Geek News Central Podcast

Tech & Science News on a twice weekly podcast from a Podcast Hall of Fame Member

By Todd Cochrane


Poll Results from Privacy Question #1427

February 28, 2020

I go over the poll results from two shows ago and I was slightly surprised in the results and I go over half a dozen of the respondent’s comments. I do appreciate the participation of all the listeners that participated.


Landlord throws out 58 Million in BitCoin #1426

February 25, 2020

Imagine your sitting in Jail and your Landlord clears out your apartment and throws away a piece of paper with bitcoin worth 58 million on it. Yepp it really happened. Hey folks next shows from our Columbus office and then down to Tampa.


Amazon shakes up Shipping #1425

February 18, 2020

Amazon is shaking up its shipping operation again by canceling contracts with shippers who underperformed and or did not meet service expectations putting 1200 drivers out of work. I think some of them that were canceled delivers to my house the most l...


SpaceX Manned Flight #1424

February 11, 2020

SpaceX is expected to have it first manned launch in May of 2020. This is exciting news as we will be one step closer from being out from under the nose of the Russians in getting astronauts to the ISS. This will be a monumental achievement.


SpaceX One Million Dollar Launch Fee #1423

February 07, 2020

One million dollars and SpaceX will launch 440 kilograms into space. This is down 1 million dollars and now can be all scheduled online and of course, they take American Express. Lot’s of great news stories today that you will want to tune into the sho...


Google Revenue #1422

February 04, 2020

Google Revenue and profits are up but they missed expectations and the stock is down 3%. Funny how missing revenue by a few million over billions of dollars makes the stock market stupid. I’m back in the Coldwater studio and will be for 2 more shows be...


Amazon Blows out Earnings Report #1421

January 31, 2020

Amazon blows out earnings report and the stock market is rewarding it with a massive increase in stock price. Very obvious that the economy is pretty much on fire here. Apologize for no show on Monday its been a crazy week with three 12 hour days in a ...


Sonos Yields on Bricking #1420

January 24, 2020

Sonos Yields on Bricking devices after the Sonos owners community screamed bloody murder. It’s nice to see that they realized they made a bad decision and will work to bridge new and old devices. Instead of forcing folks to upgrade and then bricking th...


Are we the Aliens #1419

January 21, 2020

Are we the Aliens a new study is saying that UFO sightings today could very well be time traveling humans from the future. Well if they are I need some stock advice. Good to be back in the New Media Productions Studio designed by


SpaceX to Blow up a Rocket #1418

January 17, 2020

SpaceX to blow up a rocket as part of one of the final tests before they put humans in their capsule. It should be an exciting launch and a big boom. Pile of content for you tonight back in the studio in Michigan on Monday.


Back from CES 2020 #1417

January 14, 2020

CES 2020 is in the books but the coverage will continue in the months to come with the new strategy that I have employed for covering the show. We delivered 40 hours of content and I scoured the floor for the vendors that I will highlight over the comi...


Do you Publicly Criticize your Employer? #1416

January 03, 2020

Have you ever publicly criticized your employer? Well, some people are surprised they have received HR letters for doing so and it is coming as a big shock. Well, some folks live in an alternate universe. I am off to CES on Saturday.


Wyze Server Hacked 2.4 Million Records Exposed #1415

December 31, 2019

We wrap up 2019 with another hack Wyze the inexpensive surveillance camera company was hacked and even worse may show some health data being sent to China. This is the last show for 2019 and I wish everyone a safe New Year.


Huawei Financial Tax Breaks Equal 75 Billion #1414

December 27, 2019

You want to know how Huawei is able to undercut everyone in the telecommunications space. Well with 75 Billion in tax incentives and a cash infusion from the Chinese government it is no wonder. As you have already determined I am not a big fan of Huawe...


TikTok and ToTok Spy Apps? #1413

December 24, 2019

TikTok and ToTok are under serious review are they spy apps?. The Navy and Army have banned TikTok from all government smart phones and ToTok has been removed from the Google and Apple app stores as apparently they where spy apps for the UAE.


Has Ring Been Hacked? #1412

December 20, 2019

Has Ring been Hacked? They deny any hacking and say it’s likely users, usernames and passwords from other global hacks. But some researchers are saying that there are too many details in the hacked information to have come from other global hacks.


Amazon Hates Fedex #1411

December 17, 2019

Bit of a silent war going on at the moment. It is pretty obvious that Amazon is trying to hurt FedEx as they have told all their third-party sellers that they cannot use FedEx Ground or Home delivery as it is to slow.


Back from the Dead #1410

December 13, 2019

Was down for the count mostly Monday and Tuesday and still dragging so I am putting the show on from the Loft much easier than going back into the studio and getting all the cold iron fired up. Monday show of course in the studio.


Huawei Sues the FTC #1409

December 06, 2019

Huawei Sues the FTC to be allowed to sell products in the United States again. This action shows how desperate they are to get back in the game here and potentially compromise our national security by selling trojan horse cheap gear to rural carriers.


Chinese Facial Recognition Goes Global #1408

December 03, 2019

Chinese facial recognition standards which really are not standards but more like policies for the world are being pushed at the UN by Chinese companies as one could expect that is not going over well with privacy advocates.


Chinese Online Digital Spying Keeps Score! #1407

November 26, 2019

Chinese Online Spying system automatically keeps score of what you’re doing digitally and who you hang out with to determine if you will earn yourself a one year stay at an internment camp for 1 year for re-education and torture.


The Mustang Mach-E #1405

November 19, 2019

The Mustang Mach-E has debuted and it will be all muscle without a muscle engine. It will have a battery instead. Hey family, nothing like a snowstorm to mess up production. All good plans went in the toilet last week when the weather went sideways.


Valentines Day Text Later Delivery #1404

November 08, 2019

Seems a bunch of people received there valentines day text today, in what can only be described as something very strange. It was not limited to iPhones or Androids or carrier. The messages just seemed to get unstuck from some location.


Student Innovation Blows me Away #1403

November 05, 2019

A Middle School Student Innovation in car accident prevention has blown me away and I would suspect we could see what the student has designed in a car of the future. Lots happening here with my moving to my new place over the weekend.


Halloween Geek Creed #1402

November 01, 2019

I kick off the show giving a round of applause to the most awesome Halloween costume. Some parent earned some serious greek creed. Anyway back in the Michigan studio for the next couple of weeks. Moving into the loft could start as early as tomorrow so...


Calling the Predator Companies out! #1401

October 29, 2019

Calling Predator companies out on the new things they are doing to collect more info from us and lock us into their platforms increasing dependency. I am personally about sick of it. Plus some bad news for iPhone 5 owners that use the device to keep bi...


Episode 1400 of Geek News Central Podcast

October 22, 2019

Episode 1400 is in the can and I am sure you began to wonder if I was gonna get it across the finish line. I talk about lots of Geek News Central history on where we have been and where the show is headed. Amazing time for the podcast and I hope you en...


GNC #1399 I’m Back

October 18, 2019

GNC #1399 I’m Back. I must apologize but it has been an eventful two weeks that I talk about during the show. Nothing like an upper respiratory infection and a 104F fever to keep me away from the mic. But I am back and while I missed my 15-year celebra...


RSS – In a Modern Era #1398

October 01, 2019

RSS – In a Modern Era is a presentation I have been giving across the country that talks about podcasting and where we have been and where we are and where we are going. It is my personal insight based on my nearly 15 years of Podcasting.


Amazon Sidewalk #1397

September 27, 2019

Back in the studio for a very busy four days of content creation. First up is the New Media Show on Saturday, followed by the Podcast Awards on Sunday, Then two presentations for the International Podcast day on Monday. Then travel again on Tuesday.


Apple iOS 13 is Here! #1396

September 20, 2019

Apple iOS 13 is here and many are recommending to wait until 13.1 is released due to it’s unstable nature and some bugs. So buyer beware. I am down in Columbus for this show and will be in and out of here a lot over the next month.


TikTok & Chinese Censorship #1395

September 17, 2019

TikTok a Bejing based company appears to be censoring videos of Hong Kong protest. This should come as no surprise to anyone. This popular app is used by millions and I am sure the Chines Communist government has explicit instructions to the company th...


SpaceX Internet Available Sooner #1394

September 13, 2019

SpaceX is thinking they can roll out their Internet service faster based on a new Sat deployment strategy. In my opinion it cannot come soon enough. Tonight was a total stream failed. Somehow was not able to maintain connection with the streaming provi...


Instagram & Facebook Photos not Private #1393

September 10, 2019

A big security issue has been found on Instagram and Facebook. Where your shared private images and videos can be easily shared by someone copying the HTML link to the media. The web is secure but the links to the media are not.


Dialing it In #1392

September 05, 2019

Dialing in the studio is going to take some time but it is a work in progress amongst everything else going on. A special Wednesday show for you as I head to Atlantic City for the Mid Atlantic Podcast Conference.


Live from the New Studio #1391

August 27, 2019

Live from the New Studio, this is really a trial run as the Audio, Cameras, Lighting has not been fully dialed in. So looking for feedback on today’s show. I have a lot of work to do yet to get it where it needs to be.


Amazon uses Tips to Pay Drivers Wages #1390

August 23, 2019

Amazon apparently was caught paying there deliver drivers with Tips they received versus paying them a fair wage and letting them keep their tips. This is the ultimate cheap charlie tactic I think I have ever seen.


Google Sues Copyright Troll #1389

August 19, 2019

Google is suing a Copyright troll that was issuing false DMCA takedowns. This unusual action is after the troll was trying to extort money from those he falsely accused. Grab your popcorn folks. I am back from my time in Florida.


Apple 1 Million Dollar Bounty #1388

August 09, 2019

Apple is offering a 1 Million dollar bug bounty for bugs found in its kernel. This is by far the biggest bounty ever offered and should help incentivize people to turn in those bugs. I had an event that went late last evening thus the Friday morning re...


Cloudflare Terminates 8Chan #1387

August 05, 2019

Cloudflare terminated the service of 8Chan today and there reasoning is laid out in a public posting. It’s a crazy world we live in now and companies are forced to make business decisions based upon what is happening in the world and I do not blame the...


YouTube Tweaks #1386

August 01, 2019

YouTube is tweaking the signals it uses to rank kids video. There are winners and losers in this content game. When will creators learn that they need to take control of there brands and quit playing Russian roulette with their incomes?


Sprint – T-Mobile DOJ Green Light #1385

July 30, 2019

Sprint – T-Mobile finally gets the green light from the Department of Justice. So we will see how long it now takes for the deal to close as they are battling a number of state attorney generals as well. I am down in Columbus today with a busy schedule...


Facebook 5 Billion Dollar Privacy Fine #1384

July 26, 2019

Facebook has been hammered with a 5 billion dollar privacy violation fine. The biggest fine for Privacy violations in US history. It is a historic amount and some think it was not enough. What say you. Back in the Michigan studio for one show then back...


Huawei conspiring with North Korea? #1383

July 23, 2019

Huawei has some very serious allegations that it is facing in providing export-controlled gear to North Korea and if found to be true would be a very serious issue. What say you? I am headed back to Michigan tomorrow so I look forward to working on the...


Back in Blubrry Studio #1382

July 15, 2019

I am back in the Blubrry studio and excited to get started putting it together to be able to do video in the next couple of weeks. Lots of work to make that happen and make it look good but I am excited that I am getting close to that reality.


Studio Design is 90% Complete #1381

July 12, 2019

The new GNC Studio Design is 90% complete and I have to get the colors locked in the pricing was also sent to me and its a bit more than I had planned on but I will see if I can fit it in the budget. I am quite excited to be in a position … Continue re...


Instagram Bullying #1380

July 09, 2019

Instagram Bullying is on the decline according to the company as they have been stepping up moderation and using AI to detect activity that should be reviewed. It’s an upward battle as their numbers of users continue to grow and the innovative ways peo...


SpaceX Reusability Plan #1379

July 02, 2019

SpaceX is ramping up it’s reusability of rocket bodies and even I am amazed at there end goal of re-using a rocket body up to a 100 times. I have some thoughts on what this means for everyone over time and the upfront risk it poses to SpaceX.


Columbus Blubrry Podcasting Studio #1378

June 25, 2019

Back in Columbus at the Blubrry Podcasting Studio for the week, yes my container arrived and for the most part, no damage discovered beside a few small items that I did not pack properly. Very pleased and I have a large percentage of the gear unpacked ...