Geekly Update - 04 May 2022

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What should you do if you don't want your phone number and address showing up in Google search results? If you commit a crime while vacationing on the Moon, will you be arrested by Canadian Mounties on horseback? And have the robot overlords finally replaced human workers in Amazon warehouses? 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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What's the best All-in-One computer? According to ZDNet editors, it's the Apple 24-inch M1 iMac. But that assumes you're already a prisoner in the Apple ecosystem. Check out five other contenders for the AIO crown, with different price points, and operating systems.

It's not easy to move from one smartphone to another, especially if the operating system is not the same. Apple has had a “Move to iOS” app, for several years, easing the transition from Android to the iPhone. Google’s new “Switch to Android” app is an effort to entice movement in the opposite direction. The app will move your contacts, messages, photos, and other media from an iPhone to an Android-powered mobile device.

Privacy-conscious users can now ask Google to remove their phone number, mailing address, and email addresses from search results. PC Magazine says the new policy is intended to prevent identity theft, stalking, and keep "bad actors from using people's sensitive information in malicious ways." Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn, please take notice.

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If you're in the market for an inexpensive laptop, consider the $189 Lenovo Chromebook Duet. Best Buy just knocked $110 off the price of the Duet that comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

AT&T came up with a not-so-clever method to get existing customers to move to their new wireless plans -- price hikes on the current Unlimited and Mobile Share plans.

Russian troops in Ukraine stole $5M worth of John Deere farm equipment frmo a dealership in Melitopol. But the stolen harvesters, tractors, and seeders were located by GPS and remotely locked, preventing them from being used.

Amazon has reported its first quarterly loss in seven years, citing inflation and supply chain issues. Sounds like a return to the early days of Amazon, when the company motto was "We lose a little on each order, but we make it up on volume."

Maybe that's why Amazon is investing in workplace robots to work alongside humans, in fulfillment warehouses. But definitely not as overlords...

The latest in selfies is Pixy, a little yellow drone from Snap, the parent company of photo-sharing app Snapchat. The "free-flying sidekick" lets you take selfies without a selfie stick. Not recommended for men with bald spots.

And finally, this week's Just Here For The Headline: Crimes Committed on Moon Could Be Punishable By Canadian Law.

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04 May 2022

AT&T ACTUALLY came up with a not-so-clever method to get existing customers to move to a different service provider!

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04 May 2022

Bob ... Are you testing the spelling skills of your readers today? You rascal.

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04 May 2022

Google is asking for way too much info in order to request removal of personal information from search data. They need to make it easier so the user doesn't have to look up 1000 URLs.

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Annette N
04 May 2022

I tried the request to Google to remove my address and phone number.....but evidently I am not qualified to make the request.....everything goes in an endless loop and then they thank me for my feedback....I would like to say what I actually think, but can't spell all the words. & % # @ etc

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04 May 2022

" work alongside humans, in fulfillment warehouses. But definitely not as overlords" YET.

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04 May 2022

I don't normally use Google search but this time I did, giving it my full name and where I live. The search came up with nothing about me at all. I'm smiling.

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05 May 2022

While there appears to be content on Google about removing Personal Identifying Information from search results - the reality is that it is either:
1. A Bait-and-Switch scheme to get you to do something else; or
2. A Google social engineering experiment to measure how long users will go around in circles without ever getting action on any request.

Bob, can you get Google to fess up about why nothing works in this area?

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