Geekly Update - 13 January 2016
Are astronauts making prank calls from space? If a monkey takes a picture with your camera, who owns the copyright? And why were the last words of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry so hard to decipher? 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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Dinosaur food isn’t free, as the father of a 7 year-old boy in the UK learned. Somehow, Mohamed Shugaa’s son learned not only the password to Dad’s iPad but the super-secret password to his Apple ID account. That allowed the youngster to rack up $5,900 worth of charges in the game, “Jurassic World.” Dad, of course, blames Apple, not himself.
"A monkey, an animal-rights organization and a primatologist walk into federal court..." That was part of a quote from the attorneys representing David Slater, the British photographer in the “monkey selfie” case. A U.S. District Judge ruled that monkeys can't claim copyright.
Not so smart... The developer of Lumosity “brain-training” software will pay $2 million to settle deceptive advertising allegations levied by the FTC. Lumosity must also inform all of its subscribers that the software will not improve their performance at work and school, or stave off dementia, and offer them the opportunity to unsubscribe.
"TP phone home?" British astronaut Tim Peake intended to call home from the International Space Station, but dialed the wrong number by mistake. He later sent an apology via Twitter.
Finally, a killer app for Apple Watch. Taiwan researchers developed an app that lets them remotely control a flying drone using arm gestures, and a spherical droid similar to BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Maybe this will awaken Apple Watch sales.
The last words of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry have been liberated from over two hundred 5.25-inch floppy disks, each of which held only 165 kilobytes of data. Data recovery experts at DriveSavers needed three months just to figure out the CP/M file system layout.
It seems robots are doing everything else, so why not a robotic bartender? The Bernooli Cocktail Discovery is a Bluetooth-enabled, app-controlled system that pours precise amounts of liquors to mix cocktails selected from a library of global favorites.
Canada experiences far less cybercrime than the U. S., for reasons unclear to security researchers. Could it be Canada is just a more polite society?
Eastman Kodak is bringing back the Super 8 film format, complete with 8mm film. Kodak stopped producing Super 8 in 1982, but apparently thinks the retro/nostalgia trend will support a “modern” Super 8 camera that costs $400 to $750, and film cartridges that cost $50 to $75 to have processed.
Popular Science magazine explains how to build your own cotton candy machine for only $26. Amazon explains how to buy one for three bucks less.
From (or “for”) the bowels of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, we bring you the new generation of the Neorest toilet that needs manual cleaning only once a year. Despite its $9,800 price tag, over 40 million earlier versions have been sold worldwide.
The latest 3D printer uses paper instead of plastic filaments or resin. Mcor Technologies’ ARKe desktop printer uses Selective Deposition Lamination technology to create full-color 3D printed objects with a DPI of 4800 x 2400. The list price is $5,995; steep, but considerably less than industrial full-color 3D printers.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 13 Jan 2016
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