Tesla and hackers are starting to play cat and mouse in patching a performance boost unlock after the automaker started cracking down on the effort.
Over the last few months, we have been reporting on how a company called Ingenext released the first hack that enabled Tesla owners to unlock a software-locked acceleration boost for half the price that Tesla is charging.
As expected, Tesla started to fight back against the hack last week with a new patch in a software update.
It has launched a sort of “cat and mouse” game as now Ingenext managed to get around Tesla’s patch.
The company built a new module to add to their gateway in order to avoid Tesla’s patch:
Guillaume André, the founder of Ingenext, told Electrek that Tesla did a very good patch that can detect their Boost 50 gateway installed.
While they were planning for Tesla to try to patch their product, they thought they would be able to get around it through software update to their gateway, but they needed new hardware to get around this one.
So they basically packaged the patch in a new module called ‘Bonus Module’:
It is going to be shipped to current Boost 50 owners for free for the patch and sold separately with new features for new buyers:
- Heated rear seat control with web application or rear window switches
- Ambient lights
- Automatic driver door opening
- Automatic frunk and trunk opening with proximity sensors
- Drift mode
- Battery pack heating
- Manual wiper control
- Live data: battery pack state of health, beginning of life pack energy, full nominal pack energy, isolation resistance of the battery, HV battery voltage/current, LV battery voltage/current, battery and charger temperature.
André is confident that going forward they will be able to counter patches through software updates.
While he is confident, it is a big task to go against Tesla here.
I am not opposed to it. If you own your car, I think you should be allowed to do whatever you want it – including adding a third-party module to boost performance.
With that said, you need to balance the risk with messing with future software updates from Tesla.
It’s at your own risk.
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West Kelowna Warriors complete sweep of Vernon Vipers – Summerland Review
The Vernon Vipers fell to 0-2 in the B.C. Hockey League’s Okanagan Cup exhibition tournament Saturday night on home ice.
Deegan Mofford’s goal with 15 seconds left in the second period gave the visiting West Kelowna Warriors a 2-1 win over the Snakes at Kal Tire Place, completing a home-and-home sweep in the first two games of the tourney.
The Warriors beat Vernon 4-1 Friday at Royal LePage Place.
Kaidan Johnson gave the Vipers a 1-0 lead, tapping in a goal-mouth pass from defenceman Trey Taylor at 19:02 of the opening frame.
Carter Wilkie got that one back for the Warriors with a shorthanded goal at 16:30 of the second.
Zach Bennett picked up the win in goal for West Kelowna while Cloverdale product Roan Clarke was stellar in net for the Vipers.
The Okanagan Cup is a two-month tournament that will feature the Okanagan’s four teams, the Vipers, Warriors, Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Penticton Vees.
The tournament will consist of a total of 27 games as each team will face-off against one another four times. The games will take place on Fridays and Saturdays with each team playing a total of 12 games.
The final weekend of play will commence on Saturday, Nov. 7, followed by a weekend of semifinal and final action, beginning Friday, Nov. 13 and concluding with the championship game on Saturday, Nov. 14.
“This a great opportunity for our fans to get their hockey fix,” said Vipers executive vice-president Todd Miller.
Each of the teams 12 games will be streamed live on HockeyTV.com. In addition, all four organizations are excited to showcase their players on Shaw with select games airing on the Shaw channels across the Okanagan.
The Vees started the tournament 2-0, sweeping the Silverbacks 7-0 in Salmon Arm, and 8-2 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
The tournament continues Friday, Oct. 2, when the undefeated Warriors and Vees tangle in Penticton. The clubs play again the next night in West Kelowna.
The Vipers will visit Penticton for a mid-week game Wednesday, Oct. 7, before the two teams meet at Kal Tire Place Saturday, Oct. 10.
Apple Watch Series 3 users reporting issues after installing WatchOS 7 – MobileSyrup
Some Apple Watch Series 3 users are reporting several issues with their smartwatches after recently installing watchOS 7.
There’s a thread on Apple’s support forms dedicated to Apple Watch 3 owners detailing their frustrations after downloading watchOS 7.
The most common issue seems to be the smartwatches randomly rebooting several times a day. One user notes that they’ve had several reboots a day and that they never experienced this issue with previous updates.
Further, another forum on MacRumours details similar issues with other Apple Watch Series 3 owners. The users note that they’re experiencing random reboots and laggy performance.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to downgrade a watchOS 7 update, and although there was a bug fix released this week, it doesn’t appear to solve these specific issues.
It’s worth noting that it’s unclear how widespread these issues are, but since there seem to be numerous reports, Apple is likely aware of the problem and hopefully working on a fix.
Apple released watchOS 7 on September 16th, bringing features like sleep tracking and new watch faces.
Epic Games battles to get Fortnite back in App Store – Japan Today
Epic Games will strive anew Monday to convince a judge that its hit title Fortnite should be restored to Apple’s App Store, despite sidestepping the tech titan’s standard commission on transactions.
Apple does not allow users of its popular devices to download apps from anywhere but its App Store, and Epic is challenging its practice of taking a 30 percent cut of money spent on the apps by users.
The clash comes as Apple puts priority on selling digital content and subscription services to the one billion-plus people around the world using devices powered by its iOS mobile operating software.
The commission dispute has also become a rallying cry for app makers who believe Apple’s App Store policies are monopolistic.
Major app developers including Epic and streaming music giant Spotify recently formed a coalition to press for new terms with the major online marketplaces operated by Apple and Google.
Google runs a Play Store for apps tailored for devices powered by its Android software and also takes a commission, but people are free to get apps from other online venues.
The new Coalition for App Fairness advocacy group said it will seek legal and regulatory changes for the app stores which serve as gatekeepers for much of the mobile software distributed to smartphone users.
The move comes amid rising criticism of the fees and terms imposed by the app stores, and legal challenges by both Epic and Spotify to Apple’s commission for online subscriptions.
A hearing slated for Monday before a federal judge in California will focus on whether Apple should be compelled to put Fortnite back in the App Store while an overarching lawsuit plays out.
Apple pulled Fortnite from its online mobile apps marketplace on August 13 after Epic released an update that dodges revenue sharing with the iPhone maker.
The judge in the case previously rejected an emergency injunction request by Epic, saying Fortnite’s eviction by Apple was a “self-inflicted wound.”
But Epic did not back down from its fight against Apple, accusing the tech giant of being “a monopolist.”
Due to the legal row, Fortnite fans using iPhones or other Apple devices no longer have access to the latest game updates, including the new season released at the end of August.
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