Geekly Update - 17 October 2018
Which auto maker has the best auto-pilot software? What's the most common cause of death for selfie snappers? And is it legal for the cops to force you to unlock your smartphone? 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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Winners of the 2018 Ig Nobel prizes included a proposal for self-colonoscopies, the use of roller coasters to dislodge kidney stones, and the efficacy of using human spit as a cleaning agent.
The FBI forced a suspect to unlock his phone using face recognition. It turns our this is legal, unlike forcing you to divulge a password.
The UK has accused Russia of a broad range of cyber-espionage activities, from stealing Olympic drug test records to interference in elections in the USA and other countries.
The history of Reddit is lovingly explored in a new book entitled, “We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet’s Culture Laboratory.”
A painting by the mysterious artist known as Banksy self-destructed immediately after being purchased at a Sotheby's auction for over one million dollars.
GM’s Super Cruise beats Tesla’s Autopilot in safety, according to Consumer Reports.
Researchers counted 259 selfie-related deaths from October 2011 to November 2017. Falling off a cliff and getting hit by a train were popular worldwide, while the USA ranked first in firearms-related selfie deaths.
Is a robotic finger that can be attached to your smartphone cool or creepy?
A gecko in a Hawaii hospital made dozens of phone calls, but it wasn't trying to sell auto insurance. Someone left a mobile phone in the hospital's lab, and the curious critter was making calls with his "tiny gecko feet."
A college level course in artificial intelligence is available free to everyone courtesy of Helsinki University, and it’s in English.
Google is killing its "Inbox" email interface after four years of trying to recruit users. Some alternatives for avant garde Inbox users are available.
The waterproof Kobo Forma e-reader is a worthy competitor to the Kindle Oasis.
The LG v40 phone has five cameras, and this author argues that’s not too many.
Apple has shut out all independent repair shops with its proprietary software lock that renders MacBook Pro units “inoperable” if it is not run immediately following a repair. Only authorized Apple service centers have access to the “diagnostic” tool
California’s Net Neutrality law was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday, September 29. On October 4, the entire broadband ISP industry sued to block the law’s enforcement.
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