Geekly Update - 26 March 2014
Would you like to save $1000 a year on your mobile phone bill? How easy is it to steal an orbiting satellite? And what phrases should NEVER be entered into a Google search? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!
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Don’t try these Google searches at home… or at work, or any place where you might be identified. According to search optimization agency Search Factory, over 1,000 people per month Google "how to hide a body" and 1,600 wonder "how to get away with murder." A desperate 5,400 ask "how to have an affair" and a whopping 40,500 wonder "why did I get married." Most depressing (or amusing) of all: more than 4,400 people ask Google how to Google.
Does unlimited talk and text, with 500MB of data, for only $5.75 a month sound good? Check out FreedomPop's Bring Your Own Phone plan, which works with most Android smartphones. Enter your address to find out if service is available in your area.
24 year-old Edd Joseph is getting his revenge on an Internet seller who took his money for a PS3 game but didn’t deliver. He is copying the complete works of William Shakespeare into text messages delivered to the seller: 17,424 of them as of this writing. All 37 works of Will will require 29,305 texts. Well, what else can you do when you don’t have a PS3 game?
Businesses worldwide will spend $364 Billion to combat and recover from data security breaches like the Target affair, and that’s just part of the story. Business will spend another $491 Billion battling malware, and $127 Billion more on other security issues. And for reasons unexplained, businesses notoriously reticent about releasing data security allegedly spewed all of this sensitive information to IDC and the University of Singapore, in conjunction with Microsoft.
Jim Smith wanted a Kayak, but didn't have one. He did, however, have a 3D printer and 58 pounds of ABS Plastic just laying around. So he printed himself a 16-foot kayak. After making the parts and assembling them, it floats!
3D printing isn’t good enough for the U.S. military, which is now exploring 4D printing. The fourth dimension is "transformation," according to the Army’s chief tech officer, Grace Bochenek; body armor whose properties change when it gets wet or cold, for example.
The much-anticipated update to Apple’s iOS 7 operating system was released two weeks ago. It includes many fixes of security flaws that allowed users to jailbreak their i-Things. But already, iOS 7.1 has been jailbroken, with one catch: the technique works only on iPhone 4s.
Still clinging to Windows XP? Microsoft will give you $100 to leap up to Windows 8.1. The incentive is good only on 24, $599-and-up PCs that Microsoft is promoting. This $100 discount offer is good until June 15.
Visualize your browsing history with Iconic History, a Chrome browser extension that creates a map of favicons from all the URLs you visit. It will help you see patterns in your Web surfing activity that may help you answer the age-old question, "Where did the time go?"
Battery-operated data centers are coming thanks to GreenDataNet, a research project sponsored by the European Union. Scientists want to use retired batteries from hybrid gas/electric and all-electric vehicles to store electrical energy generated by solar and other sustainable resources. Cisco and other ISP gear-makers will have to add "batteries not included" to their terms of sale.
Hijacking someone’s Web browser is bad, but Robert Farquahar hijacked a space satellite 30 years ago. Now he wants to give it back.
Your thoughts on these topics are welcome! Leave a comment or I'll tell Google where to find your baby pictures...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 26 Mar 2014
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