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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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Bugatti Chiron Passes 300 MPH, Sets New World Record

Bugatti Chiron Passes 300 MPH, Sets New World Record

The technology required to make a car go 304.77 mph is amazingly interesting. It's a mix of nerd disciplines that includes a long fascination with cars. Bugatti has been on top of the speed world for a long time, and this milestone is exciting. It comes with a sad...

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Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino – CNET

Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino – CNET

Don't read into anything about what may be coming at the Sept 10th event. Over the years, they have switched things up, not talked about expected things, and have also brought up unexpected things. Know that the Saturday after Sept 10th, we at Computer Talk Radio will...

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Uber And Lyft Take A Lot More From Drivers Than They Say

Uber And Lyft Take A Lot More From Drivers Than They Say

This is another long read. Key takeaway is that Uber and Lyft are making a mint off of some rides, far more than one might find reasonable. One driver accepted a ride with a stop, found out it was for the folks to eat at Taco Bell... while he sat in his car. Overall,...

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The fantasy of being disconnected – CNET

A fascinating read about a similar journalist, who has to deal with minimal unplugging from technology and life. An overactive world is hard to break away from. See full story on The fantasy of being disconnected - CNETFound at www.cnet.com

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Silicon Valley’s Chinese-style social credit system

This interesting article covers some scary ways about how the social media credit system is already here, affecting us, spying on us, and punishing us for something we may post online. We say it's fair when catching people cheating the system, like the guy with the...

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A ‘Fact Checker’ Declares War On Satire – WSJ

A ‘Fact Checker’ Declares War On Satire – WSJ

I will likely cover this in the future. The Babylon Bee is hysterical satire, and for Snopes and other fact checkers to continually miss the point is outrageous. A movie called Equilibrium, starring Christian Bale, William Fichtner, Taye Diggs, and a few others,...

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No, Instagram Isn’t Changing its Privacy Policy | Time

No, Instagram Isn’t Changing its Privacy Policy | Time

This hoax has been served up in a number of ways over the years. Just disregard and move on...A viral Instagram post warning of a change to the site's privacy policy is a hoax. But it underscores our fears about online privacy. See full story on No, Instagram Isn't...

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Bringing robots home eases loneliness – The Japan News

Bringing robots home eases loneliness – The Japan News

An interesting idea, that as we get older, we will be connected to robots for companionship. Perhaps this is something, if in a limited form, that one might accept. The prices are a bit step, at about $200 for install, and $50 a month, but this is early yet. Still, it...

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Ransomware Attack Hits Local Governments In Texas | KUT

Ransomware Attack Hits Local Governments In Texas | KUT

So it wasn't long ago, perhaps a month or so, when Florida had some cities hit by ransomware. At that time, I stated on-air, and in my notes, that by paying somewhere about $1.5 million across three cities, they would bring more attacks. At least 20 local governments...

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What3words: The app that can save your life – BBC News

What3words: The app that can save your life – BBC News

Exists.Standing.Fighters ... Those three words point to the studios of one of the radio stations that I am on. In this case, three different words from What3Words.com actually saved a life. Anywhere in the world, down to a 10 foot by 10 foot space, has those three...

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Amazon’s Rekognition software can now spot fear – CNET

So, it can sense fear? No need. I'm afraid of what they are cooking up now, if they are working on detecting our emotions. What happens next? Detecting a deception pertaining to our emotions? Determining if we are a threat to the machine? And when we become that...

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NASA is giving away an Apollo-era Saturn rocket

What do I want for Christmas? THIS!!! NASA is unloading this for the cost of shipping from Alabama to the location of your choice. Amazing stuff, and there's a Netflix show about people who move this kind of space collectible. I would love to see this actually go to a...

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The Rise of the All-Digital Actor | Hollywood Reporter

The Rise of the All-Digital Actor | Hollywood Reporter

I love the new technology that is coming forward to make amazing movies. I marvel at the rise of what we can do in cinema, and I've seen some amazing things already. It only gets easier to de-age, to duplicate people, and more. I just fear for what that predicts for...

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Amazon is going to kill your Dash button – CNET

I've tinkered with the Dash buttons, and they had a lot of promise for the home automation market, and for various other single button internet actions. Unfortunately Amazon is bailing on them. Just another demise of great technology, I guess...The online retail giant...

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Grant Thompson, YouTube star, dead at 38 – CNN

Grant Thompson, YouTube star, dead at 38 – CNN

It's not often that I'm saddened by the death of someone I never met. The "King of Random" has been one of my YouTube choices for many years, through things like Lego Gummy Bears, making sand castings, making a knife in a coffee can forge, and lets not forget many...

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The YouTubers Union Is Not Messing Around – VICE

The top 3% make $17k a year. What does Google make off of you and your videos? A lot more. And the recent push to demonetize your videos for various reasons, known and unknown, is merely another money grab. I'm not sure if a union is the way to solve this, as I fear...

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Google bought my friend’s face for $5 | ZDNet

Google bought my friend’s face for $5 | ZDNet

Google, and many others, are out to distinctly get your information. Face recognition, identifying you, tracking you, and more, for a measly five dollar bill.As Google works on a version of Face ID for its next Pixel phone, its employees are stopping people in public...

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House approves new rules to stop robocallers – The Verge

Call me cynical on this. I don't know that this anti-robocall bill will get very far. We have these ideas that government can legislate a solution to off-shore scammers, using VoIP (essentially voice over the internet), who spoof return information, and change...

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Bulgaria tax hacking: An entire nation was hit – CNN

Bulgaria tax hacking: An entire nation was hit – CNN

In the game world of hacking, I think this is probably the best high score yet. Sure, one gets to claim big hacks like Target, or Home Depot as high scores, but the information is one or two credit cards which can be changed. In this instance, we're talking about THE...

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Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears

Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears

The scary tale of "registered camera owners" and a chance to eavesdrop on you and your neighborhood, gives the police powers that they shouldn't have. Directly out of 1984, it doesn't even pretend anymore, as law enforcement actively pitches in cash towards your...

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Pampers Creating ‘Smart’ Diaper – CBS Pittsburgh

I have a week to figure out how to safely put this on the air. Personally, I don't like the idea of it... I think we're needlessly adding tech to everything. Perhaps for some kids, in certain medical situations, this is important to have... but for the masses? I don't...

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AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software

AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software

I believe this is a mis-identification of the issue. The real issue is that all systems are vulnerable. Further, the more important the systems are, the more targeted they will become. Few hackers care about Linux or Macs (sorry Keith!) due to their low usage...

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FTC to fine Facebook $5 billion for privacy lapses: reports

FTC to fine Facebook $5 billion for privacy lapses: reports

In an amazing move, the FTC levied what we might thing is a humongous fine against Facebook for the Cambidge Analytica scandal, where Facebook users personal data was used for politcal advertising purposes without the consent of the owners of that data. $5 Billion...

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Robot that started fire costs Ocado $137M | ZDNet

Robot that started fire costs Ocado $137M | ZDNet

Was it intentional? Was this the start of a robot uprising that went bad? We may never know. On a more serious note, while we get scared by these things, sometimes issues happen. The Great Chicago Fire (of 1871) cost much more than that, killed some 300 people, and...

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