicious .url files used in the campaign, which Windows users can use to check if they’ve been targeted.

Author: Stephen Hannan
New York Newsroom

'Godfather of AI' on AI's Potential Risk To Society...

Geoffrey Hinton is one of the leading voices in the field of AI,  he quit his job at Google over concerns about what AI could eventually lead to if unchecked.

Video courtesy of PBS Newshour

19 of The World's Largest Tech Companies ORDERED to REVEAL Algorithms Behind Their Latest AI Developments....

ai in europe

The European Commission is making 19 tech giants, including Amazon, Google, TikTok, and YouTube, reveal their AI algorithms under the Digital Services Act. This is a significant step towards making AI more transparent and accountable, and ultimately, improving our lives.

As we know, AI is expected to impact every aspect of our lives, from healthcare to education, to even how well we write. However, it also generates fear, such as concerns about machines becoming smarter than us or causing harm inadvertently. To avoid these risks, transparency and accountability will be crucial for AI to benefit us positively.

The EU Artificial Intelligence Act aims to achieve this goal. By sharing commercial information with regulators before using AI for sensitive practices such as hiring, companies can be held accountable for the outcomes of their algorithms. EU rules could quickly become the global standard, making this a significant development in AI regulation.

However, there's always a balance to strike when it comes to regulation. The major tech companies view AI as the next big thing, and innovation in this field is now a geopolitical race. Too much regulation could stifle progress, but at the same time, we need to make sure that companies are accountable for their algorithms' outcomes.

Companies will also need to answer any questions the commission members have about their AI projects.

\This is a significant development for AI regulation that will benefit everyone. By making AI more transparent and accountable, we can ensure that it improves our lives and avoids the potential risks.

Will They Even Have The Answers?

Interestingly, AI researchers are increasingly devoting time to understanding what AI is doing. Sometimes they can dig into the data and identify particular parameters on which the AI relies heavily. However, explaining why AI did or said something can be like explaining a magic trick without knowing the secret. 

This may be the most alarming revelation from these hearings – the creators don't always understand their creations.

Author: Trevor Kingsley
Tech News CITY /New York Newsroom

Banking App PAYS YOU To Try It Out - Stars Leonardo DeCaprio and Robert Downey Jr Fund New 'Green' Banking Startup...

Aspiration Mobile App Download and Review

From Hollywood to finance? This banking app is backed by stars Leonardo DeCaprio and Robert Downey Jr - they're entering the financial sector, and keeping their involvement 'behind the scenes' for this one.  

With DiCaprio's Investment This "Environmentally Cconscious" Banking App is PAYING People to Try It...

Yes, the rumors are confirmed that a "green digital banking" solution that just launched is backed by the funds of DiCaprio himself.

With these funds they can afford the expensive but effective marketing strategy of  paying people to try it out - you can claim $50 once you setup the app and your first transaction.

DiCaprio is going all in on his 'stop global warming' campaign, so this is part of multiple earth-friendly investments, others include the climate technology fund with Princeville Capital, and new adviser role with green start-up Bluon Energy. 

The app is called Aspiration, which NerdWallet described as "the only socially conscious bank on their list" caught his eye. Now it's caught ours, so lets get right in to this Aspiration Review!

"Each year, $100 billion worth of pipelines, drilling and other fossil fuel-extraction projects are funded with money deposited at traditional banks. To bring about long-term solutions for our planet, we need alternatives that empower everyday consumers to take action against climate change…" is how DiCaprio decided to invest in the new app, he tells us.

With this, the Aspiration Banking App has $100 Million in venture capital to play with, and they're spending it.

This graphic shows some of the new things they're bringing to banking....:
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A look at some features.

Get Your Piece of the $100 Million Pie…

Now you can get those good feelings Leo got, by getting the app, getting a $50 'welcome' deposit from then, and then choosing a charity you'd like them to donate another $25 to.

At a price tag of $75 spent on every new user it's the biggest mobile banking app bonus we've seen so far.

…and that's not even everything, lastly, being a user comes with cell phone insurance up to $600 included for free!

I have to admit, it feels good getting some perks from a bank, that's something I only heard of as a 'back in my day' story from parents and grandparents.

Is It Actually Worth Using?

It actually is! They refund your ATM charges (not just the ones your bank charges, they literally pay you $3 if an ATM charged you $3!)

The app is free, with the option to donate if you like it, or not.

They pay you interest on the funds you save with them, and those profits won't be made by investing in companies that pollute.

So do some good for the world, and claim your $50 by joining the free app now.

Author: Don Kennedy
Austin Newsdesk Aspiration Review

Like Free Money? You like this app too: Cash Back on Gas!

FINALLY - We Have DoorDash, UberEats and Uber Promo Codes... For EXISTING Users! (2022 Updated!)

Promo Code Discounts For Existing Users Of DoorDash and Uber Eats

There's A New App That Will Give Users A Discount On EVERY ORDER...

If you’re using Uber, UberEats, or DoorDash in 2022, you likely placed your first order using a promo code that was strictly for brand spanking new users. Since then, you’ve spent plenty but haven’t gotten any discounts, like they forgot about existing customers.

Finally there’s an answer for everybody asking when these apps will have promo codes for existing users! It’s about time those that faithfully and frequently get rides from Uber, or food delivered from Doordash and Uber Eats get something too.

The Existing Users Discount Comes Easier Than You'd Think.

All You Need Is This App For iPhone Or Android...

It's called Fluz, and yes it’s totally free — no membership fees ever! you merely use it when ordering your food from Doordash/UberEats, or before you invite a ride from Uber.

Available for both iPhone and Android, and it gives you discounts on EVERY ORDER you make on any of these popular apps, regardless of how long you've been a customer.

Promo Code and Existing Customer Makes A Happy User  doordash existing user discount

Up To 45% Off EVERY Time…

Yep, we’re not talking a few small discount either. This really adds up if you employ these apps often like I do.

At the time of publishing this , the present offer is 20% but I think it goes as high as 38% and as low as 2% (there’s dozens of popular places you'll earn cashback from on here, and it looks like they rotate which of them pay high or low).

Better than Getting A Promo Code As An Existing User of Uber and DoorDash.

The Fluz App Is Quick Cashback Earnings From Dozens Of Popular Places. catch on at

Actually Get Your ‘Cash Back’…

You may have wasted time on other apps that used the term ‘cash back’ just to see future discounts  had a limited place to use them.

I’m happy to report, none of that BS here. You’re able to transfer money to your checking account via PayPal — whenever you want… the cash = back!

With No Fees, Ever…

This isn’t some scheme where they’ll let a bunch of individuals join free, then slap a monthly fee on once it’s popular enough. Fluz promises to NEVER charge a fee.

“No transaction fees. No signup fees. No payout fees” - just discounts! 

How are they able to give these discounts?

My first concern was — are they selling my personal info?  Not only is that not happening — but they’re actually protecting it. They guard your info with “Bank level-security” AES-256 encryption.

You only got to link your card once then can begin spending at dozens of places earning cash back. Before Fluz, you'd have needed to type in your card to each of them.

They’ve simply arranged partnerships with the businesses you see inside. Apps like this attract smart spenders — the people that search for good rewards programs actually tend to earn extra money. They’re people that are smart with their money, because they worked hard to earn it.

So — existing users of Uber, Uber Eats, and Doordash — enjoy this one! Life isn’t so bad as an existing customer.

Grab your discounts at

Author: Cody Garrison
Palo Alto Newsroom

Tesla Joins Apple, Amazon and Microsoft, as Company Valuation Break The $1 TRILLION Mark - The 100,000 Vehicle Order That Made It Happen...

Tesla hit a $1 trillion market cap today following news that Hertz car rental is ordering 100,000 cars to buildits electric vehicle rental fleet.

The company joins trillion-dollar market cap companies like Apple, Amazon and Microsoft.

The deal will bring in a reported $4.2 billion for Tesla  - this is the largest purchase of electric vehicles, ever...

News of the deal brought Tesla’s stock to $1,028 by midday, a new record high - a gain of about 13%.

Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas raised his price target on Tesla to $1,200 a share from $900 on Sunday. Jato Dynamics said Monday that Tesla’s Model 3 electric sedan became the first fully electric vehicle to top new car sales overall in Europe in September.

The deal with Hertz, which will bring in a reported $4.2 billion for Tesla, is the largest ever purchase of electric vehicles, Bloomberg previously reported.

The cars are set for delivery within the next 14 months and will be available to US customers as early as November.

The deal comes more than a year after Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, as demand for travel and rental vehicles waned.

But now they have new backing, and an agressive comeback plan as Knighthead Capital Management and Certares Management takes over the company.

Video courtesy of CNBC

Teachers And School Admin Begin A New Aggressive Online Safety Program, Learning How To Track Down Bullies, and Stop Cyber Attacks...

The Partner Schools Global Network (PSGN) are giving schools support by training teacher and administrative the importance online child protection awareness and cyber well-being. They provide services such as the Online Safety Program, which helps schools to prepare for and respond to cyber crime attacks and identify risk indicators. 

For the first time ever, a school has a secure portal to identify and respond to cyber attacks. Letting all online bullies and trolls to stay far away, we know who you are. 

Communicating online is a great way for children to build social connections, share thoughts and ideas, while learning about their interests. With this pandemic, children's social life have been set to a halt , while online harassment, bullying and cyber harassment are increasing at an alarming pace. Their goal is to create a safe place for kids, which allows parents to keep track of their kids' online activities.

Without over bearing control over the content of online media, kids would be exposed to even more damaging cyber threats.

Parents have found it challenging to suprvise their children online while keeping the idea of privacy alive, since there are numerous ways to harass and stalk kids online. Tragic incidents in the world have made us more aware of how real this online, "make believe" world full of trolls, catfishes, even some scammers is, more alive than it ever has been in the world before.

Truth is, as time continue to go, it will only become more and more present, even apart of ever aspect of daily life task, with inventions like AR, VR, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Watching the amount of our children's friends dwelling away from sleep over to, text them at the dinner table, online chat rooms.

Technology surely isn't going anywhere. If anything, we will become totally dependent on these technologies, which are only becoming more and more powerful. With enlightened knowledge , we can truly feel connected. Be sure you take advantage of all the ways to protect your child online. Overall, we need to adapt technology to our lives in a manner that is both secure and sustainable.

Author: Kirsten K. Knoll
Palo Alto Newsroom