The Two Techies 421: Ludicrous Loophole

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Subscription hell, soft sales and podcast successes for Apple.

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.

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.

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.

Quick News

  • 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]

The Two Techies 410: Gone

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WWDC 2018 is already on the pad, talks of Nokia dumping its health tech business and Facebook deploy spyware on iPhones.

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  • Twitter Discontinues Twitter for Mac App [Link]
  • FCC Boss Being Investigated For Potential Corruption [Link]
  • HTC phone chief quits as company prepares for what may be its last flagship [Link]
  • Ten gigabit home broadband tested in UK [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • WWDC 2018 Dates Possibly June 4-8 at San Jose Convention Center [Link]
  • Facebook using 2FA cell numbers for spam, replies get posted to the platform [Link]
  • Facebook’s ‘Protect’ feature on iOS essentially installs spyware on iPhone and iPad [Link]
  • Nokia may dump its health tech business [Link]

The Two Techies 409: Conflicted Meanings

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Apple’s HomePod hits the ground running, Twitter finally makes a profit and Apple music could eclipse Spotify in users.

Quick News

  • Elon Musk’s Falcon rocket soars to space [Link]
  • Uber rejected a $500 million settlement from Waymo earlier this week: report [Link]
  • iPhone Source Code From iOS 9 Leaked on Github [Link]
  • John Perry Barlow, Internet Pioneer, 1947-2018 [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Snapchat asks unhappy users to ‘give new update a chance’ [Link]
  • Sonos made a playlist for Apple’s HomePod launch [Link]
  • After 12 years, Twitter finally makes a profit – with some bad/good news on users [Link]
  • Apple Music Now Has 36 Million Subscribers, Could Eclipse Spotify in United States This Year [Link]

The Two Techies 408: Timeout

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The iPhone 10 has been a huge success, nation-wide mass surveillance might not be so legal and Strava’s fitness tracking map reveals sensitive information about U.S. troops and foreign bases.

Quick News

  • eBay drops PayPal as first payment choice [Link]
  • Samsung is now the world’s biggest chipmaker [Link]
  • Hawaii fires employee who sent false ballistic missile alert [Link]
  • The Nintendo Switch has already outsold the Wii U [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple Reports Record Results for 1Q 2018 [Link]
  • Apple’s Decision to Delay Some New Features and Focus on Software Quality Extends to Mac [Link]
  • The UK’s mass surveillance powers have been ruled illegal [Link]
  • Strava’s fitness tracking map reveals sensitive information about U.S. troops and foreign bases [Link]

The Two Techies 407: Further Delay

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The HomePod is now available to preorder, Fitbit to end Pebble smartwatch support soon and Netflix see’s conservative growth.

Quick News

  • Now even YouTube serves ads with CPU-draining cryptocurrency miners [Link]
  • Apple Signals Transition Away from 32-Bit App Support on the Mac [Link]
  • Major changes to macOS Server coming in spring 2018 [Link]
  • Thousands hit in OnePlus card hack [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple’s $349 HomePod speaker is now available to preorder [Link]
  • Fitbit to end Pebble smartwatch support soon [Link]
  • Netflix expects Apple’s TV shows to be bundled with Apple Music or iOS [Link]