Geekly Update - 02 Aug 2017
Would you prefer your microchip to be implanted in your right hand or your forehead? Why are black-hat hackers so interested in automated car wash machines? And what should you do if you find $40 million in Bitcoins on your laptop? 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!
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"Right hand or forehead?" Up to 50 employees may be microchipped at Three Square Markets, a developer of “smart” vending machines for employee break rooms. The chip would allow purchases from a vending machine with a wave of the hand. Apparently, the employees would be guinea pigs in R&D, and implanted chips would be an option for customers’ employees.
Summer camp operators are having trouble enforcing “no electronics” rules. And it's not because the kids can't survive a week without Instagram and Snapchat. The problem is parents who can’t stand to be out of touch with their kids.
This gives a completely new meaning to "jailbreaking" a cell phone. Three inmates broke out of a maximum-security jail in Santa Ana, California last year. Using a smuggled cellphone, they recorded video of themselves escaping.
"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction…" Proving that Newton's Third Law is still in effect, a repair man managed to get himself locked inside an ATM at a Bank of America in Texas. He called for help by slipping notes through the receipt slot of the machine.
Verizon was caught throttling streaming video from Netflix and other services recently. The ISP swears it was just conducting routine tests of network management tools, not preparing for the imminent demise of Net Neutrality.
Pennsylvania police were hunting for some stolen laptops when they came across a $40 million Bitcoin scam. So why was this digital thief also stealing laptops and cheap jewelry?
Spotify announced that its paid subscriber base has passed 60 million, just five months after it broke the 50 million mark. People are rapidly tiring of homogenized radio playlists, it seems.
Amazon jacked up prices in advance of Prime Day so it’s “super deals” were actually the usual selling prices, according to one Amazon Marketplace vendor.
Adobe Flash will be extinguished at the end of 2020, according to Adobe Systems Inc. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Mozilla joined Adobe in explaining that Flash will be phased out in stages between now and then.
Getting your car washed can be dangerous, as presenters at the Black Hat security conference demonstrated. Turns out car washes are easily hacked, enabling sociopaths to attack employees and car owners in a number of gruesome ways.
A federal court has ruled that public officials cannot block social media users just because the officials don’t like what the users have to say.
Your thoughts on these topics are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
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