Geekly Update - 18 May 2017
Why would someone intentionally infect their computer with ransomware, FIVE times? Does using your smartphone as a pacifier for toddlers make them smarter? (Hint: No) And what was the first book sold on Amazon, back in 1995? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
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This just in from the "We Told You So" department… Hackers used a well-known flaw in the SS7 telephone routing protocol to rob banks in Germany. AskBob readers may remember that we highlighted this problem in [HACKED] Is Someone Listening to Your Calls? back in April 2016.
A new study shows that toddlers who are allowed to use handheld devices develop speech more slowly than others. Other studies show that screen time affects reading, writing, concentration, and emotional development in young children.
Irony or silver lining? Computer Security company F-Secure did an experiment in which a user intentionally infected his computer with five ransomware viruses, then contacted the hackers to ask for help with paying the ransom. Turns out ransomware hackers tend to have excellent customer service. (Comcast, take note.)
There’s new help for people with low blood pressure: an online tool that, for the first time, lets you investigate exactly how U.S. federal agencies spend your tax dollars.
Who says cybercrooks have no heart? A new ransomware-as-a-service criminal enterprise tailors its payment demands to a victim’s local cost of living using The Economist’s “McDonald’s Index” which tracks the cost of a Big Mac whenever it’s sold. Naturally, the service is called “FatBoy.”
"We've been yelling at the TV for years." Amazon has put its first Alexa voice-enabled smart TVs up for pre-order, with shipment starting in June. The 4K models from budget OEM Element include a 43-inch model for $449, a 50-inch model for $549, a 55-inch model for $649, and a 65-inch model for $899. Look for more “Fire TVs” from Westinghouse and Seiki.
Meet Amazon’s first customer, see the book he bought, and learn fascinating details about Silicon Valley life circa 1995.
An exoskeleton for the elderly quickly restores a wearer’s balance when it senses the wearer is about to fall. Plus, you’ll be able to run faster than the Six Million Dollar Man.
Japan is using robots for as many jobs as possible, not to replace human labor but because the infertile country has a serious shortage of young workers.
France has fined Facebook $166,000 for violating the nation’s privacy laws. Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain also have investigations going in various stages. It’s interesting to see how seriously other countries’ governments take the privacy of their citizens. In the U. S., we’re pretty much on our own.
An Austrian court has ruled that Facebook must delete “hate speech” posts not only for Austrian users, but worldwide.
A colonoscopy system developed at Vanderbilt University uses an internal camera module that is guided through the colon by an external magnet. Researchers claim that pulling the device through the colon is more comfortable for the patient than the standard technique in which the probe is pushed along.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 18 May 2017
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