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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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YouTuber buys a terrifying robot doppelgänger of himself

Tom Scott is a fascinating YouTube host, talking about nerdier items, from numbers to robots to science and beyond. He had a company in the UK make a robot duplicate of his head, and checking it out is uncanny. It's got a few odd quirks, but I've linked to the video...

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Elon Musk delayed filing a form and made $156 million

So much can happen in so lilttle time. A few weeks back, apparently Elon Musk started buying lots of stock in Twitter. Now, he'll be in trouble for late notification to the SEC, and it'll amount to about the price of a new Tesla... but it made him about $156 million....

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Russia officially bans Facebook and Instagram

Russia officially bans Facebook and Instagram

In amongst the actions of a totalitarian country, they like to control the access and flow to information. Is it any wonder that Facebook and Instagram were shutdown in Russia this past week? Claiming Facebook broke the law by blocking access to Russian propaganda,...

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Why Commercials Are Coming to the Biggest Streamers

Why Commercials Are Coming to the Biggest Streamers

Success is studied by everyone. Including the various movie and video streaming services. After some have worked with various tiers to allow for commercials instead of fees, or even just adding more ads, Disney and HBO Max announced their adventures into the field....

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Airbnb emerges as tool for direct donations to Ukrainians

Airbnb emerges as tool for direct donations to Ukrainians

You may have heard, but people are booking Airbnb visits in Ukraine, simply to donate money to citizens in the beleaguered country. It's an ingenious way to get money there fast, to people who are facing problems right now. Sure, before too long, it could bring a...

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Crypto Exchanges Refuse to Freeze All Russian Accounts

News item to be covered on Computer Talk Radio this week. Check out the podcast or broadcast. This reference is if you want to dive deeper...Further, crypto exchanges have held true to their word, and not frozen Russian accounts, going the route of the proverbial...

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Witcher, Cyberpunk developer halts Russian game sales

Witcher, Cyberpunk developer halts Russian game sales

News item to be covered on Computer Talk Radio this week. Check out the podcast or broadcast. This reference is if you want to dive deeper...Many gaming companies jumped in on blocking sales in Russia, and it would take me hours to document them all. An effort to...

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AMD, Intel halt chip sales to Russia | PCWorld

AMD, Intel halt chip sales to Russia | PCWorld

News item to be covered on Computer Talk Radio this week. Check out the podcast or broadcast. This reference is if you want to dive deeper...Intel and AMD announced their stoppage of sales to Russia, and Namecheap, one of the big companies in domain name registration,...

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Apple cuts Russia off from its products and services

Apple cuts Russia off from its products and services

News item to be covered on Computer Talk Radio this week. Check out the podcast or broadcast. This reference is if you want to dive deeper...Apple cut off Russia from products and services, both from the aspect of exporting hardware to Russia, but also shutting down...

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President Biden Holds Big Tech Accountable

President Biden Holds Big Tech Accountable

President Biden talked about proposing new legislation for Facebook and the rest of social media to protect children and their personal data. While I think there's something good for that, it's not exactly new, or even far enough. It's not revolutionary to suggest...

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Apple Events – Apple

Apple Events – Apple

Next week, another Apple Event! Keith M. Sedor will be talking about if he thinks it was old or gold on next weeks show!Watch the latest Apple keynote stream, and check out the archive of special event announcements for our products and services. See full story on...

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IRS will let taxpayers skip facial recognition – Axios

IRS will let taxpayers skip facial recognition – Axios

The IRS saga of facial recognition continues. First they announced it was mandatory, then dialed back after the 3rd party, ID.me, appeared to have too much of an inside track. Now, the IRS have taken a middle road of allowing the facial recognition, and if you don't...

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