Geekly Update - 24 May 2017
Will the pilot on your next flight be carbon or silicon-based? What should you do if you get a digital parking ticket? Do donuts from space taste better than terrestrial confections? And should you be thinking about getting an exoskeleton? 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!
The AskBobRankin Geekly UpdateAn exoskeleton may help Lowe’s Home Improvement workers stock shelves with fewer back injuries. The company is conducting a trial of the technology in Christiansburg, Virginia.
Would you eat a donut that travelled 97,000 feet into space, and then returned to Earth? A donut shop in Kansas City, Missouri has the item on display, in case you're that hungry.
We may have 7 million drones zipping around by 2020. The FAA, NASA, and industry players are developing an air traffic control system for them.
How easy is it to fool a voice recognition system that's designed to protect your banking information? (Hint: pretty easy, at least if you have a twin brother.)
Are human pilots obsolete? Airliners have landed under auto-pilot for decades. But Aurora Flight Sciences is bragging that one of its robots landed a simulated Boeing 737 by sitting in the copilot’s seat and manipulating controls with its “protuberances.” It is hoped that robotic pilots will be cheaper than auto-pilot software. (And is it just me, or does this item call to mind a scene from the 1980 "Airplane!" movie?)
Shadow Brokers, the hacker outfit behind the worldwide Wannacry ransomware assault, says it will release new zero-day exploits to others who subscribe to its “malware as a service” program. Subscribers would then create new malware based on the exploits.
"Not dead yet." The new Ektra phone from Kodak (yes, that Kodak) has a souped-up camera designed for “hipster photographers.” It runs Android 6.0 and works with AT&T or T-mobile.
A Denver woman did not fall for a phishing email that purported to be a digital parking ticket, and neither should you.
Who says hackers are heartless? A Taiwanese victim of the Thundercrypt ransomware emailed the hacker “help line” to explain that he is too poor to pay the ransom. Surprisingly, the hackers decrypted his hard drive free of charge.
Over 200 art books are available to download, print, and enjoy courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum.
If you had purchased $100 worth of Bitcoin seven years ago, it would have been worth $72.9 million on May 22, 2017.
USB-C ports were invented to allow consumers to have one charger for all their devices. But they can actually cause problems and confusion. Dieter Bohn explains the problem, and why Microsoft didn't include USB-C ports on its latest Surface laptop and tablet.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that patent trolls must sue people in their home jurisdictions, putting an end to the “forum shopping” that made one Texas district court the favorite of patent trolls.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 24 May 2017
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