Jeff sez, "Flying in from Miami to Seattle this morning on Alaska Airlines Flight #17, I was somewhat amused (and a bit horrified) when the flight attendant said that the cabin doors would not be opened and that passengers would not be allowed off to catch connecting flights if the last video player (digiplayer, as she called it) was not returned. Partly, I'm amused because of the ridiculousness of the threat vs. the magnitude of the crime but also I have to wonder if this is against FAA regulations. I also have a brilliant tip for Alaska – when you rent a digiplayer, note down the seat number.
China's Ant Group plans to sell off its U.S.-based biometric security firm EyeVerify, which identifies you by scanning your eyeballs. The sale comes as tension grows between Beijing and Washington over how and where sensitive user data is hosted, the Financial Times reports. From Reuters: EyeVerify, based in Kansas City, Missouri, designs eye verification technology… READ THE REST
RIP, NRA. Thoughts and prayers. The National Rifle Association has filed for bankruptcy, and the organization will legally move from New York to Texas, with plans to operate as a non-profit. The NRA lists assets and liabilities between $100 million and $500 million each, and its bankruptcy petition is signed by Wayne LaPierre. Here's the… READ THE REST
New U.S. unemployment numbers out today are bad, and it's because the pandemic is surging after the holidays. "The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August and evidence that the resurgent virus has caused a spike in layoffs," reports AP: The latest figures for jobless claims,… READ THE REST
Did you know that 2020 was a surprisingly good year for tablet sales? After several years of stagnant growth and losing business to the creep of incrementally bigger smartphones, the tablet market saw a pretty serious explosion during the pandemic. In fact, tablet sales were up almost 14 percent in 2020. If you're in the market… READ THE REST
As we continue in our technological march toward Rosie the Robot, we quietly reached a major milestone in that revolution in just the last few years. We've been manufacturing robots to handle all kinds of household tasks for a while now. We have vacuuming robots, for instance. We also have mopping robots. But until recently,… READ THE REST
Everybody's looking for that utterly unique piece of home decor. It's the item that every visitor you invite into your house will likely remember long after they leave. If your guests stare and start asking questions about it, you know you're on the right track. If you've got an eccentric streak, that item is probably… READ THE REST