Geekly Update - 22 May 2019
Why is internet provider Comcast so interested in what you do in the bathroom? Is a major health insurance company giving away free Apple Watches? Will this new gadget force teen drivers to wear a seatbelt? And will you be one of the first to get the Windows 10 May Update? 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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Grumpy Cat is dead. The feline with the permanent scowl had 2.4 million followers on Instagram, and inspired about the same number of memes as well. (Trivia: Grumpy Cat's real name was Tardar Sauce.)
Internet provider Comcast already knows what you do online. Now they want to know what you do in the bathroom and the bedroom. They're reportedly working on a device to track people’s health metrics using "ambient sensors."
UnitedHealthcare is offering a free Apple Watch to customers who who walk more than 10,000 steps/day. If you already have an Apple Watch, the company is offering cash rewards to those who achieve certain health goals.
The latest Firefox release promises to more speed and better privacy.
This just in from the "What The Heck?" Department -- A writer from FiveThirtyEight stumbled upon a website called Default Filename that displays random Youtube videos. The only criteria for selection is that they were uploaded from the camera without edits to the filename. Hence, they are mostly boring and of interest only to the person who uploaded them. And somehow, he sees "a portal to an expansive, serendipitous internet ... a glimpse of a timeline where Google and Facebook didn’t create and capitalize on a vast economy of tracking, prediction and control." I don't get it. Perhaps you will, though.
Microsoft has begun rolling out Windows 10 Update 1903. For the curious and the brave, Microsoft's Windows 10 May Update is available for download now.
The US Postal Service is beginning to make some mail deliveries with self-driving trucks. USPS is working with TuSimple to run a two-week pilot in which the trucks will drive for 22 hours at a time along the I-10, I-20 and I-30 corridors through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. They've got to do something different, the Postal Service lost $3.9 billion last year.
Remember Google Glass, the creepy computer-aided glasses that spawned the "glasshole" moniker? It's back. Google just unveiled its newest version of Glass. The Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is aimed at business users and will enable support for computer vision and advanced machine learning capabilities.
SpaceX hopes to launch their Starhopper rocket soon, from a launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. The test flights will send the rocket to an altitude of about 5,000 meters, or 5% of the distance to the edge of space. Cool, but they might want to change the name. Besides the Sun, Proxima Centauri is the closest star to Earth, about 4.2 light-years away.
Over 40 percent of high school students admit they aren't wearing seat belts when driving, so Chevrolet has figured a way to force them to buckle up. Chevy’s new “Buckle to Drive” feature, which will come standard on all 2020 Chevy Traverse, Malibu, and Colorado vehicles, uses a key fob that requires the seatbelt to be clicked in order to unlock the gear shift. Chevy says the radio will also stay muted until the seatbelt is fastened.
Swiss mobile app Castl is promoting a bizarre Cow Kiss Challenge in Switzerland, Germany and Austria to raise money for charity. But apparently the cows are not amused. Farming officials say that it could lead to people getting trampled to death by upset cows.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 22 May 2019
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