Speaking in Tech
 In this week's episode, Melissa (@solutiongeek) and Peter (@petersmallbone) are joined by Ken Grohe, President and Chief Revenue Officer of Weka (weka.io). The trio talk about James Corden's star turn at a Salesforce bash; AWS's entry into the rent-a-Mac market; Google Street View opening up to self-submitted photos; payments app PhonePe snagging a $700m investment; some new fashion choices for Christmas (all in a good cause); Weka's parallel file system; and more!  00:00 (Not so) lockdown 01:45 Introducing Ken 03:36 James Corden: Salesforce guru 07:07 Wanna cloudy Mac? That'll be nine grand 12:13 New to Google Street View: you 18:09 PhonePe's had worse weeks 20:43 Windows: software or knitwear?  23:44 What's Weka? 41:20 Next week's treats  @speakingintech 
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Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:38am EST

This week, Peter and Melissa are joined by special guest, Ron Rock (@rrockrr) with @Microshareio . Together, they discuss Dell's multi-million dollar laptop error, Virtual Veteranarians, the LAPD's facial recognition blunder and more.

00:00 - Welcome Ron!
03:30 - Dell's millionaire mint
05:15 - VMWare gets original
09:15 - Virtual Vets
12:30 - LAPD gets naughty with your face
16:30 - Microshare IOT & data ownership
18:30 - Needs-based business model adaptation
24:00 - Clean = Safe
30:00 - Blending old and new to change the world
36:00 - Social Mapping Score

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Category:Technology -- posted at: 2:55am EST

 On this week's Speaking in Tech, Melissa (@solutiongeek) and Peter (@PeterSmallbone) talk about some proposed redundances at IBM; HP Inc sunsetting 'free ink for life'; new limits on storage in Google Photos; robots changing hard drives in Alibaba's data centres; China's president reportedly blocking a tech IPO; WeChat's owner Tencent reporting a bumper set of figures; PayPal getting further into the cryptocurrency game; the rise of the Parler social media platform; and more!  00:00 Lockdown is back (did it ever really go away?) 02:49 Some IBMers may be facing a blue Christmas 08:11 HP Inc sinks the free ink 12:39 Photos in Google are about to lose their gloss 22:54 We. Are. The. Robots. 25:50 China's president no-gos an IPO 30:03 Tencent's making a lot more than ten cents 31:57 PayPal goes crypto 35:59 Step into my Parler 42:41 Birthdays and conferences  @speakingintech 
Direct download: 356.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 10:14pm EST

This week, Peter and Melissa join forces to talk about British Airway’s fine restructuring, QQAAZZ arrests, Tesla’s autopilot bug, Datto’s IPO, Oracle’s play to keep your database forever and more.

00:00 – The Tooth is Out There
04:00 – BA carrying a lighter load in fines
09:00 – Money Laundering as a Service goes down
12:00 – “Making it look like an accident” as a Service
16:30 – Datto looks to IPO
20:00 – Oracle is your obessive ex, but for your Databases
27:00 – What’s next?

Direct download: 355.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 1:45am EST

On this week's Speaking in Tech, Melissa (@solutiongeek) and Peter (@petersmallbone) talk about the US Senate subpoena of Twitter's, Facebook's and Google's CEOs; Facebook banning ads that delegitimise election outcomes; Snapchat's role in voter participation; Google's mental health concerns with photo filters on Pixel phones; GCHQ discovering a 'nationally significant' vulnerability in Huawei equipment; how the NHS in England is promoting their contact tracing app with Deloitte and Salesforce also trying to get in on the act; whether deleting WhatsApp counts as destroying evidence; Cazoo's new mega-valuation; Google turning off FTP in Chrome; and more!

00:00 The tooth hurts
02:10 School days, snow days
05:25 Are your communications decent?
10:27 Is your election legit? Facebook thinks so
15:24 Snapchat rocks the vote
18:56 Google bans photo filters on the Pixel - or do they?
23:37 Another bad news day for Huawei
28:01 The NHS emails... well, kinda everyone
33:46 Deloitte and Salesforce are selling - are you buying?
35:48 Beat the rap with WhatsApp
40:10 Caz000,000,000
43:52 FTP: Forget That Protocol
46:56 What's in store next week


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Category:Technology -- posted at: 9:21pm EST

This week, Peter and Melissa are joined by Dr. Matthias Farwick, CEO and Co-founder of Txture and Thomas Trojer, CTO and Co-founder of Txture. Together, they talk about Tik Tok’s fate, Snowflake’s IPO, Uber backs out of China a bit, Alicloud’s next move, Txture (https://txture.io/en) and more!

00:00 – Life in the Clouds
04:20 – Trump reviews TikTok bid
09:30 – IPSnow
13:00 – Uber’s latest sale
15:50 – Yet another new Cloud Operating System
21:30 – Belarus drying out
25:30 – Ransomware death
31:00 – Lex takes on real English
34:30 – Massive cloud migrations with Txture

Direct download: 353.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 1:49am EST

 In this week's episode, Melissa (@solutiongeek) and Peter (@petersmallbone) talk about Apple, privacy and bag searches; Facebook's new approach to political ads as well as their AR glasses and impressive results for Watch; Microsoft tackling deepfakes; Samsung's new $2,000 folding phone; Qualcomm's new power-efficient processor; Intel's rebrand; and more!  00:00 Bank holidays and back to school 03:33 Apple's got your back... or do they 10:21 Apple's got your bag... or do they 13:19 Facebook gets political 19:27 Glasses that help you to hear 23:06 Facebook Watch has lots of watchers 26:39 Microsoft takes on the deepfakers 28:54 Samsung wants the folding stuff for its folding stuff 32:32 Qualcomm lets your laptop live 35:21 Intel gets jazzy 37:37 What next week brings 
Direct download: 352.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 2:35am EST

This week, Peter and Melissa join forces to discuss the latest on the Tik Tok acquisition, Twitter's new approach to copy/paste, Amazon's new offerings and more!

00:00 – Yep, Everything still sucks
02:00 – Tiking time bomb
17:00 – Twitter shuts down the twits
21:00 – Netapp pulls the rip cord on legacy
23:00 – Expanding web based security signal, Fastly
26:00 – Google gets anti-trusted
31:00 – Amazon’s “fresh” grocery store idea
34:30 – A Halo, but with horns and hooks

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Category:Technology -- posted at: 3:05am EST

 This week, Melissa (@solutiongeek) and Peter (@petersmallbone) talk about Microsoft's potential acquisition of TikTok; Donald Trump's efforts to ban it in the US; TikTok opening a data centre in Ireland; the end of Google Play Music (Pete: sob!); a great set of results for Western Digital; Uber's acquisition of UK-based firm Autocab; GDPR transgressors in the UK getting their fines reduced; penetration testers getting arrested for doing a penetration test; and more!  00:00 Zeppelins, conferences and and camping 03:42 TikTok has an admirer 05:41 Trump's Chinese takeaway 10:24 The Emerald Isle has a new tech guest 13:03 Google Play Music's last stand 17:56 Hard drives, hard cash 20:50 Uber catches an Autocab 23:46 GDPR fines? ICOh-no 27:34 Pen testers caught in a court led to court 32:28 Next week's treats  @speakingintech 
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Category:Technology -- posted at: 10:59pm EST

This week, Peter and Melissa join forces to cover the new Twitter scam, TikTok's lobbying effort, the CIA's new bag, ARM's overreach and more.

00:00 – Travel
05:00 – The latest hoax on Twitter
11:30 – TikTok gets into politics
21:00 – CIA gets more hax
29:00 – Apple fights with the Irish
33:30 - ARM’s customers jacked
37:00 – Dude claims some things hard for women
45:00 – Amazon’s work from home plans

Direct download: 349.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 11:50pm EST

This week, Peter and Melissa join forces to talk about Dell’s potential VMware spinoff, Facebook’s plans to ditch Oculus Go, Segway ending production, Amazon’s new dev offering and more.

00:00 – Happy Treason Day
03:00 – Dell taking VMware for a spin
10:00 – Facebook yeets “affordable” VR
14:20 – Segway going away
18:15 – Using bots to fight the endless cancellation hold
23:00 – China’s independent GPS
25:30 – Hate to code? Amazon has honey for you
28:00 – Digital Transformation finds your used car

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Category:Technology -- posted at: 2:58am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST