News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, March 22, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Two Augusta men have created a smartphone app that works on virtually every car and helps save money on gas.
"We can't change the price of fuel, but we can help you spend less on it," said Eric Parker, co-founder and manager of The Clubhouse.
The motto for these forward-thinkers -- who've come up with an app that helps keep your dollar bills out of the gas tank and in your wallet.
"Just the way you drive can effect your fuel economy by up to 30 percent," said John Bobbit, one of the inventors of the app. "And that's free, if you just change the way you drive. So what we looked at was how could we effect that."
What they came up with was the Fuel Economy Coach.
An idea in the works for years, but finally brought to light thanks to a Department of Energy contest called the Apps for Vehicles Challenge.
"About six weeks ago, we found out we were a finalist," said Steve Tibrea, co-inventor of the app. "And we had six weeks to turn that idea into a reality."
That's where small tech business, The Clubhouse, came in.
"What we are really interested in doing is using technology to kind of do things that are good for the community," Parker said.
If this app goes live, you would be able to download it straight on your smartphone.
And, every time you hopped in your car, you'd have a personal coach helping you save money, while helping the environment.
"When you're driving along, the app will be showing you three different colors -- red, yellow or green," Tibrea said. "Yellow means you're doing about average. Green means that you're performing very well in your fuel economy. Red, on the other hand, that's a color that you need to improve."
A simple, straightforward way to help you save money on gas.
Something anyone can appreciate when gas prices rise.
"If gas goes up, we have to charge our business customers more, which we try to keep our prices down. So then we eat that," said Diane Costello.
Costello runs a local business and loves the sound of the Fuel Economy Coach.
"I'd certainly try the app to start off with and see how much it saves me," she said. "And if it tells me about how my men drive, that'd be very helpful to me."
Everyone involved in this project is hoping to win the the Department of Energy contest for a better chance at going public with the app.
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Kaspersky Lab warns users about the emergence online of a new version of the Gpcode ransomware program.
The program spreads via malicious websites and P2P networks.
Kaspersky Lab products detect the program as Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Gpcode.ax.
You can read more on our blog.
Kaspersky Lab is monitoring a new email worm which is currently spreading. Emails spreading the worm say “Here you have” in the subject line.
We detect the worm as Email-Worm.Win32.VBMania.
While the servers hosting related downloads have been taken down, we are keeping customers updated and protected against any new variants.
Net-Worm.Win32.Kido exploits a critical vulnerability (MS08-067) in Microsoft Windows to spread via local networks and removable storage media.
The worm disables system restore, blocks access to security websites, and downloads additional malware to infected machines.
Users are strongly recommended to ensure their antivirus databases are up to date. A patch for the vulnerability is available from Microsoft.
The new Gpcode variant encrypts files with extensions DOC, TXT, PDF, XLS, JPG, PNG, CPP, H etc. on hard drives using an RSA algorithm with a 1024-bit key.
After encrypting files, the virus leaves a text file in the folder next to the encrypted files with following message:
Currently, we detect the new variant, but we are unable to crack the 1024-bit key. Our analysts are continuing to work on both the key and the virus to resolve this issue.
Kaspersky Lab recommends that all Internet users enable maximum protection from malicious code and network attacks on their computers, refrain from executing suspicious programs received from untrustworthy sources and back up any important information on their computers.
Detection of Virus.Win32.Gpcode.ak was added to Kaspersky Anti-Virus signature databases yesterday, on June 4th, at 15:39 GMT. Please make sure to update if you haven’t already.
If you have fallen victim to Gpcode.ak, try to contact us using another computer connected to the Internet. DO NOT RESTART or POWER DOWN the potentially infected machine. Contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us the exact date and time of infection, as well everything you did on the computer in the 5 minutes before the machine was infected: which programs you have executed, which websites you have visited, etc. We'll try and help you recover any data that has been encrypted.
For more information about the malicious program, please read our weblog.
A few hours before this point, there was a noticeable increase in mail traffic of an earlier modification of Warezov - Warezov.do which featured in the October 2006 Top 20.
If you are using Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 or Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0 with Proactive Protection turned on, new variants will be detected without the need to update your antivirus databases.
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