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.

Quick News:

  • 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.

Quick News:

  • 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?

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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  • ⏰ 36 hours of content (1.5 days non-stop)
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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]