The Two Techies 356: Chose the Extent

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Are fitness trackers effective? Windows 10 lets you chose how much snooping goes on and the iPhone is 10 years old.

Topics talked about today:

  • Is that fitness tracker you’re using a waste of money?
  • New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max
  • A lawyer rewrote Instagram’s privacy policy so kids and parents can have a meaningful talk about privacy
  • iiPhone – 10 Years Later

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The Two Techies 355: Staying Around

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Broadband is slower yet more expensive in the US than most other countries, what role could technology play in real world issues and Netflix say DVD’s are still current.

Topics talked about today:

  • Broadband in the US is Slower, More Expensive Than In Most OECD Countries
  • Could Technology Remove the Politicians From Politics?
  • GoPro CEO says the company is planning more drones
  • Netflix is still renting out DVDs to millions of customers in 2017

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The Two Techies 354: Forward Focus

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On the last episode of 2016, we take a look at the technology news and developments for the new year ahead.

Topics talked about today:

  • Companies that will strive in 2017
  • Who will fail to keep up?
  • Will any previous tech giants make a rebound?
  • Categories to watch out in the year ahead (VR, IoT, Automation etc.)

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The Two Techies 353: A Year in an Episode

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We take a look back at the technology news and developments in the year of 2016.

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple And The FBI Engage In Legal Standoff Over Terrorist’s iPhone, Ignite Encryption Debate (San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone)
  • Microsoft Strikes Deal To Acquire LinkedIn For $26.2 Billion
  • Fake news infects Facebook
  • Self-driving cars rev their engines (the rise of self driving anything)
  • No one wants to buy Twitter
  • Amazon VS fake reviews
  • Pokemon Go & other viral hits

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The Two Techies 352: Autonomous Regulation

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When technology really makes a difference, Amazon makes its first drone delivery and Microsoft state some thought provoking facts.

Topics talked about today:

  • When Technology Can Make a Real Difference
  • Uber defies demand to cease self-driving
  • Amazon makes first drone delivery
  • Microsoft: more people are switching from Macs to Surface than ever before

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3 Stories Referenced to:

The invention bringing a terminally ill man happiness

The invention that helped me write again

Using my voice after two years of silence

The Two Techies 351: Bad Advice

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Are YouTube’s $1bn royalties enough? Amazon Go is a grocery store with no checkout lines and TalkTalk’s wi-fi hack advice is ‘astonishing.

Topics talked about today:

  • YouTube’s $1bn royalties are not enough, says music industry
  • Amazon Go is a grocery store with no checkout lines
  • TalkTalk’s wi-fi hack advice is ‘astonishing’
  • Fitbit formally announces that it is buying smartwatch maker Pebble

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The Two Techies 350: Select Few

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Another warning for using non-genuine device chargers, MP’s aren’t so sure about iPad’s being in the classroom and Nokia dials back time to sell mobiles again.

Topics talked about today:

  • Fake Apple chargers fail safety tests
  • British MP Wants Schools To Ditch iPads, Says They Lead To Bullying
  • MPs just passed the most draconian spying laws ever. Guess who they made exempt…
  • Nokia dials back time to sell mobile phones again

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The Two Techies 349: Christmas Gift Guide 2016

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It’s Christmas time again! Join us for our 7th annual Christmas Gift Guide for 2016 to help you decide what to buy for friends, family and loved ones this holiday season!

Gadgets (Eg. Phones, Tablets, e-Readers etc) & Wearables

  • GoPro Hero 5 black (or Session)
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick – Amazon UK (£34.99)
  • Google Chromecast (From Google outlets) £30.00
  • Anker Powerbanks
  • Bose QC35 – Bose (£289)
  • Beats X OR Powerbeats 3 – Apple Store (£129 / £169)
  • Jaybird X2 OR X3 – Amazon UK / Jaybird (£119 / X3 – Currently unavailable in the UK)
  • Wileyfox Swift/Swift 2 smartphone – Amazon UK (£99 / £189)
  • Kindle Paperwhite E-reader, 6″ High-Resolution Display – Amazon UK (£79.99)

Peripherals (Accessories, cases, stands, keyboard, etc)

  • Logitech K380 keyboard – Logitech.com
  • Logitech MX Master / MX Anywhere – Logitech.com
  • Twelve South 12-1302 BackPack 3 for iMac (£27.35) Amazon UK
  • Nomad Key for iPhone (£19.99) Amazon UK
  • Tile – Amazon UK (£20)
  • Fitbit Flex 2 – Fitbit.com (£79.99)

Home (Eg. Internet of things)

  • Amazon Echo / Echo-Dot – Amazon UK (£149.99 / £49.99)
  • Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation (£159.99)
  • Philips Hue starter kit
    • White Ambience starter kit – Amazon UK (£99.99)
    • Colour starter kits vary in price (£150 – £190) depending on the bulb type, make sure you get the right mount! (Bayonet, screw etc)
  • Smarter iKettle 2.0 Wifi Kettle – Amazon UK (£94.99)
  • SONOS PLAY:1 Smart Wireless Speaker – Amazon UK (£169.00)

Stocking Fillers

  • Veho VCC-100-XL MUVI X-Lapse 360 Degree Photography and Timelapse Accessory for iPhone (£14.95) – Amazon UK
  • CamKix Wireless Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control for Smartphones  (£5.49) – Amazon UK [Variety of colours available]
  • Belkin N300 Wall Plug Mounted Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender (£12.99) Amazon UK
  • Jam Classic Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker (£13.50) Amazon UK

Movies/TV shows/Books

  • To enjoy the following… SONY HT-CT790 2.1 Wireless Sound Bar – Currys (or other retailers) £349.00
  • Planet Earth II (£16.99) – Zavii UK
  • The Office: An American Workplace – Season 1-9 Complete (£23.99) Amazon UK
  • iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing – Various online retailers…
  • Dexter

Other

  • Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected Electric Toothbrush & UV Sanitiser (£124.99) Amazon UK

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The Two Techies 348: Led by Conjecture

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Britain passes possibly the most extreme surveillance law ever in any democracy, could degree led jobs become obsolete very soon due to technology and do the public rely on Facebook too much for news?

Topics talked about today:

  • Britain has passed the ‘most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy’
  • 60% of students are chasing jobs that will be rendered obsolete by technology
  • Snowden: We rely too much on Facebook for news
  • Google will soon ban fake news sites from using its ad network

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The Two Techies 347: Kind of Karma

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Snap spectacles create a spectacle in LA, Dongle dilemma provokes an Apple price cut and Go Pro is recalling their new Karma drone.

Topics talked about today:

  • Snap’s Spectacles create a spectacle in LA
  • Dongle dilemma provokes Apple price cut
  • GoPro is recalling its Karma drone
  • Samsung will launch its own digital assistant with the Galaxy S8

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The Two Techies 346: Missing Objective

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When can an online content network such as YouTube begin to monetize from their offerings? GoPro need a very good holiday season after a disastrous third quarter and even Apple don’t currently know who the Mac is currently for.

Topics talked about today:

  • YouTube is still having trouble getting people to pay for the site
  • Boosted tells skaters its latest electric board isn’t safe
  • GoPro needs a very good holiday season after a disastrous third quarter
  • Apple just told the world it has no idea who the Mac is for

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The Two Techies 345: Redmond Overtakes

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Are Apple dragging their heels with the Mac? Smartwatch sales show a sharp decline and aviation technology might finally be catching up!

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple raises computer prices in UK
  • Microsoft Surface Studio PC announced with “world’s thinnest LCD monitor”
  • Smartwatch sales show sharp decline, report finds
  • ADS-B Technology Could Make Missing Planes a Thing of the Past

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The Two Techies 344: Inclined to Disbelieve

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Online scams apparently catch people of all ages out, IBM makes a good point regarding Apple’s computers and Facebook causes an uproar in banning a health related video.

Topics talked about today:

  • Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards, according to Microsoft
  • IBM Says Macs Are Up to $543 Less Expensive Than PCs Over Time
  • Facebook bans ‘offensive’ Swedish breast cancer awareness video
  • Apple’s expected Mac event on October 27 is official: ‘hello again’

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The Two Techies 343: Samsung Safety Stick

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Samsung decide to recall all Note 7 devices amid further safety concern and issues, Google’s Chromebook has proven popular for back-to-study users and Twitter’s shares fall.

Topics talked about today:

  • US carriers halt Samsung Note 7 sales and replacements
  • Chromebooks destroyed Apple in back-to-school shopping
  • Twtitter shares tumble as Salesforce rules out bid

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The Two Techies 342: Face the Facts

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Yahoo are found to be secretly scanning customers emails, Google Pixel and Home speaker hope to take on rivals such as Siri/Echo and Netflix’s catalog has shrunk by 50% in a few years.

Topics talked about today:

  • Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence-sources
  • Apple inexplicably terminates developer account for popular developer app Dash, apps removed from App Store
  • Google Pixel phones and Home speaker take on Siri and Echo
  • Netflix’s catalog has shrunk by a whopping 50% in the past few years

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