Geekly Update - 11 October 2017
How can a data breach involving a BILLION accounts get worse? Is Internet Explorer sending everything you type into the address bar to who-knows-where? And would you pay $100 for a headless, robotic kitty cat? 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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Good news: Yahoo says it wasn't one billion accounts that were compromised, in the massive data breach reported last year. Bad news: According to the company’s latest admission, ALL THREE BILLION Yahoo accounts were compromised. Time to change email providers.
New research debunks several myths about email’s role in corporate culture and how users should manage email. For example, it’s a bad idea to check email only once a day.
Remember the Universal Translator thingy from Star Trek? Google’s new Pixel Buds wireless earphones do real-time translation of 40 languages. But it works only with Google's Pixel smartphones.
Internet Explorer exposes everything typed into the address bar to web site operators. Good thing nobody uses IE, right? Right?
Room-shaking, neighbor-annoying sound is the main selling point of Google’s new Home Max smart speaker.
If you want a cat without all that annoying meowing and clawing, consider Qoobo, an “adorable” robotic cat with a tail but no limbs or head. Good for soothing petting, the Qoobo will be available in Husky Gray or French Brown, for around $100 next summer.
Adding a bit of asphalt to lithium-ion batteries reduces their charging time to 5 minutes instead of two hours. But unfortunately, adding lithium-ion batteries to asphalt does not make cars go faster.
Seagate is now shipping a consumer version of its 12 TB, helium-filled hard drives. Amazon has them for $525.
A tall, skinny robot with googly eyes is prowling the aisles of Giant Food Store in Pennsylvania, looking for banana peels and other hazards, and monitoring shelf stock levels. It can call for a wet clean-up or a re-stocking.
Microsoft’s Edge browser is coming to Android and iOS devices. Perhaps more significantly, the company’s Launcher app is coming along. It organizes app and info on your home screen more effectively than current options.
Costco is offering home deliveries in an effort to compete with Amazon and other food delivery options.
After 20 years, AOL's AIM Instant Messenger will finally shut down on December 15. The company says AIM’s user base has shrunk to ‘the single-digit millions” and just isn’t worth operating anymore.
Mattel has decided not to go into the babysitting business. The company will not release the “Aristotle” Internet-enabled, voice-controlled smart baby monitor following Congressional inquiries about how it worked and how infants’ privacy would be protected.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 11 Oct 2017
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