Geekly Update - 27 February 2019
What's the most common malware today, and what is it digging for? Is your GPS device going to stop working in 38 days? Was the last newspaper story you read written by a human or an AI-powered software bot? And will this new tech prevent annoying people from using mobile phones at concerts and movies? 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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Malware that uses victims’ computers to mine cryptocurrency is the most commonly distributed variety of malware for the second year in a row.
Check out images of people who do not exist; they are generated by an AI every time you refresh the web page.
This just in from the Drop In The Ocean Department: Over 100,000 rogue sites that distributed malware to unwary visitors were taken down over the past ten months by security researchers.
It's Y2K for GPS! Your GPS devices may stop working on April 6. Due to a software flaw, older GPS devices may get confused about the date and malfunction. Software patches are available to fix the problem.
Hacker Gets Hacked - Film at Eleven! Feds arrested a man who ran an online gang that attacked Web sites and called in bomb threats to schools via Twitter. His identity was exposed when a gaming website he frequented got hacked.
Loop is a new subscription service aiming to phase out single-use plastics. The program will provide high-quality, durable packaging for many consumer products that can be returned and refilled.
Nearly two decades of email, contacts, and related data were lost in a “catastrophic hack” of email provider VFEmail.
The Apple staff attorney responsible for preventing insider trading has been charged with insider trading. Guess he read his job description wrong.
A $2 computer the size of a saltine cracker can recognize objects by performing the computation-intensive deep learning that used to require cloud-based supercomputers. It uses no more power than a simple calculator.
NASA’s Earth Observatory is offering a free downloadable image of Earth every day.
Amazon has abandoned plans to build a second (or maybe third?) headquarters in New York because not all locals are thrilled by the honor.
An AI journalbot writes convincing news and fiction. It’s just hard to tell which is which.
Philadelphia passed and ordinance requiring most businesses to accept cash as a payment option. Cash accounted for 30% of consumers’ payments in 2018, down from 40% the previous year.
Spare keys to your house or car can now be stored on a smartphone in case you need another way to lose them.
To prevent phones from being used during movies, concerts, lectures, etc., Yondr locks them up in pouches that owners can unlock when they leave a venue.
Radio Garden lets you tune in to thousands of radio stations around the world using a Google Earth-like interface.
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