U.S. automakers ask to share battery technology, Korean companies worry about leaking secrets

The Nikkei Asian Review reported on Friday (March 25) that LG Energy Solution (LGES) CEO Kwon Young-soo said it was difficult for automakers to produce their own products based on huge technology patent fees and R&D costs. Battery. The report pointed out that the US and South Korean joint ventures are currently building seven electric vehicle (EV) battery plants in North America, including the battery joint ventures established by Stellantis N.V. with LGES and Samsung SDI, respectively.

General Motors (GM) has asked partner LGES to share some battery technology, South Korean government and industry sources said. LGES is concerned that GM, which owns the battery plant itself, will gain trade secrets as a result. Ford Motor Company made a technology sharing request when negotiating a joint venture with SK On, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SK Innovation. SK is concerned that information will flow through Ford to competitors.

Ultium Cells, a joint venture between GM and LGES, announced in January that it would spend $2.6 billion to build a third battery cell manufacturing plant in Lansing, Michigan. Ultium Cells will complete site preparation this summer and the new plant is expected to open by the end of 2024.

“The fate of Ford’s electrification is in your hands,” SK Innovation CEO Kim Jun said in an interview with Ford CEO Jim Farley, Thomson Reuters reported in October.

SK Innovation Co Ltd announced in October last year that it would double the number of EV battery researchers under its umbrella by the end of 2023, Yonhap News Agency reported.

As of January, LGES had a cumulative backlog of $217 billion.

LGES announced on Wednesday that it will spend 1.7 trillion won to build a new cylindrical battery factory in Queen Creek, Arizona. The new manufacturing facility will use the most advanced smart factory system with functions such as remote support, manufacturing intelligence, and logistics automation.

Anonymous announces attack on Russia’s central bank, will release 35,000 secret files

The hacker group Anonymous announced that it has breached the Russian Central Bank’s network system and will release 35,000 hacked secret files in the next 48 hours, but the news has not been confirmed.

Anonymous, the world’s best-known hacker group, which has immediately declared war on Russia since Russia invaded Ukraine, announced today via Twitter that it had hacked Russia’s central bank and gained access to a trove of classified documents.

The 35,000 files obtained this time will be released within 48 hours, and it is particularly emphasized that there are so-called “secret agreements”, which imply that the secrets of the Russian central bank will be made public.

The “Operation Russia” (#OpRussia) launched by Anonymous has two major achievements. The first is to hack into Russian TV, broadcast the scene of the war publicly, and pierce the “defense cloth” of the Russian government; the second is that the attack continues Nestlé, which operates in Russia, published thousands of customer lists detailing emails, company names and home addresses, forcing Nestlé to announce on the 24th that it would cease operations in Russia.

Although Nestlé denied that the information was hacked, and that it was outflowed by itself, the change in attitude overnight made people have to doubt the authenticity of the announcement.

In the past few years, Anonymous has almost lost its prestige, and often can only use the simplest DDoS blocking attack to paralyze websites, threaten enterprises or governments, and be ridiculed by the community as “low-level hackers”. If they do throw away the confidential files of the Russian central bank this time, they will definitely regain their reputation as a hacker organization, and make all arrogant companies and governments better.

Haven’t seen the file yet, but one detail is worth noting. The account that posted the news was AnonymousTV (@YourAnonTV), not the official account of Anonymous (@YourAnonNews). Anonymous also tweeted today that it would not “claim” any unverifiable hacking, as that would only smear Anonymous’s name.

What the truth is, maybe 48 hours later.

Credit Suisse embroiled in scandal! Large-scale accounts were leaked, customers involved in drug trafficking and corruption

Credit Suisse was involved in a scandal on the 20th. From a large-scale leak, it was revealed that Credit Suisse customers were involved in torture, drug trafficking, money laundering, corruption and other felonies. Although Credit Suisse has repeatedly promised to clear suspicious customers and put an end to illegal funds, it obviously failed. .

The Guardian and foreign media reported that more than 18,000 Credit Suisse accounts showed clients as criminals, human rights abusers, dictators, including Yemeni spy chiefs suspected of torture, Venezuelan officials involved in corruption scandals, and Son of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.

According to the press release, Credit Suisse whistleblowers first exposed the leaks in German newspapers and said the leaks involved accounts holding more than $1,000, followed by 46 media reports around the world.

The accounts were opened from 1940 to 2010, according to the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Program (OCCRP) on the 20th. OCCRP co-founder Paul Radu said in a statement, “It’s common to see criminals and corrupt politicians continue to do business as usual no matter the circumstances because they trust that their ill-gotten gains will be secured.”

Credit Suisse said in a statement that it strongly disagreed with the allegations of the company’s business practices, saying, “In some cases dating back to 1940, the descriptions of these matters were out of context, inaccurate or selective, leading to a biased interpretation of the bank’s business practices.”

About 90 percent of the leaked accounts were closed or in the process of being closed before the media investigation, Credit Suisse said, with the remaining accounts being properly vetted and unable to comment on individual customers, and the company taking action to mishandle customers.

The OCCRP statement, citing a Credit Suisse whistleblower, said that “the Swiss bank’s pretext to protect financial privacy is only to cover up a shameful act of helping tax evaders, a situation that fuels corruption and deprives developing countries of much-needed tax revenue”.

Apple iPhone 14 has a total of 4 models, the price was leaked in advance

The iPhone 13 series released by Apple in 2021 will truly make consumers feel the beauty of 13.

It is precisely based on the “high cost performance” of the iPhone 13 series that has promoted the surge in sales of the iPhone 13 series. And Apple also took advantage of the high sales of the iPhone 13 series to win a number of sales champions in one fell swoop.

For many consumers, although the price of the iPhone 13 series is very good, they are still very interested in Apple’s new flagship iPhone 14 in the fall of 2022. There are even many people in the industry who advocate: don’t rush to get the iPhone 13 series, because the upcoming iPhone 14 series is better.

However, judging from the recent exposure of related digital bloggers and technology media for the iPhone 14 series, in addition to the fact that the iPhone 14 series is about to cancel the design of bangs and use a pill punch screen, which has attracted the attention of consumers, The price of the leaked iPhone 14 series was also heavily discussed.

It is reported that Apple’s upcoming fall new iPhone 14 series in 2022 will be divided into 4 models. As far as the price is concerned, the iPhone 14 series will increase the price of the whole series. Among them, the price of the highest version of the emperor will exceed one hundred and one hundred US dollars.

There is no doubt that this price of the iPhone 14 series is quite unfriendly to a group of “waiting parties”.

On January 12, the media reported that the price of the iPhone 14 series will be increased by around $100. Among them, the base iPhone 14 is priced at $799, and the high-end iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at $1,199.

From this point of view, the price of the top version of the iPhone 14 Pro Max exceeds $1100, which is completely reasonable.

In fact, looking at various exposures about the iPhone 14 series on the Internet, Apple chose to increase the price of the entire iPhone 14 series, which is also expected by consumers.

In terms of appearance design, the iPhone 14 series will cancel the bangs design that has remained unchanged for Apple’s iPhone for thousands of years, and instead use pills to hollow out the screen. Display industry analyst Ross Young revealed that the iPhone 14 Pro uses a centered double hollow screen design, in which the Face ID lattice module is placed in the round hole, and the front camera and the Face ID infrared lens are placed in the pill opening.

Although from the perspective of visual effects, the dual-hole design of the iPhone 14 Pro is not aesthetically pleasing, but it improves the screen-to-body ratio of the phone to a certain extent and is more practical.

It is worth mentioning that in addition to the upgrade of the appearance design, the imaging system of the iPhone 14 series will also achieve certain breakthroughs. Trend Force, a research institute, revealed that the iPhone 14 Pro will replace the previous 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with a 48-megapixel lens, while supporting 8K video recording. In addition, the author learned that in order to further improve the user experience of consumers, Apple will also solve the problem of less light entering through “pixel binning”.

In terms of performance configuration, in order to further widen the gap between different products, the upcoming Phone 14 series will also be different in terms of processors. As far as I know, the basic iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max may continue to use the A15 processor; while the high-end versions of the iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max use the A16 processor, Apple’s strongest chip.

For the upcoming iPhone 14 series, which upgrade are you looking forward to more?