Geekly Update - 15 November 2018
Is UFO technology being used to revolutionize the human experience? What's the connection between your Google searches, location history, and the local health inspector? And is it just your imagination, or is the robocall problem getting worse? 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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Why are spammy robocalls increasing despite record-breaking FTC fines, smarter call-blocking apps, and other deterrents? The answers may not surprise you.
Facebook’s new “Advertiser ID Verification” is working so well that Vice News was able to obtain approval to run fake ads “paid for by” all 100 U. S. Senators.
A barefoot man dressed as Fred Flintstone was arrested for speeding while driving a Smart Car that was modified to look like the prehistoric foot-powered cartoon car. Yes, this happened in Florida.
Google is using visitors’ location histories and searches for food-poisoning symptoms to tell local health departments which restaurants to inspect next.
It costs more energy to mine crypto currency than it costs to mine a monetarily equivalent amount of gold, silver, or copper; however, crypto is still cheaper than virgin aluminum.
A double-digit percentage of all Internet traffic was misrouted through Chinese servers for two and a half years, undetected. Oddly, most of the misrouted traffic involved the District of Columbia and Arington, VA, home to U. S. intelligence operations.
Facebook’s new Portal tabletop device does not compete with Amazon Show or Google Smart Display, both of which are versatile smart assistants. The $199-$249 Portal’s does little more than facilitate video calls between Messenger friends, if you don’t count the company’s spying on such conversations.
According to UK's TV Licensing authority, more than 7,000 households "still choose to watch their favourite shows on a black and white telly."
Some former high-level officials and scientists with the US Department of Defense's Aerospace Threat Program are claiming that UFOs are real, and that "credible evidence of UAP (unidentifed aerial phenomena) proves exotic technologies exist that could revolutionize the human experience."
If you enjoy trying on clothes that other people have tried on, you'll love the Prime Wardrobe “Try before you buy” clothing service, another Amazon perk available exclusively for Prime members.
If you have photos stored on Flickr, start backing them up now. New owners say they will begin deleting millions of pics on February 5, 2019.
GM wants everyone’s help naming its new electric bicycle, and they're offering a $10,000 reward to the winner.
You can download free images of illustrations from 18th to 20th Century publications.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 15 Nov 2018
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