The Two Techies 307: Sowing Seeds

Joined by Don McAllister, Apple’s first event of 2016 is rumoured for March 15th, Porsche rejects driverless cars and is original content Apple’s next endeavour?

Topics talked about today:

  • Apples first event of 2016 Rumoured for March 15th
  • Porsche boss rejects driverless cars
  • Report: Apple looking to produce its own exclusive TV shows as original content for iTunes
  • Amazon shares slide on sales miss

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The Two Techies 306: Not Needed

Apple reports record results for yet another quarter whilst analysts remain unimpressed, is Twitter troubled after a mass exodus of executives and Three defends their mobile tariff price hikes for all customers.

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple Reports Record Results: $18.4B Profit on $75.9B in Revenue for Q1 2016 on 74.8M iPhones
  • ‘iPhone 5se’ likely to have faster A9/M9 chips & always-on Siri, come in 16/64GB capacities
  • Executive exodus at troubled Twitter
  • Three defends mobile tariff ‘price hike’

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The Two Techies 305: Dubious Pricing

Can Apple spark more interest in wearables? Price doesn’t worry Google and what privacy really means.

Topics talked about today:

  • New Apple Watch designs reportedly coming in March
  • Google ‘paid Apple $1bn in 2014 to keep search on iPhone’
  • Adblock Plus blocked from attending online ad industry’s big annual conference
  • John McAfee: The Obama administration doesn’t understand what ‘privacy’ means

 

The Two Techies 304: Dropping Temperatures

Could an over-reliance on “smart”, connected devices prove to be an issue? Netflix cracks down on proxy streaming and the problem with mobile advertising.

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple confirms that it is shutting down iAd on June 30th
  • Nest thermostat bug leaves users cold
  • Netflix cracks down on proxy streaming
  • Private messages at work can be read by employers, says court

 

The Two Techies 303: CES Free Zone

The Oculus Rift has a price tag, will Apple make major mistakes with the iPhone 7 and what kept the music industry afloat in 2015?

Topics talked about today:

  • The Oculus Rift costs $599 and starts shipping March 28th
  • iPhone 7 May Feature Thinner, Waterproof Body With No Headphone Jack and Wireless Charging
  • NFL in Talks With Apple Over Live Stream of London Games
  • Vinyl and streaming services kept the music industry afloat in 2015

 

The Two Techies 302: Keeping Pace

What to expect from CES 2016, tech companies will face criminal charges in the event that they notify users of UK government spying and is planned obsolescence something which companies should get away with?

Topics talked about today:

  • What to expect from CES 2016
  • Tech companies face criminal charges if they notify users of UK government spying
  • Will 2016 see any advancement in battery technology?
  • iPhone 4S owners file suit against Apple, claim iOS 9 made phones unbearably slow

 

The Two Techies 301: A Year’s Worth

A look back at the technology news which broke in 2015; from the release of Windows 10, the demonisation of encryption as well as smart devices, drones, data breaches and more.

Topics talked about today:

  • Windows 10 says hello, but not without controversy
  • HP splits up with itself, and thousands of its own workers
  • Rise of the drones, registrations open
  • Apple Watch released with a whimper
  • Android hit by multiple major security flaws
  • Internet of Things makes its mainstream debut

 

The Two Techies 300: Passing Through

Is privacy at the forefront of consumers minds since the Snowden revelations? Elon Musk speaks about VW’s repercussions and CISA seeks in under a budget bill.

Topics talked about today:

  • DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t track its users, grew more than 70% this year
  • Elon Musk Has Some Thoughts On VW’s Punishment
  • Budget bill heads to President Obama’s desk with CISA intact
  • Lawmakers Have Snuck CISA Into a Bill That Is Guaranteed to Become a Law

 

The Two Techies 299: One of Many

A failed Kickstarter project causes them to hire an investigative journalist, Netflix will have 31 new original shows in 2016 and Firefox OS Smartphones have ceased production.

Topics talked about today:

  • Kickstarter hires investigative journalist to look into Zano’s failed drone project
  • Netflix will have 31 new shows in 2016
  • Firefox OS smartphones are dead
  • Dropbox shutting down popular Mailbox email client and Carousel photo app

 

The Two Techies 297: Less than Expected

Black Friday see’s an anticipated surge in online spending in both the UK and US, Microsoft makes Windows 10 a little bit more irritating and could Amazon be building the cord cutter’s dream?

Topics talked about today:

  • Black Friday: online spending surge in UK and US
  • Microsoft Makes Windows 10 Automatic Spying Worse
  • Amazon could be building the cord-cutter’s dream streaming service
  • Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps

 

The Two Techies 296: Christmas Gift Guide 2015

It’s Christmas time again! Join us for our 6th annual Christmas Gift Guide for 2015 to help you decide what to buy for friends, family and loved ones this holiday season!

Gift’s mentioned on this episode:

General

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

Peripherals (Accessories, Cases, Stands, Keyboards etc)

Home (Eg. Internet of things)

Stocking Fillers

  • Smart Watch bands/straps
  • Touch Screen Gloves

Movies/TV shows

  • Mr Robot Series 1 
  • Community
  • The Office (US)
  • The IT Crowd

Other

Apple TV 4th Generation (£129 32GB/£169 64GB)

 

The Two Techies 295: Crawling Forward

Tim Cook warns the UK government against weakening encryption, how much longer will Flash survive and the iPad Pro is a hit, but not a replacement for it’s laptop counterparts.

Topics talked about today:

  • Tim Cook warns UK government against weakening encryption
  • How long will Flash survive?
  • iPad Pro Now Available for Purchase From Apple
  • Fast broadband for all by 2020 pledged by UK Government

 

The Two Techies 294: Sponsored By…

Are consumers informed well enough about the technology they’re using, is it time for Google to make their own hardware and the world’s first modular phone, can it prove to be appealing to consumers?

Topics talked about today:

  • Are Consumers Informed Well Enough about the Technology they Use?
  • Is it time for Google to make its own hardware?
  • Details of UK website visits ‘to be stored for year’
  • Fairphone 2 Is The World’s First Modular Smartphone

 

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The Two Techies 293: Spooky Caps

Snapchat changes their privacy policy to allow them to store and use all photos taken through the app, Comcast spoil the streaming fun with their data caps and Apple’s latest generation TV is released and receives a great reception.

Topics talked about today:

  • Snapchat just reserved the rights to store and use all selfies taken with the device
  • Comcast data caps are just low enough to punish streaming
  • BBC iPlayer app coming to Apple TV in coming months
  • Apple Unlock: Judge compares request to execution order