Show Notes – October 5th, 2015

Martin calls in to join Rose Regina and Lena on the show
At the beginning of the conversation
Rose Regina & Lena talk about the good old days of Google Reader
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the google screwoogle campaign – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scroogled
California city mayor relinquishes electronics and passwords to agents at SFO [Updated]
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live cast to facebook! fun
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GoogleGIFs Extension Animates GIFs on Google Image Searches Chrome: Google Image Search is a pretty great way to find the right GIF when you need it, but the results don’t actually animate unless you select each GIF at once. The GoogleGIFs Chrome extensions fixes this.The extension automatically loads all the GIFs on Google image results pages. This can help identify which images are animated, or preview what a GIF looks like without any extra effort.Googl
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How to Set a Looping Video as Your Facebook Profile Picture on iOS Facebook is starting to roll out some interesting new changes to mobile user profiles, starting with those of you on iOS. Here’s how to change your profile picture to a looping video clip on the Facebook iOS app.The profile changes were announced earlier this week, but they’ve just started to roll out to users the last couple days. Facebook mobile profiles on iOS now have the user’s picture focuse
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Streaming Stick Showdown: Chromecast vs. Roku vs. Fire TV After Google introduced the first Chromecast two years ago, HDMI dongles quickly became one of the best cheap ways to stream the internet to your TV. Now, the competition is hotter than ever. We compared the Roku stick, Fire TV stick, and the latest version of the Chromecast to find out which one belongs in your living room.The ContendersStreaming dongles are appealing because they’re cheap, take
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Buy Products That Don’t Normally Ship to Your Country With Parcl Retailers don’t always ship anywhere in the world. If there’s a product you want to buy that doesn’t normally ship to your country, you can get around this with a service called Parcl.The online service lets you order items and send them to your address, even if the retailer doesn’t ship to your country. To make this happen, Parcl uses “forwarders.” A forwarder is either an individual or a company
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How to Run Windows 1.0.1 in Your Browser Through emulation, all things are possible, such as running Android on Windows or playing retro video games. This emulator is no different. It’s easy, and a lot of fun. It’s crazy to think that Windows 1.0.1 dropped on the world in 1985. I was three years old, so I can’t say I ever used it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have an interest in all things retro tech and a desire to take a walk down mem
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Why Are Tweets Only 140 Characters Long? The good news is that Twitter is planning to lift its 140-character limit for tweets. But that just raises a different question: why did that limit exist in the first place? It’s because Twitter started out via SMS. At the time, SMS carriers had a cap of 160 characters on each message, but Twitter reserved 20 characters for usernames. That’s why tweets were limited to 140 characters. But hold on.
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5 Devices You Do NOT Want to Connect to the Internet of Things We recently wrote about why the Internet of Things (IoT) may not be all the glitter and champagne it’s cracked up to be. To expand on that idea, it’s well worth looking at a number of smart devices that you may not want to connect to the web after all. At least not yet, anyway. It’s no surprise that the IoT is loudly ringing alarm bells. The “matured” security of the 25-year-old Internet is a long
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LinkedIn Probably Owes You Money for Being Annoying People join LinkedIn to help advance their careers (or at least feel like they’re trying). People do not join LinkedIn to receive an endless torrent of emails with this infamous line: “Hi, I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” A judge agrees, and now LinkedIn must pay.After a class action lawsuit, LinkedIn just agreed to pay $13 million to users annoyed by the company’s over
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The Bizarre History of Webdings If you scroll through the available fonts in Microsoft Word, you’ll eventually come to one that doesn’t include the letters and numbers you’re used to. Instead, you’ll see things like school buses, nautical stars, airplanes, check marks, and fruits. Welcome to the wild world of Webdings. It seems to be the 1990s pre-emoji language that never took off… or an anomaly that exists for no reason at all
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Can I upgrade to Windows 10? Windows 10 has been out for 2 months. Is it time to upgrade? Maybe not…. The post Can I upgrade to Windows 10? appeared first on Ask Leo! – Making Technology Work For Everyone. ID:d21d65ebb929112ba127ac2282625339
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Windows 10 has been installed on 100 million devices Just two months after the release of Windows 10 and the operating system has already been installed on more than 100 million devices. This isn’t actually that surprising considering how not only were most Windows 7 and Windows 8 users given the ability to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, Microsoft went to annoyingly great lengths to convince people to get the update when they became eligible. It al
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Should I Upgrade to Mac OS X El Capitan? Dear Lifehacker, OS X El Capitan is out today. It looks good, but it’s still an upgrade, and any upgrade has a chance of going bad. You guys have been using it; what do you think? Is it ready for prime time, or should I wait for the next patch to fix the bugs people will inevitably find?Sincerely,El Capitan My CapitanDear Capitan, One thing is clear at this point: Apple is pretty happy with how OS
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Study: Racially charged hate crimes go up as broadband expands (credit: FBI) Does online hate speech ripple into the real world in the form of offline hate crimes? A study scheduled to publish in the next issue of MIS Quarterly sought to answer this question. Its authors say that their results show a strong correlation between increased rates of racially motivated hate crimes and areas that saw significant increases in broadband access. The study, conduct
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Volkswagen says it has a plan to fix vehicles embroiled in emissions scandal (credit: James Workman) Late Monday, Volkswagen Group’s new CEO, Matthias Müller, told a group of about 1,000 managers at Volkswagen headquarters that the company had a plan to refit vehicles involved in the company’s recent emissions scandal. According to The Wall Street Journal, Müller said that a special team spent the weekend coming up with a “comprehensive action plan” to deal with the fa
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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden signs up for Twitter NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden recently talked with Neil deGrasse Tyson about the possibility of signing up for Twitter and joining the social internet, and he just made good on his word. Follow @Snowden and you’ll get insights from the famed/notorious leaker himself, rather than through second-hand podcasts and presentations. He hasn’t said much yet, but he’s already teasing “secret proje
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Doc Brown Reemerges From The Past for “Back to the Future” Short To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the first Back to the Future film, Universal Pictures will release a limited edition box set of the entire trilogy on (you guessed it) October 21st, 2015, coinciding with the date that Marty and Emmett “Doc” Brown time-travel to at the original film’s conclusion. …Read More
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The After Math: Google Nexus 2015 press event Google held a press conference in San Francisco this morning to announce a slew of new and updated devices. We saw two powerful new mobile phones, the Nexus 5x and 6P, as well as a new iteration of the Chromecast (and its new audio-only cousin). Google also unveiled its take on the Microsoft Surface with its Pixel C convertablet. Here’s how all these new products stack up, by the numbers. Slidesh
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The Chinese Government Has A New Linux Distro: Is It Any Good? The People’s Republic of China is what you’d call a technological powerhouse. Most of our electronics and gadgets are built in the sprawling factories of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, with their thousands of workers diligently working around the clock to brings us new toys to buy. But while China’s well known for its manufacturing dominance, it’s less well regarded when it comes to the conceptualization
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Snowden Joins Twitter, Follows NSA wiredmikey writes: Edward Snowden joined Twitter Tuesday, picking up more than a quarter of a million followers on the social network in just over two hours. Snowden followed a single Twitter account: the U.S. National Security Agency, from which he stole electronic documents revealing the agency’s secret surveillance programs. “Can you hear me now?” he asked in his first tweet, which wa
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Tim Cook: Apple won’t merge iOS and OS X Now that Apple is blurring the lines between its mobile tablets and PCs with the iPad Pro, it’s tempting to imagine iOS and OS X merging into a single operating system (Windows 10-style) that works on virtually every device the company makes. You’ll want to put any such ideas on hold, though. In a chat with Box’s Aaron Levie, Apple chief Tim Cook dismissed the prospects of unifying iOS and OS X.
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Chromecast and Chromecast Audio Hands-On: Damn, These Seem Promising As predicted, today Google unleashed not one but two Chromecast devices. They’re both impressive, and they’re both still just $35. I just spent a little time with both of them and here are my impressions.The new Chromecast is a funny little puck with a built-in HDMI cable. This is a good thing, as it makes connecting it even easier than it originally was–though you may want to use some double-side

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