Geekly Update - 29 March 2017
What effect does GPS technology have on the human brain? Is Windows 10 destroying data and computer hardware? Is it legal for government agents to search your cell phone? And why are Superman, Lego Batman and a rubber duck competing in an elite basketball tournament? 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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"You'll never guess what happened to this Kansas teen after a tornado destroys her home..." A Dallas bookstore is using Buzzfeed-style "litbait" to draw attention to classic literature.
A Nashville news anchor was assigned to recap the NCAA "Elite Eight" basketball games, but was denied permission to use NCAA's highlight clips. His creative and humorous solution has gone viral.
A lawsuit claiming that the Windows 10 Upgrade destroyed data and rendered hardware unusable has been filed in U. S. District Court. The three plaintiffs are seeking class action status.
To no one’s surprise, researchers conclude that the presence of GPS navigation technology turns off part of the human brain.
While everyone else is discouraging the use of insecure Adobe Flash software, FedEx Printing is offering users a $5 discount if they enable Flash.
A guy built a dartboard that moves during a dart’s flight to make every throw a bullseye. What's next... bowling pins with proximity sensors that fall down when a ball is detected?
The U. S. Supreme Court ruled that government agents cannot search citizens’ cell phones without a warrant, absent long-defined “exigent circumstances.”
American farmers are hacking their tractors with bootleg Ukranian software, because John Deere thinks it owns every tractor it sells for all eternity. Farmers can't make repairs or modifications to their equipment without "jailbreaking" the software that controls the tractor.
"It's a fire, man!" A smart doorbell doubled as a fire alarm in Kansas, displaying video of the wildfire that had just spread to the homeowner’s front yard and sending an alert that “someone” was at the front door.
The only thing between you and your ISP’s ability to sell your browsing history is Donald Trump’s signature, as a law overturning an FCC privacy rule has passed both houses of Congress.
This just in from the "Your Slip is Showing" Department: A venture capitalist tweeted a scolding at Apple when his search for “evelyn” suggested a website belonging to an adult film star. The hapless VC deleted his tweet after it was pointed out that suggestions are based upon the user’s browsing history.
Starting April 1, Amazon will collect sales taxes for all 45 States that have a sales tax. Hawaii, Idaho, Maine and New Mexico complete the roster of States to which you can run, but can’t hide.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 29 Mar 2017
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