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Wisconsin Senate to legalize taking selfies with ballot

Wisconsin Senate to legalize taking selfies with ballot

I don't want anyone to know my vote. It's not party line, not left or right, and sometimes eclectic. In a day and age where politics are a battleground, why would anyone want to take a selfie while voting? And yet, in Wisconsin, they are encouraging it with a new...

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Spotify launches playlists for dogs left home alone

What to make of this? I'm not a pet owner, but I never considered playing music for animals as being a thing. Apparently I'm in the minority, however, as 74% of UK pet owners play tunes for their terriers. Additional parts of the playlist include various voice items...

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Robots out of work as automated businesses close in Bay Area

Robots out of work as automated businesses close in Bay Area

A few weeks back, an announcement about a new robot pizza making wonder, and now another set of robots are out of business. Other robots in the automated market are also having problems. If you're on the unemployment line, and you see one of these metal machines,...

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TESS Discovers Its 1st Planet Orbiting 2 Stars | NASA

TESS Discovers Its 1st Planet Orbiting 2 Stars | NASA

Serious kudos and praise to Wolf, a year old intern at NASA, who discovered a planet. He studied some data pertaining to a binary star system and determined that additional information indicated something more than just two stars. After being double checked and more,...

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Build a working Apple I with the new SmartyKit

Build a working Apple I with the new SmartyKit

It sounds intriguing, but I'm not fully sold. The output for the monitor is baseband video, keyboard is a PS/2, neither are current standards, and other oddities make this more of a kit computer than an Apple. Still cool and interesting, and it will generate interest...

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Nearly the whole US military has banned TikTok | Engadget

Some may be freaked out by TikTok not being allowed by the military. Not me. Why? TikTok is owned by Beijing based ByteDance, but is not available in China. So, if you want to use something nefarious, a poison, perhaps, you don't put it in the dish of your friends....

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Twitter’s shadow-banning practices are now official

Twitter’s shadow-banning practices are now official

Previously unofficial, the idea of limiting speech was sometimes even denied. Now encapsulated into Twitter's EULA, this practice can just continue along and Twitter can say "we do what we want". In some countries, press is run by the dictator, and opponents are...

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Twitter to test limiting replies to tackle online abuse

Twitter to test limiting replies to tackle online abuse

In the latest twist on free speech and communication, Twitter is now preparing to offer control over who can reply to you. Now in some ways that's fine, but we can't have a discourse if we shut down all those who disagree with us. When we shut down and shut out all...

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Facebook again declines to limit political ad targeting

Facebook again declines to limit political ad targeting

"How do you know a politician is lying? His lips are moving." - Facebook declining to fact-check political ads is actually a good move. Why? Because the bias involved with modern "fact-checking" is overwhelming. Targeting ads? Again, no problem, as that's already done...

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Everything You Need to Know About the CCPA | WIRED

The California Consumer Privacy Act is coming. Now it may not affect a whole lot of us, but it's the first American equivalent to the EU's GDPR. It'll be interesting to see how Big Tech responds to this. Many websites will now show a new pop-up to California internet...

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Mars 2020 rover to seek ancient life, prepare human missions

Mars 2020 rover to seek ancient life, prepare human missions

Mars missions should not be a surprise to us. This rover being sent to Mars is a precursor to a human mission, and while we don't have timing yet, I'm quite sure that we'll see something soon. Exciting excerpts talk about creating oxygen (needed for living and...

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Drones Need Tracking Network for Expanded Flights, FAA Says

With the FAA deciding they need to track all of these small little drones, I think we'll find that the future of our drone usage will become stifled. Fortunately, it's government, and predictions of 3 years to implement seem to be short in my opinion.The long-awaited...

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Russia checks its internet can work if cut off from …

Hey, does this work if I unplug it? Russia checked to see if they could run their segments of the internet, if cut off from the rest of the world. Given that one basic premise is self-healing, and finding new routes, I'm curious to see if they actually were able to...

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Apple, Google, Amazon, Zigbee partner on smart home

Apple, Google, Amazon, Zigbee partner on smart home

In a new twist, your options for smarthome's may become far more, just through a little change. The new standard "Project Connected Home over IP" could eliminate many of the headaches involved in determining what products are best for you and your home. I've been...

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Facebook says it can locate users who opt out of tracking

Facebook says it can locate users who opt out of tracking

This is something that has been around for a long time, but Facebook has finally admitted that they do track IP addresses, photo tags, and check-in's to determine and link a person to their device and location. This is something where even if you opt-out, you can be...

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Robot can make 300 pizzas an hour | FOX 5 New York

Robot can make 300 pizzas an hour | FOX 5 New York

The pace of this pizza maker is amazing at 300 custom pies per hour. The 300 burger a day flipper is an amateur, considering when I flipped burgers for McD's back in the 80's, I was flipping about an hour during lunch. The biggest question is how much is automated vs...

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FCC Approves A New 3-Digit Suicide Hotline | HuffPost

I'm applauding our FCC and government setting up a new suicide hotline number that's universal. Just by dialing 988, one can get help with whatever crisis they may be going through. People on both sides of the political spectrum are applauding this, and I don't blame...

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Samuel L. Jackson has arrived on Alexa devices | Engadget

If you're still not creeped out by all of the different devices eavesdropping on you, perhaps you might enjoy a conversation with Samuel L. Jackson... AS THE VOICE OF YOUR DEVICE. Of course, I'm concerned about how family unfriendly that might get... The spirit of...

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Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments

Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments

A bit racier than normal, but it turns out that everyone is not only listening to you normally, but also during some of your more private moments in life... with your spouse. The scariest line from the article... "no clips were too private". Makes you kinda think...

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Toys ‘R’ Us Opens First New Store With a Bizarre Catch

Toys "R" US return appears to be in name only, with a creepy new approach... the store is watching you, learning what you like, and treating you as the product. This strange idea of leasing space, and then pushing the purchase through Target is also odd, and I'm sure...

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China introduces mandatory face scans for phone users

The claim of China, is that by tracking the real-name of every phone user, they are "safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of citizens online". Of course, the usage of this technology to track protesters is not occurring. China would never resort to the old...

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Google co-founders step down as execs of parent Alphabet

Google co-founders step down as execs of parent Alphabet

I've pondered about the restraint of Google for years. What started out years ago, as a simple premise, a search engine without ads and a motto of "Don't Be Evil", now has it's two leaders stepping down. In my never so humble opinion, it's way too late, as those...

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Uber will reportedly audio-record rides for safety – CNET

In what will eventually become a built-in tool to protect themselves, Uber has started a voluntary audio recording of your ride. Eventually this may become an obscure option to turn off, and then disappear from view, as we add one more intrusion into our privacy. I...

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Netflix is making ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’ | TechCrunch

Netflix is making ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’ | TechCrunch

Years ago, Eddie Murphy was on top of the world with Beverly Hills Cop, then the sequel. But it all went sour with the third movie. Netflix, however, thinks they can bring this franchise back from the very dead. Netflix has turned a lot of interesting items into gold,...

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Netflix and Nickelodeon team up to take on Disney+ | Engadget

Amazing developments as Netflix finds a replacement for Disney, who went off and developed their own competitor. It will likely appeal to many parents who are looking to entertain their younger ones. The article does point out that CBS own's Nickelodeon, and at odds...

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‘I’m A Deaf DJ’: The Story Of Nico DiMarco | WAMU

‘I’m A Deaf DJ’: The Story Of Nico DiMarco | WAMU

An amazing item to think about, a DJ who feels the music, instead of listening. An interesting companion piece to our discussion in Hour 2 with Steve Keske.Meet a Washingtonian using his love of music to help others "visualize a future without limits." See full story...

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Ava – Communicate Beyond Barriers

An interesting tool that Steve Keske will be talking about during the second hour of Computer Talk Radio, this week. I feel strongly about this, so I'm putting it into our news feed as well. (We were not paid for this!)Accessible conversations for the deaf &...

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Put down that phone! Indonesians invent device to aid …

An interesting device that 's worn as a wristwatch to break your addiction to smartphones. Perhaps it works, and perhaps not, but at this point, we need to be expending far more efforts into stemming the continued usage of digital heroin. It doesn't help that there...

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Study finds biased hospital algorithm favors white patients

Garbage in, garbage out. If someone writes a bad formula, then problems can happen. This one determined health based on how much was spent for medical care. One has to wonder, however, how this formula specifically resulted in being biased against blacks. A new...

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Apple resumes human reviews of Siri audio with iPhone update

Apple resumes human reviews of Siri audio with iPhone update

Remember just a few months ago when everyone said that they were stopping human reviews of audio commands and dictation? I said then, that they would come back soon enough under the guise of improvement. Guess what...Apple is resuming the use of humans to review Siri...

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