It’s been a sad week in the tech world has two unconventional geniuses died. Meanwhile new releases are coming, and YouTube continues to disappoint content creators.
Learn more about what happened this week in tech with the top technology stories of March 11-17.
By David Kaiser, The New Yorker
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking died March 14, 2018. His AI-controlled chair, however, will live on and continue teaching man how to understand the world around him.
by Bradley Wint, Try Modern
Although one-percenters like Logan/Jake Paul and PewDiePie make it look easy, the reality is that 96% of YouTubers make less than 12k a year from the service. Many of the lowest paid were recently removed after a February 2018 update to the terms of services. Low payout rates in a congested market continue to plague even those with millions of views.
by Areej, TechQuila
Facing global graphics card shortages, the media is intensely focused on Nvidia and AMD. Now AMD’s processor benchmarks are leaking with the next-gen Ryzen line looking fast. Check out the full specs at Techquila.
by Louise Matsakis, Wired
Adrian Lamo, a famed hacker probably best known for turning Chelsea Manning into authorities, died this week. His father announced the news on the 2600 Hacker Quarterly Facebook group he administered at one point. In the early 2000s, he rose to notoriety hacking Yahoo!, AOL, and the New York Times. A divisive figure, Lamo could often be found interacting on Internet forums like Quora and Facebook.
by Leslie Katz, CNet
Due to be released on the market in 2019, the Boeing MAX 7 completed its first successful test flight this week. It has a range of 3,850 nautical miles, making it the longest-range MAX plane yet. The original 737 was released 40 years ago, and this new model is a marked improvement from those days.
by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica
The Treasury Department sanctioned the Russian Federation for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Meanwhile the Department of Homeland Security warns of Russian-related cyber activity aimed at the U.S. government and infrastructure. With today’s advanced botnet and AI threats, it’s only a matter of time before our nation’s cybersecurity is put to the ultimate test.
North Carolina Police Issued Sweeping Warrants to Search Data On All Google Devices Near Murder Scene
by Sidney Fussell, Gizmodo
Raleigh, NC police served Google at least four sweeping search warrants in 2017. This involved gathering all anonymized location data on users within areas surrounding crime scenes. The warrants follow a template, though Google declined to say whether it released any data. Still, the EFF and ACLU are alarmed by the scope of the warrants themselves.