Geekly Update - 03 January 2019

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Would you give up your Facebook account for a thousand dollars? Do you know the most dangerous health hazard of the digital age? What can you do if you hate the latest version of the Chrome browser? And how soon will you be able to run Windows on your Chromebook? 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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A new study reveals what Facebook is worth to the average American. It would take $1000 to get one to give up Facebook for a year.

Good old-fashioned carpal tunnel syndrome is so 2018, according to a San Francisco doctor. "Selfie wrist," a condition which causes tingling or pain in the wrist is associated with taking too many selfie photos with the wrist held at an awkward angle.

But selfie takers with painful wrists might consider themselves lucky. A study by the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care found 259 selfie-related deaths were reported from 2011 to 2017. The average age of those who died was 23 years. The study recommends “no selfie zones” in certain tourist areas to reduce the number of selfie-related deaths.

A Texas man shot his wife's laptop because her music was too loud. Perhaps we need "volume control" laws.

Geekly Update 01-03-2019

Back in September 2018, Google Chrome underwent a dramatic redesign that some people hate. Google allowed users to roll back to the old design, but now with Chrome 71 that ability is gone. It’s important not to use old versions of any software that lack the latest security updates.

The top-selling app-based products this holiday season were Alexa, Google Home, and Fitbit based on new downloads of setup apps.

2019 is the year Windows comes to Chromebooks in dual-boot form. You won’t be able to run the two OSes simultaneously, but you can switch between them with a reboot.

Samsung wants your PC to become a peripheral device wirelessly connected to its next-generation smart TV. My advice: Do not give low-security devices like TV sets remote access to your PC.

Hold that thought... We all agree that the exponentially growing Internet of Things poses a multitude of security vulnerabilities. A new study by computer scientists at the College of William and Mary attempts to enumerate the hazards of smart home products.

A full-sized replica of the Commodore 64 PC is coming from the maker of the C64 Mini, a charming but toylike gadget whose keys don’t even work.

The FTC issued a consumer alert about a phishing scam in which Netflix purportedly asks users to update their payment details.

How much does computer security depend on physical security? Watch this mesmerizing video and you will become an adept lockpick and burglar.

It's a copy, right? Video game companies are facing copyright lawsuits from the owners of tattoos on professional sports stars. Often, the rights owners are not the players or the tattoo artists.

Fully driverless vehicles are delivering groceries in Scottsdale, Arizona. The autonomous vehicles look a lot like the golf carts they are going to bump into.

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Most recent comments on "Geekly Update - 03 January 2019"

Posted by:

03 Jan 2019

Closed my Facebook account 6 months ago.
Where do I get my $500.00?

Posted by:

John Turner
03 Jan 2019

I never used or had a Facebook account! So no problem. I have a LG Google TV and since Google would not update it, almost half the apps of the smart TV now do not work or are just gone! So my next TV will be simply an HD tv or a 4K one, but not a smart type, If I want smart, I will hook up a PC for that.

Posted by:

03 Jan 2019

I had Farcebook for about 6 months. Then Mr. Zuckerburg decided that he didn't care about people's information. I dropped it like a hot potato.

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03 Jan 2019

Hell yes! Where do I collect my money?

Posted by:

03 Jan 2019

How much did you say I had to pay to get entirely away from Facebook?

Posted by:

03 Jan 2019

For $1,000 I'd happily start a Facebook account and then give it up. Where do I apply?

Posted by:

03 Jan 2019

My Chrome is up to date but apparently I didn't notice enough of a change to remember! Re: the Commodore 64 replica; My wife still has a real one somewhere. Probably lots of them out there.

Posted by:

04 Jan 2019

We already have millions of driverless vehicle.
The person sitting behind the wheel is texting.

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04 Jan 2019

Cloanto makes an emulator called "C64 Forever" to go with its "Amiga Forever" (the latter of which I have - and like).

And, yes, I expect there are a lot of real ones out there. There is a very active C64 club here in Toronto.

Also, I like Facebook and wouldn't willingly give it up.

Posted by:

D.V.N. Sarma
04 Jan 2019

I would like to see the remake of BBC Micro which has fancy music programming abilities.

Posted by:

Jim Holomon
04 Jan 2019

"A Texas man shot his wife's laptop because her music was too loud. Perhaps we need "volume control" laws."

Actually, what we need is idiot control laws.

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14 Jan 2019

Never joined. How much do I get?

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