Xiaomi Releases EV Cars and Other Tech News

Xiaomi Launches SU7 Series of Cars
On March 28, Xiaomi launched the SU7 series of cars, including the SU7, SU7 Pro and SU7 Max models.

SU7 standard version equipped with a single motor, zero hundred acceleration 5.28s, 19 inch Michelin tires, 73.6kWh lithium iron phosphate blade battery (CLTC range 700km), 15 minutes to replenish the energy of 350km, Xiaomi Smart Driving Pro Pure Vision program free for life, Xiaomi Surge intelligent cockpit, etc., the starting price of 215,900 yuan.

Xiaomi SU7 Pro version in addition to the standard version of the 20.7kWh battery, LiDAR, Xiaomi Smart Driving Max program, starting price of 245,900 yuan.

Xiaomi SU7 Max edition is equipped with dual motors, zero hundred acceleration 2.78s, top speed 265km / h; equipped with 101kWh Kirin ternary lithium battery (800km CLTC range), 15 minutes to replenish 510km, Xiaomi Smart Driving Max, Xiaomi Surge intelligent cockpit, starting price of 299,900 yuan.

The Xiaomi SU7 is now available for pre-order, with deliveries of the Founding Edition starting as early as April 3. Xiaomi SU7 and Xiaomi SU7 Max deliveries are expected to start at the end of April, and Xiaomi SU7 Pro deliveries are expected to start at the end of May.

Ricoh Launches GR III HDF and Special Edition
Ricoh announced the GR III HDF and GR IIIx HDF Special Edition on March 28th, both equipped with the newly developed Highlight Diffusion Filter (HDF), which gives a soft effect to the photos, similar to the Black Haze Filter in function, by diffusing the highlights and blurring around them to create a unique sense of ambience, film and cinema. In terms of configuration, the GR III HDF features a 4-group, 6-element lens set, including 2 aspherical lenses, while the GR IIIx HDF comes with a 5-group, 7-element chipset, also including 2 aspherical lenses. Both cameras have 23.5mm x 15.6mm sensors and 24.24 megapixels.

Phishing Attacks Hit Some Apple Users

Some Apple users are facing a sophisticated phishing attack, 9to5mac reports. By exploiting a vulnerability in the Apple ID password reset feature and combining it with “push-bombing” and “multi-factor authentication fatigue” tactics, the attackers are sending a large number of password reset requests to Apple device users. Because these requests are system-level alerts, if users don’t respond to them, their devices won’t work.

9to5mac’s report also mentions entrepreneur Parth Patel as one of the victims of this sophisticated phishing attack, who posted on the X social media platform that his iPhone and other Apple devices were suddenly “receiving a steady stream of password reset notifications. About 15 minutes later, Patel received an incoming call from someone who appeared to be an official Apple support phone number, but was in fact a scammer. Although the fake Apple support person provided several pieces of correct personal information, including email, phone number, and up-to-date billing address, to win his trust, Patel uncovered the scam when he asked the person to confirm his name. The attackers appear to have used data from People Data Labs, a personal data collection and sales platform that suffered a massive data breach in 2019 that exposed about 1.2 billion records.

In the above case, the attackers aimed to convince victims that they had encountered a problem, believing that they had to share a verification code sent by Apple to reset their passwords in order to fix it. If the victim shared this code with the attacker, the attacker would be able to take full control of the Apple ID. It’s important to note that Apple does not call users unless they actively request it on its website or in its apps, and Apple has not commented on this incident or updated any measures to prevent the attacker from sending an unusually high number of password reset requests, and the most effective way to prevent this type of attack is to Never share the verification code used to reset your Apple ID password.

“Push Bombing” is a cyber-attack tactic that sends push notifications to a targeted user in large numbers with the aim of harassing the user, consuming the resources of the target device, or inducing the user to click on a malicious link. The attacker’s goal is to annoy or bother users so that they ignore genuine warning messages or, in some cases (such as in this story), to induce users to take some action that is detrimental to their security.

“Multi-factor authentication fatigue” is another cyber attack. Typically, multi-factor authentication (MFA) is used as a security measure to require users to provide at least two authentication methods to prove their identity when logging in, with the aim of improving the security of their accounts. However, ‘multi-factor authentication fatigue’ occurs when users become bored or disturbed by frequent multi-factor authentication. In this case, the user may lose patience with the additional security steps and thus may choose to turn off MFA or take other actions that reduce security. Constant authentication requests may also tire users out in response to real security alerts, raising the security risk.

Take-Two Acquires Gearbox

On March 28, Take-Two acquired Gearbox from Embracer Group for $460 million. The deal reportedly includes Gearbox Software, Gearbox Montreal, Gearbox Studio Quebec, and the rights to popular games, and the acquisition is expected to be finalized by the end of June. Gearbox will be integrated into Take-Two’s 2K division and continue to be led by CEO and founder Randy Pitchford. Gearbox is currently working on new Borderlands and a new Homeworld game. After last year’s acquisition boom, Embracer Group has begun to gradually divest itself of several of its studios, selling Saber Interactive earlier in the year and making several rounds of layoffs, including shutting down Saints Row developer Volition and canceling an as-yet-unannounced Deus Ex project, with more layoffs expected in the future.

Microsoft Confirmed that Wordpad will be Removed from Windows 11 Version 24H2
Microsoft confirmed in its latest support document released on March 28 that Wordpad will no longer be included in all versions of Windows starting with Windows 11 version 24H2 and Windows Server 2025. wordpad is no longer searchable in the latest Windows beta, and wordpad.exe and wordpadFilter.dll files are not found in the Windows NT folder. While Wordpad will still be available in Windows 11 23H2 and 22H2 versions, the feature will continue to exist for up to 20 months. Microsoft recommends that users use Notepad or Word instead.

Details of Microsoft’s recently disclosed AI PC standards have been exposed. All future Windows AI PCS must be equipped with a Copilot shortcut key, must support Copilot locally, and have a 40 TOPS performance neural network processing unit (NPU). NPU is a chip that specializes in processing artificial intelligence programs. TOPS, as a measure of NPU performance, refers to the trillion operations a chip can perform per second. While TOPS is not the only measure of NPU quality (power performance is also critical), it still provides a basic reference for performance. Currently, Intel’s Meteor Lake processor has NPU performance of 10 TOPS, AMD’s Ryzen Hawk Point platform has NPU performance of 16 TOPS, and Qualcomm’s upcoming X Elite chip can achieve performance of 45 TOPS.

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