May The Force Be With You: AusPost adapts to support increased online orders, Apple Pay arrives at Westpac, Google Meet to be open to all and vale Sam Lloyd [Episode 333]

Mark Macdowell, Phil Edwards 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:

More Government Spying News

Coronavirus app tracing capability not yet operational, despite 4 million downloads [ABC News]

NBN For All!

NBN extends free 40% capacity boost until end of July [ZDNet]

Parks And Rec

Ratings: Parks and Recreation Reunion Dominates Night, Station 19 Goes Low [TVLine]

5G Protesters Were Right!

Phone tower crashes through Adelaide supermarket roof after being hit by lightning [ABC News]
Telstra readies its mobile network for standalone 5G use [ITNews]

Micro$oft

Microsoft reports increased PC demand during coronavirus and ‘minimal impact’ on revenue [The Verge]

Meat & Veg

Google makes Meet video conferencing free to all users, challenging Zoom [ITNews]

Here’s Moira

Airdate: [email protected] [TV Tonight]

Apple Betas

Apple releases first beta of COVID-19 Exposure Notification API for developers [Apple Insider]
Apple’s latest iOS beta makes it easier to unlock an iPhone while wearing a face mask [The Verge]

Finally…

Westpac finally gets Apple Pay, includes eftpos [ITNews]

AusPost Delivers

We’re here for you during this challenging time [Australia Post]

Vale Sam Lloyd

Beloved ‘Scrubs’ Actor Sam Lloyd Has Passed Away At The Age Of 56 [Pedestrian]

Good Luck With That

Disney sparks backlash with #MayThe4th tweet [BBC News]

Logies Postponed. No one cares.

Logie Awards to return in 2021 [TV Tonight]

Universal trolls AMC

AMC Bans Universal From Its Cinemas [Dark Horizons]
“Trolls: World Tour” VOD Numbers Surprising [Dark Horizons]

Other stuff we mentioned:

The Blanks [YouTube]

Various coding/IT learning resources:

FreeCodeCamp

Codecademy

Udemy

OzBargain (for free/discounted Udemy courses)

w3schools