The Two Techies 447: Christmas Gift Guide 2018

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Join us for our 9th Annual Christmas Gift Guide – the perfect episode for those wondering what technological gifts to buy for friends, family and loved ones this holiday season!

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Stocking Fillers

  • Apple Watch straps
  • FitBit straps
  • elago R1 Intelli Case – Apple TV Remote Cover (Amazon – £11.99)

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The Two Techies 446: Heightened Margins

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Old technology rollbacks, new technology rollouts and what incredibly high profit margins mean for both technology companies and customers.

Quick News:

  • Marriott hack hits 500 million guests [Link]
  • After Microsoft complaints, Indian police arrest tech support scammers at 26 call centers | ZDNet [Link]
  • Apple in court over 30% app commission [Link]
  • Uber fined £385,000 for losing UK data [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • I still miss my headphone jack, and I want it back [Link]
  • Apple Music to Launch on Amazon’s Echo Devices the Week of December 17 [Link]
  • Apple’s Higher Prices Are Pure Greed [Link]

The Two Techies 445: Smart Integration

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Proof Windows isn’t a service, 4K streaming is picking the Apple TV up and Amazon’s Echo with third parties.

Quick News:

  • ‘Crypto hangover’ hammers Nvidia’s outlook, shares drop 17 percent [Link]
  • US Postal Service Left 60 Million Users Data Exposed For Over a Year [Link]
  • The International Space Station is full of floppy disks [Link]
  • Amazon accidentally streamed an unreleased episode of Doctor Who [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Windows Isn’t a Service; It’s an Operating System [Link]
  • Apple TV Gaining Traction in 4K Streaming Device Market [Link]
  • Amazon just opened Alexa to all Bluetooth headphone makers [Link]

The Two Techies 444: 3-2-1

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The EU’s potential new copyright regulations, data storage vulnerabilities and Woz says Jobs would be proud of Apple today.

Quick News:

  • PlayStation is skipping E3 2019 [Link]
  • EE and Virgin Media fined for overcharging [Link]
  • Spotify launches its Apple Watch app [Link]
  • Amazon strikes deal with Apple to sell new iPhones and iPads [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • YouTube CEO calls EU’s proposed copyright regulation financially impossible [Link]
  • Photog Sues Adobe, Says Premiere Pro Bug Deleted Files Worth $250K [Link]
  • Steve Wozniak believes Steve Jobs would be proud of Apple today, says Samsung’s ‘fun features’ aren’t ‘innovations’ [Link]

The Two Techies 443: Instant Datafication

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Datafication from birth, 5G could end traditional broadband and science says screens don’t affect sleep.

Quick News:

  • HSBC bank confirms US data breach [Link]
  • Apple’s New MacBook Disconnects Microphone “Physically” When Lid is Closed [Link]
  • Spotify Connect speakers set free, no longer require premium subscriptions [Link]
  • Samsung shows off folding smartphone [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Children are being ‘datafied from birth’ [Link]
  • 5G will let users ‘ditch home broadband’ [Link]
  • ‘Screens have little effect on sleep’ [Link]
  • Spotify Grows to 87M Paid Subscribers and 191M Monthly Active Users [Link]

The Two Techies 442: Price Adjustment

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Everything Apple announced just the other day, adverts within your WhatsApp and the price of Cable is still climbing.

Quick News:

  • Spotify is Coming to Apple Watch With Beta App Available Now [Link]
  • End of an era for WhatsApp, will soon carry adverts [Link]
  • Frozen Apple Watches must be returned [Link]
  • Apple will no longer reveal how many iPhones, iPads, and Macs it sells [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Everything Apple Announced Today in Just Six Minutes [Link]
  • The Average Cable Bill is Now $107 a Month [Link]

The Two Techies 441: Unique Proposition

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What will the new iPad’s bring, Motorola wants you to fix your own phone and when older technology officially becomes obsolete.

Quick News:

  • Western Digital’s new 15TB hard drive is the biggest one ever made [Link]
  • Second hack attack on BA site uncovered [Link]
  • Apple seems to have completely blocked police password cracking tool in iOS 12 [Link]
  • Samsung sues its own brand ambassador for $1.6M for using an iPhone X [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • The 5 biggest rumors about Apple’s new bezel-free iPads [Link]
  • Motorola Becomes First Smartphone Company to Sell DIY Repair Kits to Its Customers [Link]
  • John Lewis pulls the plug on DVD players [Link]

The Two Techies 440: Varied Choice

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Two Apple events in two months, Photoshop for iPad hints that tablets are becoming more than consumable devices and game studios show that they are taking foul play seriously.

Quick News:

  • Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs [Link]
  • Paul G. Allen, Microsoft’s Co-Founder, Is Dead at 65 [Link]
  • Tiny Palm smartphone baffles gadget fans [Link]
  • Netflix surges on strong subscriber growth [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple Launches Special Event Page for October Event With Dynamic Set of Apple Logos [Link]
  • Adobe Unveils Photoshop for iPad, Launching in 2019 [Link]
  • Fortnite cheat YouTuber sued by Epic Games [Link]

The Two Techies 439: Costly Repair

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Why you might want to stand your ground with Apple, Google’s Pixel event and California take action on insecure passwords.

Quick News:

  • Google+ to shut down after coverup of data-exposing bug [Link]
  • Microsoft has killed Minecraft for Apple TV [Link]
  • Apple seeks deal with UK telecom to sell Apple TVs, says report [Link]
  • Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update after reports of documents being deleted [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple investigated by CBC news for overpriced repair charges [Link]
  • The 5 biggest announcements from the Google Pixel 3 event [Link]
  • Weak passwords to be banned in California [Link]

The Two Techies 438: Minimalistic

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How much data do tech companies need, piracy is on the rise again and the Microsoft Surface event.

Quick News:

  • Musk out as Tesla chair over fraud case [Link]
  • Fitbit data used to charge man with murder [Link]
  • Call problems hit O2 mobile network [Link]
  • Original working Apple fetches $375,000 [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple’s Tim Cook: ‘Don’t believe’ tech companies that say they need your data [Link]
  • The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy [Link]
  • The 5 biggest announcements from the Microsoft Surface event [Link]

The Two Techies 437: Meaningless Term

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Apple’s streaming service is apparently bland, Facebook make multiple privacy mistakes in one week and something on Instagram.

Quick News:

  • The Last Goodbye [Link]
  • Best Buy accidentally sells customer the new, unannounced Chromecast [Link]
  • Nokia announces first phone to get Android Pie [Link]
  • iPhone XS owners complain selfie camera applying unwanted skin smoothing [Video] [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple’s Upcoming Streaming Service Is Reportedly So Bland Staff Are Calling It ‘Expensive NBC’ [Link]
  • You Gave Facebook Your Number For Security. They Used It For Ads. [Link]
  • Up to 50m Facebook accounts attacked [Link]
  • Instagram Founders Exit Facebook as Zuckerberg Involvement Grows [Link]

The Two Techies 436: The Journey

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Apple’s September event, streaming now accounts for 75% of the music industry’s revenue and Twitter may have exposed some private chats to third parties.

Quick News:

  • Audible updates iOS app with support for offline audiobook playback on Apple Watch [Link]
  • GoPro Hero7 leaks with three new versions [Link]
  • Equifax fined £500,000 for 2017 data hack that saw 15m Brits affected [Link]
  • Microsoft to warn Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Twitter says bug may have exposed some direct messages to third-party developers – TechCrunch [Link]
  • Streaming now accounts for 75 percent of music industry revenue [Link]
  • Here’s all the big news from Apple’s iPhone launch event [Link]

The Two Techies 435: New Identity

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Apple’s September event, spyware on the Mac App Store and IKEA are joining the smart world one blind at a time.

Quick News:

  • Argos launches ‘voice shopping’ with Google [Link]
  • Hackers hijack 380,000 customers’ data from British Airways’ site [Link]
  • Amazon achieved a market value of $1,000,000,000,000 [Link]
  • Skype U-turns on ‘worst ever update’ [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • No. 1 paid utility in Mac App Store steals browser history, sends it to Chinese server [Link]
  • Ikea is working on smart blinds, according to FCC filing of new remote controls [Link]
  • Five things to expect at the Apple event next week [Link]

The Two Techies 434: Extraordinarily Normal

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When work technology interrupts personal life, Apple’s new watch sparks rumours and a four figure priced phone is now entirely normal.

Quick News

  • Google and Mastercard reportedly partner to track offline purchases [Link]
  • Toyota invests $500 million in Uber [Link]
  • Lyft will offer discounted rides to voters during midterm elections [Link]
  • Twenty-two states ask U.S. appeals court to reinstate ‘net… [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Emails commuting ‘should count as work’ [Link]
  • Leak reveals a new Apple Watch Series 4 with an edge-to-edge display [Link]
  • In less than a year, the $1,000 phone has become entirely normal [Link]

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The Two Techies 433: Always On

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Google confirms off or on counts for nothing, Amazon’s one-day delivery is misleading and Nintendo crack down on retro downloads.

Quick News

  • Analysts say we are headed for a flash memory price crash [Link]
  • Netflix will now interrupt series binges with video ads for its other series [Link]
  • 6 million users had installed third-party Twitter clients [Link]
  • Sainsbury’s supermarket goes ’till-free’ [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Google confirms it tracks users even when ‘Location History’ setting is disabled [Link]
  • Amazon’s one-day delivery ad ‘misleading’ [Link]
  • Nintendo cracks down on retro downloads [Link]