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Learn to switch off, says pope in first appearance at …

The Catholic Church has stated before, through Pope's Francis and Benedict, and their priestly infrastructure, that man should learn how to disconnect from tech. This has been covered in many of the Protestant churches as well, and I would hope that we all take pause...

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How fast is Windows 11 | PCWorld

How fast is Windows 11 | PCWorld

There was some concern about the Windows 11 performance, but the latest benchmark comparisons indicate there is little to fear. PC World has released some numbers that indicate that the differences in power will be minimal. This will be exciting for people who wish to...

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Windows 365 Cloud PC | Microsoft

This past Wednesday, Microsoft announced Windows 365. If you're familiar with Office 365, a cloud based platform for the popular Office software suite, this is the same concept, but for the operating system. Where it differs is that you'll pay for access to your...

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End Of An Era: NTSC Finally Goes Dark In America | Hackaday

End Of An Era: NTSC Finally Goes Dark In America | Hackaday

Do you have an old-fashioned tube TV? Up until earlier this week, there were still a few more TV stations broadcasting in the old fashioned NTSC format. They were small LPTV stations that had an exemption from the major transition most stations had to make years ago....

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Biometric ID company CLEAR goes public – Axios

Biometric ID company CLEAR goes public – Axios

Gaze into the eyes, and you might even see through that window to the soul. There's a certain creep factor, however when you note the tech companies that are forging a pathway towards retina recognition for everyday things. Your drivers license? Your insurance cards?...

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Ransomware hits hundreds of US companies, security firm says

Ransomware hits hundreds of US companies, security firm says

Kaseya is a network management tool that's been around for a while. Solarwinds is a similar tool, and it was attacked back in December. They took data. Kaseya was hacked last weekend, and an estimate of 1500 of their clients were hit with ransomware. This new type of...

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Richard Branson is taking a big risk going to space – CNN

Richard Branson is taking a big risk going to space – CNN

It may be Branson over Bezos in the Billionaire Blast Off Race to space. We've known that both of them have this quest to show off, so it's not as surprising. I'm hopeful that it's successful, as this dangerous trip is needed to challenge more people towards the dream...

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AirCar prototype completes its first inter-city flight

Moving just a little closer to our goals of a flying car, in Slovakia, this past week, a car flew between two cities. It was then driven home. Now, this has a lot of history behind it, with 30 years of passion driving it. It's a two seater, and still requires a runway...

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Maine law restricts facial recognition technology statewide

Maine just setup the latest law against facial recognition, and it's supposed to be the new model for protecting rights, as the strictest statewide level. Maine apparently has recognized that they had a duty to rein in the government. There are still ways facial...

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Windows 11 is a free upgrade – The Verge

With the boring announcements, it better be free...Microsoft is making its next version of Windows available as a free upgrade. Windows 11 will be free for Windows 10 users and feature a new Start menu, updated store, and much more. See full story on Windows 11 is a...

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Windows 11 is here: Everything you need to know – CNN

Windows 11 is here: Everything you need to know – CNN

Windows 11 announcements today. They contained all of the excitement of reading an end user license agreement. Lots of caffeine is needed. You've been warned. Windows is getting a minor upgrade. See full story on Windows 11 is here: Everything you need to know -...

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IRS: Ransomware payments may be deductible – Axios

IRS: Ransomware payments may be deductible – Axios

Imagine itemizing your company deductions... "Fred... can we write off the amount we paid to the ransomeware hackers?" The answer now apparently from the IRS is that, yes, while we don't deal with terrorists, if you do, you can write it off. Now, there's issues, such...

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Microsoft Windows Event – Watch the June 24 LIVE stream

Join in the fun next Thursday, as Microsoft covers the road ahead (yes, title of Bill Gate's book from the '90s). Expected is Windows 11, and who knows what else. It promises to be exciting, or scary. I knew that Windows 10 wouldn't be the last version, even when it...

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Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot. – DNyuz

Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot. – DNyuz

Decades ago, one of the early attractions of simulated artificial intelligence was Eliza. Eliza was a pretend therapist. Now, Woebot comes along, and it's much the same concept. It tries to determine your issues, and serve as therapy, based on far more responses than...

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Instacart Wants to Replace Army of Gig Shoppers With Robots

Instacart Wants to Replace Army of Gig Shoppers With Robots

Walmart is retiring their robots from stores, but Instacart is now pushing the same idea. In this case, they want to try out creating automated fulfillment centers around the country. 100's of robots would gather standard boxed and canned products, while live people...

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Largest meat producer getting back online after cyberattack

Largest meat producer getting back online after cyberattack

Don't have a cow, but the meat industry is reeling after another cyberattack. Remember, I've said that the targets out there that are paying, are only serving to drive more attacks. We don't know how much JBS, the nations second largest meat producer, located in...

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Amazon to buy MGM Studios for $8.45 billion

Amazon to buy MGM Studios for $8.45 billion

This approach for Amazon to grab MGM is amazing. A pickup like this will propel Amazon forward in the streaming wars. While we can't be clear on what the deal is with Netflix, Hulu, or anyone else, the list of properties that hold up well. Some of the big names...

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Amazon sued by DC attorney general on antitrust grounds

While everyone hates the big guys, I'm struggling with the idea that Amazon is raising prices or participating in various anti-trust tactics. Part of my approach comes from how Amazon notes, "sellers set their own prices". Another part comes from the fact that so many...

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“NFT” gets dictionary treatment – Axios

“NFT” gets dictionary treatment – Axios

Words are added to Webster's all the time. The more popularity in the word, the faster it goes. NFT is now part of the lexicon of the world. An NFT or non-fungible token is a unique, only one in the world item that you can prove that you own. It's a merging of...

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Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom

After a few days of disruptions in the gasoline world, Colonial Pipeline decided to pay up for the ransomware. It was probably one of the more daring things to do as paying ransoms does not always bode well. At the same time, when one considers how small of a payment...

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Bill and Melinda Gates are ending their marriage – CNN

Bill and Melinda Gates are ending their marriage – CNN

Bill Gates has talked about solving poverty while being one of the richest men in the world. He's lectured at TED about solving malaria. He talks about solving misery on a number of different things. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't solve the problems at home, and...

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What DoorDash’s new restaurant pricing reveals – Axios

What DoorDash’s new restaurant pricing reveals – Axios

DoorDash is messing with pricing... on both sides. Their new approach is to offer 3 levels, where restaurants who pay out a lower commission, will still see customers charged higher fees. Give up more of your income, and the customers will pay less of a surcharge....

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Coinbase soars in market debut, valued near $86 billion

Coinbase soars in market debut, valued near $86 billion

There are many naysayers, and many supporters, and I'm not going to get mixed into this. Reporting just the facts, Coinbase, a company that sells digital currencies, went public, and due to the major price of Bitcoin, started off with a market value near $100 Billion....

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Jeff Bezos says Amazon has to treat its employees better

Even after escaping unionization, Amazon's own leader is stating that they need to treat their employees better. It's a good level of realization that something went wrong somewhere to create that many disgruntled employees. Will that impact the various bean counting...

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Amazon defeats union effort at Alabama plant – Axios

Amazon defeats union effort at Alabama plant – Axios

In that Amazon union effort in Alabama, only about 1/4 of the ballots were found in favor of unionizing. Only a little more than half of the potential voters even bothered, which strikes an even deeper blow to the unionizers. There's continued talk about foul play...

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Toy cars get eco makeover to inspire children | Reuters

Toy cars get eco makeover to inspire children | Reuters

Matchbox is now offering scaled down versions of a number of electric cars. It's an interesting nod to the future that is coming at us quickly. Matchbox is launching a new series of toy cars based on real-life electric and hybrid vehicles, in a bid to make its...

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Tim Cook Wants Americans to Be Able to Vote on Their IPhones

I'm amazed at the idea that we should vote on our smartphones. In a day and age where everything can be manipulated, hanging chads can be interpreted for or against, and hackers abound... this seems senseless. To push voting via methods that involve companies that...

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Facebook data on more than 500M accounts found online

Facebook data on more than 500M accounts found online

Another data leak from Facebook, with over 500 million users. They claim that it's old, and has been long since resolved, but in the age of the spin doctors, and a lack of accountability from Big Tech, who knows. Data included is your Facebook ID ties to your phone,...

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