The Two Techies 488: Industry Intercept

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Another foldable phone, the Magic MacBook Pro and Google are the latest technology company to open a bank.

Quick News:

  • ‘Berlin rocks,’ says Elon Musk as he picks factory [Link]
  • Apple removes vaping apps from store [Link]
  • Labour pledges free broadband for all [Link]
  • Facebook iOS App ‘Bug’ Quietly Turns on Phone Camera in Background [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Huawei launches foldable phone in China [Link]
  • 16-Inch MacBook Pro Debuts With New Magic Keyboard, Physical Esc Key, Up to 64GB of RAM, and More [Link]
  • Google set to offer banking current accounts [Link]

The Two Techies 487: Sorta Streamlined

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GoPro’s sales strengthen thanks to smartphones, the new dot com bubble is here and Apple TV+, again.

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  • Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics [Link]
  • AT&T fined $60 million for throttling ‘unlimited’ data plans [Link]
  • Disney+ streaming service UK launch date confirmed [Link]
  • BritBox: UK broadcasters enter the streaming wars as new service launches [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Smartphones haven’t killed GoPro, they’ve only made it stronger [Link]
  • Opinion: The worst part of Apple TV+ is the TV app – 9to5Mac [Link]
  • The new dot com bubble is here: it’s called online advertising [Link]

The Two Techies 486: Subjectivity

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AirPods Pro comes at a pro price, Google buy Fitbit and Apple’s TV+ launches to varied reviews.

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  • Migrating Russian eagles run up huge data roaming charges [Link]
  • Mobile loophole for filming drivers ‘to be closed’ [Link]
  • Bloodhound car ramps up its speed to 461mph [Link]
  • Twitter bans all political advertising [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple TV’s big debut with Aniston and Witherspoon ★★☆☆☆ [Link]
  • AirPods Pro Launching on October 30 for $249 [Link]
  • Fitbit snapped up by Google in $2.1bn deal [Link]

The Two Techies 485: Full Fibre

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Twitter’s advertising dilemma, Facebook’s tax bill and an unrealistic “full fibre” pledge.

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  • Amazon profits hit by rising shipping costs [Link]
  • RBS pulls Samsung Galaxy S10 app over security flaw [Link]
  • Pentagon snubs Amazon for $10bn ‘Jedi’ contract [Link]
  • Ford will unveil its Mustang-inspired electric SUV on November 17th [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Twitter admits that it showed more ads to less popular users [Link]
  • Facebook under fire over ‘outrageous’ UK tax bill [Link]
  • Ministers dodge ‘full fibre for all by 2025’ pledge [Link]

The Two Techies 484: Sufficiently Safe

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Streaming competition, a work life balance with technology and laptops are still on Apple’s mind.

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  • O2 launches 5G network in five UK cities and Slough [Link]
  • Three phone services restored ‘for majority’ [Link]
  • US military finally retires outdated floppy disks in charge of nuclear weapons [Link]
  • Any fingerprint unlocks Galaxy S10, Samsung warns [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Banning out-of-hours email ‘harmful to some staff’ [Link]
  • Netflix feels the pressure as competitors circle [Link]
  • 16-Inch MacBook Pro Possibly Referenced in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 Beta [Link]

The Two Techies 483: Extended Capability

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Accessibility of the internet, low effort in Desktop apps and Apple continue to extend their watch capabilities.

Quick News:

  • Lithium-ion batteries take chemistry Nobel [Link]
  • Blizzard gamers unable to boycott firm over China [Link]
  • Dyson scraps plans for electric car [Link]
  • Tesla will let you customize your car’s horn and movement sounds [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Twitter releases new Catalyst app for macOS Catalina [Link]
  • Apple may have accidentally revealed a Sleep app for the Apple Watch [Link]
  • Why much of the internet is closed off to blind people [Link]

The Two Techies 482: Release Plans

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Apple’s next items to focus on and Right to Repair rules will become common practice in the EU.

Quick News:

  • Apple News Plus is now available in the UK and Australia [Link]
  • Ikea delays its US smart blinds, again [Link]
  • Brits’ internet use ‘peaks on Wednesday nights’ [Link]
  • Ransomware-hit hospitals in US turn away patients [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • The next iPhone SE will reportedly look like an iPhone 8, but it’ll be as fast as the iPhone 11 [Link]
  • Apple’s noise-canceling AirPods spotted in latest iOS 13 beta [Link]
  • ‘Right to repair’ rules brought in for appliances [Link]

The Two Techies 481: Inherently Inquisitive

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The price others pay for technology and smart TV’s are still overly inquisitive.

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  • UK launch for app that cancels subscriptions [Link]
  • Amazon orders 100K electric delivery trucks from Rivian as part of going carbon-neutral by 2040 [Link]
  • Amazon Music Adds Lossless Streaming Tier for $14.99/Month ($12.99 for Prime) [Link]
  • Amazon Echo screen flicker angers owners [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • New studies find smart TVs are still sending sensitive data to third parties [Link]
  • Apple responds to iPhone factory criticism [Link]

The Two Techies 480: Indefinitley Innovative

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Did Apple’s “by innovation only” event warrant that title and mobile phones in an educational environment.

Quick News:

  • Spotify Wants Family Plan Members to Share Their Location Data ‘From Time to Time’ [Link]
  • ‘Ban kids from loot box gambling in games’ [Link]
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger resigns from Apple board as companies come into conflict on streaming [Link]
  • Sainsbury’s reinstalls tills in till-free store [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • iPhone 11 event: Everything Apple announced today [Link]
  • Half of parents ‘want mobiles banned in schools’ [Link]

The Two Techies 479: Inclusive Error

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The next generation iPhone and Google prompt an angry response from Apple.

Quick News:

  • USB4 Officially Announced, Will Offer 40Gbps, Power, and Display Support [Link]
  • Tesla Model S will take on famed Nürburgring racetrack, Elon Musk says [Link]
  • Samsung reveals Galaxy Fold UK launch date [Link]
  • ‘World’s oldest webcam’ to be switched off [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Everything to expect from Apple’s iPhone event [Link]
  • Apple, angry at Google, hits back at hack claims [Link]

The Two Techies 478: User Error

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How does Amazon choose? Smart ovens get hot without you knowing and could WordPress become a blogging monopoly?

Quick News:

  • iOS 13 beta hints at an Apple iPhone 11 event on September 10th [Link]
  • Jimmy Kimmel, Walking Dead part of $600,000 penalties for false emergency alerts [Link]
  • Facebook workers listened to voice messages [Link]
  • FAA Bans Recalled Apple Laptops From Flights [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Amazon quizzed over ‘Choice’ ratings [Link]
  • Smart ovens have been turning on overnight and preheating to 400 degrees [Link]
  • WordPress owner Automattic to acquire Tumblr – 9to5Mac [Link]

The Two Techies 477: Made Where?

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British Airway’s IT problems worsen, new cars with security vulnerabilities and HTC have a smartphone dilemma.

Quick News:

  • Teen interns ‘work through night’ to make Amazon Echos [Link]
  • Three error drops data bill shock onto Irish users [Link]
  • Instagram removes ad company after ‘data grab’ [Link]
  • Amazon will stop taking orders from Dash buttons at the end of August [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • BA passengers facing delays after IT failures [Link]
  • New cars can be broken into in 10 seconds [Link]
  • HTC smartphones pulled from sale during patent row [Link]

The Two Techies 476: Price Holdout

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Steaming holdouts relent, YouTube face trade union action and further proof people don’t want £1000 phones.

Quick News:

  • Amazon will let you opt out of human review of Alexa recordings [Link]
  • Instagram and WhatsApp will add “from Facebook” to their names [Link]
  • Amazon’s Ring doorbell police tie-up criticised [Link]
  • Apple Q3 2019 Results – $53.8 Billion Revenue [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • One of the last remaining music streaming holdouts has relented [Link]
  • YouTubers Team Up With Europe’s Largest Trade Union To Demand the Platform Stop Screwing Them Over [Link]
  • Apple and Samsung earnings show most people don’t want $1,000 phones [Link]

The Two Techies 475: Alleged Algorithms

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Google’s cheaper smartphone offering proves successful, BMW and their CarPlay subscription model and Australia will police tech giants’ algorithms.

Quick News:

  • Virgin Media ramps up speeds to millions of users [Link]
  • Apple buys Intel’s smartphone modem business [Link]
  • Equifax to pay up to $700m to settle data breach [Link]
  • Three to give customers 5G at ‘no extra cost’ [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • The less expensive Pixel 3A helped Google sell twice as many smartphones last quarter [Link]
  • BMW Now Charges $80 a Year for Apple CarPlay [Link]
  • Australia to police tech giants’ algorithms [Link]

The Two Techies 474: Ulterior Plans

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Apps with ulterior motives, concerns over mass facial recognition roll outs and your app doesn’t deserve a subscription.

Quick News:

  • Netflix shares dive as subscriber take-up slows [Link]
  • ‘My $19 Uber ride cost 100 times that’ [Link]
  • Google suspends ticket site Viagogo [Link]
  • Apple TV Plus’ See reportedly costs almost $15 million per episode [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Your App Doesn’t Deserve a Subscription Cost [Link]
  • Can you trust FaceApp with your face? [Link]
  • MPs call for halt to use of facial recognition [Link]