Geekly Update - 29 January 2014

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Is Google scheming to make your brain obsolete? Is SmelleVision finally replacing Television, and did Elmer Fudd correctly predict it 70 years ago? And what's the FIRST thing you should grab from a burning house? 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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The Macintosh computer is 30 years old this month. This 1984 video of Steve Jobs demonstrating the Macintosh before a packed shareholders’ meeting has been digitized and made available online.

Old and busted: PC expansion cards that transmit smells over phone lines. New hotness: Smartphones that let you text a smell. (This video from 1944 actually predicted it!)

Google announced its $500 million purchase of artificial intelligence firm DeepMind, which was founded by neuroscientist Demis Hassabis, Skype and Kazaa developer Jaan Tallin, and researcher Shane Legg. They will join legendary futurist Ray Kurzweil, now Google’s director of engineering focused on machine learning and language processing.
Geekly Update 01-29-2014

Your house is on fire at 3:30am, but you make it outside safely. You watch helplessly as the smoke and flames erupt. What thoughts run through your head? Apparently, "Oh crap... my XBOX!!" was foremost on the mind of a man in Olathe Kansas, as he plunged back inside the burning home to rescue his Precious.

Google Android is gaining global market share while Apple iOS is losing, according to the year-end figures compiled by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Android now holds over 68 percent of market share worldwide. Apple’s share fell to 43 percent in the U. S., 29 per cent in the UK, and 19 per cent in China.

3D printing in full color and different materials is now possible with the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3, if you have $300,000 to spend on a printer.

An “Easter egg” buried in a font package available on Apple’s “30 Years of Mac” Web site provides artwork of every Apple product made since the company’s founding.

"A trophy for trying?" Microsoft’s Bill Gates was checkmated in 80 seconds by 23 year-old Magnus Carlsen, currently the number-one rated chess player in the world. Oh, and while we're reminiscing about computer industry legends, you can also see Bill leaping over a chair 1994.

Microsoft will let non-U.S. cloud storage customers decide in which countries their data are stored, to avoid being subject to certain countries’ privacy laws. U.S. customers will not have this privilege because U.S.-based companies must turn over data to the government regardless of where it is stored. But keep saluting the “land of the free,” patriot.

"Smog Vs. Smug" Electric cars won’t make a significant difference in pollution, according to 108 different computer simulations run by scientists at North Carolina State University. They found that even if electric vehicles made up 42 per cent of passenger vehicles in the U. S., there would be little or no reduction in the emission of key air pollutants. But at least the tree-huggers will have something to be smug about.

 
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Posted by:

Chris
30 Jan 2014

Hi Bob,

Your sentence: "Microsoft will let non-U.S. cloud storage customers decide in which countries their data are stored, to avoid being subject to certain countries’ privacy laws" is a little misleading.

Here in the UK, part of the EU, we have data protection laws which limit what the holders of your data can do with it. If someone passes on (or is careless with) your personal data without your permission, they are breaking the law and can heavily fined.

If my data is stored on a server outside of the EU, it is outside the protection of those European laws.

I think MS are doing the right thing here.

Chris


Posted by:

David
31 Jan 2014

"But at least the tree-huggers will have something to be smug about."

As if they didn't already show enough evidence of twitness. They drive as if they can't figure out how an accelerator pedal works, and that's the least bad thing they do.

Reality is not their strong suit.


Posted by:

Rohan Wickramasinghe
04 Feb 2014

Thank you Bob for another fascinating and informative update! Rohan


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