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]

The Two Techies 432: Trend Set

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Could Bethesda be starting a new trend, Snapchat’s redesign was a costly mistake and pay-to-watch TV surges ahead.

Quick News

  • Samsung is about to make 4TB SSDs and mobile storage cheaper [Link]
  • Tesla suspends share-trading after Elon Musk tweets he wants to take the carmaker private [Link]
  • The Pirate Bay Turns 15 Years Old – TorrentFreak [Link]
  • Newton Mail is shutting down in September [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Bethesda blocks resale of used game [Link]
  • Twitter API change strikes next week, Tweetbot and Twitterrific affected [Link]
  • Snapchat’s redesign cost it millions of users [Link]
  • Use of online pay-to-watch TV surges ahead [Link]

The Two Techies 431: Banni

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Apple hit a huge milestone, T-Mobile pair with Nokia and Smartphones are banned from French classrooms.

Quick News

  • Logitech is acquiring Blue Microphones for $117 million in cash [Link]
  • Apple is Officially a Trillion Dollar Company as Shares Cross $207 Mark [Link]
  • Fortnite to skip Google Play on Android [Link]
  • Phone and internet use: Number of mobile calls drops for first time [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple announces Q3 2018 revenue of $53.3b: 41.3m iPhones, 11.5m iPads, 3.7m Macs [Link]
  • T-Mobile signs $3.5 billion deal with Nokia for 5G technology [Link]
  • France bans smartphones in school [Link]
  • Larger iPhone X Plus seemingly confirmed by leak in iOS 12 beta [Link]

The Two Techies 430: Slowing Momentum

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Growth slows down for Facebook, Jawbone have fallen off a cliff and a quarter of Tesla orders have been cancelled.

Quick News

  • Apple announces free repair for devices damaged by Japanese floods [Link]
  • Full-fibre broadband pledge for new UK homes [Link]
  • MoviePass was down last night because it ran out of money [Link]
  • Apple Said to Be Removing Headphone Jack From Upcoming 2018 iPad Pro Models [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Facebook growth slows in aftermath of privacy scandals [Link]
  • Jawbone fitness trackers removed from online shops [Link]
  • 24% of Tesla Model 3 orders have been canceled, analyst says [Link]

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.

Quick News

  • 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.

Quick News

  • 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!

Quick News

  • 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]