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Amazon pushes holiday shoppers to pick up packages at stores

Amazon pushes holiday shoppers to pick up packages at stores

Amazon may encourage you to their local store. The whole drive for me to purchase from Amazon, is so that I don't have to go down to the local Walmart. I give up the idea of instant gratification, but it arrives safely. Now, if they want me to go to the store instead,...

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Zillow Surfing Is the Escape We All Need Right Now – DNyuz

Zillow Surfing Is the Escape We All Need Right Now – DNyuz

Another escapist route other than streaming services is to daydream about someplace new to move. Not a bad idea, and Zillow (and the others) are seriously reaping the benefits. Millions of people have spent far more time at home than they expected to this year. It’s...

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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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Microsoft releases its own Windows File Recovery tool

It's a common problem, deleting a file that you shouldn't have. I've used Recuva (from Piriform, the makers of CCleaner) for a long time. Microsoft's newly minted tool seems to be a bit more powerful, and I plan to test it out. If anyone can build something well...

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Here’s why SCOTUS says Booking.com can trademark its name

Booking.com won a major argument that it could trademark it's whole name. The fight came down to the word Booking, versus Booking.com. This will pave the way for other companies to trademark their entire name, without having to worry about the common words involved in...

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Bill would ban police use of face recognition – Axios

Bill would ban police use of face recognition – Axios

It's interesting to see facial recognition being banned by cities, and with the politicians in D.C. taking this on, it may prove to be an interesting world. Current issues have slowed this down, with IBM backing out, Amazon stepping back, and let's not forget that...

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Microsoft to close all retail stores – Axios

Microsoft to close all retail stores – Axios

A Microsoft Store was an interesting exercise in design rebuttal to the Apple Store. Unfortunately, they operate in a different pricing structure, and don't mint money anywhere near the same as the very profitable Apple products. Their smaller amount of self-owned...

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