Geekly Update 02 26 17
Is that blinking light on the front of your computer spilling secrets to hackers? What could go wrong if teenagers had the tech to turn their cars into self-driving robots? Can you type using only your brain waves? And are Internet slowdowns causing nervous breakdowns? Get answers... 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!
The AskBobRankin Geekly Update
NOTE: Today's issued was mis-dated as 02-26-17. I don't know what my brain was thinking. Today's issue is for March 1st. Happy March!
Thanks to self-driving car software released to the public domain, college students are retrofitting their Honda Civics using off-the-shelf hardware for as little as $700. What could possibly go wrong?
A paralyzed woman has set a new speed record for typing using only her thoughts to depress keys. New brain implants developed at Stanford helped her hit 8 words per minute, four times the previous record. Star Trek's Captain Pike could have used something like this.
New geeky words recently added to the Oxford English DIctionary include clicktivism, drunk text, hackfest, screencast, and smishing.
Microsoft may not release the much-anticipated Surface Phone after all. Gartner Research reports that only 0.3% of smartphones sold in October 2016, were powered by Windows OS. Apple’s iOS operating system took 17.9% of mobile gadget market share, while Android crushed it with 81.7%.
You may want to cover your hard drive activity LED with electrical tape. Researchers have demonstrated how malware can control the lamp to transmit data stored on a hard drive as very rapid Morse Code-like flashes of light to a receiver such as a security camera. You've already got tape on your webcam, right?
Kim Dotcom, founder of the controversial Megaupload service, will finally be extradited to the U.S. from New Zealand, but not on copyright infringement charges which Kiwi law does not consider an extraditable offense. Instead, the court agreed that his case is essentially one of fraud, for which extradition is permitted. He is accused by the U.S. Department of Justice of criminal copyright infringement, money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud.
Oatmeal in the radiator? Five months after Yahoo disclosed the hacking of 500 million users’ accounts, its system remains compromised. Consequently, Verizon has knocked $350 million off its offer for Yahoo’s Internet business.
Mobile Internet users have zero tolerance for network delays that make videos stall and selfie uploads take “forever.” A study by Ericsson and Vodafone Germany used electroencephalography to detect the stress users experienced under simulated delays while performing various common tasks. Even a one-second delay caused enormous angst. I'll bet the users tested had an average age of 17.
YouTube will soon end those 30-second video ads that cannot be skipped because - surprise! - users tend to skip the videos to skip the ads.
Windows 10 now runs on 25% of PCs for the first time. Windows 7 still runs on 47%, down 1.7% from December. Windows XP, the OS that won’t die, held steady at just over 9%, while Windows 8.1 held steady at 6.9%.
Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, rescinded his predecessor’s rule that would have placed strict limits on ISPs’ use of customers’ data. Pai says Comcast, Cox, et. al., should play by the same privacy rules as Web sites, ignoring the fact that Amazon does not have a captive market.
And this has nothing at all to do with tech or gadgets, but I couldn't resist throwing it in this week's Geekly Update. Goats, in Idaho, wandering about wearing Snuggies. That is all.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 1 Mar 2017
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