Geekly Update - 22 March 2017
What do facial recognition software and toilet paper dispensers have in common? Did a UFO really crash on a farm in Columbia? And why are so many professional basketball players confused about gravity? 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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Chinese authorities are deploying toilet paper dispensers that use facial recognition technology to limit the amount of paper that a given person can take at a popular tourist attraction. Seems like a good time to invest in Chinese companies that make Halloween masks.
A growing number of pro basketball players are joining the "flat-earther" team. Among them is Shaquille O'Neal, who says "I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me." If you're not sure about the shape of planet Earth or that whole gravity thing, see this article from Space News.
A New Jersey college student says her life is “a waking nightmare” because her name is Alexa Searey. “It started off at work. It would be, ‘Siri, do this, Siri do that,’ and now they do the same thing with Alexa,” she said. It’s getting very old.
Google Street View can now give you a close-up view of an erupting volcano on the island of Vanuatu, the dirt roads of Uganda, and other remote places.
What do a T-Rex, a rubber ducky and a penguin have in common? They are the newest pieces in the Monopoly board game, replacing the wheelbarrow, boot and thimble tokens. More than 4 million people voted in Hasbro's "Token Madness" campaign to select the Monopoly newcomers. Just leave me my race car and doggie tokens, please.
A UFO that crashed in a Columbian farm district turned out to be a Google high-altitude balloon, part of Project Loon’s effort to get wireless Internet into remote areas of the world.
Having trouble finding friends? Not getting along with your family? Try renting instead. A Japanese company called Family Romance lets you shop online for real humans (actors) who will hang out with you, come to your wedding, or take selfies to make your ex jealous.
Google and denim-king Levi’s have teamed up on a “smart” denim fabric to make a jacket that will let you control the volume of an Android smartphone. But it will cost $350, and every phone has a volume control. How smart is that?
Will an intelligent Universal Translator spell the end of nation-states? Aljazeera has an opinion piece arguing that it will.
Microsoft will not provide updates of Windows 7 and 8.1 on certain new Intel platforms, forcing users who want to upgrade to go with Windows 10.
The police in Edina, MN, have obtained a search warrant requiring Google to cough up “all subscriber information” of people who have searched for the name of an identity theft victim. Google is fighting the overly-broad dragnet warrant, which applies to all of Google’s data about users anywhere on Earth.
Google has come up with a JPEG compression method that produces files 25% smaller than previous methods, which will speed the loading of Web pages and reduce bandwidth costs. The downside is that the method takes longer to compress images.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 22 Mar 2017
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