DT Daily: Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle, iPhone camera controls, World Cup hacker bait

Today on DT Daily: Harley-Davidson revs up an electric motorcycle, Apple lets you control the iPhone camera and hackers use the World Cup as bait.

American heavy-metal motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson isn’t exactly known for leading the way forward tech-wise, so many industry watchers were caught by surprise Thursday when they announced their LiveWire electric motorcycle project.

The sharp-looking ebike, which is still a prototype but looks pretty much ready for market, features a 74-horsepower electric motor, 50-odd mile range and a host of slick tech that puts it right in league with all the startup ebike makers out there. Plus, Harley said it sounds like a fighter plane landing on an aircraft carrier as is whizzes by. Harley is even touring the LiveWire around to several cities on the east coast to get some consumer feedback.

Hey, it looks good to us! Go here for photos, video and some sound samples of this surprisingly cool green bike.

The camera built into Apple’s iPhone has always been a top-performer, but for serious photographers, it’s always been short on manual controls. But with the iOS 8 update that will hit soon, that appears to be about to change.

A post on the Anandtech website indicates the next version of the OS will give shooters full manual control over the camera, including setting exposure, white balance, ISO and even manual focus control options. Manual controls have been available on some of the phones that compete with the iPhone, so if you’re tired of hauling a separate high-end camera to get that perfect shot, well, Apple has apparently heard your prayers.

To tell you the truth, we haven’t been getting much work done lately because the World Cup is always on the big TVs scattered around the office. We’re sure we’re not alone, but we do want to give you a heads up that if you’re a FIFA 2014 gamer, hackers are baiting fans with fake upgrades that are reeling in logins and other personal information via bogus Instagram posts.

The scam works by tempting users to trade their info for “exclusive” characters, usually star players, that they can add to their rosters. Judging by the number of likes and followers the fake sites have, business is unfortunately brisk. So don’t shank your info over the crossbar, be sure the site you’re going to is legit.

Today’s host is Caleb Denison.

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