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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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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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Computer Talk Radio – 12-28-2019

Computer Talk Radio Broadcast 12-28-2019: YouTuber, Tesla chip, DNA tests, movie update; 2019 nostalgia and more; Faith and Tech from 2019; employee monitoring; tech we'll miss (or not); robot maids; nerds who passed away in 2019; Nerd Of The Year

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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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Computer Talk Radio – 12-21-2019

Computer Talk Radio Broadcast 12-21-2019: News of Amazon, smarthomes, gig econ; Family and Christmas; malware on Macs; tech in church; geeky gadget gifts; tech as buzzword; replacing old laptop; Employer software agreement; Christmas tech thoughts

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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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Computer Talk Radio – 12-14-2019

Computer Talk Radio Broadcast 12-14-2019: Amazon and Google listening, FCC, more; Tech prep for Christmas Morning; Pricing on new Mac Pro; tech for relationships; DNA testing is pseudoscience; con artists claiming news coverage; Auditing computers; more

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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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Computer Talk Radio – 12-07-2019

Computer Talk Radio Broadcast 11-23-2019: News of BMW, CarPlay, ToysRUs, Google; Semi-Annual Computer Purchasing Guide; Apple migrations; Q about PC on all day; hackers; systems integration; car LED headlamps; Personally Identifiable Information; storage

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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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Computer Talk Radio – 11-30-2019

Computer Talk Radio Broadcast 11-30-2019: Casual post-Thanksgiving take on tech news, gift do/don't suggestions; listener on bitcoins; No Thanks; tech leading to subjective reviews; TSA technology; buyer beware; IT auditors; actual Thanksgiving Thanks

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Computer Talk Radio – 11-23-2019

Computer Talk Radio Broadcast 11-23-2019: News from Tesla, Uber, Amazon, more; Thanksgiving commentary; Black Friday; Apple's new MacBook Pro; Pete Trabucco - secrets of airlines; Lunar Rover park; employer monitoring employees; regretted tech statements

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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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Computer Talk Radio – 11-16-2019

Computer Talk Radio Broadcast 11-16-2019: News of Apple, traveler privacy, lasers and protestors; problem of no disaster plan; millenials and faith on-line; Apple CarPlay experience; toughest laptops; 3D printing; deep sea tech; weather monitoring ; more

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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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Computer Talk Radio 11-09-2019

Computer Talk Radio Broadcast 11-02-2019: News of DNA, Facebook, Privacy, more; Fact checking sermons live; smartphone vs DSLR photography; question about breakable laptop ports; makerspaces; tech enabling deaf; WiFi 6; Citrix; scammers are people too

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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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Computer Talk Radio

Computer Talk Radio Broadcast 11/02/2019: news of drones, censorship, Facebook; Apple announcements ; phone first in AM; Hardware Specs ; Subtractive Manufacturing and makers; holograms; piccalilli and tech; penetration testing; Instant Comms; more

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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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Computer Talk Radio

This week's Computer Talk Radio Broadcast covers: News of Google, Tesla, space ventures, and more; easy Quantum Computing; connected yet feeling alone; repair and restore of Macbook; scary news items; agriculture tech; cyberwarfare & defense; BYOD; more

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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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Computer Talk Radio

This week's Computer Talk Radio Broadcast includes: Nerd news about Uber, Google, AT&T, privacy, and more; smartphone distractions; AMC streaming; our gullibility; enhancing security; web development, exercise; scaffolds; BYOD; tech impact on work

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