Geekly Update - 11 June 2014
Has technology provided us with a way to find out what REALLY goes on inside the dishwasher? Will having your smartphone blessed at church protect it from mobile malware? And why is the NSA vacuuming up millions of faces from the Web? 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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A clever video from Volkswagen makes the point that mobile phone use is the leading cause of death behind the wheel. But is it real or staged? Maybe it doesn't matter.
A French Catholic priest is offering a blessing of parishioners’ smartphones to draw more people to church. Perhaps it will increase battery life more than the gimmicks peddled on eBay.
Whack-a-troll! A federal judge not only dismissed a frivolous patent infringement case, he awarded startup FindTheBest.com $200,000 in attorneys’ fees incurred during its defense against Lumen View, which tried to extort a $50,000 “licensing fee” for what the judge found is nothing more than a description of computer-generated “matchmaking.”
Ever wonder what goes on inside of a dishwasher? A guy with a GoPro camera made a video to show you. Unfortunately, it doesn't show the part where the little troll sprays food crud back on the dishes, just before you open the dishwasher.
"Biden for President, Now!" The Secret Service is seeking social media analysis software that can detect sarcasm, presumably to avoid wasting resources on insincere threats against the President’s life.
The FBI shut down two major forces of evil over the weekend of May 30-June 1: The Gameover Zeus botnet and the Cryptolocker ransomware. The Dept. of Justice estimates that Gameover stole more than $100 million from victims’ bank accounts during its career, while CryptoLocker extorted $27 million in September and October, 2013, alone.
How dumb does Comcast think its customers are? The cable company’s latest commercial targets gamers, touting the speed and flow of online games over Comcast high-speed Internet. There’s “no buffering” to make game action jerky, the ad advises. But the game playing so fast and smoothly in the background is Ubisoft’s “Trials Fusion,” which has no online connection.
The first six-second Vine.com video broadcast from the International Space Station is suitably awesome and educational. Watch the Sun complete a full orbit of the Earth.
What’s the harm? Web developer Alexander de Griffoen has created ShrtUrl.co, where you can plug in any Web page’s URL and create a fake version of it with your own text and images. Then distributed the ShrtUrl shortened URL and watch the fun as people click on it. The fake pages are deleted after 48 hours.
Why did Apple pay $3.2 billion for Beats? To further Apple’s plan to take over the audio peripherals market for its iPhone, iPad, and other products, according to Forbes magazine. It seems Apple wants to drop support for the industry-standard 3.5mm audio jack and force users to buy licensed peripheral compatible with Apple’s Lightning connector. It’s all for your own good, of course, especially if you own Apple stock.
Google has plans to spend $1 billion on a fleet of satellites that will bring Internet access to "unwired" corners of the globe. The satellite division will be headed by Greg Wyler, founder of satellite-communications startup O3b Networks Ltd., who recently joined Google.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 11 Jun 2014
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