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

Blog In A Box

EFF – HTTPS Everywhere

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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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The Two Techies 359: 7 Years Later

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The show hits 7, Job cuts at Fitbit, Snapchat runs at a loss and the UK’s cyber attack defences.

Topics talked about today:

  • Fitbit will lay off 110 employees amid challenges in wearable market
  • Snapchat owner worth up to $25bn despite making losses
  • MPs question UK’s cyber attack defences
  • £1m Queen Elizabeth Prize: Digital camera tech lauded

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The Two Techies 358: Market Tension

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Mac sales decline while competitors grow, 3D TV is no longer a thing and Apple are finally letting developers have a say.

Topics talked about today:

  • Mac sales declined nearly 10% last year as Lenovo, Dell and others gained ground
  • 3D TV is officially dead as Sony and LG stop making sets
  • Twitter replaces the Moments tab with Explore
  • Chrome and Firefox will warn users about sending sensitive data over insecure connections

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The Two Techies 357: Selective Censorship

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Censorship for the sake of disagreeing with views, Netflix’s gamble pays off and Nintendo signals the end for Wii U.

Topics talked about today:

  • Tesla’s crash rate was reduced by 40% after introduction of Autopilot based on data reviewed by NHTSA
  • Why online content shouldn’t be censored because of opposing views
  • Netflix’s gamble pays off as subscriptions soar
  • Nintendo signals end for Wii U

ATP 205 with Chris Lattner

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The Two Techies 356: Chose the Extent

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Are fitness trackers effective? Windows 10 lets you chose how much snooping goes on and the iPhone is 10 years old.

Topics talked about today:

  • Is that fitness tracker you’re using a waste of money?
  • New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max
  • A lawyer rewrote Instagram’s privacy policy so kids and parents can have a meaningful talk about privacy
  • iPhone – 10 Years Later

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The Two Techies 355: Staying Around

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Broadband is slower yet more expensive in the US than most other countries, what role could technology play in real world issues and Netflix say DVD’s are still current.

Topics talked about today:

  • Broadband in the US is Slower, More Expensive Than In Most OECD Countries
  • Could Technology Remove the Politicians From Politics?
  • GoPro CEO says the company is planning more drones
  • Netflix is still renting out DVDs to millions of customers in 2017

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The Two Techies 354: Forward Focus

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On the last episode of 2016, we take a look at the technology news and developments for the new year ahead.

Topics talked about today:

  • Companies that will strive in 2017
  • Who will fail to keep up?
  • Will any previous tech giants make a rebound?
  • Categories to watch out in the year ahead (VR, IoT, Automation etc.)

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