The Two Techies 374: Small Steps

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Can you repair your tech products? Google I/O and a recent cyber-attack should be a wake up call, Microsoft warns.

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple Is Lobbying Against Your Right to Repair iPhones, New York State Records Confirm
  • The FCC votes to move forward with gutting net neutrality
  • The five big announcements from Google I/O
  • Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns

The Two Techies 373: Pretty Prime

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The Siri speaker, Beddit is now Apple’s and Amazon’s announcements.

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple employees are reportedly testing the “Siri speaker” inside their homes
  • Apple acquires popular Apple Watch & iOS sleep tracking platform Beddit
  • Five highlights from Amazon’s Echo Show announcement you may have missed
  • Apple Nears $800 Billion Valuation On Path to Becoming World’s First Trillion Dollar Company

The Two Techies 372: Not for Long

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Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS, Microsoft just can’t win in the mobile market and the Apple Watch faces a slight problem.

Topics talked about today:

  • Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS
  • Microsoft phone revenue fell to $5m last quarter, from $1.4bn two years ago
  • Microsoft unveils new Surface laptop
  • Google Maps, Amazon, and eBay Drop Apple Watch Support

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The Two Techies 371: Slight Diversification

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Google and Facebook both get duped, another privacy issue with another online service and Nokia try new markets.

Topics talked about today:

  • Google and Facebook duped in huge ‘scam’
  • Uber tracked iPhone users after they deleted the app, underscoring CEO’s bent for risk taking
  • Nokia, Onetime Cell-Phone Champ, Turns to Bathroom Scales
  • Microsoft’s Q3 2017: cloud and Office power growth

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The Two Techies 370: More for Less

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Smart products might not always rival “dumb” equivalents, could we put too much reliance on biometric security and Microsoft waves goodbye to Windows Vista.

Topics talked about today:

  • The $400 smart juicer, criticised after hand-squeezing got similar results
  • Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard
  • Bose accused of spying on headphone & speaker users, selling listening data
  • Microsoft finally says goodbye to Windows Vista

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The Two Techies 369: Pole Position

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The Nintendo Switch outsells both console competitors, what will the next iPhone bring and Virgin Media flick a sneaky switch.

Topics talked about today:

  • The Switch outsold Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in March
  • All Three 2017 iPhones Predicted to Have 3GB of RAM and Lightning Connectors With Faster Charging
  • Potential ‘iPhone 8’ Render Shows Vertical Camera and Rear Touch ID, But Likely One of Several Designs
  • Virgin Media starts turning customer routers into public Wi-Fi hotspots

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The Two Techies 368: Unprofessional Practices

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A milestone for technology history, your garage door might be smarter than you think and Apple admits it made a mistake with the Mac Pro.

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple Mac Pro design was a bad bet
  • New Windows usage figures represent a “milestone in technology history”
  • Maker of smart garage door opener bricks customer’s device in retaliation for negative review

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The Two Techies 367: Right on Cue

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VPN’s aren’t the answer to government broadband plans, Google Home shows a growth in IOT markets and Samsung plan to relaunch a refurbished Note 7.

Topics talked about today:

  • ‘Just Use A VPN’ Isn’t A Real Solution To The GOP’s Decision To Kill Broadband Privacy Protections
  • Google Home launches in the UK on April 6th priced at £129
  • Samsung plans to relaunch refurbished Note 7 devices
  • Minister says encryption on messaging services is unacceptable

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The Two Techies 366: Pay to Stay

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Desperate times call for desperate measures for Twitter, Google have issues with advertising and Apple make a possibly significant purchase.

Topics talked about today:

  • Twitter considers paid membership option
  • Google advertising row spreads to US brands
  • Apple Acquires Popular Automation App Workflow
  • Everything Apple announced today (and what we’re still waiting for)

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The Two Techies 365: Sweet Success

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The Raspberry Pi has sold over 12.5 million boards in five years, Google are accused of inserting adverts in Google Home responses and ISP’s don’t feel that your usage is “sensitive”.

Topics talked about today:

  • Raspberry Pi sold over 12.5 million boards in five years
  • Google pulls Beauty and the Beast ‘ad’ from Home
  • ISPs say your Web browsing and app usage history isn’t “sensitive”
  • Spotify will restrict some albums to its paid tier

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The Two Techies 363: Second Time Unlucky

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YouTube announces a cable-free TV subscription service, Amazon has a bit of a blip with their web services and the Nokia 3310 has been resurrected.

Topics talked about today:

  • YouTube announces cable-free TV subscription service
  • Amazon typo knocked websites offline
  • Nokia 3310 mobile phone resurrected at MWC 2017
  • WSJ: Apple will ditch Lightning for USB-C on new iPhones

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The Two Techies 362: Bad Timing

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Cloudflare have issues flaring up, technology can catch you out and are iPhone 7 Plus phones a danger to the users?

Topics talked about today:

  • Passwords and dating site messages leaked by internet giant Cloudflare
  • Marathon runner’s tracked data exposes phony time, cover-up attempt
  • Apple looking into video of exploding iPhone 7 Plus
  • Amazon refusing to hand over data on whether Alexa overheard a murder

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The Two Techies 361: Away to San Jose

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A cyber chief says that consumers shouldn’t “fret over passwords”, Apple announce WWDC much earlier than normally expected and can technology work to fix real world issues?

Topics talked about today:

  • Cyber chief says “don’t fret over passwords”
  • Apple will unveil the future of iOS, macOS, and more on June 5th
  • Could a £400bn plan to refreeze the Arctic before the ice melts really work?
  • The clock is ticking for Spotify

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The Two Techies 360: Work in Progress

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Why net neutrality will be missed if it’s gone, what is 5G and governments legally ask for your passwords?

Topics talked about today:

  • You’re Really Going to Miss Net Neutrality
  • What is 5G? The layman’s guide
  • U.S. proposal to collect travellers’ passwords alarms privacy experts
  • Apple Developing New Mac Chip in Test of Intel Independence

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