Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Half over

Hard to believe the year’s half over already.. Here are a few items for your consideration.

Taxis sow traffic chaos in Europe protesting against Uber car app

Taxi drivers sowed traffic chaos in Europe’s top cities on Wednesday by mounting one of the biggest protests ever against Uber, a U.S. car service whose smartphone app summons rides at the touch of a button.Read more..

[ Which is it? Adapt or die, or Adapt and die? ]

google robot car* Baby you can’t drive my car

Self driving cars:While the notion has been around in science fiction for at least 60 years, Google wants to bring it into reality.Read more..

Layer 8: “Human error” contributes to nearly all cyber incidents, study finds

Even though organizations may have all of the bells and whistles needed in their data security arsenal, it’s the human element that continues to fuel cyber incidents occurring, according to one recent study.Read more..

A wake up call? Class-action filed against payroll company Paytime over massive data breach

A class-action complaint has been filed against Paytime, a Pennsylvania-based payroll company that experienced a massive data breach in April. “Paytime failed to safeguard and prevent vulnerabilities from being taken advantage of in its computer system,” according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Friday.Read more..

Here’s a change: Technology sites “riskier” than illegal sites in 2013, according to Symantec data

The “riskiest” pages to visit in 2013 were technology websites, according to data from users of Norton Web Safe, which monitors billions of traffic requests and millions of software downloads per day.Read more..

Today’s quote:The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity.” ~ Harlan Ellison

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

June 17, 2014 Posted by | News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Just Because We Can Do Something, Doesn’t Mean We Should

Here’s yet another creepy, extremely bad idea.

Meet Pepper, the ‘love-powered’ humanoid robot that knows how you’re feeling

If the thought of a humanoid robot in your home makes your skin crawl, meet the friendly Pepper.

 Pepper is a cute, wisecracking personal robot designed to bring joy to everyone, and Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank wants people to start buying it next year for the price of a high-end PC.Read more..

Doesn’t anyone read sci-fi? Or go to movies? I mean, cheese, I thought every single human on planet earth saw at least one of the Terminator movies..

Do you really want something in your home constantly watching your facial expressions, listening to your words, and reporting it all back to the mother ship, via the *totally secure* Internet??? (XBox One owners don’t need to answer that, you already have such a device.) And that mother ship probably resides in China? Even better!

Today’s quote:Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” ~ Albert Einstein

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

June 10, 2014 Posted by | advice, News, privacy, tech | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Creepy Electronic Toys

This Little Guy Creeps Me Out

I came across an ad for this “electronic toy”, and it caught my eye because it said “erector set” (which to this dinosaur does not equate with ‘electronics’) .. and it said “spy” (which to this dinosaur does not equate with ‘toy’).

Spykye the spy robotSpykee The Spy Robot takes interactive Erector sets beyond the limits of kids’ imagination. This latest build-your-own Erector set from Nikko America does everything from play digital music to guard a home or business.

Spy from Anywhere
Recommended for ages eight and up, Spykee is far more than your ordinary toy robot. Perfect for audio-visual surveillance, Spykee has the ability to
move, watch, speak, and hear. With a built-in video camera and microphone, the robot takes real-time pictures with video and with sound effects. When motion is detected, Spykee activates an alarm or sends a picture by email. Compatible with Skype 3.0 (PC) technology, Spykee can also be used as a VoIP phone and web camera. Best of all, this motorized robot is equipped with a WiFi card, which means kids can access and control Spykee via the Internet from anywhere in the world.

3-in-1 Robot Fun
But there’s more fun than just spying! Combining a classic robot design with the latest technology, kids can use Spykee to construct three different robot models from this same set. Downloading their favorite songs to Spykee, this spy robot even acts as a digital music player with its own loudspeakers. Compatible with most Erector sets, it features lights and optical fibers, and an IR auto-parking recharging system automatically sends Spykee back to the power station for a recharge.

Spykee has its own website, and you can find out more – and watch a video of Spykee in action – by clicking here. The video is worth the click.

When I look at this, I am reminded of Robo Cop (I can see a man-sized version of this); and, I get a bit pessimistic about Man’s future…

It’s a phone? It’s an MP3 player? Anywhere in the world?

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August 20, 2009 Posted by | tech | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Cyborg Invades Fashion Show — Video Here!

Creepy On So Many Levels..

A walking, talking female robot to debut on a Japanese catwalk – not ready to help with chores.

Japan has produced a walking, talking fashion robot. Standing at just over 5-feet tall and 95-pounds, HRP-4C, developed by Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, will make its catwalk debut next week at the Tokyo fashion show.

It walks! It talks! It creeps me out!

Japan boasts one of the leading robotics industries in the world, and the government is pushing to develop the industry as a road to growth. “Other robots, like the ones from Tokyo University of Science and Osaka University, have more human-like faces and have been tested as receptionists.”

There’s a good idea — Japanese Robot Receptionist. Yeah.

Click here to read the whole Newsweek story.

Seems to me I saw a movie about human-looking robots…

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March 16, 2009 Posted by | News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment