Geekly Update - 03 June 2020

Category: Tech-News

How soon before we get the flying car and teleportation device that sci-fi has been promising us for decades? What can you do about all those embarassing posts you made on Facebook years ago? And which computer vendors have the most reliable hardware? 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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The 1984 song titled "It's The Eighties So Where's Our Rocket Packs?" asked that very question, and wondered why we didn't yet have cars without tires, robots running the vacuum, and a pill to eat instead of dinner. Thirty-five years later, we still don't have flying cars, teleportation devices, or hoverboards. Check out this list of sci-fi gadgets that have yet to become reality.

Microsoft ditched their own code for the Edge browser, and rewrote it using the open-source Chromium codebase, which is also used by Google Chrome and Apple's Safari browsers. The new Chromium-based Edge browser is now rolling out to Windows 10 users via Windows Update.

Was this headline written by a human or a robot? "Microsoft lays off journalists to replace them with AI... Microsoft News and MSN is increasingly being run by robots"

The editors at Popular Mechanics been reviewing gadgets and tech gear for decades, so they've come up with a list of 20 products that’ll make perfect Father’s Day gifts.

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This $20 car gadget diagnoses automotive error codes, and translates it into plain English. Plug the FIXD sensor into your car's OBD2 port and it will transmit a report to your smartphone.

A $5 billion class action lawsuit accuses Google of tracking internet use even when browsers are set to "Incognito Mode". The suit alleges that Google continues to "intercept, track, and collect communications" even when people use the private browsing option. HOWEVER, Google makes no such promise of privacy, and displays a message when you activate Incognito Mode which says "other people who use this device won't see your activity," and "Your activity might still be visible to: Websites you visit, Your employer or school, Your internet service provider."

A new Facebook feature lets you delete embarassing posts you've made in the past. The “Manage Activity” option lets users select old, dated, or ill-considerd posts in bulk.

Microsoft notched a first place finish in the 2020 RESCUECOM Computer Reliability Report, with an A+ rating. Lenovo and Apple, received marks of A- and B+, respectively. Samsung, HP and Dell all got C's on their hardware reliability report cards, while Asus and Acer got D's.

Cloud service provider Backblaze has over 132,000 hard drives in service, so they know a thing or two about hard drive failure rates. Their latest Hard Drive Stats report has plenty of interesting insights and observations.

This past weekend, a SpaceX rocket carried NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station. If you missed it, you can see scenes of SpaceX launching into orbit, moment by moment.

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Most recent comments on "Geekly Update - 03 June 2020"

Posted by:

03 Jun 2020

I can't say I'm surprised that much of the promised technology has not materialised when car manufacturers can't come up with a better idea to clear windscreens than wiping a strip of rubber across the glass. They've had about 120 years so far!

Posted by:

Ken H
03 Jun 2020

Where are all the Microsoft haters decrying the ratings?

I love my Win 10, best UI yet.

And yes I have tried Linux in several releases over many years and never found it to be as user friendly as MS, even Win 95 was superior IMNSHO. Certainly Win 7 was and now, why bother? Not worth the time and effort to master it.

Posted by:

Frank Cizek
03 Jun 2020

I have watched people drive for decades. I DON'T WANT THEM FLYING OVER MY HEAD & HOUSE!!!
; D

Posted by:

03 Jun 2020

Reliability ratings? I realize all computers are different, but...
My Acer (D rating) works fine.
My ASUS (D rating) works fine.
My Lenovo (A- rating) is down for repair. (Hard drive.)
My Dell (C rating) works very well, but hard drive "disappeared" momentarily last night. (Back now.)
My Toshiba (not mentioned above) is the oldest and slower than it used to be, but is still my go-to computer. (Best of all I've had.)

Posted by:

03 Jun 2020

Backblaze's hard drive "status report" has no data on Western Digital products. Many computer users (including myself) swear by WD products and wouldn't consider purchasing any other brand. I have never had a WD drive fail - so why isn't Backblaze using them as part of their system?

Posted by:

Wild Bill
04 Jun 2020

AI curating the news. What could possibly go wrong?

Posted by:

Noe Bodski
04 Jun 2020

My Dell Inspiron 1500 runs fast. I have not had any problems for at least 3 years. Demand evidence if anyone claims anything.

Posted by:

04 Jun 2020

As usual a nice mix of the interesting and quirky.
I was especially interested in the list of Father's Day gifts. I'll consider myself lucky if I get a card!

Posted by:

05 Jun 2020

Wasn't AliBaba the dude that traveled on a flying kilim? Why can't we just figure out the same with our smartphones as our sitting platform, while we travel in the sky? Surely, AliBaba could not outsmart our AI overlords.

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09 Jun 2020

Petefior, Western Digital are the drives that begin with an H (I forget the exact name). Just a rename, then.

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