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.

Quick News:

  • 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.

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  • 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.

Quick News:

  • 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.

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  • 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]

The Two Techies 499: 1 in 28

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Coronavirus and the effect on tech industry, encryption principles queried by another governmental body and the current state of autonomous vehicles.

Quick News:

  • One million homes get access to ultrafast broadband [Link]
  • Amazon culls one million fake coronavirus products [Link]
  • Pets ‘go hungry’ after smart feeder fails [Link]
  • Hackers stuck a 2-inch strip of tape on a 35-mph speed sign and successfully tricked 2 Teslas into accelerating to 85 mph [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Coronavirus jolts tech firms: Facebook cancels F8 conference; Microsoft, Apple warn [Link]
  • MI5 chief asks tech firms for ‘exceptional access’ to encrypted messages [Link]
  • Tesla crash driver ‘was playing video game’ [Link]

The Two Techies 498: Selective Innovation

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Are we paying too much for our smartphones? Apple accused of “suffocating the creation of new technologies” and could another iPhone SE surface?

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  • Facebook sued by the IRS for $9 billion in unpaid taxes [Link]
  • ‘Cut, copy and paste’ inventor dies [Link]
  • Barclays scraps ‘Big Brother’ staff tracking system [Link]
  • Elon Musk’s swipe at Porsche-buying Bill Gates [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • The march toward the $2000 smartphone isn’t sustainable [Link]
  • Apple ‘Suffocates the Creation of New Technologies,’ Claims Former Chip Designer Being Sued for Breach of Contract [Link]
  • Apple Media Event Rumored for End of March, ‘iPhone SE 2’ Launch on April 3 [Link]

The Two Techies 497: Autonomous Removal

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A stark prediction from Roku, Tesla disables Autopilot “accidentally” and the debacle surrounding software subscription models.

Quick News:

  • US finds Huawei has backdoor access to mobile networks globally, report says [Link]
  • French fine Apple $27 million for battery patch that could slow down old iPhones [Link]
  • NASA brings Voyager 2 fully back online, 11.5 billion miles from Earth [Link]
  • Dangerous Domain Corp.com Goes Up for Sale — Krebs on Security [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Roku predicts half of US households with a TV will cut the cord by 2024 [Link]
  • Tesla remotely disables Autopilot on used Model S after it was sold [Link]
  • iOS and Mac calendar app Fantastical is moving to a subscription model [Link]

The Two Techies 495: Something Cynical

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Apple prevents apps spying on you, the UK won’t implement Article 13 and Sonos releases an unpopular upgrade.

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  • Met Police to deploy facial recognition cameras [Link]
  • Amazon Music Gains on Apple Music With Over 55 Million Subscribers Globally [Link]
  • 23andMe just laid off 100 employees [Link]
  • Safari Technology Preview 99 Removes Adobe Flash Support[Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Background location tracking down 68% after iOS 13 launch [Link]
  • UK will not implement EU Article 13 copyright law [Link]
  • Sonos speaker update sparks anger [Link]

The Two Techies 494: Universally Proprietary

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CES 2020 and when technology has profound effects on the lives of individuals who embrace it.

Quick News:

  • AirPods Pro owners complain of worse noise cancellation after firmware updates [Link]
  • Mozilla lays off about 70 employees including senior staffers [Link]
  • NBC’s Peacock streaming service will launch on July 15th with three different price tiers [Link]
  • Microsoft makes ‘carbon negative’ pledge [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • No, the EU isn’t asking Apple to kill the Lightning cable [Link]
  • Apple has reignited a privacy battle with the Trump administration by declining to unlock a mass shooter’s iPhones [Link]
  • Watch Sonos, Tile, and PopSocket testify against tech giants today [Link]

The Two Techies 493: Subtle Advances

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CES 2020 and when technology has profound effects on the lives of individuals who embrace it.

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  • Mattress company Casper still trying to pivot to tech, still a mattress company [Link]
  • ‘Outdated’ IT leaves NHS staff juggling 15 logins [Link]
  • Ring Fired Employees for Watching Customer Videos [Link]
  • Twitter to test ‘block all replies’ function [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • The Verge Awards at CES 2020: welcome to the land of the concept [Link]
  • ‘This airplane is designed by clowns’: Damning Boeing emails reveal internal complaints made about 737 Max safety and information being covered up [Link]