The Two Techies 379: Not Just One

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Microsoft’s new Surface laptop is almost impossible to repair – will this trend continue to prevail? ISP routers pose a problem for non-suspecting users and is it dangerous to “depend” on computers?

Topics talked about today:

  • A teardown of Microsoft’s new Surface laptop reveals that it’s almost impossible to repair
  • Router hack risk not limited to Virgin Media
  • Snapchat map update raises privacy & safety worries
  • Is it dangerous for humans to depend on computers?

The Two Techies 378: Winning Group

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Xbox One X has a release date, Amazon makes a small purchase and are big tech companies becoming too big?

Topics talked about today:

  • Xbox One X: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know
  • Spotify hits more than 140 million users
  • Amazon is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion
  • Are Google, Amazon and others getting too big?

The Two Techies 376: “C u l8r”

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WWDC 2017, British Airways experience a modern day nightmare and plans to allow mobile users to change carriers in an easier fashion surface.

Topics talked about today:

  • WWDC 2017 rumours and anticipated news
  • British Airways face a modern day nightmare
  • Text-to-switch plan for mobile users

The Two Techies 375: Brief Nostalgia

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What is Piracy doing to Hollywood? Apple are stepping their production of the iPad Pro amid new launch rumours and Nokia’s attempt at nostalgia is good for 5 minutes.

Topics talked about today:

  • What is Piracy doing to Hollywood?
  • Apple Said to Be Increasing Production of Rumoured 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • Nokia 3310 review: reliving your youth is fun for about five minutes

The Two Techies 374: Small Steps

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Can you repair your tech products? Google I/O and a recent cyber-attack should be a wake up call, Microsoft warns.

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple Is Lobbying Against Your Right to Repair iPhones, New York State Records Confirm
  • The FCC votes to move forward with gutting net neutrality
  • The five big announcements from Google I/O
  • Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns

The Two Techies 373: Pretty Prime

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The Siri speaker, Beddit is now Apple’s and Amazon’s announcements.

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple employees are reportedly testing the “Siri speaker” inside their homes
  • Apple acquires popular Apple Watch & iOS sleep tracking platform Beddit
  • Five highlights from Amazon’s Echo Show announcement you may have missed
  • Apple Nears $800 Billion Valuation On Path to Becoming World’s First Trillion Dollar Company

The Two Techies 372: Not for Long

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Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS, Microsoft just can’t win in the mobile market and the Apple Watch faces a slight problem.

Topics talked about today:

  • Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS
  • Microsoft phone revenue fell to $5m last quarter, from $1.4bn two years ago
  • Microsoft unveils new Surface laptop
  • Google Maps, Amazon, and eBay Drop Apple Watch Support

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The Two Techies 371: Slight Diversification

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Google and Facebook both get duped, another privacy issue with another online service and Nokia try new markets.

Topics talked about today:

  • Google and Facebook duped in huge ‘scam’
  • Uber tracked iPhone users after they deleted the app, underscoring CEO’s bent for risk taking
  • Nokia, Onetime Cell-Phone Champ, Turns to Bathroom Scales
  • Microsoft’s Q3 2017: cloud and Office power growth

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The Two Techies 370: More for Less

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Smart products might not always rival “dumb” equivalents, could we put too much reliance on biometric security and Microsoft waves goodbye to Windows Vista.

Topics talked about today:

  • The $400 smart juicer, criticised after hand-squeezing got similar results
  • Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard
  • Bose accused of spying on headphone & speaker users, selling listening data
  • Microsoft finally says goodbye to Windows Vista

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The Two Techies 369: Pole Position

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The Nintendo Switch outsells both console competitors, what will the next iPhone bring and Virgin Media flick a sneaky switch.

Topics talked about today:

  • The Switch outsold Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in March
  • All Three 2017 iPhones Predicted to Have 3GB of RAM and Lightning Connectors With Faster Charging
  • Potential ‘iPhone 8’ Render Shows Vertical Camera and Rear Touch ID, But Likely One of Several Designs
  • Virgin Media starts turning customer routers into public Wi-Fi hotspots

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The Two Techies 368: Unprofessional Practices

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A milestone for technology history, your garage door might be smarter than you think and Apple admits it made a mistake with the Mac Pro.

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple Mac Pro design was a bad bet
  • New Windows usage figures represent a “milestone in technology history”
  • Maker of smart garage door opener bricks customer’s device in retaliation for negative review

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The Two Techies 367: Right on Cue

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VPN’s aren’t the answer to government broadband plans, Google Home shows a growth in IOT markets and Samsung plan to relaunch a refurbished Note 7.

Topics talked about today:

  • ‘Just Use A VPN’ Isn’t A Real Solution To The GOP’s Decision To Kill Broadband Privacy Protections
  • Google Home launches in the UK on April 6th priced at £129
  • Samsung plans to relaunch refurbished Note 7 devices
  • Minister says encryption on messaging services is unacceptable

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The Two Techies 366: Pay to Stay

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Desperate times call for desperate measures for Twitter, Google have issues with advertising and Apple make a possibly significant purchase.

Topics talked about today:

  • Twitter considers paid membership option
  • Google advertising row spreads to US brands
  • Apple Acquires Popular Automation App Workflow
  • Everything Apple announced today (and what we’re still waiting for)

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The Two Techies 365: Sweet Success

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The Raspberry Pi has sold over 12.5 million boards in five years, Google are accused of inserting adverts in Google Home responses and ISP’s don’t feel that your usage is “sensitive”.

Topics talked about today:

  • Raspberry Pi sold over 12.5 million boards in five years
  • Google pulls Beauty and the Beast ‘ad’ from Home
  • ISPs say your Web browsing and app usage history isn’t “sensitive”
  • Spotify will restrict some albums to its paid tier

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