Geekly Update - 21 Sep 2017
What would you do if your brain was directly connected to the Internet? Would anything entice you to pay $9000 for a laptop? And if the phone rings in an elevator, should you answer the call? 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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Equifax “Chief Security Officer” Susan Mauldin has degrees in music, but none in computers or security. Sadly, she won’t be around to face the music from the company’s historic data breach. Mauldin and Equifax’s CIO have “retired” in the wake of the massive hack.
Prosecutors should not be allowed to hide evidence from the defense behind “trade secrets” laws, the Electronic Frontier Foundation argues in a lawsuit involving access to DNA analysis source code.
Researchers have linked a human brain to the Internet, allowing real-time monitoring of brain waves. This breakthrough could lead to mind-control of IoT devices. Think about coffee, and the machine starts brewing! Just don't think about elephants.
"Would you please press 1 for me?" A telemarketer calling random numbers happened to dial the emergency communications system of an elevator, startling passenger John Timmer.
Google Chrome will begin to block autoplaying videos in January. At first, only videos that include audio will be prevented from playing automatically.
Hackers hid malware in the popular CCleaner free software, says Avast, the owner of CCleaner. Users who downloaded CCleaner v5.33.6162 or CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 should immediately download updated versions.
Amazon was tricked by a fake law firm into de-listing a Marketplace seller’s most popular item - an electric toothbrush head - causing that seller a $200,000 loss. Apparently, such dirty tricks are common among competing sellers.
Verizon Wireless is booting 8,500 rural customers because they are unprofitable.
Samsung is finally allowing smartphone users to disable the Bixby personal assistant, but they still can’t re-assign the awkwardly placed Bixby button to other functions.
Acer will make just 300 of its bleeding-edge Predator 21 X, which PC World calls “the biggest, baddest laptop on the planet.” It’s also the priciest, at $8,999.
Comcast lost customer Drew Weaver after a weeks-long dispute about whether he exceeded the company’s 1 Terabyte/month data allowance. Weaver now gets by just fine on his 3 GB mobile data allowance.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 21 Sep 2017
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