UBER IS AIMING FOR THE SKY

NEWSLETTER: BIG TWO FOR APRIL 27

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” ~ Carl Sagan

UBER IS AIMING FOR THE SKY

THE STORY

Uber will apparently launch flying taxi services by 2020.

WHAT’S THAT?

Uber might be mired in controversies galore, but that in no way is keeping them ‘grounded’! On Tuesday, Uber officials announced plans to launch their flying taxi service by 2020. The services will be initially introduced in Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai. But refrain from calling the cabs ‘flying cars’. Chief Product Officer, Jeff Holden was heard saying “I hate that term, but we’ll have to live with it,” at the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas.

YEAH WELL

It’s futuristic but nothing like you get to see in your average nerd flick. The proposed vehicles — electric vertical takeoff and landing, or VTOLs for short—will probably look more like drones than cars. They will run on electric propulsion, which means they won’t have the noise that come with choppers and helicopters.

CAN YOU AFFORD ONE?

For starters, the transportation network giant is going to launch VTOLs on an on-demand service. Uber Elevate could take to the skies at up to 150 mph within a decade. As for if you can afford it, well it’s 3 years too early to say! But we hope you can!

SO HOW DOES UBER AIM FOR THE SKY WHEN THE GROUND REALITY IS THAT THEY SUCK?

Let’s face it, Uber doesn’t have the best of business ethics but they have made life easy. They spied on Lyft, female employees are up in arms, and yet they continue to score big. Why? Because, mostly they deliver. And we tend to forget everything unless it is affecting us directly.

WHAT KEEPS THEM  ALIVE AND KICKING?

Well, because they have the technology and the money to back it up with. Uber has got deals with five companies working on aircraft development — Aurora Flight Sciences, Pipistrel, Bell Helicopter, Embraer and Mooney. Aurora said it conducted the first test flight of a VTOL prototype last week, and plans to deliver 50 aircraft to Uber for testing by 2020. That answers your question!


ANDROID USERS COMPROMISED…AGAIN

THE STORY

Millions of Android users downloaded a virus stain. Accidentally.

WAIT, WHAT WAS THAT?

Earlier in the day, Android Phone users got a red alert. A malware strain known as ‘Falseguide’ was somehow downloaded by users. The estimated count is 2 million handsets. So, you better be careful.

HOW CAN A DOWNLOAD BE ‘ACCIDENTAL’?

It’s a malware. Anything’s possible! The Telegraph reported that “the malicious software had been hidden inside several apps on the Google Play store between 2016 and early 2017. The apps appeared to be guides to other Android games, and were submitted under the names of fake developers ‘Sergei Vernik’ and ‘Nikolai Zalupkin’.

WHAT DO YOU IF YOU ARE INFECTED?

Errr..bit of a bad news there. You can’t do much. Security experts are of the view that FalseGuide cannot be removed once it gets into a phone. Victims have been bombarded with advertising. Not harmful maybe but definitely an annoyance.

BUT WHY WOULD  ANYONE WANT TO CREATE SUCH A DUMB VIRUS?

Don’t judge so fast! Online security firm Check Point explains: “A botnet is a group of devices controlled by hackers without the knowledge of their owners. The bots are used for various reasons based on the distributed computing capabilities of all the devices. The team further stressed: “FalseGuide can receive messages containing links to additional modules and download them to the infected device. Depending on the attackers’ objectives, these modules can contain highly malicious code intended to root the device, conduct a DDoS attack, or even penetrate private networks.” So there, it’s not so harmless!

WHAT CAN YOU DO THEN?

Just make sure you install an anti-virus and take your phone’s security more seriously. Duh!

Gargi Sengupta

Gargi is working with Systweak Software as Content Editor and Strategist. She believes Technology laced with Pop Culture, makes for an interesting combination. Beyond her work space, she fancies herself as a left-brained, right leaning conscientious individual with a weakness for good food, films, and fiction.

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