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]

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.

Quick News

  • 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]

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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.

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]