Geekly Update - 01 December 2016
How can humans stop robots from taking over the world? Would you buy a $150 coffee mug? And what's the best way to destroy your data? Find out... in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think, and, comment!
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Here's how we keep artificially intelligent robots from taking over the world... Make them talk to each other. Adam Jakowenko, who owns both the Amazon Echo and Google Home gadgets, figured out how they could annoy each other, in an infinite loop. Or, there's the Liar's Paradox method.
Yogi Berra famously said, “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” Now Google Maps is proving him right. By adding real-time crowd estimates to locations such as shopping malls, restaurants, etc., users can plan when and how long to visit. Or not.
Elder geeks’ heads will turn when they see you with a 3.5” floppy disc that’s really a 2500 mAh power bank. Made by the UK’s ThumbsUp, the Floppy Disc Powerbank comes with a USB-C connector to charge your devices. Pricing is not yet available.
Speaking of floppy disks... how do you make sure nobody can access the data on your old disks? The obvious answer for David Kronstein was to destroy them with an inverted lawn mower, and film the process at 11,700 frames per second with an array of high-definition video cameras. You can see the carnage in this slow motion video.
Someone accidentally suspended the Twitter account of Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter. It was restored within hours, prompting complaints that regular users can’t get their accounts reinstated for months. (Maybe Dorsey's account was suspended because Twitter hasn't made a profit in ten years.)
The LingLong DingDong is China’s answer to the Amazon Echo, or another shameless ripoff of American tech. But a joint venture marrying Amazon’s Alexa AI with DingDong may be Amazon’s best shot at the huge and government-protected Chinese market.
What comes after Z? Cisco Systems says total Internet traffic will exceed one Zettabyte this year. A ZB is one billion gigabytes, or the capacity of 20 billion Blu-Ray discs. The one billion sites on the Internet average 2.3 MB each, and the size of each page is growing rapidly. Bandwidth is not increasing fast enough; site designers need to become more efficient.
Most apps designed for car drivers would be disabled on a driver’s phone while the car was in motion under guidelines recently issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Calls would still be possible, but not text messages. Navigation tools would be re-designed to minimize distractions. (How will they know which phone is the driver's?)
Starbucks is selling - or trying to sell - a $150 smart coffee mug that lets you precisely control the temperature of your brew via a smartphone app.
Twitter has told law enforcement agencies to stop using its service for surveillance purposes or risk having their accounts and access to Twitter’s API suspended. Two data-mining companies have been booted from Twitter for helping law enforcement track Twitter users.
For just $39, you can buy a sophisticated ransomware platform that puts you in the extortion business. The Stampado ransomware is self-propagating, can infect networked devices and removable drives, and encrypts files that are already encrypted. (Pssst… if Stampado encrypts your device, try the Stampado decryptor tool from Emsisoft.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 1 Dec 2016
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