Geekly Update - 14 April 2015
Is Facebook adding a "Divorce" button to their user interface? Was Jennifer Lopez the real reason Google created the Image Search feature? And forget about earthquakes... why are blackouts now more likely in Los Angeles? 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 self-driving car recently made an accident-free trip of 3,400 miles, from San Francisco to New York. The Audi Q5, was made autonomous by auto parts maker Delphi Corp., not Google, Apple, or Elon Musk.
Los Angeles is moving ahead with installation of second-generation LED streetlights that can be dimmed or switched on and off from any laptop via a Web portal. What could possibly go wrong?
A Brooklyn woman received approval to serve notice of divorce proceedings via Facebook to her elusive husband.
Stanford University researchers have developed an aluminum-based battery that recharges faster and stores more energy than lithium-ion or alkaline batteries. Chemistry professor Hongjie Dai says, "Our new battery won't catch fire, even if you drill through it,” ensuring that early adopters will.
The first holographic protest march took place in front of Spain’s Parliament in February, protesting a new law that bans nearly all in-the-flesh protests near public buildings.
A Florida 8th-grader has been charged with felony “offense against a computer system” after using an administrator-level password to change the wallpaper of a teacher’s PC to an image of two men kissing. Even dumber: Teachers are TOLD to use their last names as their administrator-level passwords.
Amazon is suing two websites that offer to sell fake positive reviews to Amazon Marketplace sellers. Mark Collins, owner of BuyAmazonReviews.com, says Amazon just doesn’t understand his business. Hopefully the presiding judge will.
Google Image Search was hastily created to meet unprecedented demand for images of the green dress that Jennifer Lopez (barely) wore at the 2000 Grammy Awards, says Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt.
A Michigan energy utility has shut off the electricity to seven customers who installed iron lockbars on their old-school meters to prevent installation of “smart meters” that they fear will violate their privacy and potentially cause health problems.
Time-Warner Cable customers in Charlotte, NC, will see their Internet speeds leap as high as 300 Mbps (from a current maximum of 50 Mbps), free of charge. TWC’s upgrade is in response to Google’s plan to bring gigabit fiber optics service to the city.
Comcast’s major objection to the long-delayed results of an independent survey of Philadelphia customers’ satisfaction is that the report relied on actual customers’ responses, instead of statistics available from Comcast.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 14 Apr 2015
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