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Exploring Google I/O 2024: The Future of Search, AI, and Android #1743

May 16, 2024

Google I/O 2024 introduced significant advancements in AI with the new Gemini 1.5 Flash, which can efficiently handle high-volume tasks. Enhancements in Gemini Nano and the debut of Project Astra highlight multimodal capabilities, allowing interaction through text, images, and spoken language. The event also showcased Imagen 3 for photorealistic image generation and Veo for high-quality video creation. Updates in Google Search with AI Overviews and new Android features like real-time phishing detection and advanced AI integrations were also announced.

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In this episode of Geek News Central, host Todd Cochrane gives a shout-out to the show’s primary sponsor, GoDaddy, acknowledging their longstanding partnership. He then shares his personal updates, mentioning his upcoming travel plans to London and discussing the implications of Google’s changes on search on businesses, particularly the shift toward AI-driven results, which might sideline traditional search results. He voices concern over how these changes could impact small businesses and content creators, including his site, Geek News Central.

Moving forward, Cochrane touches on industry reactions to other tech developments, including a new Samsung ad and updates concerning internet tariffs affecting military families. He also notes a new helicopter design and shares coverage of ongoing congressional debates over who should report foreign election interference.

Cochrane then encourages listeners to stay subscribed and proactive, emphasizing the importance of maintaining openness in internet standards and podcasting. He concludes with a reminder about the importance of supporting sponsors like GoDaddy, which helps keep the podcast thriving and independent.

**Key Points Covered:** 1. Overview of Google I/O 2024. 2. Introduction of new AI technologies and Android features. 3. Impact of Google’s shift to AI-driven search results on businesses. 4. Cochrane’s upcoming travel and schedule adjustments. 5. Various tech updates and industry reactions. 6. Advocacy for open internet standards and the value of podcast independence.

This episode serves as a comprehensive guide to the latest in technology, especially Google’s innovations, and a discussion on the broader implications of these technologies on different aspects of digital life and business as listed below.

1/2 of ACP users are military families that would be affected with the end of ACP NASA bids farewell to the ‘flying laboratory’ What is social engineering? Your Chromecast and LG TV might get a Google Home update. GM demonstrated how EVs can power an entire home Nissan data breach The iPhone 16 Pro Max President Biden and solar manufacturers  Visa adds a new way to share data You could be eligible for a piece of Apple’s settlement Airbus’ new Racer Toshiba to cut jobs Spectacular NASA footage of solar activity Private mission to save the Hubble Space Telescope Black holes were observed colliding The TICKET Act Who will report foreign election interference? Google Workspace and Gmail Thunderbolt Share ‘We don’t crush creativity’ Business leaders scared of RTO mandates Microsoft PC Manager Venu Sports Google’s Lookout AI to answer complex questions in physics An AI-driven sarcasm detector Google I/O Meta’s Oversight Board Apple is working on a touchscreen MacBook Santander confirms data breach Why are laptop webcams always so bad? AT&T deal will make every phone a satellite phone

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Exploring OpenAI’s GPT-4o: A Leap in AI Technology #1742

May 13, 2024

In this episode of Geek News Central, hosted by Todd Cochrane, the primary focus is the latest release from OpenAI, the GPT-4o model, which enhances text, vision, and audio functionalities. Todd starts the episode by discussing the features of GPT-4o, which include improvements in API access, cost efficiency, and the introduction of a more interactive voice mode. He emphasizes the strategic timing of the release, just a day before the Google I/O conference, positioning OpenAI favorably against its competitors.

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Todd acknowledges the episode’s sponsors, especially highlighting GoDaddy, the longest-running sponsor. He casually shares his personal experiences from his recent trip to the Philippines for Podfest Asia, where he engaged with other media creators and savored local beers and rum.

After discussing his travel schedule, which includes upcoming trips to London and potential disruptions to the podcast schedule due to his travels, Todd delves deeper into technological updates. He explores various tech-related topics ranging from Apple’s controversial ad campaign and geomagnetic storms affecting Starlink and GPS systems to advancements in quantum navigation technology for unjamable positioning systems.

The episode covers various other subjects, such as healthcare cybersecurity, the environmental review of SpaceX’s Starship launches from Kennedy Space Center, and labor actions by Apple store workers in Maryland. Todd also highlights the potential coming updates in Google’s I/O conference, focusing on AI initiatives.

In the latter part of the episode, Todd speaks about data privacy issues with ProtonMail and impending U.S. tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles. The episode closes with a mention of discussions on AI safety between the U.S. and China, a brief look ahead to the next episode, and gratitude to the financial supporters of the podcast, urging listeners to become insiders by contributing financially to ensure the continuity of Geek News Central.

Overall, Todd Cochrane’s episode “Exploring OpenAI’s GPT-4o: A Leap in AI Technology” encapsulates an array of tech advancements, personal anecdotes, futuristic propositions, and community engagements blended seamlessly with updates and thoughts on recent technological controversies and developments.

Amazon’s robotaxi company is under investigation TCL’s 115-inch 4K TV for $27,000 More geomagnetic storms remain likely for today Microsoft Places and AI VW’s ID Buzz Europol investigates a breach Majestic ‘ying-yang’ crater SpaceX shows off its new extravehicular activity suit Black Basta ransomware MIT and AI A $1.4 billion Dream Chaser ‘plane’ YouTube Music and AI Ads in Windows 11 Beethoven likely didn’t die from lead poisoning  Tesla rehires some superchargers workers Ikea is adding energy monitoring to its app Unjammable navigation tech Android phones are about to get a major iMessage feature AI personas are the future of dating Waymo Google I/O 2024 Proton Mail Starlink suffers ‘degraded service’ from solar storm US tariffs on Chinese EVs Google’s Project Starline Apple and Google ChatGPT in iOS 18 GPT-4o Cyberattack at Ascension  SpaceX facing an FAA review AI in the hands of the people The US and China are meeting this week to talk about AI safety and risks Apple Store workers in Maryland have voted to authorize a strike

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High-Speed Space Data Transmission #1741

April 29, 2024

NASA’s Psyche spacecraft, equipped with Deep Space Optical Communications technology, has achieved a groundbreaking milestone by successfully transmitting data from over 140 million miles away using space lasers. This achievement, which included sending ultra-high-definition video and engineering data at unprecedented speeds, marks a significant advancement in deep-space communication technologies. Such capabilities pave the way for more complex and faster data transmission, which is crucial for future missions, including potential human trips to Mars.

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In this episode of Geek News Central, host Todd Cochrane discusses several topics, with the highlight being NASA’s Psyche spacecraft and its achievement in transmitting data from over 140 million miles away using space lasers. This feat marks a significant advancement in deep-space communication technologies.

The episode starts with a shout-out to the primary sponsor, GoDaddy, and an acknowledgment of the show’s supporters. Todd mentions the show’s availability on modern podcast apps and encourages listeners to become GNC insiders.

Todd informs listeners that this will be the last show before a break due to his upcoming trip to the Philippines for Podfest Asia. He explains that he will be absent for a week and a half, resulting in no new episodes until his return.

The deep space communication story breaks down the details of NASA’s experiment, including transmitting ultra-high-definition video and engineering data at unprecedented speeds.

In a brief diversion from the main topic, the host touches on Mercedes Benz’s decision not to allow Apple CarPlay to take over all vehicle screens, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a holistic software architecture.

The episode delves into various news items, including Google Play Store updates, NASA’s call for public input on technological shortfalls, and a data breach that affected Kaiser Permanente.

Todd encourages listener engagement by sharing a feedback email from a listener named Brad, who had listened to all past podcast episodes during his recovery from a brain tumor. Todd also reads an email from Bob regarding the earning model on the Fountain app and addresses pronunciation feedback from Keith, who corrected Todd’s pronunciation of “Maita.”

Other topics covered include a hit piece on Apple over fraudulent apps, the risk of AI in critical infrastructure, a price hike for Peacock, and a leaked iPhone 16 case model. Todd also touches on the investigation into Ford’s BlueCruise system following a fatal crash. He rounds out the news with discussions about Getir’s focus shift, Verizon’s smartwatch plans price increase, FCC fines for carriers, GitHub’s new AI-powered software engineering tool, and a potential new feature for the Apple Pencil.

Towards the end of the show, Todd discusses the importance of media companies like The Onion and the vital role of AI in education, referencing an article from MIT about using generative AI in the classroom.

The episode concludes with an update on upcoming episodes, prompting users to subscribe to the newsletter for future content and thanking listeners and sponsors for their support.

The title of this episode reflects the innovative technology demonstrated by NASA’s spacecraft and its promising implications for future space communications.

 You can download two apps at once from the Google Play Store Mercedes-Benz and Apple’s CarPlay NASA seeks input Kaiser Permanente data breach Prime deliveries are getting much faster Apple under fire DDoS attacks USPS phishing sites 2.28 million apps blocked from the Play Store CISA rolls out new guidelines Peacock is getting a price increase Leaked iPhone 16 case models suggest bigger sizes for the Pro and Pro Max BlueCruise under investigation OpenAI and the Financial Times Walmart and Roblox MIT experimenting with AI What’s new on Prime Video NASA receives deep-space laser messages millions and millions of miles away Methane gas coming out of the ground on Mars? The next Apple Pencil Meta to face the EU ‘Killer Robots’ Getir shuts down Twilio buys The Onion Verizon smartwatch plans get price hikes

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ByteDance Prefers Shutdown to Selling TikTok #1740

April 25, 2024

ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok, has expressed a preference for shutting down its TikTok app in the U.S. if forced to divest rather than sell it. This stance stems from the importance of the app’s core algorithms to ByteDance’s global operations. Despite TikTok’s substantial user base in the U.S., it represents only a tiny portion of ByteDance’s revenue. The company would rather cease operations than compromise on the algorithms integral to its suite of applications. This decision came after the President signed a bill to force the sale by January 19th in the U.S. that mandated the sale of TikTok due to alleged national security concerns, with ByteDance steadfast in maintaining control over its technological assets.

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In this episode, Todd Cochrane discusses several topics, starting with the main subject: ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, potentially shutting down the app in the United States rather than selling it due to an order from the President that demands ByteDance be sold. Cochrane highlights that ByteDance values its core algorithm too much to sell it and that the app represents only a tiny portion of the company’s global revenue. Despite TikTok’s popularity, the decision comes amid concerns of national security. Cochrane expresses skepticism about the motives behind the legislation, suggesting that other interests, particularly financial interests from competitors, might be at play.

During the episode, Cochrane acknowledges his primary sponsor, GoDaddy, thanking them for their long-term support and encouraging listeners to step up and support the sponsor during the new reporting period. He mentions some behind-the-scenes statistics and reminds listeners to check out deals from GoDaddy on his website. C

Cochrane displays a replica of the Dragon spacecraft sent by an anonymous donor and expresses appreciation for the gift. He then dives into his opinion on government intervention regarding TikTok, criticizing the legislative decision and comparing the situation to past social media controversies. Todd discusses the implications of the U.S. government pressuring a sale of TikTok and voices strong support for free speech.

Transitioning to other topics, Cochrane reports on various news items, including the FTC ruling against noncompete agreements and the arrest of a school athletic director for impersonating a principal using AI voice synthesis to create offensive messages. He shares news about the FCC’s actions against certain Chinese telecommunications companies and discusses breakthroughs in brain-like computing using water and salt.

Cochrane continues to discuss updates in the entertainment industry, Toyota’s new car manufacturing investments, and the possibility that Apple might start developing its AI chips. He touches upon FTC refunds to Ring customers over security failures and the report that Ford has been selling its electric cars at a loss.

As the episode progresses, Cochrane discusses regulatory pressure on the tech industry, DARPA’s autonomous tank, and expectations of alien life discoveries. He shares an anecdote about his son’s MacBook Pro needing a battery replacement and Apple’s expensive service fee.

Finally, the episode touches on the Earth’s slowing rotation, DARPA’s new autonomous combat vehicle, AI in plant engineering, Stripe’s update, Intel’s financial outlook, Google’s plans with Chromebooks and Pixel, and Reddit’s new advertising attempts. Toward the end of the podcast, Cochrane discusses his upcoming travel schedule to podcasting events in Manila and London and how it will affect show frequency.

Throughout the episode, Cochrane also gives shoutouts to various listeners and supporters, asks for feedback, and discusses the value-for-value model, including the SATSBack initiative, where podcasters could potentially pay listeners for their time listening to the show. He explains podcast apps and how listeners can use the Fountain app to support the podcast financially through streaming sites (cryptocurrency).

The podcast episode “ByteDance Prefers Shutdown to Selling TikTok” ran slightly longer than usual, nearly reaching the 60-minute mark.

What’s new on Paramount + with Showtime 32:06–NASA is planning a September launch 32:49–iPhone activation market share hits new low 35:17–A phone tracking app has a significant security flaw 23:16–FCC bans Chinese telecom carriers 25:43–An artificial synapse  36:20–Cities are ending their ShotSpotter contracts 38:21–Google is updating Android TVs 38:39–Toyota will spend billions 07:35–ByteDance prefers a TikTok ban 16:51–The end of non-compete agreements 39:27–Apple might start developing its own AI chips 40:07–AI-driven cyber attacks to be the norm 41:26–Ford reported a massive loss on its electric vehicles  42:42–Apple reports cuts to its Vision Pro production 18:48–A school athletic director was arrested for framing the principal  44:25–The Earth’s rotation slowing down 45:58–Spotify and Apple 47:48–What’s new on Max 47:57–Senator Rubio calls for blocking of all US sales to Huawei 48:57–Hubble celebrates 34 anniversary 49:24–AI helps scientists 50:22–Dropbox 50:34–FTC sending millions in refunds 51:18–Google may re-release the Pixel Tablet 51:49–An ex-hacker and a researcher launched a startup 52:40–Stripe for everyone 53:15–Intel Q1 54:33–Alien life could be just a few years away 54:53–Reddit 55:11–Samsung shows off battery tech 55:52–Meta Q1 56:26–The 2024 Election 57:13–DARPA’s latest toy

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Discord CEO Jason Citron on Shaping a More Intimate Internet #1739

April 22, 2024

Jason Citron, CEO of Discord, explores the platform’s unique position in the online world. Unlike traditional social networks, Discord offers a private space for communities centered around shared interests like gaming, AI, and fandoms. Citron discusses Discord’s shift from voice chat to a comprehensive social hub, emphasizing a future focused on intimate, community-driven experiences. He also addresses challenges such as content moderation and the decision against selling to Microsoft, highlighting the platform’s ongoing adaptation and focus on gaming and user-generated content. He thinks the Internet will get narrower as younger generations spend most of their time on the platform.

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The episode opens with Todd Cochrane, showcasing the unique position of Discord in the online world. As a private space for communities with shared interests like gaming, AI, and fandom, the platform has shifted from a voice chat service to a comprehensive social hub.

Jason Citron, CEO of Discord, is discussed, and his views on the future focused on intimate community-driven experiences are highlighted. He addresses content moderation challenges and explains his decision not to sell to Microsoft, emphasizing their focus on gaming and user-generated content and his belief in a narrower Internet experience for younger generations.

Todd gives a shoutout to the primary sponsor, GoDaddy, encouraging listeners to check out the deals for various GoDaddy services on the Geek News Central website and expresses gratitude for GoDaddy’s ongoing sponsorship.

The conversation then transitions to Todd’s personal experiences with network upgrades, sharing his positive experience with the UNIFY product line by Ubiquiti. He details the installation process in his studio and touts the advantages of the new network infrastructure.

The episode continues with a roundup of news stories and technological developments:

– Audacity 3.5’s release – SSD and hard drive prices going up due to increased demand – Mutant bacteria thriving in space and the concerns it raises – Dark web activities and challenges with child sexual abuse image detection – Anticipated M4 Mac mini and skipped M3 generation – Google’s new AI experiment Gemini potentially syncs with music streaming services

Todd advocates for his listeners to adopt modern podcast apps and consider utilizing podcasting 2.0 technology, which could pay users to listen to podcast episodes and engage with the community. He believes in building a community rather than restricting internet experiences to smaller, more private spaces.

The episode covers various other tech developments and current events, including:

– Ecosia’s energy-generating browser – Leaks about Beats’ new Bluetooth speaker from LeBron James, – Archeological 3D mapping at Cape Canaveral, – Meta’s spokesperson illegally defending terrorism in Russia, – Climate initiatives launched by President Biden on Earth Day, – The effect of AI on energy demands and a call for nuclear power, – Banning of TikTok in the U.S., – Privacy concerns on different platforms, including the Dutch government’s stance on Facebook and – Grindr’s lawsuit over sharing HIV status.

The episode concludes with Todd inviting listeners to provide feedback, participate in the community, and support the podcast through various contributions, such as an insider subscription and promoting GoDaddy deals. He also expresses interest in receiving help for chapter file submission.

Throughout the episode, Todd regularly dives into the value and implications of new technology, encouraging active community participation and growth within the podcasting space.

17:49–Audacity 3.5 18:10–PC storage prices are going up NASA finds new mutant bacteria in space 23:17–CSAM 25:00–The M4 Mac Mini  27:00–Google’s Gemini AI app 28:11–Ecosia 30:31–A new Bluetooth speaker 09:06–A smaller, more private internet 32:01–UCF students excavating Cape Canaveral launch site 33:56–Russian court sentences Meta spokesperson to 6 years  34:44–Apple named a top pick 35:43–$7 billion in solar power plants 41:25–Germany arrests 3 accused of smuggling tech to China EU opens probe of TikTok Lite Google Drive 42:45–Cannes Hospital cancels medical procedures 43:24–Verizon Q1 NASA seeks a new way to bring Mars rocks to Earth Is Sony merging with Paramount Plus? 45:11–Proton Mail  45:44–TikTok ban bill goes to the Senate 46:44–‘Do not use Facebook’ 47:22–Grindr sued

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Meta Unveils Llama 3 AI: Let the AI Race Begin #1738

April 18, 2024

Meta has launched a significant update to its AI platform, Meta AI, now powered by the open-source Llama 3 large language model. This upgrade introduces broader functionality and integration across Meta’s products, including Instagram, Messenger, Facebook feeds, and WhatsApp, along with a new dedicated web portal.

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Title: Meta Unveils Llama 3 AI: Let the AI Race Begin

Summary:

The episode begins with host Todd Cochrane discussing Meta’s significant update to its AI platform. The platform, Meta AI, is now integrated with the open-source large language model Llama 3, which has expanded functionality across Meta’s various products. This includes Instagram, Messenger, Facebook feeds, WhatsApp, a new web portal, Ray-Ban smart glasses, and the upcoming Quest headsets. Despite the advancements, Todd mentions challenges in cultural relevance and hallucination issues that were spotted during preliminary testing.

Todd acknowledges his sponsor, GoDaddy, and offers a range of promotion details for listeners to consider. He also invites listeners to contribute to the show via the website and encourages them to join the live chat at geeknews.chat. The discussion moves on to community elements and how listeners can provide feedback.

Transitioning to his work life, Todd shares his experiences upgrading his studio with Unifi equipment from Ubiquiti. From there, Todd dives into tech news, beginning with the observation that Google has taken action against disruptive employee behavior. Google fired 28 workers for participating in a protest about an Israeli government cloud contract, which Google described as violating their conduct policies. Todd elaborates on the situation and the consequences faced by the employees.

Next, the UN investigates a ransomware attack that resulted in data theft from several of its agencies based in Copenhagen. Todd then discusses a feature allowing guests staying at specific IHG hotels to stream content from their phones to hotel TVs using AirPlay.

The conversation shifts to Spy Pet, a site selling data on Discord users and their messages. Todd explains how the site operates and its privacy implications. National Geographic’s Earth Month celebration is highlighted next, emphasizing digital series featuring meditative videos.

Todd thanks listeners for boosting the podcast with micro-donations before covering more technology stories. These include the United Nations’ efforts to patch a light leak in its space telescope, issues with 911 services going offline in parts of the U.S., Google’s decision to combine its Android and hardware teams to focus on AI, and Google Photos’ new decluttering feature.

Additional news items relate to Google Maps’ 3D building view feature for Android Auto, Pixel smartphone updates, global IT spending, and the illusory of healthcare organizations’ cybersecurity maturity.

The podcast mentions the U.S. Air Force’s successful AI dogfight experiments and Microsoft & OpenAI’s plan to invest $100 billion to develop an AI supercomputer.

Todd also touches on the leakage of Venus’s atmosphere, concerns over TikTok Lite’s influence in Europe, Reddit’s new AI-powered language translation features, Nothing’s new ear two earbuds, and Slack’s rollout of AI tools for paying customers.

The episode concludes with an emphasis on the security risks in the healthcare sector, evidenced by a ransomware attack on Michigan-based Cherry Health that compromised sensitive patient data. Todd wraps up by mentioning that the audience’s feedback would be appreciated and encourages them to support the show.

The Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act 07:42–Meta rolls out an updated AI assistant 14:30–UN Agency investigating ransomware attack 15:14–iOS 17 update 16:31–Scraper spies on millions of Discord users 19:33–NAT GEO celebrates Earth Month 22:35–NASA will send astronauts to ISS 23:27–911 goes MIA 24:03–Google reorganizes teams 25:37–Google Photos 26:53–Google Maps 28:10–IT spending in the trillions 28:57–Police apprehend global cyber gang 29:55–Samsung shifts to 6-day workweeks 31:57–The Google Pixel 9 32:14–Report reveals healthcare industry not prepared for cyberattacks 33:53–PC maker offers a fix 35:03–The US Air Force’s first successful AI dogfight 37:42–Microsoft and OpenAI will spend billions 39:15–Venus is leaking 40:04–Europe and TikTok 11:44–Google fired 28 workers 41:00–Reddit CPO talks about new features 41:55–Nothing’s earbuds 42:38–The Boring phone Europol makes arrests 43:24–Slack rolls out its AI tools The EU and Meta 43:54–DJI’s new backup battery  45:53–Cherry Health

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FISA Section 702 Renewal Continues Warrantless Surveillance #1737

April 15, 2024

Last week, the U.S. Congress faced intense debates over the reauthorization of FISA Section 702, which allows indirect surveillance of American citizens without a warrant. The controversy peaked when a proposed amendment to mandate warrants for such surveillance failed in a 212-212 vote. Despite significant opposition and a temporary block by a bipartisan coalition, the renewal bill passed the House and is now pending Senate approval before the April 19 deadline.

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In episode 1737 of Geek News Central, host Todd Cochrane discusses several topics, with the key focus being the intense debates and controversy over the reauthorization of FISA Section 702 in the U.S. Congress. Todd reports that, despite opposition and an evenly split vote on an amendment mandating warrants for surveillance of American citizens, the renewal bill has passed the House and is pending Senate approval.

He also highlights his partnership with GoDaddy and encourages listeners to use promo codes from Geek News Central to support the podcast and use GoDaddy’s services for online businesses. Todd segues into his personal experiences and reviews of a product line from Ubiquiti, specifically the UnifI product, which he used to address bandwidth constraints in his rural loft. Moreover, he shares his frustration about frequent issues with a PoE switch that affected his security cameras. Todd touches on upcoming travel plans, including speaking engagements in Asia and Europe.

The episode covers news on Google’s reaction to a proposed journalism fee in California, expectations for Google IO announcements, the use of AI for mental health services in the public sector, and a new battery recycling machine. Todd shares his enthusiasm for new AI tools in Adobe Premiere Pro and expresses skepticism about a headband that claims to improve athletic performance.

Todd also discusses layoffs at Tesla due to declining delivery numbers, Samsung’s billion-dollar investment in semiconductor manufacturing in Texas, and Adobe’s development of AI video tools for Premiere Pro.

The podcast wraps up with Todd responding to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s concerns over TurboTax’s upselling tactics, discussing California’s declining share of tech jobs, and inviting listeners to contribute to the podcast via email and SATs boosts.

Google starts removing links to news outlets Google I/O 2024 Dropbox CEO wants you to embrace AI Millions of students are using AI Cybertruck owners alleged pedal problem Hubble spots a galaxy Next, the total solar eclipse Rivian’s new software update Global iPhone shipments drop nearly 10% NASA to make an annoucement US House approves FISA renewal Voyager 1 Roku makes 2FA mandatory Watch a recycling machine Tesla layoffs Samsung awarded billions AI shows promise in mitigating therapists’ shortage CA replaces a gas plant with a battery Tim Cook to raise Vietnamese commitment Lack of AI skills is putting public sector projects at risk Apple’s AI features Bosses are scared of AI Taxi software firm breach BP’s EV charging arm cuts off jobs Former security engineer sentenced to prison This crazy headband Roku confirms second major cyberattack Elizabeth Warren and TurboTax Adobe Premiere Pro CA is losing tech jobs

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Microsoft’s AI Revolution: Integrating AI into Every PC by 2024 #1736

April 11, 2024

Microsoft is gearing up to unveil a series of groundbreaking AI tools for PCs and the cloud at its Build conference in May. With a vision to integrate AI into every PC by 2024, the company will showcase advancements such as the Advanced Paste feature, new AI capabilities for Windows applications, and safety enhancements for Azure AI Studio. CEO Satya Nadella and newly appointed head of Microsoft AI, Mustafa Suleyman, will highlight Microsoft’s commitment to AI innovation and responsible development.

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This episode of Geek News Central, hosted by Todd Cochrane, discusses Microsoft’s ambitions to integrate AI into every PC by 2024. The episode covers Microsoft’s plan to unveil groundbreaking AI tools for PCs and the cloud at its Build conference in May, advancing features like Advanced Paste, new AI capabilities for Windows applications, and safety enhancements for Azure AI Studio. Todd emphasizes the aggressive timeline Microsoft has set for these integrations within PCs.

Todd discusses various topics from his week and tech industry news. He gives a shout-out to his sponsor, GoDaddy, and encourages listeners to use his sponsor discount codes, stressing the importance of sponsor support to the podcast. He also talks about his experience upgrading his internet at the loft with new Unify equipment for better speeds. He also shares an anecdote about his interaction with the Spectrum technician for upgrading his service to 1 gig down and increased upload speeds.

The episode briefly mentions Elon Musk’s expected visit to India to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Todd also refers to a cybersecurity pay discrepancy study, highlighting that the cybersecurity field shows a narrowing pay gap between men and women compared to national averages.

On the weather front, Todd notes the Weather Channel parent company’s new AI tool for hyperlocal weather videos, and the discussion segues into Google’s one billion dollar investment in undersea cables to connect Japan with Guam and Hawaii, which will significantly impact internet connectivity.

Hints at potential personal updates are also sprinkled throughout the episode, mentioning upgrades he’s making at his loft and potentially speaking at an unspecified event, pending approval from his team at Raw Voice. Todd stresses the grind he’s experiencing with work and his commitment to watching the company’s budget.

The show covers a range of other news, including:

– Uber is making its safety tools more accessible. – Instagram is testing nudity protection to fight sextortion. – Space tourism balloon startup’s latest luxury capsule design. – Alfa Romeo’s move into electric vehicles. – Google Podcasts going away, leading to listener frustrations. – DJI is unveiling its latest first-person view drone. – A warning from the International Monetary Fund on how cyberattacks could trigger bank runs. – Legal strife plaguing Truth Social’s executives. – DuckDuckGo is introducing a privacy pro plan with a no-log VPN. – Best Buy is launching AI customer assistance with human oversight. – There is potential for a Japanese astronaut to be the first non-American to land on the moon since the Artemis program aims to return to the lunar surface.

The episode concludes with Todd thanking listeners for their continued support, particularly those contributing through the modern podcasting app for value-for-value transactions. Additionally, he provides reminders for listeners to join the chat room, email their feedback, follow or subscribe to the podcast, and check out partner shows linked on Geek News Central.

Walmart might launch a ‘Pro’ variant of its Google competitor.  The UK is considering banning smartphones for children. AT&T admits data breach Apple plans to overhaul the entire Mac lineup Fireball lights up NJ sky CISA tells agencies to fix credentials  The US ‘considering’ end to Assange’s prosecution bid The Yale Approach Lock Taylor Swift songs return to TikTok Taxi software vendor exposes details of hundreds of thousands  Microsoft announces new AI tools Roku TV gains new updates Elon Musk to visit India Apple could deliver a vast iPhone performance boost A space tourism balloon startup Alfa Romeo Google Podcasts fans are furious Google pays $41,000 Watch out for these fake messaging apps from Android Eye injuries after solar eclipse The Weather Channel’s parent company has a new AI tool Google announces billions in funding for undersea cabling DJI unveils its latest FPV drone Women make less than men in cyber jobs The first non-American on the Moon IMF warns of cyberattacks A Truth Social executive was hacked DuckDuckGo Uber’s safety tools Best Buy and AI

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American Privacy Rights Act a Step in the Right Direction #1735

April 08, 2024

In a significant bipartisan effort, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) have introduced the American Privacy Rights Act, aiming to break the deadlock in Congress over data privacy protections. This landmark proposal offers consumers new rights over personal information, including the ability to correct, delete, or export their data and opt out of targeted advertising and data transfers. Additionally, it introduces stringent security measures to protect consumer data and allows for federal and state enforcement and private lawsuits against violations.

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In this episode of Geek News Central, host Todd Cochrane discusses various topics, beginning with the American Privacy Rights Act introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). The act supports consumers’ data rights, including correction, deletion, exportation of data, opting out of targeted advertising, and introduces stringent security measures.

Todd transitions to thanking the show’s primary sponsor, GoDaddy, and encourages listeners to become GNC insiders, contributing to the show’s community. He briefly recounts his weekend activities, decluttering his home, before returning to discussing the eclipse he experienced in Southern Michigan, noting the commercial exploitation around the event.

Todd then delves into the heart of the privacy act debate, expressing strong opposition to governments censoring online content or silencing dissidents and activists. He supports Elon Musk’s stance on free speech, aligning himself with Musk’s resistance to obeying court-ordered profile bans ordered by Brazil.

He mentions OpenAI’s alleged use of YouTube videos to train their models and relates it to his experience selling his voice recordings for AI training. Todd discusses the upcoming Disney Plus crackdown on password sharing, hackers’ targeting of hospital help desks, and Apple’s response to an EU ruling, which Todd finds Apple inadequate.

Todd talks about a report on the advertising impact of leaving TV streaming continuously, mentioning Tubi, a free ad-supported streaming service. He shares his recent network upgrade due to improved internet speeds and asks his audience for their old suitcase uses.

Todd appreciates the show’s insiders and those who contribute via new podcast apps, emphasizing the value of listener interaction. He covers news such as Gemini AI coming to Android, a new Google feature that allows users to look up unknown caller numbers, and the Nothing Company’s upcoming Nothing Ear 2 earbuds.

The host touches on cybersecurity with Dave Luber’s appointment as the new NSA cybersecurity director, Tesla’s robo taxi and Musk’s denial of scrapping the model 2, and Google’s rumored introduction of gesture controls for TVs with cameras, which Todd opposes.

Todd then discusses various reports and news items, including a Magento e-commerce platform bug, a Crowdfence bug bounty program, the dehumanizing effect of robots in industrial environments, future solar eclipses, Spotify’s new AI-based playlists, and a cybersecurity incident at a UK veterinary conglomerate.

The episode concludes with a reminder of the GoDaddy sponsorship and invites musicians to create a new intro, signaling Todd’s openness to refreshing the show’s elements.

Disney+ to crack down on password sharing A new bipartisan digital privacy bill Hospital helpdesk targeted by hackers EU regulators and Apple People like leaving their TVs on in the background Another SpaceX launch is seen in Arizona’s night sky Gemini AI is coming to Android A ‘lookup button’ for unknown callers Chipolo Drones that charge on power lines Fly Me To The Moon OpenAI and YouTube ‘Summarize this email’ Google’s bottom search bar The latest iPhone 16 battery leak iDrive NSA makes an appointment for a cybersecurity director Tesla Robotaxis Android Auto is behaving weirdly Nothing set to unveil something This fake Midjourney Facebook page An Apple TV with a camera would support gestures Magneto bug exploited to steal payment data Crowdfense offering millions Industrial robots make work less meaningful for real people When is the next solar eclipse? Elon Musk threatens to disobey court order. Spotify tests AI-generated playlists Animals at risk

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Google Phases Out Early Nest and Dropcam Models #1734

April 04, 2024

Google announced the discontinuation of support for early Dropcam, Dropcam Pro, and Nest Secure models, rendering these devices largely inoperable on April 8. To assist users in transitioning, Google offers a complimentary Nest camera for Nest Aware subscribers or a 50% discount on a new Nest camera for non-subscribers. Dropcam and Dropcam Pro users will lose the ability to save new clips, and they will have limited time to access existing ones. Nest Secure users will find their devices, such as the Nest x Yale door locks, unable to connect to WiFi. Google offers a free Nest Connect to extend the life of existing locks, with a reminder to contact support for details if not already received.

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In this episode of the Geek News Central podcast, titled “Google Phases Out Early Nest and Dropcam Models,” host Todd Cochrane discusses several topics, starting with Google’s announcement about ending support for early Dropcam, Dropcam Pro, and Nest Secure models. This news is significant for users of these products as they will become largely inoperable starting April 8th. Google is offering compensation to affected users, including a complimentary Nest camera for Nest Aware subscribers or a 50% discount on a new Nest camera for non-subscribers. However, Cochrane expresses his frustration with Google’s actions and shares his decision to replace his Dropcam devices with Wyze cameras.

Todd continues the show with acknowledgments and promotions, including a shoutout to the podcast’s primary sponsor, GoDaddy, and invitations for audience participation and subscription via various platforms. He shares insights into his experiences with domain names and encourages listeners to take advantage of GoDaddy’s deals for online businesses.

Following the promotional segment, Todd dives into a range of other tech and industry news:

1. Google’s consideration of making AI search a premium option due to potential revenue implications. 2. Gmail’s integration with AI-generated responses for premium subscribers. 3. The financial payouts from Zoom’s bug bounty program since 2019. 4. AWS’s job cuts are part of Amazon’s continued downsizing efforts. 5. NASA is narrowing down options for lunar rovers and working towards selecting one for a pre-2029 moon mission. 6. The rise of “pink slime” partisan news sites that imitate legitimate journalism. 7. The use of AI in email responses, with a listener named Leslie providing feedback on her dislike for AI-generated content. 8. Todd provides an update on GNC insiders, thanking those who stream the podcast with modern podcast apps that allow for value-for-value exchanges.

He also covers other vital topics, such as:

– FBI’s consideration of the benefits and risks of AI. – Garmin’s new heart rate tracker pairs with women’s sports bras. – A significant data breach hitting the US State Department involving documents related to the Five Eyes alliance. – A surge in malware attacks targeting the retail industry via WhatsApp. – Online retailers’ challenges with fraudulent returns on Amazon. – NASA’s directive for a unified lunar standard time. – Controversy surrounding Tesla’s impending trial over a fatal autopilot crash. – Leaks suggest changes to the iPhone 16 design. – Ripple’s entrance into the stablecoin market. – Google is suing a cryptocurrency scammer. – Apple developed a personal robot for home use.

Todd emphasizes the importance of verified eclipse glasses since an eclipse is approaching and touches on Android’s satellite messaging capabilities. The episode concludes with a reminder to listeners to support the podcast by becoming insiders or utilizing the value-for-value option through modern podcast apps.

Google wants Gemini to help you Dropcam and Nest devices will stop working soon Zoom paid millions AWS planning on job cuts How will astronauts cruise around the Moon? FBI and AI Garmin’s new heart rate tracker Investigation launched after theft of government data Amazon sellers plagued by surge in scam returns Google’s Find My Device Children’s privacy must be a priority on social media Amazon still has a problem with plastic waste A standard of time for the Moon Tesla and Apple Leaked iPhone 16 dummy units show design changes Ripple Google charging users to use AI search? A ‘law firm’ of AI The next generation of a lunar rover Ford delays some electric vehicles  Waymo and Uber Eats OpenAI releases new tools Meta apps hit by outage Space junk crashed into a home How to tell authentic eclipse glasses from fakes Android 15’s satellite text messaging More malware attacks are hitting retailers than ever Apple is developing personal robots for your home X is giving blue checks to Premium users AT&T to invest billions NASA, 65 years ago

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Perplexity Ads Meet AI: The New Frontier in Search #1733

April 01, 2024

Perplexity, an AI search engine rivaling Google and backed by prominent investors including Jeff Bezos, is set to introduce advertising in its platform. The company, boasting a significant $73.6 million in Series B funding, plans to embed native ads within the related questions section of its search responses. This move comes as publishers adjust their SEO strategies to mitigate potential losses from Google’s search advancements. By leveraging AI technology from OpenAI and its proprietary models, Perplexity aims to balance its ad-driven model without compromising the user experience amidst expectations to attract substantial advertiser interest.

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In this episode of Geek News Central, host Todd Cochrane opens the show with his introduction, where he energetically announces the episode’s focus: Perplexity, an AI search engine backed by significant investments and expected to disrupt traditional search by introducing advertising into its platform. After celebrating a whimsical April Fool’s Day, Todd gives a shoutout to the show’s primary sponsor, GoDaddy, and encourages listeners to support the podcast by becoming GNC insiders and participating in the value-for-value movement.

Todd shares about his recent trip to Los Angeles and his apprehensions regarding the cost of living there, hinting at the relief of returning home. He then updates on his recovery from an injury, and his travel plans for London, encouraging listeners in London to reach out for a meet-up. He touches on the situation with Google Podcasts, which is set to be discontinued in the US and emphasizes the importance of transitioning to a new podcast app.

Celebrating Gmail’s 20th anniversary, Todd reminisces about the rush for Gmail accounts and discusses current cybersecurity threats, including AT&T’s massive data breach and malware targeting Mac users.

The episode’s main topic revolves around Perplexity’s plan to start selling ads, posing questions about how advertising will influence AI search results and the impact on businesses, tiny ones. Todd expresses concern over OpenAI’s integration of links in ChatGPT outputs and how significant companies might dominate this AI-driven landscape, possibly at the expense of smaller entities.

Todd dives into iPhone-related rumors about the following models’ design and camera upgrades, switching gears. He also discusses updates coming to Apple Maps and mentions new content on streaming services Hulu and HBO Max. A New York City government AI chatbot’s faulty advice draws his criticism, and he notes Congressional staff being banned from using Microsoft Copilot due to security risks.

Closing tech news includes macOS users targeted by cyber threats, speculation around the consequences of a potential TikTok ban, and OpenAI’s voice cloning software. Todd humorously congratulates Pluto on becoming Arizona’s official state planet, reflecting on the state’s pride in being the discovery site for Pluto.

Todd concludes the episode by thanking the listeners and podcast insiders for their support. He emphasizes the importance of becoming an insider to join the “cool kids club” and reiterates the value for value concept. He rounds off by contemplating whether to travel to see a solar eclipse and invites listeners to share their plans.

GoDaddy sponsors the episode and encourages listener participation and support throughout.

iPhone 16 camera rumors The official state planet of Arizona There is one place in Michigan to see the total solar eclipse This dangerous Android malware Happy Birthday to Gmail Google Podcasts shuts down tomorrow Google to delete records from incognito tracking OpenAI claims it can clone a voice from 15 seconds from you talking iPhone SE 4 SpaceX launches Eutelsat 36D McDonald’s serves up a masterclass Apple Maps Everything new on Hulu A chatbot is sending the wrong information Congress bans staff from using Copilot Everything new on Max macOS users targeted with more cyberattacks TikTok ban may be a diplomatic disaster Truth Social lost millions Perplexity Links on ChatGPT Sam Altman no longer owns fund AT&T’s massive data breach Google Maps

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Unlock Your Podcast’s Potential with Blubrry PAI: The Ultimate AI Assistant #1732

March 21, 2024

Blubrry introduces the revolutionary Blubrry Podcast AI Assistant (Blubrry PAI), designed to streamline and enhance every aspect of podcast production and promotion. With features such as AI-driven planning, integrated production tools, and automated social media and email promotion capabilities, Blubrry PAI promises to alleviate common podcasting challenges. This comprehensive toolset allows podcasters to create better content, engage audiences more effectively, and provide richer metadata for search engines.

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The episode kicks off with the show’s intro jingle and Todd Cochrane, as the sole host and a veteran in the podcasting industry, greeting listeners and introducing the main story for the evening: the launch of Blubrry’s revolutionary Podcast AI Assistant, Blubrry PAI. This AI-driven tool is designed to streamline and enhance podcast production and promotion. It offers integrated production tools, automated social media, and email promotion capabilities. Todd touts Blubrry PAI’s ability to help podcasters create better content, engage with their audience more effectively, and improve search engine metadata.

Todd shares details on the episode number (1733) and the date (Thursday, March 21st) before giving a shoutout to the primary sponsor, GoDaddy. He encourages listeners to utilize the promotional deals on GoDaddy and emphasizes the need for listener support through contributions. He also promotes modern podcast apps from podcastapps.com and encourages listeners to follow or subscribe to the show and check out partner shows.

Delving into personal tidings, Todd speaks about his struggle with a cracked rib, his experimentation with the app Suno.ai, and his upcoming trip to Los Angeles, which he isn’t looking forward to due to the rib injury. He briefly talks about the new company product launches, including VidaPod and their AI. He feels immense pride in his team’s work and mentions that the new AI features have contributed to a rise in listener numbers. He encourages new listeners to introduce themselves via email.

Transitioning into the tech news segment, Todd talks about several stories:

1. The U.S. Department of Justice is filing an antitrust lawsuit against Apple over its walled garden approach, which makes it difficult for competitors and limits customer choice. 2. Hong Kong’s new national security law threatens freedoms and criminalizes dissent. 3. A U.S. House bill barring the sale of personal data to foreign adversaries. 4. An AI tool creating a digital twin of patients to predict future diseases. Todd expresses concerns over the potential misuse of such technology. 5. Todd thanks fans who contributed monetarily and boosted the podcast with sats (a form of digital currency). 6. An FCC investigation into Amazon’s marketing and sale of outlawed products, particularly radio frequency jammers. 7. The discovery of an AI tool that has found signs of cancer missed by doctors focused on breast cancer diagnoses. 8. Small tweaks in Google Contacts and Google Pixel news about market share and the rumored release date and price of the next foldable model.

Todd continues with various other stories, including: – A UPS worker is stealing iPhones and other Apple products. – Predictions of the emergence of fully AI-generated games. – A Soyuz spacecraft launching with a multinational crew. – Glassdoor is adding real names to anonymous profiles. – Microsoft released new AI PCs and announced a new edition of Office software. – Ford’s rumored production of an affordable electric SUV. – Facts about data loss incidents across organizations. – A potential loophole for denial of service attacks. – Neuralink’s brain implant helping a paralyzed man play chess with his mind. – Samsung’s promotion of a free TV with a preorder of select models. – A state senator‘s deepfake video created by a colleague. – The U.S. is applying pressure on India over laptop licensing policies. – YouTube TV’s rollout of multi-view to iPhone.

Closing out the episode, Todd touches on e-waste issues, Reddit’s successful IPO, rumors of iPhone’s potential talks with OpenAI and Google, deepfake challenges with ChatGPT policies, FCC’s plans to expand 5G in rural America, potential threats to TikTok, and DoorDash’s drone delivery trial in Virginia.

Todd wraps up the episode by expressing his temporary absence due to his upcoming LA trip and that he will not be hosting episodes the following week. He encourages listeners to become show insiders by contributing and reiterating fan support’s importance. Lastly, he concludes with reminders to use one of the modern podcast apps, stay connected, and reach out via email.

 

AI tool finds cancer signs missed by doctors Google Contacts LG’s CineBeam Q 4K projector Google Pixel’s market share grows UPS worker accused of stealing iPhones Google Pixel Fold 2 Fully AI-generated games by 2030? The Soyuz MS-25 is set to launch on the ISS. Glassdoor AI-generated digital twins of patients Microsoft just revealed a major surprise Ford could soon take the fight to Tesla Data loss affected 4 out of 5 organizations A new DoS attack could hit thousands of online systems House passes bill barring sale of personal information to foreign adversaries Neuralink’s brain implant helps a man play chess Samsung is giving away a free TV A state legislator makes a deepfake of a colleague Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6 DoorDash is testing a drone delivery feature in VA A Danish man found guilty of fraudulently profiting from music streaming royalties  Senate plots next move on TikTok Hong Kong’s national security law The US and New Dehli and laptop rules YouTube TV E-waste is growing Reddit is now a publicly traded company DOJ files an antitrust lawsuit against Apple A bunch of new Samsung TVs are finally available Apple in talks with Google FCC moves to relaunch billions to expand 5G in rural North America

 

 

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Vid2Pod: Transform YouTube Playlists into a Podcast! #1731

March 18, 2024

Vid2Pod by Blubrry Podcasting offers an innovative solution for YouTube creators aiming to extend their content’s reach by effortlessly converting video playlists into high-quality audio podcasts. This new service by Blubrry podcasting is a boon for video-first creators, enabling them to tap into a new audience and ensure their content is accessible across all major podcast platforms. The process involves simply integrating your YouTube account, selecting a playlist for conversion, and instant distribution across platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon.

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Todd Cochrane opens the episode of Geek News Central by introducing himself as “the tech talking man,” greeting listeners warmly. He then dives into his lead story, discussing Vid2Pod, a new service from Blubrry Podcasting that enables YouTube creators to convert video playlists into high-quality audio podcasts easily. Todd explains that the service allows video-first creators to reach new audiences by distributing their content across major podcast platforms. The integration with YouTube accounts is simple, with an automatic distribution feature that adds new videos to the podcast playlist.

Todd transitions with a sponsorship message, inviting listeners to check out deals at GoDaddy.com and Geek News Central’s partner shows. He emphasizes GoDaddy’s long-running sponsorship and highlights deals for domains, hosting, and website builders.

Next, Todd discusses the intro music he created using an AI tool from app.suno.ai, expressing amazement at the AI-generated music and suggesting listeners give it another listen. Moving on from personal updates, including a rib injury he recently incurred, Todd elaborates on Vid2Pod’s features and benefits further; it’s designed to assist YouTube creators in expanding their reach and offers monetization opportunities without the usual stringent platform requirements.

Continuing with the tech news, Todd shares about AI creating new jobs, SpaceX potentially building spy satellites for the US government, and Microsoft’s latest Windows update causing blue screen errors. He also touches on Homeland Security’s use of AI for various tasks, DARPA’s lunar economy plans, the UK government’s ambition to roll out flying taxis, and Microsoft’s AI event in May.

Switching gears, Todd mentions data breach news with Fujitsu and AT&T, the AI-powered clinical documentation for doctors, LinkedIn planning to add games and impending new AirPods models. He closes out the tech news by discussing Hertz CEO’s resignation.

Todd concludes with housekeeping items, mentioning he’ll be attending an event in LA next week, leading to a break from podcasting. He encourages listeners to check out modern podcast apps and become insiders by contributing to the podcast through donations or value exchange. Finally, Todd signs off by thanking listeners for their time and reminds them of his next recording date while emphasizing the importance of audience engagement and supporting GoDaddy.

Vid2Pod – Turn your YouTube playlist into a Podcast The latest Windows 11 update may crash your PC Homeland Security is testing AI The US government and developing a lunar company The UK government wants flying taxis to take off SpaceX building hundreds of spy satellites  Fujitsu says it was hacked Google Wallet gets an update Uber Australia to pay millions SCOTUS and social media Windows and Surface AI event in May Microsoft is blocking Russian firms from using its cloud services Is TikTok’s parent company an agent of the Chinese state? Rivian owners now have access to Tesla Superchargers Grok AI has been open-sourced Doctors and generative AI TikTok launches Creator Rewards 70 million+ of AT&T files leaked online AI to create a half billion new jobs LinkedIn is adding games The sound of your keystrokes to steal your passwords YouTube requires creators to label AI-generated content Apple’s AirPod launch in September Hertz CEO steps down Google Fitbit Gemni AI to iPhones

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SpaceX’s Starship Achieves Orbital Velocity in Historic Test Flight #1730

March 14, 2024

In a momentous event, SpaceX’s colossal Starship, the world’s largest and most powerful rocket, achieved orbital speed for the first time today. This significant milestone occurred during its third test flight, marking a historic day for SpaceX and space exploration enthusiasts. Despite not completing its intended splashdown, the test was deemed successful as it accomplished several key objectives, advancing SpaceX’s ambitious space travel goals.

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In episode 1730 of the Geek News Central podcast, host Todd Cochrane discusses various topics, primarily focusing on the latest tech news.

The episode begins with Todd celebrating SpaceX’s Starship, which reached orbital velocity for the first time on its third test flight. However, the spacecraft didn’t achieve the planned splashdown. Todd, enthusiastic about space exploration, had watched the event live.

Todd then transitions to directly engaging with the audience, thanking them for their support and inviting them to become a Gekk News Central Insider @ geeknewscentral.com/insider He also gives a special acknowledgment to GoDaddy, the show’s primary sponsor, highlighting their continuous support since 2005. Todd details GoDaddy’s promotions and encourages listeners to utilize his promo codes for discounts on various GoDaddy services, asserting the importance of audience engagement in keeping the sponsorship alive.

Todd announces that the podcast is streaming live on Rumble for the first time and encourages listeners to join their chat room. He seeks the audience’s feedback on the podcast, the newsletter, and the AI-generated show notes.

The main topics covered in the podcast include discussions about TikTok and concerns over its Chinese ownership, with U.S. politicians urging for the sale or facing a ban. Todd shares his views against the government’s potential overreach and censorship. He also talks about the possible effects of AI and wearable tech on workers’ well-being and looks at the Geek News Central newsletter updates, which he mentions have been tweaked by AI for better quality.

Todd examines the Amazon advertising products that sellers no longer carry in certain states, leading to a waste of advertising dollars and a failure in geotargeting that affected sellers like Rob Robinson. He requests audience participation in conversations surrounding headaches experienced by astronauts, a new pregnancy insight feature by the Oura ring, and Mars’ gravitational pull affecting the Earth’s ocean floor every 2.4 million years.

In the realm of tech, Todd discusses security flaws discovered in ChatGPT plugins, Amazon’s attempt to increase workplace positivity by encouraging employees to dream about happiness, a project aiming to cut down interstellar travel time to decades, and a court ruling against a ransomware kingpin.

The podcast also provides insights on a variety of global concerns, such as Customs and Border Protection’s efforts to use AI for fentanyl detection, a French government department facing a significant data breach, Google Chrome’s enhanced real-time protection against malicious websites, and ongoing international collaboration to disrupt cybercrime.

Among the topics, Todd discusses Proton’s Desktop Mail app release, the surge in browser choice due to Europe’s digital marketing act, the trends in music streaming with more users paying for the service, the surge in bitcoin gains by U.S. investors, and Microsoft’s check writing to Caltech over patent infringement lawsuits.

The episode concludes with Todd encouraging listeners to become Geek News Central insiders and support the show financially or by using their time and talent. He emphasizes the importance of the audience’s engagement and the listeners’ support in maintaining the program’s independence and content quality.

Amazon says it sold ads for products shoppers couldn’t buy Headaches experienced by astronauts in space Oura’s new Pregnancy Insights feature ChatGPT plugin flaws Close your eyes and think happy thoughts A massive interstellar project CBP wants to use AI Ransomware kingpin gets four years behind bars Voyager 1 An operative and firms behind AI robocalls is sued An international effort to disrupt cybercrime A mega breach of the French government exposes millions of people’s data Safe Browsing on Google Chrome YouTube TV New email standards Princess Kate photo scandal 14 VPN terms and features you should know Disney + password sharing Anthropic Remember the MacBook Touch Bar? Nissan customers had their data stolen The latest macOS Sonoma update A computer scientist is not a Bitcoin inventor SpaceX launches giant Starship rocket Mars tugs on Earth so hard it changes the ocean floor Microsoft agrees to settle lawsuit Epic and Apple Surge in browsers on iOS The US Annual Music Study AI and wearables Steve Mnuchin is thinking about buying TikTok ProtonMail 2023 Cryptocurrency gains by country The US HHS is investigating Change Healthcare The Apple Car as a minivan

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Airbnb’s Indoor Camera Ban: A Win for Privacy #1729

March 11, 2024

Airbnb has taken a significant step to enhance guest privacy by prohibiting indoor cameras in rental properties. The new policy, aimed at ensuring guests’ peace of mind, extends to limit the use of outdoor cameras, requiring hosts to disclose their presence and ensuring they do not invade private spaces. The company’s decision to ban indoor cameras, previously allowed in communal areas, responds to privacy concerns. This move clarifies rules around surveillance and outlines strict consequences for hosts violating these guidelines, including potential removal from the platform. Airbnb’s updated privacy measures are set to take effect on April 30, emphasizing the importance of reviewing rental listings for disclosed surveillance devices.

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The podcast episode hosted by Todd Cochrane starts with a discussion about Airbnb’s new policy banning indoor cameras in rental properties. Todd outlines how this policy change aims to enhance guest privacy and specifies the consequences for hosts who violate the latest guidelines. He mentions that these changes are set to take effect on April 30th and advises listeners to review rental listings for surveillance devices.

Following the lead story, Todd talks about his primary sponsor, GoDaddy, and promotes various GoDaddy deals on his website. He encourages listeners to support the podcast by using his promo codes and becoming a GNC insider.

Todd then delves into a discussion on the impact and future of artificial general intelligence (AGI). He predicts significant changes in product marketing and a reduced need for PR agencies, marketing firms, and UIX feedback groups in the next five years as AGI becomes more prevalent. Todd shares his experience using ChatGPT to create documentation and expresses amazement at its efficacy. He urges listeners to consider how AGI technology might change their businesses or employers.

Todd shares a personal anecdote about spending the weekend with his family, visiting microbreweries, and attempting to have his granddaughter stay overnight.

Next, Todd addresses Airbnb’s indoor camera policy, commending the company for improving privacy. He discusses various other topics, including NVIDIA being sued for training AI on copyrighted work, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman being reinstated to the board after being briefly removed, and a security breach at CISA using an Ivanti flaw.

Todd talks about a new video app launch by Elon Musk on Samsung and Amazon TVs, thanking his podcast’s insiders for their support and donation. He details the benefits of becoming an insider and how listeners can contribute to the show.

Todd then covers a broad spectrum of news stories, ranging from the discovery of authors suing AI chipmakers over training technology to the EU Commission’s use of Microsoft software breaching privacy rules. He also touches on Google Maps’ orientation accuracy improvements, Princess Kate’s photo editing scandal, an interactive map showcasing the scale of the universe, China testing an AI chatbot for brain surgeons, and US efforts to curb China’s tech capabilities.

Todd discusses the potential for Android 15 to include satellite messaging, healthcare professionals’ interest in Apple’s Vision Pro, a rare original iPhone model up for auction, EU concerns over car touch screens, and Google’s office Wi-Fi issues. He provides a list of content leaving Hulu soon, Uber’s expansion of electric rideshare services in New York, Russian cyberattacks on Microsoft, China’s preference for domestic products over Apple and Tesla, Pinterest’s new body type range tool, a WordPress plugin vulnerability, and the upcoming total solar eclipse.

Todd discusses the lack of Oscar wins for Apple TV and Netflix and the ongoing movement toward protecting AI outputs from perceived biases. He mentions Reddit’s plan to go public, the challenges streamers like Apple TV face in the film industry, and Pinterest’s inclusive fashion feature. He also expresses frustration with the reluctance to adopt modern podcast apps despite their enhanced features and concludes the episode by thanking listeners and inviting feedback.

Windows 11’s next prominent AI feature Everything leaving Hulu in March Uber’s posh electric rideshare service comes to NYC Microsoft says it is still facing Russian cyberattacks Apple and Tesla feel the pain Pinterest rolls out its ‘body type ranges’ tool Plugin flaw exposes sites to attacks How to prepare for the solar eclipse Sam Altman wasn’t fired because of scary tech Apple TV+ and Netflix were nearly shut out of the Oscars Protecting space tourists from cosmic ray dangers AI models show racial bias, says researchers Airbnb says to hosts: do not film guests Reddit wants to raise millions Nvidia and OpenAI Google Maps ‘Photoshopped royal photo’ How big is the universe? China begins testing an AI chatbot. The US ‘will do everything in takes’ Satellite messaging might come to Android 15 Healthcare pros express interest in the Apple Vision Pro Want to own a piece of iPhone history? Future cars could ditch touchscreens and bring back buttons Google’s self-designed office CISA confirms attackers breached it X on Samsung and Amazon TVs

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Google Under Fire for Alleged Role in Gift Card Scams #1728

March 08, 2024

A federal lawsuit filed in the District of North California accuses Google of profiting from gift card fraud, particularly involving Google Play gift cards. The complaint highlights that Google has retained millions from such scams, either by commission from payments made with fraudulently obtained cards or by holding onto the funds. This comes amid FTC … Continue reading Google Under Fire for Alleged Role in Gift Card Scams #1728 →

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AI Chatbots to Redefine Search Marketing #1727

March 05, 2024

Gartner forecasts a significant shift in the digital marketing realm by 2026, predicting a 25% decline in traditional search engine volume due to the rising influence of AI chatbots and virtual agents. This evolution is poised to redefine marketing strategies, emphasizing the importance of generative AI in content creation and the critical need for quality and authenticity in digital content. As AI-generated content proliferates, search engines prioritize content quality, and companies must adapt by focusing on unique, valuable content. Additionally, the rise of watermarking and regulatory measures will play a crucial role in content authentication, impacting how search engines display AI-generated content.

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Show Notes Summary and Story Links: In this episode of Geek News Central, hosted by Todd Cochrane, the primary focus is on the impact AI chatbots and virtual agents will have on the future of search marketing. Todd begins the episode by highlighting a Gartner forecast predicting a 25% decline in traditional search engine volume by 2026 due to AI. He discusses how the rise of AI necessitates the prioritization of content quality by search engines and how companies need to adapt to maintain visibility. He emphasizes the importance of authentic content as AI-generated content becomes more common and the role watermarking and regulations will play in authentication.

Todd then gives a shoutout to the podcast’s primary sponsor, GoDaddy, urging listeners to support the show by taking advantage of the deals offered. He redirects listeners to the Geek News Central website for more information on partner shows and how to subscribe to the newsletter. Todd also encourages audience participation via different channels, including email, chat, and social media platforms.

The host shares a personal update on his travel schedule and his experience with jet lag after his recent trip. He comments on website updates, discussing new live features and audience surveys, although he notes an issue with a widget that did not function as expected.

Todd then transitions to news articles covering various tech-related topics, starting with WhatsApp gaining access to NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware source code. He further discusses cybersecurity threats, including attacks on the US defense sector and FCC employees, and a Pixel watch rumor indicating a larger size in development. He comments on an amusing attempt by a homeless man to steal a Waymo robotaxi and expresses gratitude to listeners contributing to the show.

He briefly mentions his show’s insiders and their financial support before delving into preparations for NASA’s Artemis mission to the moon. Todd notes the developing commercial space flight industry with attention to Blue Origin’s increased focus on human spacecraft and SpaceX’s progress.

Next, Todd addresses a new data storage breakthrough capable of holding up to 200 terabytes on a DVD-like disk, followed by concerns about the loss of over two million scholarly articles from the internet. The topic shifts to Wix’s new AI chatbot, which allows the creation of websites in seconds, with Todd providing his opinion on the output quality. He then discusses the move towards 5.5G networks and an incident where the violations of a cruise autonomous vehicle caused a drop in value for backers.

Trump supporters are mentioned for spreading AI-generated images posing Trump with black voters, and Google is reported to be working on a satellite SOS feature for Pixel phones. News about the International Space Station launch follows, and Nissan’s decision to discontinue its electric car app due to network changes is discussed. Todd concludes the tech news updates with talks of Lenovo offering refurbished laptops and servers and a new iPhone SE 4 render leak.

In the final segment, Todd mentions Apple TV+ adding fifty licensed movies, a significant penalty fee for Apple from the EU Commission, the cancellation of NASA’s satellite project, and the legal battle over Elon Musk’s Tesla compensation package. The podcast wraps up with the launch of new Apple Macbook Air models. Todd closes the show by urging listeners to support Geek News Central through various means and to try new podcast apps from podcast apps dot com.

Google’s next Pixel Watch A homeless man tries to steal robotaxi Astronauts prepare for first trip to the moon FCC employees targeted A next-gen Chromecast with Google TV WhatsApp wins access to NSO spyware code The blue screen of death NASA is working with SpaceX and Blue Origin New Linux malware found Blue Origin developing a human spacecraft The James Webb Space Telescope A limited Spongebob Xbox Series X DVD-like discs that store up to 200 TB US defense sector under attack Research papers disappeared from the internet Search engines will drop 25% by 2026 Wix’s new AI chatbot 5.5G Cruise’s valuation halved Ban on ransomware hackers  AIs in India will need government permission AI-generated images of Trump with black voters Google’s upcoming ‘Satellite SOS’ feature New US-Russian crew heads to space station Nissan accused of dumping its electric car pioneers Lenovo will now offer refurbished laptops Leaked iPhone SE 4 renders Apple TV Plus Legal eagles demand $6 billion in Tesla stock A new 13-inch and 15-inch Macbook Air EU takes a bite out of Apple NASA’s satellite pit stop project This organization built an app to boost financial literacy

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Apple’s Public Web App Discontinuation in EU Draws Criticism #1726

February 27, 2024

Apple’s recent decision to discontinue support for iPhone web apps in the European Union has sparked potential investigative action from the European Commission. Citing compliance with the EU’s Digital Markets Act, which mandates support for third-party browser engines, Apple plans to downgrade web apps to function similarly to bookmarks in iOS 17.4. The company attributes this shift to the impracticality of developing a new integration architecture amid other DMA demands, low user engagement, and security concerns. However, developers and advocacy groups are challenging the move, with Open Web Advocacy gathering data to assess the impact on developers and inform the European Commission’s evaluation.

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In this episode of Geek News Central, host Todd Cochrane discusses newsworthy topics, beginning with Apple’s decision to discontinue support for Public Web Apps (PWAs) in the European Union. Todd elucidates the potential implications of this decision, especially in light of the EU’s Digital Markets Act, which mandates support for third-party browser engines—something Apple is attributing its decision to. He expresses his disapproval of the move, citing the importance of PWAs for open web infrastructure and the difficulties it presents, particularly as a gatekeeper situation where Apple is seen as putting the screws on people.

He then talks about the Supreme Court case that will determine if social media platforms are protected under the First Amendment to exercise editorial judgment or if they are public forums that can be compelled to host speech.

Next, Todd addresses the sideways moon landing of a private US lander that cut its mission short and acknowledges that little data could be retrieved because of the incident. He proceeds to thank the podcast’s insiders and acknowledges their contributions, emphasizing the value of their support.

Later on, Todd talks about Google’s explanation and commitment to fixing issues with its Gemini AI image generation after it was found to produce inappropriate and contextually incorrect images. He also reports about a cyber attack on the world’s most iconic police force, the Canadian Mounties. While no significant data breach occurred, several servers and encryptions were seized during an international effort against a suspected group called LockBit.

Apple’s rumored HomePod with a screen is another topic he touches on, speculating whether it could be too late to compete with the Echo Show. The episode continues with an overview of Dell’s move into AI PC technology and the company’s perspective on the long-term future of AI PCs.

Samsung’s announcement of the new Galaxy Ring, a wellness-centric wearable device, is next discussed, followed by the UK Home Secretary’s concerns about the potential use of deep fakes to undermine elections. Tyler Perry’s pause in an $800 million studio expansion due to AI concerns and TCL’s unveiling of its fifty series phones are also covered.

Todd highlights various tech updates, from using AI technology to enhance 5G performance to rumors about the iPhone sixteen Pro’s camera design. Other issues highlighted include Comcast’s new update for hiding its sidebar in Google TV and Google DeepMind’s leveraging AI for quantum computing. A new investment by prominent tech leaders in a human-like robot development startup is also mentioned.

The episode closes with a summary of an AT&T outage and the provider’s meager credit compensation to affected customers, examining the public’s response and AT&T’s claim that the outage was due to human error, not a cyber attack. Todd signs off with a reminder to support the podcast through listener contributions and thanks the audience for being with him.

The title of this episode is “Apple’s Public Web App Discontinuation in EU Draws Criticism,” mainly focusing on the initial segment where Todd discusses the implications of Apple’s decision to discontinue public web apps in the EU.

– **Apple’s HomePod with Screen** – Speculation on Apple’s potential late entry to compete with Echo Show.

– **Dell and AI PCs** – Dell’s venture into AI PC technology. – Commentary on AI’s future in PCs.

– **Samsung Galaxy Ring** – Announcement of new wellness wearable device.

– **UK Deep Fake Election Concerns** – Home Secretary worried about deep fakes during elections.

– **Tyler Perry’s Studio Expansion Pause** – Halted $800 million expansion over AI concerns.

– **TCL’s Fifty Series Phones** – Introduction of new phone series by TCL.

– **Tech Updates** – AI enhancements for 5G. – Rumors about iPhone 16 Pro’s camera. – Google DeepMind’s AI in quantum computing. – Investment in human-like robot development.

– **AT&T Outage** – Provider offers minimal credit after outage. – Outage attributed to human error, not cyber attack.

What happens on Mars, stays on Mars? SCOTUS hears arguments on online speech A lunar lander shuts down Google explains how Gemini’s AI image generator went wrong The Canadian Mounties hit by a cyberattack Apple’s HomePod ‘Every PC is going to be an AI PC The Mars chopper loses its fight The Galaxy Ring UK Home Secretary sounds alarm Tyler Perry halts expansion TCL’s 50 Series Your next phone could get a huge upgrade to 5G The iPhone 16 Pro could have a weird camera Meta forms team to stop AI from tricking voters A new Chromecast update Google DeepMind and AI This airline offers Vision Pros Windows 11 hot patches LoanDepot ransomware attack Apple’s decision to drop iPhone web apps Apple’s first foldable won’t be an iPhone PayPal patents new system U-Haul customers had their data stolen Microsoft Edge update Fiat and its Panda city cars Google announces new Android features Fox News ‘hacker’ New Wear OS updates The OnePlus Watch 2 Musk ‘texts’ Nadella Another Chinese balloon? A humanoid robot startup AT&T will ‘make it right’

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Cybersecurity in AI: The Unseen Battles #1725

February 23, 2024

OpenAI, in collaboration with Microsoft Threat Intelligence, has successfully disrupted the operations of five state-affiliated hacking groups using ChatGPT to identify system vulnerabilities for illicit activities. The crackdown targeted groups including China’s Charcoal Typhoon and Salmon Typhoon, Iran’s Crimson Sandstorm, Russia’s Forest Blizzard, and North Korea’s Emerald Sleet. These entities exploited OpenAI’s technology to uncover coding flaws, translate documents, and devise phishing campaigns targeting critical sectors like finance, health, and education. Measures include account terminations and enhanced vigilance to prevent AI misuse, emphasizing the importance of transparency and collaboration in securing cyber spaces against sophisticated threats.

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In episode 1725 of Geek News Central, host Todd Cochrane discusses multiple news stories focusing on cybersecurity in artificial intelligence (AI). The episode, entitled “Cybersecurity in AI: The Unseen Battles,” opens with Todd highlighting a collaborative effort between OpenAI and Microsoft Threat Intelligence to thwart the activities of state-affiliated hacking groups. These groups used AI tools to unearth system vulnerabilities and launch phishing campaigns. Todd emphasizes the essential role of transparency and teamwork in protecting cyberspace from such sophisticated threats.

Todd proceeds to talk about the show’s sponsor, GoDaddy, encouraging listeners to utilize promo codes available on the Geek News Central website for various services, such as domain registration, hosting with a free domain, and a free trial of GoDaddy’s website builder.

The episode segues into an overview of other major stories:

– OpenAI CEO Sam Altman’s comments on the substantial global investment required for AI computing. – The unveiling of small AI models by Google that can run on local devices instead of requiring cloud-based systems. – Google’s update to its sign-in page and a new Chrome AI feature, “Help Me Write,” aimed to assist users with text composition. – Cybersecurity advice for users and administrators in light of a major flaw found in Wi-Fi software. – Substack announced reaching over three million paid subscriptions. – Avast’s legal settlement to stop selling web browsing data about user privacy concerns. – A new add-on package for Indian dialect channels on YouTube TV. – Confirmation that Amazon’s FreeVee service will continue amid Prime Video’s ad-supported tier launch. – Reports of an asteroid skimming past Earth. – Honda reveals its first U.S. market electric vehicle, the 2024 Prologue. – Lenovo’s reported revenue growth and how it exceeded financial analyst estimates. – The Indian government’s censorship of social media posts tied to farmer protests. – The U.S. Department of Justice appointed a chief science and AI officer. – Meta’s oversight board is expanding to include appeals from threads on its platform. – Amazon’s deal to stream an NFL playoff game for a record fee. – A widespread cellular outage affecting AT&T users. – Observations on how news websites block AI crawlers from indexing their content.

Todd wraps up the episode by thanking his listeners and insiders for their support, noting the significance of insider and booster contributions. He encourages listeners to share feedback and participate in the value-for-value movement, underscoring the importance of time, talent, or treasure in supporting the podcast. Finally, Todd addresses the security concerns surrounding Wi-Fi authentication and the necessity of securing devices in today’s hybrid working environments.

Google Chrome’s new AI Wi-Fi software has a major security flaw Substack has more than 3 million paid subscriptions The FTC and Avast GPay app Disney and AI UPENN launches AI undergraduate degree 1Password Verizon to fit Audi’s test track with 5G Biden administration to boost cybersecurity US nears attempt at first moon landing Change Healthcare hit by major cyberattack YouTube TV Open AI and Microsoft AI is going to need a global investment Amazon Freevee is not shutting down An asteroid the size of a bus will skim past the Earth today The Honda Prologue Lenovo Q3 Google releases Gemma Americans wake to widespread celluar outages News websites blocked the OpenAI’s crawler

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Google’s Gemini AI Chatbot Stores Conversations for Years! #1724

February 20, 2024

Google’s AI chatbot, Gemini, retains conversations for up to three years, even after users delete the app. The company’s updated privacy policy highlights that reviewed conversations, including details like language, device type, and location, won’t be deleted with Gemini app activity. This retention policy applies to conversations scrutinized by human reviewers, urging users to be cautious about sharing personal or sensitive information. The transparency over whether conversations have been reviewed remains unclear, advising users to err on the side of caution..

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In episode 1724 of the Geek News Central podcast, Todd Cochrane discusses a range of tech topics, with the headline being Google’s AI chatbot, Gemini, which stores conversations for up to three years. Todd reveals that Google’s updated privacy policy stipulates that even if users delete the app, conversation details may be reviewed by human curators and will not be erased. He urges listeners to be cautious about sharing personal information due to the lack of transparency over whether conversations have been reviewed.

Todd starts the show with a shoutout to GoDaddy, the podcast’s primary sponsor, and encourages listeners to support the show by becoming GNC insiders, using modern podcast apps from podcastapps.com, and joining the value-for-value movement. He promotes GoDaddy promo codes for savings on domain names, hosting, and website builders.

Following the sponsorship messages, Todd shares a personal note about his wife Shoko’s sister, Mie, who recently passed away in Okinawa, Japan. Although it was not unexpected due to a long-term illness, it still brought sadness to the family. Shoko’s upcoming trip to Okinawa and her recent surgery adds to the emotional weight of the situation.

Todd then proceeds to recap tech news and insights:

– The US Patent Office has denied OpenAI’s request to trademark GPT. – Individuals can run custom chatbots locally on their computers if they have a powerful enough GPU. – A Wyze camera outage exposes the camera feeds of 13,000 customers to other users, raising concerns about privacy and security within the Wyze app. – The Work From Home movement faces challenges as companies push employees to return to the office, with some employees considering it a non-negotiable aspect of job selection. – The European Union is urging Meta to cease its ad-free subscription service, suggesting it amounts to holding personal data ransom. – NASA offers a dream job for space lovers willing to spend a year in isolation in a Mars simulation habitat, with stringent selection criteria.

Todd also covers:

– Apple’s potential integration of the Vision Pro headset with their car project raises safety concerns for driving. – FBI warnings about Chinese malware threats to US infrastructure. – The arrest of a top hacker selling bank account details and the impact on cybersecurity. – The return of tech leaders to San Francisco after a departure during the pandemic and the ongoing shift towards AI. – Volkswagen’s unveiling of the ID.7 Tourer, an electric station wagon with an impressive range. – An overview of eye safety for viewing solar eclipses. – The debate over the integrity of Apple’s Vision Pro returns. – Google plans to integrate Gemini AI into Chrome, introducing the omnibox feature for AI chat features. – A joint initiative by tech companies to counter AI-generated misinformation during the 2024 elections. – India’s crackdown on the Paytm e-wallet service due to money laundering concerns. – TikTok’s investigation by the EU for addictive algorithms and harmful content. – UK’s potential ban on phones in schools to reduce distractions and protect children’s well-being. – Microsoft’s remediation of a bug in the Edge browser that was sneaking Chrome tabs and data. – Reddit’s agreement to sell user data to train an undisclosed AI for revenue. – OpenAI’s announcement of Soar.ai, a tool to create diverse video scenarios. – Possible mergers of streaming platforms like Peacock and Paramount Plus indicate consolidation in the media industry.

Todd closes the episode by reminding listeners to provide value to the show through contributions and thanks them for their support. He mentions the construction noise in the background before signing off with appreciation for the audience and a promise to return for the next episode.

Big Tech promises to counter 2024 India’s government killed an e-wallet service OpenAI tries to trademark ‘GPT The EU opens a probe into TikTok The UK wants to ban phones in schools Wyze sees camera feeds Microsoft fixes a bug Redditt reaches an agreement to sell its user’s data Sora AI Paramount Plus and Peacock might merge Spotify gets Apple fined over half a billion dollars This concept phone uses AI An iOS trojan Workers are being forced back into the office EU and Meta NASA offers a dream job The Vision Pro integrated into a car Chinese malware could threaten critical US infrastructure A top hacker was arrested Tech leaders who fled San Fransisco are coming back The FTC bans AI impersonations of individuals  Sony stock loses $10 billion in value Volkswagon ID.7 Tourer Eye safety for solar eclipse Don’t believe the reports about people returning Vision Pros Google may build Gemini AI directly into Chrome

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The Memory Revolution OpenAI’s ChatGPT Update #1723

February 16, 2024

OpenAI introduces a transformative memory feature in ChatGPT, allowing it to remember user interactions and preferences to personalize conversations and streamline tasks. This update is expected to significantly boost productivity and customer experience for individual and enterprise users. With the ability to control memory settings, OpenAI ensures user privacy while enhancing ChatGPT’s efficiency and intelligence. Despite the potential for increased data privacy concerns, the feature presents a notable advancement in making AI interactions more relevant and user-friendly.

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In this episode of Geek News Central, host Todd Cochrane discusses a range of over 30 tech news stories, highlighting the introduction of a memory feature in OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Todd notes that this update allows ChatGPT to remember user interactions and preferences, which aims to personalize conversations and increase productivity and customer experience for individual and enterprise users. He emphasizes OpenAI’s commitment to user privacy through the ability to control memory settings.

Todd then transitions to acknowledge his podcast’s primary sponsor, GoDaddy.com, and encourages listeners to contribute to Geek News Central via the insider program or by utilizing modern podcast apps from podcastapps.com. He extends gratitude to listeners and prompts them to follow and subscribe to the podcast, join the chat room, and send feedback via various channels provided.

Following sponsor messages and insider acknowledgments, Todd delves into the main story about the memory feature in ChatGPT. He shares his observation that the feature is already accessible but mentions that he has been using ChatGPT less frequently due to Blubrry’s beta AI tools for podcasting. Todd explains that ChatGPT’s memory will improve with usage and that OpenAI plans to make the feature available for enterprise customers. The host also raises concerns about security implications and spotlights AI-powered romantic chatbots as a privacy nightmare that collects extensive user data, as reported by the Mozilla Foundation.

The episode continues with a variety of tech-related news, discussing Amazon’s large text-to-speech model, insider donations, the delayed OLED MacBook Pro, Windows 11 updates, the security breach affecting DOD personnel, a BMW security error, money laundering involving cryptocurrencies, New York City’s lawsuit against TikTok and Instagram; and Spotify partnering with Bandsintown. Todd also speaks to various other tech news stories, such as GM’s Super Cruise expansion and the cloning of a shooting victim’s voice for advocating gun reform.

The episode concludes with an appeal for listener support, promoting the insider program, and thanking GoDaddy for its long-standing partnership. Todd ends the show by inviting listeners to stay safe and return for the next episode.

13:49–Want an OLED MacBook Pro? 05:43–ChatGPT will remember what you did last summer 14:06–Windows 11 is about to fix flaws 19:41–Autonomous bricklaying robots The origins of the moon Department of Defense personnel may have had their data leaked 17:12–A BMW security error 21:10–Scout Motors 22:56–Nitter Amazon’s text-to-speech model 23:44–DOJ and FBI Microsoft and Google 25:10–Indian government moves to ban ProtonMail AI tool predicts function of unknown proteins AI-powered romantic chatbots 18:26–New Wi-Fi authentication bypass flaws 25:53–Meta and the Apple tax 26:39–US launches missile-detecting satelites 27:51–Google Chrome 28:48–NYC is suing TikTok AI adoption and the telecom sector NASA’s James Webb telescope  DuckDuckGo drops a major update 30:07–Spotify teams with Bandsintown 32:34–Apple fans are starting to return their Vision Pros 33:41–“Illegal to break encryption” 34:46–Android users are still defecting to Apple HP CEO’s pay for 2023 36:06–Crypto money laundering 37:32–SpaceX moves to Texas GM’s Super Cruise expansion 39:02–An astronaut is helping to make spacesuits Zoom patches critical security flaws 41:31–Cybercriminals are stealing Face ID

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Bitcoin’s Remarkable Surge Above $50K Marks a Crypto Renaissance #1722

February 13, 2024

Bitcoin has achieved a significant milestone by surpassing the $50,000 mark for the first time since late 2021, signaling a robust recovery and entering the FOMO stage of its bull market. This resurgence comes after a challenging period marked by the crypto winter of 2022, where Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies faced steep declines following high-profile industry setbacks. Despite initial volatility, the introduction of spot ETFs has contributed to investor confidence, with notable shifts in investment from high-fee trusts to these new products. This rally reflects growing investor optimism and anticipates regulatory advancements with the SEC’s expected approval of spot bitcoin ETFs, further fuelling the momentum for Bitcoin and the broader crypto market as it heads into a promising future.

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In this episode of Geek News Central, host Todd Cochrane discusses the remarkable surge of Bitcoin surpassing the $50,000 mark for the first time since late 2021, indicating a robust recovery and entry into a FOMO state of the bull market. He attributes this resurgence to the crypto winter of 2022’s recovery and the introduction of spot ETFs, which bolster investor confidence.

Todd then gives a shoutout to GoDaddy.com, the primary sponsor of Geek News Central, encouraging listeners to take advantage of GoDaddy’s deals through the podcast’s website. He acknowledges the audience’s support and introduces the Value for Value movement, urging listeners to contribute to the show and visit their digital hub.

The discussion moves onto Bitcoin and its upcoming halving event in April, which points to a decrease in the daily availability of new Bitcoins from 900 to 450, suggesting possible increased scarcity and pricing effects. Todd shares his personal experience with Bitcoin’s value growth and acknowledges the speculative nature of cryptocurrency investments.

The conversation shifts to a rise in scams involving deepfake videos combined with camera emulators, representing a 353% surge in such methods. The host emphasizes the increasing need for more secure identity verification methods.

Todd then touches on several topics:

1. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) states its 2024 priorities for defending against cyber threats, particularly with the rise of China’s control over American infrastructure. 2. Ancient PCs likely won’t boot Windows 11 after an upcoming update that requires a specific CPU instruction introduced in 2008. 3. Amazon faces a lawsuit alleging that it has been pushing customers to buy more expensive items with the promise of faster delivery when cheaper options are available. 4. The U.S. government invests $42 million in testing the 5G O-RAN standard for creating interoperable network hardware. 5. discoveries suggest ancient Mars had more volcanic activity than previously thought, potentially providing conditions supportive of life due to hydrothermal processes. 6. Android and Chrome OS plan to integrate more deeply for a seamless user experience. 7. The FCC mandates that carriers must inform customers of data breaches no later than 30 days after discovery. 8. Samsung Galaxy Watch receives FDA authorization for a feature to detect signs of sleep apnea. 9. Meta introduces trending topics to its X threads platform that may include political content. 10. Telecom companies are projected to invest substantially in AI for network orchestration by 2028.

The host further mentions news about Google One hitting 100 million subscribers, the redesign of the sign-in process with Google, a new ‘super-Earth’ discovery, digital eVisas replacing biometric immigration cards in the UK, potential layoffs at Cisco, Elon Musk’s plans to move a million people to Mars, the NVIDIA CEO’s statement on AI fears, a flaw in ExpressVPN, and the U.S. government’s seizure of the dangerous Warzone rat malware.

The episode concludes with a bizarre incident of a Waymo autonomous car being attacked and vandalized in San Francisco, a reminder to check out the content on Geek News Central, and an invitation to support the show through contributions.

07:25–Deepfake threats on the rise 09:51–CISA and the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative 11:02–Ancient PCs won’t boot Windows 11 update 13:02–Amazon hides cheaper items 15:07–Open cell networks 17:14–Life on Mars 18:46–Android and Chrome OS 05:45–Bitcoin hits $50K 19:42–FCC gets tough 20:29–Samsung’s Galaxy Watch sleep apnea feature 21:59–Meta begins testing “top topics” 22:48–Telcos and AI 23:41–Google One 24:17–Gemini’s issues 25:15–Apple Cash 26:12–Sign in with Google 26:29–New ‘super-Earth’ 27:21–Biometric immigration cards and digital e-visas Cisco slashing jobs 28:59–Elon Musk reveals ‘game plan’ Three apologizes 29:57–AI is nothing to be scared of 30:36–A worrying ExpressVPN flaw 31:30–The dangerous Warzone RAT malware 32:32–HP seeks $4 billion in losses 33:31–Sun blasts strong solar flare 34:05–Fandom 34:50–The Biden campaign joins TikTok 35:23–Half of the French population had their data exposed 36:03–A crowd destroyed a driverless Waymo car

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Apple Revamps iTunes Experience for Windows Users #1721

February 09, 2024

Apple has unveiled significant updates for Windows users, introducing new standalone applications for Apple Music, Apple TV, and a Device management app specifically designed for Windows 10 and later versions. These apps aim to enhance the user experience by providing specialized music and TV access functions and iPhone management, including backups, data syncing, and iOS updates. Although iTunes for Windows will still be available for audiobooks and podcasts, and it is compatible with PCs that cannot run the new apps, Apple recommends shifting to these modern solutions for a better and more focused user experience. The move departs from the all-encompassing iTunes software, reflecting Apple’s strategy to offer tailored services through distinct applications.

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In this episode of Geek News Central, host Todd Cochrane discusses a range of topics, starting with the recent updates by Apple for Windows users. Apple has introduced standalone applications for Apple Music, Apple TV, and device management for Windows 10 and beyond, while still keeping iTunes available for audiobooks and podcasts. Todd highlights the significance of this shift for iPhone and Windows users and breaks down the details of the three new applications. He talks about numerous other topics, including Google One AI Premium, new features in Google Maps and Google’s Family Link, robotics call regulations by the FCC, ESPN’s upcoming streaming service, and changes in the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory workforce.

Todd also touches on improving cyber security systems to tackle AI-powered phishing attacks, a new Google Pixel tablet, and leaked iPhone 16 battery rumors. He discusses a SpaceX launch of NASA’s environmental research satellite and the troubling rise in ransomware payments. Uber’s significant financial turnaround is also covered, having moved from substantial losses to a profitable year.

Furthermore, Todd chats about the backlash against an Uber Eats Super Bowl ad, preparations for watching April’s total solar eclipse, and Spotify’s financial payouts to the music industry. He sheds light on a lawsuit over the EU’s fee for policing content, OpenAI’s steps to prevent harm from AI misuse, and intriguing research on teaching AI to learn like human infants.

Throughout the episode, Todd emphasizes the continued support of their primary sponsor, GoDaddy, while highlighting various deals for listeners, such as hosting plans, domain purchases, and the GoDaddy website builder. As he moves through the episode, he reminds listeners to support the podcast by becoming a GNC insider for direct contributions. Todd briefly updates his busy week and nods to Kirk, the producer, for organizing the show’s content.

The episode wraps up with Todd urging listeners to join the chat room, follow him on social media, or email him feedback. He also details how listeners can contribute to the show through time, talent, or treasure, spotlighting the value-for-value model of the podcast. Todd thanks insiders Dale Taylor and Ron Ken for their contributions and encourages others to follow suit to help support all the hand-curated and reviewed content provided by Geek News Central.

11:11–An ESPN streaming service 11:54–Google made some improvements to Family Link 13:27–The Mandalorian 14:28–Email attacks on businesses tripled in 2023 15:37–NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announces layoffs 17:18–A Google Maps redesign 18:10–How to get better service 19:39–Google debuts a pilot program in Singapore 21:11–LastPass warns users 21:53–Apple and Samsung 23:13–A security flaw in a popular smart helmet 08:08–Robocalls that are generated by AI 24:14–Disney + just lost millions of users 24:58–Google Pixel Tablet 2 is on the way 25:57–iPhone 16 battery rumors 26:46–SpaceX launches a billion-dollar research satellite 04:49–iTunes near death on Windows 27:53–Ransomware payments hit a milestone 28:38–Uber ends the year in the black 29:22–An Uber Eats ad criticized  30:56–The countdown begins for a total solar eclipse 31:27–A look at AI use in Indonesia 32:56–Apple releases an AI model 33:59–A three-row electric SUV 06:14–Google One AI Premium 34:34–Spotify paid billions to the music industry 35:45Cybersecurity duo stole millions from possibly Apple 36:24–Meta and TikTok sue 37:24–OpenAI creates a new team The new AI Safety Institute Consortium  38:15–AI experiment with babies

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Hertz Puts Brakes on EV Expansion #1720

February 06, 2024

Hertz has halted its ambitious plan to expand its electric vehicle (EV) fleet, reversing its earlier commitment to acquire 65,000 Polestars and sell a significant portion of its Tesla EVs. This shift comes after the rental car giant faced substantial financial losses attributed to the rapid depreciation, high repair costs, and reduced value of its EVs. Despite initial enthusiasm for leading the EV market, Hertz’s change in strategy reflects broader industry challenges, including softer demand and financial sustainability concerns. The company’s decision underscores the volatile nature of the EV sector and marks a significant step back from its goal of electrifying a quarter of its fleet by the end of 2024.

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In this episode of Geek News Central, host Todd Cochrane discusses various technology news and updates.

The episode begins with the announcement that Hertz has reversed its plan for an electric vehicle fleet expansion due to financial losses related to depreciation, high repair costs, and reduced value of EVs. This decision reflects broader industry challenges and represents a significant change in Hertz’s strategy.

Todd mentions the importance of security updates for Windows due to a new Trojan exploiting a flaw in the Windows smart screen. Additionally, he shares news about YouTube potentially launching a VisionPro app, a change from their previous decision not to support their iPad app on Vision Pro.

The episode also touches on the use of AI by police departments to sift through unreviewed body cam footage and the sharp rebound of the digital ad market. It expresses gratitude for the financial support from listeners through the insider program and GoDaddy sponsorship.

Todd updates listeners about his health, mentioning that he is recovering from a significant head cold, which resulted in the cancellation of the previous show. He is determined to deliver this episode despite being remote and without live video.

He then details the Hertz situation, sharing that the company expects to lose over $245 million due to its failed EV investments. Todd briefly discusses his negative experience with renting a Tesla and how Hertz’s decision could affect the broader market.

Next, Todd warns Windows users to update their systems due to a security flaw exploited by a Trojan called ‘Mispadu,’ which can drain bank accounts. He also notes YouTube’s about-face with its Vision Pro app and stresses the importance of supporting YouTube in Safari.

Todd brings up an article from ProPublica concerning AI technologies police use to sift through body cam footage, aiming to identify problematic officers and behaviors. He then presents data on the growth of digital advertising and thanks podcast insiders for their contributions.

The episode continues with updates on Hulu’s new policy restricting password sharing to the same household. It reports on a new telescope that promises the best universe view yet.

Todd reports on Dexory, a shelf-scanning robot newly launched in U.S. warehouses, and mentions that 1Password was briefly down due to a cyberattack. He touches on the discovery of time travel on a microscopic level in materials like glass, although he seems skeptical about whether this constitutes time travel.

Listeners are reminded of an upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, with a mention of its path. Todd discusses continuing tech layoffs, citing Snap’s plan to cut 10 percent of its workforce.

The episode also explores AI curation in news reporting, with Semaphore using an AI-powered search tool to help reporters find stories—though the final publication remains a human task. Following, Todd discusses how parking fees for SUVs in Paris will triple due to a recently approved hike and covers a state-of-the-art telescope initiative in Chile.

Todd then announces a futuristic warehouse robot used for inventory management. He notes AnyDesk’s cyberattack and reassures that the platform remains safe to use, and Biden’s push for affordable Internet access for all, which is at risk of losing funding.

The episode concludes by mentioning FTC’s order to Blackbaud to delete excessive sensitive data after a breach, Mastodon’s patch required for a security flaw, and scammers using deepfakes to steal millions. Todd wraps up with Spotify extending Joe Rogan’s contract and various other tech updates—including Meta’s stance on maliciously edited videos, widespread use of AI by university students, Snap’s layoffs, a teardown of the Apple Vision Pro, and a reminder of the podcast’s sponsorship opportunities.

06:52–This devious new trojan 07:45–YouTube says a Vision Pro app is “on the roadmap.” 09:10–US police departments use AI software 11:00–Last week’s earnings  12:38–Hulu is tightening up on password-sharing 13:30–This state-of-the-art telescope in Chile 05:30–Hertz will stop buying EVs from Polestar 14:34–Dexory’s massive shelf-scanning robot 15:47–1Password was down 16:17–Scientists have discovered evidence of time travel 18:31–Will Detroit see the total solar eclipse? 19:14–Tech layoffs continue 19:52–Semafor reporters are going to curate the news with AI 21:00–Parisians vote for a rise in parking fees 21:39–40 years ago, an astronaut first took flight from the Space Shuttle 22:06–OnlyFake 24:05–Rivian R2 24:28–Bard changes name to Gemini 25:13–NASA’s helicopter makes its final flight 25:58–Space Force 26:31–Samsung Galaxy S24 owners have some issues 27:0–Apple to launch a foldable device 27:23–Qualcomm says next-gen Windows is coming 28:05–AnyDesk confirms the cyber attack 29:11–Biden’s vow of affordable internet 31:31–Mastodon hit by security flaw 30:03–FTC orders Blackbaud to delete data 32:11–Twitter alternative spouts a massive leak 32:49–Taylor Swift’s deep fake porn deluge 33:59–The world’s first AI law 34:47–Scammers use deep fakes to steal millions 36:32–Oversight Board and a maliciously edited video of Joe Biden 37:49–Undergrads in the UK are using AI Snap to cut jobs 38:41–iFixit tears the Vision Pro into pieces

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Tesla Model 3’s Suddenly Shutdown on Highway #1719

January 30, 2024

In North Carolina, a Tesla Model 3 owner, James Hanna, experienced a sudden and alarming incident on Interstate 277. While driving to pick up his son, the car unexpectedly beeped and stopped completely in the middle of the highway despite having a 60% charge. Hanna, unable to restart the vehicle or re-enter it after exiting due to a dead battery in the door mechanism, had to call for a tow truck. Imagine if your car came to a sudden halt on the highway.

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Summary: The podcast episode from “Geek News Central,” hosted by Todd Cochrane, covers various topics. It begins with a concerning incident involving a Tesla Model 3 that suddenly stopped on a highway, leading to safety concerns and a complaint to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The host then transitions into updates and promotions related to the podcast itself, including shout-outs to sponsors like GoDaddy and encouragements for listeners to become insiders.

Next, the episode dives into various tech and internet-related stories. It discusses changes in T-Mobile’s terms of service for home broadband users, especially regarding data usage limits. The episode also explores the issue of fake celebrity content online, particularly fake adult content using celebrity faces, and the measures taken by platforms like X and Microsoft to combat this problem.

The narrative shifts to health and fitness trackers, highlighting a company called Visible and its focus on chronic illnesses, including long COVID. This is followed by a discussion of the risks associated with Microsoft 365 accounts due to a new phishing campaign and an upcoming Microsoft earnings report.

The host then talks about Meta’s decision to share data with researchers studying online wellbeing, especially regarding children’s safety on social media. The episode also touches on new offerings on Prime Video and Freevee, Elon Musk’s pledge to moderate content on X, and the launch of a new AI-powered iPhone browser called Arc Search.

A significant portion of the podcast covers security and privacy concerns in various tech domains, such as vulnerabilities in automotive hacking events and concerns about GPS interference in aviation. It also discusses the cancellation of Amazon’s acquisition of iRobot and the challenges faced by the US government in hiring AI experts.

The episode concludes with various other tech updates, including developments in AI, changes in Windows 11, and advertising-related controversies on social media platforms. The host then encourages listener participation and support for the podcast.

Drastic moves by X Visible wants to track your illness Microsoft 365 users need to be on their guard A Tesla Model 3 stops working T-Mobile says it may slow home internet speeds Microsoft Q2 Meta partners with The Center for Open Science What’s new on Prime Video X pledges to police content This new AI-powered iPhone browser Your in-car entertainment system and EV charger likely have security flaws Space Shuttle Endeavor’s final ‘flight’ iOS 18 H&R Block’s new AI tax assistant AI companies reporting safety tests to the government US AID Facebook page hacked The M3 Macbook Air is ‘in production’ Ads and push notifications are being used to create surveillance profiles AI George Carlin was written by a human AI’s path in 2024 What happens when AI negotiates with AI? Windows 11 bids farewell to Wordpad Starting today, you’ll have to pay extra to stream Prime Video Candian man sentenced to prison Windows PCs are now being hit by dangerous malware Cruise being investigated GPS interference is now a major flight safety concern Amazon terminates $1.4 billion acquisition of iRobot

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Google’s New Chrome Disclaimer Following $5 Billion Privacy Lawsuit #1718

January 23, 2024

Google has introduced a new disclaimer in Chrome’s Incognito mode following a $5 billion lawsuit alleging the mode’s misleading privacy claims. The updated blurb informs users about data collection practices, clarifying which browsing data is not saved and which Google can still access. This change comes after a federal judge allowed the lawsuit to proceed, … Continue reading Google’s New Chrome Disclaimer Following $5 Billion Privacy Lawsuit #1718 →

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Apple’s New App Store Tax Sparks Outrage Among Critics #1717

January 19, 2024

Apple recently updated its App Store policies, introducing a 27 percent commission on alternative payment methods, following the Epic v. Apple court ruling. This move has drawn criticism from major players like Spotify and Epic Games. Spotify’s spokesperson, Jeanne Moran, expressed dissatisfaction, calling it a tactic to protect Apple’s profits. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney labeled the policy as anticompetitive and harmful to price competition. The Coalition for App Fairness also criticized the policy for not promoting consumer choice or competitive pricing. Similar policies by Apple in the Netherlands and South Korea have faced regulatory pushback and fines.

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In this episode of Geek News Central, host Todd Cochrane discusses various technology and internet-related topics. He begins by addressing Apple’s updated App Store policies, particularly the 27% commission on alternative payment methods, which has been criticized by major players like Spotify and Epic Games for being anti-competitive and harmful to price competition.

Todd then invites listeners to contribute to Geek News Central and highlights the support of their primary sponsor, GoDaddy.com. He details GoDaddy’s hosting and domain services, encouraging listeners to take advantage of the deals offered.

The podcast continues with discussions on various tech news. Key topics include Mark Zuckerberg’s goal of creating Artificial General Intelligence at Meta, potential changes to Amazon’s Alexa, and supporting independent content creators in the face of AI-generated content. Todd emphasizes the significance of human-curated content over AI-generated material.

Further, the podcast covers a range of issues, from cybersecurity to internet restrictions in countries like Iran. Todd discusses the challenges platforms like Facebook and Instagram face in managing inappropriate content, especially involving minors. He also touches on the need for fair compensation for artists on streaming platforms and the influence of AI and algorithms on content distribution.

Todd also delves into the mental and physical toll of dealing with ransomware attacks on cybersecurity professionals, highlighting the extreme stress and health issues they face.

The episode wraps up with Todd thanking the show’s insiders and inviting listeners to contribute their time, talent, or treasure to support Geek News Central. He emphasizes the value of listener support and staying safe and informed in the ever-evolving tech world.

Another Bard leak SpaceX orders 24-hour delay The Internet in Iran Microsoft Edge gets a speed boost IBM ends reward program OpenAI partners with a university Don’t buy the Galaxy S24 The new 27% App Store tax Microsoft warns of an attack Mark Zuckerberg’s new goal FCC chair defends broadband discounts Amazon might launch a paid version of Alexa Facebook and Instagram’s algorithms The EU and music streaming platforms TikTok and the 2024 elections Iowa sues TikTok Google News Ransomware attacks Sundar Pichai says to brace for more cuts Robinhood settles with Massachusetts Android Auto

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US Gov’t SEC Cybersecurity Review After Twitter Hack #1716

January 16, 2024

The recent hack of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Twitter account, which lacked multi-factor authentication (MFA), has prompted US lawmakers to review the SEC’s cybersecurity measures thoroughly. The incident, involving a fraudulent tweet about the SEC’s approval of Bitcoin ETFs, briefly inflated Bitcoin’s price to $48,000. In a bipartisan move, senators Ron Wyden and Cynthia Lummis have highlighted the urgency of investigating potential security vulnerabilities within the SEC. They emphasize the importance of phishing-resistant MFA to prevent such breaches and protect sensitive information.

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In this episode of Geek News Central, Todd delves into a wide array of technology and cybersecurity topics. The podcast begins with discussing the recent security lapse at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where a hacker’s tweet about a Bitcoin ETF briefly influenced the cryptocurrency market. This incident underlines the critical need for robust cybersecurity measures in government agencies.

The conversation then shifts to the evolving landscape of podcasting, highlighting the importance of modern podcast apps and acknowledging the support of sponsors like GoDaddy. Following this, the host shares his experiences and insights from CES 2024, vividly depicting the innovations and interviews that marked the event. Team members Kirk Coreless, Scott Ertz, Don Baine, Christopher Jordan, and the whole team are commended for their contributions to the coverage.

A significant portion of the episode is dedicated to the role of AI in the workplace, where the host discusses the transformative impact of AI on business operations while also addressing employees’ concerns about job security. This segues into a discussion on the ethical and regulatory challenges posed by OpenAI’s GPT store, explicitly focusing on the controversy surrounding romantic AI chatbots.

The host also highlights a report from Computer World, which predicts a considerable impact of AI on jobs in developed economies, mainly affecting older workers. This leads to a broader discussion on various technology news, including the streaming release of “Oppenheimer,” cybersecurity risks at US ballot boxes, and the capabilities of Google Magic Compose.

The podcast touches on the mobile technology sector, discussing the considerations for switching to Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) and the leaked features of the Samsung Galaxy S24, focusing on its AI skills. Additionally, the host covers the groups responsible for a significant number of cyberattacks and speculates about the upcoming iPhone 16 and 16 Plus features.

The narrative then takes a turn to highlight a range of other topics: the potential return of Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 to the US market, unusual AI-enabled products showcased at CES 2024, the FTC’s settlement on data brokers, NordVPN’s upcoming eSIM, the misuse of a vast network of virtual servers by a hacker for crypto mining, LG’s new EV charger manufacturing plant in the US, Nikon’s innovative AI camera for livestock, the collaboration between AI and robots in protein engineering, AT&T’s price increase, and the implications of the New York Times vs. OpenAI and Microsoft lawsuit.

The episode wraps up with a light-hearted story about a Japanese butcher shop experiencing a 43-year wait for its famous dumplings, illustrating the extreme demand for certain products. The host concludes with reminders about the podcast’s insider program and encourages listener feedback.

This summary encapsulates the diverse and in-depth discussions from Episode 1716 of Geek News Central, offering listeners a comprehensive overview of the latest trends and debates in technology and AI.

When switching to an MVNO Samsung Galaxy S24 10 groups responsible for 1/2 of cyberattacks iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus Oppenheimer gets a February streaming release date Risk at the ballot boxes The SEC Google Magic Compose A lunar lander will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 may be back on sale Bosses want more AI in the workplace OpenAI’s GPT Store has AI girlfriends 10 unusual products at CES 2024 FTC secures settlement These online shoppers are unfazed by a 43-year shipping wait NordVPN is launching its eSIM AI to impact jobs in developed economies  This hacker used over a million virtual servers LG’s first EV charger manufacturing plant Nikon made an AI imaging camera AI and robots join forces AT&T is slightly raising prices NY Times Vs. OpenAI and Microsoft lawsuit

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OpenAI’s Potential $100 Billion Valuation #1715

January 04, 2024

OpenAI, renowned for ChatGPT, is reportedly negotiating a funding round that could potentially value the company at over $100 billion. Still under negotiation with terms and valuation subject to change, this development could position OpenAI as one of the world’s most valuable startups. Additionally, OpenAI is considering a new chip venture with Abu Dhabi-based G42, … Continue reading OpenAI’s Potential $100 Billion Valuation #1715 →

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Amazon Prime Video Introduces Ads: Extorts More for Ad-Free Streaming #1714

December 29, 2023

Amazon Prime Video is set to introduce commercials into its streaming service starting January 29. Subscribers received notifications regarding this change, which requires paying an additional extortion fee of $3 monthly fee to maintain an ad-free experience. This applies to both Prime subscriptions and standalone Prime Video memberships. Initially, regions like the US, UK, Germany, … Continue reading Amazon Prime Video Introduces Ads: Extorts More for Ad-Free Streaming #1714 →

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AI’s 78% Accuracy in Foreseeing Mortality within Four Years #1713

December 22, 2023

Researchers from the Technical University of Denmark and Northeastern University have developed an AI model called ‘life2vec’ that can predict a person’s death with 78% accuracy within four years. This groundbreaking model, featured in ‘Nature Computational Science’, analyzes extensive sociodemographic data of six million people, including health records and lifestyle factors. The AI, similar to … Continue reading AI’s 78% Accuracy in Foreseeing Mortality within Four Years #1713 →

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Internet Archive Appeals Against Copyright Infringement Ruling #1712

December 19, 2023

The Internet Archive (IA) is appealing a court ruling that found its digital lending program copyright-infringing. IA’s non-profit library scans and lends physical books digitally, allowing only one patron at a time to borrow each digital copy. The New York District Court sided with publishers who sued IA, claiming copyright infringement and financial harm. IA … Continue reading Internet Archive Appeals Against Copyright Infringement Ruling #1712 →

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Elon Musk’s Ambitious Texas University Project: Revolutionizing STEM Education #1711

December 15, 2023

Elon Musk plans to establish a university in Austin, Texas, focusing on STEM education. Funded by a $100 million contribution from Musk’s charity, The Foundation, the university aims to provide high-level education in math, science, engineering, and physics. This initiative follows Musk’s history in education, notably the founding of Ad Astra and Astra Nova schools. … Continue reading Elon Musk’s Ambitious Texas University Project: Revolutionizing STEM Education #1711 →

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Verizon’s Privacy Breach: How a Fake Warrant Endangered a Customer #1710

December 12, 2023

In a significant privacy breach, Verizon was deceived by a fake search warrant, resulting in the disclosure of a customer’s personal data to her stalker. The stalker, Robert Michael Glauner, who had previously had an online romantic relationship with the victim, used the information to locate and threaten her. Despite obvious signs of forgery, the … Continue reading Verizon’s Privacy Breach: How a Fake Warrant Endangered a Customer #1710 →

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Spotify’s Major Workforce Reduction Amid Economic Challenges #1709

December 05, 2023

Spotify announced cutting about 1,500 jobs, nearly 17% of its workforce, marking its third layoff round in 2023. CEO Daniel Ek cited economic slowdown and rising capital costs as critical reasons for this decision, following substantial investments in 2020 and 2021. Despite strong user growth and operating income, the company faces modest growth in North … Continue reading Spotify’s Major Workforce Reduction Amid Economic Challenges #1709 →

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Google Closing Inactive Accounts Starting on December 1st #1708

November 28, 2023

Starting December 1, 2023, Google is set to close dormant accounts and everything they hold, including photos, emails, calendar entries, and more. The episode also delves into various cybersecurity concerns. It discusses a hacking incident at a US water utility, where an Iranian-linked group hijacked an industrial control system but didn’t compromise the water supply. … Continue reading Google Closing Inactive Accounts Starting on December 1st #1708 →

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OpenAi in total Chaos Demand Sam Altman’s Reinstatement! #1707

November 21, 2023

OpenAI faces internal unrest as employees demand the reinstatement of ousted CEO Sam Altman and the resignation of the board. The turmoil follows Altman’s unexpected dismissal, with staff threatening to join him and Greg Brockman at a new Microsoft AI unit. The move has raised questions about OpenAI’s leadership, governance, and Microsoft’s involvement, given its … Continue reading OpenAi in total Chaos Demand Sam Altman’s Reinstatement! #1707 →

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OpenAI’s Bold Move: Offering $10 Million to Attract Google’s AI Experts #1706

November 14, 2023

OpenAI’s aggressive recruitment strategy, offering substantial pay packages to Google AI researchers. OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, is in negotiations for an employee share sale potentially valuing the company at $86 billion. This move follows a previous share sale that valued OpenAI between $27 billion and $29 billion. Compensation for top talent from Google could … Continue reading OpenAI’s Bold Move: Offering $10 Million to Attract Google’s AI Experts #1706 →

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OpenAi Custom GPTs Change Everything #1705

November 10, 2023

Today, I created 4 OpenAI custom GPTs that is the beginning of something completely revolutionary. I will never ever look at task the same going forward I will make a determination can I help myself or my company or my others. This is the start of Agent AI’s and I am as convinced of anything … Continue reading OpenAi Custom GPTs Change Everything #1705 →

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OpenAI Revolutionizes with Assistants and GPT-4 Turbo Enhancements #1704

November 07, 2023

OpenAI’s latest offering, the Assistants API, enables developers to integrate sophisticated, agent-like experiences into their apps. This tool allows the creation of specialized “assistants” capable of handling tasks ranging from data analysis to vacation planning, powered by OpenAI’s Code Interpreter. This feature enables the execution of Python code and the generation of visual data representations. … Continue reading OpenAI Revolutionizes with Assistants and GPT-4 Turbo Enhancements #1704 →

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Apple Accuses Android of Being a ‘Massive Tracking Device’ #1703

November 02, 2023

Apple Goes for Juggler An internal Apple presentation, disclosed as part of the Department of Justice’s evidence in the ongoing Google antitrust trial, blasts Google’s approach to user privacy, mainly targeting Android as a “massive tracking device.” The 2013 presentation, revealed in an email by Apple’s Eddy Cue to CEO Tim Cook, suggests that Apple … Continue reading Apple Accuses Android of Being a ‘Massive Tracking Device’ #1703 →

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Big Tech & AI: Power Play or Genuine Concern? #1702

October 30, 2023

Todd breaks down four AI articles, leading with an article by Andrew Ng, the co-founder of Google Brain, lifting the veil on the strategies employed by Big Tech giants in the realm of artificial intelligence. He posits that some of these companies might be inflating the risks associated with AI. But what’s the endgame? According … Continue reading Big Tech & AI: Power Play or Genuine Concern? #1702 →

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Hyundai Launches Mobile Clinics for Anti-Theft Software Upgrades in US Cities #1701

October 26, 2023

Hyundai is initiating mobile clinics in select US cities to address theft concerns by offering software upgrades. This move comes after the rise in theft of specific Hyundai models due to a missing engine immobilizer feature. This detail became widely known on social media platforms like TikTok. While the number of cities is limited, many … Continue reading Hyundai Launches Mobile Clinics for Anti-Theft Software Upgrades in US Cities #1701 →

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Chrome’s New IP Protection: Boon or Concern? #1700

October 24, 2023

Google Chrome’s latest “IP Protection” feature coming soon will offer enhanced user privacy by routing traffic through a Google-owned proxy server, concealing IP addresses. This could hinder companies and data brokers from tracking users based on web behavior. However, this also implies that Google would have centralized access to users’ web-surfing habits. While the tool … Continue reading Chrome’s New IP Protection: Boon or Concern? #1700 →

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Pentagon Probes Rising UAP Reports #1699

October 19, 2023

The Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, headed by Sean Kirkpatrick, reveals a surge in unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP) reports, with approximately 800 incidents reported as of April. Although most are identified as mundane objects like balloons, swamp gas or drones, concerns arise over a potential 2-4% that remain unexplained and might indicate foreign spying activities. … Continue reading Pentagon Probes Rising UAP Reports #1699 →

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Geek News Central 19th Anniversary Episode #1698

October 10, 2023

Geek News Central celebrates 19 years of podcasting, one of today’s longest-running podcasts! Our lead story today is a stark warning for all of you: Before you purchase that affordable Android TV box, ensure it’s not from an unknown brand. Cybersecurity experts from Human Security have sounded the alarm, revealing that multiple Android TV boxes, … Continue reading Geek News Central 19th Anniversary Episode #1698 →

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Musk Eliminates X Headlines #1697

October 05, 2023

Elon Musk, ever the tech industry’s maverick, has made headlines yet again with his recent decision to eliminate article headlines from links posted on X. To enhance the platform’s aesthetics, articles now appear as images with the source outlet displayed at the bottom-left. While Musk believes this change “greatly improves the esthetics,” some users are … Continue reading Musk Eliminates X Headlines #1697 →

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Tech Giants Battle for AI Content #1696

October 02, 2023

In this episode’s top story, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlights the escalating competition among tech giants for crucial content to enhance artificial intelligence. Amid a significant U.S. trial against Google, Nadella expressed concerns about Google’s exclusive and costly deals with publishers to amass content, a pivotal component for training AI systems. Such aggressive moves may … Continue reading Tech Giants Battle for AI Content #1696 →

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