Geekly Update - 13 August 2015
Cat videos are spreading from the Internet to the highways and byways. What can be done to stop this insidious plague? Can you fry an egg on the surface of your mobile device? And really, the bad guys are hacking your UNDERWEAR now? 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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Let's call it the UN-Safe. Brinks’ digital safes designed for retailers have "state-of-the-art security." That includes a state-of-the-art USB port on the OUTSIDE of the safe through which hackers can insert state-of-the-art malware to open the safe in 60 seconds.
AT&T has responded to the $100 million fine proposed by the FCC by claiming, apparently with a straight face, that customers were not harmed by having their data speeds throttled by 90 percent.
No brotherly love for robots. Hitchbot made it all the way across Canada and Germany, but was beaten and dismembered in Philadelphia after just two weeks of thumbing rides in the Northeast USA.
Customized, 3D-printed casts for immobilizing broken bones are lighter, more effective, let skin breathe, and tolerate water.
Fifteen percent of Americans still don’t go online, a statistic that hasn’t budged in the past several years despite all the tax dollars thrown at the problem. In other news, 15% of Americans have never had their email accounts hacked, or their privacy compromised by social networking.
St. Paul, Minneapolis is home to the annual Cat Video Festival. Mayor Chris Coleman threw out a ball of yarn to begin the fun for the 13,000 cat lovers who attended the event at a baseball stadium. (Purr-haps they don't have Internet at home?)
I see London, I see France; but hackers can see who bought Hanes underpants.
Bug or feature? Nvidia has recalled its hottest product: the low-priced Shield Tablet that can overheat and catch fire.
Facebook has finished its first “Aquila” Internet drone, a solar-powered behemoth the size of a 737 airliner that will beam Internet access to inaccessible parts of Africa.
The average American household spends $231 per year to lease set-top boxes from cable companies. Coincidentally, that’s about what it costs to buy one.
Hockey pucks for blind players are nearly here, thanks to the persistent ingenuity of some Canadian college students. You’ve always wanted to watch blind hockey, right?
AT&T has rolled out its first new offer based on its acquisition of DirecTV: a $200/month account bundling four wireless accounts that share 10 GB of data, plus HD video and digital audio recording capability for up to four TVs. Steak knives not included.
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