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New Facebook Bug; BlackBerry is Back; Mars Life; Indie Gamer Guru
 

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June 8 · Issue #50 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

New Facebook Bug; BlackBerry is Back; Mars Life; Indie Gamer Guru

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Come on, Facebook. 19 million Facebook users may want to prepare some apologies and check their privacy settings after a bug on the social network somehow set their private posts to public. All those things you shared just with your family, friends and besties, someone else might be reading and seeing them, too. Oof. (At least it wasn’t our DNA) Facebook fixed the bug and, theoretically, all should be good now, but dear G*d, what is up with Facebook’s 2018? Just before this it was trying to explain how and why it shared data with third-party hardware companies (locally, meaning, on-device-only) and, before that, well, you know the rest.  I’m betting Zuckerberg already wants a 2018 do over. 
Facebook bug made private posts of 14 million users public Facebook bug made private posts of 14 million users public
In a key of keyboard. Remember your old BlackBerry and its wondrous keyboard? I remember thinking I couldn’t live without it, until the iPhone showed me I could. BlackBerry almost faded to black, but the manufacturer is now alive and well. And by well, I mean it has a tiny piece of the handset market (and a lot of love in business) and is still making awesome keyboard-sporting handsets. Now, however, they look like slab/BlackBerry hybrids. The latest, the BlackBerry Key2, is thin, light, grippy, has a nice 4.5-inch HD touch screen and, right below that, a classic-style BB keyboard. I spent some time with it and came away generally impressed, not counting my typing skills.
BlackBerry KEY2 reveals my keyboard amnesia – Lance Ulanoff – Medium BlackBerry KEY2 reveals my keyboard amnesia – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Moto wow. For a slightly more traditional Android 8.1 handset, you could go with the new Moto Z3 Play. Strike that. This 6-inch handset isn’t exactly old-school. The Moto Z3 Play, like its predecessor, works with a dizzying array of snap on mods. They’re thickish slabs that attach to the back of the phone and add features like extra battery, a high-end camera, speakers, a projector, Alexa and more. I took a close look at the new mid-range device and thought it was pretty, pretty cool.
Hands on Motorola’s Moto Z3 Play: Brighter, bolder, cooler
Life. NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover has been examining and digging into the red planet for years and now, finally, it’s found…something that could maybe, possibly, be the building blocks of life, more specifically, carbon molecules. No, no actual life or aliens, but this is the first time NASA has discovered real evidence that there could have been life on Mars and, maybe, that it could someday support life again. For space nerds and those wondering if we’ll ever become off-worlders, this is big news.
NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds Chemical Building Blocks For Life On Mars : NPR
Behind the gamers is a gamer. I met an interesting Russian a few weeks ago (no, this is not a politics story). His company helps little independent game companies make money and get big. Yes, he’s even worked with the Fortnite guys.
This gamer nerd runs the company you never heard of behind your favorite indie games This gamer nerd runs the company you never heard of behind your favorite indie games
Fly me. The Flyer, the recreational flying car from Google’s Larry Page is off the drawing board and in the air. Page and co. have started offering test flights to a few lucky (and brave) folks. You don’t need a pilot’s license because it flies so slow and low. I’m ready to take a test flight. How about you?
How Kitty Hawk's 'flying car' vehicle Flyer works: PHOTOS - Business Insider
How Kitty Hawk's 'flying car' vehicle Flyer works: PHOTOS - Business Insider
Programming Note: I’ll be on Live with Kelly and Ryan on June 12 with some awesome Father’s Day gift ideas. Tune in!
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