For the final time, Andy Blume, Phil Edwards, Mark Macdowell and guest host Daniel Olivares 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:

5G vs Morons

Australian public’s confidence in 5G ‘shaken’ by misinformation campaign [The Guardian]
The Next Gen Future: Inquiry into the deployment, adoption and application of 5G in Australia [Australian Parliament House]
NSW Health [Twitter]
Aureus Unlimited [Twitter]

Digital Receipts

Woolworths reveals major change to shopping receipts [Yahoo! News]

Uber Are Bastards

Uber Eats has reduced its commission fee for restaurants, following pressure from its partners – but only by 5% [Yahoo! Finance]
Uber Lays Off 3,500 Employees Over A Zoom Call—The Way In Which A Company Downsizes Its Staff Says A Lot About The Organization [Forbes]
Restaurants go it alone despite Deliveroo and Uber Eats fee reductions [The Sydney Morning Herald]
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Today will be your last working day with Uber.’ Watch as choked up executive tells 3,500 rideshare employees they are being laid off effective immediately over a three-minute ZOOM call [Daily Mail]
Chicago Will Now Require Food Delivery Apps to Disclose Itemized Cost Breakdown [NBC Chicago]

Facebook Buys More Stuff

Facebook is buying Giphy and integrating it with Instagram [The Verge]
Facebook buys Giphy, the popular tool for creating animated GIFs [ABC News]
Facebook’s Giphy acquisition might have big implications for iMessage and Twitter [The Verge]
What Is Facebook Going To Do With 700 Million Giphy Users’ Data? [Forbes]

Vale Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller, comedian and Seinfeld actor, dies at 92 [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Vale Fred Willard

This is Spinal Tap, Anchorman and Best in Show actor Fred Willard dies aged 86 [ABC News]

Other stuff we mentioned:

Nat’s What I Reckon [YouTube]

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:

Told Ya So

Australian government admits its COVIDSafe app doesn’t work on iOS [iMore]

It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s Superannuation Man!

Early access to superannuation paused as police freeze $120,000 in allegedly stolen funds [The Guardian]

Apple Stores Are Back

Apple Stores reopen in Australia [AppleInsider]

Zoom Tries To Fix Stuff

Zoom buys Keybase to help it build end-to-end encryption [ITNews]

Uber Still Losing Money

Uber loses $2.9 billion, offloads bike and scooter business [Tech Xplore]

Don’t Log In With Facebook

Spotify, TikTok, and other popular iOS apps were crashing due to a Facebook issue [The Verge]

WWDC Is Free – conditions apply

Apple’s Remote WWDC Gets An Official Start Date In June, Here’s How To Attend [Gizmodo]

Vale Roy Horn

Roy from Vegas illusionist duo Siegfried & Roy dies [The Age]

Vale Little Richard

Little Richard Dead at 87 [Pitchfork]

CBS Gives Us All Access

CBS All Access To Get Summer Reboot, Adding New Films And Shows Ahead Of Global Expansion – Update [Deadline]

Man DeLorean

Boba Fett Is Reportedly Coming To The Mandalorian [Gizmodo]

Other stuff we mentioned:

COVIDSafe Source Code [Github]
@swearyanthony [Twitter]

The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season One [YouTube]

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

Andy Blume, Mark Macdowell and Phil Edwards 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:

Sanctioned Government Surveillance News

Govt to release source code of forthcoming ‘COVID trace’ app [ITNews]
Australia’s coronavirus tracing app’s data storage contract goes offshore to Amazon [ABC News]
COVIDSafe privacy policy extract (@DanConifer) [Twitter]
Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements—Public Health Contact Information) Determination 2020 [Federal Register Of Legislation]

It’s The Constitution, It’s Mabo, It’s Justice, It’s law, It’s The Vibe

Christchurch laws ‘don’t apply’ to Eastern Freeway crash images on Facebook [The Age]

Another Day, Another Breach

Email bungle at company seeking jobkeeper payments exposes staff’s personal details [The Guardian]

Queensland home schooling website glitch blocks students on first day of online learning [ABC News]
Queensland school websites crash as 1.8 million try to learn from home [Brisbane Times]

Aunty Works From Home

How the ABC is newsgathering and broadcasting under coronavirus restrictions [ABC News]
‘Betty the weather cat’ pops up in broadcasts [Stuff]

Aussie All Bran

Aussie Broadband starts rolling its own fibre to NBN POIs [ITNews]

Licence & Registration

Google says all advertisers will soon have to verify their identities in an effort to curb spam, scams, and price gouging across the web [Business Insider]

Apple Wrap Up

  • iPhone SE2 in the wild, carrier pricing/deals and reviews
  • Rumoured iPhone SE2 Plus to be delayed
  • Possible supply chain constraints delaying 2020 iPhones
  • Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro released
  • Rumours of new AirPods next month

Walk This Way

Captain Tom Moore becomes oldest artist to top the UK charts with You’ll Never Walk Alone cover [ABC News]
British veteran Tom Moore, 99, raises more than $15 million for the UK’s NHS by walking laps in his garden [ABC News]
Tom Moore [Wikipedia]

Kim Kardashian?

‘Parks and Recreation’ Cast to Reunite for Scripted Special in Aid of COVID-19 [Variety]

Other stuff we mentioned:

How to add and use your own images as backgrounds in Microsoft Teams meetings [The Android Soul]

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]