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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Damn this show, Grace: Telstra blocking scam calls, McDonald’s upsizes, Apple’s September event and we remember Paul Cronin [Episode 307]

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

This week’s stories:

Volkswagen’s Australian settlement

Volkswagen reaches multi-million-dollar settlement in Australian ‘dieselgate’ scandal [ABC News]

Scam phone calls

Telstra blocks 2.9m scam calls in one month [ITNews]

Maccas upsizes

McDonald’s acquires Apprente to bring voice technology to drive-thrus [TechCrunch]

The human side of NBNCo

NBN Co is building a user-facing technical field force [ITNews]

When is a gig worker not a contractor?

California Senate passes bill to limit the gig economy [The Verge]

Leaky Pixels

Pixel 4 XL purportedly shows up again in leaked photos [CNET]

Apple September Event

  • iOS 13
  • macOS Catalina
  • Arcade
  • TV+
  • iPad 7th generation
  • Watch Series 5
  • iPhone 11/Pro/Pro Max

Apple now lets you extend your iPhone warranty forever [Mashable Australia]
Disney CEO Bob Iger has resigned from Apple’s board [The Verge]

Vale Paul Cronin

Vale: Paul Cronin [TV Tonight]

I want my…

10 to launch MTV Australia as new free-to-air multichannel [TV Blackbox]

Suicide Squad… assemble!

“The Suicide Squad” Full Cast Confirmed [Dark Horizons]

Other stuff we mentioned:

Square (credit card processing)

1st Heatherdale Scout Group

Australian iPhone 11 service plan comparison & buyers guide (Reckoner)

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Yep, Jess said “f*ck”: Melbourne’s new eSports venue, Porsche unveils new electric vehicle and Amazon’s pay-by-hand checkouts [Episode 306]

Phil Edwards, Andy Blume and guest host Jessica Reesby are back in the studio with this week’s look at all things Geek.

This week’s stories:

Queensland’s digital ID trial

Queensland reveals first trial sites for digital licences [ITNews]

Melbourne’s new eSports venue

Melbourne is getting the largest games & eSports space in the southern hemisphere [Press Start]
Melbourne’s getting a huge eSports arena [Kotaku]

HoR eVoting: lolnope

‘Unworkable’: Government drops electronic voting for House of Representatives [SBS News]

Porsche’s new all-electric vehicle

Taking on Tesla: Porsche officially launches its first electric car [The Age]

Amazon’s pay-by-hand checkouts

Amazon is reportedly working on a new payment system that would let you check out at Whole Foods by simply waving your hand over a sensor [Business Insider]
Amazon’s first checkout-free grocery store opens on Monday [The Guardian] (January 2018)

Will Facebook hide “likes”?

Facebook hints at hiding ‘likes’ [BBC News]
Facebook hides like counts in experiment, too [Jane Manchun Wong]
@wongmjane [Twitter] (April 2019)

Apple’s rumoured Tile competitor

Apple’s Tile competitor will include ‘Items’ tab in iOS 13’s Find My App and much more [MacRumours]
Kuo: ‘Apple Tags’ to feature ultra-wideband technology, likely far more precise than Tile’s trackers [MacRumours]

ABC’s viral Content content goes viral

The ABC’s new comedy about social media has accidentally gone viral IRL [Pedestrian]
@ABCTV [Twitter]
@charlottenicdao [Twitter]

Joker gets a gong

‘Joker’ wins 2019 Venice Golden Lion [Screen Daily]

Apple are bastards

Apple cancels TV Plus show about two men who go on a shooting spree [The Verge]

Other stuff we mentioned:

Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House)

Kopi Luwak (the world’s most expensive coffee)

Dolby Fidelio wireless audio system

Reesby Recruitment

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