Geekly Update - 01 October 2014
What part of p-r-i-v-a-c-y doesn't the FBI director understand? Why is the Internet waking you up at 4 o'clock every morning? And can you really use Gnutella spread as 3D printer ink? 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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Yahoo! is killing off Yahoo! Directory, the human-curated index of Web sites that started the whole Yahoo! thing back in 1994. It was originally called, “Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web” but after only three months the cooler Yahoo! monicker was retrofitted with a meaning: “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”
Reports of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units bending “just from being in a user’s pocket” inspired Consumer Reports to do some scientific testing. They found that it takes 70 pounds of force to permanently deform an iPhone 6, and 90 pounds to bend a 6 Plus. Samsung and HTC products fared about the same. What's in your back pocket?
FBI director James Comey says he’s reached out to Apple and Google "to understand what they're thinking and why they think it makes sense" to enable default encryption on iOS and Android phones. Comey is like the 7-foot Australian teen who cannot understand why he was kicked out of Comic Con for poking and touching random people while dressed in a creepy black suit.
Apple released its first bug fix for iOS 8 less than a week after the new operating system’s debut, and some users discovered that Touch ID and cellular service were considered “bugs.” Apple has pulled the buggy bug-killer for now.
MOOCs – Massively Open Online Classes – really do result in students learning at least as much as they do from traditional, lecture-based classes, according to a detailed study conducted by MIT researches. Even students who were less prepared for a course learned as well as the better-edjimacated.
Wakie is an app for making new friends or enemies by volunteering to call strangers who have difficulty waking up in the morning. Phone numbers remain anonymous and “sleepies” can block unwanted callers, but remember that the Internet has an infinite supply of sadists.
Talko is an app for talking on your iPhone. (Seriously.) The brainchild of a former Microsoft executive (yes, SERIOUSLY!), Talko can record and share voice calls, send voice memos, and send photos of what you’re seeing to someone you’re calling.
Netflix Spoilers is a light-hearted rehabilitation treatment for people who spoil other people’s TV and movie entertainment by prematurely revealing key tidbits of information. It could save your life someday.
A 3D printer that uses Nutella for ink may seem crazy, but living in the vast arctic desolation of Canada will do that to you.
Shrink-wrapped video games are much cheaper in Asia than in North America, so enterprising “code strippers” buy games there, strip the activation codes to sell, and throw away the CDs. Buyers can get burned if they buy an Asian code that won’t work on the North American version of a game.
Your thoughts on these topics are welcome. Post your comment or question below, or I'll sign you up for a 4AM wakie call...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 1 Oct 2014
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