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The Raspberry Pi 4 now comes with up to 8GB of RAM | Engadget

I've been a fan of the Raspberry Pi for a long time now. I've tinkered a bit with them, and now they come with more memory than ever before. The RasPi 4's 8GB unit is the most they've had, and that's enough to do a lot! It's a cheap little guy at $75, but you'll need...

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Pulling apart a £339 anti-5G USB stick – BBC News

Pulling apart a £339 anti-5G USB stick – BBC News

Scams are rampant around anything that people are scared of. The latest is 5G, and there are peddlers of various protections to spare you the ills of 5G. A device that's been identified as an ordinary USB stick, claimed that it "provides protection for your home and...

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Nintendo proves to be a recession-proof company – Axios

Nintendo proves to be a recession-proof company – Axios

It should hardly be a surprise, but if millions of people are at home, can't go out, etc... video game companies will thrive. Nintendo being at the top of the gaming world already, will wind up being one of the benefactors of this virus. I'd like to see how Sony and...

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Twitter employees can work from home forever, CEO says

Twitter employees can work from home forever, CEO says

While some are saying return is coming soon (Apple), or scaled over the rest of this year as desired (Facebook, Google), Twitter went the other direction and said "go for it". This is a good approach, as it recognizes the major benefits from zero commute, flexibility...

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Twitter to flag misleading coronavirus tweets – Axios

Twitter to flag misleading coronavirus tweets – Axios

In the new effort to twist the world to a single point of view, this new approach from Twitter will label something that could take people away from Twitter's pravda, even though it's not misinformation. Welcome to the new world of manipulating.The new rule applies to...

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Check if Your Thunderbolt Ports Can be Hacked With This App

Thunderbolt has a flaw where someone can come along and access your information without passwords. This affects USB-C and DisplayPort as well. The bad guy has to have physical access to your computer, and it's possible you may not need to worry. This link will take...

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Defcon Is Canceled | WIRED

Defcon Is Canceled | WIRED

Two massive conventions hit Las Vegas in the hottest weeks of the summer, Black Hat and Defcon. These two conventions are the location where hackers from around the world gather alongside FBI, NSA, and other security progressionals. Ironically, the first with the...

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Xbox Series X | Xbox

Microsoft announced the new Xbox Series X this week. Details include a redesign of the hardware, adding new features for storage, and an overall reworking for the next level of gaming. It's going to be on the wishlist for many people for Christmas 2020, including...

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Pandemic and chill: Netflix adds a cool 16M subscribers

Pandemic and chill: Netflix adds a cool 16M subscribers

In an amazing amount of growth, Netflix is raking in the bucks. We have nowhere to go, and only so many DVD's, so why not start binging on some of the great series and movies that are available on Netflix. My personal favorite... Lost In Space. It's not perfect, like...

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The Best COVID-19 Tracking Apps and Websites

The Best COVID-19 Tracking Apps and Websites

I'm just providing a list of a few nice resources for people who want to explore more of the information and numbers side of this battle against the coronavirus.Many new apps claim to be aimed at helping combat the coronavirus. Some provide vital notifications and...

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Delete this VPN now, millions of users warned | TechRadar

Delete this VPN now, millions of users warned | TechRadar

One has to trust their VPN if they are going to use it. This one, SuperVPN has a bad history already, and now it's on over 100 million devices. I know that you wish to stay save in a Coronavirus quarantine, but this isn't the app to use. Abandon it now... right...

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Don’t let fleeceware sneak into your iPhone – Sophos News

Don’t let fleeceware sneak into your iPhone – Sophos News

A new term to match up to the many other bad terms that we have for bad software. In this case, fleeceware is out to take money from you, with your blessing, sorta. It's a trick, similar to the games played to get you in the door, purchasing something that you want,...

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TikTok donates $250 million to coronavirus relief – Axios

TikTok donates $250 million to coronavirus relief – Axios

Some companies take small steps, and others play amazing parts. TikTok, a China based company, went to a new level with $250 million in relief. Interesting considering the level of government involvement in all China corporations... even ones where they can't be seen...

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Intel pledges $50 million to coronavirus relief – Axios

Intel pledges $50 million to coronavirus relief – Axios

Many corporations are doing an amazing part to invest in the world during these hard times. Intel isn't the only tech company doing this. $10 million will be set aside to help fund employee-led and community efforts. See full story on Intel pledges $50 million to...

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Yelp cutting 1,000 jobs, furloughing others – Axios

Yelp cutting 1,000 jobs, furloughing others – Axios

If people aren't eating out, and the local places are unpredictable with hours, open or closed, and essential versus non-essential, reviews start meaning less. We will see odd ripples in all areas as this unfolds. It's the latest company to announce significant job...

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Zoom’s CEO Wants You to Trust the Company Again | Time

Zoom’s CEO Wants You to Trust the Company Again | Time

Zoom has been having major problems in the past month or so, being bombarded by growth, hackers, and many privacy issues. Not helping matters, Google has told employees to abandon it, as well as the US Congress, and news pundits everywhere. Personally, I'm leery of...

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Comcast says the internet is holding up fine – Axios

Comcast says the internet is holding up fine – Axios

In what may be obvious to most of us working at home, the Internet appears to be surviving really well. Yes, there will be outages in various service providers, but the Internet is designed for resiliency. Another bit of good news for all of us!Peak traffic is up 32%...

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Schools get creative to keep students connected – Axios

Schools get creative to keep students connected – Axios

Steve and I will be discussing some of the different nuances of the new homeschooling that the nation is encountering right now. This article covers some of the ways that schools are adapting right now. School districts are relying on non-profits and private companies...

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The Future That Hollywood Doesn’t Want to Imagine – DNyuz

The Future That Hollywood Doesn’t Want to Imagine – DNyuz

The death of the theater experience had been a long time in coming. Nearly a century ago, people went there to escape the world outside. Today, however, most of us have so many options including streaming to our home systems, in more comfortable chairs, and an ability...

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Coronavirus and 3D printing – 3D Printing Media Network

Coronavirus and 3D printing – 3D Printing Media Network

When parts are scarce, 3D printing can be a rescuer. The supplier of these parts had run out, and could not deliver more of these $11,000 plastic parts in time to save lives. People stepped up to the plate, and modeled the part, and started 3D printing them to save...

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Where to Access Coronavirus News Without a Paywall

Lifehacker has built this list of resources. I thought I would share with everyone, but with the request that you spend no more than 15 minutes in the morning, and 15 at night on any of this. It will be harsh on your mind, spirit, and soul, if you don't hold yourself...

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Shopify Gives Employees $1,000 Each to Build Home Offices

Shopify Gives Employees $1,000 Each to Build Home Offices

I can't even begin to say how much this rocks. Yes, I know that Shopify will get tax credit for this, and their office expenses will go down. Still, I find it classy and a great way to show employees some respect for what they do. I hope others catch on to this great...

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Coronavirus dents tech’s supply chain – Axios

Coronavirus dents tech’s supply chain – Axios

One of the larger impacts on our world for the short term will be on our ability to get a large amount of tech. Computer parts replacements will become as difficult as obtaining repair people who are also quarantined. This will recover, certainly, as workers recover,...

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Donate Blood | Find a Local Blood Drive | American Red Cross

Donate Blood | Find a Local Blood Drive | American Red Cross

I'm closing out this weeks broadcast with a plea for healthy people to donate blood. This will become increasingly important as some people get too ill to donate, and others require blood to get healthy. Please consider donating while you are healthy. This is probably...

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SXSW 2020 canceled due to coronavirus – The Verge

One week in advance of SXSW, not only have they cancelled, but the latest is that it might never come back. After declining to give refunds, why would you want to go anyway? The city of Austin has decided to cancel the SXSW tech, music, and film festival amid growing...

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