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NYC Removes Final Payphone

The march of time and technology never stops. The latest item to be reduced to the trash is the final payphone in New York City. In a place where payphones…Continue readingNYC Removes Final Payphone

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Google’s RCS Spam Failure

Google, whose failure to get people to use its various chat apps is well known, has been pushing an SMS alternative for years. RCS was to bring parity to Apple’s…Continue readingGoogle’s RCS Spam Failure

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Excel’s Debut Commercial Is Everything We Love About the 90’s

Microsoft Excel is everywhere these days. It lives on the web via Office 365, in a standalone application since 1992, and has been replicated tons of times. Excel will always…Continue readingExcel’s Debut Commercial Is Everything We Love About the 90’s

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Apple’s Malicious Compliance with Self Repair

Apple has made some big announcements about providing the parts, tools, and manuals to repair their products. This has been due to pressure from governments and Right To Repair making…Continue readingApple’s Malicious Compliance with Self Repair

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Crypto Is Crashing

In an unstable market comes very unstable times. For the past few weeks, everything in the cryptocurrency world is plummeting back down to earth. People who have been heavily invested…Continue readingCrypto Is Crashing

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Google I/O ’22 Breakdown

In a world of Apples, Google wants to be… a Google-type of Apple. That’s my takeaway from the annual Google I/O conference last week. In typical Google fashion, they debuted…Continue readingGoogle I/O ’22 Breakdown

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A Farewell to iPod

It’s hard to imagine Apple without the iPod. In the Steve Jobs era, the iPod was the device that took them from “doing okay” to becoming a monumental success of…Continue readingA Farewell to iPod

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All The Data

The same news comes around every few years: Friends, the TV show that shows no slowing down in popularity, moves to another streaming service. From Netflix to HBO Go Max,…Continue readingAll The Data

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I Didn’t Mean To Type Duck

Autocorrect is both an amazing invention and a royal pain in the ass. Since the original iPhone, users have struggled against the “smart” system meant to fix misspellings and tapping…Continue readingI Didn’t Mean To Type Duck

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Death to the Password

Passwords are one of the worst inventions in the modern computing age. They’re impossible to remember, places make us change them on a constant basis, and and the requirements get…Continue readingDeath to the Password

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ePub Sorta Comes to Kindle

The Kindle is one of the best single-use products on the market. To me, it’s everything a dedicated device should be. It does one thing and excels at it. In…Continue readingePub Sorta Comes to Kindle

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GM’s Turn To Be Stupid

Yet again we are seeing a car company look to the world of recurring revenue to help boost sales. A GM subscription looks to be on the horizon. I hope…Continue readingGM’s Turn To Be Stupid

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Snap Drone

Leave it to Snap, the makers of SnapChat to do something actually interesting with products. Sure, they started the app with disappearing photos, but they branched out with the viral…Continue readingSnap Drone

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A Watch Gets Left In A Bar

Google is finally having their own iPhone 4 moment. The search company, notorious for leaking a lot of their products on their own on purpose is finding themselves in the…Continue readingA Watch Gets Left In A Bar

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Five Four-Twenty

It’s difficult to fully process the landmark news that Elon Musk has successfully purchased Twitter. Was this something we all should’ve seen coming? Maybe it was naïve of me to…Continue readingFive Four-Twenty

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Stupid Summon

For all the whiz-bang features Tesla keeps pumping into its cars via software updates, there are many that do not live up to the hype. Full self driving with AutoPilot…Continue readingStupid Summon

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Mac Duck

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has been inching closer over time to do more than be a great search. In their newest move, the company has released the first preview version…Continue readingMac Duck

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Insteoff

There are so many gadgets and ecosystems and companies providing services these days and it’s inevitable that some (or many) will fail. Going out of business is part of doing…Continue readingInsteoff

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I Spy With My Little TV

The march of technology is inevitable. As time passes, components get cheaper. Manufacturing costs dwindle as efficiencies get established. What was once an expensive device to build can get lower…Continue…Continue readingI Spy With My Little TV

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John Oliver: Data Broker

The HBO program Last Week Tonight with John Oliver covers a wide range of topics. Some are deadly serious while others are quite lighthearted. But regardless of what he talks…Continue readingJohn Oliver: Data Broker

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Pixel DIY

As mentioned in the previous issue of The Stream, there is a lot of positivity and momentum when it comes to Right to Repair. And sure enough, this past week…Continue readingPixel DIY

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Man REALLY Wants Comcast Internet

A weird story coming out of Ars Technica this past week involves a Washington state man and the lengths to which he went to get Comcast internet at his house.…Continue readingMan REALLY Wants Comcast Internet

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Let Me Fix It

The Right To Repair movement is gaining steam, but it’s been a longstanding problem to overcome. The idea that if you buy something, you should be able to repair it…Continue readingLet Me Fix It

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RoboFries

If you’re worried about your job getting taken over by the robot uprising, then today is your day. Over on The Takeout, Dennis Lee reports on how White Castle is…Continue readingRoboFries

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E3 Strikes

Pour one out for the death of another long-standing event that is likely never to return. This week it was announced that the E3 video game expo was officially canceled.…Continue readingE3 Strikes

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Uber Truce

Long ago, an app / service rolled into New York City and declared war on an institution. A scrappy startup called Uber wanted to usurp the sleepy taxi industry that…Continue readingUber Truce

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Unauthorized Storefront

A restaurant group in Florida is suing Google for allegedly setting up landing pages that don’t belong to the eateries. According to the group, Google is providing a profile within…Continue readingUnauthorized Storefront

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Going Maskless

When Apple debuted Face ID for the iPhone, it was a wonderful idea and one wherein they thought the days of Touch ID were numbered. COVID completely derailed the reliability…Continue readingGoing Maskless

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Why Bother, Nintendo

For all the good Nintendo does for their products, the biggest bugaboo for them has been their online service. From the eShop being a complete mess to their online services…Continue readingWhy Bother, Nintendo

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27″ of Hurt

Tuesday’s Apple Event unloaded a bunch of new products. A revised iPhone SE, an M1 chip in the iPad Air, a new Mac called the Mac Studio, a 27″ Studio…Continue reading27″ of Hurt