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In The News 06-09-2017

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 by | Filed Under: In The News

Apple’s Big Announcements

Apple got some big plans. The tech giant announced a refresh to the macOS Sierra operating system called High Sierra as well as a new mobile OS, iOS 11.  Apple is also introducing a new universal file system for its devices and a brand new smart speaker to rival Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa called the HomePod.


Among the new devices, the company is offering is a new iPad Pro, and an iMac Pro.

We’ll have more next week on these new features and devices.

Google Working On Self-Driving Trucks

Google’s self-driving vehicle company, Waymo, has expanded beyond self-driving passenger vehicles to include trucks.  The company confirmed to the website Mashable that it was currently testing a large truck that had actually made it onto the road with a human driver in the seat in case anything goes wrong.

Large trucking companies are already working to develop self-driving technology for their vehicles and it may not be long before everything from taxis to trucks are driven by remote control.  Self-driving trucks could cut down on risks like sleepy long haul drivers and save companies a lot of money on employees.

Are you ready for a road filled wth autonomous semis?  Let us know in the comments.

NSA Used Print Trick To Catch Leaker

The National Security Administration was able to track a contractor who leaked classified information by tracking down the printer that was used to print the documents.


Many new printers can print tiny yellow dots to identify which printer was used to print a document. You can then track down the print job history on the network and figure out exactly which computer the print job came from. You’d think a security contractor for the NSA like Reality Leigh Winner, who the Justice Department says confessed to the leak, would know that she could be tracked, but apparently not.

So, if you’re printing things you shouldn’t be, consider the fact that your boss or the authorities may be able to track you down pretty easily.

~ Cynthia


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10 Responses to “In The News 06-09-2017”

  1. Terry Nichols says:

    The human factor with big trucks is bad enough. A totally automated truck with no person sitting at least in the drivers seat will be a huge disaster. The technology is not even close to being ready: hack the computer in the vehicle, computer in vehicle malfunctions. In my opinion, not a good idea at all.

  2. Jack Yankee says:

    re: self driving trucks
    Yes, I can hardly wait until we have self-driving vehicles. I’m sure the will be much more safe than a person driven vehicle. They will make the roads safe in regards to texting drivers.
    As far as trucks, well, I’d prefer to not eliminate all of the jobs!

  3. Terry France says:

    Not just no, but HELL NO! When I see all the bugs in every form of software that I have worked with, financial, medical, operating systems etc. Not to mention the problems with hardware. Sure our technology has sent men to the moon, but who will spend $500,000.00 for an automobile with this reliability. Add to this the threat of someone hacking into your car, just for fun, and having all the cars on the 5 mile strip of freeway that you drive make a hard left turn at 5:36 pm Friday before the fourth of July.

  4. Robert says:

    re: self driving trucks

    #ell No! Besides putting drivers out of work (and for the record, I don’t know any truckers, personally), a massive vehicle with nearly astronomical momentum at any velocity > 0, without an alert human at the brakes and steering wheel, is far too dangerous to be on the roads with ANY other drivers, at the present stage of computer technology. Our AI systems are flaky, unreliable, too slow at recognizing dangers (such as a child stepping out into the roadway). We’d need at least another hundred years of technological advancement before such systems can be proven safe and effective (at our current rate of advancement). Present electronic devices are not sufficiently well designed and constructed in order to trust lives to them. Ask Disney. In the future, the far future…yes, probably so. But then we’ll need to worry about Skynet and terminators and…

  5. Oldwestman says:

    It has been my experience that the more technical stuff in a vehicle the more stuff can go wrong and sometimes a lot quicker than you think. Our cable co. can’t even assure us constant use and that has been around for a long time, also our electricity gets knocked out every so often when we have storms and sometimes even when we don’t. Over the years I have had problems with electric windows, cruise control(a GM car that would keep gradually accelerating, got me a ticket once for that) automatic tire pressure warnings when a check of the pressure revealed nothing wrong. So no I don’t think that this is wise at all.

  6. Jessie Hawkins says:

    NO – what happens to all the out-of-work truck drivers??

  7. Norman cusuman says:

    Highly dangerous

  8. Jadesqr says:

    Hey folks; anyone who can’t see 1001 advantages to ‘Self-driving Trucks’ has never driven one, long-haul…suggest you think what could be before you go all negative.

  9. Maurie Rose says:

    So, it will be like rail cars. Right? But NOT as safe.

  10. Randy Bowers says:

    Here’s a dumb question for you. If Google trucks don’t have employees and Google store fronts don’t have employees, and the rest of our greedy corporate America follows suit then who will be left employed to buy the things corporate America wants to sell you when their no employee trucks and storefronts take over the world.

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