Geekly Update - 27 April 2022

Category: Tech-News

Can a billionaire extend the light of consciousness just by purchasing a social media platform? Which flavor should you vape if you want to mazimize the damage to your internal organs? And how much money will you save if you buy iPhone replacement parts from Apple and fix your own phone? Get answers in today's Geekly Update... it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

The AskBobRankin Geekly Update

On Monday, Elon Musk bought Twitter for forty-four billion dollars. Some people seem to be upset that Musk wants less censorship. But Former Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey has no such qualms, saying “I trust [Musk’s] mission to extend the light of consciousness.” That was probably just after he cashed his $978 million check from the proceeds of the buyout, and spent it all on weed.

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that frequent vaping (the use of pod-based e-cigarettes) can alter the inflammatory state of the brain, heart, lungs, and colon. The good news is that you can enjoy mint, mango and other flavors while contributing to the onset of anxiety, depression, cardiac infection, and gastrointestinal disease.

If you've been wondering what Web3 is all about, read this Wired article and you'll learn that it's a "decentralized online ecosystem based on the blockchain," and you'll probably still be wondering what Web3 is all about.

Apple is now offering do-it-yourself replacement parts to iPhone users, who want to repair their own phones. But you probably won't save much, compared to having repairs done at an Apple Store. Apple charges $69 for a battery replacement Kit, the same as the price for an out-of-warranty battery replacement at the Apple Store.

Geekly Update 04-27-2022

Warner Brothers Discovery, the parent company of CNN, is shutting down the CNN+ streaming service at the end of April. The company spent $300 million to develop CNN+, but subscriber numbers for the $6/month service were far below projections. It was reported that fewer than 10,000 people were using it on a daily basis.

MIT researchers have developed an ultrathin material that can turn any rigid surface into a high-quality audio speaker. The team showed off a hand-sized speaker that weighs about as much as a dime, and uses far less energy than a traditional loudspeaker. One possible application is noise cancellation in noisy environments, such as an airplane cockpit.

This just in from the "Cute But Creepy" desk: Nobody should be surprised to hear that Astro, Amazon's home robot, gathers an enormous amount of personal data as it roams around your home. Astro has sensors, audio and video recording capability, facial recognition, and onboard AI. Some of that data gets sent back to Amazon's cloud, prompting Will Owen, communications manager at the Surveillance Technology Oversight Program, to call Astro "a very dystopian level of surveillance capitalism."

Netflix execs say about 100 million households are sharing passwords, resulting in rapidly declining paid subscriber numbers. Netflix has ignored the password sharing problem for years, hoping that it would eventually lead to subscriber growth. Rumors abound that the company will soon be forced to crack down on customers who allow friends and family to share access to the popular streaming service. That could mean higher prices, ads in the content, or technology to prevent screen sharing.

Watch this video showing an international transfer of cash from Miami to a displaced Ukrainian in Poland. Bitcoin’s Lightning Network eliminates nearly all transaction fees, and allowed the recipient to withdrew the cash funds in less than three minutes.

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Most recent comments on "Geekly Update - 27 April 2022"

Posted by:

Peter de Liefde
27 Apr 2022

I had tried Twitter, but closed my account when I saw the Musk move. Makes no economic sense. Sign of the times?

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27 Apr 2022

I think Twitter will not improve with Elon Musk buying the company.His attention will be on SpaceX and Tesla,both a handful already for him.

His attention will not be fully on running Twitter,so he will get serious on matters that attract publicity.When the crisis or whatever is over,he will go back to other things.

Musk will assign someone to run it for him,but he will eventually become dissatisfied with whoever has the responsibility and will try to run it himself.Of course,this will be disastrous for him and he will have decide if he can keep Twitter.Look for him to run it a few years and than sell it off to someone else.

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27 Apr 2022

I think it's hilarious how many people all across the web know exactly how Elon is going to destroy Twitter. Like it was a bastion of rationality and kindness until now.

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William Pfeifer
27 Apr 2022

Right-wingers keep complaining about "censorship". But is it really censorship when people are stopped from continuously spreading blatant lies, designed solely to generate hatred and discord? Or obvious fake theories that cost thousands of gullible people their lives?
Every "free speech" venue that has been tried so far has been taken over by the haters, the kooks, the loud bigots, and the idiots, while decent, rational people walked away. Will this happen to Twitter?

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William Pfeifer
28 Apr 2022

Also, it will be interesting to see how Elon will react when the Chinese government makes him choose between deleting from Twitter stuff they tell him to delete, and keeping his Shanghai Tesla gigafactory operating.

Posted by:

Bob Rundquist
28 Apr 2022

Loved your comment on vaping! Thanks for injecting some humor into this stressful world!

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Robert T Deloyd
28 Apr 2022

William Pfeifer, I guess you're one of those people who see "censorship" as being acceptable as long as it's not your side who is getting censored. Who decides what is fake news or not? Why would anyone want to create an environment where our wonderful nation is divided because of censorship?
It really looks to me like you're the one filled with hatred and bigotry just by reading the words in your comment.
Let the people decide! Ban censorship!

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28 Apr 2022

I can't beleive the people reacting to the Twitter deal expect to say what they want and not let others voice their opeinions. Do you all know how many people are kicked off Twitter for tell the truth, not lies, but the truth and if you got you heads out of the sand, look around at gas prices, lack of foods on the shelves, higher prices on everything, teachers wanting to teach sex to 5 year olds, make me wonder what type of element reads this newsletter. I think you all russian bots.

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