Geekly Update - 13 December 2017
Is it weird to watch a cheesy Christmas movie on Netflix, 18 days in a row? What happens if you drop your iPhone X a hundred times? And are pizza-delivery robots taking over the streets of San Francisco? 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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San Francisco, which embraces all new tech, just became the first city to severely restrict delivery robots that compete with pedestrians on sidewalks. “Sidewalks, I believe, are not playgrounds for the new remote controlled toys of the clever to make money and eliminate jobs,” testified a local disability rights activist. “They’re for us to walk.”
Most people who bought into Bitcoin early are celebrating its incredible surge in value. But not the ones who have forgotten the password to their Bitcoin wallets.
Japanese workers are a little too dedicated to their work, to the point that employers sometimes can't get them to go home. Enter T-Friend, an unfriendly drone that plays loud, annoying music meant to chase employees out of the building.
Consumer Reports tested the new iPhone X. They found it offered an extra 30 minutes of battery life compared to the iPhone 8, but after dropping it 100 times, the glass on the back of the iPhone X "was significantly cracked." Who would've guessed?
Google and Amazon are hurting their customers by blocking each other’s products. Google plans to block YouTube on Amazon's Fire TV and Echo Show devices. Amazon refuses to sell Chromecast and the Nest Thermostat (both Google products) on its ecommerce site.
The U.S. Navy has fallen out of love with its awesomely powerful electromagnetic railgun system, after spending $500 million on its development. But its specially-built bullets are still being considered for powder-based firing systems.
The FCC has finally deregulated telegraph services, 11 years after the last Western Union telegraph message was sent. That's "-... .-. .. .-.. .-.. .. .- -. -" ! (You can decode that message with the Morse Code Translator.)
USPS workers nationwide complain they are being forced to fake delivery dates to meet quotas set by Amazon and other major shippers, which put bonus money in USPS managers’ pockets.
A British man demonstrated how easy it is to become the number-one ranked restaurant on TripAdvisor by gaming the rating system to push his garden shed into that coveted spot.
In a new phone scam, thieves who steal phones in bars are impersonating bar managers when the victim calls, seeking the “lost” phone. The crooks then demand the phone’s passcode in order to “verify” the victim’s ownership, which gives them full access to sensitive data on the phone.
NASA is restoring the original Apollo Mission Control Center in Houston. Space Center Houston, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation, spearheaded the effort to raise funds for the project. The restored historical landmark will open to visitors in July, 2019, unless Houston has another problem.
Central Maine Power’s $200 million smart meter upgrade is supposed to help the utility track outages and send email or text alerts to customers. Unfortunately, the system’s radio transmitters are affixed to the same utility poles whose falls cause the electricity outages.
The Los Angeles Police Department has warned drivers not to blindly follow GPS and crowd-sourced traffic apps when evacuating their homes. There’s a reason why those recommended routes are “lightly traveled” during wildfires.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 13 Dec 2017
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