Geekly Update - 12 December 2018
Are we on the brink of global cyber war? Is it legal to take a snooze in the back seat of a self-driving car? And is Microsoft finally admitting that their Windows 10 Edge browser is a miserable failure? 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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If you live in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, you can take a test ride in Waymo One, Google’s first (sort of) driverless taxi. For now, the autonomous robo-taxis will have a human driver who can grab the wheel of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan if the vehicle malfunctions.
Or, sleep off a hangover in your Tesla. California Highway Patrol officers attempted to pull over a speeding Tesla, and found that the driver was asleep inside. He could not be roused by their sirens, so officers pulled in front of the autonomous vehicle and gradually slowed down. The Tesla's autopilot system obediently followed suit, and came to a stop.
Microsoft president Brad Smith is worried that we may be heading for a Cyber World War, and is calling for a digital Geneva Convention.
Google’s messaging app Allo will die soon, so you should use Android Messages instead. Or maybe Google Voice, or possibly Hangouts, which will soon be split into Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. This is so that Google can “simplify” its messaging options.
Losing their Edge? Microsoft is gutting its failed Windows 10 Edge browser, and replacing the guts with Chromium, the code base of Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, and other browsers. The new Edge will be available on Windows 7, 8 and Mac systems.
The headline caught my attention: "Nigerian President denies he died and was replaced by clone." What else would you expect a clone to say?
Microsoft broke its flagship hardware, the Surface Pro 2, with the latest maintenance update of its flagship software, Windows 10. Something’s really wrong in Quality Assurance.
Dozens of electric scooters have been tossed into California lakes. Fish are unhappy, and the authorities are puzzled.
Google Chrome version 71 is rolling out and it denies ad revenue to sites that abuse visitors with auto-redirects, fake warnings, and other tricks-for-clicks. Sites identified as “abusive” get 30 days to clean up their act.
Do you play Android games? Better check this list of 22 game apps recently booted from the Play Store for siphoning users’ data off to unknown servers.
Copyright jumps the shark: We now have rappers suing video game makers for stealing dance moves.
Crooks stole tens of millions of dollars from several East European banks by leaving a small netbook, Raspberry Pi computer, or even a thumb drive attached to PCs in banks’ offices. Kaspersky Labs says the infiltrators could pose as job applicants, bank clients, even cleaning crew members. Wireless networking allowed remote control and bank robbery.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 12 Dec 2018
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