Tesla Sentry Expansion; China Leads Data Flows; Apple Fitness+; Facebook & Looted Goods

Tesla’s Sentry Mode is about to bring things to a whole new level by enabling Tesla owners to remotely see what their cars can see through Autopilot cameras. Electrek.co reports that Tesla is planning a big software update, to be pushed to its fleet around the holidays. The rumor is that the automaker is working on letting owners remote livestream what their cars’ see with their Autopilot cameras. Everything is apparently going to be handled through the app.Tesla owners can already have an extensive look at the status of their vehicles, including the doors open or close, same for windows, charge port, and more.

Back in 2001, the U.S. was the dominant country when it came to cross-border data flows. But the global data order is changing rapidly. Nikkei.com says China now accounts for 23% of cross-border data flows, nearly twice the share of the U.S., which ranks a distant second with 12%. And the Chinese lead could turn into a dominant advantage as the formerly world-spanning internet shatters into the “splinternet”: a balkanized mosaic of information networks marked off by national borders. The source of Beijing’s power lies in its connections with the rest of Asia. While the U.S. accounted for 45% of data flows in and out of China in 2001, that figure dropped to just 25% last year.

Promotion for Apple Fitness+ is ramping up, with advertising initiatives and teases from instructors being spotted on social media, indicating that the new subscription service may be launching imminently. Macrumors.com notes that Best Buy has started advertising six-month free trials of Apple Fitness+ with Apple Watch purchases. As retailers have started to actively promote Apple Fitness+, the service’s launch is likely to follow soon. In addition, Apple Fitness+ instructors have begun promoting their workout videos on Instagram.  Priced at $9.99 per month, Fitness+ is designed to help Apple Watch users keep fit through a series of guided workouts.

The black market for looted goods is flourishing on Facebook. While the company banned the sale of historical artifacts in June, many of the posts are in Arabic, and Facebook lacks the expertise to properly enforce its new policy. According to theverge.com, when Facebook is able to identify groups that flout its guidelines, experts say the company simply deletes them, expunging crucial documentation for researchers studying stolen art. Facebook has effectively created a problem and rather than turning that into something they could contribute to, they are making it worse. Facebook had no comment about this situation.


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