Geekly Update - 23 January 2019
What not-so-nice thing will happen to your Windows 7 computer next January? Why are giant googly-eyed robots scaring children in Pennsylvania grocery stores? And why is it a bad idea to download and run a program sent to you by a stranger you met on Skype? 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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Less than a year remains on Windows 7’s free security updates. After January 14, 2020, those who cling to that obsolete operating system will be ever more likely to be hacked or infected with malware. Windows 7 was released in July 2009, and is still in use on 37% of all desktop computers.
Giant Food Stores, a Pennsylvania-based grocery store chain, is deploying goofy-looking robotic assistants to all its 172 stores. The six-foot "Marty" will roam the aisles looking for spilled liquids, powders and food. Marty is also capable of doing price checks and scaring small children.
You've probably seen "escape rooms" where players have to solve a series of puzzles to escape from a locked room. Now there's an "anger room" where you can go to smash things. Jin Meng, a 25-year-old entrepreneur in Beijing, opened "Smash" as a place for people to vent their stress or anger. For $23, you can spend half an hour smashing bottles, office equipment, or other items you bring in.
Metasploit Framework, a network penetration testing tool popular with hackers as well as security researchers, got its first major update in seven years. Expect a boom in exploit kits soon, and data breaches soon after.
A job-hunter accidentally infected his work computer with malware when a fake “employer” convinced him to install a program that was “just a normal part of the application process.” As a result, hackers from North Korea were able to compromise Chile's ATM network. (That's Chile the country, not Chili's the restaurant.)
The FAA is proposing rules changes that would allow civilian unmanned aircraft (drones) to fly over crowds by day or night. Amazon, Pizza Hut, and terrorists rejoice.
A Vermont government employee drove more than 6,000 miles around the state to prove what many rural Americans know: cellular services are not providing anything like the coverage and data speeds they claim to the public and FCC.
A man learned why you should not use the same password on multiple sites when a hacker took over his Uber account and racked up almost $1,900 worth of rides.
A little late, Microsoft advises its smartphone customers to switch to Android or iOS because the last update for Windows 10 Mobile will be issued in December, 2019.
The NSA sponsored a phone-charging station at a hackers conference, hoping the stunt would help recruiting. But who wants an employee dumb enough to try it?
Machine learning will take over only the most repetitive, boring parts of most jobs, according to some researchers. The remaining tasks will be recombined to create new jobs, perhaps with titles like “massage archeologist” or “stucco mason therapist.”
Verizon is finally offering free spam and robocall blocking, two years after AT&T and T-mobile did so.Verizon will drop its $3 monthly fee in March. Sprint still charges $2.99.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 23 Jan 2019
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