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The leap second will be scrapped by 2035 – The Verge

The concept of the leap second has been around for nearly my whole life. It's like the leap day every 4 years, but it's an extra second every 21 months to sync up tech and UTC time with the actual time around the sun. It's created enough headaches with tech in the...

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WARN Act employee protections: What workers should know

WARN Act employee protections: What workers should know

Immediately after layoffs were announced, many threats of lawsuits were thrown about about something called the WARN Act. It states that you must give notice, and people focus on that part... but a way around that is to pay people, after sending them home. In...

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Read Elon Musk’s first email to all Twitter employees

Read Elon Musk’s first email to all Twitter employees

Elon Musk wasted little time with cleaning house, with adjusting to his way of business and more. Layoffs, return to office for people who are near one, and more. Yes, there are some people talking about the end of Twitter, and it could be. Remember that Elon has been...

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Sony to launch its PSVR 2 headset for $550

Sony to launch its PSVR 2 headset for $550

Sony is planning a new VR headset, the PSVR2. The announcement presented better specs than the Meta Quest 2, which has been the market leader, but it also comes at a higher pricetag than Meta's model. Sony also announced it'll come with 20 games at launch, but it...

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Facebook’s Monopoly Is Imploding Before Our Eyes

Years ago, one of the earlier forms of social media was MySpace. In a series of missteps, they crumbled in the competitive space, against newcomer Facebook, who came along and became much that MySpace wasn't. Facebook isn't being beat out by any other major competitor...

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Facebook parent Meta Q3 2022 earnings

Meta has not been a thrilling stock for a while. Just over a year ago, it was nearly $400. After some mild numbers reflecting nearly flat year over year, the stocks dropped even further than the previous 2/3rd's drop in the past year. Now sitting at just under $100 a...

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Android users alerted just before California earthquake

Android users alerted just before California earthquake

A 5.0 earthquake hit California earlier this week, but the techs who developed an app called MyShake, weren't surprised. OK, they, and the users of the app, had a few seconds of notice before the shaking was felt. This app is available on Androids and iPhones, but is...

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Remote Worker Fired for Shutting Off Webcam Gets $73,300

International application of laws can sometimes create odd situations. A computer programmer in the Netherlands sued a former employer in the US for $75,000 after it came out that he was fired for not leaving his webcam on during his entire shift. Unlike the...

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YouTube Premium gets a price hike

YouTube Premium gets a price hike

YouTube Premium, which we don't talk about a lot, due to their small size, also had announcements this week. They are bumping thir plans from $18 a month to $23 a month. This is both overdue, and bold at the same time. It's been the same price for five years, so...

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Digital License Plates Become Legal on Cars in California

I have struggled for a while to make sense of the Reviver digital license plate. I talked about it a number of years back, and it was neat then, but today it seems like a novelty. Why? OK, so it does have personalization and message features, like marking your car as...

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Boston Dynamics Promises Not to Make a Robocop

Boston Dynamics has been making robots for years. Backed by the government in the DARPA projects... they've built a number of prototype robots, humanoid and canine style. If you've watched more than a half dozen clips of real robots, you've probably seen one. Boston...

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Social Media Company Liability Draws Supreme Court Scrutiny

Facebook, Twitter, and the rest may yet be held accountable for the postings on the networks. They have been granted major immunity for their actions, and they try to have it both ways. The ongoing journey of if they can censor on one side, goes against their...

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Elon Musk accuses Twitter of refusing renewed offer

In an ongoing strange process... Elon Musk offered again to meet his offer to buy Twitter. Twitter turned around and said no... but it continuing to sue him to force him to buy at his original offer. Clarifying... he said Yes, and they said no, but they'll sue him to...

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Amazon Fall 2022 Hardware Event: Everything Announced – IGN

Amazon Fall 2022 Hardware Event: Everything Announced – IGN

Amazon announced some cool items... not enough for me to spend a segment on, but here goes. Kindle Scribe, a Kindle reader with a pen for making notes, lists, and more, moving into the realm of the iPad, but cheaper after the pen. Halo Rise is a sleep monitor, smart...

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Apple to make iPhone 14 in India in shift away from China

Apple has long designed their iPhone in the US, but then made it in China. But with recent experiences in disruptions due to COVID, and the political strife between the US and China, Apple is looking to move to India. Some of the iPhone 14s are said to be coming from...

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San Francisco passes controversial surveillance plan

San Francisco passes controversial surveillance plan

Going to California? Left your heart in San Francisco? Well, the cops can now access private security cameras city wide, without a warrant, so long as the camera's owner allows it. OK, there's a few limitations, like life-threatening emergency, or how to deploy...

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Royal Websites Were Ready For Queen Elizabeth’s Death

Websites are frequently updated with news quickly, but none with more planning and sorrow, than the passing of a great figure. It should be no surprise that the passing of Queen Elizabeth at 96, resulted in a very well orchestrated update of the many sites affiliated...

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Twitter starts testing ability to edit tweets

Twitter starts testing ability to edit tweets

The ability to clean up our sent messages started many years ago with email. It's only recently that iOS (16) allowed you to recall a message, Teams to edit sent messages, and so forth. Twitter is also testing out the same feature, after a certain tweet happy...

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Apple Events – Apple

Apple Events – Apple

Another event is right around the corner. Traditionally, this is the big iPhone event, and usually watches, but anything else can happen. Keith will be on hand the following show, September 10th, to boil it all down, and tell us what was great and what grated. We'll...

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Twitter’s security alarm

Twitter’s security alarm

It was not long after the Twitter whistleblower came forward, that media sources everywhere started screaming in Twitter's defense. Yep, the counter claim is that security problems are everywhere and this isn't a big deal. Of course, it is a big deal, as Twitter has...

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Streaming Tops Cable-TV Viewing for the First Time – WSJ

I predicted this just weeks ago... OK, it was easy to predict... Streaming beat out Cable TV for the first time in July. No surprise, and cable has to be prepared. Some of us have cut the cord, and when finances are tight, we may have more of us doing that. I get...

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Teens have abandoned Facebook, Pew study says

In just over five years, Facebook has fallen from grace with teenagers. Only about 32% of them are interested in Facebook these days. Most of them are on YouTube (95%), TikTok (67%), Instagram (62%), and Snapchat (59%). The youth world plummets after that, with the...

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Amazon to buy Roomba maker iRobot

Amazon to buy Roomba maker iRobot

Amazon, probably one of the largest sellers of Roomba, has decided they will vacuum up the company for $1.7 Billion. This is after iRobot, the main corporation, cleaned house of about 10% of their employees. Still, Amazon has also cleaned up each year at Prime Day for...

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