Geek News Central Podcast

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


By Todd Cochrane

https://www.geeknewscentral.com/

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Episode 1500

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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tesla Upgrade Removes the Radio! #1484

October 30, 2020

A Tesla upgrade on some of its late model cars removed the AM/FM Radio along with SiriusXM but for $500 they can get is back. This is the funniest thing I have heard in ages and want to really congratulate Elon Musk for screwing over the radio industry...

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Facebook registers 4.4m voters #1483

October 27, 2020

Facebook registers 4.4 million voters which is not hard to believe considering how aggressive they were at trying to get you to register even when you told them you already were. I personally think it’s none of Facebooks business though to know if I am...

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Facebook and Twitter under scrutiny #1482

October 23, 2020

Facebook and Twitter have gotten a little too big for their britches and now they are going to have to go answer to the Senate judicial committee on their ongoing censorship of news organizations. It has become apparent that they are at best political ...

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TikTok Banning QAnon #1481

October 19, 2020

TikTok has declared war on QAnon content and anyone sharing or posting that type of content is getting there accounts banned. Once more a tech company deciding what you should or should not watch. We had a video recording failure tonight so it will be ...

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16th Anniversary Show #1480

October 06, 2020

Tonight is my 16th Anniversary podcast and I take you down memory lane to the beginning when this show was born and a little of the history behind it. A big thank you to GoDaddy that has been here for 15 years and those of you that support the show as ...

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Facebook Forecast is Evil #1479

October 02, 2020

Facebook has this new feature called Forecast and they seem to think it is going to shape civil discussions on its platform. As you can tell I have become more and more weary of facebooks attempts to continually shape the world along with all the other...

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International Podcast Day Celebration #1478

September 29, 2020

International Podcast Day is this coming Wednesday September 30th. I will be involved with several big events. The interview of Adam Curry and talking about Podcast 2.0 and the history of podcasting. Lot’s of things happening in the podcasting space.

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Amazon – Ring Announcements #1477

September 25, 2020

Big day for Amazon Ring announcements with a slew of brand new product offerings. They are really using their market power to flood the marketplace with a large assortment of new connected home devices. Everything from a mailbox monitor to a drone secu...

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Facebook at War with EU! #1476

September 22, 2020

Facebook is at war with the EU and says the may cease operations in Europe over a data storage ruling that happened in Ireland. Facebook appears to me to be upset and acting like a child bully. It’s highly doubtful that Facebook will cut off collecting...

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CBP – What a Bunch of Knuckleheads #1475

September 15, 2020

CBP thought they had made the biggest bust of the month of counterfeit Apple AirPods. Only to find out later that they had seized another companies “OnePods” actual products at JFK. Lot’s of red faces even after they had put out a press release on the ...

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National Guard called in for Election #1474

September 11, 2020

The National Guard has been called in to support the election using cybersecurity experts from the national guard to help small municipalities that may not have the resources to fight off cyber attacks. Hope this finds you all well ready for the weeken...

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SpaceX 12th Starlink Launch #1473

September 04, 2020

SpaceX has conducted it’s 12th Starlink launch and is getting close to opening it’s formal beta program and hopefully I will be able to enjoy High Speed Internet at the compound. Plus some real damning information coming out of Facebook on it’s ability...

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No Fiber for Hong Kong #1472

September 01, 2020

Google and Facebook have been told no Fiber to Hong Kong as Hong Kong is now a national security risk with the high speed low latency connection. The US Government determined it would be to high risk to expose US traffic through Hong Kong.

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LG Creates Battery Powered Mask #1471

August 28, 2020

LG has created a battery powered mask with hepa filtering but no claims on what it protects you from. Definitely better than an average cloth mask but maybe worse at the same time as it’s pushing air at you via a pretty big fan and battery.

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Regaining your Privacy #1470

August 25, 2020

Today I start highlighting articles on how to regain your privacy in the digital world. As these types of articles are surfaced I will share with you ways to start regaining control of your digital footprint.

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Flawed Tracking App #1469

August 21, 2020

A flawed tracking app at Albion college appears to have had some major privacy issues until it was patched. But shows that something potentially rushed could end up revealing information that should not be available for any low rate hacker to access.

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Secret Service Buys Location Data #1468

August 18, 2020

The Secret Service is buying cell phone location data without a warrant as many other companies and government agencies are also doing. If you think you are not being tracked all the time you are living on another planet. Also,

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Community Guidelines Stifling Free Speech #1467

August 14, 2020

Some very raw commentary on today’s show, the past 24 hours has been an interesting emotional ride creating anxiety in me that has never happened before. You have been forwarned. Of course our new conspiracy theory segment is alive and well.

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QAnon to be targeted by Facebook #1466

August 11, 2020

QAnon to be targeted by Facebook they are going to be going after the groups with yet to be undetermined actions. I suspect they will be removing groups and banning users for what they perceive to be false information and crazy conspiracies.

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Intel Got Hacked idiots #1465

August 07, 2020

Intel has suffered a major hack of its intellectual property which likely will impact it’s bottom line technical papers, chip design the list goes on. 20gb of material which is said to be the first installment of data.

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SpaceX Completes Manned Flight #1464

August 04, 2020

Congratulations to SpaceX for completing the first manned mission and first splashdown in 50 years. This is an incredible accomplishment and now we can look forward to SpaceX being in the human lift business for some time.

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Verizon LTE Home Internet #1463

July 30, 2020

Looks like Verizon is finally going to start introducing a Home Internet plan that is supposedly unlimited. We will have to read the fine print for $40/$60 price range with 25mbps down. We will see. The service is in a limited release area at this time...

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Twitter Admin Spying on You? #1462

July 28, 2020

If you are someone important a Twitter admin may be spying on you. Meanwhile, the real spies may release “some” UFO reports which will likely be super redacted. But the Pentagon appears to be ready to reveal what they describe as swamp gas and over-ima...

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TikTok Under Scrutiny #1461

July 14, 2020

TikTok is under more scrutiny with warnings from the RNC and DNC about staff usage of the app. They say do not use the App on any phone doing campaign work. Make sure that any TikTok usage is on a private device, not a campaign device.

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Frontier Misled Consumers #1460

July 10, 2020

Frontier has been ordered to pay a $900,000 fine for misleading consumers. Meanwhile, T-Mobile is launching its home network solution for $49.99 offering connectivity up to 50mbps down. This gives folks hope stuck on slow internet in rural America.

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Florida Bans DNA Data from Insurance Companies #1459

July 07, 2020

Florida residents are protected from insurance companies looking at your DNA test results unless you give them permission as part of a new law that was approved today. This is a win for Florida residents and is something that should be adopted by all s...

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YouTube TV Jacks up Streaming Price #1458

July 03, 2020

YouTube TV has raised the prices by a whopping 30% taking the price to really insane levels as TV companies work to get their pound of flesh out of all of us. So is it time to cut the digital cord. I start adding up all the services and it will may be ...

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Amazon Pays out $500 Million #1457

June 30, 2020

Amazon is paying out $500 million to those at Amazon most at risk for Covid. This is after they dropped the $2.00 hour extra in wages in June. Second show with the shorter show intro. So far feels pretty good and lets me get into the show faster.

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Moon Toilet Contest #1456

June 26, 2020

Win $35,000 by designing the new Moon Toilet. NASA is having a contest for design ideas for a new lunar toilet. The 1/6 gravity is potentially a bigger issue than a microgravity toilet. It seems strange to me but they need some help.

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Apple WWDC Announcements #1455

June 23, 2020

Apple WWDC dominated the news today on everything Apple that is being announced with the big move to their ARM processor brings up memories of when they switched to Intel chips and was the time I got my first Macbook Pro.

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7 in 10 Americans Reject Contact Tracing #1454

June 16, 2020

Contact tracing is proving to be a hot topic by those 55 and over with a majority of Americans reject the idea of being traced. Meanwhile, a new initiative is proving to be unpopular with at least one of my former listeners.

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Wishlist and Volunteers #1453

June 09, 2020

Starting a new initiative today on the show and have started a wishlist linked below. If you would like to help the show out with gear and or supplies I have a wishlist started on amazon and you can check out.

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Apple Tracking Looters #1452

June 05, 2020

Apple is reportedly tracking looters that broke into a Philadelphia Apple store and stole phones and other merchandise. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and law and order can resume. SpaceX is back in the news again with another successful launch.

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Congrats to SpaceX #1451

June 02, 2020

Big congrats to SpaceX for a successful launch of Demo 2 in getting America back in the manned space lift business. It was a spectacular launch and then rendezvous with the Internation Space Station. Great job on capturing the flag and handily beating ...

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