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A show where nerd culture intersects with society. We weekly cover nerd news discussing the latest in movies, games, space, tech and more. Our interview shows focus on amazing nerds and their work.

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In this week’s episode we discuss the decision to make Wonder Woman 1984 available to HBOMax subscribers on Dec 25th.  One of the top hackers is hired to be the head of security at Twitter.  The US Senate signed legislation to create security standards for IoT devices sold to consumers.  We also discuss the UK government buying up pieces of the bankrupt OneWeb and some new robots being used in construction projects.

 

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In this week’s episode Steve gives his initial impressions on both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X consoles and controllers.  We discuss a new futuristic airplane and the first test of the Virgin Hyperloop.  Some bold ransomware hackers take out Facebook ads to remind their victims to pay up and Microsoft warns against using text message based multi-factor authentication.  NASA and SpaceX team up again for another launch to the ISS and a new “Hell” planet was discovered.

 

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In this Cantina Conversation Megan McCarthy-Biank interviews Charlie N. Holmberg, the author of Spellbreaker.  They have a great conversation on her career and developing her most recent book

Read Megan’s complete review at https://thenerdcantina.com/spellbreaker-by-charlie-n-holmberg-book-review/

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Charlie N. Holmberg

Spellbreaker

 

Website: https://charlienholmberg.com/  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cnholmberg/   

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CNHolmberg   

 

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https://www.amazon.com/Spellbreaker-Charlie-N-Holmberg-ebook/dp/B082HRSZKW/

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In this week’s episode we talk about the latest in entertainment and tech for the week of November 11th.  There are new movie delays and challenges to the theater industry.  Assassins Creed gets picked up for a Netflix show.  Blizzcon moves online and announces that they will be free for all.  The EU threatens new legislation against big tech firms that will change their advertising and content models.  

 

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In this week’s episode we talk about an insane new series Sassy Justice created by the team behind South Park using deep fake technology.  In tech news we discuss that the Senate hearing that called the CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Twitter to capitol hill was a complete waste of time.  The FBI announced that there were significant cyber threats to many hospital systems.  In space news we discuss NASA telescopes determining that there is water on the moon and there is an asteroid worth an astounding amount of money. 

 

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In this week’s episode we discuss some entertainment and gaming news.  In tech news we provide some details on the Google antitrust lawsuit filed by the US Justice Department.  GMC revealed a new all electric Hummer and it has some wild features.  The FBI announces that there has been confirmed cyber threats from Russia and Iran targetting U.S. voters and another hacking group donates some of their ransom to charity.  In space news, NASA successfully captures material from an asteroid and SpaceX plans to bring the internet to Mars.

 

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In this week’s episode we discuss your options to rent out an AMC theater for private showings and PlayStation's recent update that allows users to record all party chat and PlayStation to moderate the chat.  In tech news, China begins testing swarming drones for military applications and 6 Russian intelligence officials are charged with multiple international cyber crimes.  Finally in space news we discuss the new contract awarded to Nokia to bring 4G LTE networks to the moon.

 

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In this Cantina Conversation Megan McCarthy-Biank interviews Paula Guran, the author of The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Vol 1.  This anthology is set to release on October 20th, just in time for Halloween.    

Read Megan’s complete review at https://thenerdcantina.com/the-years-best-dark-fantasy-horror-vol-1-by-paula-guran-book-review/

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Paula Guran

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Vol. 1 (Oct 20 Book Release)

 

Website: http://paulaguran.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paulaguran 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/paulaguran 

 

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In this week’s episode we cover the latest in entertainment with Dune and the Batman delays, Disney shifting priorities to streaming and Netflix gets sued.  In tech news Gamestop signs a big deal with Microsoft and Nintendo hackers get arrested. We also discuss the legislators taking a look at using antitrust to break up big tech companies and Microsoft stops a major ransomware network of hackers.   

 

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In this week’s episode we discuss the latest in tech and entertainment.  We discuss the news that Regal Cinemas is closing its theaters again.   The role of Ms. Marvel goes to a relatively unknown actress, Iman Vellani.  We discuss our thoughts on the popular Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma and Mark Zuckerberg’s comments on the film.  Starlink is supporting the firefighters in Washington state and Amazon is looking to role out a new palm scanning device for store checkouts.

 

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