Kia hits the road in Nevada, with no one at the wheel

If an automaker wants to test its self-driving technology out in the real world, it can’t just find the nearest street corner and take the handbrake off. Instead, companies must apply for permits in the states or countries that allow autonomous cars on the road. Nevada is one such state, and Kia is the latest automaker to get a permit.

Both Kia and its sister company Hyundai plan to invest about $2 billion to develop self-driving technology and hire additional engineers, and it’s all thanks to this permit. This won’t be limited to the US, either — what the company learns here will be used around the world.

The Korean company is hoping that real-world testing will allow it to roll out semi-autonomous driving by 2020. This would include assistance in traffic and autonomous driving in both urban and highway environments. There’s talk of an autonomous valet system, too, which would allow the car to park itself. This would supplement, rather than supplant current technology on Kia’s cars, including forward collision warning and lane-departure mitigation.

In 2030, the automaker hopes to unveil a fully autonomous vehicle, ready to tackle roads without any driver input. There are still plenty of hurdles to clear between now and then, and Kia acknowledges that it will have to work hard to develop vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure tech to ensure its cars are as safe as possible.

For now, though, if you happen to be in Nevada and you see a Kia rolling down the road without anyone at the wheel, don’t fret — it’s all part of the plan.

Don’t get lazy, take off your child’s winter coat before strapping them into a car seat

Volvo Child Seat

Many folks are content to just strap Junior into his car seat without removing his winter coat. After all, it’s cold outside, you’re cold, he’s cold and the car’s not exactly toasty, either. However, in the desire to scrape seconds off your morning routine, you could be putting your child in additional danger if there’s ever a collision.

The issue relates to the space between the child and the seat’s restraints. Big winter coats require the belt to give up some slack and create additional space between the young’un and the belt. In a collision, when everything comes to a grinding halt, instead of slowing your child down, he or she could wind up slamming into the slackened belt, causing injury.

suggests a pretty straightforward solution — the pinch method. When your child is strapped into the seat, pinch the belt near his or her collarbone. If there’s any belt built up in that pinch, it’s not tight enough. If that means taking off Junior’s coat, so be it. You can always wrap the whole seat in a blanket to keep him toasty while the car heats up. This goes for slightly older children in booster seats, too.

Sure, it’s a little more work, but there’s something to be said about doing more than the bare minimum when it comes to child safety. Until self-driving cars alleviate our concerns about getting into accidents, it’s a wise idea to be as well prepared as possible.

Almost 1 in 5 Americans wants to shop on Christmas Day, survey says

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Is nothing sacred?

Well, here in America shopping is. And I now have some data to prop up this assertion.

I have before me a survey in which Americans were asked some questions about their shopping lives. Among the questions was, “What would you do if retailers opened for business at 6 p.m. Christmas evening?”

You might imagine that some Americans would deem this such sacrilege that they’d storm the streets, protest at their local city halls and boycott their local malls for at least 24 hours.

In the survey, however, 18 percent said they’d happily rush off to the store to, among other things, return the thoughtful gifts they’d received. Because, one imagines, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without being able to have exactly what you want on Christmas Day.

Should you find this finding startling, or even disgraceful, please consider that in this very same survey 30 percent of millennials declared they’d certainly rush to the stores.

The research was performed online in November. LoyaltyOne Consulting, a company that says it specializes “in assessing, designing and implementing analytics-driven loyalty and customer experience strategies,” surveyed 1,267 people from the ages of 18-65.

There’s nothing like analytics-driven loyalty. This once used to be referred to as “marriage.”

Some people in this survey did find the idea of a Christmas Day opening quite bile-inducing. Twenty-four percent said they’d be less likely to shop at a store that did open and less likely to recommend that store. (Frankly, I don’t believe them.)

Perhaps there wouldn’t be the same bellicose frenzy on Christmas evening as there is on Thanksgiving evening, where an eye for an iPhone and a tooth for a PS4 is regularly practiced.

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Jay Leno takes a walk on the dark side with Hot Wheels’ Darth Vader car

Hot Wheels has a fully functioning, one-of-one car that’s shaped like Darth Vader’s helmet as the culmination of a collaboration between Lucasfilm and Hot Wheels which also birthed a die-cast model.

But whereas the small one can’t hit the road, the big one can, and they handed it over to Jay Leno to prove it.
The latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage takes a look at a car that’s far more steeped in Star Wars history than you might expect. Not only is the car modeled after Darth Vader’s helmet, it’s loaded with props from the old movies, as well, including the Sith’s own lightsaber hilt.

This car is an engineering marvel. Its underpinnings come from a sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette, but nearly everything beyond the frame is completely custom. The canopy rises up similar to how Vader’s helmet comes off, the steering wheel is actually a yoke and there’s a separate handbrake that locks up just the rear wheels. Heck, it even emits Vader’s breathing noises when it’s sitting around in Leno’s garage.

Hot Wheels claims in the video that cars like this are “vehicular expressions of popular characters,” and we definitely get that here. It’s a hugely imposing car, and its proportions give off an aura of being powerful or downright menacing. However, just like the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, we doubt this car can drive through lava and emerge unscathed.

Who said that? Quiz yourself on famous Star Wars quotes

If you’ve never tossed a Star Wars quote into a face-to-face conversation, you can’t call yourself a true Star Wars fan. Those quotes can punctuate any situation.

Say you’re on a road trip with a friend and smoke starts pouring out of the engine. You can loosen that tight feeling in both your stomachs by quipping, “I’ve got a really bad feeling about this.”

Or say a friend tells you an ex who really hurt him wants to get back together. You don’t think it’s a great idea. Do you lecture him or bring a smile to his face in the middle of an awkward conversation by exclaiming, “It’s a trap!”?

The movies are full of quotes that can liven up any conversation and show your fellow fans just how often you think about Star Wars. They’re also the closest that Star Wars fans come to having a secret handshake, because ripping arms out of people’s sockets like an enraged Wookiee is technically assault. If you’ve used them in every other sentence you’ve ever spoken, you should have no problem acing our quiz below by identifying the characters who uttered these quotes from the first six films. Then click here for all the correct answer.

This is the second in our series of Star Wars quizzes leading up to the premiere of “The Force Awakens” next week. Be sure to take the first quiz: What planet are they from?And look for another one on Tuesday.

Washington Redskins fumble, post to Twitter ‘fan’ account

Did the Washington Redskins create a fake “fan” Twitter account to drum up support for its controversial name?

Could be.

On Sunday, the Twitter account @RedskinsFacts, an account purportedly for a community of fans, posted a tweet that should have run on the team’s official account, @Redskins. The tweet was quickly deleted and then reposted to @Redskins. A Washington Post reporter noticed it and re-published the tweets.

Turns out @RedskinsFacts isn’t actually a community of fans. It’s a community run by PR reps.

Here’s some background: Native Americans have been pushing for decades to get the team to change its name because they consider it offensive. Many fans have set up Twitter accounts defending the Redskins name, believing tradition trumps political correctness. @RedskinsFacts lurks among these. It’s run by Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations firm, and bills itself as a community of fans and “others” who support the team’s name and logo.

The Redskins said in statement the mistake was a “login error.”

“Yesterday our social media team accidentally posted a Redskins-authored tweet to the third-party Redskins Facts account,” said the team on Monday, adding it has never “posted content to any of the Redskins Facts” accounts.

The Redskins are behind the Redskins Facts initiative, said Maury Lane, an executive with Burson-Marsteller, the public relations firm that manages the Redskins Facts website and social media accounts.

Slate learned last year that the account, along with an ad campaign to defend the team, was the work of Burson, a PR firm that has a history of working on controversial issues.

“This isn’t the first time a company has had an ‘oops’ like this,” said Debra Aho Williamson, an eMarketer analyst.

Other examples include Vodaphone in 2010, when an employee posted an obscene tweet to its thousands of Twitter followers. In 2011, an American Red Cross employee who had been drinking accidentally posted a “rogue” tweet about #gettngslizzerd.The brewery mentioned in the tweet later took to Twitter asking its followers to donate to the Red Cross.

Maybe now the Redskins will be careful not to fumble like this again.

MacKeeper exposes personal data of 13M users

The makers of MacKeeper, a suite of software that claims to make Macs more secure and stable, is cleaning up after a breach exposed the personal information for millions of its users.

Kromtech, which makes the software, acknowledged Monday that a hole in its security exposed the usernames, email addresses and other personal information for 13 million customers. The company said it “fixed this error within hours” of its discovery by security researcher Chris Vickery, who first published information about the breach Sunday evening on Reddit.

The Germany-based company said it had no evidence the data was accessed by malicious parties.

“Analysis of our data storage system shows only one individual gained access performed by the security researcher himself,” Kromtech said in a statement posted to its website. “We have been in communication with Chris and he has not shared or used the data inappropriately.”

The breach marks the latest high-profile compromising of personal data, a list that includes the US government losing the information of 4 million federal workers and health insurer Excellus BlueCross BlueShield seeing 10 million health records exposed. Last year, Home Depot and Target were among the major companies hit by hackers in what has become increasingly dangerous cyberwaters.

Vickery, who said he had never heard of MacKeeper or Kromtech before, said he discovered the security hole in a moment of boredom while browsing search engine Shodan.io. He said the hole emerged as the result of a random search for “port:27017,” a default gateway for database management system MongoDB.

His search returned four different IP addresses associated with Kromtech, offering public access to troves of data without the need for username and password authentication.

“The data was/is publicly available,” Vickery wrote on Reddit. “No exploits or vulnerabilities involved. They published it to the open web with no attempt at protection.”

Vickery said he contacted Kromtech, which quickly closed the hole. In its statement, the Germany-based Kromtech thanked Vickery twice for bringing the issue to its attention.

Kromtech’s statement also sought to assure users that their exposure was limited because it doesn’t collect sensitive personal information from customers and uses a third party to process payments.

“Billing information is not transmitted or stored on any of our servers. We do not collect any sensitive personal information of our customers,” the statement said. “The only customer information we retain are name, products ordered, license information, public ip address and their user credentials such as product specific usernames, password hashes for the customer’s web admin account where they can manage subscriptions, support, and product licenses.”

It was not immediately clear how the vulnerability occurred. Kromtech did not respond to a request for comment.

While not one of the largest of recent breaches, the significance of the MacKeeper breach is the ease with which a hacker was able to access customer data, experts say.

“Entering the MongoDB database via four IP addresses, which didn’t require a username or password to access, leaves you to wonder just how many of these ‘open doorways’ exist on the web just waiting for a curious hacker to discover,” said Kunal Rupani, principal product manager at cloud solutions company Accellion.

Known for its aggressive use of intrusive pop-up ads, MacKeeper bills itself as antivirus software. But critics contend the software falsely flags security and performance issues to persuade Mac users into buying the software suite. Zeobit, which sold MacKeeper to Kromtech in 2013, paid $2 million in August to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused it of deceptive advertising and making false claims.

Why watching the original ‘Star Wars’ again was a bad idea

I was 9 when the first “Star Wars” film came out in 1977. Like so many kids around that age, I left the theater vibrating with the sheer epic force (I know, I know) of what I had just seen.

From that film I learned that you could be both a spiritual Jedi and a lightsaber-wielding badass; that it’s always worth saving the girl; that alien-populated bars looked really fun, if a little dangerous; that you always say yes when an epic quest falls in your lap; that droids rock; and that the opening notes of a film score could be as powerful as a drug.

Since that first viewing, Luke, Vader and company have loomed large in my imagination, and clearly in the imaginations of many other adults introduced to the sci-fi franchise as kids. So have the rest of the characters, as well as the sounds of a lightsaber, a Wookiee and a TIE fighter and the idea that someday I would learn to control people through the power of suggestion and a wave of my hand.

But it now seems that maybe all that got a little gilded in my memory.

A few days ago, in preparation for the release of “The Force Awakens” this week, I fired up my Apple TV, rented “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” and settled in. While the opening credits were everything I remembered, things went downhill from there. It seems the “Star Wars” I’ve been holding in my mind over the years is actually a hell of a lot better than the real thing — and I kind of wish I had just left it that way.

Here are five ways my recent viewing challenged the perfect, magical film I’d hung onto all these years.

C-3P-Oh man will you just shut up!
C-3PO is a LOT more annoying than I remembered. OK, I get that he’s a worrywart and all, but boy, I kind of just wanted him to shut the frack up after the first few minutes. Way too much fretting and insulting R2, who is still, by far, the coolest character in the film. Also, I never realized this till now, but 3PO is a lot like Dr. Smith from the 1960’s TV show “Lost In Space.” And no one liked him.

Loser Luke
Somehow, the years had shaped the young Luke Skywalker into a humble, noble, brave — and very lucky — guy in my memory. The fact is, he was pretty darn whiny. After the other night’s viewing, I’m convinced he didn’t really deserve to be singled out by Obi-Wan to save the galaxy. The 9-year-old me, obviously, would have been a much better choice. I am sure I whined less than Luke.

Obi-Wan, a not-so wise guy
Obi-Wan Kenobi doesn’t actually dispatch all that much wisdom. In my memory, Obi-Wan played a much larger role in the film and dropped nuggets of knowledge like a Zen master on a little too much tequila. In reality, except for a quick explanation of the Force and telling Luke to “let go,” there really isn’t much more that comes from the old guy.

Costume party
The costumes are kind of meh; they really haven’t held up over time. So much looked a bit tacky — even Vader’s getup at times. And that Mos Eisley Cantinascene! What I remembered as a stunning assemblage of alien life this time around looked more like a costume party where people had gotten their masks at a not-very-good discount shop. There were definitely some standouts where the makeup guys knew what they were doing. But way too many plastic masks. I know I’ve been spoiled by movies with bigger and bigger budgets over the years, but it seems like Lucas could have leveled up those costumes.

Lightspeed indeed
Everything sped by faster than I remembered. I was truly surprised at how fast the major scenes in the film went: Vader and Obi-Wan’s battle; the time in cantina; Luke’s training aboard the Millennium Falcon; the trash compactor scene. In my memory they all lasted for about 15 minutes each (which I know is impossible). In reality, they whizzed by like stars seen through a ship making the jump to lightspeed.

For that gripe, of course, I can’t blame the filmmakers. A movie with so-so dialogue and mediocre costumes took root in my 9-year-old brain and grew into something much bigger than what was actually on the screen. The battles lasted longer, the characters were more noble and the aliens really came from other planets — not the makeup department.

So maybe what I’m really mourning here is the loss of my 9-year-old imagination, my willingness to just go with the illusion that “Star Wars” created and not get so nitpicky over cheap-looking masks and dopey dialogue. My childhood brain certainly made the film more magical and epic than it was during the viewing I had a few nights ago.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be watching the rest of the original trilogy, and it will be interesting to see how those films hold up in relation to my longtime perception of them. By the time “Return of the Jedi” came out, I was a senior in high school, so I have a feeling my memory of that film might be a little closer to reality than when my age could still be counted in single digits.

I know one thing. Yoda had better be as cool as I remember him, or I’m going to just have to find a Jedi to mind-trick me into remembering things just as they seemed back in the ’70s and ’80s.

NFL’s Johnny Manziel endorses Microsoft’s Surface like no one else

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Microsoft and the NFL have so far enjoyed a relationship as smooth as Sid and Nancy’s.

After Redmond struck a reported $400 milliondeal in 2013 with the NFL to have its Surfaces exclusively on team sidelines, announcersreferred to them as “iPads.”

It’s taken education as well as, I imagine, aggressive mastication in order to embed the Surface as something known and properly named during NFL games.

On Sunday, the Surface saw its finest hour.

It was during the utterly lamentable game between the hapless Cleveland Browns and the witless San Francisco 49ers that controversial Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football, clutched his Surface with some frustration.

Clearly, plays had been busted. These plays were featured in graphic detail on the Surface. This led to Manziel attempting to bust the Surface on his head. Repeatedly.

The action was thankfully captured by SB Nation and displayed on Twitter for all to see. I had it on loop for at least four hours.

Here is Manziel banging the device repeatedly, rhythmically against his head for a beautiful eternity. This was truly the most rhythm the Browns offense has shown all season. And to think they were actually winning at the time.

What seems evident is that, like the finest of linebackers and the most resilient of defensive ends, the Surface took the blows and did it its way.

This surely proves that this device is durable and can be productive even in the hands of the most legendary dunderheads. (If you’re unfamiliar with Manziel’s wayward ways, please Google “Johnny Manziel apologizes” or “Manziel needs to behave better.”)

Microsoft’s efforts to advertise the Surface have generally been anodyne.

I cannot imagine, therefore, that the company could itself have created an advertisement better than this, even if its whole creative team had bashed the devices on their heads for the next year.

Pandora station converts your thumbs-ups into its playlist

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Online music service Pandora has created a new station devoted to playing only your favorite songs.

Launched Monday, Thumbprint Radio is based on all the music on Pandora that you’ve ever thumbs-upped to show your approval. The new station plays all of your thumbed-up songs, both old and new, but also adds new music based on the tunes you’ve already liked.

Thumbprint Radio is a new way for Pandora to try to distinguish itself from powerful rivals such as Spotify and Apple Music. Though Pandora is the largest music streaming service with more than 80 million active listeners, Spotify has grown nearly as big, now counting more than 75 million users. Apple Music still trails, with roughly 15 million users about three months after its launch in June.

Other services have made their own attempts at customized music tailored to your preferences.Spotify offers a feature called Discover Weeklywith a playlist based on what it picks up as your favorite music. Different services also offer customized stations and the ability to create playlists based on your favorite songs. But Thumbprint Radio is more automated as it does all the work in collecting and playing the music it knows you like.

Listeners to Thumbprint Radio can potentially hear every song they’ve ever liked, from the first to the most recent. You can customize your thumbs-up list by adding more songs or removing songs you no longer like. To create your Thumbprint Radio station, you’ll need to have at least three separate stations with four thumbs-up each. But the more thumbs you provide, the more diverse the listening experience will be. You’re not limited to one type of music, since your thumbs-up selections can spread across genres.

You can view all of your thumbs in your profile, a Pandora spokesman said, and edit your thumbs up and thumbs down in your station page as well. You can also share your Thumbprint Radio station with your Pandora friends to give them a sense of your musical tastes, Pandora Chief Product Officer Chris Phillips, said in a blog post Monday. And as your Thumbprint Radio station changes on your end, so will it change for your friends. So there’s no need to reshare it or manually update the station for others.

“Thumbprint Radio is a collaboration between each listener and Pandora,” Phillips said in a statement. “You shared with us what music you love via all your thumbs, and we heard you.”

Thumbprint Radio is available both on Pandora’s website and its mobile apps and is accessible to paying subscribers and nonsubscribers.