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Windows 10 Hiccup; Hack Made in China; Fitbit Crime Solver; NYCC
 

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October 8 · Issue #97 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Windows 10 Hiccup; Hack Made in China; Fitbit Crime Solver; NYCC

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Our bad. Remember that Windows 10 update Microsoft started rolling out early last week. Apparently, there was a big, though not necessarily wide-spread, bug in it: It ate user files. That’s just the kind of thing that would make you pick up your computer and throw it into a wall. Microsoft’s recommendation was more along the lines of: Stop using your computer. It also halted the update rollout while it investigated. Now Microsoft says it has a fix for recovering those deleted files. It’s not clear, though, when they’ll start sending out a safe update to additional Windows 10 users.
Microsoft promises to recover files deleted by Windows 10 update bug Microsoft promises to recover files deleted by Windows 10 update bug
Made in Conspiracy. Pick up any tech gadget, flip it over and you will probably find “Made in China.” It’s the cheapest and most efficient way to mass-produce goods for U.S. consumers. Now, however, that U.S, company/China design/manufacture relationship is facing fresh scrutiny. A new, detailed report alleges that an arm of the Chinese government may have coerced some manufacturers into embedding what is essentially a spy chip in U.S.-bound server boards. The report has skeptics, but after reading it, I have some real and, I think, reasonable concerns.
Can We Ever Trust Chinese Manufacturers Again? – Lance Ulanoff – Medium Can We Ever Trust Chinese Manufacturers Again? – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Digital Witness. A rather gruesome murder is reminding us that technology is making it harder and harder to hide from the truth. When a 67-year-old San Jose woman was discovered dead in her home of an apparent suicide, the Fitbit she was wearing and the data it collected about her heart-rate helped investigators identify a different, possible scenario. This isn’t the first time technology has been used to solve a crime and it surely won’t be the last.
Police Use Fitbit Data to Charge 90-Year-Old Man in Stepdaughter’s Killing - The New York Times Police Use Fitbit Data to Charge 90-Year-Old Man in Stepdaughter’s Killing - The New York Times
NYCC. I spent a couple of days wandering the floor of New York Comic Con. I saw some amazing cosplay, incredible comic book art, and even a bit of cool and fun technology.
Inside @audible_com’s Harry Potter: A Pensieve Experience at New York Comic Con Inside @audible_com’s Harry Potter: A Pensieve Experience at New York Comic Con
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