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The End is Near: Twinkies Do Have an Expiration Date

As a lover of all things sweet, I’ve always been intrigued by the Twinkie. Known for their yellow cake and creamy filling, Twinkies have been a go-to snack for generations. One rumor that has persisted since I was a kid is that Twinkies don’t expire. Is this really true? According to Shea Simmons over at…Continue readingThe End is Near: Twinkies Do Have an Expiration Date

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Facebook Copies Everything: Even Terrible Ideas

It’s no secret that Facebook lacks original ideas. Their features are mostly copied from others in an attempt to elbow out the competition. Instagram was a purchase along with WhatsApp. Reels was them stealing Snapchat’s idea. Copying bad ideas is a new one for them. It has come to light thanks to Ben Mayo at…Continue readingFacebook Copies Everything: Even Terrible Ideas

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Rapper’s Delight

The roots of rap and hip hop are intertwined with past music. From the earliest releases to the latest hits, so many songs use samples of prior music. Puff Daddy made mega-hits of songs in the 90s based off 80s samples. So have Dr. Dre, The Fugees, and Eminem. The list goes on and on.…Continue readingRapper’s Delight

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Tetris: The Movie

We can joke around that modern movies using 80s pop culture properties have not usually worked out: Battleship and GI Joe are two examples. If it hadn’t been milked to death, Transformers would’ve broken that trend. Now we get a drama coming soon that looks to actually do what Transformers could not. And that property…Continue readingTetris: The Movie

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Stamping Out Emissions

Slowly but surely, electric vehicles (EVs) are breaking through into the mainstream. As much as I hate to give credit to Lord Manchild, his company has been a difference-maker in this area. Now we’re seeing the government get involved here in the US. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is making strides toward electrifying its…Continue readingStamping Out Emissions

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Disconnected Dishes

We’ve learned real quick due to COVID and supply chain breakdowns that computer chips are in EVERYTHING. It stops cars from being delivered with all their features and delays products from shipping. One place with too many (as in more than zero) chips is appliances. They may be “smart” and have interesting features, but does…Continue readingDisconnected Dishes

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The Missing Pet is Inside the House

When a pet runs away it can be a traumatic experience. A small neighborhood instantly transforms into a vast landscape of places they could go. Sometimes there are happy endings. For the Manuela family and their lost tortoise, theirs did too. However, it took 30 years. Stephen Messenger at The Dodo has more. Flash forward…Continue readingThe Missing Pet is Inside the House

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Pinball Wizard Music

Video game music is an art form. Composers finally have their own category at the Grammy awards. But watching the music get composed for pinball in the 80s is where some real magic happens. Composer Suzanne Ciani is the main composer in this documentary video showing how she creates music and digitizes speech for Xenon.…Continue readingPinball Wizard Music

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Permission Slip Stops Data Brokers

The collection of our personal data to then be packaged and sold is nothing new. TVs do it, websites do it, and companies all over the world do it. It’s why GDPR and CCPA exist. But what do you do if you live elsewhere? That’s where Consumer Reports comes in. A new service + app…Continue readingPermission Slip Stops Data Brokers

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Fake Narration

In this ever-evolving world of AI drawing and chat and who knows what else, we find a new realm for computer-generated text-to-voice to apply its skills: audiobook narration. Leyland Cecco at The Guardian has more about how Apple is playing with fire in this experiment. The popularity of the audiobook market has exploded in recent…Continue readingFake Narration

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Like and Subscribe for Course Credit

YouTube has really taken over our world for entertainment in quick bites, personalities you get to know, and a wealth of knowledge on fixing and operating stuff. YouTube is everywhere and is an important archive of so much information. Now in a super interesting twist, YouTube has announced Study Hall, a collaboration with ASU to…Continue readingLike and Subscribe for Course Credit

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Bing Sydney Put In Check

It’s been an interesting few weeks for Microsoft. After announcing their partnership with OpenAI and incorporating ChatGPT into it, things have gotten… weird. In only a short time it has threatened and insulted users. It has insinuated it spied on its creators via their webcams. To say it’s off the rails is an understatement. Tom…Continue readingBing Sydney Put In Check

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Competitive Excel

Forget about eSports and Pay-Per-View boxing. If you’re craving THE thrilling event of the 21st century, look no further than the Microsoft Excel World Championship. Yes, you read that right. Competitors from across the world compete against each other for who can be the winner in a knockout bracket challenge. Even crazier? It is televised…Continue readingCompetitive Excel

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Pressing Vinyl

The saying goes “what’s old is new again” and that really applies to vinyl records. The music format went from the only game in town to a decline with cassettes and CDs to death’s door in less than two decades. The late 90s to early aughts were a time when getting an album on vinyl…Continue readingPressing Vinyl

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A New Era for Sonos

Sonos has always been known for its high-quality audio products. Now they are set to release its newest flagship speaker, the Sonos Era 300. According to a recent report by Scharon Harding at Ars Technica, the Era 300 will focus on spatial audio, offering users a 3D sound experience without the need for additional speakers.…Continue readingA New Era for Sonos

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Beavers At Work

Cute animals never cease to capture attention. And for good reason: they’re cute. With everyone having high-quality cameras in their pockets and the proliferation of cameras set up on people’s properties, there is never an end to seeing nature in action. Dr. Holley Muraco who studies animal behavior posted this gem from her backyard to…Continue readingBeavers At Work

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30 Years of Mortal Kombat

If a singular game made an impact on the arcade scene in the 90s, it is undoubtedly Mortal Kombat. This game could be the pure definition of Right Place at the Right Time. Arcades were thriving, fighting games were hot thanks to Street Fighter II, and this new game was using digitized actors instead of…Continue reading30 Years of Mortal Kombat

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It Took Me Two Years to Learn Siri Could Do This

I don’t mean to brag, but I consider myself an iPhone expert. 😉 Being a fan of Apple and a user of their computers from about 1986 until today, it’s rare for a useful feature to get past me. But, I can’t claim to know it all and in one of those “how did I…Continue readingIt Took Me Two Years to Learn Siri Could Do This

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The Game Preservers

We tend to think that in this age of digital entertainment that things will always be accessible. But what about things such as video games that were all created before the internet? That’s where two ambitious people come in. Kelsey Lewin and Frank Cifaldi are the heads of the Video Game History Foundation, and these…Continue readingThe Game Preservers

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Dr. Amazon

For as much flack as I give Amazon for their practices, I will hand one thing to them: they take a page from Google and try lots of things to see what sticks. Not as many as Google but Amazon has its fingers in a lot of areas. Surprisingly, their AWS hosting service is the…Continue readingDr. Amazon

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More Cars With More Subscriptions

I wish this wasn’t the first time I had to talk about cars with subscriptions to unlock technology already built into your car, but here we are. In the spotlight is once again BMW which is now forcing subscriptions to unlock the stuff in the (very expensive) car you already bought. Brad Anderson at Car…Continue readingMore Cars With More Subscriptions

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SEGA Shamone

One oddity of 90s video gaming is Sega’s clandestine work with Michael Jackson. It was rumored for many years that Jackson composed the music for Sonic The Hedgehog 3 along with Sonic & Knuckles. Even more incredible is recently-found footage of Jackson’s work with an unknown Sega simulator game where all the footage has been…Continue readingSEGA Shamone

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Twitter Data Breach is Another Reason to Hate it There

Twitter being in the news lately is generally due to some new nonsense by Elon Musk. This time though it’s for bungling their data security. It came out now that 200 million email addresses and other records for Twitter users have been exposed in the endless line of data breaches. Lawrence Abrams at Bleeping Computer…Continue readingTwitter Data Breach is Another Reason to Hate it There

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Ask Me Questions At My Funeral

Mourning the dead is a process that differs by culture, geographic location, customs, and a myriad of other factors. One interesting turn of how technology may augment this process is the work of StoryFile. This company whose purpose is to memorialize Holocaust survivors has been employed at times to let the deceased “attend” and “answer”…Continue readingAsk Me Questions At My Funeral

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The First Name Club

The internet is a place where people make connections for a variety of reasons. None more odd & interesting was an unknown-to-me way was group chats for people who had the same first name. Incredibly, many of these groups that formed a decade or more ago continue to endure and live on today. Annie Rauwerda…Continue readingThe First Name Club

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Book On A Bench

We’ve seen a boom in the availability of tiny libraries across the world. These small structures can be found in parks, outside people’s homes and in other public spaces. Often they have clear doors on the front and are stuffed with books to take. The idea is great and it’s also a wonderful way to…Continue readingBook On A Bench

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The HomePod Comes Home

In what is surely one of the most out-of-left-field announcements from Apple in a long time, they have done something I have never seen them do: They resurrected a product. Specifically, the HomePod smart speaker is back and in its Version 2 form, it is very much similar to the HomePod that was discontinued in…Continue readingThe HomePod Comes Home

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Barnes & Noble is a Success Again

In the late 90s and early aughts, it was thought that print was dead and the Internet would replace everything physical. That hasn’t happened and one company has stuck around to this day: Barnes & Noble. The bookseller has outlasted Borders, Waldenbooks, and B. Dalton Booksellers to be the last chain store standing. In the…Continue readingBarnes & Noble is a Success Again

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Farmers Finally Allowed to Repair the Stuff They Own

Let’s start with the end of this story first: John Deere sucks. That is the most important part to know because, like others, they have fought tooth and nail to stop people from repairing the stuff they buy from Deere. In a society that’s moving more toward renting everything, being locked out of fixing your…Continue readingFarmers Finally Allowed to Repair the Stuff They Own

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Obi-Wan Fighting Like A Youngin’

With the incredible computing power we all possess these days, it is infinitely fascinating to see how people can remaster, edit, and recut classic cinema into something more interesting and enthralling. From Thundercats to Terminator 2, there have always been great fan edits put out there. Now comes this 6-minute video from Scene 38 that…Continue readingObi-Wan Fighting Like A Youngin’