Geek News Central Podcast

Geek News Central Podcast

Twice weekly Technology News show covering the Tech Space. With Segments on Science, Mobile, Digital TV, FAA, FCC, Cyber Security, Gadgets and Tech Politics.


September 28, 2023 45 mins

In a striking development, OpenAI, known for the celebrated AI chatbot ChatGPT, is discussing a remarkable share sale, potentially valuing the startup between $80 billion and $90 billion, a substantial leap from earlier this year. As OpenAI’s momentum surges with over 100 million active users of ChatGPT and the development of innovative AI technologies like … Continue reading OpenAI’s Explosive Valu...

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OpenAI is revolutionizing communication with ChatGPT by introducing new voice and image capabilities. This significant update allows users to voice conversations or visually show ChatGPT what they are discussing. Snapping a picture of a landmark while traveling or your fridge at home can start a live discussion about interesting aspects or help determine what’s for … Continue reading ChatGPT Now Spe...

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September 21, 2023 38 mins

Today’s top story focuses on Microsoft’s latest fall hardware event, where the spotlight wasn’t just on new consumer laptops like the Surface Laptop Go three and the Surface Laptop Studio 2. What stole the show was the company’s deep dive into AI and Copilot. From unifying Copilot across Windows 11 to introducing voice-activated and context-aware … Continue reading Microsoft’s AI-Powered Event #1693...

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September 18, 2023 50 mins

European regulators have issued a hefty $368 million fine to TikTok for failing to safeguard children’s privacy. This marks the first instance of the renowned video-sharing app facing penalties for violating Europe’s rigorous data privacy regulations. TikTok, on their part, said this had been fixed for years. But one thing is sure: European governments, aka … Continue reading TikTok Fined: Europe Pr...

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September 14, 2023 53 mins

American astronaut Frank Rubio has surpassed the previous US record for the most extended stay in orbit, marking over 355 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Initially scheduled for a six-month mission, circumstances changed due to a rocket leak, extending his stay. Rubio, who has witnessed 28 fellow astronauts come and go, is set … Continue reading Rubio Breaks US Orbit Record #1691<...

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September 7, 2023 33 mins

Elon Musk has announced that the next fully stacked SpaceX Starship is ready to launch. However, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) hasn’t approved it yet. The FAA is awaiting SpaceX to implement corrective actions following issues from the first launch attempt. Although Musk is confident, the FAA remains silent on whether they will approve the … Continue reading FAA Delays Musk’s Starship Launch ...

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August 31, 2023 31 mins

OpenAI has thrown its first counterpunches in the upcoming court battles it faces over the use of data it scrapped to build a LLM. The stakes are high, these cases will be ongoing worldwide for next few years no doubt with lots of IP attorneys getting very rich from the cases. Subscribe to the Newsletter. … Continue reading Open AI Starts Court Battle #1689


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August 17, 2023 57 mins

HP Once Again Screws Consumers. In a scandalous twist, HP faces heavy criticism for allegedly bricking the scanner functions on their multifunction printers when the ink runs low. In a recent legal battle, HP tried to dismiss these claims, but a federal judge has now ruled that the tech giant must confront the class-action lawsuit … Continue reading HP Accused of Bricking Scanners #1688

August 14, 2023 47 mins

Lead Story: The Geek News Central Podcast lead story, three American and two Russian astronauts stranded on the International Space Station (ISS) for almost a year are preparing to return to Earth. Their prolonged stay, six months beyond their scheduled mission, was due to damage to their original Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft, believed to be from … Continue reading Stranded Astronauts Set to Return #1687<...

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Today’s Lead Story: Google is introducing enhanced online safety and privacy tool. They’ve improved the “Results about you” tool, which alerts users when their personal contact info appears on Google Search, allowing for easy removal. They’re also launching a SafeSearch blurring tool that hides explicit content by default in Search results. Furthermore, they’ve enhanced policies … Continue reading G...

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From 2024, US taxpayers will transition to a completely paperless tax filing system with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Expected to reach full paperless processing by 2025, this initiative will save 200 million sheets of paper annually and reduce tax processing times. Taxpayers will enjoy faster refunds and the convenience of digital document verification. By … Continue reading IRS Transitions ...

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The SEC asked Coinbase to halt trading of all cryptocurrencies except bitcoin before suing them, indicating the agency wants to assert broader authority over crypto. Coinbase’s CEO said complying would have effectively ended crypto trading in the US. The SEC’s lawsuit identified 13 lightly-traded cryptos on Coinbase as securities, but their earlier request covered all … Continue reading SEC Wanted C...

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July 24, 2023 42 mins

Twitter, now rebranded as “X”, is set for a transformative journey under the leadership of Elon Musk and Linda Yaccarino. The new logo, a simple white “X” on a black background, has replaced the iconic blue bird. X aspires to be a futuristic platform, using AI to connect users in unimagined ways, focusing on audio, … Continue reading Twitter Rebrands as ‘X’ #1683

Renowned former hacker, Kevin Mitnick, passed away on July 16th at 59 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Mitnick’s hacking exploits spanned from his youth in the 70s until his capture in 1995. Known for infiltrating cell networks, company and government websites, and famously never financially profiting from his exploits, Mitnick spent five years in … Continue reading Kevin Mitnick: Hacker t...

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July 17, 2023 49 mins

The rise of generative AI in automating mundane tasks, traditionally assigned to entry-level workers, is causing concern among young workers. This technology is seen as a threat to their career development, especially as companies have increasingly neglected training and mentorship programs. Automating these tasks eliminates the last vestiges of on-the-job learning for young employees. Furthermore, … Continue reading Read more

A report by seven US lawmakers reveals that US tax preparation firms, including TaxAct, TaxSlayer, and H&R Block, have been sharing sensitive taxpayer data with tech giants Google and Meta. The companies allegedly used Meta Pixel and Google’s ad tools to share personal and financial information. Google and Meta blamed misconfigurations in their data-gathering tools … Continue reading Tax Firms Accus...

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Meta’s new application, Threads, designed to compete with Twitter, hit a record-breaking milestone with over 30 million signups on its first day of global availability. Overseen by Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri, Threads aims to integrate with the “Fediverse,” the network of decentralized services like Mastodon, powered by ActivityPub. However, Threads faces some initial challenges, including … Continue reading Read more

June 29, 2023 39 mins

Meta has offered a detailed insight into how its AI algorithms decide the content users see on Facebook and Instagram. The company has rolled out 22 card systems explaining how content is ranked for Feed, Stories, and Reels based on user interactions and relevancy. These systems also guide on customization controls and a glimpse of … Continue reading Meta’s AI Algorithm #1678 Read more

June 26, 2023 45 mins

A poll by The Verge, Vox Media’s Insights and Research team, and research consultancy firm The Circus surveying 2,000 US adults provide fresh insights on public sentiment towards artificial intelligence (AI). While AI usage, particularly of dedicated AI tools, is primarily skewed towards younger users, there’s an overall expectation of AI’s significant societal impact. Public … Continue reading Publ...

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Google has released a quirky ad campaign for Pixel phones, dubbed “Best Phones Forever,” that humorously highlights the shortcomings of iPhones compared to Pixel phones. The campaign showcases the superior features of Pixel devices, such as astrophotography and security, in sitcom-like videos, often hinting at a friendly rivalry between anthropomorphized versions of the Pixel 7 … Continue reading Go...

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