Tech News Today

May 19th 2017

Tech News Today 1772

Twitter Thinks I'm a Dude

Geek Squad snitches
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Researchers have found a fix to unlock computers infected with Wannacry, the week old ransomware that has affected systems all over the world. The tool called wannakiwi allows you to avoid paying the bitcoin ransom, but only if you're running Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 2003 AND if you haven't rebooted your PC since the attack.

Noted leaker Evan Blass of EvLeaks says on VentureBeat that he's obtained photos of the newest Surface Pro, ahead of its rumored launch in Shanghai next week. The photos don't show a total redesign, which we'd already heard from Paul Thurott's sources. The device will allegedly be called The Surface Pro (not the Surface Pro 5).

According to an interview with Bloomberg, Uber will soon begin charging people what their algorithm thinks that people are willing to pay. The new policy doesn't mean drivers will get paid more, but it does mean you might get charged more if you're traveling from or to a place that makes you look like a rich person.

We also discuss why Geek Squad will report you to the police, how Microsoft might be stockpiling patches, and why Twitter thinks I'm a dude. Plus, Jason sits down with Google execs to discuss why everyone is excited about the newest Android programming language called Kotlin.

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