DigitalOutbox Episode 184

DigitalOutbox Episode 184
DigitalOutbox Episode 184 – Ballmers Tears, Sleazy Samsung.

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Shownotes
0:57 – Steve Ballmer’s intense, tearful goodbye to Microsoft
4:40 – Windows Phone catching up with iOS and Android in Europe
7:54 – Ofcom: no 5G networks in UK until ‘at least 2018’ as it rolls out white space trials
11:27 – Rail mobile internet speeds set to get faster in UK
12:49 – UK to create new cyber defence force
16:23 – What’s a security flaw worth? $12.50 for Yahoo
19:45 – FBI claims largest Bitcoin seizure after arrest of alleged Silk Road founder
24:17 – The Galaxy Note 3 comes with a ‘tiny screen’ mode that enables one hand usage
26:28 – Note 3’s benchmarking ‘adjustments’ inflate scores by up to 20%
30:51 – Judge tosses Apple motion, allows patent troll Lodsys to continue rampage
37:33 – GTA Online

Picks
Ian
The Great Suspender
– Extension for Chrome
– Unload, park, suspend tabs to reduce memory footprint of chrome.
Tabs can auto-suspend after a configurable period of time or be suspended manually. Tabs can be whitelisted to avoid automatic suspension. Suspended tabs are retained after closing and reopening browser, preventing many tabs from all reloading after a restart
– Saves memory and more importantly battery on laptops

Chris
Pocket Casts
– Great podcast app for Android and iOS
– Auto downloads, syncs between clients and a fantastic front end

DigitalOutbox Episode 183

DigitalOutbox Episode 183
DigitalOutbox Episode 183 – RIM retreats, Easyjet stumbles and a plethora of tablets.

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0:56 – BlackBerry to fire 4,500 employees as sales of new device plummet
2:59 – BBM’s Android And iOS Launch Weekend Going About As Badly As Possible
4:56 – BlackBerry Signs Letter Of Intent To Go Private For $9 Per Share In Deal Valued At $4.7 Billion
9:04 – iPhone 5s and 5c sales top 9m over Apples opening weekend
11:33 – The iPhones Fingerprint Sensor Has Already Been Hacked
13:42 – Argos and eBay join forces for click-and-collect service
16:28 – EasyJet under fire after claims it refused to let The Drum columnist Mark Leiser on board for sending critical tweet
19:13 – Rural superfast broadband chaos due BT’s ‘near monopoly’, say MPs
23:21 – Roku launches new TV streaming boxes and brings Roku 3 to the UK and Ireland
25:35 – Tesco enters the tablet fray with Hudl
28:15 – Surface Pro 2: hands-on with Microsoft’s new tablet powerhouse
31:31 – Amazons Kindle Fire HDX
35:28 – Amazon’s new $139 Kindle Fire HD is the cheap tablet to buy
37:02 – Valve announces SteamOS, a living room operating system for games
39:47 – Valve announces Steam Machines, the Steam Box hardware beta

Picks
Ian
Instacast
– Excellent Podcast player for iOS and Mac
– Mac – $19.99
– iOS – £2.99
– Excellent player, syncs really well between clients
– Supports downloading in the background
– iTunes update this week was the final push for me to try other clients – and this is great
– If you want to keep podcasts in sync over Android and iOS try Pocketcasts

DigitalOutbox Episode 182

DigitalOutbox Episode 182
DigitalOutbox Episode 182 – Twitter IPO, iPhone Launch and GTA V

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1:02 – Twitter makes IPO plans official
3:19 – Abandoned NHS IT system has cost £10bn so far
6:53 – Mobile phone emergency alert system to be tested in UK
9:18 – iPhone Shortages
19:35 – UK enters global online university race
21:30 – Apple Starts Letting Users Install Last Compatible Versions Of Apps
23:00 – Google makes QuickOffice free, gives away 10 GB in Drive storage
24:47 – Bump gets acquired by Google
25:22 – Washington gunman Aaron Alexis heard ‘voices in head’ after playing violent video games up to 18 hours a day
27:21 – GTA V

DigitalOutbox Episode 181

DigitalOutbox Episode 181
DigitalOutbox Episode 181 – Apple Keynote and Microsoft buy Nokia

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1:07 – Nokia’s handset business bought by Microsoft for €5.44bn
6:48 – US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet
9:58 – Ministry of Sound sues Spotify
11:32 – Amazon’s ‘Kindle MatchBook’ finally bundles physical books with a copy for your Kindle
13:00 – Android KitKat unveiled in Google surprise move
14:41 – Google’s browser becomes a true platform with today’s launch of Chrome Apps
17:00 – Xbox Music gets iOS and Android apps, free web playback; cloud locker to follow
18:52 – Xbox One Launch Date
20:24 – Sony – thinner Vita and Vita TV
23:22 – Sony at IFA
26:59 – Samsung at IFA
31:14 – iOS 7
33:43 – iPhone 5c
35:49 – iPhone 5s

DigitalOutbox Episode 180

DigitalOutbox Episode 180
DigitalOutbox Episode 180 – Ballmer to retire, Nintendo 2DS

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1:36 – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to step down within a year
8:19 – Steve Jobs’ Email Shows Apple Changed In-App Purchasing Rules Specifically To Retaliate Against Amazon
11:36 – Google drops Nexus 4 to $199 in the US and slashes prices by 25% in 6 other markets
13:08 – Three confirm 4G plans
14:56 – On the day that O2 and Vodafone launch 4G in the UK
18:24 – Twitter Updates Android, iOS And Web With New Conversation View, Abuse Reporting
20:41 – Facebook Announces Shared Photo Albums To Boost Group Engagement
22:06 – Feedly Pro Available for all
23:33 – Nintendo 2DS coming this Oct. for £109, plays 3DS games in 2D
27:03 – Twerk, Selfie, Bitcoin, Others Added To Oxford Dictionary

DigitalOutbox Episode 179

DigitalOutbox Episode 179
DigitalOutbox Episode 179 – Gamescom

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Shownotes
1:17 – Ask.fm details changes
2:59 – Twitter Related Headlines Deliver News By Linking To Sites Where A Tweet Is Embedded
5:03 – Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison
8:11 – why the Guardian in London destroyed hard drives of leaked files
12:05 – Groklaw news website abandoned over US surveillance
14:51 – Facebook And 6 Phone Companies Launch Internet.org To Bring Affordable Access To Everyone
16:50 – Google Maps for iOS and Android now displays Waze alerts, while Street View lands in Waze Map Editor
18:43 – Microsoft
27:36 – Sony