Geekly Update - 01 September 2016

Category: Tech-News

What curious thing is Apple removing from their Apple Stores? What could possibly go wrong with a real-world light sabre at Disney? And is the “Streisand Effect” about to kick in again? 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!

The AskBobRankin Geekly Update

Pittsburgh ride-sharers are the lucky guinea pigs who will first experience autonomous Uber cars. Custom Volvo XC90 SUVs that drive themselves have been added to Pittsburgh’s fleet, and riders will be assigned to them at random. A human will occupy the driver’s seat just in case. On the bright side, rides in Uber’s experimental vehicles will be free.

Malware infected the point-of-sale systems at all 350+ Eddie Bauer stores in the U. S. and Canada, potentially compromising all of the credit cards used at EB during the first six months of 2016. The company took six weeks to respond to an alert issued by security guru Brian Krebs.

Acer's new gaming laptop, the Predator 21X, will boast a 21-inch curved display, and weighs in at 17 pounds. The massively powerful laptop also has a hefty price tag. When it hits the street in early 2017, it will cost in excess of $5000.

Geekly Update 09-01-2016

Apple is removing the word “Store” from its stores in a preposterous effort to emphasize the “experience” of paying too much for stale, boring technology. “Apple Union Station” is now the name of the place where you can buy Apple goods while awaiting a New York train. Apple is also adding fanciful features like “The Forum” and “The Plaza” to its brick-and-mortar experience.

File this under Mixed Metaphors: Disney has filed a patent application for a real-world light sabre, a prop that will be used in its Star Wars exhibits. "It's just a flesh wound."

A recent update to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is causing webcams to freeze up after about one minute of use, according to numerous reports. Microsoft says users should not hold their collective breath waiting for a fix.

An Auckland computer repair shop apparently hacked into customers’ email accounts and used them to write five-star reviews for the company. CER Computers customer Catherine Xu grew suspicious when she received a note from Google Plus thanking her for her review of the company, which she never wrote.

Apps downloaded from the Google Chrome Web Store will no longer work on Mac, Windows, and Linux machines in 2018, says the company. Only Chromebooks and other devices running Google’s Chrome OS will be able to run new apps starting in 2017. If you didn’t know about these apps, you are not alone. Google is discontinuing them on non-Chrome platforms because hardly anyone was using them.

The Guinness Book of Records may soon have a new category: “World’s Largest Blue Screen Of Death.” Check out the five-story fail, and read about other very big BSODs.

You’d think Barbara Streisand, of all people, would know better than to draw attention to the fact that Apple’s Siri mispronounces her name. After all, “The Streisand Effect” in which unwanted attention is only increased dramatically by complaining about it was named after her.

“Moldy battery” sounds disgusting but could actually be a good thing. A cocktail of genetically-modified fungi and molds has been developed to extract precious metals from depleted batteries, saving money and environmental damage.

Facebook’s mobile app is experimenting with autoplaying audio and video, even though 80% of users react very negatively to autoplaying anything.

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Most recent comments on "Geekly Update - 01 September 2016"

Posted by:

Coach
01 Sep 2016

Watch out! Ms. Streisand might come after you for misspelling her name: It's "Barbra". You might want to defend yourself with a Disney light saber.
Stay safe.


Posted by:

RW-in-DC
01 Sep 2016

Just call the "entertainer" Babs (or even 'whiny baby') so even more of the Streisand effect may be yielded.... :P


Posted by:

Jimbo
01 Sep 2016

I am one of the 80% that really dislikes "autoplaying" of video on any web page.


Posted by:

Annie
01 Sep 2016

Yes, spelling matters! It is important So how is it that you don't know how to spell Streisand's name? It feels so disrespectful to such an extraordinary performer! Isn't there something you can do to make it right?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Yes, I can make things right by referring you to Ms. Streisand's Wikipedia page, which reveals that her name is in fact Barbara Joan Streisand. "Barbra" is a nickname.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbra_Streisand


Posted by:

GuitarRebel
01 Sep 2016

Facebook has already done the next most devious thing to auto-playing YouTube vids on my desktop.
When I play a vid on my newsfeed, it keeps looping until I manually shut it off.
I guess FaceBook doesn't consider this as 'auto-playing' as I initiated the vid first.
Yes, I have 'auto-play' turned off.
I don't even have Facebook or Messenger installed on my mobile as they're huge resource hogs. When you try to kill them, they start back up all by themselves.
Try one of the many great Facebook alternatives instead. You'll get the Facebook experience without all the intrusions.


Posted by:

PgmrDude
01 Sep 2016

Siri on my iPhone, running the 'latest' upgrade (iOS 9.3.5) seems to pronounce "Streisand".

RE: Coach: "Barbara" is indeed the correct spelling for her name, she just goes by "Barbra" (Wikipedia).


Posted by:

Rodgman
02 Sep 2016

"Facebook’s mobile app is experimenting with autoplaying audio and video, even though 80% of users react very negatively to autoplaying anything."

Because what people think really doesn't matter.


Posted by:

ManoaHi
02 Sep 2016

Barbra Streisand's birth name is Barbara. So not actually a misspelling.


Posted by:

Butch
02 Sep 2016

Uh, Bob--not meaning to add "fuel to the fire," Ms. Catherine Xu might grow _suspicious_ after your "suuspicious" word above.

Just not your day on spelling matters, huh?


Posted by:

Pat
02 Sep 2016

Is that all that isn't working in Win 10, that is Google? I have been having problems opening emails sent from an Outlook corporate mail system, on my Gmail account, on my personal laptop, running 10. My desktop Win 7 opens them just fine though.


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