KnowTechie Weekly Download: Issue #7

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  • 📰 News: Elon Musk pulls a coward’s card, Zoom goes back and forth on whether to spy on you or not, and Disney+ prices going up.

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🔗 Top stories of the week 🔗

Disney Plus price hikes and password crackdowns are coming

Disney's pulling a fast one on us. Starting in October 2023, they're jacking up the prices for the ad-free versions of their streaming services. That’s Disney+ and Hulu, even ESPN+ and Hulu's live TV.

Why it matters: They're trying to herd more viewers to their ad-supported versions. Double the revenue streams, double the fun, right? Well, not for us!

Zuckerberg vs. Elon Musk – literal cage match

🥊 Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are supposedly strapping on their gloves for a charity cage match. But now, Musk's suddenly saying he might need surgery before the showdown. Convenient, huh? Smells like someone's looking for a get-out-of-cage-free card. Meanwhile, Zuck's all pumped and ready to rumble.

Why it matters: If this fight actually goes down, it'll be streamed on Musk's platform, X, with all the cash going to veterans' charities. UFC's top dog, Dana White, reckons this could rake in hundreds of millions.

Further development: After new fight claims from Musk, Zuckerberg warns “anything” Musk says hasn't been agreed on; Musk also said surgery will prevent him from fighting for months

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What is the name of the algorithm used by Google for ranking web pages in their search engine results?

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Last week’s question: What was the first computer virus called?

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ILOVEYOU (65)

⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Elk Cloner (14)

🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Creeper (9)

⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Brain (0)

Correct Answer: Creeper 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️. Whoa, you guys totally whiffed on this one! 89 READERS step up to the plate, but most of you swung and missed guessing ILOVEYOU.

"Creeper" was developed by Bob Thomas at BBN Technologies in 1971. Creeper was an experimental self-replicating program that was not designed to harm but to demonstrate a mobile application. It's worth noting that the term "virus" wasn't coined until later. The Creeper virus was designed to move across a network, leaving a trail message "I'm the creeper, catch me if you can!"

Better luck next time.

🎧 Weekly Gear

Apple Beats Studio Pro New Banded Headphones

Finding the perfect pair of headphones can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Well, the haystack just got a little bit bigger with the release of the Beats Studio Pro headphones.

These wireless noise-canceling headphones from Apple’s Beats brand are causing quite a stir in the tech community, with some hailing them as the next big thing and others remaining skeptical. But are they worth the $350 investment? Dive into the symphony of reviews and see what the experts are saying.

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🛠️ Top Tool Finds This Week

Simple Phones answer your calls using AI

PhotoAI creates beautiful photos without a camera

PodcastGPT: Get a podcast's key takeaways in seconds

Wordtune helps you find the right words to put in your sentences

Gamma: Presenting ideas as it creates the most engaging, eye-catching forms of templates. (link)

Modify: Collaborative, AI-native design & image-making platform

Recast: Turn your reading list into bite-sized audio summaries

Magic Studio: A magic wand for your pictures

Picogen: Provides you with Midjourney, DALLE-2, and Stable Diffusion all in one place


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