Geekly Update - 01 February 2017

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What happens when artificial intelligence software starts designing the next generation of artificial intelligence? Did police in Ohio look deep into a man's heart to find evidence of a crime? And did the CIA just admit the existence of UFO's? Find out... 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!

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We may be in more trouble than we thought. Researchers at the Google Brain artificial intelligence research group have created AI software that designs better AI software.

The CIA just dumped 13 million newly declassified pages of data online, including details of agency experiments with UFOs and psychic phenomena.

The Pokemon Go craze has died down, thankfully, but it generated $1.2 billion in revenue during its phenomenal run - more than the next 15 top-selling games combined.

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Police in Middletown, Ohio were able to retrieve key pieces of information from a man's electronic heart monitor to surmise that he set his own house on fire. Police compared the man's heart rate and cardiac rhythms before, during and after the fire. (Shades of the Zoe Implant?)

Samsung has finally pinned blame for the explosions of its flagship phone on batteries that did not properly fit in their cases.

Sprint bought a 33% stake in the Tidal music streaming service. Apparently, requiring users to be Sprint customers in order to hear certain songs is a better plan than improving Sprint’s network.

NASA has made all of the research it has funded with tax dollars available free of charge via a new Web portal named PubSpace.

Smart baby monitors have not been proven to prevent baby deaths. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that newborns should sleep in the same room with parents - but not in the same bed - for the first six months of life.

Pages now refresh 28% faster in Google Chrome, according to the company. Chrome v 56 reduces the lag time caused by validation of page components. If you don’t have v 56 yet, you will shortly after checking Help > About Google Chrome.

If you deferred major updates of Windows 10, be advised that support for the original release is about to end. After March 26, Microsoft will support only the Anniversary Update edition that was released in August. Time to fire up Windows Update.

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Most recent comments on "Geekly Update - 01 February 2017"

Posted by:

Mark
01 Feb 2017

I've had the update for awhile now - yes, pages load faster. The real problem that needs to be fixed is how Chrome hogs so much Memory when working with multiple tabs. I admit, I tend to have more than a few tabs open at once, but the way Chrome bogs down my i7 system is outrageous.

If you're experiencing system slowness using Chrome, just open your task manger and see how many processes it is using - you may be surprised.


Posted by:

olamoree
01 Feb 2017

I installed "The Great Suspender" that "suspends" tabs that are not in use at a time you select. My Win7 machine handles Chrome much faster as only 1 or 2 tabs are active at a time. Yes, when you switch to a suspended tab you have to click to restore it and that takes a few seconds, but overall, memory hungry Chrome seems to be faster with The Great Suspender, IMHO.


Posted by:

Mark
01 Feb 2017

Thanks olamoree, I'll give it a try.


Posted by:

GuitarRebel
01 Feb 2017

Great advice, olamoree. I use 'The Great Suspender' myself with outstanding results.
And thanks to you, Bob. I didn't have the latest version of Chrome installed. For some reason I thought updates were automatic with Chrome.
Evidently, I was wrong.


Posted by:

Mark N
01 Feb 2017

The Chrome memory issue is terrible.


Posted by:

Chuck
01 Feb 2017

I just updated to chrome v56. I too thought the updates were automatic. Thanks Bob.


Posted by:

Nezzar
02 Feb 2017

Thanks much for the info on v 56. I usually check for new versions, but I had not done so recently. You are such a help!!!


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