The Weekly Hash - August 31, 2012

A review of some of the top tech stories for the past week, with tongue planted firmly somewhere near cheek.

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Earlier this week the manual Apple uses to train its in-store Geniuses was leaked. In a total coincidence, today Samsung released the manual they use to train their in-store Smart People.

The city of Oakland, California says that AT&T cell towers are interfering with police radio communications. In response, AT&T has partially disabled service at 16 cell towers around Oakland Dunkin’ Donuts.

File-sharing utility Dropbox began offering two-factor authentication this week. I don’t want to say that two-factor authentication is getting out of hand, but now my mom won’t take my calls until a return a four-digit security code that she texts me.

The platform officially adopted by the Republican party this week calls for a more aggressive cybersecurity policy in order to prevent “the cyber equivalent of Pearl Harbor". It’s the first time that either party has had a platform plank focusing on the prevention of future Ben Affleck WWII movies.

Everybody have a great holiday weekend and remember: no using your white smartphone after Labor Day.

 

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