Geekly Update - 15 December 2016
Has David Bowie come back from the great beyond, to hang out with astronaut Buzz Aldrin? Can you be sued for posting truthful negative reviews online? And is your umbrella smart enough to predict today's weather? Find out... in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think, and, comment!
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Amazon Prime is really taking off, literally. This week the company made its first delivery to a customer via its Prime Air drone. The company hopes that drone delivery will eventually squeeze out UPS, FedEx, and the postal service. (First, they'll have to figure out how to keep dogs from peeing on the packages.)
Samsung will remotely disable all unreturned Galaxy Note 7 phones starting on December 19. About 7 percent of the recalled devices remain in consumers’ hands, despite the very real risk of the phone exploding. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will be pushing out Samsung software update that will render the phone useless, starting late this month. Verizon has stated that it will not push out the crippling update.
No tiny elephant for you! Kickstarter backers of Magic Leap - all 90,000+ of them - may be disappointed to learn that jaw-dropping demos of the company’s “revolutionary” mixed-reality software are faked.
Forget about Michael Jackson sightings at the 7-Eleven. Would you believe that moon-walking astronaut Buzz Aldrin is being cared for in a New Zealand hospital by Dr. David Bowie? Dr. Bowie's famous namesake, who died in 2016, wrote the songs "Space Oddity" and "Starman."
It’s unusually expensive to call Cuba from the US thanks to trade embargoes. That’s why phone scammers trick U. S. callers into connecting to audiobook recordings in Cuba.
South Korean military computer networks have been hacked and North Korea is being blamed. Malware has been found on the military’s intranet, and classified documents have been stolen. (Are we sure it wasn't Russia?)
A cute robot modeled after fast-leaping bushbabies can hop up walls and through rubble at disaster sites much better than professional parkour competitors.
Yes, you can post a truthful negative review on Yelp, or anywhere else on the Web. Congress makes that clear in in the Consumer Review Freedom Act, which voids all contractual “non-disparagement” clauses. The new legislation comes in response to businesses who have sued their (former) customers for posting (well deserved) negative reviews.
The Opus One smart umbrella flashes a red light when rain is forecast, a green light when clear skies are forecast. However, you must first a) spend $105; b) connect the Opus One to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.1 and a companion app, then c) shake the umbrella. Or you could tap the weather app on your phone. Or look up from your smartphone.
AT&T will pay wireless customers $88 million to settle FTC charges of “cramming” fees for services never ordered onto their phone bills. The average credit will be $31.
Two Netgear router models contain an easily exploitable flaw that enabled remote attackers to root them and take complete control. More models may be affected. The company is advising people with these routers to stop using them.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 15 Dec 2016
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