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FaceBook apologizes to drag queens, virtual reality on the cheap, and the web gets physical. These stories and more on the Week in Geek with Bonnie, Lyle, and Miles.

JPMorgan Chase Hacking Affects 76 Million Households

“A cyberattack this summer on JPMorgan Chase compromised the accounts of 76 million households and seven million small businesses, a tally that dwarfs previous estimates by the bank and puts the intrusion among the largest ever.”

So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

“On Tuesday, with no fanfare, IBM closed the last chapter in the life of one of the most iconic early computer programs, Lotus 1-2-3, when it withdrew support for the final build of the software.”

Avoid buying locked iPhones with Apple’s Activation Lock status page

“The feature discourages theft by tanking locked iDevices’ resale value.”

Facebook Apologizes to Drag Queens Over 'Real Name' Rule

“Facebook sparred with the drag queen community over its recent “real name” crackdown, but the social network is hoping to make things right."

Holder urges tech companies to leave device backdoors open for police

“Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said on Tuesday that new forms of encryption capable of locking law enforcement officials out of popular electronic devices imperil investigations of kidnappers and sexual predators, putting children at increased risk.”

Japan's Tokaido Shinkansen marks 50th anniversary

“Central Japan Railway (JR Tokai) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the country’s first shinkansen bullet train service at Tokyo, Shizuoka, Nagoya and Shin-Osaka stations Wednesday.”

California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

“In June, a Los Angeles crowd was celebrating the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup victory when people noticed a small drone overhead. It appears that members of the crowd thought the drone was operated by the L.A. Police Department. They threw clothing and shoes at the aircraft and eventually knocked it out of the sky.”