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Lexus QZ 618 Galactic Enforcer, for MIB only

Lexus has introduced its QZ 618 Galactic Enforcer jet – the first in the brand’s new jet-class fleet.

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Currently available only to Men in Black agents, it is powered by hybrid transformer technology. With the push of a button, it morphs from a 2020 Lexus RC F sport coupe into the most powerful IFO (Identified Flying Object) ever engineered by Lexus. It is also the only Lexus available in the darkest black in the entire universe: Umbra Black1.

“The Lexus jet reflects the future of the Lexus brand – the far, far distant future,” said Lisa Materazzo, vice president of Lexus marketing. “With the most advanced alien-fighting technology, performance and sophisticated styling, it’s in a class of its own.”

In a top-secret exchange of knowledge with an alien partner, brokered by “the agency,” Lexus was able to secure Quasar Power Source2Technology (QPST) that uses the power of the nearest Active Galactic Nucleus3 (AGN) to travel anywhere in the universe in seconds. Quasi-Stellar Objects4 (QSOs) are found in every galaxy that has a supermassive central black hole. So, all QPST-powered Lexus vehicles are named after black holes.5

Key jet features include:

Technology

  • IGPS (Inter-Galactic Positioning System)
  • Amazon Alexa* understands all seven trillion alien languages
  • Gamma-ray headlamps
  • Infinite scaling technology

Performance

  • Lexus’ very latest Quasar Power Source Technology (QPST)
  • Propulsion system named after Black Hole TON 618
  • 122 MPG (Millennia Per Gallon)
  • Three driving modes: EcoDrive, SportDrive, QuantumDrive
  • 0-60 in 0.0000000000001 nanoseconds
  • Light-speed-matching capability

Comfort & Design

  • Intergalactically sourced, ethically spawned Adorian leather

Safety

  • Lexus’ latest transforming seats with 31-point harnesses to accommodate every body type in the universe
  • Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+) with available force field technology

Styles & Packages

  • Enforcer Package
  • Everything you need to protect the earth from the scum of the universe
  • Also available in six other colours, but naturally, Lexus recommends Umbra Black

Lexus vehicles are the official fleet of Men in Black agents globally in the film. The 2020 Lexus RC F stars as the Men in Black agents’ vehicle of choice for their high-velocity pursuits. The luxury sport coupe recently underwent an exciting change, making it faster, lighter and even more ready to transport the Men in Black as they save the universe.

“The Lexus RC F sports coupe and QZ 618 Galactic Enforcer jet provide the perfect vehicles for our team of Men in Black agents as they protect the galaxy,” said Jeffrey Godsick, EVP, Brand Management and Global Partnerships, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group.

To learn more about the film, visit MeninBlack.com. Men in Black: International makes its way to U.S. theaters on June 14.

Note: Specifications and features listed here represent science fiction speculation of what a powerful scum-fighting Lexus jet might be like. The actual vehicle in the film was computer generated—the futuristic vehicle does not exist in reality.

*Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

1 Umbra Black – The very darkest part of a shadow is the umbra. It’s where an object completely blocks of the light source of an entity behind it. In astrophysics, it is the cone-shaped part of the shadow of a cosmic body that excludes all light from the original source.

2 Quasar Power Source Technology (QPST) – Quasars are considered to be the brightest objects in the universe—emitting exceptionally large amounts of energy. There are very few sources that produce enough energy to power a quasar. Astronomers theorize that the sources of quasar energy are supermassive black holes within them.

3 Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN) – A small region at the center of a galaxy so bright that the nucleus can be more luminous than the remaining galaxy light. The most powerful, steady sources of luminosity in the universe, they have too much energy in their nuclei to be due to stars or starbursts.

4 Quasi-stellar Objects (QSOs) – A class of astronomical bodies with a star-like visual appearance, but which have long wavelengths or redshifts.

5 Black Hole TON 618 – One of the most massive black holes in the universe, found in an extremely luminous quasar located 10.37 billion light years from the earth near the north galactic pole. It is 66 billion times the mass of the sun.

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Fujifilm releases a voice-note instant camera

Fujifilm has introduced a hybrid instant camera called the Instax mini LiPlay. It can act as an instant camera or a photo printer for pictures taken on a smartphone – and has a neat trick for adding voice notes to instant photos.

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Fujifilm’s Instax mini LiPlay is specially designed to act as both an instant camera and a photo printer. As with any Instax camera, users can snap and print photos directly from the camera. However, it connects via an app to smartphones, with users then able to print any photo stored on that device. With this feature Instax brings together the best of its hybrid cameras, such as the Square SQ20, and its portable smartphone printers, such as the Share SP-3.

Photos, now with a message

This Instax mini LiPlay is certainly not a one-trick-pony since it has another card up the sleeve: voice notes. One would expect that sound and photos do not play well together, but this camera about to change that. Users are able to take a picture of a friend, record a voice note (up to 10 seconds) for them via a button at the front of the camera, and then print out the photo. The print will feature a QR code which can be scanned by smartphone in order to listen to the recorded message. This is a first-time feature that can only be found on the Instax mini LiPlay camera.

Save, edit, print

Up to 46 images can be stored on the built-in storage space, with the device allowing for added memory via microSD or microSDHC cards. Users can select their best shots on the 2.7-in. TFT colour LCD monitor at the back, while also editing images on the fly.

To add extra spice to photos, it’s possible to apply one of six filters directly from the camera – black & white, sepia, stylish, vivid, poster of fish-eye. There are also ten different creative frames to choose from, while 20 more are available from the Instax mini LiPlay app. Through the app users can assign any of the frames to one of the camera’s shortcut buttons on the side to make in-camera editing easier.

For those who love group photos, the Instax mini LiPlay app has a wonderful extra – it can be used as a remote to snap a photo from a distance.

Live life & Play

From a size perspective, it is the smallest and lightest camera in the Instax range, coming in at 255 g. As always, photos are printed quickly and easily, with printing taking no more than 12 seconds.

It’s never a case of all work and no play when it comes to Instax, since there’s also a range of stylish accessories, such as the colour-coded camera straps specifically designed for the hybrid camera. Users can furthermore look forward to film cases that double as photo displays, plus photo albums to help with the protection of memories.

Cost and availability

The camera will be available in three colours – Blush Gold, Stone White and Elegant Black, each offering a different texture to the touch. The mini LiPlay is set to launch in South Africa at the opening of the Fujifilm PrintLife Exhibition, scheduled to run at Sandton City Centre Court from 19-24 June 2019.

The camera will be available at select retail stores and online for a recommended retail price of R2 499. Fujifilm Instax mini photo paper is available in packs of ten or 20, costing in the region of R160 and R300 respectively.

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Kaspersky streamlines threat hunting

The latest versions of Kaspersky EDR and Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack offer new features that streamline the investigation process and enhance threat hunting.

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A recently added database of Indicators of Attack (IoAs), maintained and fed by Kaspersky’s expert threat hunters, helps to deliver additional context during investigation of cybercriminal activities.

In addition, IoAs are now mapped to the MITRE ATT&CK knowledge base for further analysis of adversaries’ tactics, techniques, and procedures. These key improvements help enterprises investigate complex incidents faster.

Cyber-incidents relating to complex threats can have a significant impact on business. The cost of response and process recovery, the need to invest in new systems or processes, the effect on availability, and the damage to reputation all add up. Today, organisations need to consider the growing number of widespread malicious programmes, and the increase in complex advanced threats that are targeting them. In 2018, 41% of enterprises1 admitted that they suffered a targeted attack. Clearly, companies need protection from the more sophisticated threats that would otherwise evade detection. Kaspersky helps to solve this issue with the next generation of Kaspersky EDR and Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack platform.

Using Indicators of Attack to boost the investigation process

Kaspersky EDR and Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack include functionality to check for Indicators of Compromise (IoCs), such as hash, file name, path, IP address, and URL, which show that an attacker has struck. In addition to search for IoC, new capabilities with IoAs provide an opportunity to identify the intruders’ tactics and techniques, regardless of the malware or legitimate software used in the attack. To simplify the investigation process when examining telemetry from multiple endpoints, events are correlated with a customised set of IoAs from Kaspersky. Matched IoAs show up in the user interface with detailed descriptions and recommendations on the best way to respond to the attack.

Customers can produce their own set of IoAs based on their internal experience, knowledge of the most significant threats, and their specific IT environment. All new events are automatically mapped in real time with the internal database of custom IoAs, enabling the immediate creation of informed response actions and long-term detection scenarios, according the specifics of the protected infrastructure.

Mapping to the MITRE ATT&CK knowledge base

Together, Kaspersky EDR, Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack and MITRE ATT&CK – a globally-accessible knowledge base of adversary tactics and techniques based on real-world observations – enable companies to validate and investigate incoming incidents more efficiently. Discovered threats are automatically mapped to the knowledge base, immediately contextualising the new events with external intelligence and attack technique data. Having a deeper understanding into an attack reduces future risks and helps security teams cut the time taken to analyse and respond to threats. 

The enhanced functionality is also available for organisations that offer cybersecurity monitoring and management. The new multi-tenancy architecture allows Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs) to protect the infrastructure of multiple clients at the same time.

Sergey Martsynkyan, Head of B2B Product Marketing at Kaspersky, said: “Professional cybercriminals can reside without detection on trusted objects, exploit zero-day vulnerabilities, use legitimate software, compromised accounts, unique software, or social engineering techniques or exploit insiders. That’s why it is essential not to rely exclusively on the evidence left by malefactors, but to search for potential traces of their activity. To help organisations solve this issue, we translated Kaspersky’s expertise into a set of IoAs and mapped them with MITRE ATT&CK. With more information and understanding of a malefactor’s intentions, companies will be able to react to complex threats faster.”

[1] ITSRS 2018 ITSRS8N21. Has your organization experienced any of the following incidents in the last 12 months? – Targeted attacks

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