The Two Techies 472: Value for Money

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Does news really make money? Samsung says you should check your TV for viruses and Jony Ive announces his departure from Apple.

Quick News:

  • Kuo: Apple to include new scissor switch keyboard in 2019 MacBook Air and 2020 MacBook Pro – 9to5Mac [Link]
  • Raspberry Pi 4 Launches for $35 [Link]
  • Firefox Will Give You a Fake Browsing History to Fool Advertisers [Link]
  • Apple Music Now Has 60 Million Paid Subscribers [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Publishers Not Making Much Money From Apple News+ [Link]
  • Samsung tells homes to virus-check TVs [Link]
  • Jony Ive to form independent design company with Apple as client [Link]

The Two Techies 471: U-Turn

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No more tablets for Google, no more touchscreens for Mazda and no more apps for users.

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  • Apple Confirms Dashboard is Going Away After 14 Years [Link]
  • Ikea’s smart blinds get a new October 1st release date in the US [Link]
  • Samsung’s Galaxy Fold might not ship until after the Note 10 [Link]
  • ThinkGeek.com is shutting down and that’s a damn shame [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Google’s Not Going to Make Tablets Anymore [Link]
  • Why Mazda is purging touchscreens from its vehicles [Link]
  • It’s time to delete most of your apps | Popular Science [Link]

The Two Techies 470: The Renaissance

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Apple smash expectations with their WWDC keynote as well as more controversy surrounding Huawei.

Quick News:

  • Indian Man Sentenced To Over 7 Years In Jail For US Call Centre Fraud [Link]
  • Google Stadia launch date and games revealed [Link]
  • Microsoft deletes massive face database [Link]
  • Firefox gets aggro blocking ads from tracking you online. [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Here’s everything Apple announced during its WWDC 2019 keynote [Link]
  • Huawei P30 Pro ‘Moon Mode’ stirs controversy (Update: Huawei responds) [Link]

The Two Techies 469: Pre Dub

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An Apple focused episode covering everything to expect at this year’s upcoming WWDC.

Quick News:

  • iTunes Expected to Be Retired After Over 18 Years [Link]
  • Zuckerberg ‘survives’ Facebook leadership vote [Link]
  • Apple releases new iPod touch featuring A10 Fusion chip, 256 GB storage option [Link]
  • Huawei faces break with UK chip giant ARM [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple WWDC 2019: Mac Pro, iOS 13, Marzipan, and what else to expect [Link]
  • WWDC 2019: Dates, What to Expect [Link]
  • Neon artwork decorates McEnery Convention Center in San Jose ahead of WWDC [Link]

The Two Techies 468: Consumer Confidence

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Your health and technology, the MacBook Pro line and what Snap doesn’t want you to know.

Quick News:

  • Microsoft and Sony strike games streaming deal [Link]
  • EE 5G service launching next week in six UK cities [Link]
  • Google pulls Huawei’s Android license, forcing it to use open source version [Link]
  • Apple to warn iPhone users about update impact [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Study of teenagers finds blocking out blue light from screens can improve health and wellbeing [Link]
  • Apple Updates Its MacBook Pro Line with Faster CPUs and New Keyboard Mechanisms [Link]
  • Snap Employees Have Used Internal Snapchat Tools to Spy on Users [Link]

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The Two Techies 467: Slight Detour

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Google’s Pixel, Apple’s App Store and the Nest will see some considerable upcoming changes.

Quick News:

  • Tesla to update software after car fires [Link]
  • The UK gets its first official 5G launch date [Link]
  • Adobe Tells Users They Can Get Sued for Using Old Versions of Photoshop [Link]
  • Movies from many studios revert to HD instead of 4K on iTunes, including already purchased titles [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Google’s Nest changes risk making the smart home a little dumber [Link]
  • Apple faces customer lawsuit over app store [Link]
  • Google admits trouble selling expensive Pixels, but it’s got a cheaper one coming soon [Link]

The Two Techies 466: Fully Focused

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Tougher Internet of Things laws, Adobe raise Creative Cloud prices and Facebook’s total focus on privacy.

Quick News:

  • Life-saving kidney delivered by drone [Link]
  • Google to ‘auto-delete’ tracking history [Link]
  • Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt will leave Alphabet’s board after 18 years [Link]
  • Spotify is first to 100 million paid subscribers [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • New gadget law planned to thwart hackers [Link]
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Price Rises to $20/month [Link]
  • Facebook’s total focus on privacy could crowd out more important issues [Link]

The Two Techies 465: True to Form

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Apple and antitrust complaints and podcasting with an unfortunate difference.

Quick News:

  • Microsoft hits $1 trillion market valuation [Link]
  • Which? reveals worst mobile network [Link]
  • Sprint and AT&T settle lawsuit over “blatantly misleading” 5G E logo [Link]
  • Samsung’s Galaxy Fold Smartphone Release Delayed [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple continues crack down on third-party screen time apps, faces new antitrust complaint in Europe [Link]
  • Podcast wars: $100 million startup Luminary launches Tuesday without Reply All or The Daily [Link]

The Two Techies 464: Over Simplified

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iOS 13, the problem with consumer reviews online and Samsung’s potential PR disaster.

Quick News:

  • UK helps push through EU copyright revamp [Link]
  • Bose Adds AirPlay 2 Support to BoseSmart Speakers and Sound Bars [Link]
  • Apple and Qualcomm drop billion-dollar battle [Link]
  • Microsoft reveals hackers accessed some Outlook.com accounts for months [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • iOS 13 will reportedly include a dark mode and huge improvements to iPad multitasking [Link]
  • Amazon UK is littered with suspicious reviews, report claims [Link]
  • Samsung’s folding phone breaks for reviewers [Link]

The Two Techies 463: Diversified Content

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The HomePod becomes more cost competitive, too much choice is a problem in a streaming environment and Apple’s plans for macOS 10.15.

Quick News:

  • New detectors to spot drivers on phones [Link]
  • Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa [Link]
  • Netflix ends AirPlay support on iOS in an ongoing souring of its Apple relationship [Link]
  • Samsung’s Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor fooled by 3D printed fingerprint [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Apple Drops HomePod Price to $299, Down From $349 [Link]
  • Ironically, Too Many Video Streaming Choices May Drive Users Back To Piracy [Link]
  • Apple reportedly will break out Music, Video, and Podcasts into separate apps in macOS 10.15 [Link]

The Two Techies 462: Supply and Demand

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Microsoft demonstrate why we shouldn’t always rely on their platforms and Apple’s March “services” event.

Quick News:

  • Apple Music surpasses Spotify in US with 28 million subscribers, ahead by 2 million and growing [Link]
  • HMD admits the Nokia 7 Plus was sending personal data to China [Link]
  • NSA contractor pleads guilty to data theft [Link]
  • Apple abandons wireless charging product [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • When this eBook store closes, your books disappear too [Link]
  • The 5 biggest announcements from Apple’s March event [Link]

The Two Techies 461: Service Centric

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A busy week for Apple, Google and Stadia as well as Spotify’s claims surrounding Apple’s unfair practices.

Quick News:

  • EU regulators hit Google with $1.7 billion fine for blocking ad rivals [Link]
  • New AirPods Launch With H1 Chip, Hey Siri, Up to 50% More Talk Time, and Optional Wireless Charging Case [Link]
  • Apple updates iMacs with new Intel processors and AMD GPUs [Link]
  • Apple Announces WWDC 2019 Kicks Off on June 3 in San Jose, Registration Open for Developers [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Stadia: everything you need to know about Google’s game-streaming service [Link]
  • Addressing Spotify’s Claims [Link]
  • Spotify files complaint with European Commission about the App Store, says Apple is giving itself an ‘unfair advantage at every turn’ [Link]
  • Apple Sends Out Media Invites for an ‘It’s Show Time’ Event on March 25 [Link]

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The Two Techies 460: Take a Leaf

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Fitbit’s revenue strategy, the right to repair and Spotify’s grand plan for podcasting.

Quick News:

  • Thunderbolt 3 becomes USB4, as Intel’s interconnect goes royalty-free [Link]
  • Uber ‘not liable’ for self-driving death [Link]
  • Zuckerberg pledges ‘privacy-focused’ Facebook [Link]
  • Apple quietly addresses ‘Flexgate’ issue with MacBook Pro redesign [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Fitbit’s new $160 Versa Lite is a stripped-down version of its entry-level smartwatch [Link]
  • Want to fix your tractor? Tough luck, say some manufacturers [Link]
  • Spotify’s grand plan for podcasts is taking shape [Link]

The Two Techies 459: Pricing Plan

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The HomePod and it’s lack of market share, Apple’s COO is aware of pricing concerns and 5G won’t be coming without teething issues.

Quick News:

  • Tesla will close most of its stores and only sell cars online [Link]
  • Record fine for TikTok over children’s data [Link]
  • YouTube bans comments on videos of kids [Link]
  • Google backtracks on Chrome modifications that would have crippled ad blockers [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • 5G will be crazy fast, but it’ll be worthless without unlimited data [Link]
  • Apple COO Jeff Williams ‘Very Aware Of’ Concerns Over Apple Product Cost [Link]
  • HomePod Struggling to Gain Market Share Alongside Cheaper Amazon Echo and Google Home Speakers [Link]

The Two Techies 458: Doubtful Duopoly

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Apple could change processor infrastructure “soon” and ad code is responsible for a slow world wide web amongst other relevant stories from this week.

Quick News:

  • Facebook will shut down its spyware VPN app Onavo [Link]
  • Samsung reveals Galaxy Fold and S10 5G [Link]
  • UK 4G ‘slower than most of EU when busy’ [Link]
  • Google admits error over hidden microphone [Link]

Topics talked about today:

  • Ad code ‘slows down’ browsing speeds [Link]
  • Intel officials believe that ARM Macs could come as soon as 2020 [Link]