Geekly Update - 26 June 2019

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Why are smartphone batteries so terrible? Which mobile provider has the best and fastest 5G network? Will vaping be banned in your city? And can you take advantage of Amazon Prime Day sales if you don't have a Prime subscription? 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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Why won't your shiny new smartphone hold a charge for a full day? You can blame Moore's law for the fact that mobile phones are evolving faster than battery technology.

No cell service, wifi, or bluetooth? No problem. Oppo’s MeshTalk, revealed at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019, lets users call and text within a 3 kilometer range.

Amazon has announced that Prime Day will be TWO days this year. The super sale for Amazon Prime subscribers will run from July 15th to July 16th. Even if you don’t have Amazon Prime, you can sign up for a free trial and get in on the party. Other online retailers aren't going to sit idly by, though. eBay plans to crash Amazon's party with a site-wide Crash Sale on July 15, and Target will be having Deal Days sales on July 15 and 16.

Almost 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong stepped out of the lunar lander onto the surface of the moon. Conspiracy theorists still cast doubt on the event, but a writer in Forbes says there is overwhelming evidence to prove that the "giant leap for mankind" actually did take place.

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The Raspberry Pi 4 featuring major hardware upgrades is basically a $35 desktop computer, says Gizmodo. The new model sports a 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU that's three times faster than previous versions, and can support dual 4K monitors.

Looking for an ultra-low-price laptop or tablet? At the Mashable Shop, you can score a refurbished Samsung Chromebook (2012 model, MSRP $599) with 11.6-inch screen, 1.7GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage for just $100. You can also find the Lenovo Tab 4 (2016 model) with 8-inch screen and 16GB storage for $105.

CNet tested 5G phones on the Verizon , AT&T and Sprint networks, and experienced download speeds exceeding 1 gigabit per second, which is 10 times faster than optimal 4G network speeds.

San Francisco will be the first city to ban sales of e-cigarette (vaping) gadgets, citing concerns over the health of teens. Sales of tobacco and cannabis are still fine, though.

The Raikoke volcano is blowing it's top, and astronauts on the International Space Station captured an awesome photo of the mushroom-shaped eruption cloud from high about Earth's orbit.

Chris Werfel has 28 Sony Aibo robot dogs, and treats Bentley, the newest member of the pack, like a member of the family. Sony designed the Aibo with facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence to mimic a real dog. Except for the pooping.

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26 Jun 2019

I have it on good authority that the genesis of the moon landing was a plan to pretend to go to the moon, i.e. a hoax. But cost analysis showed that faking the landing and supporting the hoax through several years would exceed the cost of actually going to the moon.

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26 Jun 2019

"YES... spelling, punctuation, grammar and proper use of UPPER/lower case are important!"

"The Raikoke volcano is blowing it's top..."

One of these statements has an error. Which one? :)

Great picture.

Posted by:

26 Jun 2019

Bob, you've watched "Capricorn One," correct?

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26 Jun 2019

Sorry. That was to BobD.

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26 Jun 2019

Re: David

"it's" means "it is"
should be "its top"

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29 Jun 2019

The link to the "overwhelming evidence" does not work. Here is the link to the story:

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03 Jul 2019

KD beat me to it regarding "its" vs "it's". KD is right. The poor old apostrophe crops up in all the wrong places. For example, many people use it with simple (non-possessive) plurals, especially when using abbreviations in capital letters such as "There were four BMW's in the parking lot". I shudder when I see "Fish & chip's" on the menu: the chip's are bound to be soggy.

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