Geekly Update - 10 July 2019
Why is the co-founder of Apple warning people to get off of Facebook? Will smartphones disappear within five years? Does turning off location services make you invisible online? And can you tell the difference between an iPhone X and a Galaxy S10? 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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Amazon's 65 million Prime subscribers will enjoy discounts on Prime Day, which will be TWO days this year -- July 15th and 16th. But even if you don’t have Amazon Prime, you can sign up for a free trial and get in on the party.
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, says that for some people, “the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy,” but his recommendation for most people is “figure out a way to get off Facebook.” Wozniak cites privacy concerns as the motivation for his warning, and would prefer that tech giants offer customers the ability to pay to keep their data private.
AT&T is promising to automatically block robocalls and other unwanted callers with its Call Protect service. The free Call Protect Basic app detects and blocks calls from fraudsters, identifies telemarketers and spammy calls, and lets you block unwanted calls with a personal block list. Call Protect Plus ($4/month) includes Enhanced Caller ID to identify unknown caller details, and Reverse Number Lookup.
Get™ is a high-tech bracelet with "bone-conduction technology" that lets you listen to anything you’d normally be able to listen to on your phone, such as audio content, text messages, and phone calls. The bracelet decodes sound waves and converts them into vibrations that can be received directly by your ear’s cochlea without the use of your eardrum.
It happened with cars, and now smartphones are starting to look alike, too. A new survey by Decluttr highlights the ignorance (or perhaps ambivalance) of smartphone owners, when it comes to understanding the available features and telling them apart from other models. Only half of iPhone owners knew their phones were water-resistant, and 40% of Samsung Galaxy owners knew they had wireless charging. Sixty-two percent of those surveyed thought they owned a 5G-capable device, but there are very few such phones on the market.
Following the spectacular flop of the the $2000 Galaxy Fold, a Samsung exec says "smartphone design has hit a limit," and predicts that within 5 years, wearable smart devices will rule. Kang Yun-Je, the head of Samsung Electronics design team, says "people will not even realize they are wearing screens." Not sure that's a good thing.
Turning off location services on your Android phone is not enough to prevent tracking. In a report titled "50 Ways to Leak Your Data" a team of researchers from the International Computer Science Institute explain how Android permissions can be circumvented to allow apps to obtain location data and unique hardware identifers. Over 1300 apps were found to be exploiting the hole in Android security. Google says this will be fixed with "Android Q" to be released later this year.
The newest $25 Wyze wireless security cameras now have night vision, two-way audio, and AI-powered software that can identify people with facial recognition.
Virgin Orbit has gotten the green light to conduct a "drop test" of the 70-foot LauncherOne rocket. Virgin's Cosmic Girl is a modified 747 "flying launchpad" that will carry the rocket under its wing, and drop it from an altitude of 30,000 feet.
Warehouse automation technologies are evolving faster than safety protocols. Case in point, a robot started a fire that caused $137 million in damage to a grocery delivery warehouse in Britain.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 10 Jul 2019
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