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 can’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 “rollable extendable phone concept”. 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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On this week’s show:
- WWDC on Verge of Being Canceled Following New #COVID19 Guidance From Santa Clara County – Mac Observer
- Apple’s new App Store policies fight spam and abuse but also allow ads in notifications — Ars Technica
- Apple offers free repair for third-generation iPad Air models facing blank screen issues — 9to5 Mac
- Intel ‘unable to fix’ critical hardware-encoded CPU flaw – IT Pro
- TCL reveals extending smartphone concept and tri-fold tablet – BBC News
- TCL’s rollable phone concept is wild and a wayyy better idea than screens that bend in half with ugly creases and half-baked hinges – Input Magazine
- Sonos kills its device-bricking ‘recycle mode’ – Engadget
- Electric cars may not get cuter than the Microlino 2.0 — CNET
SECURITY & PRIVACY
- Don’t be fooled, experts warn, America’s anti-child-abuse EARN IT Act could burn encryption to the ground — The Register
- Virgin Media ‘likely to face maximum GDPR fine’ following data leak – IT Pro
- 1.2 Million Microsoft Accounts Hacked, Made The “Same” Mistake — Fossbytes
- Boots halts Advantage Card payments after cyber-attack – BBC News
- Amazon’s Ring logs every doorbell press and app action – BBC News
WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS
- DuckDuckGo Open-Sources New ‘Tracker Radar’ To Fight Online Tracking — Fossbytes
- Fully Charged Show – YouTube
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