Geekly Update - 21 November 2018
Is it finally safe to download the Windows 10 October Update? Which holiday gift items are most likely to invade your privacy? And can you guess the obvious upside of marrying a hologram? 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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The aborted October Update of Windows 10 (Version 1809) is now rolling out again, after Microsoft fixed problems that resulted in data loss for some users. Run the Winver.exe desktop app to see if you got it. If not, use Windows Update to manually check for updates.
Holiday gifts that may invade your privacy are on The Mozilla Foundation’s “naughty” list. Topping the list in the "Super Creepy" category are Amazon Echo, Dot, Show, and the Fredi Baby Monitor.
This just in from the "What Could Possibly Go Wrong" Department: Yoshitaka Sakurada, recently appointed to oversee cybersecurity preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, has never used a computer in his life.
Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old middle school teacher in Japan, married a hologram modeled after after a virtual reality singer. Bonus, she's upgradeable via software.
Amazon is splitting its much-hyped second HQ between Long Island City and Arlington, VA, suburb Crystal City.
Stan Lee “Mr. Marvel” has died at age 95, taking the Excelsior right out of us.
Sprint will deliver your new phone to the Walgreens store nearest you. While there, you can pick up the Tums you always need while setting up a new phone.
Uber Rewards is dizzyingly complicated, especially for something cobbled together in two days to answer Lyft’s announcement of a rewards program.
Verizon has completed its first 5G data transmission over smartphones. The test was completed with a Motorola Moto z3, a 5G-upgradeable smartphone, intended for use on Verizon’s 5G network when service rolls out in 2019.
Google Assistant for Android can now wake you, read aloud your morning news, weather, traffic report, and day’s to-do list, all without a tap or word from you. This could lead to an increase in broken smartphones and divorce filings.
Google is accused of intent to violate medical privacy by taking direct control of the DeepMind app, a UK invention previously condemned for vacuuming up the medical records of 1.6 million Britons without their permission.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba smashed all records for single-day sales on November 11, with $30 billion in Single's Day orders.
Facebook is going to compete with LinkedIn for the title of “Most Hated Employment Social Network.”
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 21 Nov 2018
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