Saturday, November 29, 2014

Things I learned lately - 29 Nov

  • Baby wipes don't break down in the sewage lines like toilet paper does, so they have to be physically removed at the treatment plants.
  • OneDrive by Microsoft may allow you unlimited storage in the cloud with an Office 365 subscription, but so far, you're still limited to a total of 20,000 files. Just sayin'.
  • Vape is the 2014 word of the year.
  • It is possible for a malicious iPhone/iPad app to get installed on your device simply by clicking a malicious (but innocuous looking) link in an email or text message. The most common malicious apps purport to be a game (especially a game that you cannot get legitimately through the app store), but is in fact a malicious version of a program you already have, like GMail. The goal of the malicious software is to upload all of your email to a server online in hopes to extract sensitive information. It is a very bad idea to install any iOS app that you didn't initiate from the official app store.
  • There is now an app, SkinVision, that will tell you if your mole is melanoma with an accuracy of 73%. $4.99
  • The spare tire cover in a Honda CRV is a table with folded legs.
  • Interstellar screenwriter Jonathan Nolan will pen and produce a series for HBO based on Asimov's legendary Foundation trilogy.
  • You can now see where your next bus is in real time and how long before it arrives at your stop on Calgary Transit's web site.
  • There are 1,200,000,000 active cell phones in China. That's 1.2 billion.
  • Britain buys more items per capita on eBay than any other nation.
  • Over 70% of eBay transactions today are via 'buy it now', as opposed to timed auction.
  • In the early 20th century, blue was more associated with girls and pink more with boys.

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