[News in a Nutshell] From Tesla’s Model 3, WWE 2K15, ‘ Project Zero’ to RoboCup 2014

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Tesla announces its 4th Vehicle, ‘the Model 3′ to complete the series : S III X

Tesla Motors  revealed its newest vehicle plans, a smaller vehicle  the ‘ Model 3 ‘. According to Auto Express reports the vehicle is designed  to take on BMW and its 3 series. Tesla has confirmed that, the vehicle will be 20 percent smaller than the Model S and go more than 200 miles on a charge. The Model 3 will be unveiled in 2016, with sales beginning the following year.

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The Model 3 will come after Tesla’s Model X, which was unveiled at an event in California in 2012. It will be available to early buyers in 2015. This ‘ crossover ‘ vehicle lies somewhere between a sedan and an SUV, and can  fit up to seven passengers.

The Model 3 will actually be the company’s fourth car, and is set to come after Tesla’s Model X.

Elon Musk revealed that they were going to call it model E instead of Model 3  for a while, but then Ford sued them on the grounds that they wanted to use the ‘Model E’ . Elon Musk was quoted saying, ‘ I thought this is crazy, Ford’s trying to kill sex! So we’ll have to think of another name.The new model is going to be called Model III, we’ll have three bars to represent it and it’ll be S III X!”

WWE 2K15 Preorder Bonus to include 2 Generations of the Legendary Wrestler ‘Sting’

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2K Sports has announced that professional wrestling legend Sting will appear in the game WWE 2K 15 even though he has never been a part of the WWE roster since its inception.

Sting in WWE 2K15 will take two forms, the first of which is his crow-like persona with his iconic black and white face paint. The second variant is his earlier look, where he wore bright colors and a flattop hairstyle.

WWE 2K15 was developed by Yuke’s and Visual Concepts. Featuring  John Cena on the cover, the game will launch on  October 28th for consoles: Xbox 360, Xbox One,PS3 and PS4  It will be available to international markets October 31st onwards.

This 2K legend marketing has proven to be a very creative and commercial success for the WWE in the past, last year they had a similar release for  the Ultimate Warrior.

Undertaker vs Sting, anybody?

‘Project Zero,’ Google’s Secret Dream Team of Researchers and Ethical Hackers to fix vulnerabilities on the internet

Google’s Project Zero, a group of top Google security researchers and hackers are on a mission to track down and neuter the most insidious security flaws in the world’s software. These secret hackable bugs, are well known in their security industry as ‘zero-day’ vulnerabilities. These are exploited by criminals, hackers and intelligence agencies in their spying operations.

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Google hopes to get those spy-friendly flaws fixed. Also Project Zero’s hackers will be exposing bug attacks not only on Google products but also on any software whose zero- day vulnerabilities  can be dug up and revealed.

George Hotz was a well known hacker who cracked into AT&T’s lock on the iPhone in 2007,  reverse engineered the PlayStation 3 on both occasions he was either ignored or sued for his actions.But when Hotz dismantled the defenses of Google’s Chrome operating system, Google gave him a $150,000 reward for helping fix the flaws he uncovered. Two months later George Hotz received an email from Chris Evans, a Google security engineer.It was an offer to join Google’s ‘ Project Zero’. He was asked if wanted to join an elite team of full-time hackers who were paid to hunt security vulnerabilities in every popular piece of software on the internet.

After the FIFA World Cup,  Brazil to host RoboCup 2014

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Brazil will be hosting a soccer tournament for robots from July 19-25 in the north-eastern city of Joao Pessoa. This event will bring together around 3,000 university students from 45 countries and 400 teams will participate in this year’s competition. This event is expected to attract about 60,000 spectators.

The competition will be divided into five different categories based on the size and characteristics of the robots, according to the organizers.

Although the main attraction is the soccer competition, RoboCup 2014, the event also includes other leagues covering rescue operations and domestic tasks. It also includes a separate RoboCup Junior leagues for young students.

RoboCup founded in 1997 in Japan, is one of the world’s leading technology events with the ultimate goal of developing  a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots capable of defeating the FIFA World Cup-winning squad of 2050, in a match governed by FIFA’s official rules.


Harshith Mallya

Harshith Mallya

Writer@YourStoryCo, Engineer from MIT, Manipal, Tech Enthusiast, Foodie and Couch Potato Extraordinaire Email : harshith@yourstory.com