Tech Support

By Edge Radio 99.3FM

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Weekly tech news, interviews and more with Al and Jen.
76 episodes
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May 21, 2018
This week Al and Jen discuss the possibility that your photocopier might be trying to kill you. Well, at least ruin lives and destabilise governments. In Game Putty, Mario gets real fast, and real furious. Discussion at Facebook // Episode notes ↓ WHYBTD?Al: Gets floodedJen: Game stuff NEWSiOS 11.4 Disables Lightning Connector After 7 Days, Limiting Law Enforcement Accesshttps://www.macrumors.com/2018/05/08/ios-11-4-usb-restricted-mode/ Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phonehttps://ai.googleblog.com/2018/05/duplex-ai-system-for-natural-conversation.html Uber crash reportedly caused by software that ignored objects in roadhttps://www.engadget.com/2018/05/07/uber-crash-reportedly-caused-by-software-that-ignored-objects-in/ Donald Trump’s Crazy Handwriting Is Now A Free Font Called Tiny Handhttps://www.fastcodesign.com/3064790/donald-trumps-crazy-handwriting-is-now-a-free-font-called-tiny-hand INTERVIEW OR DISCUSSIONDevices that hold dirty secretsPhotocopiers - the secret every day spies https://www.cbsnews.com/news/digital-photocopiers-loaded-with-secrets/?ref= GAME PUTTYJen: Mario Kart 64Al: Gran Turismo2 Mario, 2 Turismo 64 (Narrated by Tim McGraw) Theme Music: Hexadecimal Gnome by Bit Shifter via 8bitpeoples.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
May 6, 2018
This week Al and Jen talk about what they've been tech doing, navigate the news, and make another new game in Game Putty. Discussion at Facebook // Episode notes ↓ WHYBTD? Al: Buys a UPS (not a postal service)Jen: Researching a computer for ??? NEWS China Assigns Every Citizen A ‘Social Credit Score’ To Identify Who Is And Isn’t Trustworthyhttp://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/04/24/china-assigns-every-citizen-a-social-credit-score-to-identify-who-is-and-isnt-trustworthy/ Pinterest now lets you filter search results by skin tonehttps://www.theverge.com/2018/4/26/17286898/pinterest-skin-tone-search-filter-results-feature-update Ski Lift in Austria Left Control Panel Open on the Internethttps://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ski-lift-in-austria-left-control-panel-open-on-the-internet/ Video game loot boxes are now considered criminal gambling in Belgiumhttps://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/04/video-game-loot-boxes-are-now-considered-criminal-gambling-in-belgium/ 'Autopilot driver' who sat in passenger seat is banned for 18 months https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/28/autopilot-driver-who-sat-in-passenger-seat-is-banned-for-18-months INTERVIEW 3D Tim stops by to discuss eBikes and Oculus. GAME PUTTY Jen: Marvel Strike ForceAl: Final Fantasy XIINew game: Final Strike Force Theme Music: Hexadecimal Gnome by Bit Shifter via 8bitpeoples.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
April 29, 2018
This week Al and Jen talk about what they've been tech doing, navigate the news, and make another new game in Game Putty. Al and Hannah also try to wean themselves off Facecaine.  Discussion at Facebook // Episode notes ↓ WHYBTD? Al: Recommends apps to Jenni & 30 laptops arrive at the stationJen: Buying a new phone is hell these days. Bonus: update on video game movie discussion. NEWS Cops used dead man's finger in attempt to access his phone. It's legal, but is it okay?https://www.sbs.com.au/news/police-tried-to-use-dead-suspect-s-finger-to-unlock-his-phone-in-investigation Cambridge Analytica planned to launch its own cryptocurrency - The Vergehttps://www.theverge.com/2018/4/17/17248538/cambridge-analytica-cryptocurrency-ico-dragon-coin Kaspersky Lab banned from advertising on Twitter - CyberScoophttps://techcrunch.com/2018/04/20/twitter-kaspersky-ban/ Windows goes on a diet with yet another variant: Windows 10 Leanhttps://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/04/microsoft-appears-to-be-making-yet-another-windows-variant-windows-10-lean/ Spotify launches a redesigned app with on-demand playlists for free usershttps://www.theverge.com/2018/4/24/17274844/spotify-app-update-free-account-playlist INTERVIEW OR DISCUSSION Al & Hannah limit their Facebook time. Will this make them happy? Tech Support investigates... GAME PUTTY Jen: The Last of Us + Al: Steamworld Dig = Tim Magraw’s The Steam of Us VII Theme Music: Hexadecimal Gnome by Bit Shifter via 8bitpeoples.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
April 15, 2018
This week Al and Jen talk about what they've been tech doing, navigate the news, and make another new game in Game Putty. Discussion at Facebook // Episode notes ↓ WHYBTD?Al: Linux vs. Windows. FIGHT!Jen: Old projector vs. laptop & mansplaining that did not help NEWSBookface! Update on Facebook data storyhttps://www.theverge.com/2018/4/7/17209890/facebook-suspended-canadian-data-firm-aggregateiq-cambridge-analytica-privacy Zuckerberg struggles to name a single Facebook competitorhttps://www.theverge.com/2018/4/10/17220934/facebook-monopoly-competitor-mark-zuckerberg-senate-hearing-lindsey-graham Nearly 64,000 New Zealanders affected by Cambridge Analytica, but only 10 people downloaded the quizhttps://www.theverge.com/2018/4/10/17219172/facebook-cambridge-analytica-data-breach Some Facebook employees are reportedly quitting or asking to switch departments over ethical concernshttps://www.businessinsider.com.au/facebook-employees-quitting-whatsapp-instagram-cambridge-analytica-report-2018-4?r=US&IR=T News Part 2 South Korea is trying for Skynet and people are NOT happyhttps://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/05/killer-robots-south-korea-university-boycott-artifical-intelligence-hanwha Windows VP Terry Myerson Out As Major Shakeup Hits Microsofthttps://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/03/windows-vp-terry-myerson-out-as-major-shakeup-hits-microsoft/ GAME PUTTYJen: HearthstoneAl: Orwell The Game: Orwell: Deathstone Theme Music: Hexadecimal Gnome by Bit Shifter via 8bitpeoples.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
April 14, 2018
This week Al and Jen talk about what they've been tech doing, discuss the news, and introduce a new segment called Game Putty. In the deep dive, Al explains the world of microtransactions in gaming. Do you know where your kids are? Discussion at Facebook // Episode notes ↓ WHYBTD?Al: Deletes tweets https://www.tweetdelete.net/Jen: Writing for Camp NaNoWriMo and a surprisingly good photo backdrop from eBay Bonus: a good beginner photography video NEWSApple is moving on from Intel because Intel isn’t moving anywherehttps://www.theverge.com/2018/4/3/17191986/apple-intel-cpu-processor-design-competition Playboy suspends activity on Facebook in wake of the data scandalhttps://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/28/playboy-suspends-activity-on-facebook-in-wake-of-data-scandal.html Extreme vetting: US State Department to demand tourists’ social media historyhttps://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/29/extreme-vetting-state-dept-demand-tourists-social-/ The First 3D-Printed Steel Bridge Looks Like It Broke Off an Alien Mothershiphttps://gizmodo.com/the-first-3d-printed-steel-bridge-looks-like-it-broke-o-1824252512?IR=T INTERVIEW OR DISCUSSIONMicrotransactions + Freemium + Lootboxes Al breaks down the world of greedy gaming and how kids are racking up debt and . Phones, tablets, laptops, consoles, handhelds - you name it, the men in suits are going to find a way to get your cash over and over again. Being aware is the first step... GAME PUTTYA new segment in which Al & Jen attempt to take the games they are playing and merge them into Sloth from the Goonies. Messed up but full of heart. Horizon Zero Dawn + Train Valley + 80s action heroes = TrainCraft: Zero Dawn Theme Music: Hexadecimal Gnome by Bit Shifter via 8bitpeoples.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
April 14, 2018
AUDIO EDITING BELOW REGULAR STANDARD. WE'RE SORRY! This week Al and Jen talk about what they've been tech doing, discuss the news, and figure some things out in The Pitch. Discussion at Facebook // Episode notes ↓ WHYBTD?Al: Destroys Linux and Episode 70Jen: Ordering dodgy photo shoot backdrops off eBay and Mom’s got an iPhone NEWSZuck v. your soul newshttps://www.engadget.com/2018/03/25/facebook-apologizes-for-privacy-breach-with-newspaper-ads/ Elon Musk deletes own, SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages after #deletefacebookhttps://techcrunch.com/2018/03/23/elon-musk-deletes-own-spacex-and-tesla-facebook-pages-after-deletefacebook/ China one-ups Japan with car vending machinehttps://www.engadget.com/2018/03/26/ford-vending-machine-begins-dispensing-cars-in-china/ Speaking of Japan. that Samurai jetpack fight everyone loves is a Japanese bank promotion (sports of the future by Softbank*)https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=29&v=aLAylZFSn9M*Jenni knows this is a telecomm company and not a bank now. THANKS AL. Idiot does really stupid thing for ludicrous reasonhttps://www.engadget.com/2018/03/26/flat-earth-advocate-launches-homemade-rocket/ But in a really nice rocket related story: for fans of The Expansehttps://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/esa-tests-air-fueled-ion-engine/ Mozilla Says It is Raising Privacy Awareness By Violating Privacy of Usershttps://itsfoss.com/firefox-looking-glass-controversy/ Foxconn snaps up Belkin—including Linksys, Wemo brands—for $866 millionhttps://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/03/foxconn-snaps-up-belkin-including-linksys-wemo-brands-for-866-million/ Chrome OS tablets are official—Meet the Acer Chromebook Tab 10https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/03/chrome-os-tablets-are-official-meet-the-acer-chromebook-tab-10/ THE PITCHJen: Dremel 3D PrinterAl: Samsung’s curved TVs Theme Music: Hexadecimal Gnome by Bit Shifter via 8bitpeoples.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
April 14, 2018
AUDIO EDITING BELOW REGULAR STANDARD. WE'RE SORRY! Jen sucks, she is the worst (we still love her). Also some tech stuff. Discussion at Facebook // Episode notes ↓ WHYBTD?Al: Is still using Linux. Jen: Teaching Alexa (she’s dumb), 3D print pic on fb page, EndNote NEWSCambridge Analyticshttps://www.theverge.com/2018/3/20/17144796/facebook-cambridge-analytica-crisis-mark-zuckerberg http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43465700 Autonomous car kills womanhttps://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/mar/19/uber-self-driving-car-kills-woman-arizona-tempe Time Warner media casehttps://www.cnet.com/news/at-t-time-warner-trial-is-a-battle-with-doj-for-future-of-streaming-video/ Bali switches off internet services for 24 hours for New Year 'quiet reflection'https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/15/bali-switches-off-internet-services-24-hours-new-year Trump Blocks Broadcom Takeover of Qualcomm on Security Riskshttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-12/trump-issues-order-to-block-broadcom-s-takeover-of-qualcomm-jeoszwnt DISCUSSIONPaypal sharing info with these companies List of Third Parties (other than PayPal Customers) with Whom Personal Information May be Sharedhttps://www.paypal.com/ie/webapps/mpp/ua/third-parties-list THE PITCH (PREVIEW)Jen: Dremel 3D PrinterAl: Samsung’s curved TV!
March 20, 2018
This week Al and Jen celebrate episode 69 (NICE). Al has been trying to build one of the more complex 3D printers, Jen filmed and edited a short music video and installed Amazon's Echo (Alexa, when will I die?). In the news: a stealth TV, why you need to update the box that gives you internet right now, and Canadian Mounties bust drug cartel enablers. Really. Your hosts farewell one of the greatest minds of our time, Professor Stephen Hawking, and try out a new segment called The Pitch.  Discussion at Facebook // Episode notes ↓ WHYBTD? Al: Building a 3D printer Jen: Filming a dance video on the Nikon D750 plus setting up Alexa NEWS Samsung’s new stealth TVhttp://money.cnn.com/2018/03/07/technology/samsung-tvs-2018-ambient-mode/index.html Pretty insidious and terrifying router based malwarehttps://www.engadget.com/2018/03/11/sophisticated-malware-attacks-through-routers/ Feds Bust CEO Allegedly Selling Custom BlackBerry Phones to Sinaloa Drug Cartelhttps://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a34b7b/phantom-secure-sinaloa-drug-cartel-encrypted-blackberry New documents reveal FBI paid Geek Squad repair staff as informantshttp://www.zdnet.com/article/new-documents-reveal-fbi-paid-geek-squad-repair-staff-as-informants/ Farewell Professor Stephen Hawking Al and Jen discuss fond memories of Prof. Hawking in popular culture as well as his significance as a scientist.  https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/14/stephen-hawking-professor-dies-aged-76 THE PITCH In a new segment, your hosts pitch a product to each other and see if it gets the green light.  Jen: Apple Air Pods Al: Tamagotchi Theme Music: Hexadecimal Gnome by Bit Shifter via 8bitpeoples.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
March 20, 2018
In episode 68, Al and Jen discuss what they've been 'tech doing' including a visit to Dronefest. They chat about tech news and interview Jeffy Murray, CIO at the University of Tasmania. They also sadly say goodbye to everyone's favourite segment, Krap Krowdfunding.  Discussion at Facebook // Episode notes ↓ WHYBTD? Al: Dronefest report (More info: http://howrahrotary.org.au/dronefest/) Jen: Vero is apparently evil and finding the Oscars... NEWS SkyNet update https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/05/googles-new-bristlecone-processor-brings-it-one-step-closer-to-quantum-supremacy/ SpaceX 50th launchhttps://techcrunch.com/2018/03/05/spacex-successfully-launches-50th-falcon-9-mission/ Australia considers banning ISPs from listing internet speeds they cannot providehttps://www.theverge.com/2018/3/2/17071380/australia-isp-false-advertising-top-speeds-versus-average-law Montclair Bans Distracted Walkinghttp://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/02/27/distracted-walking-ban/ INTERVIEW OR DISCUSSION University of Tasmania's Chief Information Officer, Jeff Murray, stops by to discuss UHack, and how Tasmanians can get involved. http://www.utas.edu.au/uhack The story about those farm kids. Clever! http://www.utas.edu.au/latest-news/utas-homepage-news/uhack-2017-an-innovative-and-creative-success KRAP KROWDFUNDING The team has decided that it's time to retire Krap Krowdfunding. What will they come up with next? Theme Music: Hexadecimal Gnome by Bit Shifter via 8bitpeoples.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
March 6, 2018
Al and Jen discuss what they've been 'tech-doing', update you on the Broadcom/Qualcom street fight, and discuss diversity in tech.    Discussion at Facebook // Episode notes ↓ WHYBTD? Al: Moves some bitcoin around. Raspberry PI stuff.Jen: Remember the social media burn out?  VERO (Update: This app is owned by a Russian billionaire. Oh boy...) NEWS Broadcom/Qualcom updatehttps://techcrunch.com/2018/02/26/heres-the-latest-update-on-the-very-spicy-beef-between-two-massive-chipmakers/?ncid=rss Can AI Insurance help prevent gun violence in the US? Also WUT.https://www.wired.com/story/how-ai-driven-insurance-could-reduce-gun-violence/ Asus' Basically Made A More Affordable iPhone X Ripoff With Androidhttps://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/02/asus-basically-made-a-more-affordable-iphone-x-ripoff-with-android/ INTERVIEW OR DISCUSSION James Damore, Marissa Mayer, HP and Uber - A lot of tech companies are known to be rather toxic workplaces. Does the industry do enough to tackle these problems? Are they exacerbating it with their policies? Has the industry learnt anything or are the problems just going to be worse? https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/16/17021714/james-damore-google-nlrb-complaint-diversity-discrimination KRAP KROWDFUNDING Funded but why in tech? How to make a plant love youhttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/summerrayneoakes/how-to-make-a-plant-love-you-houseplant-masterclas?ref=category_ending_soon&ref=discovery The Herd mobile gamehttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1980314375/the-herd-0 Theme Music: Hexadecimal Gnome by Bit Shifter via 8bitpeoples.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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