Hey Siri, which Government is tracking my movements?: Scotty’s contact tracing app going ahead, VicPol’s revenue raising nonsense, Apple announce the iPhone SE2 and vale Tim Brooke-Taylor & Brian Dennehy

Phil Edwards, Mark Macdowell and Andy Blume aren’t back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

Note: Due to limitations surrounding COVID-19 and access to the 3WBC studios, this episode was pre-recorded from our homes. As such, the usual high production values (chortle) and excellent audio quality (more chortle) is missing. We’re doing our best to bring you the show as close to normal as possible, so please bear with us.

This week’s stories:

Track & Trace

Morrison refuses to ‘be drawn’ on making contact tracing app compulsory [ITNews]
MPs refuse to download official COVID-19 app and demand privacy guarantees [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Internet Police

Coronavirus Australia update: Victorian couple fined $3,300 over year-old holiday snaps [7 News]
Victoria Police admits ‘mistakes’ on social distancing infringements [The New Daily]

Cheap NBN For All!* (*conditions apply)

NBN Co to temporarily cut internet costs for low-income families [ITNews]

Playstation 5-month wait?

The PS5 To Be Limited At Launch [Dark Horizons]

Rock-a-wifi baby

A $1,300 smart crib was discovered to be vulnerable to a hack that would rapidly rock babies back and forth [Business Insider]

Samsung’s TVCat Boxes

Samsung Redesigned Its TV Boxes to be Easily Converted Into Cat Houses and Entertainment Centers [Gizmodo]

Justice Is Blind … And Shirtless

Judge to lawyers: Please get out of bed and put on a shirt for Zoom court hearings [WPLG Local 10]

Apple’s iPhone SE2 Announced

iPhone SE: A powerful new smartphone in a popular design [Apple]

Apple Taking The Piss

Apple starts selling Mac Pro wheels for $699 and feet for $299 [The Verge]

Vale Tim Brooke-Taylor

The Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor dies aged 79 after contracting coronavirus [ABC News]

Vale Brian Dennehy

Brian Dennehy, veteran stage and screen actor, dies aged 81 [The Guardian]

Local Content Requirements Relaxed

Local content quotas suspended in $54m package for Australia’s coronavirus-hit media [The Guardian]

Other stuff we mentioned:

Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) – COVID-19 Tracking App thread [Twitter]