Geekly Update - 22 Jul 2015
Can you score a six-figure payday by suing annoying telemarketers? Is there something sinister about the cancellation of a product that would have enabled anonymous web browsing? And why would anyone buy headphones that don’t play music? 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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Apparently when some people see the warning on their mobile phone that the battery is "critically low," it drives them to deparate measures. A man jumped onto the stage of a Broadway play, and tried to plug in his phone charger. Bad news: the outlet was a just a prop. Good news: he won't be texting during the show.
The IP addresses used to access her Netflix and Spotify accounts proved to be the undoing of a mom who kidnapped her young daughters in a joint-custody dispute. U.S. and Mexican authorities tracked her via the IP address to Cabo San Lucas and returned the kids to their father, while mom and her new husband went to jail.
Actual kidnapping is so 2014... Digital kidnapping is now a thing. A mother in Dallas, TX, discovered her daughter’s photos have been posted on the Facebook account of a stranger who claims to be the girl’s father. Amazingly, Facebook says this creepy behavior does not violate its “community standards.”
(Cue ominous music...) ProxyHam, a WiFi access point that enables users to browse the Web anonymously and has a 2.5-mile broadcast range, was supposed to be released at next month’s Defcon conference. But inventor Ben Caudill suddenly canceled the whole project and says he can’t discuss why.
Twitter deleted two six-second Vine video ads for its #DiscoverMusic campaign after a complaint that they could cause epileptic seizures. No actual seizures have been reported by viewers.
PC prices may soon hit all-time lows. Global PC sales plummeted nearly 12% below last year’s Q2 figures, according to International Data Corp. Acer PC sales nosedived 26%. But Apple desktop and laptop sales were up 16%.
Time-Warner Cable must pay $229,500 to Araceli King, a Texas insurance specialist, for robo-calling her cell phone 153 times in less than a year, a U. S. District Court judge ruled. TWC claimed it shouldn’t be liable because the company (erroneously) thought it was harassing a customer named Luis Perez whose bill was past due.
Doppler Labs has raised $17 million to develop its novel “Here” earbuds that don’t play music. Instead, they filter out crying babies and other ambient annoying sounds, and even let users crank up the bass at live concerts.
New York City has asked Google Maps to modify its driving-directions algorithms to minimize left-hand turns, which are implicated in a large percentage of auto-pedestrian collisions. I wonder how many of those pedestrians were engrossed in their cell phones...
For only $150, you can turn your svelte, pocket—sized iPhone into a clunky, 1980s-looking Super 8 video camera with the Cinematic SmartCase.
T-mobile’s new Family Plan gives 10 GB of monthly data to each line in a plan, while Verizon makes families share 10 GB. T-mobile is also cheaper than Verizon for a four-line package.
Three new Logi Blok cases from Logitech can help iPads survive a six-foot fall onto a stone floor. Professional basketball players will just have to be more careful.
And finally, one for grammar nerds like me. On the form where readers can post comments here, I state that "spelling, punctuation, grammar and proper use of UPPER/lower case are important!" A judge in Ohio agrees with me, and tossed out a parking ticket because the village law was missing a comma that made the meaning of the statute unclear.
Your thoughts on this topic are welcome. Post your comment or question below, or I'll replace all your A's with @'s...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 22 Jul 2015
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