Geekly Update - 20 January 2016
Could using antivirus software actually make your computer LESS secure? What's that mysterious blue light emanating from the room down the hall? And will auto-pilot for planes and cars create a world where nobody remembers how to fly or drive? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!
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To entice security researchers to find and report bugs in its software, GM has launched a “bug bounty program” -- minus the bounty. So far, the only reward is GM’s promise not to sue researchers who reverse-engineer its code. (Ok, then… how about a ransom instead?)
The blue light emitted by phones, tablets, and computer monitors is causing most of the “digital eyestrain” reported by 73% of young adults, and even 53% of Americans age 60+. Less screen time is recommended, along with orange-tinted glasses that filter blue light.
The next version of Apple iOS 9 will include “Night Shift”, a feature that reduces blue light emitted by device screen at night to reduce eyestrain and insomnia. Windows users have long had the free software, f.lux, to do the same thing. Oh, and there’s always the power button.
Oxy-Morons! The teenager who hacked CIA director John Brennan’s AOL email is back. This time, he hacked the Verizon account of James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, and forwarded Clapper’s home phone number to the Free Palestine Movement.
A flaw in Trend Micro’s antivirus software could have allowed hackers to steal passwords. But it was quickly patched by Trend Micro after its discovery by Google researcher Travis Ormandy, who recently excoriated AVG for crippling the Chrome browser’s security.
Ford Motor Co. is exploring ways in which wearable computing devices and in-car digital systems can make driving safer. For example, your smartwatch might alert your car that you’re too tired to continue driving.
Amazon Prime members now receive 20% off the price of new video games delivered on physical media. “New” means during the pre-order period and for two weeks after a game’s release. Orders placed on a game’s release date get free delivery, too.
The FBI seized a child p*rn website and moved it to government servers, continuing to operate it as part of sting operation that logged the IP addresses of 1,300 visitors to the site. Defense attorneys for Jay Michaud, a Vancouver teacher arrested in July 2015, argue that the FBI’s “outrageous conduct” should be punished by dismissing their client’s charges.
The FAA is concerned that automation of airline flights is causing pilots to forget how to fly manually in emergencies. The same concern may arise with self-driving cars.
If that's not bad enough, now it seems that some cars WITH drivers are getting jealous of those driverless cars. A man in Los Angeles recorded video of a Honda Accord that mysteriously started doing donuts in reverse, while the driver tried to get it back under control.
Ever seen a hipster juggling a fat smartphone and an oversized e-cigarette? Someone did, and thus was born the smartphone case with built-in e-cig.
Yahoo has a released a 13.5 TB database of anonymized user interactions with Yahoo’s various services, hoping the academic community will find something in all that data that people like about Yahoo.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 20 Jan 2016
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