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Boston Dynamics Promises Not to Make a Robocop

Boston Dynamics has been making robots for years. Backed by the government in the DARPA projects... they've built a number of prototype robots, humanoid and canine style. If you've watched more than a half dozen clips of real robots, you've probably seen one. Boston...

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Social Media Company Liability Draws Supreme Court Scrutiny

Facebook, Twitter, and the rest may yet be held accountable for the postings on the networks. They have been granted major immunity for their actions, and they try to have it both ways. The ongoing journey of if they can censor on one side, goes against their...

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Elon Musk accuses Twitter of refusing renewed offer

In an ongoing strange process... Elon Musk offered again to meet his offer to buy Twitter. Twitter turned around and said no... but it continuing to sue him to force him to buy at his original offer. Clarifying... he said Yes, and they said no, but they'll sue him to...

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Amazon Fall 2022 Hardware Event: Everything Announced – IGN

Amazon Fall 2022 Hardware Event: Everything Announced – IGN

Amazon announced some cool items... not enough for me to spend a segment on, but here goes. Kindle Scribe, a Kindle reader with a pen for making notes, lists, and more, moving into the realm of the iPad, but cheaper after the pen. Halo Rise is a sleep monitor, smart...

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Apple to make iPhone 14 in India in shift away from China

Apple has long designed their iPhone in the US, but then made it in China. But with recent experiences in disruptions due to COVID, and the political strife between the US and China, Apple is looking to move to India. Some of the iPhone 14s are said to be coming from...

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San Francisco passes controversial surveillance plan

San Francisco passes controversial surveillance plan

Going to California? Left your heart in San Francisco? Well, the cops can now access private security cameras city wide, without a warrant, so long as the camera's owner allows it. OK, there's a few limitations, like life-threatening emergency, or how to deploy...

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Royal Websites Were Ready For Queen Elizabeth’s Death

Websites are frequently updated with news quickly, but none with more planning and sorrow, than the passing of a great figure. It should be no surprise that the passing of Queen Elizabeth at 96, resulted in a very well orchestrated update of the many sites affiliated...

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Twitter starts testing ability to edit tweets

Twitter starts testing ability to edit tweets

The ability to clean up our sent messages started many years ago with email. It's only recently that iOS (16) allowed you to recall a message, Teams to edit sent messages, and so forth. Twitter is also testing out the same feature, after a certain tweet happy...

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Apple Events – Apple

Apple Events – Apple

Another event is right around the corner. Traditionally, this is the big iPhone event, and usually watches, but anything else can happen. Keith will be on hand the following show, September 10th, to boil it all down, and tell us what was great and what grated. We'll...

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Twitter’s security alarm

Twitter’s security alarm

It was not long after the Twitter whistleblower came forward, that media sources everywhere started screaming in Twitter's defense. Yep, the counter claim is that security problems are everywhere and this isn't a big deal. Of course, it is a big deal, as Twitter has...

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Streaming Tops Cable-TV Viewing for the First Time – WSJ

I predicted this just weeks ago... OK, it was easy to predict... Streaming beat out Cable TV for the first time in July. No surprise, and cable has to be prepared. Some of us have cut the cord, and when finances are tight, we may have more of us doing that. I get...

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Teens have abandoned Facebook, Pew study says

In just over five years, Facebook has fallen from grace with teenagers. Only about 32% of them are interested in Facebook these days. Most of them are on YouTube (95%), TikTok (67%), Instagram (62%), and Snapchat (59%). The youth world plummets after that, with the...

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Amazon to buy Roomba maker iRobot

Amazon to buy Roomba maker iRobot

Amazon, probably one of the largest sellers of Roomba, has decided they will vacuum up the company for $1.7 Billion. This is after iRobot, the main corporation, cleaned house of about 10% of their employees. Still, Amazon has also cleaned up each year at Prime Day for...

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Russia to pull out of International Space Station after 2024

Russia to pull out of International Space Station after 2024

As we head to the moon, strained relations between Russia and the US is leading the Russians towards leaving the ISS in a couple of years, and building their own station. There are going to be questions as to what happens next with the ISS, as Russia has been a key...

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Streaming now makes up a third of U.S. TV consumption

We are nearing a milestone that could happen within months... Streaming is now 1/3rd of all television viewing. That's a major deal, as cable itself, the usual medium for delivering the internet to our homes, is about to be surpassed. Broadcast is dropping as people...

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Snap earnings Q2 2022

Snap earnings Q2 2022

And while Netflix was enjoying life, a Snap happened at Snap(chat)... Their announced 2nd quarter results were lackluster, resulting in a one day stock drop of 25%. This places them down 2/3rds over the year. Oddly enough, Netflix announced loses of a million...

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Netflix (NFLX) earnings Q2 2022

Netflix (NFLX) earnings Q2 2022

In the leadup to this week, the scary thought was that Netflix would have lost 2 million customers. Their quarterly report was exciting, however. The amazingly good news was less than a million. Now, that sounds like bad news, but when people are dialing back,...

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FCC chair seeks to raise national broadband standard

FCC chair seeks to raise national broadband standard

The FCC may be looking to increase the definition of broadband. Broadband has been loosely defined as what we need as people to survive on the Internet. The tech definision has been 25 megabit downloads, with 3 megabit uploads for 7 years. Now, this is a service level...

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Amazon Prime subscribers get a year of Grubhub Plus for free

Amazon Prime subscribers get a year of Grubhub Plus for free

Interestingly, Amazon announced something new in the leadup to Prime Day. Amazon Prime is getting into the food delivery game by leveraging a deal with GrubHub. Now, you'll pay nothing for a year, but after that, you'll pay the usual fee of $9.99 a month for the...

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Why China’s BYD is a threat to Tesla’s EV dominance

Why China’s BYD is a threat to Tesla’s EV dominance

Tesla is no longer the largest worldwide maker of electrified vehicles. China has an automaker called BYD, which admittedly sells about half electric, and half plug-in hybrid cars. Also, being part of communist China, they can build endless cars with cheap labor,...

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Inventor of world’s first cellphone: Put down your devices

Inventor of world’s first cellphone: Put down your devices

Years ago, on Saturday Night Live, a famous skit with William Shatner telling Trekkies to "get a life" was hilarious. Little would I have expected that years later, a serious plea from a real nerd, Martin Cooper, who is considered the inventor of the world's first...

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FBI names ‘Cryptoqueen’ to Ten Most Wanted list

FBI names ‘Cryptoqueen’ to Ten Most Wanted list

Ruja Ignatova, who has been called 'Cryptoqueen', is now on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List. She's bilked people for over $4 Billion in a cryptocurrency scam called OneCoin. Frankly, the reward is one of the cheapest ones for someone this heinous, at $100,000. Someone...

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Apple plans to let you pay for gas using CarPlay

CarPlay will be mentioned in Keith's segment this week, but it's interesting that Apple just announced that you might soon be able to pay for your gas using... Apple CarPlay. There's more details coming but it'll be interesting to see this shift where Apple is...

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The FDA is reportedly set to ban Juul e-cigarettes

Tobacco usage goes back through millenia. While there's problems with cancer, brain development, and more, it seems that the tech version, via Juul, is under fire. Apparently, as of Wednesday this week, the FDA was looking to pull the entire brand from the market. The...

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Celsius freeze puts users with money in tough spot

Celsius freeze puts users with money in tough spot

Another cryptocurrency went into tailspin. Celcius ironically froze all withdrawals and transactions. It's a bizarre strange mess of shifting crypto-dollars around and they are continuing to profit... not the users, but Celcius themselves.. It was already under fire...

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