Geekly Update - 30 July 2015
Is your car vulnerable to hackers? What can you do to speed up your free Windows 10 upgrade? And can technology help you remember where you were last night? 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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If you see a robot hitch-hiking, and you happen to be on your way to California, by all means pick him up. HitchBot is having a bit of trouble escaping the east coast.
Are you still waiting for your Windows 10 upgrade? Here's how to check if your PC has started the process, and manually trigger an update if needed.
Fear not, Jeep owners; Fiat-Chrysler has a software fix for the vulnerability that let two hackers take remote control of a Jeep Cherokee through its Uconnect entertainment system. Jeep owners can get the patch installed for free at dealers or download it from the Uconnect site and install it themselves.
Google Maps has added a feature called Timeline that can retrace your movements if you’ve been carrying a GPS-capable device that’s tied to any Google service. Just in case you forget where you got that hangover.
Google has released a plugin for Microsoft Office the makes it easy to edit documents stored on Google Drive. Maybe your next hard drive doesn’t have to be bigger?
Instead of Gmail address like email@example.com you could have a Gmail address like firstname.lastname@example.org while still using Gmail with all its features. Google is testing a customized Gmail address feature that would cost $2 per month.
The first clue that an Uber car is fake should be the phone number printed on its sides. Uber cars can only be hailed through the company’s app. But an enterprising con man named Prince Reza Shah, of Carlsbad, CA, thinks it’s worth a shot.
You have no reasonable expectation of privacy when you accidentally “butt dial” someone and they listen in on your conversation with another party, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. That’s because everyone knows, or should know, how to prevent such mishaps, the court ruled.
A gigantic display that uses colored threads in lieu of pixels weighs a ton and has over 200,000 moving parts. Women’s apparel retailer Forever 21 commissioned this oddity for a New York City PR event, but you can visit the F21 Thread Screen’s website to make it display your own image.
Nike and Apple have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the FuelBand fitness trackers made by Nike and sold in Apple Stores are grossly inaccurate, and don’t measure what they claim to measure anyhow.
Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, tell me if my heart is failing. The prototype Wize Mirror uses 3D scanners, multispectral cameras, and gas sensors to evaluate the health of someone looking into it.
Using drone aircraft to collect whale snot sounds gross, but it’s less stressful on whales than the traditional “biopsy dart” method, and with Sir Patrick Stewart promoting the Smithsonian Institute’s Kickstarter campaign for the “snotbot” the whole thing starts to sound pretty cool, actually.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 30 Jul 2015
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