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:

1194 Online

Manager (Accounting software)

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Don’t Worry – Mark’s Back Soon: New gift card laws, Blizzard & Apple appoint China as new CEO and Vale Robert Forster & Reg Watson [Episode 311]

Phil Edwards and Andy Blume are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

More Playstation 5 Details

PS5 Details: PlayStation 5 Specs, Release Window, Haptics, Price, Backwards Compatibility, And More [GameSpot]

Facebook Libra Gets More Deader

Facebook’s Libra currency abandoned by major financial companies [Reuters]

Bunnings Snags New Business

Bunnings looks to reach more tradies, online shoppers [Insider Retail]

Gift Cards: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

New Gift Card Laws [ACL]
New laws to affect businesses that issue gift cards [Mondaq]

NBN Says “Screw You Guys”

NBN Co reinvents broadband speed test rankings [ITNews]

Trump Does Twitch

Germany’s synagogue shooting was live-streamed on Twitch—but almost no one saw it [Technology Review]
About 2,200 people watched the German synagogue shooting on Amazon’s Twitch [CNBC]
Donald Trump joins Twitch, an Amazon-owned company [The Verge]

Blizzard Loves China

The Blizzard China Controversy, and Why #BoycottBlizzard Is Trending, Explained [IGN]

Apple Also Loves China

Report: Apple told Apple TV+ creators to avoid portraying China ‘in a poor light’ [9to5Mac]
Apple removes HKmap.live app used by Hong Kong protesters under pressure from China [CBS News]
Apple’s China App Store pulls US news app that covered Hong Kong protests [South China Morning Post]
Apple bows to China by censoring Taiwan flag emoji [Quartz]

iPhone SE2 Rumours

Kuo: iPhone SE 2 Launching in Q1 2020 with A13 at $399 Price [MacRumours]

Vale Robert Forster

R.I.P. Robert Forster [Dark Horizons]

Vale Reg Watson

Neighbours creator Reg Watson dies aged 93 [ABC News]

Spiderperson

Is Disney Trying to Buy Spider-Man from Sony for $5 Billion? [MovieWeb]

Adverts? In My Streaming? It’s More Likely Than You Think

Millennials are willing to see ads on subscription services if it means they get to pay less for it [Business Insider]

Other stuff we mentioned:

Microsoft Flight Simulator [Microsoft]

You Can’t ‘Waste’ Your Vote [Chicken Nation]

Broadband World Forum

The 2019 Google Event is Tuesday, Oct. 15: Start time, how to watch, livestream, Pixel 4 news [CNET]

Living With Yourself [Wikipedia]

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Engage!: More ransomware drama, new Microsoft Surface products, Apple’s News+ is in Australia and Star Trek Picard gets launch date [Episode 310]

Phil Edwards and Andy Blume are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

Tom Holland Saves Spiderman

Iger Confirms Holland Helped Save Spidey [Dark Horizons]

More Hospital Ransomware Drama

Ransomware forces 3 hospitals to turn away all but the most critical patients [Ars Technica]
Cyber health incident [Victorian Government]
Victorian hospitals go offline after ransomware attack [IT News]
Report: Alabama hospitals pay hackers in ransomware attack [ABC News (US)]

DoorDash Lash

Food delivery giant DoorDash accused of signing up restaurants against their will [The Age]

13SCABS

13cabs launches new ‘quick ride’ feature with Apple Pay [IT News]

Facebook’s Libra A Bloody Mess

Facebook’s Libra crypto backers step back amid regulatory pressure [Computerworld]
PayPal becomes first member to exit Facebook’s Libra Association [Reuters]
Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency attacked at Senate hearing [BBC News]

Microsoft’s Surface Event

Microsoft Announces Surface Laptop 3 Family: Now Including 15-Inch Models & Custom AMD Ryzen APUs [AnandTech]
Here’s everything Microsoft announced at its Surface event [Engadget]
Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 packs a 10th-gen Intel CPU [Engadget]
Microsoft embraces dual-screen computing with the Surface Neo [Engadget]
Surface Earbuds are Microsoft’s voice-focused true wireless option [Engadget]
Surface Pro X [Microsoft]

Uber Works (sometimes)

Uber Works Officially Launches In Chicago [Uber]
Uber launches staffing business in Chicago [Chicago Business]
Uber launches a shift-work finder app, Uber Works, starting in Chicago [TechCrunch]

That’s A Good Price For 2 Beers

Vendor arrested for charging man $724 for two beers at Dolphins game [NBC News]

Apple News+ Is Here

Apple Launches Apple News+ in the UK and Australia [MacRumours]
Apple’s subscription news service is now available in Australia for $14.99 a month – which is great, if you love women’s mags and News Corp [Business Insider]
How Much Apple News+ Costs In Australia [Gizmodo]

Star Trek Picard/Discovery S3

Picard Is Coming This January, Here’s Yet Another Fabulous Trailer [Gizmodo]
The First Trailer For Star Trek: Discovery’s Third Season Sets Course For A New Future [Gizmodo]

Bad Netflix

Picard Is Coming This January, Here’s Yet Another Fabulous Trailer [Gizmodo]

She’s The One They Call Dr Feelgood

‘Grown-up and rebooted’: Dr Feelgood is returning to national airwaves [The Age]
Dr Feelgood [Dr Feelgood]
Saturday Night with Dr Sally Cockburn [3AW]

Other stuff we mentioned:

Square [Square]

WWV [Wikipedia]

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At The Third Stroke: RIP Talking Clock, Amazon’s new Echo products, Google copies Apple and Spiderman drama sorted [Episode 309]

Phil Edwards and Andy Blume are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

Title McTitleface

Kate Middleton and Prince William officially name Boaty McBoatface ship in honour of Sir David Attenborough [ABC News]

At The Third Stroke

Public has just hours left to dial the doomed ‘talking clock’ [The Age]

People Won’t Like This

Facebook is now hiding like counts in Australia [TechRadar]

Google Music Is Now YouTube Music

YouTube Music replaces Google Play Music as Android’s default player [TechRadar]

Tesla Firmware Updates

Tesla starts rolling out biggest software update ever with Spotify, Netflix, YouTube, and more [The Verge]

Amazon’s New Echo Range Echo Range Echo Range

Amazon 2019 hardware event: the 14 new devices and how to buy them [TechRadar]
New Echo devices inbound! [EFTM]
Amazon exec sells new ear buds while wearing one of Apple’s AirPods [ZDNet]

Google Copies Apple

Google Launches New $4.99 ‘Play Pass’ Service on Android Devices to Compete with Apple Arcade [MacRumours]

Babies On A Plane
Airline introduces baby seat map to allow passengers to avoid infants [CNN]

Check Check 1.. 2.. m8

The ‘Checkm8’ exploit isn’t a big deal to iPhone or iPad users, and here’s why [AppleInsider]

Mostly Made In The USA

Apple’s new Mac Pro to be made in Texas [Apple]

Spiderperson

Spider-Man returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Sony and Disney strike a new deal [The Verge]

Apple Streaming Direct To Cinemas

Apple Sets Its First Three Cinema Releases [Dark Horizons]

Phoebag

Phoebe Waller-Bridge signs Amazon deal [TV Tonight]

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It’s Only A Paper Moon: NBNCo’s wholesale updates, Facebook pretends to care about you, Area 51 raids and remembering Aron Eisenberg [Episode 308]

Phil Edwards and Andy Blume are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things geek.

This week’s stories:

Dutton’s Database

Big Brother: Every Victorian’s driver’s licence to be uploaded to database [The Age]

NBN’s ups and downs

NBN Co floats “up to” gigabit speeds for $80 a month [ITNews]
No ‘Netflix tax’ on way: NBN Co floats new high-speed plan and discounts [The Age]
NBN pricing paper proposes new 100/20, 250/25, and 1000/50Mbps tiers [ZDNet Australia]

Telstra’s eSIM now available

Telstra to support eSIMs for new iPhones [ITNews]
Telstra eSIM [Telstra]
What is an eSIM? Providers & Features Explained [Canstar Blue]

Facebook wants you to think it cares

Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps in ongoing privacy investigation [Ars Technica]
Facebook suspends ‘tens of thousands’ of apps from 400 developers over improper data use [The Verge]
Facebook plans launch of its own “Supreme Court” for handling takedown appeals [Ars Technica]
Facebook unveils its plan for oversight board [BBC News]

This is a WiFi 6 certified tech program

Wi-Fi 6 certification is here to make next-gen speeds a widespread reality [CNET]
Wi-Fi 6 Explained: The Next Generation of Wi-Fi [Techspot]

Area 51 Raids

People weren’t kidding about that Area 51 raid and the videos were fun enough to make everyone a believer [Time]
Area 51 raid: people gather near US military base to ‘see them aliens’ [The Guardian]

AusPost taps into NFC

Australia Post’s Digital iD taps into NFC on iPhones [ITNews]

Vale Aron Eisenberg

Remembering Aron Eisenberg, 1969-2019 [Star Trek/CBS]

The Far Side isn’t so far off…

Gary Larson’s THE FAR SIDE Cartoon Coming Back [Nerdist]

Disney+ pre-orders

Disney+ Service Now Taking Pre-Orders [Dark Horizons]

2019 Emmy Awards

The 2019 Emmy Award Winners [Dark Horizons]

Other stuff we mentioned:

The 7th Rule

It’s Only A Paper Moon (ST:DS9)

Perry Bible Fellowship

Explain xkcd

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