Samsung forges ahead, snaps up Harman tech group for $8 billion

Maybe the next Note phone will sound amazing and drive your car

It’s another day of big tech mergers as Samsung has announced their acquisition of Harman for $8 billion. If you’re thinking “Harman/Kardon, that stereo equipment company” you’re right… mostly. But in recent years, Harman has branched out from making high-powered audio gear into the automotive sector. If you have a modern car, something they make is probably working behind the scenes to help you drive.

Harman has also been on an a buying binge of their own as of late, snapping up JBL, Revel, Infinity, and other brands you see show up in luxury cars and luxury homes. But perhaps their biggest venture has been their least publicized: developing autonomous and connected vehicle technologies, also known as telematics. And that is probably the tech Samsung wanted most. We just hope the monster H/K amps and receivers keep rolling off the assembly lines as well.

Awkward x 412 million

If you swingers out there thought the Ashley Madison hack last year was bad, it has nothing on the latest data breach at Friend finder, or more specifically, Adult Friend Finder, which, as you can probably imagine, isn’t a site you go to to find a pal to attend chess club with. Business Insider says LeakedSource has obtained the records of 412 million Friend Finder Networks users, including names, emails, passwords, and registration dates.

So, if you’ve signed up for cams.com, icams.com, penthouse.com or stripshow.com, it might be a good idea to change up those passwords ASAP and watch your email box for the inevitable blackmail email…

Performance first, clean air a distant second

More news out of dieselgate, the emissions cheating scandal that has embroiled the Volkswagen brand, which also includes Audi and Porsche brands.

According to a German newspaper, the California Air Resources Board has discovered that some Audi models have software that can falsify CO2 emissions results during emissions testing. Reuters says Volkswagen has confirmed the cheating code, which apparently was able to activate based on steering wheel movements – or the lack thereof – during emissions testing of both diesel and gas-powered cars with automatic transmissions.

Vehicles from VW, Audi and Porsche are all involved. This is a bit different from the original diesel emissions cheating that went on, which involved changing emissions results just for diesel engines. Which exact models are involved has not yet been specified, but you know it will be soon, so if your car is affected, hey, you just might be getting a new car for the holidays.

Cars

Consumer Reports bumps the Tesla Model 3 off of its list of recommended models

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the six new cars that have lost their coveted Recommended rating from Consumer Reports over reliability concerns. In 2018, Model 3 owners reported body trim falling off and problems with the car's glass.
Smart Home

Mount your TV correctly with the best stud finders of 2019

Endlessly searching for a stud in your wall can be a chore. Fortunately, these stud finders are both high-tech and straightforward, meaning you can drill, nail, and hang with the utmost confidence.
Cars

Watch a modified Audi e-tron electric SUV drive straight up a ski slope

A modified Audi e-tron climbed up an 85-percent gradient on an Austrian ski slope in a tribute to a classic Audi commercial. The vehicle used for the stunt sported an extra electric motor and spiked tires.
Computing

Protecting your PDF with a password isn't difficult. Just follow these steps

If you need to learn how to password protect a PDF, you have come to the right place. This guide will walk you through the process of protecting your documents step-by-step, whether you're running a MacOS or Windows machine.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Highlights from day 2 of CES 2019 outline future of tech

In our second day of coverage for the annual tech conference in Las Vegas, Greg Nibler and Maude Garrett welcomed guests from industry leaders like Verizon, Intel, and Microsoft and we went out on the floor to discover new tech.
Digital Trends Live

TEST

  dsfsadfas
Digital Trends Live

On the last day of CES, Digital Trends Live hands out awards and more

On the third and final day of CES, the annual tech trade show in Las Vegas, the Digital Trends Live team interviewed guests, dissected all the trends on display at the show, and gave awards to the very best tech.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: New Motorola flip phone, ads in space, smart umbrella

On this episode of Digital Trends Live we discussed trending headlines like foldable smartphones and advertising in space. We also sat down with Caleb Denison and Ronan Glon to talk about the world of tech post CES 2019.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Netflix price hike, Starsona’s celeb connections, and more

On episode 48 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler, Adrien Warner, and Drew Prindle explored the tech news of the day, including Netflix’s controversial price hike, and an interview with Digital Domain’s Darren Hendler.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: The dark age of streaming, booze delivery, and more

On the latest episode of Digital Trends Live, DT's daily morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Nicole Raney explored the biggest news from the tech world. On this week's episode: A massive data breach, the dark age of streaming, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Oscar nominations, the future of blockchain, and more

From Oscar nominations, to the latest Spotify and Uber features, there was a lot to discuss on this episode of Digital Trends Live. Journalist Rachel Wolfson also joined the show to talk about the future of cryptocurrency.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Double-folding phones, the best gaming laptops, and more

AirPod rumors and the latest news about foldable phones highlight Wednesday's episode of Digital Trends Live. We also sat down with Calvin Iverson to talk about how to travel on a budget and how millennials are changing the travel industry.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Amazon Scout, Soraya Darabi, and Joey Ricard

On episode 53 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle discussed the latest in tech news, including Amazon's new delivery drone, CRISPR babies, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Facebook, flying taxis, and Tesla police car

On episode 54 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Caleb Denison discussed Facebook's plan to integrate Instagram, Boeing's experimental flying taxi, and more.