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By Todd Cochrane
Verizon Says Turn off 5g to Save Battery! #1511
March 02, 2021
Verizon in a now-deleted tweet is telling customers to turn off 5g in order to save on battery life of their mobile phones. With the added 5g chipsets reducing space in phones compounding the issue as they now on average smaller batteries the 5g utiliz...
Streamer earns $3000 while Sleeping #1510
February 26, 2021
A celebrity in Taiwan started her live stream and went to sleep for 5 hours. This then resulted in over 11,000 people watching the stream of her sleeping and then donating $3000 dollars to the streamer. I need that gig.
Perseverance Landing Video Incredible #1509
February 23, 2021
Perseverance landing video released by NASA is truly remarkable. I was blown away by the clarity it was like a front-row seat. While short it demonstrates how fast and how accurate things have to be to land safely.
Perseverance has Landed on Mars #1508
February 19, 2021
Perseverance has landed on mars huge shout-out of congratulations to NASA and the JPL team that made it happen. Knocking on wood here but we have gotten pretty good at landing on Mars. There are always things that can go sideways but this was not one o...
Starlink Global Impact #1507
February 12, 2021
Starlink Global Impact is going to be so profound that it will spur innovation beyond America. I feel Elon Musk and the Starlink team will have a major positive global impact and change the way people get information and do business.
Section 230 is 25! #1506
February 09, 2021
Section 230 of the Digitally Millenium Copyright Act is 25 today and businesses like mine would not have been able to survive without it. While section 230 reform is going to likely happen we will need to wait and see what Congress does in way of refor...
Is Google a Bigger Gatekeeper? #1505
February 02, 2021
Google appears to be trying to give consumers more information about a website before you visit it, in qualifying the content it provides based on Wikipedia information about specific sites. Being I am not a fan of Wikipedia as it is still individuals’...
Robinhood App Stealing from the Poor #1504
January 29, 2021
RobinHood the Trading app today in my opinion effectively stole from the poor, when it prevented its users to make legal trades on the stock market and in my opinion should be heavily punished by its userbase.
5G Gear in Your Front Yard #1503
January 26, 2021
It may not be too long before you find 5G Gear as big a freezer finds it’s way into your front yard to power all of the 5G Antennas in your neighborhood. This is what residents are finding in Houston. The freezer sized boxes are ugly and have often bee...
Wages effected by Remoter Working #1502
January 22, 2021
Covid has allowed millions of people to work from home and some have even been able to move to new locations which are and have started to affect wages with companies adjusting salaries dependent on where they are living due to lower housing costs prim...
Google and Facebook in Ad Scheme? #1501
January 19, 2021
It’s being reported that Google and Facebook had some sort of Ad deal together that gave Facebook preferential treatment in-ad purchasing across the Google Ad network. This will not help them in their upcoming Anti-Trust issues with States and the DOJ....
January 15, 2021
Episode 1500 in the can but wow what a process to get here. Had to edit tonight you missed some fun as the stream died this evening. A big thank you to the family of listeners as we have been on this journey together to get to episode 1500.
Big Tech Takeover #1499
January 12, 2021
Big Tech Takeover is the story dominating all headlines the past 3-4 days. I take a serious look at what has happened, the ramifications and will spend a considerable time on the soapbox. Never ever build your castle on rented land and the lessons that...
Elon Musk The World’s Richest Man #1498
January 08, 2021
Elon Musk became the world’s richest man today when Tesla stock skyrocketed. Congrats to him and hey Elon you want to get into the podcasting business? Let’s have a chat. Short news cycle today as I opted to opt-out of certain content that would be inf...
Slack’s 2021 massive outage #1497
January 05, 2021
Slack started 2021 1st major workday with a major outage disrupting remote workers globally. Nice kickoff to 2021. We will soon be celebrating the 1500th episode of this podcast and that will be a major milestone for any podcast in existence today.
End of Year Reflection Show #1496
December 30, 2020
A short end of the year show to reflect on what has happened to the show, the family of listeners, and where we go in the future. Subscribe to the Newsletter. Join the Chat @ GeekNews.Chat Email Todd or follow him on Facebook.
DJI On US Entity List #1495
December 22, 2020
DJI has made it on the United States Entity list for human rights violations. This is a big blow to DJI and could really impact their ability to sell products in the United States. This is the same list the Huawei and others are on.
Facebook Rolls Back News Feed Changes #1494
December 18, 2020
Facebook rolls back news feed changes now that the election is over. They applied significant editorial control over the content being presented to users that in my opinion is another strike against Facebook in them selecting what news is good for us.
FCC Cracks Down Hard on China #1493
December 11, 2020
The FCC today mandated massive bans of telecommunications company equipment that have any type of federal subsidy or payment. These requires companies to remove the Chinese equipment for National Security Reasons.
SpaceX gets 866 Million #1492
December 08, 2020
SpaceX will get 866 million over the next 10 years from the US Government as part of its rural broadband initiatives to bring broadband to rural America. In other SpaceX news we will see a potential test launch of it’s big spacecraft.
Google Uncovers iPhone Wifi Hack #1491
December 04, 2020
Google finds a major Wifi security vulnerability. It was a major one and took the security researcher a full 6 months to develop it. Back in the swing here after pretty rough week with major back pain. Glad to be back in the swing of things.
Comcast Internet Caps #1490
November 24, 2020
Comcast Internet Caps are coming and if you use more than 1.2tb of bandwidth they are going to hammer you with a $10 per 50gb charge which is insane considering the 50gb of data cost them about 25 cents. With parents and kids at home this is another sl...
Paypal competes with GoFundMe #1489
November 20, 2020
Paypal is attempting to compete with GoFundMe in a limited way.. After a series of unfortunate equipment failures, I am asking for your consideration of being an Insider supporter. While I am being very careful in my budgeting in the studio an unexpect...
AI Newscaster makes Debut in Korea #1488
November 17, 2020
Scientist in Korea has debuted the first-ever AI Newscaster that was modeled after a well-known newscaster in Korea. The likeness is startling and while I do not speak Korean an observation of the mannerisms and speech pattern were nearly duplicated af...
Google to End Free Photo Storage #1487
November 13, 2020
Google is ending free photo storage and pushing everyone to Google One. This part of ongoing bait and switch techniques companies do over the years, get you hooked on a free product, and then say ok you now have to pay.
Apple One More Thing #1486
November 10, 2020
Apple One more thing event is bad news for Intel but good news for Apple as they will be in control of almost their entire infrastructure. This is expected to be a historic day and we may not see another one like it in our lifetime.
Spy on your Neighbors with a Doorcam #1485
November 06, 2020
Spy on your Neighbors is something many do. But connecting your Doorcam to a police surveillance center to allow the police to spy are two different things. What have we become when this can be even considered a good thing.
Tesla Upgrade Removes the Radio! #1484
October 30, 2020
A Tesla upgrade on some of its late model cars removed the AM/FM Radio along with SiriusXM but for $500 they can get is back. This is the funniest thing I have heard in ages and want to really congratulate Elon Musk for screwing over the radio industry...
Facebook registers 4.4m voters #1483
October 27, 2020
Facebook registers 4.4 million voters which is not hard to believe considering how aggressive they were at trying to get you to register even when you told them you already were. I personally think it’s none of Facebooks business though to know if I am...
Facebook and Twitter under scrutiny #1482
October 23, 2020
Facebook and Twitter have gotten a little too big for their britches and now they are going to have to go answer to the Senate judicial committee on their ongoing censorship of news organizations. It has become apparent that they are at best political ...
TikTok Banning QAnon #1481
October 19, 2020
TikTok has declared war on QAnon content and anyone sharing or posting that type of content is getting there accounts banned. Once more a tech company deciding what you should or should not watch. We had a video recording failure tonight so it will be ...
16th Anniversary Show #1480
October 06, 2020
Tonight is my 16th Anniversary podcast and I take you down memory lane to the beginning when this show was born and a little of the history behind it. A big thank you to GoDaddy that has been here for 15 years and those of you that support the show as ...
Facebook Forecast is Evil #1479
October 02, 2020
Facebook has this new feature called Forecast and they seem to think it is going to shape civil discussions on its platform. As you can tell I have become more and more weary of facebooks attempts to continually shape the world along with all the other...
International Podcast Day Celebration #1478
September 29, 2020
International Podcast Day is this coming Wednesday September 30th. I will be involved with several big events. The interview of Adam Curry and talking about Podcast 2.0 and the history of podcasting. Lot’s of things happening in the podcasting space.
Amazon – Ring Announcements #1477
September 25, 2020
Big day for Amazon Ring announcements with a slew of brand new product offerings. They are really using their market power to flood the marketplace with a large assortment of new connected home devices. Everything from a mailbox monitor to a drone secu...
Facebook at War with EU! #1476
September 22, 2020
Facebook is at war with the EU and says the may cease operations in Europe over a data storage ruling that happened in Ireland. Facebook appears to me to be upset and acting like a child bully. It’s highly doubtful that Facebook will cut off collecting...
CBP – What a Bunch of Knuckleheads #1475
September 15, 2020
CBP thought they had made the biggest bust of the month of counterfeit Apple AirPods. Only to find out later that they had seized another companies “OnePods” actual products at JFK. Lot’s of red faces even after they had put out a press release on the ...
National Guard called in for Election #1474
September 11, 2020
The National Guard has been called in to support the election using cybersecurity experts from the national guard to help small municipalities that may not have the resources to fight off cyber attacks. Hope this finds you all well ready for the weeken...
SpaceX 12th Starlink Launch #1473
September 04, 2020
SpaceX has conducted it’s 12th Starlink launch and is getting close to opening it’s formal beta program and hopefully I will be able to enjoy High Speed Internet at the compound. Plus some real damning information coming out of Facebook on it’s ability...
No Fiber for Hong Kong #1472
September 01, 2020
Google and Facebook have been told no Fiber to Hong Kong as Hong Kong is now a national security risk with the high speed low latency connection. The US Government determined it would be to high risk to expose US traffic through Hong Kong.
LG Creates Battery Powered Mask #1471
August 28, 2020
LG has created a battery powered mask with hepa filtering but no claims on what it protects you from. Definitely better than an average cloth mask but maybe worse at the same time as it’s pushing air at you via a pretty big fan and battery.
Regaining your Privacy #1470
August 25, 2020
Today I start highlighting articles on how to regain your privacy in the digital world. As these types of articles are surfaced I will share with you ways to start regaining control of your digital footprint.
Flawed Tracking App #1469
August 21, 2020
A flawed tracking app at Albion college appears to have had some major privacy issues until it was patched. But shows that something potentially rushed could end up revealing information that should not be available for any low rate hacker to access.
Secret Service Buys Location Data #1468
August 18, 2020
The Secret Service is buying cell phone location data without a warrant as many other companies and government agencies are also doing. If you think you are not being tracked all the time you are living on another planet. Also,
Community Guidelines Stifling Free Speech #1467
August 14, 2020
Some very raw commentary on today’s show, the past 24 hours has been an interesting emotional ride creating anxiety in me that has never happened before. You have been forwarned. Of course our new conspiracy theory segment is alive and well.
QAnon to be targeted by Facebook #1466
August 11, 2020
QAnon to be targeted by Facebook they are going to be going after the groups with yet to be undetermined actions. I suspect they will be removing groups and banning users for what they perceive to be false information and crazy conspiracies.
Intel Got Hacked idiots #1465
August 07, 2020
Intel has suffered a major hack of its intellectual property which likely will impact it’s bottom line technical papers, chip design the list goes on. 20gb of material which is said to be the first installment of data.
SpaceX Completes Manned Flight #1464
August 04, 2020
Congratulations to SpaceX for completing the first manned mission and first splashdown in 50 years. This is an incredible accomplishment and now we can look forward to SpaceX being in the human lift business for some time.
Verizon LTE Home Internet #1463
July 30, 2020
Looks like Verizon is finally going to start introducing a Home Internet plan that is supposedly unlimited. We will have to read the fine print for $40/$60 price range with 25mbps down. We will see. The service is in a limited release area at this time...
Twitter Admin Spying on You? #1462
July 28, 2020
If you are someone important a Twitter admin may be spying on you. Meanwhile, the real spies may release “some” UFO reports which will likely be super redacted. But the Pentagon appears to be ready to reveal what they describe as swamp gas and over-ima...