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I am Richard L Lawrence, Millionaire. I own a mansion and a yacht. Plus a few computers, ham radios and comic books. I also have my own podcasts. I am very geek and I do the 6a-10a show on Sundays.
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T-Mobile USA Gets The iPhone in 2013 – Tech Thursday

It's been 5 years since the iPhone launched on AT&T in the U.S. Then came Verizon in 2010, and Sprint soon after that. Now, it's time to T-Mobile to get the chance to offer it. A T-mobile spokesperson made the announcement about a week ago, but it hasn't seem to generate the buzz it has for other carriers.

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American Made Macs? HOLLA! – Tech Thursday

It's been revealed that Apple is planning on releasing a line of Macs made here in the United States. Apple CEO Tim Cook released that bit of information in an interview with NBC's Brian Williams, host of news magazine show Rock Center. I can't tell you how many times I was asked by someone "Why does Apple make their Macs in China? Why not the U.S.?" Ask, and you shall receive.

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Screen Shot of GameFly Website.
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Give The Gift of Games to A Gamer – Tech Tuesday Gift Tip

While it's not necessarily a tech gift, it is still something that gamers, who generally are techies and geeks as well, would still love and be thankful for. A subscription to GameFly, the game rental service. Your favorite gamer can rent a physical disc or download to their Mac or PC.

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Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Bluetooth Speaker – Tech Tuesday Gift Tip

I said I would be doing this last Sunday on the air as the time has come. It's time for everyone to do their shopping and get some goodies for the friends and family we love. I mean why would you get something for someone you hated right? But I digress, here is a sweet little sound system that will make your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Droid phone, sing to the room. The Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Bluetooth speaker. Don't let the small size fool you.

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Strike Six! You’re Out! New Online Piracy Law to Start Soon – Tech Tuesday

If you haven't heard by now, you will soon. The Copyright holders have gotten a law that they hope will move people back from pirating TV shows, albums and movies, to a pay system that ironically, still doesn't offer any incentive for legit customers to use. It's called Six Strikes and starts soon. Here's how it works.

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Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
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Will Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Be The Start of Facebook’s Decline? – Tech Thursday

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has made a pretty gutsy decision to move the team as well as his other companies away from using Facebook as their main social media strategy to other social media sites, like Tumblr and the new MySpace. He says he's tired of the huge fees Facebook is charging for reaching out to the fans.

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AntiVirus Software Pioneer John McAfee Wanted for Murder
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Anti Virus Pioneer John McAfee Wanted for Murder – Tech Tuesday

It's not often that the geek world sees a scandal like this. Usually it's patent trolls and lawsuits. This time, it's a full murder mystery. John McAfee, who developed the antivirus software company of the same name, is wanted for murder in the Central American country of Belize.

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How To Stop Democracy From Being Hacked – Tech Thursday

And so we close the book on another Presidential election. Most of the stories reported were about the long lines in Florida, and what states were trending to which candidate. Then there was the story about a software engineer that discovered that the voting machine he was using, was registering votes for the wrong candidate. Was this a hacking attempt to steal the election?

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Come To The Disney Side, We Have Star Wars Now.

When I heard about the Lucasfilm and Disney merger I had to comment. I am a huge fan. Like Billy Fucillo Huge. I saw the original Star Wars in 1977 at the Vail Mills Drive-in near Broadalbin, when my older sister Kathy, decided to take me because we both shared a love of science fiction. Star Trek was what helped me to bond with my sister and when Star Wars was announced, we had to see it! Now with Lucasfilm being sold to Disney, many people are scared, worried and even upset about the future of Star Wars. I was worried too, till now.

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The TV antenna Rich purchased when he cut the cable.
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TV Broadcasters Want Money for Streaming Over The Air Signals – Tech Tuesday

I'm sure many of us know the difference between cable TV and over the air TV. If not, over the air is free for anyone with an antenna to pick up and watch. While cable uses antennas to pick up signals and strengthen and rebroadcast them to subscribers. A company that gives you the ability to stream your own over the air signals to your personal devices. Broadcasters say they need to be paid licensing fees.

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Keep A Radio Handy For Emergencies – Tech Tuesday Extra

Being a Ham Radio operator, one of the things we do is volunteer for helping in times of emergency with communications. We try and stay ready for those emergency situations and here's some of the tech we use and you can use to stay informed on what is going on. I posted a story about this kind of stuff before, and wanted to bring it up again for this situation.

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