The Two Techies 514: Prioritising Privacy

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Apple indirectly make it harder for Facebook to track people through an iOS update, mobile operators need to be more transparent about costs and the importance of fact checking online information.

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  • Mozilla signs fresh Google search deal worth mega-millions as 25% staff cut hits Servo, MDN, security teams [Link]
  • Anti-vaccine group sues Facebook, claims fact-checking is “censorship” [Link]
  • Santander online banking hit ahead of Bank Holiday [Link]
  • Apple removes Fortnite developer from App Store [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple’s new iPhone operating system is making it harder for Facebook to track people, and Facebook says it will decimate part of its business [Link]
  • Mobile users still ‘ripped off’ by operators says Which? [Link]

The Two Techies 513: Audacious Algorithms

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Bill Gates speaks out about tech firms, Apple continues to rattle developer’s cages and can algorithms make life changing decisions?

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  • Apple fires back in court, says Epic Games CEO asked for special treatment [Link]
  • Microsoft will bid farewell to Internet Explorer and legacy Edge in 2021 [Link]
  • You’ll need a Facebook account to use future Oculus headsets [Link]
  • Ofcom broadband compensation scheme in record payout [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Bill Gates says tech companies ‘deserve rude, unfair, tough questions’ [Link]
  • WordPress founder claims Apple cut off updates to his completely free app because it wants 30 percent [Link]
  • The algorithms that make big decisions about your life  [Link]

The Two Techies 512: Attentively Aware

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Apple further alienates themselves from an already distant community, Google Home listens even when not prompted and Instagram were found to have stored deleted content from their servers for more than a year.

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  • Eurostar blames virus for premium seat only wi-fi [Link]
  • ZX Spectrum remake blasts through Kickstarter goal [Link]
  • Toshiba shuts the lid on laptops [Link]
  • Computer mouse co-creator dies at 91 [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple stumbled into a war with the gaming industry, and the future of iOS is at stake [Link]
  • Apple goes to war with the gaming industry [Link]
  • Google accidentally enables Home smart speakers to listen in to everyday house sounds [Link]
  • Instagram kept deleted photos and messages on its servers for more than a year [Link]

The Two Techies 511: Firing Facebook

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Facebook faces significant financial losses after firms boycott their advertising platform and the most significant Twitter breach in the company’s history – who or what is to blame?

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  • Pivotal tech antitrust hearing officially postponed [Link]
  • Apple to Give Employees Paid Time Off to Vote in U.S. Election [Link]
  • Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak is suing YouTube after grifters used his likeness to promote extensive bitcoin scams [Link]
  • Intel’s next-generation chips delayed until 2022 [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Zuckerberg Loses $7 Billion as Firms Boycott Facebook Ads [Link]
  • Twitter and the big bitcoin scam: what happened next [Link]
  • An Instagram bug showed a ‘camera on’ indicator for iOS 14 devices even when users weren’t taking photos [Link]

The Two Techies 510: Core Changes

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We take a detailed look at everything announced by Apple at WWDC 2020 including iOS and iPadOS 14, the noticeable and infrastructural changes to MacOS with Big Sur and more announcements within Apple’s ecosystem.

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  • O2 sends surprise refund cheques after 15 years [Link]
  • Microsoft to permanently close nearly all of its retail stores [Link]
  • UK’s internet use surges to new highs in lockdown [Link]
  • Olympus quits camera business after 84 years [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • WWDC 2020: Everything Apple Announced [Link]

The Two Techies 509: Perfunctory Design

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WWDC may be remote but it could bring some significant changes and Sonos and Google take on each other in the court room.

Quick News:

  • 79 Netgear router models risk full takeover due to unpatched bug [Link]
  • Adobe wants users to uninstall Flash Player by the end of the year [Link]
  • Zoom Now Says End-to-End Encryption Will Be Available for All Users [Link]
  • Now it’s “smart speaker wars” as Google and Sonos fall out over patents [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Bloomberg outlines what to expect at WWDC, new Apple TV and HomePod coming ‘later this year’ [Link]
  • Apple now selling DIY SSD upgrade kits for the Mac Pro [Link]

The Two Techies 508: Release and Repair

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What will we see at WWDC 2020 and the Internet Wayback Machine could cease to exist after four global book publishers take legal action against them.

Quick News:

  • Apple’s Stock Price Hits a New All-Time High [Link]
  • Zoom CEO says it won’t encrypt free calls because it wants to share them with law enforcement [Link]
  • 135-year-long streak is over: US renewable sources topped coal in 2019 [Link]
  • Australia ‘records fastest internet speed ever’ [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Lawsuit over online book lending could bankrupt Internet Archive [Link]
  • iOS 14 features: What we know ahead of WWDC 2020 [Link]

The Two Techies 507: Giraffics Interchange

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Secure email turns out to be no so secure after all, the FBI may want to know what you’re looking at online and Elon Musk gives California Tesla employees an ultimatum.

Quick News:

  • Google will soon block battery-draining ads from loading in Chrome [Link]
  • UK broadband speeds up despite lockdown wobble [Link]
  • Music royalties smash records amid stark warnings [Link]
  • Facebook buys GIF-maker Giphy [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Edison Mail Sync Bug Allowing Access to Other Users’ Email Accounts [Link]
  • Mitch McConnell is pushing the Senate to pass a measure that would let the FBI collect Americans’ web-browsing history without a warrant [Link]
  • Elon Musk Is Offering Tesla Workers a Deal: Violate California’s Stay-at-Home Order or Don’t Get Paid [Link]

The Two Techies 506: Core Foci

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Cord cutting explodes in Q1 2020, Qualcomm should recognise Apple as a real threat and tech giants endorse working from home.

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  • Uber reports $2.9 billion quarterly loss during pandemic [Link]
  • Facebook update crashes TikTok and other rivals [Link]
  • NHS reveals code behind virus-tracing app [Link]
  • Virgin Media and O2 join forces to take on BT [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Cord-Cutting Explodes in Q1 as Pay-TV Sector Delivers Worst-Ever Losses [Link]
  • Facebook and Google extend working from home [Link]
  • Qualcomm Should Be Scared of These 2 Words That Apple Just Uttered | The Motley Fool [Link]

The Two Techies 505: Consistently Stable

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Apple’s fiscal Q2 2020 results show consistency in an unstable market, ICANN protects .org and Odeon rustle features with Universal Studios.

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  • Tesla applies to become UK electricity provider: The Telegraph [Link]
  • Raspberry Pi announces $50 12-megapixel camera with interchangeable lenses [Link]
  • E-book cost falls as VAT exemption brought forward [Link]
  • Steam ends Mac support for SteamVR [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple Reports 2Q 2020 Results: $11.2B Profit on $58.3B Revenue, All-Time Record for Services Revenue [Link]
  • ICANN votes down controversial .org sale proposal [Link]
  • Odeon bans all Universal Pictures films as studio skips cinema releases [Link]

The Two Techies 504: Subdivided Markets

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The new $400 iPhone, Google step up on advertisement authenticity and data shows consumers are slowly becoming more privacy savvy.

Quick News:

  • Google blocking 18m coronavirus scam emails a day [Link]
  • Apple and Google in ‘Standoff’ With UK Health Service Over COVID-19 Contact Tracing App [Link]
  • BT delays removal of Huawei from EE’s core network [Link]
  • Ticketmaster Changes Policy and Will No Longer Refund Postponed Shows [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Half of Americans have decided not to use a product or service because of privacy concerns [Link]
  • Google Will Require Proof of Identity From All Advertisers [Link]
  • Apple announces the new $399 iPhone SE for 2020 [Link]

The Two Techies 503: Right Place, Right Time

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The importance of quantum computing, Apple and Google become a force for the greater good and Disney the perfect time to launch an online streaming service.

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  • Roku launches its free TV streaming service in the UK – if you can put up with the ads [Link]
  • Fiat Chrysler is recalling 365,000 vehicles for backup camera issue [Link]
  • No one’s getting new emoji in 2021 because of the pandemic [Link]
  • Google uses AI to enhance video call audio [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Should we teach children about quantum computing? [Link]
  • Apple and Google are building a coronavirus tracking system into iOS and Android [Link]
  • Disney Plus racks up 50m subscribers in five months [Link]

The Two Techies 502: Physical Disconnect

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The UK’s relations with Huawei weaken, Safety concerns continue over Zoom and Apple sherlocks yet another app.

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  • 2020 iPad Pro Includes Microphone Hardware Disconnect Security Feature [Link]
  • Apple accidentally confirms Tile-like AirTags name in deleted support video [Link]
  • Amazon is reportedly delaying Prime Day due to COVID-19 [Link]
  • Apple now lets some video streaming apps bypass the App Store cut [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • China links ‘may make Zoom unsafe for secrets’ [Link]
  • ‘Zoom is malware’: why experts worry about the video conferencing platform [Link]
  • Android is losing the Dark Sky weather app, now what? [Link]

The Two Techies 501: Crowdsourced Digitisation

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Facebook continues to play Big Brother and crowdsourcing digitisation efforts of old paper records.

Quick News:

  • Apple reportedly says coating on the MacBook Air’s display can smudge [Link]
  • Radio listening booms while music streaming stalls [Link]
  • Contactless limit in UK to be increased to £45 [Link]
  • Amazon blocks non-essential items from warehouses [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Zoom iOS app quietly sending data to Facebook, even if you have no account [Link]
  • Help needed to rescue UK’s old rainfall records [Link]

The Two Techies 500: Internal Server Error

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Celebrating 500 episodes of the show, the part technology plays during global pandemics and Apple push on during uncertain times.

Quick News:

  • Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft board [Link]
  • BT has ‘plenty of capacity’ despite Netflix cuts [Link]
  • U.K. iPhone Reseller Carphone Warehouse to Close All 531 Stores [Link]
  • Sonos U-turn over ‘bricking’ its smart speakers [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • ‘I can’t tour Europe – so I’m touring social media’ [Link]
  • Apple’s new iPad has built-in laser depth-scanner [Link]