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Behind Facebook’s giant bet on hardware – Axios

Behind Facebook’s giant bet on hardware – Axios

Facebook also had a new hardware announcement this week. Somehow I'm not as thrilled by Facebook's hardware. Another 3D set. More Augmented / Virtual Reality items. Their approach to announcing Wednesday, like it would steal Apple's thunder from Tuesday, was weak, and...

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Exclusive survey: Teens dislike online learning – Axios

Exclusive survey: Teens dislike online learning – Axios

It's an interesting take on the learning situation. The experience for schooling at home (as opposed to home schooling) is going to have to be shifted, experimented, and twisted into what works. Youth aren't going to be happy for a while, unless they are used to the...

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Apple Events – September 2020 – Apple

Apple Events – September 2020 – Apple

Let's be honest. You could watch the entire hour of the event. It's an infomercial with commercials within. Instead, catch our show this weekend, where Keith and I will spend some time deconstructing what we liked and didn't like about the new Apple Watch Series 6,...

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New Apple ad pokes rivals over privacy – Axios

New Apple ad pokes rivals over privacy – Axios

Apple knows about violating privacy. It has had a part in doing so over the years. From tracking us, to sharing data with third parties, they are not blameless. They have improved, and there's something to say for them about that. Still, being the least bad smartphone...

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to read your brain – Axios

Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to read your brain – Axios

While I missed last weeks press event with Musk, I'm concerned that he's really listening to too much Pink Floyd. He demonstrated implants in a pig. Yes, a combination of dystopic brain implants, placed into a pig before he brainwashes... I mean puts brain implants in...

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Amazon Halo wearable tracks activity, body fat, emotions

Amazon Halo wearable tracks activity, body fat, emotions

Yet another entry into the health and fitness tracking world... from Amazon. Amazon's massive reach is the one thing it has going for it. It's a subscription plan, but it adds some new features like monitoring your tension, and body fat monitoring, and a 3D render of...

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Microsoft brings transcriptions to Word | TechCrunch

Microsoft brings transcriptions to Word | TechCrunch

This new feature for Microsoft Word is amazing. I've seen other dictation and transcribing packages, and have demo'ed them since as early as 1998. The history has been spotty at best, but I feel that if Microsoft is doing this, then they may bring this to new levels....

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Apple reportedly acquires AR startup Spaces | Appleinsider

Apple reportedly acquires AR startup Spaces | Appleinsider

I'm excited for this new step for Spaces. Their VR experience based on "Terminator", was outstanding and fun. It would have been far more impressive of a journey, if not for Covid-19, but I'm glad that Apple has an idea of what to do with all of the AR/VR that Spaces...

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Apple becomes first U.S. company worth $2 trillion – Axios

Apple becomes first U.S. company worth $2 trillion – Axios

Keith will have the details on this advancement on this weeks news, but then will return to listing his grievances with Apple later in the show. It comes only two years after it reached a $1 trillion valuation. See full story on Apple becomes first U.S. company worth...

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Free or low cost laptops – Notes from broadcast

One of the most concerning parts of going to school at home is that a lot of kids don't have computer. Here are some websites that talk about how to get a laptop computer for free: Not all are feasible. Some will give laptops to parents who need to work from home so...

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Fortnite pulled from Apple and Google app stores – CNET

Fortnite pulled from Apple and Google app stores – CNET

Google also pulled Fortnite, for the exact same reason. They want their money too. This will be ugly. Fortnite maker Epic sues Apple after the tech giant removed the game. See full story on Fortnite pulled from Apple and Google app stores - CNETFound at www.cnet.com

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Twitter jumps into the fray for TikTok – Axios

Twitter jumps into the fray for TikTok – Axios

Microsoft is trying to buy TikTok, Twitter is too. The President of the US is pushing hard to remove China's influence. It's going to sell for more than it should. None of these make this interesting. Why? Both companies have purchased others, only to shutter them....

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Facebook Takes Steps Against Election Misinformation | Time

Facebook Takes Steps Against Election Misinformation | Time

Post anything political, or about voting, and apparently Facebook will hijack your message to direct everyone to "authoritative information about the upcoming presidential election". George Orwell didn't see this coming... and this scares me. Why? Because we've seen...

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Twitter Censors Tim Tebow’s Inspirational Bible Video

Twitter Censors Tim Tebow’s Inspirational Bible Video

Now a suggestion to rely on Christ is "potentially sensitive content." Is this the dawn of a new level of discrimination and attacks simply for believing what one believes? Perhaps they feel that the threat of relying on Christ will cause us to abandon technology. I...

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Rep. Jordan Says Big Tech Censors Conservatives – YouTube

Jim Jordan's complaints of censorship deserve to be heard. Unfortunately, I fear that some will cheer the silencing of opponents, neglecting that they may be the ones who are gagged next time. See full story on Rep. Jordan Says Big Tech Censors Conservatives -...

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Twitter launches crackdown on QAnon – Axios

Twitter launches crackdown on QAnon – Axios

Cracking down on 100 accounts, perhaps reasonable. Maybe even 7000. But this is 157,000 Twitter accounts that are being censored. One has to ask when does it move from censoring the crazy fringe, to eliminating what may be a political stance that deserves to be heard?...

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Elon Musk keeps climbing list of world’s wealthiest people

Elon Musk keeps climbing list of world’s wealthiest people

From 20th to 5th richest man in the world in a few weeks. Last time we saw someone overtake a pack like this, was when 15 cars crashed in a NASCAR race. Speaking of racing... Tesla stock is moving like the Tesla in Ludicrous mode, beating out the base model Toyota...

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Elon Musk is now worth more than Warren Buffett

Elon Musk is now worth more than Warren Buffett

Imagine this, Elon Musk made around $6 Billion (with a B) last Friday on his stocks. That's 461 of the most expensive Rolls-Royce automobiles at 13 million each. That's the budget for a number of Central American countries, or Vermont, or the entire NYPD. Put another...

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Elon Musk is now worth more than Warren Buffett

Elon Musk is now worth more than Warren Buffett

Imagine this, Elon Musk made around $6 Billion (with a B) last Friday on his stocks. That's 461 of the most expensive Rolls-Royce automobiles at 13 million each. That's the budget for a number of Central American countries, or Vermont, or the entire NYPD. Put another...

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Look out, Mars: Here we come with a fleet of spacecraft

Look out, Mars: Here we come with a fleet of spacecraft

The race to Mars is heating up. Three countries are pushing in this one month window to get there; United States, China, and the United Arab Emirates. Only the U.S. has landed before, but India and Europe have a total of 3 orbiting the red planet. This interest and...

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Netflix to Inactive Subscribers: Use It or Lose It, Guys

In a strange behavior, Netflix is doing a solid for their customers. Last week is was Logitech, offering free replacements of a product they felt wasn't great. Now Netflix is automatically eliminating dormant accounts, which is a rarity. If your account is two years...

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How to set up an Amazon Prime Video user profile

How to set up an Amazon Prime Video user profile

Netflix has had user profiles for years. Selections of action movies just for Dad, wholesome fun for the family, and educational for junior. Amazon Prime has finally followed suit, and has developed the same thing. This article covers how to set it up for your account...

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