Geekly Update - 26 Jul 2017
Will implanting a new computer chip in your brain give you direct Internet access? Is Youtube using electric shock therapy to combat terrorism? And did NASA just upload a trove of videos proving that alien spacecraft really do exist? 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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Researchers at Columbia University in New York are working on ways to implant silicon chips in human brains. It won't make you smarter, but it might help if you have Parkinson’s, epilepsy, or hearing/vision problems.
Everyone needs a hobby, I guess. Welcome to the world of Kosuke Saito, from Osaka, Japan, who began collecting Amazon shipping boxes in 2008.
YouTube has launched a counter-terrorism initiative that redirects seekers of extremist propaganda to curated videos that debunk terrorist recruiting themes. (If they could integrate that electro-shock mouse into this scenario, it might be more effective.)
Speaking of shocking topics, Mehdi Sadaghdar is a popular Youtube personality who has a series of entertaining (some might say "hard to watch") videos about the dangers of electricity.
The Lithuanian crook who scammed Facebook and Google out of more than $100 million is fighting extradition to the United States, where he faces up to 20 years in prison.
Reality TV has come to the International Space Station. Japan’s so-called Internal Ball Camera drone was sent up to the ISS to record video and still photos of the astronauts’ daily lives. Described as “a little ball of cuteness floating about in space,” the gadget’s images and video are now available online.
Stealing a page from Instagram’s playbook, Amazon Spark gives Prime members a shoppable feed of stories and images of products that members like.
NASA has uploaded hundreds of rare aircraft films to YouTube. The videos include everything from 1950s experimental aircraft like the X-3 Stiletto to 1960s Lunar Landing Research Vehicle tests to footage of the time that NASA intentionally crashed a Boeing 720 in 1984.
A trove of more than 4,000 photos from the D-day invasion of Normandy are now online.
Traditional pay TV subscriptions declined by more than 800,000 in the first quarter of 2017. A year ago, the quarterly subscriber loss was only 141,000.
A federal judge has blocked a Milwaukee County, WI, law that would have required developers of augmented reality games such as Pokemon Go to obtain permits and provide porta-potties, security, trash cleanup and other things required of normal events. The county wanted to regulate augmented reality events in its parks after a “deluge” of players descended upon them.
Microsoft has been quietly fighting the Russian hacker group known as “Fancy Bear” in court. The Redmond company has won numerous lawsuits to obtain control of domain names used by the hackers.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 26 Jul 2017
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