Category Archives: Technology

MacBook Pro Saves Life During Florida Airport Shooting

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*Who needs a flak jacket when you have a laptop?

I just bought a new MacBook Pro with the TouchBar.

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Oh yes, I did.  LOVE IT.  But I was experiencing a little buyer’s remorse — you pay a premium for Apple’s toys, after all — as I flipped on the news for the first time one day late last week, and heard that a MacBook Pro’s had saved a man’s life.  

I’m keeping mine.  And as soon as I’m done working today, I’m going to buy a new backpack for it.  Keep reading, and you’ll understand all of that!  Continue reading

TNT Film Review: Hidden Figures Is The Year’s Best Movie

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*I’m tempted to tell you that the exceptional new Hidden Figures is the best movie I’ve seen this year. Since 2017 is just out of the gate, that comment might be seen as more than a little glib.

So I’ll go out on a limb and say this: Hidden Figures is the best movie I WILL see this year.

Usually, period pieces that are based on history don’t hold my attention, largely because we already know how the movie’s going to turn out. (We KNEW the Titanic was iceberg-bound and doomed, right? So who really cares about Leo DiCaprio’s “I’m the king of the world!” moment?)

With the story behind Hidden Figures, we already know that Neil Armstrong helps America win the space race, and that he walked on the moon eight years later. What most of us didn’t know was that a group of black women — “Colored Computers” they were called — were largely responsible for getting him there. Told from their perspective, THIS period piece kept me, literally, on the edge of my seat through the film’s final act. Continue reading

Family Blames FaceTime for Fatal Crash, Death of Five-Year Old

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*I’m filing this one in my new GMFB file:  Give Me (a) Break.  (I’ll let you fill in the “F” for yourself, just in case there are children in the room.) 

Five-year old Moriah Modisette was killed and her father was seriously injured when another driver, Garrett Willhelm slammed into their car at 65 mph on a Texas highway in 2014, according to her family.  Willhelm was chatting away on a FaceTime video chat at the time of the crash.  FaceTime was still running as rescue workers removed Moriah’s lifeless body and her dad from the demolished car.

Instead of holding Willhelm liable, the family has gone after Apple, according to Fortune.com, as it’s their FaceTime program that runs on their mobile platforms.  The family claims the company has failed to install a “lock out” feature on FaceTime, thereby preventing drivers from using the app while on the road.  The family’s lawsuit alleges that Apple was granted a patent to install the feature earlier in 2014, and the feature could have prevented the catastrophic crash. Continue reading

New Search Engine Tracks Fake News to Stop the Spread of Lies

graphic_on_fake_news_by_voaOf all the cell phone users in the U.S., about half have a smartphone, which means that a large portion of the country is surfing the Internet both at home and on the go. Studies show that as many as 93% of all these online experiences begin with a search engine, with over 100 billion global searches conducted every month.

Many people these days use the Internet as their primary news source, but recently there has been an unfortunate trend involving the spread of false information online.

Fake news has been around for as long as people have been sharing information. More recently, however, “trolls” have continued to weave a vast web of lies, causing fake news to plague the Internet like never before.

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What…Uber NYC Tracking Folks Even After They Exit Ride?

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*Uber is said to be getting on the bad side of New York riders who don’t like the fact that their whereabouts are being tracked for five minutes after they reach their destination and exit the vehicle. Well all I can say is, I hope this is a test-run that won’t go beyond the Big Apple.

When I first heard of it, which was basically earlier today, I thought, what a shame that haters continue to find ways to degrade a company because it has become so successful by telling lies.

But then Uber admitted this is what they were doing. And even attempted to justify the move. Continue reading

App May Help Parents to Curb Climbing Teen Depression Rates

According to recent studies, the rates of teen depression continue to climb — especially among white teenaged girls. Researchers have found that nearly one in every 11 adolescents and young adults have a major depressive episode each year. What’s more, the prevalence of these episodes in adolescents increased from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014. But while it’s clear that more and more teens are battling depression, the reasons aren’t quite as apparent.

Some researchers chalk it up to greater exposure to risk factors like cyberbullying. This may explain why teen girls are more vulnerable, since rates of cyberbullying have also increased more dramatically for teenaged girls than for boys. Female adolescents also use mobile texting applications more frequently; since problematic phone use has been linked to depressive moods, this may also play a part.

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Wanna Just Walk Into A Store, Take What You Want and Leave…Introducing ‘Amazon Go’ (Watch)

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*What if you could just walk into a grocery store, go to the aisle where the coffee is, grab a cannister and walk out. Or head to the chips aisle and repeat. Then leave with them all without dealing with a cashier. Not even a self-checkout. Just walk out the door.

And the best part is, when you look back no security is following you!

Thanks to online retail giant Amazon, this is no longer a hypothetical.

Introducing ‘Amazon Go’ a new way of shopping in a new kind of store. Based on app usage, you can just go into a store, scan your app and start shopping. You never have to stand in line to pay for your items because the moment you pick it up, its automatically added to your virtual cart. 

Change your mind about that box of cookies? No worries, just put it back and the charge goes away.

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SolarCity Roofing Might Come With a Price Tag Similar to Traditional Asphalt Shingles

roofElon Musk has promised and delivered a great many seemingly impossible things in the past, so it’s possible that he could very well come through on his latest statement about SolarCity roofing.

SolarCity roofing will be producing solar roofing tiles. Unlike their solar panel relatives, Musk claims that these will be much more efficient and could very well complete a personal solar power system for a home.

“I don’t want to commit 100 percent to this yet, but it’s looking quite promising that a solar roof will actually cost less than a normal roof,” the Tesla genius said in a recent statement. However, it has yet to be seen whether or not Musk will be able to fulfill this grand claim.

Approximately 72% of homeowners said they would choose roofing materials that required little to no extra maintenance. While Musk says the tiles will cost less than a traditional asphalt roof, it’s unclear what the maintenance will be like.

Despite the low price, the company has reported that tiles will be available in a number of different shades, and would not only cost less to manufacture, but to install as well. While some are under the assumption that a high price tag would be offset by the electricity produced, Musk has taken his claim one step further by stating that the savings will be there even before energy production begins.

However, many are still skeptical of the cost. Roofs come in many shapes, sizes, and pitches. Depending on the shape and slope of the roof, installation and initial cost could still be high for many homeowners.

Experts are recommending that homeowners still do their research before blindly buying into Musk’s newest project.