Geekly Update - 11 February 2016
Can you guess how many people die every year while taking selfies? Does liking terror-related pages on Facebook help to fight ISIS? And what happens to your email, social media and other online accounts when you die? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!
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“Falling from heights” is the leading cause of selfie-related deaths, followed by drowning, trains, and gunshots. “Stupidity” did not make the list, surprisingly.
The relentless nagware known as “Get Windows 10 Now” has been made a “recommended” upgrade instead of an “optional” one. If your Windows 7 or 8.1 system is configured to install recommended updates automatically, you may wish to change that setting so that only “important” updates are auto-installed.
Microsoft demonstrated a submersible data center code named Project Natick. A steel can containing servers designed to run hands-free for up to five years could be dropped into the sea near high-traffic Internet areas, saving money on cooling and facilities leases.
An artificial intelligence that wastes the time of robocallers was invented by telecom worker Roger Anderson. He’s provided a Web interface to his “Jolly Roger” AI so that you, too, can tie up your own phone line for this petty amusement.
When you get hotel room that won’t let you adjust the thermostat to your liking, there is a simple hack that unlocks “VIP” mode and puts you in charge again.
A bill that would allow Florida residents to designate a posthumous executor for their social media, email, cloud storage, and other online assets is making its way through the state legislature.
The makers of SpyHunter anti-malware software have filed a frivolous defamation lawsuit against BleepingComputer.com for not removing a negative review of the product posted on a BP message forum. It is doomed to fail on First Amendment grounds, and will probably hurt SpyHunter more than the obscure review did.
Amazon’s Echo (Alexa) digital assistant appliance now lets you verbally order music via Spotify. The more useful Echo becomes, the more attractive this $99 gadget will be.
Google Chrome’s Safe Browsing filter now blocks sites that serve fake download buttons, protecting users from bogus media viewer plugins and other tricks used by the bad guys to distribute malware.
“Liking” Facebook pages that promote terrorism actually can actually help fight terrorism, in the weird fantasy world of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
The Ring video doorbell pairs with a smartphone app to show you who's at your front door. But according to this TechDirt article, "all an intruder needs to do is to remove two screws, press a big orange reset button" and they can grab your wifi password. A fix has been issued by Ring, but it underscores security concerns about the Internet of Things.
Motorola’s Focus 73 outdoor security camera is also vulnerable to remote attack, according to UK security researchers. They were able to take control of the camera, direct its movements, send images and video to their own smartphone, and even figure out the password to the home WiFi network to which the camera connected.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 11 Feb 2016
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