Geekly Update - 08 November 2017

Category: Tech-News

How easy is it to accidentally break the glass on the new iPhone X? Is Facebook listening to your conversations in order to target you with related ads? Are exotic birds being used to hack the Australian broadband infrastructure? And is Microsoft closing the last loophole that allows a free copy of Windows 10? 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!

The AskBobRankin Geekly Update

The new $1,000+ iPhone X has glass on front and back, the latter to enable wireless charging. Replacing both glass faces could cost a whopping $829 if the phone’s 1-year warranty has expired. So how easy is it to break the glass? Too easy, in Cnet’s drop test.

Google CEO Sunder Pichai dropped everything to address the most serious issue of our time: whether a cheeseburger’s cheese belongs under or over the burger patty.

Here is why you’re wrong to think that Facebook and Google are listening to your conversations in order to smack you with ads about everything you mention.

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Google is rolling out a YouTube TV app that will work with Roku, xBox, and even Apple TV, among many more streaming platforms. With an app, YouTube TV live streaming has been available only on Chromecast-equipped TVs, Apple Airplay, a mobile device, tablet, or computer. Which seems sufficient, but apparently not to Google.

"We're super flexible!" Best Buy briefly tried selling an unactivated version of Apple’s iPhone X for $100 more than the already eyewatering list price of $1000, swearing that consumers’ told Best Buy they wanted the flexibility of that “choice.” After much pushback, Best Buy has matched Apple’s prices to avoid “confusing” customers.

Reminder: do not share photos of your airline boarding passes on social media. Here’s how easily such a photo can lead to identity theft and allow a hacker to alter or cancel your itinerary.

FedEx and UPS are starting to worry about Amazon’s next ambitious target: the logistics and shipping industry. Last-mile deliveries - to the point of opening customers’ home doors and placing packages securely inside where they can’t be stolen - and ever more convenient fulfillment services for third-party sellers are already appearing in the U.S.

Hackatoos? Australia’s billion-dollar National Broadband Network is being hacked daily at multiple points; not by humans, but by cockatoos who have developed a fondness for sharpening their beaks on power and fiber optic cables. Repairs are costing tens of thousands per day.

A perennial patent troll has been smacked down for the last time by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. First, the EFF used crowdsourcing to amass overwhelming evidence that Personal Audio LLC was invalid due to the existence of “prior art;” that is, the patent didn’t describe anything new. Now, Personal Audio has lost its bid to keep an appeal of that ruling alive.

Wedding Cancelled Due to Insufficient Dowry: The potential merger of T-mobile and Sprint has been called off by both companies. The apparently amicable joint announcement suggests they want to keep the possibility of a merger open until Sprint cuts its debt and operating losses.

A homemade commercial for a used 1996 Honda Accord involves drones, a winding California coast road, a lovely young woman, and a cat. The eBay listing in which it appears now has a high bid of $3,300. Bidding ends on November 13th.

If you have been on the fence about getting a free copy of Windows 10 using the “assistive technology” ploy, make up your mind before December 31, 2017. That’s when Microsoft will close this loophole.

A U. S. District Court has issued preliminary injunction against the Canadian Supreme Court’s ruling that seeks to compel Google to suppress certain search results globally, not just in Canada. Judge Edward Davila said in his opinion that the Canadian ruling "undermines the policy goals of Section 230 [of the US Communications Decency Act] and threatens free speech on the global internet.” This turf war is not over, it’s just starting in earnest.

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08 Nov 2017

Re: the Win10 upgrade (or as some prefer to call it, "downgrade"

I still run Win7. And I still am reading (mostly negative) comments about 10.

So, which is it? 10 is great or "take the keys to my 7 over my dead body" ?

Posted by:

08 Nov 2017

Hey Bob, I think some suckers may have been willing to pay BestBuy an extra $100 on opening day just to avoid standing in line at 4:00 am. at the Apple Store. BB knew it would be short lived. This marketing is called "skimming the market."

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08 Nov 2017

A couple thoughts: Re the free Windows 10 upgrade - losing this opportunity is not a big deal. I found (and bought) several clean, valid Windows 10 home and pro license keys on ebay for $10 or less each. I just selected sellers with over a hundred or so 100% positive reviews. With the "free" windows 10 upgrade, you are limited to doing ONLY the upgrade from 7 or 8 to 10 - You will NOT be allowed to do a clean wipe and install, only an upgrade. With these license keys, I was allowed to do a clean wipe and install. (I confirmed this fact via telephone with Microsoft customer support).
Re the Honda Accord: The kelly blue book for "excellent condition" is $1800. Asking $4300... Really?

Posted by:

08 Nov 2017

@Simon - re: the Honda Accord. $4300 is not an asking price, it's the current bid. Clearly people are willing to pay a good price for this car that's been in two accidents.

Posted by:

08 Nov 2017

I was surprised to hear that a Canadian court was trying to apply a global ruling, and pleased that a US court was telling it to get stuffed (maybe using slightly different wording).

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08 Nov 2017

Re Cockatoos attacking NBN facilities. Australian's are renowned for our fairness we love & hate all equally, so the reason for this errant behaviour by our feathered friends is probably related to Telstra experimenting with new 'High Tech'ways of increasing our 3rd world internet speeds by reflecting signals from trees & falling leaves.Upsetting the local fauna is not recommended & generally will not bode well. My real concern, however, is if the DropBears also take offence as well. We will really be in the poo then. Phil from Uluru.

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08 Nov 2017

The major reason for increasing complaints, (Read problems,) with Australia's NBN roll out is that the original plan was fibre to the premises. Now it is fibre to the node, then on to the original copper wire to the premises,no matter how degraded it is and without any design planning. The retailers have not changed their plans to reflect the lower capabilities of the network. They are still selling people 1st class tickets, but NBN only has economy class seats!

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08 Nov 2017

@Simon - I'm sure for almost 100% that those working activation keys for Windows are stolen (mostly from corporate installation kits). You can actually get them for free from some cracker's resources, keeping in mind that there is a risk to catch some malicious "addition" to your system. Just be careful and don't be surprised when you'll see that your activation isn't genuine and included in black list.

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16 Nov 2017

I have an HP desktop running Vista. It originally came with an upgrade certificate-license for Win 7 that we never installed. Is there a way to still upgrade to Win 7 using that license or is it too late for that?

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