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By Todd Cochrane
Five Bills to Break Up Big Tech #1534
June 15, 2021
There are five bills in work to essentially dismantle much of the power that big tech has today in an attempt to level the playing field but in all honesty, the measures do not go very far and have little chance of becoming law.
Ford F-150 Lightning 100,000 Pre-Orders #1533
June 11, 2021
The most sold pickup truck in the world the Ford F-150 electric version Lightning has had 100,000 pre-orders since its announcement. In comparison, Tesla had 250k orders in almost the same time for its cybertruck.
Jeff Bezos to be an Astronaut #1532
June 08, 2021
Jeff Bezos is going to risk life and limb and strap himself into a rocket and go on a joyride to space to earn his Astronaut wings. Stepping down as CEO as of July 5th will allow him the opportunity to travel to space with 5 others including his brothe...
Amazon Industrial Athlete #1531
June 04, 2021
Have you ever heard of an Industrial Athlete? Well, that is what Amazon is referring to its employees in a leaked pamphlet that seriously attempts to make Amazon warehouse workers think they are training for some competition that happens daily.
Google Data Caps on June 1st #1530
May 25, 2021
Google data caps are coming on June 1st make sure you are prepared and get a Google One account if needed. Lots of updates from my Hawaii trip.. I will be back in the Michigan studio a week from Monday. But being that is labor day there may be no show ...
Robinhood makes IPO shares available. #1529
May 21, 2021
Robinhood the trading app is going to make available IPO shares to common investors. This is a very big deal up to this point IPO shares have been reserved for the rich or famous and those banks and investment firms in favor.
Cyber Security Attacks on the Rise #1528
May 18, 2021
66% of Cyber Security Officers in companies globally know their companies will come under cyber attack in the next year. Considering what the United States has gone through with the pipeline hack it’s pretty scary all things considering that it could b...
Homeland Security Monitoring Social Media #1527
May 11, 2021
Homeland Security is monitoring social media to detect plans of domestic terrorism. Why this is news is a surprise to me as we have been under constant surveillance since 9-11. If people are naive enough to think that what you post publicly has not bee...
SpaceX Starship 15 Lands #1526
May 07, 2021
SpaceX has had some big wins Crew 1 home from ISS safely. Another launch of Starlink satellites and most impressively the landing of starship 15 without exploding. This is a major win for SpaceX and if they can rinse and repeat this feat over the comin...
SpaceX Approved for 3 Test Flights #1525
April 30, 2021
SpaceX has been approved for an additional 3 test flights by the FAA for its Boca Chica flight facility. This is a big deal in that they got all three approved at once. We will see if SpaceX can land one upright.
Do you own Media Purchased at Apple? #1524
April 27, 2021
Do you really own media you buy at Apple or is it more like long-term rental with them having the option to recall or remove the rental from your media library? That is a question being asked in a lawsuit that has been filed after several individuals h...
Tesla AutoPilot under Serious Scrutiny #1523
April 23, 2021
Tesla AutoPilot is under serious scrutiny after 2 people were killed when the driver was in the passenger seat. Consumer Reports has reported how they got a Tesla to drive around a test track with no one in the driver’s seat.
Ingenuity Flys on Mars #1522
April 20, 2021
Ingenuity Helicopter has its first successful flight on Mars while the flight only lasted 30 seconds this is a huge accomplishment by the NASA and JPL team to pull this off. We will see now how further they can push the envelope in the amount of time i...
Big Tech is Fine with Corporate Tax Hikes #1521
April 16, 2021
Big tech thinks corporate tax hikes of 7% are acceptable when they barely pay and federal taxes, to begin with, is quite obtuse of them. When they start paying their fair share. Small companies like mine take the brunt of corporate tax increases it rea...
Facebook Labeled by Apple as Peeping Tom #1520
April 13, 2021
Apple has labeled Facebook as a Peeping tom upping the war between them and explaining you do not need to accept Facebook tracking and spying on you. So please say no to track when you get IOS 14.5 this is your chance to stop the madness.
100 Billion in EV Rebates #1519
April 09, 2021
The 2.25 Trillion stimulus package being promoted by the White House contains 100 billion dollars for EV rebates. So if you were thinking about an Electric Vehicle I think I would delay in going picking one up before seeing what kind of free cash from ...
Mars Helicopter Survives #1518
April 06, 2021
Mars Ingenuity rover’s Helicopter has survived its first nite on Mars paving the way for test and potential hover flight on April 11th this is all good news as NASA is hitting all its milestones so far with this program.
Big Tech killed Arizona App Legislation #1517
April 02, 2021
Big Tech primarily Google hired nearly all the lobbyist in Arizona to pressure the legislature to not vote on a bill that would have caused both Apple and Google to lose revenue in that app developers would have been able to use third party payment pro...
Unlock Everything with your Phone #1516
March 26, 2021
In the very near future, you will be able to unlock nearly anything with your phone. You may even be able to have your Passport and or Drivers license embedded in your phone. We will see how the adoption of that goes as people are very wary that it wil...
On New Iron #1515
March 23, 2021
Amiss the publishing of the last show the server that GNC resides on fell over sideways and crashed harder than an airplane with no fuel. It went totally down and I was quite lucky that Angelo Mandato was still awake as he came to the site’s rescue and...
Facebook will read your Brain waves #1514
March 19, 2021
Facebook is working on a new device that will read your brain waves in order to power a device that will let you type like a keyboard without having a keyboard or control lights and devices with hand gestures tied to eye wear and a wearable arm band.
Google Incognito Lawsuit to Advance #1513
March 16, 2021
Googles 5 Billion dollars incognito lawsuit is being allowed to advance. This is after Google has worked hard to get it dismissed but it has enough legs to proceed and obviously Google is not happy. So we will see where this one goes.
SpaceX Expands Starlink Options #1512
March 09, 2021
SpaceX as I predicted will be expanding its options for its Starlink ground stations by putting them on big trucks, airplanes, RV’s, and a whole host of moving objects. Become an Insider today to get access to this very private,
Verizon Says Turn off 5g to Save Battery! #1511
March 02, 2021
Verizon in a now-deleted tweet is telling customers to turn off 5g in order to save on battery life of their mobile phones. With the added 5g chipsets reducing space in phones compounding the issue as they now on average smaller batteries the 5g utiliz...
Streamer earns $3000 while Sleeping #1510
February 26, 2021
A celebrity in Taiwan started her live stream and went to sleep for 5 hours. This then resulted in over 11,000 people watching the stream of her sleeping and then donating $3000 dollars to the streamer. I need that gig.
Perseverance Landing Video Incredible #1509
February 23, 2021
Perseverance landing video released by NASA is truly remarkable. I was blown away by the clarity it was like a front-row seat. While short it demonstrates how fast and how accurate things have to be to land safely.
Perseverance has Landed on Mars #1508
February 19, 2021
Perseverance has landed on mars huge shout-out of congratulations to NASA and the JPL team that made it happen. Knocking on wood here but we have gotten pretty good at landing on Mars. There are always things that can go sideways but this was not one o...
Starlink Global Impact #1507
February 12, 2021
Starlink Global Impact is going to be so profound that it will spur innovation beyond America. I feel Elon Musk and the Starlink team will have a major positive global impact and change the way people get information and do business.
Section 230 is 25! #1506
February 09, 2021
Section 230 of the Digitally Millenium Copyright Act is 25 today and businesses like mine would not have been able to survive without it. While section 230 reform is going to likely happen we will need to wait and see what Congress does in way of refor...
Is Google a Bigger Gatekeeper? #1505
February 02, 2021
Google appears to be trying to give consumers more information about a website before you visit it, in qualifying the content it provides based on Wikipedia information about specific sites. Being I am not a fan of Wikipedia as it is still individuals’...
Robinhood App Stealing from the Poor #1504
January 29, 2021
RobinHood the Trading app today in my opinion effectively stole from the poor, when it prevented its users to make legal trades on the stock market and in my opinion should be heavily punished by its userbase.
5G Gear in Your Front Yard #1503
January 26, 2021
It may not be too long before you find 5G Gear as big a freezer finds it’s way into your front yard to power all of the 5G Antennas in your neighborhood. This is what residents are finding in Houston. The freezer sized boxes are ugly and have often bee...
Wages effected by Remoter Working #1502
January 22, 2021
Covid has allowed millions of people to work from home and some have even been able to move to new locations which are and have started to affect wages with companies adjusting salaries dependent on where they are living due to lower housing costs prim...
Google and Facebook in Ad Scheme? #1501
January 19, 2021
It’s being reported that Google and Facebook had some sort of Ad deal together that gave Facebook preferential treatment in-ad purchasing across the Google Ad network. This will not help them in their upcoming Anti-Trust issues with States and the DOJ....
January 15, 2021
Episode 1500 in the can but wow what a process to get here. Had to edit tonight you missed some fun as the stream died this evening. A big thank you to the family of listeners as we have been on this journey together to get to episode 1500.
Big Tech Takeover #1499
January 12, 2021
Big Tech Takeover is the story dominating all headlines the past 3-4 days. I take a serious look at what has happened, the ramifications and will spend a considerable time on the soapbox. Never ever build your castle on rented land and the lessons that...
Elon Musk The World’s Richest Man #1498
January 08, 2021
Elon Musk became the world’s richest man today when Tesla stock skyrocketed. Congrats to him and hey Elon you want to get into the podcasting business? Let’s have a chat. Short news cycle today as I opted to opt-out of certain content that would be inf...
Slack’s 2021 massive outage #1497
January 05, 2021
Slack started 2021 1st major workday with a major outage disrupting remote workers globally. Nice kickoff to 2021. We will soon be celebrating the 1500th episode of this podcast and that will be a major milestone for any podcast in existence today.
End of Year Reflection Show #1496
December 30, 2020
A short end of the year show to reflect on what has happened to the show, the family of listeners, and where we go in the future. Subscribe to the Newsletter. Join the Chat @ GeekNews.Chat Email Todd or follow him on Facebook.
DJI On US Entity List #1495
December 22, 2020
DJI has made it on the United States Entity list for human rights violations. This is a big blow to DJI and could really impact their ability to sell products in the United States. This is the same list the Huawei and others are on.
Facebook Rolls Back News Feed Changes #1494
December 18, 2020
Facebook rolls back news feed changes now that the election is over. They applied significant editorial control over the content being presented to users that in my opinion is another strike against Facebook in them selecting what news is good for us.
FCC Cracks Down Hard on China #1493
December 11, 2020
The FCC today mandated massive bans of telecommunications company equipment that have any type of federal subsidy or payment. These requires companies to remove the Chinese equipment for National Security Reasons.
SpaceX gets 866 Million #1492
December 08, 2020
SpaceX will get 866 million over the next 10 years from the US Government as part of its rural broadband initiatives to bring broadband to rural America. In other SpaceX news we will see a potential test launch of it’s big spacecraft.
Google Uncovers iPhone Wifi Hack #1491
December 04, 2020
Google finds a major Wifi security vulnerability. It was a major one and took the security researcher a full 6 months to develop it. Back in the swing here after pretty rough week with major back pain. Glad to be back in the swing of things.
Comcast Internet Caps #1490
November 24, 2020
Comcast Internet Caps are coming and if you use more than 1.2tb of bandwidth they are going to hammer you with a $10 per 50gb charge which is insane considering the 50gb of data cost them about 25 cents. With parents and kids at home this is another sl...
Paypal competes with GoFundMe #1489
November 20, 2020
Paypal is attempting to compete with GoFundMe in a limited way.. After a series of unfortunate equipment failures, I am asking for your consideration of being an Insider supporter. While I am being very careful in my budgeting in the studio an unexpect...
AI Newscaster makes Debut in Korea #1488
November 17, 2020
Scientist in Korea has debuted the first-ever AI Newscaster that was modeled after a well-known newscaster in Korea. The likeness is startling and while I do not speak Korean an observation of the mannerisms and speech pattern were nearly duplicated af...
Google to End Free Photo Storage #1487
November 13, 2020
Google is ending free photo storage and pushing everyone to Google One. This part of ongoing bait and switch techniques companies do over the years, get you hooked on a free product, and then say ok you now have to pay.
Apple One More Thing #1486
November 10, 2020
Apple One more thing event is bad news for Intel but good news for Apple as they will be in control of almost their entire infrastructure. This is expected to be a historic day and we may not see another one like it in our lifetime.
Spy on your Neighbors with a Doorcam #1485
November 06, 2020
Spy on your Neighbors is something many do. But connecting your Doorcam to a police surveillance center to allow the police to spy are two different things. What have we become when this can be even considered a good thing.