The Two Techies 478: User Error

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How does Amazon choose? Smart ovens get hot without you knowing and could WordPress become a blogging monopoly?

Quick News:

  • iOS 13 beta hints at an Apple iPhone 11 event on September 10th [Link]
  • Jimmy Kimmel, Walking Dead part of $600,000 penalties for false emergency alerts [Link]
  • Facebook workers listened to voice messages [Link]
  • FAA Bans Recalled Apple Laptops From Flights [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Amazon quizzed over ‘Choice’ ratings [Link]
  • Smart ovens have been turning on overnight and preheating to 400 degrees [Link]
  • WordPress owner Automattic to acquire Tumblr – 9to5Mac [Link]

The Two Techies 477: Made Where?

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British Airway’s IT problems worsen, new cars with security vulnerabilities and HTC have a smartphone dilemma.

Quick News:

  • Teen interns ‘work through night’ to make Amazon Echos [Link]
  • Three error drops data bill shock onto Irish users [Link]
  • Instagram removes ad company after ‘data grab’ [Link]
  • Amazon will stop taking orders from Dash buttons at the end of August [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • BA passengers facing delays after IT failures [Link]
  • New cars can be broken into in 10 seconds [Link]
  • HTC smartphones pulled from sale during patent row [Link]

The Two Techies 476: Price Holdout

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Steaming holdouts relent, YouTube face trade union action and further proof people don’t want £1000 phones.

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  • Amazon will let you opt out of human review of Alexa recordings [Link]
  • Instagram and WhatsApp will add “from Facebook” to their names [Link]
  • Amazon’s Ring doorbell police tie-up criticised [Link]
  • Apple Q3 2019 Results – $53.8 Billion Revenue [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • One of the last remaining music streaming holdouts has relented [Link]
  • YouTubers Team Up With Europe’s Largest Trade Union To Demand the Platform Stop Screwing Them Over [Link]
  • Apple and Samsung earnings show most people don’t want $1,000 phones [Link]

The Two Techies 475: Alleged Algorithms

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Google’s cheaper smartphone offering proves successful, BMW and their CarPlay subscription model and Australia will police tech giants’ algorithms.

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  • Virgin Media ramps up speeds to millions of users [Link]
  • Apple buys Intel’s smartphone modem business [Link]
  • Equifax to pay up to $700m to settle data breach [Link]
  • Three to give customers 5G at ‘no extra cost’ [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • The less expensive Pixel 3A helped Google sell twice as many smartphones last quarter [Link]
  • BMW Now Charges $80 a Year for Apple CarPlay [Link]
  • Australia to police tech giants’ algorithms [Link]

The Two Techies 474: Ulterior Plans

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Apps with ulterior motives, concerns over mass facial recognition roll outs and your app doesn’t deserve a subscription.

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  • Netflix shares dive as subscriber take-up slows [Link]
  • ‘My $19 Uber ride cost 100 times that’ [Link]
  • Google suspends ticket site Viagogo [Link]
  • Apple TV Plus’ See reportedly costs almost $15 million per episode [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Your App Doesn’t Deserve a Subscription Cost [Link]
  • Can you trust FaceApp with your face? [Link]
  • MPs call for halt to use of facial recognition [Link]

The Two Techies 473: Device Switch

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The Nintendo Switch Lite, a hefty fine for Facebook and Apple update the MacBook Air.

Quick News:

  • Streamers banned for filming while driving [Link]
  • UK watchdog plans to fine Marriott £99m [Link]
  • Apple Temporarily Disables Walkie-Talkie App for Apple Watch Due to Eavesdropping Vulnerability [Link]
  • British Airways faces record £183m fine for data breach [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Nintendo Switch Lite: Release date, what is it and how is it different? – CBBC Newsround [Link]
  • Facebook ‘to be fined $5bn over Cambridge Analytica scandal’ – BBC News [Link]
  • MacBook Air Updated With True Tone Display and Lower $1,099 Starting Price [Link]

The Two Techies 472: Value for Money

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Does news really make money? Samsung says you should check your TV for viruses and Jony Ive announces his departure from Apple.

Quick News:

  • Kuo: Apple to include new scissor switch keyboard in 2019 MacBook Air and 2020 MacBook Pro – 9to5Mac [Link]
  • Raspberry Pi 4 Launches for $35 [Link]
  • Firefox Will Give You a Fake Browsing History to Fool Advertisers [Link]
  • Apple Music Now Has 60 Million Paid Subscribers [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Publishers Not Making Much Money From Apple News+ [Link]
  • Samsung tells homes to virus-check TVs [Link]
  • Jony Ive to form independent design company with Apple as client [Link]

The Two Techies 471: U-Turn

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No more tablets for Google, no more touchscreens for Mazda and no more apps for users.

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  • Apple Confirms Dashboard is Going Away After 14 Years [Link]
  • Ikea’s smart blinds get a new October 1st release date in the US [Link]
  • Samsung’s Galaxy Fold might not ship until after the Note 10 [Link]
  • ThinkGeek.com is shutting down and that’s a damn shame [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Google’s Not Going to Make Tablets Anymore [Link]
  • Why Mazda is purging touchscreens from its vehicles [Link]
  • It’s time to delete most of your apps | Popular Science [Link]

The Two Techies 470: The Renaissance

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Apple smash expectations with their WWDC keynote as well as more controversy surrounding Huawei.

Quick News:

  • Indian Man Sentenced To Over 7 Years In Jail For US Call Centre Fraud [Link]
  • Google Stadia launch date and games revealed [Link]
  • Microsoft deletes massive face database [Link]
  • Firefox gets aggro blocking ads from tracking you online. [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Here’s everything Apple announced during its WWDC 2019 keynote [Link]
  • Huawei P30 Pro ‘Moon Mode’ stirs controversy (Update: Huawei responds) [Link]

The Two Techies 469: Pre Dub

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An Apple focused episode covering everything to expect at this year’s upcoming WWDC.

Quick News:

  • iTunes Expected to Be Retired After Over 18 Years [Link]
  • Zuckerberg ‘survives’ Facebook leadership vote [Link]
  • Apple releases new iPod touch featuring A10 Fusion chip, 256 GB storage option [Link]
  • Huawei faces break with UK chip giant ARM [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple WWDC 2019: Mac Pro, iOS 13, Marzipan, and what else to expect [Link]
  • WWDC 2019: Dates, What to Expect [Link]
  • Neon artwork decorates McEnery Convention Center in San Jose ahead of WWDC [Link]

The Two Techies 468: Consumer Confidence

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Your health and technology, the MacBook Pro line and what Snap doesn’t want you to know.

Quick News:

  • Microsoft and Sony strike games streaming deal [Link]
  • EE 5G service launching next week in six UK cities [Link]
  • Google pulls Huawei’s Android license, forcing it to use open source version [Link]
  • Apple to warn iPhone users about update impact [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Study of teenagers finds blocking out blue light from screens can improve health and wellbeing [Link]
  • Apple Updates Its MacBook Pro Line with Faster CPUs and New Keyboard Mechanisms [Link]
  • Snap Employees Have Used Internal Snapchat Tools to Spy on Users [Link]

iFixit MacBook Pro keyboard video

The Two Techies 467: Slight Detour

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Google’s Pixel, Apple’s App Store and the Nest will see some considerable upcoming changes.

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  • Tesla to update software after car fires [Link]
  • The UK gets its first official 5G launch date [Link]
  • Adobe Tells Users They Can Get Sued for Using Old Versions of Photoshop [Link]
  • Movies from many studios revert to HD instead of 4K on iTunes, including already purchased titles [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Google’s Nest changes risk making the smart home a little dumber [Link]
  • Apple faces customer lawsuit over app store [Link]
  • Google admits trouble selling expensive Pixels, but it’s got a cheaper one coming soon [Link]

The Two Techies 466: Fully Focused

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Tougher Internet of Things laws, Adobe raise Creative Cloud prices and Facebook’s total focus on privacy.

Quick News:

  • Life-saving kidney delivered by drone [Link]
  • Google to ‘auto-delete’ tracking history [Link]
  • Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt will leave Alphabet’s board after 18 years [Link]
  • Spotify is first to 100 million paid subscribers [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • New gadget law planned to thwart hackers [Link]
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Price Rises to $20/month [Link]
  • Facebook’s total focus on privacy could crowd out more important issues [Link]

The Two Techies 465: True to Form

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Apple and antitrust complaints and podcasting with an unfortunate difference.

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  • Microsoft hits $1 trillion market valuation [Link]
  • Which? reveals worst mobile network [Link]
  • Sprint and AT&T settle lawsuit over “blatantly misleading” 5G E logo [Link]
  • Samsung’s Galaxy Fold Smartphone Release Delayed [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple continues crack down on third-party screen time apps, faces new antitrust complaint in Europe [Link]
  • Podcast wars: $100 million startup Luminary launches Tuesday without Reply All or The Daily [Link]

The Two Techies 464: Over Simplified

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iOS 13, the problem with consumer reviews online and Samsung’s potential PR disaster.

Quick News:

  • UK helps push through EU copyright revamp [Link]
  • Bose Adds AirPlay 2 Support to BoseSmart Speakers and Sound Bars [Link]
  • Apple and Qualcomm drop billion-dollar battle [Link]
  • Microsoft reveals hackers accessed some Outlook.com accounts for months [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • iOS 13 will reportedly include a dark mode and huge improvements to iPad multitasking [Link]
  • Amazon UK is littered with suspicious reviews, report claims [Link]
  • Samsung’s folding phone breaks for reviewers [Link]