Geekly Update - 30 Aug 2017
How afraid should we be of artificially intelligent robot warriors? What makes it so easy for hackers to steal your mobile phone number? And are you ready for even MORE limits on your “unlimited” mobile data plan? 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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“Beware of robotic warriors” is the message of a letter to the United Nations signed by over 100 robotics experts. “Lethal autonomous” technology is a “Pandora’s box that will be hard to close,” they warn. The experts want a ban on the use of artificial intelligence in weaponry. “The Terminator is out there, it can't be bargained with, it can't be reasoned with, it doesn't feel pity or remorse or fear, and it absolutely will not stop...”
Forget about AI robots, apparently the USA has very little time in which to protect critical infrastructure from “9/11-level cyber-attacks,” warns The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), a task force of the National Security Council.
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If your smartphone's GPS tells you to ride your bike into the Lincoln Tunnel, don't. Police stopped a 26-year-old man who apparently got "tunnel vision" while delivering food.
Nestle’, the maker of Kit Kat candy, copied the look and feel of the long-defunct Atari game, Breakout. Apparently, this is worth a lawsuit.
This just in, from the Masters of the Obvious File… A state appeals court has ruled that Facebook friends are not necessarily real friends, rejecting a conflict of interest claim involving a judge and an attorney representing a client in her court room.
Verizon shut off a woman’s phone service on her 84th birthday, violating a federal law designed to protect elderly customers who live alone from being cut off for nonpayment. The woman has not paid her bill because she is in dispute with Verizon over charges.
Here's another limit on your "unlimited" mobile data plan. Verizon is under fire for throttling streaming video of all kinds, degrading resolution from 720p to 480p. Not only does Verizon claim customers can’t tell the difference, the company also claims it isn’t changing video resolutions at all, just throttling the bandwidth allowed for videos. Of course, that generally results in the streaming service downshifting to lower resolution.
Hackers are now using social engineering techniques to gain control of mobile phone numbers, which enables them to drain digital wallets kept on the hijacked phones. The hackers simply call the mobile provider, and ask them to transfer control of a victim’s phone number to a device under their control.
Google Home and Walmart are teaming up to take on Amazon Alexa in e-commerce and online grocery ordering.
If you bought a Sony Xperia phone, and Xperienced a failure after Xposing it to water, you may be eligible for a refund of up to half of its cost. A class action lawsuit claiming Xperias are not “water-proof” as Sony advertised resulted in this settlement. The correct phrasing is “water-resistant to X meters.”
T-mobile customers should not preorder the much-anticipated Galaxy Note 8 phone. Samsung has not made it compatible with the “band 71” 600 Mhz technology that T-mobile is expanding nationwide. T-mobile says two phones with band 71 compatibility will be available by year’s end.
The Justice Dept. has retreated from its demands for an awful lot of personal data about the people associated with 1.3 million IP addresses that connected to an anti-Trump site where disruption of his inauguration was discussed.
A federal judge sided with YouTubers Ethan and Hila Klein, defendants in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by another YouTube star. It’s the first fair use case involving YouTube.
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