Geekly Update - 23 October 2013
Will legions of half-human bionic creatures be knocking on your door this Halloween? Are we any closer to getting our piping hot pizzas delivered by friendly drones? And ewww, what's THAT inside your computer? 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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Move over, Six Million Dollar Man. A walking, talking bionic man has been constructed using medical-grade bionic parts and artificial organs. Okay, he's more like a manbot. But he's even got fake blood coursing through his circulatory system, and it only cost a mere million to build.
Next March, Australian students should be able to order a textbook online and have it delivered to them by an unmanned air vehicle – a drone. The aircraft, named Flirety, homes in on the GPS position obtained from the buyer’s smartphone, then hovers over the customer so he or she can retrieve the book. Umm, sounds kinda like downloading an ebook, only a lot more complicated and papery.
“If you don’t clean under your bed,” warned Mom, “the dust bunnies will get you.” See what happens when you don’t clean inside your computer’s case. Not safe for lunch.
Paypal competitor Square has launched a simple money transfer service that lets anyone send money to anyone else’s mail addresses. Just address an email, enter the amount as the subject line, and CC : firstname.lastname@example.org. Square responds with a request for a debit card number to fund the payment, and sends the recipient a link to transfer the money to a bank account in 1-2 business days. Oh, and it’s free – for now.
Popular piracy site ISOhunt.com will be shutting down (and paying a $110 million fine) after losing a copyright infringement court battle with the movie industry, which claims the Bittorrent site enabled millions of copies of movies to be stolen.
3D printers are stepping beyond molten plastic into “the metal age. The European Space Agency is planning to print aircraft and spaceship parts using super-tough metals that cannot be shaped any other way.
Microsoft is testing prototypes of its own version of Google Glass, according to The Wall Street Journal. The most important design criterion: when a Google Glass wearer is detected, let loose the death beams.
Google Chrome has implemented “supervised users” whose browsing activity is subject to monitoring and control by a parent (or parole officer, or employer). Wonder how long it'll take the kids to figure out they can open Firefox or Internet Explorer and surf with no restrictions?
Facebook lifted its ban on extremely violent content, such as videos of beheadings, at least partially. Imposed in May, 2013, due to user complains about lost lunches, the ban will now be imposed based upon some faceless Facebook staffer’s divination of the poster’s intent, probably using sophisticated behavior modeling tools such as tea leaves.
The latest update to Windows 8.1 causes Windows RT devices to not start up properly. Both Windows RT users are furious.
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