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.

Quick News:

  • 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]

The Two Techies 473: Device Switch

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The Nintendo Switch Lite, a hefty fine for Facebook and Apple update the MacBook Air.

Quick News:

  • Streamers banned for filming while driving [Link]
  • UK watchdog plans to fine Marriott £99m [Link]
  • Apple Temporarily Disables Walkie-Talkie App for Apple Watch Due to Eavesdropping Vulnerability [Link]
  • British Airways faces record £183m fine for data breach [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Nintendo Switch Lite: Release date, what is it and how is it different? – CBBC Newsround [Link]
  • Facebook ‘to be fined $5bn over Cambridge Analytica scandal’ – BBC News [Link]
  • MacBook Air Updated With True Tone Display and Lower $1,099 Starting Price [Link]

The Two Techies 472: Value for Money

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Does news really make money? Samsung says you should check your TV for viruses and Jony Ive announces his departure from Apple.

Quick News:

  • Kuo: Apple to include new scissor switch keyboard in 2019 MacBook Air and 2020 MacBook Pro – 9to5Mac [Link]
  • Raspberry Pi 4 Launches for $35 [Link]
  • Firefox Will Give You a Fake Browsing History to Fool Advertisers [Link]
  • Apple Music Now Has 60 Million Paid Subscribers [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Publishers Not Making Much Money From Apple News+ [Link]
  • Samsung tells homes to virus-check TVs [Link]
  • Jony Ive to form independent design company with Apple as client [Link]

The Two Techies 471: U-Turn

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No more tablets for Google, no more touchscreens for Mazda and no more apps for users.

Quick News:

  • Apple Confirms Dashboard is Going Away After 14 Years [Link]
  • Ikea’s smart blinds get a new October 1st release date in the US [Link]
  • Samsung’s Galaxy Fold might not ship until after the Note 10 [Link]
  • ThinkGeek.com is shutting down and that’s a damn shame [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Google’s Not Going to Make Tablets Anymore [Link]
  • Why Mazda is purging touchscreens from its vehicles [Link]
  • It’s time to delete most of your apps | Popular Science [Link]

The Two Techies 470: The Renaissance

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Apple smash expectations with their WWDC keynote as well as more controversy surrounding Huawei.

Quick News:

  • Indian Man Sentenced To Over 7 Years In Jail For US Call Centre Fraud [Link]
  • Google Stadia launch date and games revealed [Link]
  • Microsoft deletes massive face database [Link]
  • Firefox gets aggro blocking ads from tracking you online. [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Here’s everything Apple announced during its WWDC 2019 keynote [Link]
  • Huawei P30 Pro ‘Moon Mode’ stirs controversy (Update: Huawei responds) [Link]

The Two Techies 469: Pre Dub

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An Apple focused episode covering everything to expect at this year’s upcoming WWDC.

Quick News:

  • iTunes Expected to Be Retired After Over 18 Years [Link]
  • Zuckerberg ‘survives’ Facebook leadership vote [Link]
  • Apple releases new iPod touch featuring A10 Fusion chip, 256 GB storage option [Link]
  • Huawei faces break with UK chip giant ARM [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple WWDC 2019: Mac Pro, iOS 13, Marzipan, and what else to expect [Link]
  • WWDC 2019: Dates, What to Expect [Link]
  • Neon artwork decorates McEnery Convention Center in San Jose ahead of WWDC [Link]