Calling a phone number manned by an automated operator can drive a person crazy. Usually the voice on the other end of the line lists your options at the pace of this stoner Neil deGrasse Tyson video.
Here’s a sly way to forgo that excruciating introduction and get straight to it:
1. Say you’re calling a friend at his company and that phone number is 234-5678. Your friend’s extension is 9101. Enter in the generic number for the office.
2. Hold your finger on the * button until a comma appears. This is known in telephone-speak as a “pause.”
3. Enter the extension, and then tap the call button.
The comma you entered will instruct your iPhone to first call the main number, pause until the other line picks up, and then dial the extension. Meaning you won’t have to listen to a robot voice’s useless list of options.
In sum, do this:
And that’s that! Adios, robotic operator.
By Molly Mulshine, BetaBeat
That? Oh, that’s just a mosquito, now tell me more about your top secret project.
Drones are incredibly versatile, able to do everything from delivering beer to, er, killing innocent people :(. And now, hackers have developed a new skill for the flying robots — and it’s definitely on the disconcerting end of the drone use spectrum.
Hackers have developed a drone that can steal information from smartphones, CNNMoney reports. It’s being tested in London, and research on the drones’ functionality will be presented at the Black Hat Asia cybersecurity conference in Singapore next week.
The drone’s technology is called Snoopy, which sounds innocuous and is anything but. It looks for mobile devices with WiFi functions turned on, then sends out a signal pretending to be a WiFi network the smartphone is familiar with. Snoopy can then intercept all of the phone’s messages.
Snoopy can access browser history, credit card information data, usernames and passwords, CNNMoney reports. In less than one hour of flying the drone, a CNNMoney reporter obtained network names and GPS coordinates for 150 mobile devices.
Shut off your WiFi connection, and the technology won’t be able to snoop your information.
The hacks, while “creepy,” could be helpful for law enforcement, CNNMoney reports. But we can’t help thinking of that too-true Orwellian saw: “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Granting this ability to a cop with anything less than Serpico-like levels of incorruptibility would be a pretty terrible idea.
The Dallas Stars say Rich Peverley has undergone successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, just more than a week after the forward collapsed on the bench during a game.
Stars general manager Jim Nill says Peverley was released from the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday, a day after surgery.
Peverley is expected to return Thursday to Dallas. He will be monitored closely and may require further treatment.
The 31-year-old Peverley chose for less invasive treatment after an irregular heartbeat was diagnosed during training camp.
Nill says there is “no decision being made at this time” on if Peverley will play hockey again. He is out this season.
Peverley collapsed during the first period March 11 against Columbus. The game was postponed and will be made up April 9.