NTSB finds Operator at fault in Self-driving car fatality

excerpted from: engadget

The Tempe Police Department released a 318-page report on the self-driving accident in which an Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian.

The report shows that [the operator] was streaming The Voice the evening of the crash.  “The inward-facing video shows the vehicle operator glancing down toward the center of the vehicle several times before the crash.

Uber’s self-driving tests mandate that a driver must pay attention to the road at all times and drivers are prohibited from using mobile devices when the vehicles are on public roads.

For more see:

Hi-Tech Car Theft Prevention

This home cam in video, shared with the Police, shows how clever car theft has become. One crook waves a repeater around the front door, where he presumes the keys are hung safely within. The repeater sends the keyless entry signal to the a paired device, held near the car door. The car interprets the signal as the arriving owner and unlocks the car.

One solution: An RFID blocking sleeve.

Better still, keep your keys by the nightstand:  the panic/alarm button can serve as a  deterrent to break-in / home invasion.


Cheers (and be safe)



This GMail will self-destruct…


Among the new features coming to a gmail: Self‑destructing emails.




Unfortunately, this feature only works for new messages
(sorry, Dwayne).



Can’t wait to switch? Click the Settings Gear googlesettingsgear  and Select  Try the new Gmail



Related reading:


Unsend GMail

Experiencing an email Doh! moment? New feature in Gmail lets you undo SEND !

UNDO Gmail

Can’t Wait for this new feature? Then don’t!
Click the Settings Geargooglesettingsgear and select Try the new Gmail



Related reading:

Gmail: Snooze

The next series of posts individually highlight at some of the new features of G-Mail. Today’s focus: Snooze

Snooze Gmail

Although by no means a devout follower, I do aspire to the Inbox Zero methodology. G-Mail’s new Snooze option makes it easier to, at least temporarily, cleanse the inbox (and who doesn’t feel better after a good cleanse)

Can’t Wait for this new feature? Then Don’t! To Switch to the new Gmail, Click the Settings Gear


And select Try the Gmail



Related reading:

Coming Soon: the new Gmail

Switch to New Gmail.gif

Google has announced that their new and improved Gmail will start launching in July, hosting a range of new Inbox features, like:

  • Snooze: adds a timer for a message to pop back up later
  • Preview: view attachments (i.e., docs, jpgs) from within the message list
  • Side-Bar: quick access to Google apps (e.g., Calendar, Keep) and 3rd-party Add-ins


In addition, Compose also gets a few new tools:

  • Smart Compose, an IA (intelligent assistant) for sentence completion.
  • Confidential Mode, limits recipient’s print and forward options
  • Message Delete, automatically destroys message after a set time.

But Why Wait?

The new interface becomes  standard in July, with the Google’s customary Opt-in or postpone option. Users who can’t wait can opt-in right now.

To Switch to the new Gmail:

  1. Click the Settings Gear googlesettingsgear at right
  2. Select  Try the Gmail



Related reading:

Shhh…Alexa is listening (and she can’t keep a secret)!

Amazon Echo

We’ve heard about her creepy laugh, but this may be the first reported instance of her tattling on her masters family. In what Amazon calls an “unlikely but possible” string of events one Echo device recorded a family’s private conversation and sent recording to contact.

Apparently, the device interpreted a word in the background conversation as ‘Alexa,’ prompting her to wakeup and take notice. She then it interpreted the ensuing words in the conversation as a send message.

Alexa’s query, ‘To whom? ‘ went unheard among the conversants, and she (Alexa) interpreted a word among in the conversation as the name of a saved family contact. Asking for confirmation (‘ ________, right?’) she interpreted, among the following words, a confirming, ‘right.’

Then did what she believes was told to do.

Amazon’s statement : “As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.

%d bloggers like this: