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Super Commercials; Dangerous Android Apps; Facebook at 15


February 4 · Issue #142 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Super Commercials; Dangerous Android Apps; Facebook at 15

Super Bowled. Let’s face it, the best part of any Super Bowl is the commercials, or at least it used to be when everyone didn’t release all their commercials online before the big game. That’s fine, ruin the real-time excitement, even if there was almost none this year. On the other hand, some of the tech-focused ads were pretty clever, especially, Amazon’s “Not everything makes the cut” Alexa-focused one. Harrison Ford does some of his best work in years. Also, Michelob’s robot one is a personal favorite.
Watch the tech-centric Super Bowl ads from Amazon, Microsoft and others – TechCrunch
Bad apps. I don’t want to say that Apple’s App Store is a safer place to get mobile apps, but this isn’t the first time I’ve heard about a bunch of malicious Android Apps being removed from the Google Play store because the fake apps were stealing consumer data. You might want to check out the list to make sure you weren’t using any of these evil apps.
Google bans slew of malicious Android apps that stole user photos and advertised scams
Manned Space Race. The job of taking NASA’s astronauts to and from the International Space Station has not been in American hands for years. Now, multiple space companies are competing to make their space taxis the Ubers of choice for NASA. SpaceX’s crew dragon is set for an unmanned flight in February and, if all goes well, a manned one in June. Hot on its heels, though, is Boeing. Its CST-100 Starliner should get an unmanned test flight in March, with a manned one planned for August. This is, honestly, my favorite kind of race.
Boeing's Starliner Spacecraft Will Be Ready for 1st Test Flight in March
Facebook’s big birthday. Happy 15th anniversary to Facebook, the social network that’s captured more than a quarter of the world population, connected many of us with friends we haven’t seen in years (and others we hoped never to see again) been used to manipulate elections, been a little sloppy with our data, and has become a daily habit for many of us. This look back at the 15 biggest highlights from “The Facebook’s” history is both accurate and fascinating.
15 Moments That Defined Facebook's First 15 Years | WIRED
Me on TV. If you missed me talking about the rise of AirPods on Cheddar, you can catch the clip right here. You can also find me talking about that nasty Group Facetime bug (Apple’s rolling out a fix next week) on local news right here.
P.S. Super Mario or Superstar Mario?
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