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.

Quick News

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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]

The Two Techies 406: Not for Resale

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Echo is listening but Amazon’s not talking, the fragmentation of technology accessories and a subscription model made from a core product.

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  • U.K. and France Thumb Noses at U.S. Over Net Neutrality Repeal [Link]
  • Massive data breach hits Norway and over 3 million people’s healthcare data feared stolen by hackers [Link]
  • Snap lays off two dozen employees, including some from branded content teams [Link]
  • Apple health data used in murder trial [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Echo is listening, but Amazon’s not talking [Link]
  • Buying headphones in 2018 is going to be a fragmented mess [Link]
  • BMW Plans to Turn CarPlay Into Subscription-Based Service Next Year [Link]
  • The Person Who Sent Hawaii’s False Missile Alert Has Been Reassigned [Link]

The Two Techies 405: Speculative Slowing

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Google will vet premium YouTube videos, Apple’s privacy feature could cost ad companies millions and the effect of modern day technology.

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  • Facebook plans major news feed changes [Link]
  • Microsoft says security fixes will noticeably slow older PCs [Link]
  • Apple forced to pay £136 million tax bill in the UK following ‘extensive audit’ [Link]
  • Nextbit is shutting down its Smart Storage cloud service for the Robin phone [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Snapchat redesign prompts backlash’ [Link]
  • Google will reportedly vet premium YouTube videos more closely [Link]
  • No tracking, no revenue: Apple’s privacy feature costs ad companies millions [Link]
  • The effect of Modern Day technology [Link]

The Two Techies 404: Episode Not Found

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Companies challenge the FCC’s decision on Net Neutrality, Netflix and Apple – a possibility? Plus, a serious computer chip flaw warrants a rush to fix the issue.

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  • FCC chairman Ajit Pai cancels CES appearance a week before show [Link]
  • Apple readies Siri for the HomePod by adding a podcast-powered news brief [Link]
  • Apple clarifies that all iPhone 6 and later devices are eligible for $29 battery replacements [Link]
  • “123456” Remains Most Common Password Found in Data Dumps in 2017 [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Netflix Comes Out for Net Neutrality, Tells FCC ‘We Will See You in Court’ [Link]
  • There is a 40% chance Apple will acquire Netflix, according to Citi [Link]
  • Rush to fix ‘serious’ computer chip flaws [Link]

The Two Techies 403: Quietly Featured

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The biggest tech stories of 2017, Apple speak out about a common complaint which turns out to be a “feature”.

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  • Source code for Apple ‘flop’ to be revealed [Link]
  • Nintendo Switch secret golf game wiped [Link]
  • YouTube pulled from Amazon TV kit early [Link]
  • The Echo Dot was the best-selling product on all of Amazon this holiday season [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Tech 2017: The year’s biggest stories [Link]
  • “A Message to Our Customers” – Apple [Link]

The Two Techies 402: Distorted Reality

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What’s the next step for Net Neutrality after the FCC’s ruling, Amazon backs down after a feud with Google and does social media “distort” news?

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  •  Millions ‘stolen’ in NiceHash Bitcoin heist [Link]
  • Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox’s film and TV studios in a landmark deal [Link]
  • UK drone users to sit safety tests under new law [Link]
  • Imgur confirms 1.7 million users hit by data breach [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • The FCC Just Killed Net Neutrality [Link]
  • Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat [Link]
  • Apple’s Ive Regains Management of Design Team After 2 Years [Link]
  • Gove attacks ‘distorting’ social media after animal sentience row [Link]

The Two Techies 401: Christmas Gift Guide 2017

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It’s Christmas time again! Join us for our 8th annual Christmas Gift Guide for 2017 to help you decide what to buy for friends, family and loved ones this holiday season!

Gadgets (Eg. Phones, Tablets, e-Readers etc) & Wearables

Peripherals (Accessories, cases, stands, keyboard, etc)

Home (Eg. Internet of things)

  • Amazon Echo Dot (£49.99) / Echo (£89.99) / Echo Plus (£139.99)
    • Jamie personally vouch for the Echo 2nd Generation
  • Philips Hue (Philips)
    • Starter kit
    • Bulbs
    • Accessories
  • SONOS PLAY:1 Smart Wireless Speaker – Amazon UK (£149.00)

Stocking Fillers

  • Apple Watch straps
  • FitBit straps
  • Elago W3 Stand – Classic Mac Apple Watch stand (Amazon – £9.99)
  • elago R1 Intelli Case – Apple TV Remote Cover (Amazon – £11.99)
  • Inspire Mac Candle No. 2 (TwelveSouth $30) – Candle’s scent designed to remind people of a freshly opened box of Apple hardware, with added notes of lemon and tarragon. Limited edition so hurry if planning!

Other

  • Incase NoviConnected Travel Roller (TSA approved 10,050mAh battery, USB-C and full USB port for charging gadgets and built in bluetooth tracker) $300

The Two Techies 400: Quite Significant

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Warnings over net-connected Christmas gifts, Android phones may “betray” user location to Google and Uber concealed yet another data breach.

Quick News

  • Call to regulate video game loot crates [Link]
  • Firefox Will Warn Users When Visiting Sites That Suffered a Data Breach [Link]
  • Broadband ads to ditch ‘misleading’ speeds [Link]
  • Report: Apple’s iMac Pro will come with always-on Siri [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Warnings over smart Christmas gifts [Link]
  • Android phones ‘betray’ user location to Google [Link]
  • Uber concealed huge data breach [Link]
  • Fullscreen ‘YouTube rival’ to close [Link]

The Two Techies 399: The Ofcom

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Tesla unveils the new Roadster, the FCC Plans a December Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Rules and Analysts predict Apple will launch Netflix rival service in 2018.

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  • Apple Says HomePod is Delayed Until 2018 [Link]
  • Car tax evasion triples after disc scrapped [Link]
  • Cash Converters customer data breached [Link]
  • Alibaba smashes its Single’s Day record once again as sales cross $25 billion [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Tesla unveils the new Roadster [Link]
  • FCC Plans December Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Rules [Link]
  • Analyst predicts Apple will launch Netflix rival service in 2018 [Link]
  • Star Wars game U-turn after player anger [Link]

The Two Techies 398: Just Because

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Users played by Google Play, computing still isn’t being taught properly and some old Logitech devices will soon be useless.

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  • Apple Releases iOS 11.1.1 Update With Fix for ‘A[?]’ Autocorrect Bug [Link]
  • UK ISPs will have to pay automatic compensation to customers for broadband service problems [Link]
  • Pokemon Go firm plans Harry Potter magic [Link]
  • Twitter to expand 280-character tweets [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Fake WhatsApp Downloaded More Than 1 Million Times From Google Play [Link]
  • ‘Too few’ schools offer computing GCSEs [Link]
  • Logitech Will Intentionally Brick All Harmony Link Devices Next Year [Link]
  • Snap says it’s going to start paying top creators [Link]

The Two Techies 397: iPhone eX

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The iPhone X opens up to overwhelmingly promising first impressions, Razer’s new phone follows new fashion trends and the FBI find difficulty in encrypted devices.

Quick News

  • Apple Reports 4Q 2017 Results: $10.7B Profit on $52.6B Revenue, 46.7M iPhones [Link]
  • Elon Musk Swears Tesla Model 3 Production is Getting Better [Link]
  • Twitter employee takes down Trump account [Link]
  • Microsoft kills off Kinect, stops manufacturing it [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Early Adopters Unbox iPhone X and Share Overwhelmingly Positive First Impressions [Link]
  • Razer Phone announced with huge bezels, no headphone jack, and dubious gamer cred [Link]
  • Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE will now stream music [Link]
  • FBI locked out of 7,000 encrypted devices [Link]

The Two Techies 396: Monetarily Reinstated

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Pay to lose throttling, major hotel sites to be investigated and Apple might be making a move to original content.

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  • Apple fires iPhone X engineer after daughter’s hands-on video goes viral [Link]
  • Three slammed for £113 iPhone X phone contract – the most expensive ever [Link]
  • Amazon Key is new, convenient, and a little creepy. Should you get it? [Link]
  • New York City subway will replace MetroCard with Apple Pay tap-to-pay starting in 2018 [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Verizon will stop throttling video on unlimited plans if you pay an extra $10 per month [Link]
  • Google addresses Pixel 2 complaints [Link]
  • Hotel booking sites to be investigated [Link]
  • Apple hires ex-BBC One controller [Link]