And now for something completely different… (8/17/19 Part 2)

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Its a news show! What’s News? There’s been a lot going around, and we don’t want things to fall through the cracks. So, its time for our patent pending news show! https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/wind-power-prices-now-lower-than-the-cost-of-natural-gas/ https://www.neowin.net/news/google-runs-with-microsoft-made-fix-for-chromes-battery-drain https://www.space.com/nasa-artemis-lunar-lander-update-august-2019.html https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/08/huawei-announces-its-first-operating-system-harmonyos/ https://www.cnet.com/news/trump-administration-reportedly-wants-to-extend-nsa-phone-surveillance-program/ https://www.pcmag.com/news/370202/which-countries-are-best-prepared-for-cybercrime-response https://www.anandtech.com/show/14694/amd-rome-epyc-2nd-gen https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/facebook-transcribing-users-conversations-reason-204037706.html

Sound Hardware: when your audio is important (6/22/19 Part 1)

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Your computer’s audio is something that often plays second fiddle to graphics and processing power. Built-in audio, cheap earbuds or headphones,  web-cam microphone… can’t we do better? All things Audio -Part 1 Why yes, yes we can! https://www.lifewire.com/best-pc-sound-cards-833111 https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/303628/the-best-computer-speakers https://www.techradar.com/news/best-computer-speakers https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-headphones-under-100/ https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-usb-office-headset/ https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-usb-audio-interface/ https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-usb-microphone/

More Headlines! More News! And CLEAN UP! (4/13/19 Part 2)

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More news! Lets clean up those headlines! More News! – Part 2 We talk more space, how the big tech companies are making their money, and Amazon hiring people to listen to Alexa conversations. Plus, how to clean your computer! Because its hot and getting hotter because summer is coming! https://www.howtogeek.com/72716/how-to-thoroughly-clean-your-dirty-desktop-computer/ And, need to back up your Android contacts? We found some easy instructions for you! How to back up Android contacts

Facebook! Passwords! Hacking! Fer cryin’ out loud… (3/23/19 Part 1)

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Facebook is the biggest social network in the world at the moment. Which, of course, makes it a HUGE target for the bad guys. While lots of them have been content to run scams, steal identities, and such? Well, some still like to steal things. Another Password Hack… So… yeah. Change your password. Also, if you’re wanting links to the news stories today? Microsoft Defender coming to Mac: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/03/microsoft-ships-anti-virus-for-macos-as-windows-defender-becomes-microsoft-defender/ Internet Freedom survey: https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-net/freedom-net-2018/rise-digital-authoritarianism For Password changing goodness? Here are the promised links! xkcd Password: https://www.xkcd.com/936/ PC Magazine’s Best Password Managers for 2019: https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/300318/the-best-password-managers PC Magazine’s Best Authentication apps for 2018: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3225913/what-is-two-factor-authentication-and-which-2fa-apps-are-best.html How to change your password: https://www.facebook.com/help/213395615347144?helpref=topq How to use 2-Factor Authentication with Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/148233965247823?helpref=search&sr=1&query=2%20factor%20authentication  

Phishing has nothing to do with rock band… (3/23/19 Part 2)

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Nom nom nom… Phishing is a way of trying to steal account information. Phishers attempt to get logins, passwords, payment information, and more. And its not nearly as hard as you’d hope! Phishing 101! So, we talk about it today, and what you can do to protect yourself. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-online-scams-how-to-protect-against-phishing-scams.html https://www.consumerreports.org/money/how-to-protect-yourself-from-phishing/ https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204759 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4033787/windows-protect-yourself-from-phishing Information on SHAKEN/STIR from the news: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0381-how-does-robocall-work-infographic https://www.fcc.gov/call-authentication https://www.zdnet.com/article/at-t-comcast-successfully-test-shakenstir-protocol-for-fighting-robocalls/

Hoaxes! Urban Legends! Tabloid Trash and Conspiracies! (3/2/19 Part 1)

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Hoaxes! Urban legends! Tabloid trash and conspiracies! They’re about as common online as cat videos. So today we’re talking about them because, as the Charles Spurgeon said: “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Internet Myths and Fact Checking – Part 1 What can we do about it? Need some fact checking sites and other resources? Snopes.com PolitiFact.com https://www.newsguardtech.com/ https://www.wired.com/story/momo-hoax-viral-scares-advice/ https://www.npr.org/2019/03/02/699663319/the-latest-internet-hoax-momo-challenge  

Defending against Internet Hoaxes! (3/2/19 Part 2)

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So, there are hoaxes. What to do? How do you defend against them? We talk about how you can bop them on the nose! Internet Myths and Fact-Checking – Part 2 For more fun stuff to challenge your brain with: https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/ https://yourbias.is/ https://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles https://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/31/definitive-guide-to-denver-international-airport-conspiracy-theories/

2018 Predictions Show: Its time to score! (12/29/18 Part 1)

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Its our Predictions Scoring Show! Yes, at the beginning of 2018 we made some guesses (educated, wild, and out of nowhere). The time for reckoning has come, and we’re taking score! Some of our predictions include: 2018 Scorecard – Part 1 Apple will lose or settle the class action lawsuits against them regarding battery life and phone throttling. Space X or Orion will have a successful human launch this year. Augmented reality craze will slow, be a simmer versus boil. Too “faddy” to catch on. 1tb SSD drives will go below $199 on the low-end. USA astronauts will start launching to the ISS from Cape Canaveral this year. Facebook and online political ads will get more trickey and targeted this year, and will come from outside the country. Net Neutrality will not be a significant campaign issue. Optical drives will go the way of the floppy disc and zip: not on laptops, maybe on desktops.

2018 Predictions: How’d we do? (12/29/18 Part 2)

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We continue our mad parade of seeing how good our psychic powers of prognostication are! Predictions we made and covered this hour: 2018 Scorecard – Part 2 AI will be the complete and total fad of 2018 but nothing will pass the Turing Test. Cryptocurrency theft and mining zombies will be this year’s flavor of malware. A caller prediction! Alexa voice files will be hacked, and people will start getting very rude responses. One of the big password managers will get hacked and have to admit it publicly. SSDs will replace conventional hard-drives by the end of the year. One of the top companies (IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Google, etc) will report a major data breech. Maybe not in a timely matter, but they’ll report it. Crypto-currency will have a major correction, but there’s so much money it’ll continue. 1st year that energy costs will be a big concern. AMD and Intel’s partnership for CPU/GPU on laptops will be a big hit, but won’t be in anything except Macbook Pros so far as Apple is concerned. There will be no fully autonomous cars on the road this year. Apple will indeed start trying to make easier to develop iOS and MacOS apps, just like Microsoft has been and Ubuntu wanted to. Virtual reality will continue to improve, sell, but will not have explosive growth. 10-15% growth maybe?