Geekly Update - 21 April 2015
Is it legal to kill your computer, if it doesn't cooperate? Will Google help you find your lost phone? And is 3-D printing technology getting just a bit too fluffy? 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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Lucas Hinch was very frustrated with his laptop. So he took it into an alley and shot it eight times with a handgun, "effectively disabling it," according to police in Colorado Springs. Hopefully other laptops will take note of this story, and behave.
If you lose your Android phone (equipped with the latest version of the Google app, you can now type find my phone into Google Search, and it will.
Netflix is rolling out audio descriptions of its movies to accommodate the visually impaired, and the first most such accessible movie is “Daredevil,” the one about a blind lawyer turned superhero that nobody watched anyhow.
The European Union filed antitrust charges against Google, accusing the search giant of manipulating results to favorite its own comparison shopping service. The EU also launched an investigation of Android. In other world news, large corporations everywhere are doing things that make shareholders happy.
Virtue is its own reward, but vice can get you a new laptop. Denzel Michael panicked when his laptop froze with p0rn on-screen and he heard his mother coming up the stairs. So instead of closing the lid, he smashed the screen. The site he was viewing sent Michael a new laptop after he Tweeted the incident. Hopefully, Mom doesn’t use Twitter.
"Oklahoma, OK!" Two Tulsa roommates stabbed each other with broken beer bottles over whether iOS or Android phones are better.
On April 18, Google’s search algorithm changed to favor mobile-optimized websites in searches conducted on mobile phones. If your site isn’t “mobilized,” it’s time to make it so.
Ikea, whose wares are already difficult to assemble, is offering tables, lamps, and other furniture with built-in wireless chargers and multi-port wired charging hubs. I thought the idea is to make charging easier?
A 3-D printed bunny looks nice, but hard plastic is not cuddly. Disney, Cornell University, and Carnegie Mellon University came up with a 3-D “printing” technique that piles up pieces of felt and fuses them together.
Verizon was to have broken up its basic cable channel package into smaller bundles starting April 19 but ESPN objected, claiming it has a contractual right to have ESPN1 and ESPN2 included in the basic cable package.
In March, Microsoft’s Bing search engine captured 20% of the search market for the first time.
Post your comment below, or I'll change your default search engine to AOL...
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