Geekly Update - 02 September 2015
Did Alexander Graham Bell copy his idea for the telephone from something invented over 1000 years earlier? Specially trained dogs were sent to the home of Jared Fogle, the disgraced Subway pitchman. Can you guess what they were sniffing for? And how easy is it for prison inmates to run an identity theft scam? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!
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It's been accurately described as "A groundbreaking advancement in the field of obsolescence!" The USB Typewriter will replace the keyboard of your PC, Mac, or iPad with a lovingly restored class typewriter. Prices start at about $750.
“Siri, dial 911!” 18 year-old Sam Ray cried repeatedly as he lay trapped beneath a car he’d been working on. Siri obliged, and Ray was rescued.
Some parents are surprised to receive emails from Windows 10 that detail what their children do, both offline and online. The kids may be a bit startled, too.
Now you can sound like physicist Stephen Hawking. The software that synthesizes his distinctive voice has been released as an open-source download.
The telephone was invented 1,200 years ago by the Chimu civilization of Peru. It looks a lot like the old cans-and-string version many of us recall from childhood, using clay cups and waxed vegetable fiber twine.
Samsung and MIT researchers have developed a solid electrolyte for batteries that don’t explode or catch fire. The new electrolyte never loses its ability to be recharged.
A Freedom of Information Act request caused the personal information of over 1,000 Illinois Dept. of Corrections employees to be handed over to a prison inmate. Who knew identity theft was that easy?
Drug-sniffing dogs are nothing new. But a rare electronics-sniffing dog was used to find hidden computers, cell phones, and USB drives in the home of Subway poster boy Jared Fogle during the investigation of his sexual relations with minors.
iPhone owners can test-drive Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 5 or S6 Edge phones for 30 days, paying just $1.00 plus return shipping.
An image of the master baggage keys used by the Transportation Safety Administration to snoop in travelers’ luggage was carelessly shared with the Washington Post. Copies of the keys can easily be made from that image. Thanks to TSA and WashPo editors.
Firefox will soon support extensions written for Google Chrome, a move that will open up many Chrome extensions to Firefox fans and halve the coding burden on developers.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 2 Sep 2015
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