TechFan Episode 350 – Cheating?


Tim and David discuss Google Duplex and possible cheating the demonstration phone calls, an essay writing company using clueless YouTube celebrities to promote their cheating service, and an idiot using Testa’s self-driving mode.

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Tesla driver banned for M1 autopilot seat-switch
The YouTube stars being paid to sell cheating
YouTube stars’ fury as videos promoting cheating removed


TechFan 348 – Privacy on the Pier


Guy Serle joins Tim Robertson this week to discuss the death of Apple’s Airport, NPR buying Pocket Cast, Macstock Expo, Cobra Kai, Star Trek Discovery, Orville, and the Santa Monica Pier.

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How the states got their shape
Santa Monica Pier

TechFan 346 – Solo A David Cohen Story


Scheduling conflicts mean that neither Tim nor Owen can join David this week, so he is podcasting Solo! Topics include iPad management for kids, companies dropping social media, horrible scooter customers and a fabulous ChromeBook.

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Qustudio for Families
Wetherspoons shutters social media accounts
Terrible Scooter Customers
Samsung ChromeBook Plus

TechFan 345 – Lenovo


Tim and David discuss the Steam Spy news, FTC telling companies that third party repairs do not void warranties, Mark on Capital Hill, suggestion for Apple, and Lenovo news and Wikitrolling!

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ThinkPad 25
Lenovo via Wikipedia
Steam Spy
FTC: Warranty-voiding language like Nintendo’s and Sony’s is illegal

TechFan 344 – ATM


Are women more intelligent than men? Tim and David debate it, plus the history of the ATM, Dell XPS 15 vs MacBook Pro, Apple Watch and a court case, and information on the MacPro.

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Automated teller machine (Via Wikipedia)
Dell XPS 15 review
Apple Watch provides murder case clues
List of highest-grossing films

TechFan 343 – Educational Pac-Mac Facebook


Apple makes another pitch to education and comes across looking out of touch. Facebook woes continue. On the positive, Tim and David look at Pac-Man as part of our WikiTrolling segment, and that devolves into Tim buying a Mayflash F100 fighting stick and a Sanwa arcade joystick for his RetroPie.

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Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones
Pac-Man via Wikipedia
Sanwa Arcade joystick
Mayflash F100

TechFan 342 – Clippy


Is there something rotten at Amazon? There seems to be at IBM, and perhaps Huawei as well. But all is not lost, Clippy is here to brighten your day!

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Amazon flaw costs Apple accessory maker nearly $100k as counterfeiter takes over legitimate listing
IBM reportedly targeted older workers in layoffs affecting tens of thousands
Best Buy won’t sell Huawei phones, laptops, or smartwatches anymore

TechFan 341 – Junior


Tim finally gets a SNES Classic, David hacks the PS Vita, currency miners trash, and the IBM PCjr.

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VITA 3.60 ALL-IN-ONE HACKING GUIDE
There’s a currency miner in the Mac App Store
IBM PCjr via Wikipedia

TechFan 340 – An Appointment to Wait


Tons of feedback this week, plus Tim visits and Apple Store, David bogs down in corporate tech, and government fines for social media sites? Pioneer Corporation is out Wikipedia segment this week!

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Facebook should have to pay a fine if it can’t get rid of bots, Democratic senator says
Clicker Heroes maker compares new lawsuit from “patent troll” to extortion
Apple devices at repair facility have called 911 over 1,500 times
Pioneer Corporation

TechFan 339 – A Long Time Ago on a Podcast Far Away


Tim and David can’t make it happen this week, so we reach back into the vault of content and pull out Geekiest Show Ever 6 – Star Wars. On this episodes Tim, David, Chad Perry, Guy Serle, and Neale monks discuss Star Wars in May 2009. Is this conversation still relevant? You decide.

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TechFan 338 – Excitingly Boring


Are cell phones boring now? Tim and David argue on opposite sides of this subject, as well as Android Wear, YouTube, HomePods, and the Intellivision.

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Android Wear is getting killed, and it’s all Qualcomm’s fault
HomePods are staining wooden tables with a white ring
Mobile World Congress: Why do smartphones look so alike?
Intellivision on Wikipedia

TechFan 337 – Fugly


Tim is off slaving away at work, so David is joined this week by the fabulous Owen Rubin. Toyota’s design direction, a hatchet job on the Internet of Things and the perils of software subscription are all dissected, debated and decided!

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Toyota Prius
2009 Kindle with Keyboard
IoT things talk to the Internet (duh!)
1Password Subscription Pricing

TechFan 335 – Now in 3D!

Is the HomePod doomed to failure? Is cardboard really worth $70? Should cell phones be banned at concerts and comedy shows? We ask these questions, then discuss 3D movie technology in our WikiTrolling segment.

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NAILED IT
Should phones be banned at gigs?
Nintendo Labo hands-on
HomePod’s biggest problem isn’t Siri, it’s that it’s too much like the original iPod
3D Film on WikiPedia

TechFan 333 – Roasted


Tim and David discussed the Verge’s review of the Dell XPS 13, the stupidity of the Tide Pod…. thing going on today, and a very contentious conversation on Elle Darby and Paul Stenson’s social media feud, and what the real conversation is about. We leave it up to you to decide who is right and wrong. WikiTrolling looks at Instant Coffee!

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Dell’s latest XPS 13 Verge Review
YouTuber Elle Darby’s hotel blag turns into huge row
Instant coffee on WikiPedia