Geekly Update - 07 November 2013
What devious new privacy-stealing trick is Facebook planning, that will make the snoops at NSA look like amateurs? Is it okay to take video games into the bath tub now? And is buying a smartwatch a dumb idea? 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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Big Brother really is watching... Facebook is developing methods to track your cursor’s movements on-screen and achieve other new heights of outrageous privacy invasion. Facebook already has a massive data analytics warehouse, which houses over 300 petabytes of information.
P. T. Barnum’s target market is San Francisco. Local TV station KPIX 5 is “reporting” speculation that a four-story barge parked in the Bay is a floating “Apple Store” for Google Glass, and citizens are eagerly swallowing it. Why shouldn’t they? Well, for one thing, Google doesn’t have a permit to park a barge in the Bay.
The New Haven Register commits old-school journalism by asking the question that no other mainstream publication dares to ask: “Smartwatches are everywhere, but who wants one?”
What happens when a fax machine calls a voice-to-text converter like Google Voice’s handy little call-to-email function? Well, it’s almost like a translation of a real live human!
"Yes, you herd me correctly." A New York woman plowed into a herd of cows that was crossing the road. The reason: She was yakking on her cell phone. Her name: Daisy Cowit. (Yes, really.)
It turns your bath water into a motion-detecting touch screen display. Yes, the AquaTop device for Microsoft Kinect really does. Now you and your rubber duckie can play tennis.
It wasn't bad enough that this Rock-Paper-Scissors robot cheated every time. Now it can cheat even faster. I expect the next version to be equipped with a hand that whacks you when you lose - every time.
The “Morris Worm,” an early self-replicating “virus” that did no harm but caused global panic, turned 25 years old on November 2, 2013. Here is how mainstream media reported that “new cyber threat.”
Is Google+ reaching critical mass? The Facebook competitor has seen a 58% increase in new accounts since May, with over 300 million active users now. Over 1.5 billion photos are uploaded per week, and there’s been a twenty-fold increase in videos uploaded. Are you ready to take a look at Google+?
The epitome of “really busy, not getting much done” is this machine whose engine turns 200 times per minute but whose gear train makes a shaft revolve once in 2.3 TRILLION years. Why? Because Arthur Ganson can, that’s why.
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