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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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Japan hotel admits bedside robots could’ve been spy tools

High-tech hotels means high-tech hacking targets. Robots equipped with "ears" and "eyes" can monitor all activity within the rooms, and can be used in nefarious ways. Do I like the idea of convenience? Yes, but not at the expense of being hackable. Even worse, there's...

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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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