Tesla bars staff from anonymous chat app after leaks

first_img Tags Tech Industry Car Tech Mobile Apps Roadshow Elon Musk Tesla Share your voice 0 Post a comment Tesla leaks are reportedly leading to employees being barred from using Blind. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Tesla has blocked employees from using anonymous workplace social network app Blind following leaks about the company, Blind has confirmed.Blind has said Tesla is blocking verification emails from its employees’ addresses so they can’t validate their accounts.  “We first found out about this issue through emails from Tesla employees who were trying to sign up on Blind but were not receiving verification emails from us,” Curie Kim from Blind told CNET in an email Tuesday afternoon. “We looked into the verification rates for Tesla and there was a surge in verification failure on our end starting on May 4th, 2019.” “From these facts, we can confirm that Tesla is preventing employees from accessing Blind,” Kim said. She explained it was similar to when Uber blocked Blind usage by employees back in 2017 after whistleblower Susan Fowler spoke up about the Uber working climate. Kim said more employees from more than 40,000 companies are using Blind, including 55,000 Microsoft staffers, 38,000 from Amazon, 16,000 from Google, 13,000 from Facebook, 11,000 from Uber and 10,000 from Apple. “Tesla is the only company that is blocking its own employees from accessing or signing up on Blind,” she said. As spotted earlier by Verdict, a Tesla employee had posted publicly on Blind in May about being unable to use the app.  “Why is Tesla opposed to their employees using Blind? We can’t access the app on the company network,” the post says. “Have to use phone data instead. And it seems they’re blocking emails from Blind too. I told a couple of co-workers about the app but they haven’t been able to receive a verification code to complete the sign-up process!” Variety said Tesla staff are also unable to use Blind via Tesla’s Wi-Fi network. Blind requires users to verify their account with a company email address but then keeps their identity anonymous in order to give “an equitable voice to everyone.” “Through anonymity and community, we aim to flatten corporate hierarchy and remove professional barriers in order to initiate open conversations and create transparency,” Blind says. The app features multiple channels for users: topics channels, private company channels, Tech Lounge and Startup Lounge. Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has meanwhile been trying to psyche his employees up to hit delivery targets, reportedly sending out an email last week top push hard while demand is high. Reports say Tesla’s current quarter could eclipse its 90,700 deliveries record. Originally published June 4, 2:18 p.m. PT.   Update, 3:49 p.m.: Adds confirmation from Blind. last_img read more

Laptop juices smartphone in Intel demo at Computex w Video

first_img(Phys.org) — Intel sees a future where you simply, wirelessly, use your laptop to charge your phone. To prove its point, Intel pulled off a proof-of-concept charging feat this week at Computex where a laptop wirelessly powered a smartphone positioned alongside the computer. To demonstrate its action, Intel used an Acer Aspire laptop with a Samsung smartphone. The computer was shown as having a plug-in transmitter module on its right side, for the charging. The compatible phone, with its receiver placed alongside the laptop transmitter, started charging. A ping sound and notification confirm the connection has been made and the process is in effect. Explore further Citation: Laptop juices smartphone in Intel demo at Computex (w/ Video) (2012, June 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-laptop-juices-smartphone-intel-demo.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Power instantly begins to flow from the laptop to the phone. How long would the exercise take to get a phone working? The demo rep was heard in the video saying “Bring it into your meeting, and by the end of the meeting, you have enough to go for the rest of the day.”Intel claims to be able to deliver up to three watts of power via the system, which is considered as more than enough to charge most mobile devices.While a knee-jerk reaction may be one of high hopes that this will be commercialized soon so that you need not lug around a phone charger when mobile, some tech watchers say to think twice. They are raising interesting questions about how useful this proof of concept may be. In fact, they suggest that possible power downsides could render the inconvenience of carrying around a phone charger trivial. Questions are raised about how much battery life might be sapped from the laptop to power the phone. As Technology Review comments, one may be put in a zero sum game if the phone is drawing down battery power from the laptop. Intel at Computex had earlier drawn visitors toward another charging demo, this time showing an easy charging option for a wireless keyboard. All one would need to do is place the keyboard on the base of the computer and it would begin charging. The user touches the base of the PC to activate the ability of the keyboard. There was no word on production versions. An Intel spokesperson said that the company has considered porting the technology over to other accessories.center_img More information: via The Verge NTT Docomo’s new smartphone features wireless charger © 2012 Phys.Orglast_img read more

Taking society by its horn

first_imgWhile the world waits for apocalypse to strike on 21 December, Sundeep Sharma wants to make each person muqaddar ka sikander. How? As the song lyrics suggest, the one who dies laughing is the king of his destiny.Under Banana Republican Comedy Party for Mango people, Sharma is all set to present his first solo comedy stand-up. He plans to take on everyone from international politicians to the drama unfolding in India and how in the recent few years the character of Delhi men have stooped lower than the floorboards of the DTC buses. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘To begin with, this show is not about boyfriend-girlfriend, sex, period stereotypes. It is a show with a deep insight into our social and political system,’ said Sundeep.The show will be hosted by two other known comedians in the Delhi circuit — Nishant Joke Singh and desi Jatt Yadvinder Singh Brar. Both will steer the show in English and Hinglish.‘The show is about the insights of a small town guy who has spent 12 years in Delhi and now divides his time between Delhi and Mumbai. After working for more than a decade as a voiceover artiste, I started performing at different pubs in Delhi and Mumbai and this show is my first brave attempt at performing in an auditorium full of people and cracking a few laughs,’ he added optimistically. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIf the catastrophe is not enough, the man will face direct competition from the superstar of Bollywood with Dabangg 2 releasing the same day. Is he optimistic about footfalls? ‘Well, all the best to bhaijaan. I know I will surpass him easily and as a mark of respect will watch the film after my show,’ he joked.Sharma also wants to bring in the recent gangrape element to strike a chord. ‘To pay homage to the recent heinous gangrape, I will cover my mic with a black cloth and perform my act, which has both laughable moments and some introspective analysis of human nature,’ Sharma said.DETAILAt: LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, near Mandi House When: 21 December Timings: 7.50 pm onwards Tickets: Available on bookmyshow.comlast_img read more

State govt mulls proposal to rebuild Vivekananda flyover

first_imgKolkata: The state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department is considering the proposal to reconstruct the Vivekananda flyover, after the Public Works Department (PWD) tried to shift the responsibility in this regard.Firhad Hakim, the minister in charge of the department, said on Tuesday that they will conduct an examination regarding the structure after getting the permission from the Chief Secretary. The departmental secretary will urge the Chief Secretary in this regard. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe department will consider whether the top portions of the collapsed flyover will be removed or the entire structure will be rebuilt. “We have held a meeting with our expert committee. After the collapse of the flyover the Chief Secretary had assigned PWD to take care of the flyover. But nothing was done in the past three years. The PWD is now saying that Kolkata Metropalitan Development Authorities (KMDA) will maintain the flyover. We have asked them to remove unlocked girders. Our department will do a structural assessment to find out if the flyover can be rebuilt only by removing the top portion of the damaged parts. We will seek permission from the Chief Secretary in this connection,” Hakim said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe added: “PWD has shifted the responsibility onto us. The decision has been pending for a long time. If the Chief Secretary permits us, we will conduct a study and try to float a tender. We will examine if the upper portions of the flyover should be brought down, keeping the pillars intact, or if a completely new structure will be set up.” The Vivekananda flyover, which connected Girish Park to Burrabazar, had collapsed on April 2016, claiming 28 lives. The state government had formed an inquiry committee comprising former faculty members of Kharagpur IIT, to probe the collapse of the 2.2 km long flyover. Meanwhile, the minister also said that two new flyovers will be constructed. One of them will connect Maa flyover with Ballygunj Phari, while the other will be set up between Brace Bridge and Garden Reach flyover. The works will be started after the projects get necessary approval.last_img read more

Windstar opens bookings on soontobe stretched Star Breeze Star Legend

first_img Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Windstar opens bookings on soon-to-be stretched Star Breeze, Star Legend Share Posted by Tags: New Ship, Windstar Cruisescenter_img SEATTLE — Books have opened for Windstar Cruises’ soon-to-be revitalized and ‘stretched’ Star Breeze and Star Legend vessels.Following the US$250 million ‘Star Plus Initiative’, the two ships will feature new suites, restaurants, public spaces, spa & fitness centres, pool amenities and new environmentally sensitive engines that will propel them to many new itineraries and ports of call, including a first-time ever departure from Miami.The Star Breeze Star Plus Inaugural voyage will take place from Miami to Colón, Panama on March 20, 2020. The sailing from Miami will be a first for the Seattle-based company. It will then embark on three back-to-back ‘Costa Rica & Panama Canal’ journeys before making its West Coast debut in San Diego and heading north on a ‘West Coast Epicurean Extravaganza’. From Vancouver, it will head north to Alaska in May 2020 for the summer season on 10 different sailing dates, including the new ‘Alaska Glaciers & Prince William Sound’ voyage.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThe newly updated Star Legend will debut July 2, 2020 and chart a course from Barcelona to Lisbon and up Europe’s Atlantic Coast in early July. It will cruise Northern Europe through September followed by several fall trips in the Mediterranean. The Legend will then embark on classic Windstar itineraries, including five departures on ‘Around Iceland’ in summer 2020, and will forge a new Nordic adventure, ‘Eire with Fire & Ice: Ireland and Iceland’s Overlooked Treasures’.Star Legend in IcelandThe Star Plus Initiative includes a major transformation of Windstar’s three Star Class yacht-style vessels: Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride. The trio of ships, which comprise 50% of the fleet, will be ‘stretched’ and renovated in succession with work starting in October 2019 and ending in November 2020.The ships will be cut in half to allow for the installation of a new section that will lengthen each vessel by approximately 25 metres. The total capacity of the expanded ships will be 312 guests.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“The Star Plus Initiative is not about size – it’s about offering our guests more of what they love about Windstar without changing the DNA of the brand or the ships’ ability to visit those special small ports and waterways of the world,” said John Delaney, president of Windstar Cruises.To learn more about Star Breeze and Star Legend itineraries, go to windstarcruises.com. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more