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?

Quick News:

  • 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.

Quick News:

  • 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.

Quick News:

  • 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]

The Two Techies 492: Purely Business

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CES 2020, Sonos’ flawed product recycling programme and health technology faces the wrath of patents.

Quick News:

  • AI slips ads into online videos’ empty spaces [Link]
  • Best-selling smartphone every quarter this year was iPhone XR [Link]
  • Spotify is pausing political ads in 2020 [Link]
  • Uber Found Travis Kalanick Quits Company Board [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • NYU doctor sues Apple over Apple Watch’s ability to detect atrial fibrillation [Link]
  • CES 2020: First look at tomorrow’s freshest tech [Link]
  • Sonos in bricked speaker ‘recycling’ row [Link]

2019 in numbers

To wrap up the year, we thought we’d put together a super quick post to break down some of the numbers for the show in 2019!

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The Two Techies 491: New Heights

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Flickr faces financial issues, Apple open-sources parts of HomeKit and IBM may have made a breakthrough with battery technology.

Quick News:

  • Uber promises changes to avoid Germany ban [Link]
  • Apple opens bug bounty program to the public [Link]
  • Self-Driving Mercedes Will Be Programmed To Sacrifice Pedestrians To Save The Driver [Link]
  • Facebook scraps phone number friend recommendations [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Flickr owner SmugMug says it needs more money to ‘keep the Flickr dream alive’ [Link]
  • Apple open-sources HomeKit tools to speed up smart home push [Link]
  • IBM announces battery technology breakthrough [Link]

The Two Techies 490: Hot Garbage

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When technology aides real world problems, Apple loses a senior designer and the issue with subscription models.

Quick News:

  • A self-driving truck delivered butter from California to Pennsylvania in three days [Link]
  • AirPods to hit quarterly sales of $4B, surpassing peak iPod sales [Link]
  • Microsoft to kill off Wunderlist in favor of To Do in May 2020 [Link]
  • BMW No Longer Charging Monthly Fee for CarPlay in Cars With Newest Software [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • NHS gives Amazon free use of health data under Alexa advice deal [Link]
  • Jony Ive has left Apple [Link]
  • YouTube needs to chill with its annoying Premium spam [Link]

The Two Techies 489: Gift Guide 2019

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Join us for our 10th Annual Christmas Gift Guide – the perfect episode to determine what to buy this holiday season for family, friends and loved ones.

Gizmodo – Do Not Buy Anyone a Ring Camera

Gadgets & Wearables

Peripherals

Home

  • Philips Hue
    • Starter kit
    • Bulbs
    • Accessories etc.
  • SONOS 1 (or Sonos 1 SL) – £199 or £179

Stocking Fillers

 

The Two Techies 488: Industry Intercept

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Another foldable phone, the Magic MacBook Pro and Google are the latest technology company to open a bank.

Quick News:

  • ‘Berlin rocks,’ says Elon Musk as he picks factory [Link]
  • Apple removes vaping apps from store [Link]
  • Labour pledges free broadband for all [Link]
  • Facebook iOS App ‘Bug’ Quietly Turns on Phone Camera in Background [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Huawei launches foldable phone in China [Link]
  • 16-Inch MacBook Pro Debuts With New Magic Keyboard, Physical Esc Key, Up to 64GB of RAM, and More [Link]
  • Google set to offer banking current accounts [Link]

The Two Techies 487: Sorta Streamlined

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GoPro’s sales strengthen thanks to smartphones, the new dot com bubble is here and Apple TV+, again.

Quick News:

  • Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics [Link]
  • AT&T fined $60 million for throttling ‘unlimited’ data plans [Link]
  • Disney+ streaming service UK launch date confirmed [Link]
  • BritBox: UK broadcasters enter the streaming wars as new service launches [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Smartphones haven’t killed GoPro, they’ve only made it stronger [Link]
  • Opinion: The worst part of Apple TV+ is the TV app – 9to5Mac [Link]
  • The new dot com bubble is here: it’s called online advertising [Link]

The Two Techies 486: Subjectivity

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AirPods Pro comes at a pro price, Google buy Fitbit and Apple’s TV+ launches to varied reviews.

Quick News:

  • Migrating Russian eagles run up huge data roaming charges [Link]
  • Mobile loophole for filming drivers ‘to be closed’ [Link]
  • Bloodhound car ramps up its speed to 461mph [Link]
  • Twitter bans all political advertising [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple TV’s big debut with Aniston and Witherspoon ★★☆☆☆ [Link]
  • AirPods Pro Launching on October 30 for $249 [Link]
  • Fitbit snapped up by Google in $2.1bn deal [Link]