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It’s no surprise Galaxy Z Flip and Razr phones are breaking

I have no desire for a flip phone. My current smartphone, an iPhone 11 Pro Max, one of the largest out there, fits just fine into my lifestyle, and pockets. Folding or flipping my phone will need to go through at least 2 or 3 successful generations before I even care...

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SpaceX will launch humans to space for the first time – BGR

SpaceX will launch humans to space for the first time – BGR

In just a few months, SpaceX will launch the first manned spaceflight from USA since July 8, 2011 (STS-135). The battle between Boeing and SpaceX has been running for a while, but a few months from now, the journey to space for Elon Musk's project will achieve the new...

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Streaming TV explodes – Axios

Streaming TV explodes – Axios

We've talked about this on Computer Talk Radio before, but now the stats are in on cordcutters. More of us are steaming, than ever before, even if we still have cable. The biggest number that I think we need to focus on is that the average American is willing to pay...

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FBI Receives Highest Ever Number of Internet Crime Complaints

FBI Receives Highest Ever Number of Internet Crime Complaints

Internet crime complaints at the FBI are rising each year. In other news, ice is cold, and water is wet. It's no secret that online crime is climbing. The FBI getting an average of 1300 complaints daily, is another story. Be aware and stay safe, so you don't have to...

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Watch Out: This Verizon Smishing Scam Is Crazy Realistic

Watch Out: This Verizon Smishing Scam Is Crazy Realistic

AVOID SCAMS... This latest one looks very real, all the way through, but it's another way to get your credentials and mess with your life. Don't trust any text message, email, or whatever, especially with the links. Just follow your normal operations for accessing...

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Web Browsers Are Silencing Annoying Notification Popups

Web Browsers Are Silencing Annoying Notification Popups

Everyone want's to intrude on our web experience. They want to give you notifications, pop-ups, and basically shove their information in your face. It's annoying, and obtrusive, and finally, the browsers are moving towards dialing back the obnoxious websites....

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The hackable lightbulb – Axios

The hackable lightbulb – Axios

The Internet Of Hackable Things is moving slowly towards that hack side. Philips Hue Smart Bulbs have a security flaw that might only be annoying now, but it's an example that your smart home may be vulnerable.The internet of things industry remains a security...

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How Your iPhone May Soon Replace Your Car Keys

How Your iPhone May Soon Replace Your Car Keys

Apple just brought forth something neat after Keith recorded this week... that fits into both of his show specialties... your iPhone or Apple Watch can unlock and start your car. The only downside is that your car has to have an NFC reader, and most don't have those...

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Seven Simple Steps Toward Online Privacy

Seven Simple Steps Toward Online Privacy

I am talking about this article with Pastor Mark on one of the February episodes of Computer Talk Radio. The quest for privacy is something that we all need to take part in soon. We need to think about our every action, and move towards being connected without being...

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Cut Back on Email If You Want to Fight Global Warming

In an extreme grasp at straws, this presents an argument that because the internet takes up electricity, and the server and hard drive space, that saving your email will negatively impact the climate. The problem is that even if you were to delete all of your email,...

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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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