Geekly Update - 19 October 2017
What should you do if your artificially intelligent virtual assistant scores as "moron" on an IQ test? Has Microsoft hired a group of monkeys to write code for their next operating system? And how much TV would you have to watch in one month to rack up a bill of $185,000? 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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Angela Mixon-Smith was understandably upset when she got her monthly bill from satellite TV provider DirecTV. The amount owed was $184,530. Apparently the billing error happened after she signed up for a promotional offer to bundle her DirecTV service with an AT&T cellphone plan.
Using data stolen from Equifax’s credit system, hackers may now be able to access your lifetime salary history from another of the firm’s poorly protected databases, just like the last company you had a job interview with.
Equifax’s site was hacked again, this time redirecting visitors to a malware-laden fake Flash update. If you use Chrome, Flash is updated automatically.
Not so smart: A study measuring the IQs of several artificial intelligence programs puts Google’s at about 47 points. But that’s double the IQ of Apple’s Siri.
Code monkeys can now hang out in tree houses at Microsoft’s Redmond HQ.
Phrame, the world’s first “smart license plate holder,” may be the dumbest. The idea is to lock a spare set of car keys in a Phrame that looks distinctive, making it easier for thieves to know where to find them.
A talking drone tried to lure children away from a playground, giving Cleveland parents one more thing to worry about.
Facebook’s data shows that its new “fake news” tag reduces the number of people exposed to fake news by 80%. So keep reporting that stuff.
Amazon Studios is struggling to figure out what streaming video viewers want to watch. Even its most acclaimed original series, “Transparent,” has fewer than 1 million regular viewers. The company is cutting back on children’s programming and “hipster” shows to focus on genres with wider appeal, like sci-fi and spy fiction. How about bass fishing?
AT&T lost 90,000 TV subscribers in the third quarter, highlighting an industry wide trend of cord cutting. Shares of cable companies took a beating on the news.
Citing budget constraints, Google Fiber will not offer Internet TV in San Antonio and Louisville. High-speed Internet will still support streaming media and VoIP.
Qualcomm has sued to prevent Apple from manufacturing or selling iPhones in China, citing patent infringements and Apple’s failure to pay royalties.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 19 Oct 2017
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