Andrew, Phillip and Marcus: CommBank outage drama, Qantas 787 research flight, Google unveils new hardware & Red Dwarf special on the way [Episode 312]

Andrew Blume, Phillip Edwards and Marcus Macdowell are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

George Is Back!

Talking Clock continues to tick online after Telstra’s September shutdown silenced ‘George’ [ABC News]

Hands Off My Porn

UK drops plans for online pornography age verification system [The Guardian]

CommBank Can…t

CBA lunchtime outage shutters some branches [ITNews]
Massive CBA outage traced to failed infrastructure upgrade [ITNews]

Scammers Are Evolving

ATO phone scammers turn up at Adelaide man’s house dressed as police with eftpos machine [ABC News]

Reckon It’ll Go Well?

Reckon accounting software crippled to force subscription upgrades [Sydney Morning Herald]

Project Sunrise

Qantas to operate “Project Sunrise” research flights – direct New York & London to Australia [Qantas]
On board the 19 hour Qantas flight from New York to Sydney [Sydney Morning Herald]
Flight QF7879 set to make history [AirlineRatings]
Qantas Dreamliner completes longest ever commercial flight [The Guardian]
Qantas flight makes history by touching down in Sydney after flying 19 hours non-stop from New York [ABC News]

Google’s Hardware Event

Google Announces The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL: The 2019 Pixels [Anandtech]

Pixelbook Go: Google finally made a reasonably priced Chromebook [The Verge]
Google Pixelbook Go release date, price and features [TechRadar]
Google announces the Pixelbook Go, a premium, MacBook-style Chrome OS laptop [Ars Technica]

Google’s Nest Mini is the second generation of Google Home Mini, and it’s coming to Australia later this month [Ausdroid]

Google’s second generation of home Wifi hardware is here – say hello to Nest WiFi [Ausdroid]

Google’s new truly wireless Pixel Buds will be coming in 2020 [Ausdroid]

Movie News Roundup

“Rise of Skywalker” Trailer Set For Monday [Dark Horizons]
Disney Sets “Mandalorian” Episode Dates [Dark Horizons]
Filming Wraps On Reitman’s New “Ghostbusters” [Dark Horizons]

Smoke Me A Kipper

Red Dwarf feature-length special on the way in 2020 [Den Of Geek!]

Other stuff we mentioned:

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