The Two Techies 429: Testing Times

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New technology on UK roads, Google hit with a hefty fine for Android and new technology being held back by older counterparts.

Quick News

  • Instapaper is going independent [Link]
  • Microsoft shares at all-time high after bumper results [Link]
  • Amazon’s website crashed as soon as Prime Day began [Link]
  • British Airways asked customers to post personal information on Twitter ‘to comply with GDPR’ [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • UK introduces new road signs to detect and warn drivers using mobile phones at the wheel [Link]
  • Google hit with €4.3bn Android fine from EU [Link]
  • Laptop expert warns overheating could make 2018 MacBook Pro slower than last year’s model [Link]

The Two Techies 428: Surface Level

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Microsoft’s smaller Surface has returned, Apple’s next hardware move and Photoshop to become iPad friendly.

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  • Timehop Service Suffers Data Breach Affecting 21 Million Users [Link]
  • Twitter ‘shuts down millions of fake accounts’ [Link]
  • NHS still reliant on ‘archaic’ fax machines [Link]
  • Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones For 2019 [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple’s updated MacBook Pros are a long-awaited step in the right direction [Link]
  • Microsoft’s Surface Go tablet has a 10-inch screen and starts at $399 [Link]
  • Adobe to Launch Photoshop for iPad in Strategy Shift [Link]

The Two Techies 427: Strategic Meltdown

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UK Banks need technology meltdown plans, EU copyright laws become controversial and HTC might be facing tough times.

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  • Sony posts whole movie on YouTube in trailer’s place
  • Dashcam footage submission website goes live
  • Apple shares new App Store stats ahead of its 10th anniversary
  • Apple Music Just Surpassed Spotify’s U.S. Subscriber Count

Topics talked about today:

  • Banks told to reveal tech meltdown plans [Link]
  • Controversial copyright law rejected by EU parliament [Link]
  • HTC will lay off 1,500 employees in search of profit [Link]

The Two Techies 426: Hidden Messages

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Facebook get it wrong yet again, Tesco want to try shopping without tills and Adobe use machine learning to do really cool things!

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  • Ticketmaster ‘warned of hack attack in April by Monzo’
  • Instagram star Daryl Aiden Yow used stock image photos
  • Codebreaking Bombe moves to computer museum
  • AT&T Fined $5.25M for Two 911 Outages that Affected 15,000+ Emergency Calls

Topics talked about today:

  • Facebook wants to hide secret inaudible messages in TV ads that can force your phone to record audio [Link]
  • Tesco trials shopping without tills [Link]
  • Apple MacBook & MacBook Pro Keyboard Service Program [Link]

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Quick News

  • 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.

Quick News

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Quick News

  • 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]