A recent study about smart speakers revealed that they are, in a word, crap.
The study, entitled, WHEN SPEAKERS ARE ALL EARS: Understanding when smart speakers mistakenly record conversations, revealed that these smart gizmos are very often activated by words and phrases that have little to do with anything.
Of course, that means they are recording and sending audio clips when they really shouldn’t be.
Not to worry, though – we are reassured by the researchers that it’s no big deal!
Quick charging is all the rage these days.
We all want our smartphones and tablets to charge REALLY quickly via plain old USB cables.
But how do quick chargers actually work?
After all, USB itself is limited in terms of the power that it can provide…
Tune in and discover the magic of USB quick charging!
I’ve been using dumbphones for awhile now, but I started to miss some smartphone features.
Then a friend of mine mentioned LineageOS again. I decided to take the plunge… And I’m glad I did!
It IS possible to have a relatively private smartphone without all the Googley madness – even in this day and age.
But it does take a bit of time, patience, and some technical know-how.
Note that I don’t walk through the entire installation process here since it’s particular to your specific phone…
In a shocking revelation that simply re-affirmed what everyone already knew, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals again ruled that internet platforms have nothing to do with the First Amendment because they’re private corporations.
In a ruling on February 26th, the court said that, “merely hosting speech by others is not a traditional, exclusive public function and does not alone transform private entities into state actors subject to First Amendment constraints.”
Can’t say I didn’t see that one coming – again…
We all know that AC won the war vs DC back in the day.
But did you know high-voltage DC is still around? What’s more, it’s actually become quite useful!
Some countries have recently installed million-volt DC power lines that span thousands of kilometers!
While HVDC has various benefits over HVAC, naturally there are also a few drawbacks.
Join me for another exciting episode of EEK!
Macs were in the news again this week as Malwarebytes released a report claiming that for the first time ever, malware on Macs outpaced that of Windows-based PCs in 2019.
It sounds like a total nightmare for Apple users!
But hang on a sec… Malwarebytes released the report, and they have been promoting their Mac version of their anti-malware software recently.
So, what’s the real deal here?
These days, it’s all about Going Green. And what could be more green than an electric car?
Zero emissions, baby! Well, sort of…
While the acceleration may be awesome, the range leaves something to be desired. And range is directly related to power – specifically, the available power from a battery pack.
What’s more, the power to charge the battery has to come from somewhere, and that “somewhere” is the electric grid. So what happens if all of a sudden, everyone gets an electric car?
Well, in many places, it wouldn’t be pretty. Some regions would need to DOUBLE their current grid capacity. And all that extra juice has to come from somewhere… and it ain’t coming from solar or wind power!
So, you buy a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for your puter.
You hook it up.
Then, a power outage or brownout hits…
POOF! Your puter reboots.
“Hang on”, you think, “Wasn’t my battery backup supposed to prevent this?”
Yes, it was… But there are a few things you need to check to make things work nicely…
There are quite a few smartphone cases, Faraday bags, and other little gizmos out there that claim to protect you from the phones RF waves.
A common method that people use is to line one (or both) sides of their phone case with good old aluminum foil.
So, the question is: Does tin foiling your phone really work? How much? And where exactly should you put the foil?
Watch to find out!
So there you are, minding your own business.
You try to restart your Windows 10 puter, and you end up with the new Sad Face Blue Screen of Death!
At the bottom of the screen, you see:
Stop Code: 0xc000021a
No matter what you do (like the automatic Startup Repair), you appear to be sunk… Windows just won’t boot up anymore.
What to do?