Speaking in Tech

This week, Melissa (@solutiongeek) and Peter (@petersmallbone) talk about YouTube’s $100m to support Black contributors and users; Google’s countersuit against Sonos; Facebook’s misstep on Workplace; Twitter’s takedown of accounts supporting the Chinese government; Microsoft, IBM and Amazon on facial recognition technology; Kahoot’s success; an investigation into Facebook’s acquisition of Giphy; and more!

00:00 Seattle vs England
03:09 YouTube gets generous
08:17 Google vs Sonos: like The War of the Roses except no Danny DeVito
12:59 Facebook Workplace won’t be unionising anytime soon
16:53 How many Twitter accounts does China need anyway
20:57 Facial freedom?
25:59 Kahoot’s a unicorn
29:27 UK to Facebook: Giphy might be iffy
33:20 Conferences and customers

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Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:42am EDT

This week Peter and Melissa get together to discuss Amazon hiring, Google's pending search changes, a few lawsuits, Apple's latest acquisition and more.

00:00 – Restrictions and Resumptions
04:00 – Amazon FT hiring boom
06:30 – Google quietly judges your search for UX
12:00 – Google faces a suit from Arizona
15:00 – Apple messes with the wrong accountant
17:00 – Apple acquires more ML for Siri
22:30 – 6Eating your WiFi
26:00 – Autonomous drug delivery kicks off
30:00 – Birthday!

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Category:Technology -- posted at: 11:29pm EDT

This week, Melissa (@soltiongeek) and Peter (@petersmallbone) discuss retrocomputing; Google and Apple’s COVID-19 contact tracing system; opposition to the UK’s own equivalent; Amazon entering the hot food delivery market in India; Intel’s acquisition of Killer Networking; Microsoft’s acquisition of Softomotive; the resurgence of the drive-in movie; Samsung’s new military phone; Facebook’s war on fake profiles; Netflix giving lapsed users their money back; and more!

00:00 Lockdowning, Zooming and Teamsing
01:55 Peter goes retro
04:13 Melissa’s many pursuits
05:38 Google and Apple have your number
09:55 GCHQ: what can you do?
14:48 Bezos’s fashion fail
18:20 Couchbase ain’t nuthin’ but a G thang
22:30 Intel’s got a Killer
26:44 Microsoft gets robotic
28:23 Forget your IMAX, drive-in movies are back
29:43 Samsung’s strategy is Tactical
32:15 Facebook fixes fakes – fact?
33:55 Nix Netflix? Keep your cash

Direct download: 345.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

On this week's @SPEAKINGinTECH, Melissa (@solutiongeek) and Peter (@PeterSmallbone) discuss the new version of Zoom; Telegram's MAU milestone; a buoyant set of figures for Citrix; another nail in Adobe Flash's coffin; good news for Intel; an alleged hacking attempt by Vietnam on China; a new home for IBM Watson; a look back at a funny news story from 2012; and more!

00:00 What we did last week (surprise, surprise)...
03:26 Zoom versions up - is it a good thing?
06:57 Telegram just not being WhatsApp seems to work
10:58 Citrix: thin client, fat wallet
16:26 Adobe Flash gets dumped by LibreOffice
18:41 Intel just can't stop selling those chips
21:44 Vietnam has a pop at China, allegedly
26:20 Watson says goodbye to Baker Street
29:05 When 'non-commercial use' is as commercial as you can get
30:48 What we're doing next week (surprise, surprise)...

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Category:Technology -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

The week's tech news stories are dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, although Melissa (@solutiongeek) and Peter (@petersmallbone) do manage to find some other stories out there too. The pair talk about Everlywell's new coronavirus test that you can do at home; Elon Musk's offer to make ventilators; Microsoft's success with Teams; NASA's misstep on cloud egress charges; IBM mainframe and Chinese server sales on the up; ransomware crooks not targetting healthcare; the iPad Pro getting tooled up much like a Surface Pro; and more!

00:00 If it hadn't already got real, it just did
07:02 Everlywell lets you do it at home
10:02 Elon vents... in a good way
13:37 Microsoft's a Teams player
21:12 NASA realises that what goes up must come down
24:13 Life is great - if you're IBM or a Chinese server maker
27:18 Ransomware loves healthcare
30:23 Battle of the Pros
34:17 What we're doing next week (no surprises...)

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Category:Technology -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

This week, Peter and Melissa get together to talk about Waymo's latest funding round, Atrium's shut down, Let's Encrypt's bug fix, Honeywell's quantum computing play, SETI's pause on new data and more!

00:00 – Peter has nearly caught them all
05:00 – Conferences got it
08:00 – Waymo is too busy getting paid
13:30 – Atrium kicks it
19:25 – Let’s Encrypt catches a bug
22:00 – Honeywell’s new cure-all
27:30 – SETI calling in

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Category:Technology -- posted at: 2:06am EDT

This week, Melissa (@solutiongeek) and Peter (@PeterSmallbone) are joined by Jerry Vasquez of Liquid Web (@LiquidWeb). The trio talk Mac vs Windows on malware; Google removing the ToTok messaging app from its Play store; Russia banning Tutanota secure email; what's happening with enterprise SSD and HDD sales; the latest on Xerox's attempted acquisition of HP Inc; and more!

00:00 AWOL in Seattle
02:02 Jerry joins in
03:20 Mac beats Windows... on malware
07:14 ToTok gets the chop
09:45 Tutanota is no Russian doll
13:01 SSDs are sooo last quarter
16:56 Xerox gets grubby with HP Inc
22:12 Jerry talks Liquid Web
35:15 What next week brings

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Category:Technology -- posted at: 2:06am EDT

This week, Melissa (@solutiongeek) and Peter (@PeterSmallbone) are joined by Tara Kelly (@TKtechnow), CEO and Founder of Splice Software (@SPLICESoftware). The trio talk about Google's tax woes, Amazon's initiatives to help homeless people in Seattle - as well as the startup scene in that city, Sonos's controversial new trade-in process, using AI for breast cancer diagnosis, LibreOffice's first decade, how Splice Software can help customers and more!

00:00 Christmas, waxworks and Star Wars
02:24 Introducing Tara... and a bit more Star Wars
03:39 Google's Double Irish and Dutch Sandwich are off the menu
08:15 Gimme shelter, Amazon
12:47 Seattle's stupendous startups
16:45 Sonos says 'brick me'
27:11 AI is best for breast
33:40 LibreOffice chalks up ten years
36:23 Tara talks Splice Software
48:24 Next week's plans

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Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:15pm EDT