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Russia to pull out of International Space Station after 2024

Russia to pull out of International Space Station after 2024

As we head to the moon, strained relations between Russia and the US is leading the Russians towards leaving the ISS in a couple of years, and building their own station. There are going to be questions as to what happens next with the ISS, as Russia has been a key...

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Streaming now makes up a third of U.S. TV consumption

We are nearing a milestone that could happen within months... Streaming is now 1/3rd of all television viewing. That's a major deal, as cable itself, the usual medium for delivering the internet to our homes, is about to be surpassed. Broadcast is dropping as people...

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Snap earnings Q2 2022

Snap earnings Q2 2022

And while Netflix was enjoying life, a Snap happened at Snap(chat)... Their announced 2nd quarter results were lackluster, resulting in a one day stock drop of 25%. This places them down 2/3rds over the year. Oddly enough, Netflix announced loses of a million...

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Netflix (NFLX) earnings Q2 2022

Netflix (NFLX) earnings Q2 2022

In the leadup to this week, the scary thought was that Netflix would have lost 2 million customers. Their quarterly report was exciting, however. The amazingly good news was less than a million. Now, that sounds like bad news, but when people are dialing back,...

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FCC chair seeks to raise national broadband standard

FCC chair seeks to raise national broadband standard

The FCC may be looking to increase the definition of broadband. Broadband has been loosely defined as what we need as people to survive on the Internet. The tech definision has been 25 megabit downloads, with 3 megabit uploads for 7 years. Now, this is a service level...

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Amazon Prime subscribers get a year of Grubhub Plus for free

Amazon Prime subscribers get a year of Grubhub Plus for free

Interestingly, Amazon announced something new in the leadup to Prime Day. Amazon Prime is getting into the food delivery game by leveraging a deal with GrubHub. Now, you'll pay nothing for a year, but after that, you'll pay the usual fee of $9.99 a month for the...

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Why China’s BYD is a threat to Tesla’s EV dominance

Why China’s BYD is a threat to Tesla’s EV dominance

Tesla is no longer the largest worldwide maker of electrified vehicles. China has an automaker called BYD, which admittedly sells about half electric, and half plug-in hybrid cars. Also, being part of communist China, they can build endless cars with cheap labor,...

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Inventor of world’s first cellphone: Put down your devices

Inventor of world’s first cellphone: Put down your devices

Years ago, on Saturday Night Live, a famous skit with William Shatner telling Trekkies to "get a life" was hilarious. Little would I have expected that years later, a serious plea from a real nerd, Martin Cooper, who is considered the inventor of the world's first...

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FBI names ‘Cryptoqueen’ to Ten Most Wanted list

FBI names ‘Cryptoqueen’ to Ten Most Wanted list

Ruja Ignatova, who has been called 'Cryptoqueen', is now on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List. She's bilked people for over $4 Billion in a cryptocurrency scam called OneCoin. Frankly, the reward is one of the cheapest ones for someone this heinous, at $100,000. Someone...

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Apple plans to let you pay for gas using CarPlay

CarPlay will be mentioned in Keith's segment this week, but it's interesting that Apple just announced that you might soon be able to pay for your gas using... Apple CarPlay. There's more details coming but it'll be interesting to see this shift where Apple is...

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The FDA is reportedly set to ban Juul e-cigarettes

Tobacco usage goes back through millenia. While there's problems with cancer, brain development, and more, it seems that the tech version, via Juul, is under fire. Apparently, as of Wednesday this week, the FDA was looking to pull the entire brand from the market. The...

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Celsius freeze puts users with money in tough spot

Celsius freeze puts users with money in tough spot

Another cryptocurrency went into tailspin. Celcius ironically froze all withdrawals and transactions. It's a bizarre strange mess of shifting crypto-dollars around and they are continuing to profit... not the users, but Celcius themselves.. It was already under fire...

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Broadcom preps mega-deal for VMware

Broadcom preps mega-deal for VMware

One tech stock that's climbing, however, is VMware, which is owned in part by Michael Dell... yes, that Dell. Broadcom is in talks to buy VMware, a software package that allows virtualization... loading multiple copies of Windows on one piece of hardware, much like...

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Snap stock plunges after CEO warns of slowed revenue growth

Snap stock plunges after CEO warns of slowed revenue growth

It's no secret to most that tech stocks are sinking just as fast as crypto. On Monday, Snapchat announced some problems regarding revenues and profits after already plunging a long way in the past year. In September they were at $83 a share. Monday? $22. Tuesday,...

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Netflix lays off 150 mostly US-based staff

If you work in a small company, the idea of Netflix laying off 175 employees seems huge. While it's the second layoff in the last month or so, it represents little more than 1 1/2%. Of course, to those laid off, that's rough, but it's not doom and gloom. Actually,...

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Ad-supported Netflix tier could come by the end of 2022

Ad-supported Netflix tier could come by the end of 2022

Netflix ripped off the band-aid. The last few weeks have been filled with news about Netflix exploring the idea of ads, and with some level of encouraging users to pay a little more when sharing passwords... presumably with a shutdown of leech activity. An internal...

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Apple iPod touch discontinued

Apple iPod touch discontinued

20 years ago, the iPod was introduced. It's demise has been foretold like many other prophecies, and now it's officially dead. Keith and I will discuss this, and more about iPods over the years on this weeks show.Apple said the iPod touch will be available while...

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Carmakers adopt What3words for voice navigation

Carmakers adopt What3words for voice navigation

I've always been fond of what3words as guidance to locations around the world. Now, it seems that nearly a dozen car manufacturers have provided this precise location guidance down as to where to drive. This helps when talking about Uber and Lyft drivers picking up...

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This write-once portable SSD can never be erased | PCWorld

This write-once portable SSD can never be erased | PCWorld

Verbatim has come up with a WORM drive. Write Once Read Many was something from ages ago. It was cheaper than standard, but it was useful for throwaway situations. The selling points are for one-time usage for critical one-time backups, or spy craft, but at this size,...

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FCC to vote on new plan to curb robocalls

FCC to vote on new plan to curb robocalls

The FCC now wants the carriers to fight robocalls. An upcoming vote may try to stop by leveraging against the varriers of international calls. The carriers must now try to determine if their paying customers are using services to perform robocalls, and then cut them...

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U.S. Households Are No Longer Adding More Streaming Services

U.S. Households Are No Longer Adding More Streaming Services

The average home has 4.7 streaming services. Even still, Netflix is way out in front. People may start looking at the options of exiting these days, however, as this amounts to a large number of services each pulling $10-20 out of our wallets each month. Mrs. Nerd and...

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Twitter accepts Elon Musk’s buyout deal

In a surprise turn-around from last weeks news, Twitter told Elon Musk that they would accept his offer. Reactions ranged from mild to massive, supportive and attacking, and everyhwere in between. His promise of open source algorithms, eliminating spam, and making it...

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You could see ads in Xbox games in the future

You could see ads in Xbox games in the future

Netflix isn't the only one thinking about ads... Microsoft is thinking of serving them up on your Xbox, while you are in the free-to-play games. Potentially seamless, it might be an in-game billboard like shown in various sports TV shows... like the banners of various...

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End of an era as Netflix faces stagnation challenges

End of an era as Netflix faces stagnation challenges

This week, Netflix reported a drop of 200,000 users. This 1/10th of a percent of their subscribers moved on for whatever reasons. Netflix said it wasn't a problem as they'd add commercials to certain new tiers, but also tack on chargers to allow for previous...

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Elon Musk gives Twitter reasons to reject his bid

Elon Musk gives Twitter reasons to reject his bid

Here is an in-depth (and negative) analysis of Elon Musks bid to attempt to purchase the social media giant called Twitter. Everyone has their comments, but this set explores some interesting items with better balance than others in hysterics."I don't care about the...

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