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Philip Rosedale returns to Second Life as adviser – Axios

Philip Rosedale returns to Second Life as adviser – Axios

Ages ago, there was a virtual world called Second Life, and it was comical because people were wasting money and their First Life there. It was a topic on CSI, and a few other shows of the day. The creator of the virtual world just went back to it... and my surprise...

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Sci-fi types of medical implants will be here soon

Sci-fi types of medical implants will be here soon

The past days have been filled with odd news items out of CES, trying to tell us the future again. One such spin was how sci-fi medical implants are coming. It's all based on a product which I reviewed back at CES five or so years ago... a glucose monitor in a watch....

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Finnish Guy Blows Up His Tesla

Finnish Guy Blows Up His Tesla

Imagine that you buy a Tesla Model S. They run about $30,000. You have a good time with it for the first 1000 miles, but then take it in for some quirks. The dealer says it needs a new battery pack around $20,000, but that may or may not resolve the problems. How...

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Alexa Challenged a 10-Year-Old Girl to Electrocute Herself

A 10 year old asked for a challenge from the famous home assistant Alexa. The result was to plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs. The 10 year old fortunately knew better, but this resulted in a lot of shock...

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GM is also dropping its in-person CES plans | TechCrunch

GM is also dropping its in-person CES plans | TechCrunch

CES is known for the biggest names. In past years, we've seen all kinds of names, including all 20 of the top car manufacturers. GM just dropped. Other names dropping include Google, Lenovo, T-Mobile, AT&T, Meta, Twitter, Amazon, TikTok, Pinterest, and Casio. Also...

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New Log4j Attack Vector Discovered

New Log4j Attack Vector Discovered

The Log4J / Log4Shell issue is something that will stick with us a while. When bad guys find one flaw, they all pile on to see if they can find more, both in the original location, and replacement patches. Also, when the flaws are found in major locations accessible...

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Elon Musk: Person of the Year 2021 | Time

Elon Musk: Person of the Year 2021 | Time

Plain and simple, a nerd won Time Magazine's Person of the Year, based upon much of his impact on the world in the past 12 months. From SpaceX to Tesla, from Solar City to his various other ventures, I suppose we have talked about him a lot as well. It doesn't mean he...

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Amazon Warehouse Collapse Puts Spotlight on Phone Ban | Time

Amazon Warehouse Collapse Puts Spotlight on Phone Ban | Time

One of Amazon's warehouses in Illinois was struck by a tornado. Six workers lost their lives. There will be a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking, finger pointing, and investigations by OSHA and more. The tech giant will face critiques from many for not allowing...

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Google Calendar, Meet, and other services are down

Google Calendar, Meet, and other services are down

The day after Amazon had their problems, Google experienced a similar issue with some of their services. We will see this on a regular basis, as we become more internet connected. This is the price we pay for new generation connectivity. Some Google services,...

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Windows pirates are losing their Bitcoin booty | PCWorld

Windows pirates are losing their Bitcoin booty | PCWorld

In this weeks breaking news that is akin to the known item that "water is wet", software pirates are being attacked by software that is searching for crypto currency on local drives. Yep, download a copy of some famous software, and find out that your Bitcoin is gone....

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How Amazon Outage Left Smart Homes Not So Smart After All

This past week had an outage that lasted about 9 hours, and it's one that hit a lot of people... almost everyone who has more than one or two Amazon smart home devices. Yes, my lights went back to dumb lights, my doorbell didn't work, and other quirky setbacks. Was it...

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UN: 63% of world uses internet – Axios

UN: 63% of world uses internet – Axios

63% of the world has joined the Information Age, at least through access to the Internet. The rest of the statistics are unsurprising, with obvious numbers that Africa is the least connected, and so are rural areas in most countries. Youth are leaders, and mobile...

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Bezos’ Blue Origin hires lobbyist with ties to Obama

Bezos’ Blue Origin hires lobbyist with ties to Obama

The article is about a lobbyist, but the real news is a space tax. Kinda. It's a tax on any space travelers where it's not really business. OK, I get it... rich billionaires flying into space can afford the few percentage points extra for taxes. I worry, however, as...

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Facebook plans to shut down its facial recognition program

Facebook plans to shut down its facial recognition program

Strangely, Facebook announced they will end their face recognition plans, and delete more than 1 Billion individual identification parameter templates. Amazingly, they announced concerns over how regulators are adjusting rules governing usage, and also "how people can...

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Zillow Shares Plunge as Investors Digest Home-Flipping Halt

Zillow hopped into real estate a while back. They started buying homes for a steal, then flipping them. The losses racked up, and Wednesday they announced the end of that venture. The ripples in their business will be interesting. Along the way they dealt with some...

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In the middle of a crisis, Facebook Inc. renames itself Meta

In the middle of a crisis, Facebook Inc. renames itself Meta

Yes, Facebooks renaming is already in progress. Or at least their corporate name. Now going by a new name of "Meta", it's already bringing derision from everywhere. It seems that Mark Zuckerberg has an idea of where he thinks we will all go, and he will be at the...

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Trump’s Truth Social Hacked Within Hours of Announcement

Trump’s Truth Social Hacked Within Hours of Announcement

Donald Trump announced a new social media platform, slated to open next year, and reporters started to create fake accounts named after the previous President and Vice President. I find it shameful that they participated in the news story, instead of reporting on it...

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Best Buy Puts PS5 Purchases Behind a Paywall

Best Buy Puts PS5 Purchases Behind a Paywall

In a move to make more money, Best Buy is now locking some of the more coveted purchases behind their Totaltech membership at $200 a year. Sure, there are other features to it, like discounts, expanded warranty and return periods, as well as free delivery and...

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Miami mayor wants to pay city workers with bitcoin | TheHill

Miami mayor wants to pay city workers with bitcoin | TheHill

Miami's mayor has an idea of becoming a crypto-capital, by dealing in bitcoin for any and all who desire. Employee's, residents, and even holding it on the balance sheet are of interest to Mayor Suarez. I like the idea of enabling it as a currency, but I am also...

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Overview effect – Wikipedia

Overview effect – Wikipedia

William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk, finally made it to space this past week. Upon his return to earth, and even from videos in space, it seems that he was speechless, and sometimes almost incoherent until moving forward. it was clear that he experienced something...

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Elon Musk announces Tesla to move headquarters to Austin

The last carmaker in California drove a lot of business to the Golden State... and is now driving away for a new destination. Elon Musk has been pushing much of his work out of California, with massive efforts regarding SpaceX in Southern Texas, and now Tesla...

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Facebook whistleblower testifies before Senate committee

Ironically, Facebooks next smallest story this week was dwarfed by that outage. A whistleblower appeared before a Senate panel, begging them to stop the unhealthy issues of addiction, women's self image disruption, and more. The FB response was to deny everything and...

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Why Was Facebook Down on 10/4? Was Facebook Hacked?

Facebook lost an estimated $60 million in 6 hours... just a minor hiccup for users of of the social media platform, Instagram, and more. Why did it happen? In short, someone made a big mistake during a test of stability. It wasn't even supposed to be testable, but the...

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Microsoft return to U.S. offices delayed indefinitely

Microsoft return to U.S. offices delayed indefinitely

In an ongoing story, on Thursday, while the President stated most everyone needs to be vaccinated, Microsoft pushed back their return to office from October 4th, to indefinite. This continuing pushback indicates that this major player (with 181,000 FTEs), is joining...

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Apple Events – Apple

Apple Events – Apple

Apple's next event is coming in just a few days. Keith M. Sedor will be joining us on next weeks show to give his thoughts and opinions regarding the announcements.Watch the latest Apple keynote stream, and check out the archive of special event announcements for our...

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