Geekly Update - 05 June 2019

Category: Tech-News

Is iTunes really dead and buried? Would you rent a car for $1000 a month? What might entice you to buy a computer monitor for $5000? And is your video doorbell contributing to a Big-Brother-style surveillance network? 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 Maryland man who is a Batman aficionado drives a custom-built 1966 Batmobile replica. He used his super powers to track down a person involved in a hit-and-run.

Apple's new 32-inch Pro Display XDR monitor has a hefty $5000 price tag. But that price doesn't include the stand, which will cost you another $1000. Not kidding.

The popularity of smart doorbells is giving rise to what amounts to private surveillance networks powered by Amazon and promoted by police departments. Some police departments across the country have offered free or discounted Ring Video doorbells to citizens, in exchange for providing police footage when requested.

Geekly Update 06-05-2019

Last month I reported that Apple blocked several screen-time-limiting apps that were competing with Apple's newly introduced "Screen Time" feature. Their excuse at the time was that these apps used "highly invasive" technology. Apple now says it's fine.

Perhaps you've seen headlines indicating that iTunes is being discontinued. That's only partially true. Yes, iTunes is going away, but it will be replaced by three new apps on Apple devices. iTunes on Windows will continue to be horrible.

Autonomous tech is taking on tasks other than self-driving cars. CNBC’s “IOT: Powering the Digital Economy” takes a look at five ways autonomous technology has changed the world we live in.

About 40% of the food produced in the U.S. gets thrown out. Boston entrepreneurs have developed technologies to reduce the waste from local restaurants.

Hertz announced this week that it is launching a subscription service called “Hertz My Car” in Austin, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. The $1,000/month service will include use of the car, full vehicle maintenance, roadside assistance, and limited liability protection. You can swap cars twice monthly, and drive up to 2000 miles per month. A similar service by Enterprise includes 3,000 miles of driving each month and up to four car swaps, but it costs $1,499 per month.

Smelly game-addicted nerds might not be so smelly, now that they can buy Xbox body wash.

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Posted by:

Len
05 Jun 2019

For us the most important piece of iTunes is the ability to import CD audiobooks, turn them into mp3 and then play on phones and tablets. Hope that stays somehow


Posted by:

Laurie
05 Jun 2019

In all fairness and clarity, Apple’s new monitor Pro Display XDR is NOT meant as a consumer level device. This is a high end professional grade device that is marketed toward a very specific,
professional market. Displays of this type are commonly priced at such points or higher. While the stand is pricey, the monitor cost is in line (or lower) with monitors in its class.

Bob, I realize you enjoy hating on Apple. That’s your prerogative. But, there is no need to be click-baity about it. Your comment reads as if this is a consumer product, (and we should all be outraged.). But that is not what this product is.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I wasn't outraged at the price of the monitor. But the $1000 stand? Come on! :-)


Posted by:

Heather
05 Jun 2019

I think that there are other services as well as Windows Media Player, that do the same thing (converting CD based content to mp3). Itunes is HORRIBLE for windows and I for one am glad I switched (after having iphones for 5 years) to the android system. Much easier to move media content around. So I'm definitely not an apple acolyte.


Posted by:

Katherine
06 Jun 2019

So where are the audiobooks going?? This is one of the main reasons I use iTunes also.


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