Recorded 8th March 2020
Not a great deal of Apple News, except the growing expectation Apple might not be able to do WWDC in the same way as previous years, and a free fix for owners of iPad Air 3s with troublesome screens. Meanwhile Intel reveal that there is a dangerous flaw in their chip management module that canâ€™t be fixed, Virgin Media might be in hot water with the GDPR, Microsoft say 99.9% of hacked accounts make the same mistake, and TCL showed off an interesting â€œrollable extendable phone conceptâ€. Simon and Nick consider these and wander off into a few other bits and pieces as well (as they often do).
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- @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally.
- Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots’ Letâ€™s Talk Apple
- WWDC on Verge of Being Canceled Following New #COVID19 Guidance From Santa Clara County â€“ Mac Observer
- Appleâ€™s new App Store policies fight spam and abuse but also allow ads in notifications â€” Ars Technica
- Apple offers free repair for third-generation iPad Air models facing blank screen issues â€” 9to5 Mac
- Intel â€˜unable to fixâ€™ critical hardware-encoded CPU flaw â€“ IT Pro
- TCL reveals extending smartphone concept and tri-fold tablet â€“ BBC News
- TCLâ€™s rollable phone concept is wild and a wayyy better idea than screens that bend in half with ugly creases and half-baked hinges â€“ Input Magazine
- Sonos kills its device-bricking â€˜recycle modeâ€™ â€“ Engadget
- Electric cars may not get cuter than the Microlino 2.0 â€” CNET
SECURITY & PRIVACY
- Donâ€™t be fooled, experts warn, Americaâ€™s anti-child-abuse EARN IT Act could burn encryption to the ground â€” The Register
- Virgin Media â€˜likely to face maximum GDPR fineâ€™ following data leak â€“ IT Pro
- 1.2 Million Microsoft Accounts Hacked, Made The â€œSameâ€ Mistake â€” Fossbytes
- Boots halts Advantage Card payments after cyber-attack â€“ BBC News
- Amazonâ€™s Ring logs every doorbell press and app action â€“ BBC News
WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS
- DuckDuckGo Open-Sources New â€˜Tracker Radarâ€™ To Fight Online Tracking â€” Fossbytes
- Fully Charged Show â€“ YouTube
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