Geekly Update - 19 September 2018

Category: Tech-News

Is Microsoft planning to stop Windows 10 users from installing Google Chrome or Firefox? Will nine-foot hexapod robots be coming to your neighborhood soon? Can you go to jail for posting fake reviews online? And can physics improve your brain power? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

The AskBobRankin Geekly Update

We've had toasters on the Internet since 1990, so is the news about Amazon's Alexa-powered microwave oven such a big deal?

Early testers of the upcoming Windows 10 October 2018 Update encountered a warning when they tried to install competing web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox. 'You already have Microsoft Edge - the safer, faster browser for Windows 10'. After the predictable firestorm ensued, Microsoft dropped plans to include this in the final product.

FEMA will conduct a test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system on October 3rd. A new feature of the WEA is the capability for the President to address the nation during a national emergency.

Geekly Update 09-19-2018

Can't get your kids to put down the phone during dinner? Google's Family Link allows parents to temporarily lock a smartphone, set limits on screen time, block certain apps, and locate their kids.

Is the world ready for a two-ton, six-legged, 9-foot-tall robot? It had better be, because Mantis is here. British engineer Matt Denton built the walking hexapod robot, which was inspired by the Star Wars movies.

Malware-fighting firm Trend Micro apologized after some of its Mac OS apps were caught collecting customers’ browsing histories without explicit consent. The company says this was done only during setup and the offending functions have been removed.

Here is a charming physics-based puzzle game that can give your brain beneficial exercise.

Male and female specimens of all 66,000 vertebrate species known will be completely sequenced and stored in a new genomic Ark. We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

Hackers needed only 22 lines of programming code to steal the records of 380,000 customers from British Airways. By modifying a script on the BA payment form, the hackers captured customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers and other details

A man who left fake TripAdvisor reviews has been sentenced to prison in Italy. Please don't say it can’t happen here.

Dubai has mandated that all new buildings must be 25 percent 3D-printed by 2025 (if man is still alive).

The top-selling paid utility in Apple’s App Store, Adware Doctor, has been booted after it was found to be collecting users’ browsing histories and transmitting them to servers in China. No, it is not made by Trend Micro.

Democrats want the FCC to investigate whether Verizon’s throttling of cellular data speeds during the recent fires in Mendicino, CA, violated FCC rules. So do a few firefighters, their families, and decent people everywhere.

This last item isn't terribly geeky, but it is funny. Surveillance footage at a store in China captured the moment when a cup of noodles went flying into the air. The clerk had set the hot cup on top of a lighter, which then exploded.

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Most recent comments on "Geekly Update - 19 September 2018"

Posted by:

krizski75
19 Sep 2018

Nice reference to Zager & Evans!


Posted by:

BobC
19 Sep 2018

Sorry Bob, but the song is about the year 2525 (if man is still alive), not 2025. Nice try though.


Posted by:

Dave
19 Sep 2018

And woman can survive!


Posted by:

Stephanie
19 Sep 2018

The (if man is still alive) comment made me smile!!


Posted by:

David
19 Sep 2018

So, Bob, are you one of those, like me, who actually remembers the song, or is it just history stuff to you?


Posted by:

sirpaul2
19 Sep 2018

500 years off - but yet still funny!


Posted by:

Warren
19 Sep 2018

Were they a one hit wonder or did they record anything else that made the charts?


Posted by:

Coco
19 Sep 2018

One hit wonders. Check out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zager_and_Evans


Posted by:

bill
19 Sep 2018

now you guys have that song running through my head. It's been decades since I heard it.


Posted by:

bill
19 Sep 2018

"Please don't say it can’t happen here."
Which "it" did you mean?
The hacking or actually sending them to jail?


Posted by:

Charles J Swoboda
19 Sep 2018

Bob, I've used Microsoft Edge for quite some time, until I was unable to utilize Dashlane on the browser. After I switched back to Google Chrome, my problem went away. Even after changing my password on Dashlane, the problem would disappear for awhile, then come back.


Posted by:

Michael
19 Sep 2018

Our web-based software works great with EVERY browser out there - except IE and Edge. I flatly refuse to support them because they seem to have taken shortcuts for speed that render some standard functions unusable. Not helpful!


Posted by:

Kenneth Maltby
19 Sep 2018

I have (in the past) regularly tried Microsoft's browse. I have always gone back to Google. Is Google becoming more resource/memory hungry these days though, and can somebody convince me to try Edge. Previously, searches using Microsoft's browser have been pretty poor, by comparison


Posted by:

bill c
19 Sep 2018

Can't get that stupid song out of my head *BOB*

Did make my laugh though.


Posted by:

Phil
20 Sep 2018

I remember that song just as if it were yesterday. It almost got a group of us thrown out of a camp site in Elkton, MD in the summer of 1969. We started belting it out at 1am and the other vacationers just didn't appreciate it. And, yes, it was a one hit wonder.

Bob and others. How about we should keep politics out of this forum. Let's not become the same trash heap that so many other sites have become.


Posted by:

GregC
21 Sep 2018

Just in case: In the year 2525
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yesyhQkYrQM


Posted by:

PgmrDude
21 Sep 2018

I've been using Chrome for several years now, and like it better than the others I've tried. I have noticed that it is getting increasingly slower, and much more of a resource hog. As in a Big, Fat, HOG! It's really quite awful.


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