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Uber lays off about 350 across multiple divisions

Uber lays off about 350 across multiple divisions

When I heard about this layoff, the same thing probably went through your mind... "Uber is on the rocks!" The reality is that sometimes companies do some trimming, and this little trim was 1.5%. This may be the third round, but between the three it isn't even 5%. Most...

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EU court: Facebook can be forced to remove content worldwide

EU court: Facebook can be forced to remove content worldwide

In a scary turn, Facebook might now have to take down content in the United States, that China finds offensive. Imagine no more content about Tibet or Taiwan. Imagine no more content about China's one-child-policy. No more content about China's child workers. No more...

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Bugs and Self-Driving Cars | LIDAR Cleaning System

Bugs and Self-Driving Cars | LIDAR Cleaning System

When we talk about bugs and self driving cars, some think software. It's interesting how we have all changed our minds to no longer think about insects going splat on the cameras that protect us from Volkswagen Bugs driving into our path. A nice article on how Ford...

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Is the Mac Pro Overpriced Compared to a PC?

Is the Mac Pro Overpriced Compared to a PC?

This is more of an Editorial than news, but still was a nice read. Yes, Keith would start arguing many points against this, about one-stop shop, the Mac OS, support nationwide, and other nuances. The reality is that the hardware that is served up by Apple is far more...

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Facebook will begin hiding likes on Friday – CNET

The like button, which started as just the one, then moved to a limited series of faces as well, may be on it's way out. Facebook is taking it away from the folks in Australia, seeing if that will "remove the pressure of how many likes a post will receive". Perhaps it...

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Amazon Echo Frames: Hands-on first impressions | PCWorld

Amazon Echo Frames: Hands-on first impressions | PCWorld

Alexa, what time is it? You're not speaking to a device across the room, or in your hand, but your glasses. While it doesn't have a display, it also doesn't have a camera, something that freaked people out about Google Glass. Another nice approach is that this is in a...

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Facebook unveils virtual social space for its Oculus users

Facebook unveils virtual social space for its Oculus users

The idea of a 3 dimensional building area, similar to minecraft, but additionally with a social media interaction element is both intriguing, but also quite farther than I'd expected Facebook to announce at this point. This is something like Google's "Moon Shots"...

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Best Buy sees growth in health care technology for elderly

Best Buy sees growth in health care technology for elderly

This is a smart move by Best Buy. The technology segment for elderly is climbing fast, and if they also roll this out through the Geek Squad, this may save Best Buy from following Circuit City. Few can be relied upon to deliver upon the custom service aspect of...

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McDonald’s enlists Alexa and Google to help with its hiring

The quote from the article just gets creepy. "Alexa, help me get a job at McDonald’s" is the last thing I would think anyone would be asking their in-house eavesdropper. Still, considering that 2 million people work for what was originally a small little burger stand...

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Windows 10: What to expect in the next two releases | PCWorld

Windows 10: What to expect in the next two releases | PCWorld

The next release of Windows 10 is right around the corner. It's minor in comparison to previous releases, and this article has the details if you're interested. A recent notice advises that this is precisely what will be in the release and nothing more. It will arrive...

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Is it unethical to upgrade your iPhone?

Is it unethical to upgrade your iPhone?

An interesting read on the environmental cost, but also the cost of our souls to an addiction that won't allow itself to be quenched. I'm not sure about the ethics and morals, but perhaps it's just plain wisdom or lack thereof? I may upgrade my own phone, but only...

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Mozilla, Creative Commons want to create an ad-free internet

Mozilla, Creative Commons want to create an ad-free internet

The web has been running with ads for a very long time, almost as far back as the beginning. As soon as enough people were viewing information on how to buy something, the web started to take off. In 1995, I created one of the first 100,000 websites, and it was to...

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The New Ways Your Boss Is Spying on You – WSJ

The New Ways Your Boss Is Spying on You – WSJ

It's quite an interesting thought that your company may be spying on you all of the time. In part to see if you're looking to leave the company, in part to see if you're still the right fit, and more. I'm an advocate for both sides using restraint, both the company...

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Compare Apple iPhone 11 series | Gadgets Now

Want to know how the Apple iPhone series all stack up against each other?  I wanted to know too, so I found a site that had them all side-by-side.  Screens differ a little, and the battery life will be better due to OLED screens.  The camera situation will be neat,...

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Bugatti Chiron Passes 300 MPH, Sets New World Record

Bugatti Chiron Passes 300 MPH, Sets New World Record

The technology required to make a car go 304.77 mph is amazingly interesting. It's a mix of nerd disciplines that includes a long fascination with cars. Bugatti has been on top of the speed world for a long time, and this milestone is exciting. It comes with a sad...

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Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino – CNET

Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino – CNET

Don't read into anything about what may be coming at the Sept 10th event. Over the years, they have switched things up, not talked about expected things, and have also brought up unexpected things. Know that the Saturday after Sept 10th, we at Computer Talk Radio will...

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Uber And Lyft Take A Lot More From Drivers Than They Say

Uber And Lyft Take A Lot More From Drivers Than They Say

This is another long read. Key takeaway is that Uber and Lyft are making a mint off of some rides, far more than one might find reasonable. One driver accepted a ride with a stop, found out it was for the folks to eat at Taco Bell... while he sat in his car. Overall,...

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The fantasy of being disconnected – CNET

A fascinating read about a similar journalist, who has to deal with minimal unplugging from technology and life. An overactive world is hard to break away from. See full story on The fantasy of being disconnected - CNETFound at www.cnet.com

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Silicon Valley’s Chinese-style social credit system

This interesting article covers some scary ways about how the social media credit system is already here, affecting us, spying on us, and punishing us for something we may post online. We say it's fair when catching people cheating the system, like the guy with the...

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A ‘Fact Checker’ Declares War On Satire – WSJ

A ‘Fact Checker’ Declares War On Satire – WSJ

I will likely cover this in the future. The Babylon Bee is hysterical satire, and for Snopes and other fact checkers to continually miss the point is outrageous. A movie called Equilibrium, starring Christian Bale, William Fichtner, Taye Diggs, and a few others,...

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No, Instagram Isn’t Changing its Privacy Policy | Time

No, Instagram Isn’t Changing its Privacy Policy | Time

This hoax has been served up in a number of ways over the years. Just disregard and move on...A viral Instagram post warning of a change to the site's privacy policy is a hoax. But it underscores our fears about online privacy. See full story on No, Instagram Isn't...

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Bringing robots home eases loneliness – The Japan News

Bringing robots home eases loneliness – The Japan News

An interesting idea, that as we get older, we will be connected to robots for companionship. Perhaps this is something, if in a limited form, that one might accept. The prices are a bit step, at about $200 for install, and $50 a month, but this is early yet. Still, it...

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Ransomware Attack Hits Local Governments In Texas | KUT

Ransomware Attack Hits Local Governments In Texas | KUT

So it wasn't long ago, perhaps a month or so, when Florida had some cities hit by ransomware. At that time, I stated on-air, and in my notes, that by paying somewhere about $1.5 million across three cities, they would bring more attacks. At least 20 local governments...

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What3words: The app that can save your life – BBC News

What3words: The app that can save your life – BBC News

Exists.Standing.Fighters ... Those three words point to the studios of one of the radio stations that I am on. In this case, three different words from What3Words.com actually saved a life. Anywhere in the world, down to a 10 foot by 10 foot space, has those three...

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Amazon’s Rekognition software can now spot fear – CNET

So, it can sense fear? No need. I'm afraid of what they are cooking up now, if they are working on detecting our emotions. What happens next? Detecting a deception pertaining to our emotions? Determining if we are a threat to the machine? And when we become that...

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NASA is giving away an Apollo-era Saturn rocket

What do I want for Christmas? THIS!!! NASA is unloading this for the cost of shipping from Alabama to the location of your choice. Amazing stuff, and there's a Netflix show about people who move this kind of space collectible. I would love to see this actually go to a...

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The Rise of the All-Digital Actor | Hollywood Reporter

The Rise of the All-Digital Actor | Hollywood Reporter

I love the new technology that is coming forward to make amazing movies. I marvel at the rise of what we can do in cinema, and I've seen some amazing things already. It only gets easier to de-age, to duplicate people, and more. I just fear for what that predicts for...

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