The Two Techies 413: Many Requests

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Apple acquires magazine app Texture, the app which proudly tracks you and could a cheaper MacBook Air surface later this year?

Quick News

  • Android smartphone maker Wileyfox confirms it has entered into administration in the UK [Link]
  • Netflix is worth more than GE or Ford, and it’s creeping up on Disney [Link]
  • Amazon promises fix for creepy Alexa laugh [Link]
  • Mobile firms in traffic-throttling probe [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple acquires magazine app Texture [Link]
  • MoviePass CEO proudly says the app tracks your location before and after movies [Link]
  • Apple is reportedly planning to release a cheaper MacBook Air later this year [Link]
  • iPad Refresh in March Likely as Apple Receives Certification for New Tablets in Eurasia [Link]

The Two Techies 412: Preconditioned

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Are phone makers running out of ideas? Spotify officially files for IPO and Microsoft’s steady retreat from consumer products is nearly complete.

Quick News

  • Angry Birds maker closes London studio [Link]
  • Say goodnight to net neutrality as AT&T just rolled out ‘internet fast lanes’ [Link]
  • GitHub Survived the Biggest DDoS Attack Ever Recorded [Link]
  • Amazon Acquiring Video Doorbell Maker Ring, but HomeKit Support is Still Coming [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Are phone makers out of ideas? [Link]
  • Spotify Officially Files for IPO With 71 Million Premium Subscribers and 146 Million Monthly Active Users [Link]
  • Microsoft’s steady retreat from consumer products is nearly complete [Link]

The Two Techies 411: Information Required

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Geo-privacy with your smartphone, Dropbox officially files for IPO and the iPhone SE 2 could create further fragmentation.

Quick News

  • Apple Pay Cash international roll out appears imminent as iOS users in Spain, Ireland see feature [Link]
  • WhatsApp founder gives $50M to fund future development of Signal messenger [Link]
  • Apple acknowledges influx of false alarm 911 calls originating from repair centre in California [Link]
  • Snapchat officially responds to anti-redesign petition with over 1M signatures [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Sam Amrami tracks you in Pret. And at Starbucks. And down the pub [Link]
  • Dropbox officially files IPO, cloud service seeking $500 million [Link]
  • Sketchy Rumor: iPhone SE 2 Will Debut at WWDC With Classic Design But Larger 4.2-Inch Display [Link]

The Two Techies 410: Gone

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WWDC 2018 is already on the pad, talks of Nokia dumping its health tech business and Facebook deploy spyware on iPhones.

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  • Twitter Discontinues Twitter for Mac App [Link]
  • FCC Boss Being Investigated For Potential Corruption [Link]
  • HTC phone chief quits as company prepares for what may be its last flagship [Link]
  • Ten gigabit home broadband tested in UK [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • WWDC 2018 Dates Possibly June 4-8 at San Jose Convention Center [Link]
  • Facebook using 2FA cell numbers for spam, replies get posted to the platform [Link]
  • Facebook’s ‘Protect’ feature on iOS essentially installs spyware on iPhone and iPad [Link]
  • Nokia may dump its health tech business [Link]

The Two Techies 409: Conflicted Meanings

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Apple’s HomePod hits the ground running, Twitter finally makes a profit and Apple music could eclipse Spotify in users.

Quick News

  • Elon Musk’s Falcon rocket soars to space [Link]
  • Uber rejected a $500 million settlement from Waymo earlier this week: report [Link]
  • iPhone Source Code From iOS 9 Leaked on Github [Link]
  • John Perry Barlow, Internet Pioneer, 1947-2018 [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Snapchat asks unhappy users to ‘give new update a chance’ [Link]
  • Sonos made a playlist for Apple’s HomePod launch [Link]
  • After 12 years, Twitter finally makes a profit – with some bad/good news on users [Link]
  • Apple Music Now Has 36 Million Subscribers, Could Eclipse Spotify in United States This Year [Link]

The Two Techies 408: Timeout

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The iPhone 10 has been a huge success, nation-wide mass surveillance might not be so legal and Strava’s fitness tracking map reveals sensitive information about U.S. troops and foreign bases.

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  • eBay drops PayPal as first payment choice [Link]
  • Samsung is now the world’s biggest chipmaker [Link]
  • Hawaii fires employee who sent false ballistic missile alert [Link]
  • The Nintendo Switch has already outsold the Wii U [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple Reports Record Results for 1Q 2018 [Link]
  • Apple’s Decision to Delay Some New Features and Focus on Software Quality Extends to Mac [Link]
  • The UK’s mass surveillance powers have been ruled illegal [Link]
  • Strava’s fitness tracking map reveals sensitive information about U.S. troops and foreign bases [Link]

The Two Techies 407: Further Delay

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The HomePod is now available to preorder, Fitbit to end Pebble smartwatch support soon and Netflix see’s conservative growth.

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  • Now even YouTube serves ads with CPU-draining cryptocurrency miners [Link]
  • Apple Signals Transition Away from 32-Bit App Support on the Mac [Link]
  • Major changes to macOS Server coming in spring 2018 [Link]
  • Thousands hit in OnePlus card hack [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple’s $349 HomePod speaker is now available to preorder [Link]
  • Fitbit to end Pebble smartwatch support soon [Link]
  • Netflix expects Apple’s TV shows to be bundled with Apple Music or iOS [Link]

The Two Techies 406: Not for Resale

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Echo is listening but Amazon’s not talking, the fragmentation of technology accessories and a subscription model made from a core product.

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  • U.K. and France Thumb Noses at U.S. Over Net Neutrality Repeal [Link]
  • Massive data breach hits Norway and over 3 million people’s healthcare data feared stolen by hackers [Link]
  • Snap lays off two dozen employees, including some from branded content teams [Link]
  • Apple health data used in murder trial [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Echo is listening, but Amazon’s not talking [Link]
  • Buying headphones in 2018 is going to be a fragmented mess [Link]
  • BMW Plans to Turn CarPlay Into Subscription-Based Service Next Year [Link]
  • The Person Who Sent Hawaii’s False Missile Alert Has Been Reassigned [Link]

The Two Techies 405: Speculative Slowing

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Google will vet premium YouTube videos, Apple’s privacy feature could cost ad companies millions and the effect of modern day technology.

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  • Facebook plans major news feed changes [Link]
  • Microsoft says security fixes will noticeably slow older PCs [Link]
  • Apple forced to pay £136 million tax bill in the UK following ‘extensive audit’ [Link]
  • Nextbit is shutting down its Smart Storage cloud service for the Robin phone [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Snapchat redesign prompts backlash’ [Link]
  • Google will reportedly vet premium YouTube videos more closely [Link]
  • No tracking, no revenue: Apple’s privacy feature costs ad companies millions [Link]
  • The effect of Modern Day technology [Link]

The Two Techies 404: Episode Not Found

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Companies challenge the FCC’s decision on Net Neutrality, Netflix and Apple – a possibility? Plus, a serious computer chip flaw warrants a rush to fix the issue.

Quick News

  • FCC chairman Ajit Pai cancels CES appearance a week before show [Link]
  • Apple readies Siri for the HomePod by adding a podcast-powered news brief [Link]
  • Apple clarifies that all iPhone 6 and later devices are eligible for $29 battery replacements [Link]
  • “123456” Remains Most Common Password Found in Data Dumps in 2017 [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Netflix Comes Out for Net Neutrality, Tells FCC ‘We Will See You in Court’ [Link]
  • There is a 40% chance Apple will acquire Netflix, according to Citi [Link]
  • Rush to fix ‘serious’ computer chip flaws [Link]

The Two Techies 403: Quietly Featured

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The biggest tech stories of 2017, Apple speak out about a common complaint which turns out to be a “feature”.

Quick News

  • Source code for Apple ‘flop’ to be revealed [Link]
  • Nintendo Switch secret golf game wiped [Link]
  • YouTube pulled from Amazon TV kit early [Link]
  • The Echo Dot was the best-selling product on all of Amazon this holiday season [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Tech 2017: The year’s biggest stories [Link]
  • “A Message to Our Customers” – Apple [Link]

The Two Techies 402: Distorted Reality

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What’s the next step for Net Neutrality after the FCC’s ruling, Amazon backs down after a feud with Google and does social media “distort” news?

Quick News

  •  Millions ‘stolen’ in NiceHash Bitcoin heist [Link]
  • Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox’s film and TV studios in a landmark deal [Link]
  • UK drone users to sit safety tests under new law [Link]
  • Imgur confirms 1.7 million users hit by data breach [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • The FCC Just Killed Net Neutrality [Link]
  • Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat [Link]
  • Apple’s Ive Regains Management of Design Team After 2 Years [Link]
  • Gove attacks ‘distorting’ social media after animal sentience row [Link]

The Two Techies 401: Christmas Gift Guide 2017

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It’s Christmas time again! Join us for our 8th annual Christmas Gift Guide for 2017 to help you decide what to buy for friends, family and loved ones this holiday season!

Gadgets (Eg. Phones, Tablets, e-Readers etc) & Wearables

Peripherals (Accessories, cases, stands, keyboard, etc)

Home (Eg. Internet of things)

  • Amazon Echo Dot (£49.99) / Echo (£89.99) / Echo Plus (£139.99)
    • Jamie personally vouch for the Echo 2nd Generation
  • Philips Hue (Philips)
    • Starter kit
    • Bulbs
    • Accessories
  • SONOS PLAY:1 Smart Wireless Speaker – Amazon UK (£149.00)

Stocking Fillers

  • Apple Watch straps
  • FitBit straps
  • Elago W3 Stand – Classic Mac Apple Watch stand (Amazon – £9.99)
  • elago R1 Intelli Case – Apple TV Remote Cover (Amazon – £11.99)
  • Inspire Mac Candle No. 2 (TwelveSouth $30) – Candle’s scent designed to remind people of a freshly opened box of Apple hardware, with added notes of lemon and tarragon. Limited edition so hurry if planning!

Other

  • Incase NoviConnected Travel Roller (TSA approved 10,050mAh battery, USB-C and full USB port for charging gadgets and built in bluetooth tracker) $300

The Two Techies 400: Quite Significant

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Warnings over net-connected Christmas gifts, Android phones may “betray” user location to Google and Uber concealed yet another data breach.

Quick News

  • Call to regulate video game loot crates [Link]
  • Firefox Will Warn Users When Visiting Sites That Suffered a Data Breach [Link]
  • Broadband ads to ditch ‘misleading’ speeds [Link]
  • Report: Apple’s iMac Pro will come with always-on Siri [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Warnings over smart Christmas gifts [Link]
  • Android phones ‘betray’ user location to Google [Link]
  • Uber concealed huge data breach [Link]
  • Fullscreen ‘YouTube rival’ to close [Link]

The Two Techies 399: The Ofcom

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Tesla unveils the new Roadster, the FCC Plans a December Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Rules and Analysts predict Apple will launch Netflix rival service in 2018.

Quick News

  • Apple Says HomePod is Delayed Until 2018 [Link]
  • Car tax evasion triples after disc scrapped [Link]
  • Cash Converters customer data breached [Link]
  • Alibaba smashes its Single’s Day record once again as sales cross $25 billion [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Tesla unveils the new Roadster [Link]
  • FCC Plans December Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Rules [Link]
  • Analyst predicts Apple will launch Netflix rival service in 2018 [Link]
  • Star Wars game U-turn after player anger [Link]