Geekly Update - 27 April 2016
Which video streaming service has the biggest selection of movies? How much did the FBI spend to break the encryption on the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone? And does breathing out of only one nostril make you smarter or dumber? 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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Do you forget to take your pills, even with one of those plastic organizers, reminders set on your phone, and gentle nagging from loved ones? The Pill Drill is the “simple” solution, according to Peter Havas, former CTO of Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery. (Yes, that’s right; this cafe had a Chief Technology Officer who claims to be an expert on pharmaceutical dispensary systems.) The $199 Pill Drill seems far from simple; watch the video as three people enter data, read reports, and monitor Grandpa’s moods. Laughter is the best medicine!
Amazon Prime Video has four times more movies than Netflix, but Netflix still has more TV shows than Amazon. Hulu has more movies and shows than Netflix. If you’re not confused yet, look at new separate pricing for Amazon Prime ($10.99/month) and Prime Video ($8.99/month). The $99/year Prime plus Prime Video is still available, too.
"I'll snapchat that contract right over, boss!" Some in Generation Z, just entering their 20s, don’t even know what email looks like. With so many more modern and simpler messaging options, the youngest generation views email as something adults do for work, and being forced to use it is considered a rite of passage.
Shoulda, woulda, coulda… Ten years ago, Intel Corp. turned down the opportunity to produce processor chips for the iPhone, thinking that Apple would not sell enough of the phones to make the venture worthwhile. Now Intel is laying off 12,000 employees by year’s end.
Blackberry handed its global encryption key to the RCMP, enabling the Canadian national police to unlock any Blackberry device. Blackberry might as well give away the key to its headquarters now.
In their quest for a stable gel that can replace dangerous liquid in rechargeable batteries, University of California at Irvine researchers replaced lithium with gold nanorods. To their surprise, the new battery can take 400 times more recharges than lithium.
University of Illinois researchers have successfully streamed HD video through chunks of raw meat, fast enough to watch a Netflix movie or let medical devices embedded in the body communicate with each other. (They'd better test it on lard to make sure.)
Break out the tiny violins… Google was formally charged with antitrust violations in the European Union last week. The EU authorities say Google abuses its market dominance in many ways, such as forcing phone developers to bundle YouTube and other Google apps into all products that run Android.
Facebook Messenger now supports group voice calling. Up to 50 contacts can be invited into a single call, during which absolutely nothing will be agreed upon.
Salt in the wound… The FBI disclosed that it spent $1 million to unlock the iPhone 5 of the San Bernardino terrorists, not counting the expense of its court battle with Apple. And apparently, the feds found nothing of any use on the phone.
AOL plans to make Huffington Post the world’s largest virtual reality news service. AOL’s recent purchase of VR tech firm Ryot is a step towards 360-degree immersion in news stories.
Microsoft Academic is a Bing-powered knowledge base that lets you search 80 million academic papers for free. Just in case you wanted to study up on "The Effects of Unilateral Forced Nostril Breathing on Cognition" or find out once and for all if toast really does tend to fall on the buttered side.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 27 Apr 2016
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