The Two Techies 453: Cast Gone

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Windows 10 Mobile gets abandoned, more control of your personal data is what Tim Cook wants and Google cans their Audio Chromecast.

Quick News:

  • Over 87GB of email addresses and passwords exposed in Collection 1 dump [Link]
  • Australia Becomes First Western Nation to Ban Secure Encryption [Link]
  • Apple Launches Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR [Link]
  • DuckDuckGo Integrates Apple Maps for Map and Address Searches [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Microsoft to end Windows 10 Mobile updates and support in December [Link]
  • Tim Cook calls on FTC to let consumers track and delete their personal data [Link]
  • Google cans the Chromecast Audio [Link]

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The Two Techies 452: Over Capacity

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Betrayal of customer trust, the murky area of online consumption and Apple demonstrate cross-platform functionality

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  • The Samsung Galaxy S10 is coming on February 20th [Link]
  • Cambridge Analytica parent firm fined [Link]
  • VLC is adding AirPlay support and will reach 3 billion downloads [Link]
  • Samsung Phone Users Perturbed to Find They Can’t Delete Facebook [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Ring let employees watch customer videos, claim reports [Link]
  • Why We Have Failed As YouTubers… [Link]
  • Samsung Smart TVs Adding Support for iTunes Video Content and AirPlay 2 [Link]

The Two Techies 451: Unplanned Obsolescence

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Are Apple’s reasons for turbulent sales plain excuses and the consequences of the era of streaming.

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  • Weather app harvests personal data [Link]
  • Tesla adds Larry Ellison to its board [Link]
  • Celebrities ‘hacked’ to spur Twitter fix [Link]
  • Internet founding father Larry Roberts dies [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple says cheap battery replacements hurt iPhone sales [Link]
  • Apple says it could miss $9 billion in iPhone sales due to weak demand [Link]
  • Did streaming cause HMV to fail? [Link]

The Two Techies 450: The New IE

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Are you ready to put down your phone? Is privacy dependable on the company holding the data itself and when monopolisation of websites means troubled software.

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  • UK now has anti-drone systems – minister [Link]
  • Instagram Briefly Tested New Horizontal Feed for Main Posts, Wide Rollout Was an Error [Link]
  • Beware: There’s a fake Amazon Alexa ‘Setup’ app climbing App Store charts [Link]
  • Huawei’s kit removed from police network [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Are you ready to break up with your phone? [Link]
  • Apple bested by Tesla and Microsoft in privacy poll, but Facebook destroyed [Link]
  • Google denies altering YouTube code to break Microsoft Edge [Link]

The Two Techies 449: Crowd Reveal

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Apple’s acquisition spree continues, Facebook caught up in further privacy related issues and the risk of online crowd funding campaigns highlights a bigger issue.

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  • Apple Says Some 2018 iPad Pros Ship Bent, But It’s Normal and Not a Defect [Link]
  • Idiots with drones have shut down the UK’s second largest airport [Link]
  • Alexa user accesses stranger’s chats [Link]
  • Apple FaceTime car crash lawsuit dismissed [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Shazam App is Now Ad-Free Following Apple Acquisition [Link]
  • Apple to Launch iPad mini 5 and Entry Level 10-inch iPad Next Year [Link]
  • Facebook’s data-sharing deals exposed [Link]
  • On Reddit, vigilante detectives are uncovering crowdfunding scams [Link]

The Two Techies 448: Negative Klout

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Smart Meters at a not so smart pace, when building social klout turns against you and Google+ sees it’s end

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  • Facebook exposed up to 6.8 million users’ private photos to developers in latest leak [Link]
  • Super Micro audit complete, including servers supplied to Apple: no spy chips found [Link]
  • O2 and Ericsson Apologize After 4G Service Outage Affects Millions of Smartphones [Link]
  • Samsung tweets update via Apple iPhone [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Smart meter fitting slows as deadline looms [Link]
  • YouTube’s Own ‘Rewind 2018’ Becomes Most-Disliked Video Ever In Less Than A Week [Link]
  • Google+ to end early after second bug find [Link]

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!

Gadgets & Wearables

Peripherals

Home

Stocking Fillers

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

Other

 

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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]