The Two Techies 425: Limited Options

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The US repeals net neutrality, Verizon don’t know about unlimited and smart locks aren’t so smart after all.

Quick News

  • 3: Nintendo Switch gets Fortnite and Super Smash Bros Ultimate [Link]
  • Yahoo fined £250,000 over cyber-attack [Link]
  • Sony faces growing Fortnite backlash at E3 [Link]
  • iPhone security loophole used by police closed by Apple [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • US officially repeals net neutrality rules [Link]
  • Verizon’s New Phone Plan Proves It Has No Idea What ‘Unlimited’ Actually Means [Link]
  • Smart lock can be hacked ‘in seconds’ [Link] [JerryRigEverything video]

The Two Techies 424: WWDC 2018

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Apple’s revelations at WWDC 2018 including macOS Mojave, iOS 12, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12.

Quick News

  • Microsoft confirms it’s acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion [Link]
  • Facebook privacy bug ‘affects 14 million users’ [Link]
  • Amazon $1.2m gadget scam couple jailed [Link]
  • Intel teases a massive 28-core, single-socket chip that will launch later this year [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple WWDC 2018!

The Two Techies 423: Dub Dub

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WWDC 2018, Amazon and counterfeit products and online loot boxes – is it truly gambling?

Quick News

  • Canon has sold its last film camera [Link]
  • Withings to return after Nokia sell-off [Link]
  • Apple and Russia face off over Telegram on App Store [Link]
  • Reddit Beats Facebook to Become Third Most Popular Site in the US: Alexa Rankings [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • WWDC 2018
  • Amazon needs to get a handle on its counterfeit problem [Link]
  • Game companies need to cut the crap—loot boxes are obviously gambling [Link]

The Two Techies 422: Privacy Probe

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Alexa gossips a little more than what you think, Google and Facebook don’t know GDPR and StumbleUpon is no more.

Quick News

  • Apple awarded $539m in US patent case against Samsung [Link]
  • Netflix Is Now Worth More Than Comcast [Link]
  • Apple confirms it will live stream WWDC keynote on June 4 [Link]
  • Virgin Media’s £240 early exit fee is unlawful, Ofcom provisionally concludes, as customers could receive compensation [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Amazon Alexa heard and sent private chat [Link]
  • Android Creator Puts Essential Up for Sale, Cancels Next Phone [Link]
  • Google and Facebook accused of breaking GDPR laws [Link]
  • SU is moving to Mix [Link]

GDPR Hall of Shame

The Two Techies 421: Ludicrous Loophole

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Real time information from US carriers, YouTube rival Spotify and the Senate saves Net Neutrality for now.

Quick News

  • Smart luggage firms lose battery fight [Link]
  • EFF Wins Final Victory Over Podcasting Patent [Link]
  • Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones [Link]
  • BT cuts 13,000 jobs to slash costs [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • All major U.S. carriers give your real-time location info to third parties [Link]
  • YouTube unveils music streaming service [Link]
  • Netflix will have over 1,000 original TV shows and movies on its service by the end of the year [Link]
  • Senate Votes to Save Net Neutrality, Proving Shame Still Works Sometimes [Link]

The Two Techies 420: Put it Good

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Subscription hell, soft sales and podcast successes for Apple.

Quick News

  • Klout is out—social media mojo-ranking service to shutter [Link]
  • Cambridge Analytica is shutting down and filing for bankruptcy [Link]
  • iMac at 20: How the all-new all-in-one ignited the modern Apple [Link]
  • Twitter users urged to update passwords [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Subscription hell [Link]
  • Soft sales? The iPhone X was the world’s best-selling smartphone in Q1 [Link]
  • Petition calls on Apple to recall & replace failing butterfly MacBook Pro keyboards [Link]
  • Apple’s podcasts just topped 50 billion all-time downloads and streams [Link]

The Two Techies 419: Different Criteria

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Cord cutting caused by 74% TV price hikes since 2000, Google knows more than Facebook and Apple’s hardware fiasco continues.

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  • Zuckerberg faces formal summons from MPs [Link]
  • Amazon to Increase U.S. Prime Annual Fee to $119, Up From $99 [Link]
  • Apple removes PayPal Credit & Barclays financing options in the U.K. [Link]
  • Maker of ‘GrayKey’ iPhone Unlocking Box Suffers ‘Brief’ Data Breach, Receives Money Demands [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Report: Cord Cutting Caused by 74% TV Price Hikes Since 2000 [Link]
  • Google has more information on you than Facebook, but users and investors don’t seem to mind [Link]
  • Graphics card makers will be “forced to slash prices” after GPU shipments fall by 40% [Link]

The Two Techies 418: I’m a teapot

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Tesla show how battery life should be done, Woz speaks up about Facebook and GDPR is approaching thick and fast.

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  • German court rejects ad-block challenge [Link]
  • Local TV roll-out ‘to be scrapped’ [Link]
  • Apple Watch could finally get support for third-party faces [Link]
  • Amazon’s Music Storage service will remove your MP3 files on April 30th [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Tesla battery degradation at less than 10% after over 160,000 miles, according to latest data [Link]
  • Steve Wozniak drops Facebook: “The profits are all based on the user’s info” [Link]
  • NHS website defaced by hackers [Link]
  • Are you ready for a data privacy shake-up? [Link]

The Two Techies 417: Expectation Failed

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Online publishers are just as bad as Facebook, Apple loses a lawsuit and Android’s trust problem isn’t getting any better.

Quick News

  • Oregon passes net neutrality law [Link]
  • Apple memo warning employees about leaking gets leaked [Link]
  • Ikea releases its first Bluetooth speakers, and some light assembly is required [Link]
  • Spotify opens at $165.90, valuing company at almost $30 billion [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Don’t just blame Facebook for taking your data – most online publishers are at it too | John Naughton [Link]
  • Apple loses lawsuits over independent iPhone repair shop using third-party parts [Link]
  • Android’s trust problem isn’t getting better [Link]

The Two Techies 416: Strict Range

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Microsoft makes a change to their policy, Apple’s new iPad and Google takes to the educational sector.

Quick News

  • Tesla issues its largest recall ever over faulty Model S steering [Link]
  • iPhone update adds privacy ‘transparency’ [Link]
  • Under Armour reveals MyFitnessPal breach [Link]
  • Uber told to stop testing driverless tech in Arizona [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Report: Apple to begin switch from Intel chips in Macs by 2020 [Link]
  • What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs [Link]
  • Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad offers Pencil support for $329 [Link]
  • Google debuts Chrome OS tablets to take on the iPad in education [Link]

The Two Techies 415: Unsupported Episode

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IBM has only gone and done it, Uber face major autonomous complications and Facebook have major explaining to do.

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  • Microsoft makes largest corporate solar deal in U.S. history, buying 315 MW from 750,000 solar panels [Link]
  • In Europe They’re Giving Users Control of Their Online Data [Link]
  • GoPro signs deal to put its camera lenses and sensors in third-party products [Link]
  • YouTube to Ban Videos Promoting Gun Sales [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt [Link]
  • Uber Halts Autonomous Car Tests After Fatal Crash in Arizona [Link]
  • Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for the Cambridge Analytica scandal [Link]
  • Is it time to delete your Facebook? [Link]
  • Warrant sought for Cambridge Analytica [Link]
  • Washington becomes first state to pass net neutrality law after FCC repeal [Link]

The Two Techies 414: Processor Payment

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Fitbit have a go at the Apple Watch, education is on Apple’s priority list and your processor as payment.

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  • Currys says sorry for extra charges [Link]
  • Google rebrands Android Wear as Wear OS to attract more iPhone users [Link]
  • Facebook blocked from UK WhatsApp data [Link]
  • Apple’s next big event starts on June 4 [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Fitbit exec says Apple Watch doesn’t excite people [Link]
  • Apple announces March 27th event focusing on education [Link]
  • Fitbit takes a second swing at smartwatches with the $199 Versa [Link]
  • Calendar 2 made $2K in 3 days mining cryptocurrency, but Apple says it violated Mac App Store guidelines [Link]

The Two Techies 413: Many Requests

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Apple acquires magazine app Texture, the app which proudly tracks you and could a cheaper MacBook Air surface later this year?

Quick News

  • Android smartphone maker Wileyfox confirms it has entered into administration in the UK [Link]
  • Netflix is worth more than GE or Ford, and it’s creeping up on Disney [Link]
  • Amazon promises fix for creepy Alexa laugh [Link]
  • Mobile firms in traffic-throttling probe [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple acquires magazine app Texture [Link]
  • MoviePass CEO proudly says the app tracks your location before and after movies [Link]
  • Apple is reportedly planning to release a cheaper MacBook Air later this year [Link]
  • iPad Refresh in March Likely as Apple Receives Certification for New Tablets in Eurasia [Link]

The Two Techies 412: Preconditioned

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Are phone makers running out of ideas? Spotify officially files for IPO and Microsoft’s steady retreat from consumer products is nearly complete.

Quick News

  • Angry Birds maker closes London studio [Link]
  • Say goodnight to net neutrality as AT&T just rolled out ‘internet fast lanes’ [Link]
  • GitHub Survived the Biggest DDoS Attack Ever Recorded [Link]
  • Amazon Acquiring Video Doorbell Maker Ring, but HomeKit Support is Still Coming [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Are phone makers out of ideas? [Link]
  • Spotify Officially Files for IPO With 71 Million Premium Subscribers and 146 Million Monthly Active Users [Link]
  • Microsoft’s steady retreat from consumer products is nearly complete [Link]

The Two Techies 411: Information Required

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Geo-privacy with your smartphone, Dropbox officially files for IPO and the iPhone SE 2 could create further fragmentation.

Quick News

  • Apple Pay Cash international roll out appears imminent as iOS users in Spain, Ireland see feature [Link]
  • WhatsApp founder gives $50M to fund future development of Signal messenger [Link]
  • Apple acknowledges influx of false alarm 911 calls originating from repair centre in California [Link]
  • Snapchat officially responds to anti-redesign petition with over 1M signatures [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Sam Amrami tracks you in Pret. And at Starbucks. And down the pub [Link]
  • Dropbox officially files IPO, cloud service seeking $500 million [Link]
  • Sketchy Rumor: iPhone SE 2 Will Debut at WWDC With Classic Design But Larger 4.2-Inch Display [Link]