Geekly Update - 10 January 2018

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Questions, questions... should you pay someone to flush your toilet, or get a $6000 voice-activated commode? Will you thank your car's built-in GPS when it demands that you stop for pizza? And is cryptocurrency really just a big joke? 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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An 85 year-old Italian grandma met Google Home for the first time, and they’re adorable.

Printing $3 bills on your inkjet is *so* 2017. Joke cryptocurrencies like “Jesus Coin” are attracting hundreds of thousands of stupid people’s dollars even when their sites say, “Do Not Buy These Coins!”

Security journalist Brian Krebs reported a glitch in the bitcoin payment option at Overstock. For about three weeks, customers could have bought any item at a fraction of its price, an returned it for a windfall. The software didn't understand the difference between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, which have vastly different valuations.

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"Are we even now?" Michael Oleksik was arrested after he reported himself for punching an ATM machine in Cocoa, Florida -- because “it was giving him too much money.” His rage against the machine, which was caught on video, caused $5000 in damages.

Laptops roasting in a open fire... HP is recalling the batteries used in its Notebook and mobile workstation laptop lines due to batteries catching fire.

Google deploys about 1,100 bicycles around its Mountain View, CA, campus for employees to use. Every week, 150 to 250 of them go missing and have to be hunted down like shopping carts “borrowed” from a supermarket. If only there was a way to make bicycles harder to steal and easier to locate using technology and the Internet.

Apple has vowed new parental controls for its products following concerns about “screen addiction” voiced by major shareholders Jana Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, which together own $2 billion of Apple shares. "Apple has always looked out for kids," a company representative said. (Right, the ones that don't have iPhones yet.)

India has captured the dubious title of Biggest Government Data Breach by managing to lose the biometric identity data of One Billion citizens. Undoubtedly, there will be challengers.

Twitter showed its feeble commitment to combatting hatred by permanently banning Imposter Bot, an account that exposed fake accounts created by Nazis and used to spread vile misinformation. Seems Imposter Bot was generating too many complaints -- from Nazis.

You will soon be able to tell your toilet to flush itself and it will, if you have Amazon Alexa and a $6,000 toilet made by Kohler. Or, if you have that kind of money, you can hire someone to do the job.

Your next car may serve you ads and suggest pizza stops if a company called Telenav persuades automakers to install its ad-serving system in all new cars. Before you think, “Not a chance,” consider that Telenav has been selling GPS-based stuff to automakers since 1999.

A smart(?) thermostat from Johnson Controls costs over $300. Naturally, it works with Microsoft Windows’ Cortana.

Coming Soon... The Voice-Activated Personal Assistant Smackdown! Amazon Alexa will soon challenge Cortana on Windows 10 PCs. Most OEMs, including HP, ASUS, and Lenovo, are adding Alexa compatibility to their hardware lines. Meanwhile, Google Assistant is coming to tablets and screen-equipped speakers made by LG, JBL, Lenovo, and Sony.

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Most recent comments on "Geekly Update - 10 January 2018"

Posted by:

SysOp404
10 Jan 2018

When it comes to Personal ASSistants... I'm just fine with giving vocal commands and search parameters to devices and then correcting their silly contextual mistakes. But, I routinely disable the settings for or mute spoken responses on all devices with displays (yes, even/especially for GPS). As you might guess, I certainly don't purchase or use those that are limited to audio output. Some people call it a quirk; I call it a lack of interest... and DON'T call me "Sir."


Posted by:

Denis
10 Jan 2018

I use the smart feature on my Samsung TV and find it quite useful. It gets me to where I want to be slightly faster than going through the traditional menu system using the remote. It's voice recognition is impressive. I don't use any of the assistants available for computer. I have yet to find a need for one.


Posted by:

Reg
11 Jan 2018

How do you "go missing?" Missing is a condition not a place. You can go home or go away but you are missing.


Posted by:

jkcook
11 Jan 2018

Why do you have a shiba on your page?


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jkcook
11 Jan 2018

Hah! I searched the image and found it!
https://coincentral.com/what-is-dogecoin/#
Clever


Posted by:

RandiO
12 Jan 2018

shiba shiba or shiba inu?


Posted by:

Jphuf
16 Jan 2018

What do you do if the ATM gives you too much money and causes your account to be overdrawn and it is after banking hours?
1. Take off from work and visit the bank on the next day it is open.
2. Sign in & wait for the next available "banker".
3. Tell the concern, knowledgeable, low wage, limited experience, that has no authority at all, employee your story as he/she listens intently & nods the head up & down.
4. The "banker" tells you that he/she will take care of everything. You leave.
5. The next month you are hit with fines & interest for overdrawing your account & your FICO score dropped down from 810 to 630.
6. You now repeat what you did in the beginning & the process repeats its self.
7. Or you go berserk & destroy the machine?


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