Geekly Update - 13 August 2014
Is Windows 8 an even bigger flop than Vista? Can you print your own bionic man for less than six million dollars? And are birds conspiring to poop on bloviating world leaders? 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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Did a passing bird really drop a load on Vladimir Poo-tin during a recent speech? Watch the video and decide for yourself.
If you worked for Apple, and your name is Sam Sung, apparently the obvious thing to do is auction off your business card on eBay. The highest bid is nearing $2000, with two days remaining. If your name is Mike Rowsoff or Gu Gahl, now is the time to act!
People are buying Windows 8 at a rate even slower than they bought Vista, widely considered to be Microsoft’s biggest OS failure to date. Worse: Windows XP has more market share than Windows 8 even though Microsoft ended all support for XP last April.
"Take that, Lee Majors!" Prosthetic hands can cost tens of thousands of dollars if you get them from medical technology specialists. Or you can make your own bionic hand from a design freely available online, using less than $100 worth of parts available at Home Depot.
Thanks, Ed Snowden! Higher search engine rankings are the carrot Google is holding out to webmasters who provide encrypted (HTTPS) connections to their sites, as part of the effort to thwart privacy violations by governments and private snoops. Yahoo is joining Google in making end-to-end encrypted email available to users by 2015.
The Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire lets you explore ancient Rome via a Google Maps interface. This sort of thing is exactly why the Internet was invented.
Waiting for your smartphone to recharge is like waiting for water to boil; even more so with the KettleCharge from BioLite. The company is revered among campers for its twig-burning, gadget-powering portable stoves, but the KettleCharge is equally useful at home or in the field. Boiling water generates thermoelectricity of up to 10 watts, enough to charge a tablet. And you get potable water in case the power grid blows.
Four reasons Microsoft may pull the plug on its Surface tablet line: 1. MS learned with Zune you can’t spend your way to success; 2. Steve Balmer is gone; 3. Microsoft is no longer a “devices and services company,” says new CEO Satya Nadella; and 4. Tablet sales are plateauing in general.
All cellular carriers must support text-to-911 in all service areas by the end of this year, according to a rule adopted by the FCC Commissioners in a 3-2 vote last week. Now, if only they’d do the same for bus schedule inquiries.
Municipal wireless networks used by police to link surveillance cameras are easily hacked, according to two security researchers speaking at DEF CON. Dustin Hoffman and Thomas Kinsey of tech-support firm Exigent Systems explained that the mesh networks set up with Homeland Security grants have no encryption keys and can be accessed by anyone. "We could do all sorts of tomfoolery — hey, let's have Godzilla walk down the street," Hoffman said. "Or, we could do the opposite and send police resources elsewhere."
Desktops will decline, tablets will slow, and ultrathin notebooks will soar; that’s the gist of Gartner Group’s revised forecasts for consumer sales over the next three years.
At least his honesty is refreshing... With 50 million subscribers, Netflix’s premium streaming service revenues now exceed HBO’s. "They still kick our ass in profits and Emmy's, but we are making progress," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.
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