Geekly Update - 30 January 2019
How good are you at identifying potentially malicious emails? (Take the phishing quiz and find out.) Will your smart toilet report your 'activities' to the government? And how likely are you to be a victim of 'friendly fraud'? 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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Nicholas Truglia stole tens of millions in cryptocurrency from Silicon Valley execs, a dead man, and even his own father, by hijacking cell phone accounts. The 21-year-old had a $100,000 Rolex and a $6,000/month Manhattan apartment, but couldn't keep a friend.
The Barisieur alarm clock looks like a retro stereo amplifier, but it can wake you up with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea. The bedside contraption has a cooled cooled chamber to store milk or cream, and can be yours for just $445.
Smart toilets of the future will adjust their heights for elderly users, monitor flows to detect prostate problems, and even give public health officials early warning of disease outbreaks.
WhatsApp hopes to slow the spread of fake news by limiting the number of times a single message can be forwarded to five. But of course, every member who receives a message can forward it five times. And what of the collateral damage to real news?
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg mistakenly sent acceptance emails to 430 applicants. An hour later, they sent a notice that read "Please disregard the previous email."
Digital driver licenses can now be purchased in Louisiana, the first state to make them available.
It’s virtually impossible to avoid Amazon Web Services, which invites discussion of how “monopoly” should be redefined.
Phishing is an attempt to trick you into giving up your personal information by pretending to be someone you know. And identifying email phishing scams can be harder than you think. Take this quiz (it's safe) and see if you can identify which are phish and which are legit.
Hackers terrorized a family by delivering a fake warning of a North Korean missile attack via their Nest security camera.
Walmart plans to train aspiring managers with a video game that simulates a typical Dry Grocery manager’s day, complete with interruptions such as customer questions, vendor visits, and spills.
This just in from the Upsan Downs Department: Hulu is dropping the price of its basic on-demand streaming service to $6 from $8, just one week after Netflix raised its prices $1 to $2. Also, Hulu’s Live TV increased $5 to $45 per month.
Police departments are buying Tesla S electric cars for use as patrol vehicles.
Facebook encouraged game developers to let children spend real money without parents’ permission, calling this profitable practice “friendly fraud.”
How did you do on the phishing quiz? Is your toilet connected to the wifi? Your thoughts on these topics are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 30 Jan 2019
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