Geekly Update - 16 Aug 2017
Is Amazon marketing to dogs because they've run out of potential human customers? Which is the best web browser for mobile phones, and why have you never heard of it? Where is the WORST palce to view the upcoming solar eclipse? And what does the guy who invented those annoying password rules think of them now? 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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If you're planning to take in the solar eclipse that will occur in North America on August 21st, pick up some tips from NASA on how to view it safely. You can see how the solar eclipse will look in your back yard with this interactive tool from Time Magazine.
Bill Burr is very sorry he wasted your time with those stupid password rules he developed during his time with the National Institute of Standards & Technology. “Much of what I did I now regret,” Burr told The Wall Street Journal. Hmmm, perhaps that would make a good passphrase.
If you had problems with the August cumulative update for Windows 10 (KB 4034658), you are not alone. Check this link to find out if you were affected, and some workarounds.
Amazon is now offering audiobooks for dogs. It seems a soothing human voice will keep Fido calm while you’re gone.
Walmart is testing an app that lets shoppers skip the notoriously long checkout lines. The app lets shoppers scan each item as they shop, and make payment as well.
Walmart is also thinking about putting cameras in shopping carts to detect when shoppers look “unhappy.” The response to unhappy shoppers would be more staff on the floor. Apparently they have not see the peopleofwalmart.com website.
Consumer Reports withdrew its “recommended” rating on Microsoft Surface tablets and laptops after hearing from many buyers that the devices fail after 6-24 months. Microsoft says its current Surface lineup has fixed all the bugs. We'll see about that, in 6-24 months.
You can now download 26,000 rare songs digitized from 78 rpm vinyl records. 45s are made from vinyl, which is reasonably durable, but shellac-based 78s are more prone to shattering as they age. Sugar Foot Stomp, anyone?
The best mobile browser for Android is made by Samsung, and it’s now free even if you don’t have a Samsung phone.
Your podcasts are safe from patent trolls. The Electronic Frontier Foundation used crowdsourcing to collect examples of prior art and persuaded the Patent Office to cancel the bogus patent owned by Personal Audio.
Australia’s voice recognition software is used to test would-be immigrants’ English fluency. At least one Irish applicant flunked the test.
Disney is being sued for allegedly spying on children via its gaming apps.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 16 Aug 2017
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