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Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.

AUKEY Omnia 100W 4-Port PD Charger with GaNFast Technology



If you’re still using the wall charger you picked up a few years ago. It’s time to either donate that device to charity or give it to the kids because the new AUKEY OMNIA 100W 4-Port charger with GaNFast tech is what you are going to want to upgrade to. Honestly up to this point my current wall chargers were simply not equipped with the latest tech to take advantage of rapid charging all of my newest devices that take advantage of fast charging.

On my bedstand, I have 2 phones, an iPad, and an Apple watch all get fully charged each evening or in some cases mid-day during the weekends. Not to mention sometimes needing to plugin while at the office.  Most USB-C devices are compatible including phones, tablets, laptops, etc. Augmented with AUKEY Dynamic Detect, each USB-C port can output the full power of the charger with 100W Power Delivery when used on its own, while 45W Power Delivery for each USB-C ports and 12W split between USB-A ports when four ports used together

You can even charge a Macbook Pro 16″ in just under 2 hours with the actual charger 20% smaller. Of course, designed with a foldable plug so that it does not take up much space when you are on the go.

The best part it’s inexpensive coming in at $56.99 on Amazon


ScoutPro: 240 Watt Powerbank – Kickstarter



The ScoutPro: 240 Watt Powerbank is the absolute ultimate beast in battery backup to recharge or run devices outright for USBA/C1/C2/ and wireless devices that I have seen in a very long time. This Powerbank will charge and power almost anything it has two USB-C ports capable of 100 Watts of charging power each. It charged my dead Samsung Galaxy S20 in just about 50 minutes to a full charge.  I do not get that performance out of my Samsung wired charger.  It has universal wireless charging as well built-in.

Obviously, I get a lot of devices to review and the majority never make it into my everyday bag of charging cables, gadgets, etc. This one did only after 24 hours of utilization. I have tested many multipurpose Powerbank devices in the past this one just blows every product I have used to date out of the water.

Let me break it down for you.

  • 24000 mAh
  • USB C1 100W
  • USB C2 100W
  • USB A 22.5W
  • Universal Smart Phone Fast Charging – Yes
  • Apple Watch Charger 2.5W
  • Wireless Charger

I’m a gadget guy and believe me I run out of power all the time, it’s usually when I am on the road or someplace where I need to juice up. Never in the past have I been able to “rapidly” charge two devices at once from one Powerbank. I have tested charging both my Samsung Galaxy S20 and my iPhone 12 at the same time and frankly, I was astonished. I even hooked it up to my MacBook Pro when I was down to 5% and kept working and the charged climbed while still actively using the computer.

This device is available via Kickstarter now and they have already reached their goal. You are not going to want to delay and get on the action at a significantly reduced price.

ScoutPro, by INTELLI, the ultimate all-in-one portable power bank!


Voyagers Film Review (2021)



This new film is the classic storyline that the human race is at stake and at the same time we have only marginally advanced having not yet achieved speed of light travel. Imagine being raised in a sterile environment as an infant and bio-engineered to travel in a largely automated spacecraft over many years and multiple generations to reach a new home among the stars. As young teenagers grow into adults, they embark on a mission in which they know they will die before they see the results of what could be man’s greatest attempt to colonize another planet.

Throw in some drugs to keep the emotions of young adults in check, and when they discover this fact and refuse to take it. The results are for the first time they feel fear, lust, passion, and want power. What could go wrong well let’s just say human nature is one that cannot be kept on reserve for long. This is a great movie that will think about the possibilities in the future and also not be so outlandish that we all could see ourselves being on that ship 50 years from now.

For those that love Space Odyssey, you’re going to want Act 2…

Written and directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist), the film stars Tye Sheridan (The X-Men franchise), Lily-Rose Depp (The King), Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk), Chanté Adams (Roxanne, Roxanne), Isaac Hempstead Wright (“Game of Thrones”), Viveik Kalra (Blinded by the Light), Archie Madekwe (Midsommar), Quintessa Swindell (“Trinkets”), Madison Hu (“Bizaardvark”), and Colin Farrell (The Gentlemen).


The New Air Force One – Flying Fortress



If you have the National Geographic channel The New Air Force One – Flying Fortress film premiers today. I was given an early look at the National Geographic documentary and any of you that have watched any of the previous Air Force One series will want to see this premier and back story of the new Boeing 747-8i  that is being built for the President.  You may be surprised where the aircraft originated and the deal that President Trump did to lower the cost of the delivered airframe.

This is the first of many new looks at the new presidential aircraft that has a proud legacy. With the current airframe being harder to support, this newer aircraft will serve the president over the next several decades. Meet the team bringing the new Air Force One online.

While some of the story discusses the current Air Force One politics are at play with the color scheme. In that President Trump envisioned and new color scheme. But the final color scheme will be left to President Biden.  Enjoy this exclusive behind the scenes look at the new Air Force One.


Starlinks Impact on Rural America



If you have been following my podcast you will know that 20 months ago I left the land of high-speed internet that I had in Hawaii with a glorious 1000MB down and 35MB up internet speeds. For over 20 years I have enjoyed living where connectivity was never an issue.

Let me say that again for 20 years! But I knew that anytime I would visit the home in the country in southern Michigan that I grew up in the Internet was going to be an issue. To the point for years when I visited I either tethered my phone and or had a hotspot barely being able to send just email. When I moved back to that homestead I entered internet Hell!  Yes, Internet Hell. slow shitty, high latency Internet.

Today I am lucky if I can call it that to pay $89.95 a month for 15MB down and 3MB up only because a 30-foot tower was installed for $4000. With two separate accounts and 2 antennas allowing my sister’s family of 7 which includes my mom on one connection and I paying for a separate connection to my loft on the compound.

While I complain daily about the slow speed at least we have something. My Internet Service provider DMCI is a small company doing their best to deliver broadband to a wide swath of several counties that at least allows us to have some connectivity. My cellphone actually has better speeds and I know my sister’s kids largely tether their phones as sharing 15/3 with 7 people is not pretty.

The US Government has literally spent billions trying to expand high-speed Internet into rural communities. Well like any government handout big ISP’s that have received that money in my opinion have largely squandered it. They essentially used that money to build their networks into the suburbs and have largely done jack shit for true rural areas.

So while I was happy on high-speed internet for 20 years rural America has been shit on and left behind. It is the biggest travesty know to modern man. The sacrifice and putting up with slow speeds in rural America and possibly the world are very close to being over because of one man.

Elon Musk and the beautiful team at Starlink (they are hiring) have to date put about 1000 Starlink satellites of a potential 13,000 or so on this first phase into space. 60 at a time on the reusable Falcon 9. Yesterday I did not put a down payment on a Tesla! No my sister and I both put down payments on Starlink satellite systems. With a projected mid to late 2021 delivery, I am here to tell you the awaited delivery will be worth it!

Let me lay out what we are going to be able to do that is nearly impossible today!

  • Remote Meetings on Zoom etc
  • Stream a 4k Movie for the first time
  • Stream Video without buffering at the same time
  • Effectively run a business
  • Upload videos in minutes versus days
  • Get security updates timely to our PC’s
  • Security cameras with cloud storage
  • Cancel Satellite TV
  • Have full connectivity in all buildings
  • More than 1 child to be able to do remote learning
  • Not drive 12 miles to get a high-speed internet fix.
  • The list is endless!

For those that have high-speed internet connections count your blessings, you will not need to mount a Starlink antenna on your home. But for me, this will be a game-changer. It could allow me to close my office location 13 miles away, save that overhead, and build a new studio here on the compound to allow me to broadcast and stream here.

Will this be a perfect solution no but the price is right, hell we could have a system for each building and still come out ahead. It’s sure cheaper than paying the assholes from the cable company $15,000 to bring cable internet to my home 1.75 miles from where I live today. Imagine living 1.75 miles from the edge of where true high-speed Internet is available around a nearby lake community. The lake communities have the density the cable companies need to be able to make a profit.  But the 11 homes between that point and my home does not have the density needed to make it happen.

Rural Broadband woes are going to be solved by Elon Musk and the Starlink team. There may even be Tesla in my driveway at some point after all we should support companies that actually solve issues. So every Starlink launch will cause me to cheer as I know I am one day closer for the Starlink system to arrive and the availability of true high speed internet

Am I excited? Yes, I am you simply have no idea how much of a game-changer this is. I am also incredibly happy to see all the people who have had zero internet access get the beta first. Although I did see one geek like me get one even though he already had 1GB fiber to his home. It will not be long before every RV has a Starlink antenna and no longer will we be tied to our home. I am sure there will be portable systems and those that will have domes on them.

The expansion of high-speed Internet access will be a game-changer for every person in rural America that has been left behind.  Go Starlink Go!  Follow the Starlink journey here at Geek News Central and the companion Podcast.


Wages effected by Remoter Working #1502



Covid has allowed millions of people to work from home and some have even been able to move to new locations which are and have started to affect wages with companies adjusting salaries dependent on where they are living due to lower housing costs primarily. With the requirement gone to have to live close to the employer, companies are saving piles of cash.

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Facebook is blocking screen shares while Live



It has come to my attention that Facebook has started to kill a live stream anytime you show your computer screen. Last Thursday I was live and as soon as I shared a screen from my computer Facebook killed the stream. This also happened today when I did the New Media Show. This is very troubling as they are trying to prevent anyone from showing anything but the primary live screen.

This prevents people like me from actively switching my live show. If anyone else is experiencing this let me know but this changes the dynamic of my show I do live. This could be an attempt to stop people that are re-streaming content. For those of use using Facebook responsibly, this is incredibly troubling.