Geekly Update - 29 July 2018
Will “space arks” in orbit have both artificial gravity AND decent Internet access? Has Samsung invented a truly unbreakable smartphone screen? Will Facebook's new “downvote” system eliminate fake news, or just make it easier to fight with your friends? And is there a solution to the “over/under” toilet paper problem? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
The AskBobRankin Geekly Update
How old do you need to be to have your own YouTube channel? Apparently the bar for that is pretty low. A six-year-old boy named Ryan has racked up over TWENTY BILLION views in the past three years with his toy reviews. With ad revenues topping $10 million annually, the youngster is now starting his own line of toys.
Tech product reviewers are swooning over the new Lenovo smart display with Google Assistant. The basic idea, The Verge says, is “take a Google Home smart speaker and put a screen on it, just like Amazon’s Echo Show.” Oh, and add a $250 price tag.
Could this finally be the year of the unbreakable smartphone screen? Maybe, if you demonstrate it using a rubber mallet as Samsung does in this video.
Bowing to bad taste, YouTube’s video player now automatically adjusts aspect ratio to accommodate vertical videos. Next problem for Google to solve: automatic adjustment of toilet paper dispensers to solve the over/under problem once and for all.
Would you like to live on a Space Ark orbiting the Earth? You'd better check your IQ score first...
“Smartarms,” a simple and inexpensive prosthetic arm developed by a pair of Canadian students, took home top prize in Microsoft’s annual Imagine Cup competition. Let’s give them a hand!
Google tested its Titan Key physical security dongle on its own 85,000 employees and says that none of them got hacked in 2017. Now it’s coming to the general public to tighten up online security.
Google has dramatically enhanced Search’s presentation of events such as concerts and art festivals with detailed overviews, ticketing, and other useful features.
LinkedIn is very proud to announce the debut of voice messaging, which allows multi-level marketers to annoy members in SurroundSound instead of mere text.
The best smart locks that support Amazon Alexa include the August Smart Lock (3rd Generation), Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt, Yale Assure Lock, Kwikset SmartCode Deadbolt, and Kevo Convert, according to Android Central.
Google Assistant can now do things automatically at scheduled times, which is kind of scary when you think about it.
Facebook is rolling out a “downvote” system similar to Reddit’s in an effort to fight trolls and fake news. Enough users clicking the thumbs-down icon can push unsavory posts down the News Feed into oblivion.
Tired of Charter Communications’ shenanigans to evade, ignore, and outright lie about compliance with its statewide franchise agreement, the State of New York has ordered the company to divest itself of Time-Warner Cable in NY or pack up and go home.
Doctors love virtual assistants but they are not HIPAA compliant, warn medical IT experts, which can create large liabilities for physicians and hospitals.
Your thoughts on these topics are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 1 Aug 2018
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