Day: September 15, 2019

FCC Fails, Robocalls (and Complaints) Increase, Along with Number-Hijacking

“Despite new initiatives by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and carriers, robocalls aren’t on the wane,” reports Forbes. “Americans are still facing a scourge of 200 million unwanted robocalls a day, according to a report from Transaction Network Services (TNS), a major telecommunications network and services company. And nearly 30% of all U.S. calls were…

iPhone 11 Pro vs. Galaxy Note 10: Here’s what a $1,000 phone buys you today – CNET

Cameras, battery life, storage and more: Apple takes on Samsung’s phones on value for money. …read more Source:: CNet

‘King of Kong’ Billy Mitchell Argues He Was Framed for Donkey Kong Cheating, Threatens Legal Action

“Billy Mitchell, the former Donkey Kong and Pac-Man high-score champion made famous in the 2007 film The King of Kong, has threatened legal action against the sanctioning bodies who threw out all of Mitchell’s high scores in April 2018 after finding that two were illegitimate,” reports Polygon. This week, lawyers for Mitchell sent a letter…

Apple iPhone 11, Watch 5, iPad with services and Fitbit Versa 2 (MobileTechRoundup show #481)

Last week Apple held its annual iPhone event with three new phones, a new watch, a new iPad, and low-cost services. Get your drinks ready as Matt and Kevin bought some things this past week. …read more Source:: ZDNet

Monster Bush Plane is a One-Off Engineering Masterpiece

All of us dream of reaching a point in life where we have the knowledge, skills, energy and resources to pull off builds that match our wildest dreams. [Mike Patey] is living that dream and with a passion for engineering and aviation that is absolutely infectious, he built Draco, the world’s most badass bush plane….

Inspired By Harry Potter, 150 Colleges Now Have Quidditch Teams

A reporter for SFGate describes what happened when he tried out for the quidditch team at the University of California at Berkeley: The person throwing me what’s called a “quaffle” (actually a slightly deflated volleyball) looked at me to make sure I’m ready. I gave them a head nod and grip my “broom” (a PVC…

Why the iPhone 11’s lack of 5G won’t hurt it, even when Android phones are doubling down – CNET

Commentary: Apple is late to 5G, but chances are, you’re not missing out. …read more Source:: CNet

The Next Energy-Efficient Architecture Revolution: A House Built By Robots

“Erecting a new building ranks among the most inefficient, polluting activities humans undertake,” reports Qz. “The construction sector is responsible for nearly 40% of the world’s total energy consumption and CO2 emissions, according to a UN global survey. A consortium of Swiss researchers has one answer to the problem: working with robots.” Over four years,…

Ask Slashdot: Can A Lack of Privacy Be Weaponized?

Slashdot reader dryriver asks a scary what-if question about the detailed digital profiles of our online and offline lives that are being created by “hundreds of privately owned, profit-driven companies operating with no meaningful oversight.” Digital profiles are just a collection of 1s and 0s and are wide open to digital tampering or digital distortion….

GymCam Knows Exactly What You’ve Been Doing In The Gym

Getting exact statistics on one’s physical activities at the gym, is not an easy feat. While most people these days are familiar with or even regularly use one of those motion-based trackers on their wrist, there’s a big question as to their accuracy. After all, it’s all based on the motions of just one’s wrist,…