Geekly Update - 18 September 2019
Are new FCC rules and call-blocking apps from phone companies making a dent in the number of annoying robocalls? What feature of the new iPhone 11 is causing some people nausea and vomiting? Is your password manager leaking your passwords to hackers? And will a tiny computer the size of a credit card replace your desktop computer soon? 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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Despite new initiatives by phone companies and the Federal Communications Commission, the robocall problem continues to get worse. Over 200 million unwanted robocalls pour in to phones in the USA each day. Nuisance calls jumped 38% from the third quarter of last year, according to Transaction Network Services.
Apple's new iPhone 11 is triggering people who have trypophobia, an irrational fear of clusters of small holes. The three cameras on the back of the latest iPhone are apparently enough to evoke a strong emotional response, even goose bumps, nausea and vomiting. Maybe those cameras are coincidentally right next to the price tag.
Nextdoor, the popular social networking app that connects neighbors, is trying to make online discourse a little kinder and gentler. If you post a potentially mean comment, the Kindness Reminder will pop up and ask you to consider something nicer. The app can't read your mind yet, so it looks for comments that are similar to ones that users have previously flagged as objectionable.
This just in from the Glassholes Department: CNBC reports that Facebook is working with sunglass maker Ray-Ban to develop augmented-reality (AR) glasses that are designed to replace smartphones. AR technology would superimpose computer-generated images and information in the user's field of view.
Richard Stallman, an MIT computer scientist and head of the Free Software Foundation, has resigned from both of those posts in the wake of backlash from his statement that characterized one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims as "entirely willing."
Financial services firm Square is testing a new feature that would allow users of the Cash App to buy and sell stocks with no charge. Square already offers free bitcoin trading.
Popular password manager Lastpass was found to have a flaw that could expose your login credentials. LastPass says they have fixed the problem and pushed out updates to more than 10 million users. Yes, but...
ZDNet asks: "Can a Raspberry Pi 4 really replace your PC?" The $35 Raspberry Pi 4B is a bare-bones computer-on-circuit board, a little bigger than a credit card. The latest iteration is more powerful, and has a slick Linux-based operating system. Just plug in your monitor, keyboard and mouse to cobble together a desktop computer.
The Internet of Things connects a lot more than computers. Wifi-enabled speakers, thermostats, doorbells, and lightbulbs are just the tip of the IoT iceberg. But sadly, vendors are not paying a lot of attention to gadget security. This article says that "As our devices become smarter and Internet-connected, the potential attack surface for cyberattackers increases."
Insurance company Chubb wants to help you stay safe in cyberspace. Their article "6 Ways to Protect Yourself From Hackers" offers tips on wifi safety, avoiding sketchy apps, strong passwords, and encryption.
Your thoughts on these topics are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 18 Sep 2019
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