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English, Technology, 1 season, 303 episodes, 6 days, 8 hours, 50 minutes
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Episode 688: New Google projects, AI and more, live from the departure lounge

The team discusses Google’s new video presentation tool, AI-based exam marking and how the UK police plan to use facial recognition to crack down on shoplifting. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Gurgle Apps Wi-Fi Word Clock, a fun and (just about) practical project based on the Raspberry Pi Pico W.
4/11/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 687: Hacking hotel door locks, Spotify's price rise and why Samsung's Bixby lives on.

The team refuses to talk AI this week, instead focusing on a hack that bypasses hotel door locks, the latest Spotify price rises and why Samsung believes that Bixby is still worth backing. Plus, how much it costs to keep Windows 10 running, 20 years of Gmail and Barry tries to convince the panel that a pair of smart glasses should be Hot Hardware of the Week.Links mentioned in this week's episode:https://predr.ag/blog/wifi-only-works-when-its-raining/https://ee.co.uk/smart-tech/smart-tech/tcl-nextwear-s-plusAnd finally, our thanks to Nick Gassman for his much-needed help with the recording!
4/4/202457 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 686: Microsoft AI Surface, Oregon’s Right-To-Repair and X prepares to unleash Grok.

The team discusses Microsoft's Surface devices with AI capabilities, Oregon's new right-to-repair legislation, Affinity software's acquisition by Canva and X’s upcoming chatbot, Grock. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Seagate's 20TB Exos X20 enterprise hard drive.To get your hands on a signed copy of Stuart Turton's latest book - The Last Murder at the End of the World - click this link to the Waterstones bookshop.
3/28/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 685: More AI machinations, and Lee talks plastics

The team discusses Microsoft’s appointment of a new CEO of AI, the shocking story of a SIM-swapper and the truth about recyclable plastic packaging. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the HP Spectre Fold 17, a tablet-cum-laptop with a huge folding screen that can be yours for just cough-mumble pounds.
3/21/20241 hour, 7 minutes
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Episode 684: Apple finally opens up its app platform – sort of, grudgingly

The team discusses Apple’s plans to lower the fences on its walled garden, Airbnb’s ban on surveillance cameras and Tim Berners-Lee’s future tech predictions. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Synology BeeStation, a simple, low-cost NAS appliance designed to replace Google Drive and other cloud storage services.
3/14/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 683: Linux on the up, Apple smacked down

The team discusses a new milestone in Linux adoption, Apple’s bad-tempered compliance with new EU gatekeeping law and the latest spats in the world of AI. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Keychron C3 Pro keyboard; honestly, I can’t remember what’s supposed to be special about this one but Barry loves it.
3/7/202458 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 682: Tim’s back from MWC, Nvidia’s CEO says kids shouldn’t code and there’s trouble in Wonkaland

The team discusses the latest product launches at MWC in Barcelona, the end of Apple’s long-rumoured electric car project, AI coding predictions and a chocolate-themed disaster in Glasgow. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Millennium Falcon Multi-Tool, a compact multi-tool in the shape of – well, you figure it out.
2/29/20241 hour, 58 seconds
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Episode 681: AI goes bonkers, the DoJ hacks your router and Amazon unveils the new Echo Hub

The team discusses Microsoft’s new chipmaking deal with Intel, and rounds up the latest developments in the world of AI. We also discuss the DoJ’s controversial “white-hat” hacking of infected routers, and Amazon’s new Echo Hub smart-home controller. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Cetaitun Firewall Mini PC, a cheap, compact, silent computer with six Ethernet ports…And if you like the sound of that, you can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0CJC4J5RC
2/22/20241 hour, 3 seconds
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Episode 680: No, Mark, the Meta Quest 3 isn't better than the Apple Vision Pro

In a week where Mark Zuckerberg declares the Meta Quest 3 is better than the Apple Vision Pro, the team - Rois, Jon, Barry and Tim - beg to disagree. Plus, why proving that you’re the creator of Bitcoin is tricky, Barry’s take on Otter’s attempt to usurp Copilot in Teams and Barry attempts to persuade everyone (including himself) that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold 16 should be Hot Hardware of the Week.
2/15/20241 hour, 51 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 679

The team discusses skyrocketing investments in AI and cloud hardware; a collapse of employee morale at Google; and a clever trick that breaks Microsoft’s BitLocker disk encryption. We also ask how worried we should be by reports of electric toothbrushes being absorbed into malicious botnets, and round up the latest developments in right-to-repair legislation. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Ubiquiti UniFi Enterprise 8 PoE, a high-speed Layer 3 network switch costing under £500.Finally, as promised, here’s a guide to enabling a BitLocker PIN in Windows 11: https://www.elevenforum.com/t/enable-or-disable-bitlocker-to-unlock-os-drive-at-startup-with-pin-and-usb-in-windows-11.4140/
2/8/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 40 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 678

The team discusses the first full reviews of Apple’s Vision Pro headset, new moves to regulate AI abuses, dissatisfaction over the UK government’s security plans and the serious consequences of “swatting”. Out Hot Hardware candidate is the Ubiquiti U7 Pro, the first wireless access point we’ve seen with Wi-Fi 7.
2/1/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 12 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 677

The PC Pro team discuss the implications of Amazon Ring sharing information with the Police and how Apple is reacting to the implementation of side-loading apps onto its devices. We look at Microsoft's planned upgrade of USB4 and chat about HP's plans to turn PCs into a subscription business. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Samsung S24 Ultra
1/25/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 4 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 676

The team discusses a pending lawsuit over ChatGPT’s notorious hallucinations, a mixed reception for Apple’s mixed-reality – sorry, “spatial” – headset, and independent confirmation that Google’s search results are getting worse. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Fairphone Fairbuds XL, an environmentally friendly pair of over-the-ear headphones.
1/18/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 40 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 675

In an on-location special, the team reports back from Las Vegas with their picks of the products and technologies unveiled at CES 2024.
1/11/20241 hour, 6 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 674

The team is joined by CTA director Brian Comiskey for a look ahead to next week’s CES 2024 expo. We also discuss the technologies and companies that we said goodbye to during 2023, explore the US’ brief Apple Watch ban and consider new features coming to Windows. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the HP Envy Move, a “luggable” all-in-one PC with a 24in screen and a four-hour battery.
1/4/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 42 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 673

It’s time for the PC Pro podcast's festive quiz: Darien Graham-Smith takes the chair and subjects podcast regulars Barry Collins, Tim Danton, Lee Grant, Jon Honeyball and Rois Ni Thuama to a thorough grilling on the big tech stories of 2023.
12/21/202346 minutes, 1 second
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PC Pro Podcast 672

The team is in a reflective mood, discussing the key AI developments of 2023, including how its use is crossing into the legal world. We celebrate landmark Right to Repair victories and chat about how fibre broadband has powered the work-from-home revolution. We ask why Spotify is laying of 17% of its workforce and look at VR for Xbox Cloud Gaming. Hot hardware for this week is the TCL NXTPAPER 11 tablet.
12/14/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 671

The team discusses new proposals for age verification on adult websites; a security threat affecting almost every Windows and Linux computer; predictions of doom for the Firefox browser; and the latest developments in quantum computing. Once again we have two Hot Hardware candidates – a tiny pocket spot welder and a compact torch capable of beaming out a dazzling 4,000 lumens.
12/7/202354 minutes, 59 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 670

In a packed show, the team discusses topics including Samsung’s acquisition of smart music streaming service Roon, British Library data leaking onto the dark web, a possible fraud investigation into Elon Musk and some unfortunate misdirection in Google Maps. As if that weren’t enough, we look at two Hot Hardware candidates – the Dremel 3-in-1 Multi-Vise and the Divoom Timebox.And here’s the video of the AirJet laptop cooler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0k46Wnq3Rk
11/30/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 21 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 669

The team discusses a turbulent weekend for OpenAI’s senior management, new developments in the battle of blue vs. green messaging bubbles, and Google’s latest moves to put pressure on ad-blockers. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Honor Pad X9, a big-screen Android tablet costing just £140.
11/23/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 22 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 668

The team discusses the big announcements from Microsoft’s Ignite conference, including new in-house chips for Azure, a name change for Bing Chat and custom apps for Copilot Studio. We also consider Meta’s call for parental controls in app stores and Google’s new experiment in allowing users to annotate search results. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Eero Max 7, the first Wi-Fi 7 mesh to reach these shores.
11/16/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 16 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 667

The team discusses the first indications of how the UK’s online safety measures will be enforced; the launch of new user-configurable GPT bots; and discontent over Apple’s dubious RAM claims. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Bambu Lab P1P, an affordable and easy-to-use 3D printer.
11/9/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 5 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 666

The team discusses steps towards the global regulation of AI systems, Apple’s new “scary fast” M3 Macs and criminal charges for the SolarWinds CISO who was at the helm during a disastrous cyberattack. Our Hot Hardware candidate is VisiWave Site Survey 7, a nifty tool for mapping out wireless network coverage.
11/2/20231 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 665

The team asks whether Microsoft was right to abandon its mobile phone platform; looks forward to faster ARM chips for Windows; and ponders new efforts to defeat fake reviews. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 – it’s been out for a little while, but have we grown to love it?
10/26/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 15 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 664

The team is joined by Fiona Dear of the Restart Project to discuss the upcoming International Repair Day; we also consider plans to offer GCSE exams on laptops and Qualcomm’s new Android chip based on the open-source RISC-V architecture. Our Hot Hardware candidate is an iPhone 12 Mini, originally released in 2020 but newly acquired by real-worlder Lee Grant.LINKS:International Repair Day is on Saturday 21 October 2023 and there are events all over the planet, many of them in the UK. There’s an interactive map so you can find out what is happening in your area: https://openrepair.org/international-repair-day/2023-events/ If you can’t attend in person, Global Fixers are running an online repair cafe on Saturday between 11am and 2pm - https://discord.gg/WZd4xWd To find other Restart Parties and community repair events in your area, visit: https://therestartproject.org/parties/ Fiona Dear (https://therestartproject.org/about/who-we-are/) is the Co-Director of The Restart Project (https://therestartproject.org)
10/19/202359 minutes, 55 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 663

The team discusses Google’s plan to phase out passwords, proposals aimed at improving the trustworthiness of AI-generated images and a new OS that puts your personal PC in the cloud. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Acer Chromebook Plus 515, one of the first ChromeOS laptops to bear the new “Plus” branding.
10/12/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 29 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 662

The team discusses a competition probe into Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud services, new phones and software from Google, and an unusual upgrade that converts an Intel laptop to AMD. As happens from time to time, our Hot Hardware candidate is a piece of software, namely the AI-powered Arc Max browser.
10/5/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 30 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 661

The team discusses the latest product releases and updates from Microsoft’s AI and Surface event – plus all the news from Meta Connect. Meanwhile, a major bank bans cryptocurrency payments and the Raspberry Pi 5 makes its debut. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Rolling Square AirCard, an Apple-compatible location tag that fits in your wallet.
9/28/20231 hour, 1 second
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PC Pro Podcast 660

The team discusses product chief Panos Panay’s departure from Microsoft, the latest software and device launches from Amazon and mixed news on tech sustainability. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Linksys’ Velop Pro 6E, the cheapest Wi-Fi 6E mesh currently on the market.
9/21/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 53 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 659

The team discusses a critical bug in a popular online image format, a ransomware attack that shut down a string of major hotels, and the latest news from Apple’s “Wonderlust” event. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Adobe Firefly, the AI-powered image-generation tool that’s now fully built into Photoshop.
9/14/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 5 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 658

The team discusses the UK government’s climbdown on banning end-to-end encryption, a welcome change in Windows 11 and the prospect of Apple’s first iPhone with USB Type-C charging. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Geekom Mini IT 13, a compact and powerful PC for a very modest price.
9/7/20231 hour, 50 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 657

This week the team is joined by airline pilot Gavin Hall to discuss the recent collapse of the UK’s air traffic control system. We talk about Elon’s plan to add voice calling to X and Apple’s sudden support for Right to Repair. Additionally we look at the new Fairphone 5 and reveal why it can be so hard to order a McFlurry. Our hot hardware this week is the WiPry Clarity from Oscium.
8/31/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 43 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 656

The team discusses plans to float chip designer Arm on the Nasdaq stock exchange; the latest twist in Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision; and a report suggesting that 40% of workers will need AI training in the coming years. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9, the company’s latest, shiniest, most waterproof Android tablet.
8/24/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 54 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 655

Real-World contributor Rois Ni Thuama joins the podcast as we discuss reports of defective SanDisk SSDs, Google and Amazon’s latest plans for generative AI and the legal fallout from recent data breaches in Northern Ireland. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5, a clamshell-style smartphone.
8/17/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 41 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 654

The team discusses a concerning spate of institutional data leaks, asks whether Facebook really affects your mental health, and raises an eyebrow at Zoom’s demand for employees to start coming into the office. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Hak5 Packet Squirrel Mark II, a pocket-sized network-monitoring device.
8/10/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 7 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 653

The team discusses Intel’s return to profitability, warnings that a discarded printer could leak your Wi-Fi password, and an under-the-bonnet refactoring for Chrome OS. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Asus RT-AX59U, a compact Wi-Fi 6 router that’s crammed with high-end features for a very reasonable price.
8/3/202358 minutes, 13 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 652

The team discusses the new products launched at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event, the abrupt renaming of Twitter and the potential dangers of overheating e-bike batteries. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Audio-Technica AT2020USB-XP, a USB microphone aimed at podcasters, streamers and anyone else wanting to capture high-quality vocal recordings.
7/27/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 48 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 651

The team discusses Microsoft’s AI-powered Copilot service, a new type of wireless networking based on infrared light, and the unexpected consequences of Netflix’ crackdown on password sharing. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Ubiquiti WiFiMan Wizard, a tiny portable Wi-Fi scanner that works with an iPhone to analyse and troubleshoot network connections in any location.
7/20/20231 hour, 10 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 650

The team discusses a potentially significant resignation in the emerging XR market, says farewell to Intel’s diminutive NUC platform, and looks back over a huge first week for Threads. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Inventr.io Adventure Kit 2, a pack of components that introduces kids to electronic engineering through a series of hands-on challenges themed around a thrilling space adventure.
7/13/20231 hour, 5 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 649

The team discusses Twitter’s latest travails and the arrival of Meta’s new Threads app; controversy over the use of facial recognition to crack down on shoplifters; and the latest accomplishments of AI researchers. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Synology DVA1622, a NAS appliance with built-in security camera support and machine-learning functions for smart surveillance capabilities.
7/6/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 23 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 648

The team discusses the Australian PM’s surprisingly on-point cybersecurity advice; a new privacy-focused browser from DuckDuckGo; more criticism of the UK’s proposed anti-encryption laws; and how Wimbledon is using AI to analyse player pairings. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Cherry UM 9.0 Pro RGB, a multicoloured microphone aimed at streamers – check out some sample recordings at pcpro.link/347cherry.
6/29/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 21 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 647

The team asks whether Amazon makes it unreasonably difficult for customers to unsubscribe from Prime. We also cautiously welcome quantum breakthroughs from Intel and Microsoft, and ponder Lenovo’s new initiatives aimed at making its laptops greener and more repairable. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Geekom AS 6, a mini-PC with a powerful AMD Ryzen 9 processor.
6/22/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 10 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 646

The team discusses the ongoing protests against changes to Reddit’s API policies, unexpected warnings popping up on WD Red hard drives, and the EU’s threat to break up Google. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the SmallRig video cage kit, a versatile case that lets you attach grips, stands and other photographic accessories to the iPhone 14 Pro Max.But of course we know what you’re really interested in is Intel’s new monospaced font, and you can download it from here: https://github.com/intel/intel-one-mono
6/15/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 22 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 645

The team discusses Apple’s latest product announcements, including the Vision Pro and the new MacBook Air, Mac Studio and Mac Pro computers. We also try out new AI features in the online Adobe Express productivity suite. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the LG gram SuperSlim, an ultra-thin laptop with a 15.6in OLED screen.
6/8/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 25 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 644

We look into what really happens when electronics are recycled in the UK, why Reddit is getting pricey for some and ask how green HP printers are. The team reminisce about discontinued Amazon services before voting on our Hot Hardware candidate: Viture XR glasses. View the statement from Safe.AI at: https://www.safe.ai/statement-on-ai-risk
6/1/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 12 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 643

The team discusses the latest revelations from Microsoft’s Build conference, a slow start for Wi-Fi 7 and a major win for right-to-repair advocates. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Motorola Moto G13, a dirt-cheap phone that’s good enough to be your daily driver.
5/25/20231 hour, 11 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 642

The team discusses Microsoft’s controversial new antivirus measure, an epidemic of broadband cancellations and warnings about AI-generated music. Our Hot Hardware candidate is a 2013 Apple iMac, with a Core i5-4570S CPU and 8GB of RAM.
5/18/202356 minutes, 43 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 641

The team discusses a new technology that could enhance VR experiences with digitally generated smells; casts an eye over the latest products announced at Google’s I/O conference; and tentatively welcomes a new tax on crypto-mining. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Samsung T7 Shield, a high-speed portable SSD that’s designed to survive splashes and bashes.
5/11/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 21 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 640

The team discusses Microsoft’s new plan to design its own CPUs, the UK’s attempts to regulate the fast-growing AI market and how Bluesky Social is challenging Mastodon to become the next Twitter. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Insta360 X3, an action camera with all-round vision and built-in image stabilisation.
5/4/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 7 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 639

The team discusses the blocking of Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision, accusations of shady spyware features in the Edge browser, and a new UK law that would clamp down on fake reviews and free trials that silently turn into paid subscriptions. Our Hot Hardware candidate is three bottles of beer costing £79 – courtesy of Elon Musk.
4/27/202358 minutes, 26 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 638

The team discusses the backlash against the UK government’s anti-encryption plans, Reddit’s plans to charge for API access and the death of the computer magazine – in the US, at least. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Panasonic ToughBook 40, a laptop you can take into the jungle with you.
4/20/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 42 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 637

The team discusses the future of 5G in the UK, the BBC’s illuminating interview with Twitter CEO Elon Musk and a new VPN that’s helping Russians evade censorship. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the NUC 13 Pro, Intel’s latest and greatest small-box PC.
4/13/202358 minutes, 50 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 636

eng||This week, Western Digital’s security incident goes under the microscope and the team talk about the investigation into Amazon and Microsoft’s place in the market. We briefly discuss the latest happens at Twitter and ponder what happened to Virginmedia’s service this week. Our Hot Software candidate is Midjourney 5 (take a look: https://www.midjourney.com)
4/6/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 55 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 635

This week the team discuss the upcoming changes to Microsoft Teams with a genuine Microsoft MVP as well as what happened when TikTok appeared before US Congress. We catch up with the latest attempts to regulate AI and mark the passing of technology legend, Gordon Moore. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Acer SpatialLabs View Pro monitor (take a look: https://www.acer.com/gb-en/monitors/spatiallabs/acer-spatiallabs-view-pro)View the US Congress Vs. TikTok session here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E-4jtTFsO4
3/30/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 29 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 634

The team catches up with the latest developments in AI, asks whether we’d trust a web browser made by Amazon, and warns that screenshots might reveal details you thought you’d cropped away. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Lego Technic Cat® D11 Bulldozer 42131, an assemble-it-yourself app-controlled scale model of a construction icon.Check out the Lego bulldozer here: https://www.lego.com/en-gb/product/app-controlled-cat-d11-bulldozer-42131Try Microsoft Loop here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-loop
3/23/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 51 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 633

The team discusses the brand-new GPT-4 AI platform, WhatsApp’s threats to quit the UK, the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank and the risk of critical communications being cut off in the event of a power cut. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Poly Studio, a portable all-in-one teleconferencing system.
3/16/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 15 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 632

The team asks whether recent launches and projects are making Microsoft exciting again, bewails the state of the British semiconductor industry and explores the idea of putting datacentres on the moon. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Philips 27B1U7903, which turns out to be a 4K monitor with mini-LED backlighting.
3/9/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 33 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 631

The team discusses the latest products unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, rumours of what could be in Windows 12, and how Amazon is penalising authors whose works pop up on pirate sites. Our Hot Hardware candidate is more of a hot service this week, as Barry sings the praises of the Nvidia GeForce Now Ultimate game-streaming platform.
3/2/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 47 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 630

The team discusses new paid-for verification programmes at Instagram and Facebook; the latest fallout in the AI revolution; and the rise of domestic robots. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Yubikey 5Ci, a security key that provides effortless two-factor authentication.
2/23/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 2 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 629

The team discusses what’s new with AI conversations and creations, ponders yet more layoffs in the tech sector, and asks whether Windows is sharing too much information. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16, a very pricey gaming laptop with a mini-LED display.And here's that brutally frank video from the Thunderbird team: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoLb6aHakno
2/16/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 18 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 628

The team discusses Microsoft and Google’s race to offer AI-powered web searching, the latest craziness at Twitter and a big change coming in Android 14. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro Portable Power Station, a solar-powered 1.5kWh battery pack for all your clean energy needs.
2/9/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 52 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 627

The team discusses the key product launches at Samsung’s Unboxed event, some shocking financial results from Intel, a big week for ChatGPT and dampened expectations for Sony’s upcoming virtual reality headset. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Sony Cinema Line FX30, a professional-grade film-making camera in a compact body.
2/2/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 39 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 626

The team discusses a big week for AI, outages at Microsoft and Apple’s latest move to break away from Google. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Intel NUC 11 Essential, a £150 mini-PC designed for always-on duties.
1/26/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 18 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 625

The team discusses big job cuts at Microsoft, new computers and processors from Apple, Nick Cave’s verdict on AI-generated lyrics and the latest arguments over the UK’s Online Safety Bill. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the NOCO GB40, a kiloamp Li-Ion battery pack for jump-starting your car.
1/19/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 41 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 624

The team discusses the best of CES, new requirements for gigabit internet in UK homes and the possibility of a new digital currency to operate alongside the pound. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Aranet4, a smart carbon dioxide detector.
1/12/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 19 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 623 (CES Special)

Barry Collins and Jon Honeyball report from CES in Las Vegas, discussing the latest news from the world's largest technology show and delivering their verdicts on announcements and demos from Nvidia, Samsung and others.
1/6/202345 minutes, 18 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 622

It’s time once more for our annual festive quiz: Darien Graham-Smith takes the chair and subjects podcast regulars Barry Collins, Tim Danton, Lee Grant and Jon Honeyball to a thorough grilling on technology old and new.
12/22/202250 minutes, 14 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 621

The team discusses the prospect of rival app stores on the iPhone, a social media misstep for the Raspberry Pi team and a new AI chatbot that could help you renegotiate your bills. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Mercusys Halo H80X, a fast but very affordable wireless mesh.
12/15/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 28 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 620

The team discusses a major ransomware attack at cloud services provider Rackspace, the future of Moore’s Law and the new AI bot that’s been flooding your social media timelines. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Microsoft Surface Studio 2+, the company’s latest large-scale fold-down all-in-one PC.
12/8/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 41 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 619

The team discusses the latest tweak to the UK’s Online Safety Bill, warnings over unscrupulous computer repair shops and Epson’s exit from the laser printer market. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Elgato Stream Deck+, a customisable controller for any application, game or workflow.
12/1/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 14 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 618

In a somewhat gloom-themed podcast, the team asks whether technology is ruining football, considers whether Alexa is on her last legs and holds a candlelight vigil for Twitter. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Acer Chromebook Vero 514, an environmentally conscious Chromebook with a capable Core i5 processor.
11/24/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 3 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 617

The team of Barry, Jon, Lee and Tim tackle this week’s big tech topics: what on Earth happened at FTX and what does it mean for crypto currencies? Was the UK government’s Discord server such a great idea? Why are lithium-ion fires on the rise? Is Elon Musk right to ask only the hardcore to stay working at Twitter? Plus, Jon praises the virtues of the Microsoft Windows on Arm dev kit - but is it hot?
11/17/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 8 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 616

It’s a packed episode, with a special NIBs section dedicated to Twitter, some facial theft, the story of bricked Samsung watches and the release of a rival to Adobe Creative Suite. And Jon attempts to persuade us that a £400 Wi-Fi access point is a worthy Hot Hardware candidate. Does he succeed? You’ll have to listen to find out.
11/10/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 13 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 615

The team discusses Twitter’s first week under the stewardship of Elon Musk, a controversial licensing change in Adobe’s creative apps and the possible future of the web browser. Editor Tim discusses design and repairability with Brian Leonard, Lenovo’s vice president of design, and our Hot Hardware candidate is the Pixel 7 Pro, arguably Google’s best phone ever.
11/3/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 5 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 614

The team discusses the UK’s plans to recognise and regulate cryptocurrencies, Microsoft’s new ARM-powered mini-PC and a big drop in Meta’s share price as it continues to throw money at the “metaverse”. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Pinecil V2 soldering iron.For details of Jon Honeyball’s upcoming talk at the Centre for Computing History, see http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/69477/TechTalk-Jon-Honeyball-The-Internet-and-how-we-got-it-all-so-wrong-Thursday-9th-February-2023/
10/27/20221 hour, 1 minute, 42 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 613

The team discusses the latest feature update to Windows 11, a new release of Firefox that includes a PDF editor, and yet another confusing update to the USB standard. As happens from time to time, our Hot Hardware candidate is actually a piece of software, namely Adobe Lightroom 2023.
10/20/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 49 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 612

The team catches up with the long-running saga of Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase, discusses the closure of Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service and ponders an enforced switch to USB Type-C for future iPhones. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Apple Watch Ultra, Apple’s biggest and most expensive wearable yet.
10/6/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 17 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 611

The team discusses a splurge of new hardware from Amazon, search updates from Google and Adobe’s pricey acquisition of design rival Figma. And, as DALL-E 2, the AI-based image-generation tool, opens its doors to all comers, we consider it for the coveted title of Hot Software of the Week.Read more about Google’s new search features: https://blog.google/products/search/search-on-2022/Check out Barry’s first creations with DALL-E 2: https://bigtechquestion.com/2022/09/29/online/dalle-2/
9/29/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 54 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 610

The team discusses what’s new in the Windows 11 22H2 update, asks whether Ethereum’s big move away from mining has genuinely saved energy, and ponders the implications of a major security breach at Uber. By popular demand, our Hot Hardware candidate is the Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 G1, the first laptop we’ve seen with an AMD Ryzen Pro 6000-series CPU.
9/22/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 18 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 609

The team discusses an eco-friendly revolution in cryptocurrency, Google’s abandonment of the next Pixelbook, new challengers for Microsoft Office and a warning that a future AI could eliminate humanity. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Asus Zenbook 17 OLED Fold, a 17in folding laptop with, you guessed it, an OLED screen.
9/15/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 7 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 608

The team discusses Apple’s latest iPhone and Watch upgrades, some long overdue updates to Twitter and reports of problems with the integrated computer platform that underpins the UK’s legal system. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Samsung G950 Odyssey Neo G9 monitor – an ultrawide 49in screen that’s ideal for really big Excel spreadsheets, and perhaps the odd game as well.
9/8/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 49 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 607

The team discusses a decidedly old-school cyber-attack that involves sending infected USB flash drives through the post; a move to end passwords for good; and a controversy over “phantom” traffic police who exist only in navigation apps. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Sony Xperia 1 IV, a shiny smartphone with a high-end camera and a 4K OLED screen.
9/1/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 19 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 606

The team discusses new ransomware attacks on critical UK services, what’s new in Android 13 and a restaurant that’s run completely by robots. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Logi Dock, an all-in-one desktop dock that handles both peripherals and communications.
8/18/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 13 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 605

The team discusses the latest phones and watches from Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event, Amazon’s acquisition of Roomba manufacturer iRobot and Epson’s self-destructing printers. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Plume HomePass, a mesh Wi-Fi system that comes with an annual subscription.… and if you wish to watch the all-star Excel championship as described by Lee Grant, you can find the video at https://www.fmworldcup.com/product/all-star-bundle/
8/11/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 51 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 604

The team discusses hard times for Intel, a new edition of ChromeOS for personal devices and updates to both Apple and Google’s mobile app stores. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the new Apple MacBook Air, with an updated design and the latest M2 processor.
8/4/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 15 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 603

The team asks whether AIs are plagiarising human artists, welcomes a huge computer-assisted medical breakthrough and mulls the rise of so-called “protestware”. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Acer Predator Orion 3000, a desktop PC that promises gaming power and style at a very reasonable price.
7/28/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 34 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 602

The PC Pro podcast isn't immune to the world around it: we discuss the (temporary?) death of the Online Safety Bill, why the hot weather is causing outages, the "exciting" new features in Microsoft Teams, and our feelings about VR in the workplace. Jon nominates the Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro as Hot Hardware candidate: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/atemmini.
7/21/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 26 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 601

The team discusses a dangerous new vulnerability in AMD and Intel CPUs, the first all-British smartphone, and a partnership between Microsoft and Netflix. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Fancii USB desk fan.If you fancy a Fancii fan of your own, you can buy it from: https://pcpro.link/601fan
7/14/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 3 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 600

The team discusses the arrival of digital codes on UK stamps, an ambitious amendment to the Online Safety Bill and a surprise new security feature for Apple devices. We also celebrate our 600th episode with a look back on 15 years of the PC Pro Podcast; our Hot Hardware candidate is the Microsoft Surface Go 2.
7/7/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 58 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 599

The team discusses a sophisticated new malware attack targeting routers, some odd clauses in Amazon's acceptable usage policy and a disappointing discovery about Apple's latest laptop. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Logitech MX Master 3S mouse.
6/30/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 50 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 598

The team discusses the UK’s proposed changes to cookie consent, Twitter’s new long-form “Notes” feature and a milestone for virtual reality as tech giants club together to form the Metaverse Standards Forum. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the LG Gram 16, a large but lightweight laptop that comes with a standalone second screen.
6/23/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 58 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 597

The team asks whether Google’s AI is truly sentient, says goodbye to Internet Explorer and boggles at the potential of machine-generated art. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the RealYou EMF shield, a lightweight cover that blocks radio transmissions from your router because who needs Wi-Fi anyway?Check out The Verge’s feature on the amazing capabilities of the DALL-E 2 image-generation tool: https://pcpro.link/597dall-e2
6/16/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 2 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 596

The team discusses the big announcements from Apple’s WWDC event, new EU regulations that require all consumer gadgets to charge via USB Type-C and a steep price hike for Ring smart doorbells. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the D-Link Eagle Pro AI R15, a fully featured Wi-Fi 6 router costing just £55.
6/9/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 27 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 595

The team discusses Dyson’s new plans for domestic robots, Samsung’s bid to dethrone the Apple M1 processor and the latest announcements from Microsoft’s Build 2022 conference. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Allegro Network Multimeter 500, a small box that can reveal the darkest secrets of a corporate network.
5/26/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 8 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 594

The team discusses rumours of new Apple devices, and a controversial change in policy for app subscriptions. We also ask whether playing video games could be good for young brains, and welcome Mastercard’s new fully biometric payment system. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Huawei MateStation X, an all-in-one PC with a huge, high-quality touchscreen.
5/20/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 57 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 593

The team discusses the latest announcements from Google’s I/O event, warns about a serious new vulnerability affecting Apple processors, and ponders a new NFT that supposedly can’t ever lose its value. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Microsoft Surface Adaptive Kit, a set of stick-on accessories designed to make your laptop more accessible.Order your own Surface Adaptive Kit here: https://pcpro.link/593sak
5/12/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 15 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 592

The team discusses Sonos’ plans to launch its own voice assistant, the latest USB updates and new NFTs vying for attention in a shrinking market. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Logitech Lift, a novel mouse with an ergonomic upright design.Watch David Lynch’s seminal “Third Place” PlayStation 2 advert: https://youtu.be/Laf9vpJMDjA
5/5/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 55 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 591

The team discusses Elon Musk’s costly and controversial acquisition of Twitter, a new era for iPhone repairs and a mass exodus of Netflix customers. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop, a new tunnel opened by Elon Musk's Boring Company.
4/28/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 31 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 590

The team discusses HP’s plans for a laptop with a foldable screen, looks ahead to Wi-Fi 7 and ponders the success – or otherwise – of Windows 11. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Netgear Nighthawk MR5200 mobile router, a battery-powered 5G hotspot that provides truly wireless internet access.
4/21/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 53 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 589

The team discusses a possible shock takeover at Twitter, the latest rumblings over cryptocurrencies and an AI that could soon be marking kids’ homework. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Huawei MateBook E, an aggressively affordable alternative to the Microsoft Surface Pro.
4/14/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 36 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 588

The team discusses the latest new features coming to Windows 11, Elon Musk’s new role at Twitter, the UK’s plans for cryptocurrency and Google’s latest attempts to protect your privacy. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the HP Omen 45L, a gaming desktop with a built-in cryo-chamber for powerful cooling.Remarks on the future of cryptocurrency in the UK by John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury:https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/keynote-speech-by-john-glen-economic-secretary-to-the-treasury-at-the-innovate-finance-global-summit
4/7/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 15 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 587

The team discusses concerns over kids on social media; the shocking tale of an undisclosed flaw in Wyze security cameras; and a new law that could force iMessage and WhatsApp to work together. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Røde NTH-100, the Australian audio specialist’s first ever headphones.Read Bitdefender’s full report into the Wyze Cam security debacle: pcpro.link/587wyze
3/31/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 16 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 586

The team discusses a subtle change in how Windows 11 behaves on unsupported hardware; questions the security and transparency of the prime minister’s communications; and discovers the truth about the new Apple Mac Studio’s performance. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Surface Laptop Studio, Microsoft’s new take on the convertible laptop.
3/24/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 37 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 585

The team discusses the UK government’s new proposals to keep the internet safe, the unwelcome appearance of advertisements in Windows and the latest tech fallout over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Out Hot Hardware candidate is the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500, the first standalone Wi-Fi 6E router to reach our Labs.
3/17/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 38 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 584

The team discusses the new hardware unveiled at Apple’s “Peek Performance” event, a dramatic hack attack on Nvidia and controversy over a hidden performance-management feature on Samsung phones. Out Hot Hardware candidate is the Vissles V84, a mechanical keyboard with hot-swappable keys.
3/10/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 44 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 583

The team discusses the tech industry’s responses to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a warning from gaming luminary Sid Meier and the latest announcements from the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Elgato Stream Deck 2, a programmable controller that can streamline almost any task.
3/3/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 25 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 582

The team discusses Intel’s newest range of laptop chips, how sport and sex are moving into the Metaverse and the end of 3G. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S22 Ultra.The BBC’s exposé of the lack of child protections in the Metaverse: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-60415317
2/24/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 54 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 581

How do you protect children when they’re using online platforms such as Roblox? Jon, Tim, Lee and Barry tackle this contentious issue, before giving Chrome OS Flex a workout, pouring cold water on a BCS “call” to extend the life of smartphones to ten years, and discussing Starlink’s loss of 40 satellites. Finally, our Hot Hardware candidate - the Amazon Echo Show 15 - gets something of a roasting.
2/17/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 18 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 580

The team discusses the new products unveiled at Samsung’s “Unpacked” event, Microsoft’s belated move to properly block macros in Office and a kerfuffle over Meta’s apparent threat to pull out of Europe. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Netgear Orbi WiFi 6E, a mesh system with support for the new 6GHz networking standard.
2/10/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 27 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 579

The team discusses the controversial case of a man facing prison for a tasteless tweet; the WWF’s planned move into NFTs; and a mysterious new laptop that promises to do away with physical connectors. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Astro Slide 5G, a classic 1990s-style PDA with a modern Android operating system.Check out the unlikely Craob X laptop for yourself: http://craob.com
2/3/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 50 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 578

The team discusses rumours of a new Google AR headset, the latest breakthroughs in quantum computing, an initiative from the UK government to help small businesses shore up their security and some good news – at last – for Intel. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Logitech POP Keys, a keyboard with customisable emoji keys.And if you want to buy the Microsoft Surface Duo for £679 while stocks last, here’s the link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/d/surface-duo-unlocked/8p98gbqkdzl5
1/27/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 12 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 577

The team discusses airline safety fears over 5G telecoms, Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision and Intel’s apparent plans to launch a new dedicated Bitcoin-mining chip. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Ubiquiti Switch Pro Aggregation, a huge Layer 3 switch at a remarkable price.
1/20/202257 minutes, 55 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 576

The team discusses a chip shortage affecting Canon’s printer cartridges, the arrival of PCI-E 6 and a new way of identifying cyberattacks from their electromagnetic signatures. Editor Tim Danton delivers his first-hand impressions of CES 2022, and our Hot Hardware candidate is the GeoFlex 340, a low-cost convertible laptop.Featured link: That Microsoft Surface SE repair video – https://youtu.be/fVjjSqfp75g
1/13/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 26 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 575

The team discusses our pick of the new gadgets unveiled at CES 2022, plus Intel’s newest family of chips, the end of BlackBerry messenger phones, a novel way to charge your TV remote control – and the latest developments in smart tractors.
1/6/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 23 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 574

It’s time for our annual festive quiz! Join the team as we put our knowledge of technical matters and current affairs to the test. You can also enter our prize contest to win a free copy of BullGuard Premium Protection (RRP £69.99) or editor-in-chief Tim Danton’s book The Computers That Made Britain. Just visit http://pcpro.link/pod574, answer the question and submit your details before 6pm on Friday, 24 December 2021.
12/23/20211 hour, 58 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 573

The team discusses a major security threat to online services everywhere, the government’s latest proposals for policing the internet and Microsoft’s novel attempt to coax pirates into paying for Office. In a Hot Hardware special we round up our favourite products of 2021.
12/16/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 30 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 572

The gang discusses Microsoft’s attempts to persuade people to stick with its Edge browser, the latest assaults on your online privacy and the future of quantum computing. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Fairphone 4, a modular and repairable 5G smartphone.Link – IEEE Spectrum interviews quantum computing architect John Martinis: https://spectrum.ieee.org/quantum-computing-google-sycamore
12/9/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 59 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 571

The team discusses some questionable behaviour from Microsoft, Amazon’s sneaky promotion of its own brands and Qualcomm’s new ARM processor for Windows machines. We also give away a podcasting microphone and amplifier courtesy of box.co.uk. Our Hot Hardware candidate is a £3,500 gaming PC from Scan, powered by Intel’s new 12th-generation Core i9 processor.
12/2/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 36 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 570

The team discusses how different countries are handling the rise of cryptocurrency, Apple's questionable app ratings and rumours that Windows might soon be available on a much wider range of ARM hardware. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Røde Wireless Go II, a compact wireless microphone system.
11/25/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 21 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 569

The team discusses Apple’s huge U-turn on repairability, the gradual winding-down of Windows 10 and IBM’s latest breakthrough in quantum computing. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the 16in Apple MacBook Pro, showcasing the new M1 Max processor.
11/18/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 54 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 568

The team discusses Microsoft’s new Windows 11 SE platform, a graphene-based battery breakthrough and an unexpected climbdown on repairability from Apple. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Logitech MK295 Silent Keyboard, an affordable keyboard that won’t wake the neighbours.
11/11/20211 hour, 1 minute, 17 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 567

The team discusses Mark Zuckerberg’s plans for the Metaverse, a new addition to Microsoft Office and the backlash against software subscriptions. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Pixel 6 Pro, Google’s newest and best own-brand phone.Links featured in this episode:Washington Post: How Facebook’s “metaverse” became a political strategy in Washington: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/09/24/facebook-washington-strategy-metaverse/Microsoft Loop Promo Video: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-loop
11/4/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 3 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 566

The team discusses the latest accusations against Facebook, a cyber-attack on UK VoIP providers, new features in the latest Adobe applications and Intel's newest, fastest CPUs. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Apple's AirPods 3.Links:Apple's now-vanished notch documentation: https://web.archive.org/web/20211026105727/https://developer.apple.com/documentation/bundleresources/information_property_list/nsprefersdisplaysafeareacompatibilitymodeBarry Collins' hands-on test of Photoshop's new seasonal adjustment filters: https://medium.com/counterarts/photoshops-stunning-new-filters-let-you-change-seasons-in-seconds-50be60233f85
10/28/20211 hour, 6 minutes
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PC Pro Podcast 565

The team discusses Apple’s new MacBook Pro models – and the chips that power them – along with Google’s latest Pixel phones, and a probe into online music streaming services. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Astropad Luna Display, a tiny USB adaptor that turns your iPad into a secondary display for a Windows or Mac computer.
10/21/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 45 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 564

The team discusses Microsoft’s new right-to-repair commitments, the latest research into mobile app snooping, warnings over new internet regulations and the latest Wi-Fi upgrade. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Logitech MX Keys Mini, a high-end compact keyboard.Links featured in this episode:The Daily Show on Right To Repair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgK8x5MrShwStudy: “Android Mobile OS Snooping by Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei and Realme Handsets”: https://www.scss.tcd.ie/Doug.Leith/Android_privacy_report.pdfStudy: “Are iPhones Really Better for Privacy?” https://arxiv.org/pdf/2109.13722.pdfPC Building Simulator: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/pc-building-simulator
10/14/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 22 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 563

The team discusses a huge outage of Facebook services, Sky’s new smart TV offerings and revelations from our exclusive chat with Windows manager Aaron Woodman. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Apple’s latest iPhone – is 13 the company’s lucky number?Featured links: WSJ - 'Facebook Files': https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-facebook-files-11631713039Zuckerberg Response: https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10113961365418581Intel's Apple video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp0xzapm-zY
10/7/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 40 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 562

As the official launch of Windows 11 draws near, the team takes an in-depth look at the new OS, discussing interface changes, security enhancements, gaming features and more.
9/30/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 43 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 561

The team discusses Microsoft’s latest Surface devices, new features in iOS 15, the push to standardise phone chargers and the passing of British computing innovator Sir Clive Sinclair. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Samsung Z Flip3, a quirky folding smartphone.
9/23/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 43 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 560

The team discusses Apple’s latest phone, watch and tablet releases, while Microsoft goes passwordless and a new academic institution seeks to reboot social media. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarer sunglasses, a pair of stylish shades that can capture photos and video footage.
9/16/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 5 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 559

The team discusses adverts in Windows 11, AI-based photo upscaling, El Salvador’s Bitcoin fiasco and question marks over WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption. As a Hot Hardware special, we take a trip back to 2016 and revisit the first-generation Amazon Echo.A demo and explanation of the SR3 upscaling system: https://iterative-refinement.github.io/
9/9/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 4 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 558

The team discusses the impending arrival of Windows 11, Apple’s partial climbdown over App Store fees and accusations of deceptive marketing in the SSD world. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, the manufacturer’s first Google-powered wearable.
9/2/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 52 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 557

The team discusses a new data-protection shake-up in the UK, the latest hurdle in Nvidia’s acquisition of Arm, vulnerabilities in a wide range of routers using Realtek chipsets and the inexorable rise of semiconductor prices. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, a folding phone that could actually catch on.Here’s a list of routers afflicted by the Realtek vulnerabilities: https://therecord.media/hundreds-of-thousands-of-realtek-based-devices-under-attack-from-iot-botnet/
8/26/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 47 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 556

The team discusses the revelations in Facebook’s first ever “Widely Viewed Content Report”, a phishing attack that uses Morse code to slip past security scanners, a new lease of life for legacy landlines and Google’s mysterious new Tensor chip. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the ORIA Bluetooth transmitter, a low-cost gadget that could transform your in-car entertainment.
8/19/20211 hour, 55 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 555

The team discusses new folding phones from Samsung, Apple’s controversial photo-scanning technology, the cost of outdated IT and Google’s threat to cut the pay of homeworkers. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Huawei MateView, a 28in monitor with an unusual 3:2 aspect ratio.
8/12/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 58 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 554

If the rumours are right, Amazon won’t be delivering our parcels by drone any time soon - but the team isn’t too worried about this failure, it turns out. Plus, will any of our panel buy the Surface Duo phone now that it’s halved in price? Can a robot run a 5K faster than Lee? And will our hot “hardware” of the week, Microsoft’s all-new Windows 365 Cloud PC, get the thumbs up from Jon Honeyball and the live listeners? There’s only one way to find out.
8/5/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 2 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 553

Dell can no longer sell its most high-end PCs in California due to their power demands - is this a harbinger of what’s to come? Plus, Jon Honeyball shares his views on the astonishing profits lodged by big tech companies such as Apple and Barry falls in love with Flight Simulator on the Xbox - before trying to persuade everyone that the Amazon Echo Show 8 is Hot Hardware of the Week.
7/29/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 40 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 552

The team discusses a major new vulnerability in Windows, the emerging Pegasus spyware scandal, the shutting down of an app that flags fake Amazon reviews and Netflix’s proposed move into gaming. Out Hot Hardware candidate is the Apple MagSafe battery pack.
7/22/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 31 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 551

The team discusses Microsoft’s new Windows Cloud service, the growing problem of leaked phone numbers, the uneven distribution of music streaming payments and the UK’s largest ever seizure of cryptocurrency. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the MuteMe, a physical button for muting yourself on VoIP and video calls.
7/15/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 28 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 550

Heather Burns of the Open Rights Group joins the podcast to explain how proposed legislation would outlaw all encrypted communications in the UK. The team also discusses the latest developments in Windows 11, TikTok’s increasing encroachment into the real world and some colourful new labels about to appear in supermarkets. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Eero 6, Amazon’s easy-to-use Wi-Fi 6 mesh system.
7/8/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 56 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 549

The team discusses a disastrous attack on WD NAS drives, the end of the Google-Microsoft détente, second impressions of Windows 11 and the return of roaming charges. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Shure MV7 podcast microphone. (Well, WE think it’s interesting.)
7/1/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 44 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 548

In a special edition of the podcast, the team discusses the official unveiling of Windows 11. Is this a bold new computing platform for the post-pandemic age, or is Microsoft just hoping to drum up excitement with a new lick of paint? We give our impressions and predictions.
6/25/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 21 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 547

The team discusses a first look at Windows 11, Apple’s plans to do away with passwords, the opening of Google’s first high-street shop and a legal victory on the “right to repair”. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6, a slim and stylish convertible laptop with an exceptional screen and a rare turn of speed.
6/17/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 26 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 546

The team discusses the latest announcements from Apple’s WWDC event, questions the trustworthiness of “authorised” repair shops, marvels at a technical error that took down some of the biggest sites on the web, and laments a legal precedent that could see individuals in the US lose their internet connections for merely being accused of copyright infringement. Our Hot Software candidate is Vivaldi 4, a new release of the privacy-focused browser that comes with a suite of additional desktop tools.
6/10/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 24 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 545

The team discusses the fightback against pushy cookie requesters, state-sponsored malware attacks, the arrival of Huawei’s new HarmonyOS and Norton’s unexpected move into cryptomining. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the F77 Model F, a customisable, retro-styled keyboard that could be yours for just £250.
6/3/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 25 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 544

The team discusses the latest news from Microsoft’s Build conference, a cautionary tale about Wi-Fi passwords, the effective demise of Samsung’s “upcycling” programme and a controversial change to YouTube’s terms of service. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2, Amazon’s latest, smartest doorbell.The Samsung upcycling video: https://youtu.be/oLsr6i_atAA
5/27/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 59 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 543

The team discusses the big announcements from Google’s I/O event, Apple’s malware problem, Amazon’s new Sidewalk network and the rise of lossless music streaming. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4.
5/20/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 4 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 542

The team discusses the government’s plans for cleaning up the internet, the rumoured shelving of Windows 10X, a new report into the right to repair and Elon Musk’s latest shenanigans. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Netgear’s Orbi LBR20 4G router, a Wi-Fi solution for locations without a reliable fixed internet connection.Matthew Lesh’s Twitter commentary on the Online Safety Bill: http://pcpro.link/pod542aThe FTC report on repairability: http://pcpro.link/pod542b
5/13/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 38 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 541

The team discusses the continuing spat between Apple and Epic, English football’s social media boycott and a new low-cost broadband package designed for people receiving universal credit. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Apple’s AirTags, little discs that can be used to track and locate (more or less) anything.
5/6/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 50 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 540

The team discusses the IT vulnerabilities that sent innocent Post Office workers to prison, price hikes at Spotify, a new look for Microsoft Word and the shocking cost of LinkedIn. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the AVerMedia PW315, a webcam with a fast frame rate and built-in AI to help frame and clean up your stream.Featured links:BBC podcast, “The Great Post Office Trial”: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/series/m000jf7jMicrosoft’s five candidates for its next default font: https://twitter.com/Microsoft/status/1387421368581455874Netflix series, “Abstract: The Art of Design (Episode 6, Jonathan Hoefler: Typeface Design)”: https://www.netflix.com/watch/80237098
4/29/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 52 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 539

The team discusses new product announcements from Apple, criticises a misleading report from the NSPCC and questions whether the government is right to intervene in Nvidia’s proposed acquisition of Arm. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the PC Specialist Vortex Elite R, a £999 do-it-all desktop PC.
4/22/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 43 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 538

The team discusses the would-be bomber who hoped to blow up AWS, Spotify’s plans to become a fixture in your car, legal moves to limit the use of facial recognition and the planned merger between O2 and Virgin Media. Our Hot Software candidate, hem hem, is Parallels Desktop 16.5, the first edition of the popular virtualisation suite to officially support running Windows on Apple Silicon.
4/15/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 2 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 537

The team discusses a huge leak at Facebook, China’s national investment in cryptocurrency, the end of Yahoo Answers and LG’s departure from the smartphone market. Out Hot Hardware candidate is the Dell OptiPlex 7090 Ultra, an ultra-compact desktop PC that’s entirely built into a monitor stand.Nintendo’s distinctly dodgy advice about port forwarding: pcpro.link/pod537aDigits To Dollars report on smartphone manufacturers: pcpro.link/pod537b
4/8/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 5 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 536

The team discusses Amazon’s anti-union machinations, a boom in mobile browser usage, the latest on Nominet and ARM’s first new chip design in a decade. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Netgear Orbi RBK352, a (relatively) affordable Wi-Fi 6 mesh system.Check out the browser usage stats referred to by Jon Honeyball at https://twitter.com/TheRealNooshu/status/1377547942274465793
4/1/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 42 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 535

The team discusses an embarrassing data breach at FatFace, the downsides of working from home, big changes at Nominet and how Intel plans to regain its mojo. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel Pro, a laptop with a novel flexible design.
3/26/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 41 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 534

The team discusses Intel’s new Apple-bashing ads, a silicon shortage threatening the smartphone market, controversy over privacy labelling and new plans to encourage tech giants to pay for the content they use. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the latest model of the LG Gram 17, a laptop that’s big but very light.
3/18/202154 minutes, 59 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 533

The team discusses the EU's chip ambitions, a huge attack on Microsoft Exchange, the use of CCTV to track social distancing and Dropbox's acquisition of DocSend. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Elgato Stream Deck, a smart button bank that works with almost any application.
3/11/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 50 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 532

Microsoft wants to augment meetings with its Hololens technology, but three out of our four experts think it’s fighting a losing battle. Plus, our take on the automated Amazon store shortly to open in London, a brief explainer on what NFTs are (and if they’re a good thing), and why Google’s move away from personalised ad tracking comes with caveats. Finally, can Tim persuade the others to make a £200 laptop Hot Hardware of the Week?
3/4/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 26 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 531

The team discusses a speed boost for satellite internet, the uncertain future of Wear OS, concerns over Apple SSDs and Spotify’s plans for lossless streaming. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Acer ConceptD CP5271UV, a 27in monitor designed to please creatives and gamers alike.
2/25/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 26 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 530

With LastPass announcing that its free version will be severely limited in the future, what’s your best option for switching? Plus what’s coming up in the next Windows update (don’t get excited), why we think Microsoft is charging way too much for the Surface Duo in the UK, and all the rest of this week’s news tied up in a conversational bow.
2/18/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 3 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 529

The team discusses privacy concerns over Clubhouse, Twitter's vision for a custom-curated social media feed, a milestone for Microsoft Excel and Intel's first public response to the Apple M1 SoC. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Expanscape Aurora 7, a powerhouse laptop with a 17.3in 4K display, plus six other fold-out screens.
2/11/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 45 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 528

Jeff Bezos stands down as Amazon CEO and Google closes its in-house games studio; we also share a sneak preview of Windows 10 X and discuss the tech winners and losers of the pandemic. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Asus ROG Strix G17, a stonking gaming laptop with an AMD Ryzen R7 CPU.
2/4/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 39 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 527

The team discusses Twitter and Facebook opening their archives to researchers, Google’s threat to quit Australia, a worldwide shortage of graphics cards, and how Reddit users are causing ructions on Wall Street. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Prime Computer PrimeMini 5, a low-power desktop PC that’s small and silent yet surprisingly well connected.The day Volkswagen briefly conquered the world (from the Financial Times, may be paywalled): https://www.ft.com/content/0a58b63a-4294-3e07-8390-c3aabef39a26
1/28/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 25 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 526

The team discusses Wikipedia's 20th anniversary, Sir Tim Berners-Lee's new idea for protecting our online privacy and the potential dangers of online shopping algorithms. Our hot hardware candidate is the Asus ZenBook Duo UX482, the company's latest stab at creating a dual-screen laptop.Spotlight link: List of hoaxes on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_hoaxes_on_Wikipedia
1/21/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 36 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 525

The team discusses the highlights of this year's virtual CES, an ignominious end for "free-speech" social network Parler, concerns over Flash-only online exams and a new CEO for Intel. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Virgin's Intelligent Wi-Fi Plus, a whole-home booster based on the Plume mesh platform.
1/14/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 28 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 524

The team discusses the technology implications of the recent mass incursion into the US Capitol; a new look for Outlook; the challenges of home schooling; and Microsoft's threat to bring deceased loved ones back to life as chatbots. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the HP EliteOne 800 G5, an all-in-one desktop PC that could be ideal for homeworkers.
1/7/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 59 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 523

As 2020 recedes into the rear-view mirror, the team looks ahead to the big issues and technologies that might shape 2021.Video link: "The Square", as mentioned by Tim Danton as a possible way to make working from home more sociable - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS9D-43Q9aQ
12/31/20201 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 522

It's time once more for our annual quiz! Darien Graham-Smith plays quizmaster as Barry Collins, Tim Danton and Jon Honeyball compete for the tech trivia crown.
12/24/202054 minutes, 26 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 521

The team discusses a short but disruptive Google outage, privacy controversies at Twitter and Facebook, and a major step forward for Windows on ARM. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Apple's AirPods Max, a pair of noise-cancelling, over-ear headphones that can be yours for the pocket-money price of £549.
12/17/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 8 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 520

The team discusses the EU's proposed "right to disconnect", legal challenges to Facebook, a technical trick that can uncover pixelated passwords and new accessibility features in Android and iOS. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Acer Book RS i7, a premium Windows laptop designed by Porsche.For the original tweet about pixelated passwords, see https://twitter.com/spibblez/status/1335638633970348032
12/10/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 17 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast special: How do we connect Britain?

The pandemic has hammered home the importance of connectivity for workers wherever they are in the country. In this special podcast in association with O2, Tim Danton, Jon Honeyball and O2's Ant Morse cover the lessons learned so far and look ahead to the future - including the role of 5G and the steps we need to take to connect the whole of Britain.
12/7/202046 minutes, 2 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 519

The team discusses Android apps on Windows, the acquisition of Slack by business giant SalesForce and the rise of Spotify as a podcasting platform. Our Hot Hardware contender is actually a piece of software this week, namely the latest version of Pixelmator Pro, a powerful but affordable image editor.
12/4/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 1 second
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PC Pro Podcast 518

The team discusses online bots snapping up Black Friday bargains, a row over royalties paid to musicians by streaming services, the hidden risks of smart doorbells and a disappointing government U-turn on broadband targets. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Alcatel 1, a bona fide smartphone costing less than £30.
11/26/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 41 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 517

Apple halves its App Store cut to 15% for smaller publishers, Google Pay gets a big update and "free speech" social network Parler continues to grow. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the new Apple MacBook Air, the first computer we've seen built on the Apple M1 processor.And finally, two Radio 4 programmes, mentioned during our discussion of Parler, that address the challenge of discourse across ideological divides:Across The Red Line: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09m2bj1Sweet Reason: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bclfsr
11/19/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 7 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 516

The team discusses Apple's new ARM-based Macs, looks into Android app security and asks how AI is affecting our spending habits. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Raspberry Pi 400, a new variant of the Pi that comes in a classic-style keyboard casing.
11/12/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 44 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 515

The team discusses a huge leak of user credentials from across the web, the influence of social media on the US election, confidential data being recovered from second-hand USB flash drives and Intel's new foray into world of discrete GPUs. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the 2020 iPad Air, a tablet offering much of the cachet of an iPad Pro at a slightly lower price.
11/5/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 46 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 514

The team discusses the end of the road for Flash on Windows, the latest updates to the NHS Covid-19 app, an online hoax that proclaimed the return of defunct high-street giant Woolworths and the rise of the right-to-repair movement. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the DJI OM 4, a magnetic gimbal that helps you capture professional-grade video on your smartphone.Check out the mobile phone compatibility list for the OM 4 at https://pcpro.link/podom4
10/29/20201 hour, 1 minute, 55 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 513

The team discusses the latest update to Windows 10, the arrival of Windows apps on Chrome OS, new AI-powered tools in Adobe Photoshop and a warning over malicious ad-blocking tools. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Honor Router 3, a Wi-Fi 6-compatible router costing just £72.
10/22/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 4 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 512

eng||The team discusses Apple's new iPhone and Homepod models, Amazon's apparent evasion of a new UK tax, the future for Google Chrome and an update for the pocket-sized micro:bit computer. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Pixel 5, Google's latest own-brand Android smartphone.
10/15/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 2 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 511

The team discusses PHE's Excel-based coronavirus cock-up, new features in Slack and Google Workspace, Nvidia's AI-based upgrade to videoconferencing and the latest breakthroughs in RAM and battery technologies. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Huawei Matebook 14 2020, a £950 laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 processor.Watch the virtual PC Pro Awards ceremony at https://www.pcproawards.co.uk
10/8/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 28 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 510

The team discusses the latest product launches from Google and Amazon, checks out Lenovo's new foldable PC and looks forward to a brighter future for Windows on ARM. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi 6 AX4200, a next-generation home mesh system.For Barry Collins' story about the iPad mini that could, see pcpro.link/podpad
10/1/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 37 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 509

The team discusses the long-awaited arrival of England's coronavirus tracing app, mulls Microsoft's licensing of GPT-3 AI technology, decries the excessively pushy marketing of the Edge browser and welcomes a new slew of supposedly IoT-focused chips from Intel. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Microsoft Surface Duo.For the curious story of the TV set that broke a village's internet, see https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/television-piers-morgan-powys-broadband-18980907
9/24/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 46 seconds
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PC Pro special podcast: Interview with Dr Hermann Hauser, co-founder of Arm Holdings

In this special podcast, we interview Dr Hermann Hauser - one of the co-founders of Arm Holdings - to discuss the proposed sale to Nvidia and why Dr Hauser believes that is a bad move for the company and Britain as a whole.
9/18/202032 minutes, 17 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 508

The team discusses the product updates unveiled at Apple's "Time Flies" event, IBM's new quantum computing roadmap and key announcements from the annual Facebook Connect conference. Fittingly, our Hot Hardware candidate is the Oculus Quest 2, Facebook's new flagship VR headset.LINK: For more on the IBM quantum roadmap, see https://www.ibm.com/blogs/research/2020/09/ibm-quantum-roadmap/
9/17/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 9 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 507

The team checks out Scotland's new coronavirus tracing app, explores what's new in Android 11, laments fake reviews on Amazon and celebrates the 20th birthday of the universally unloved Windows Me. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Honor MagicBook Pro, a stylish and powerful laptop that's surprisingly affordable.
9/10/20201 hour, 6 minutes
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PC Pro Podcast 506

Firefox has signed a new search deal with Google, but - as Barry shares having interviewed its lead developer this week - the company is looking at new ways to make money. Plus, has Elon Musk overhyped his brain tech, the lowdown on Intel’s new branding and new chips, and whether you should save your money for Nvidia’s newly launched RTX 3000 series of graphics cards. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Lenovo ThinkSmart View, an office helper that sits on your desk...
9/3/202058 minutes, 32 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 505

The team discusses Epic Games' ongoing legal beef with Apple, the continuing prevalence of web-tracking tricks, a controversial update to Firefox and the 25th anniversary of the launch of Windows 95. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the X-Rite iDisplay Pro Plus 3, a nifty little colorimeter that can help you improve the colour accuracy of your monitor.
8/27/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 16 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 504

Commercial pilot Gavin Hall joins the team to give a professional opinion of Microsoft's groundbreaking new Flight Simulator; we also discuss the increasingly acrimonious squabble between Apple and Epic Games, a technical breakthrough that could give Intel CPUs a big performance boost and disputes over access to BT's paid-for TV services. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Sony WH-1000XM4, the company's new flagship noise-cancelling headphones.
8/20/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 21 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 503

The team talks to seismologist Professor Thomas Lecocq about Android's new earthquake-detection function - for real - and discusses the UK's latest coronavirus tracking app, the arrival of the Microsoft Surface Duo and the latest on TikTok. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Vodafone Curve, a compact GPS tracker designed to help locate misplaced items and animals.
8/13/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 26 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 502

The team discusses Microsoft's possible acquisition of TikTok, the rumoured sale of chip designer ARM and the latest announcements from Samsung's "Galaxy Unpacked" event (see www.samsung.com/uk/unpacked). We also mention a report suggesting that 80 million computers have been hijacked by malicious Chrome extensions, which you can read at pcpro.link/podcx. This week's Hot Hardware candidate is the Samsung Galaxy M31, a snazzy smartphone at a remarkably low price.
8/6/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 20 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 501

The team discusses not one but two high-profile hack attacks, recaps the US hearing that has accused tech giants of operating as monopolies, and looks ahead to the prospect of a wholly virtual CES. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Netgear XS508M, a 10GbE network switch that makes Wi-Fi 6 look positively sluggish.
7/30/20201 hour, 56 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 500

In the week that Slack slapped Microsoft with a lawsuit accusing it of abusing its position of dominance, the team delivers its verdict. Plus, what on earth is going on with Windows 10X, which worldwide powers might buy the chip-licensing giant Arm, hackable phone power supplies and the pros and cons of Apple’s bug bounty phone. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Null Project, an iPad keyboard that comes without any letters on its keys.
7/23/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 2 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 499

The team discusses a huge Twitter hack attack, Huawei's expulsion from the UK telecoms market, predictions of what 6G mobile services might bring and Google's visions for future wearable technology. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Gigabyte Aero 17, a high-powered laptop with a huge Pantone-certified screen.
7/16/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 11 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 498

The team discusses a new report that warns of vulnerabilities in ALL domestic routers (see pcpro.link/routerreport), concerns over in-game purchases, badly behaved iOS apps and the latest on Thunderbolt. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Moto 360, an Android-based smartwatch - remember those?
7/9/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 35 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 497

The team discusses the performance of Apple's new in-house CPUs, a technical fiasco that left banking customers unable to get at their money, tighter policies on hate speech at Reddit and the worldwide closure of Microsoft's retail shops. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the BT Mini Whole Home Wi-Fi, a three-node mesh system costing just £75.
7/2/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 22 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 496

The team discusses the implications of Apple's move to ARM-based processors, the final curtain for Adobe Flash, new rugged laptops from Acer, and apps that (notionally) allow you to go to the pub safely again. Our Hot Hardware candidates are a brace of high-end audio headsets from Logitech and Epos.
6/25/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 39 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 495

The team catches up with the state of the UK's "world-beating" Coronavirus-tracing app, legal challenges for Apple, warnings over the longevity of smart home appliances and Snapchat's big investment in AR. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Microsoft Surface Book 3.
6/18/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 18 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 494

The team discusses the potential dangers of facial recognition technology, emerging data about the coronavirus pandemic (see pcpro.link/model), ructions at Reddit and Apple's planned transition to ARM-based processors. Our Hot Hardware candidate is an ordinary Android phone - running the latest beta of Android 11.
6/11/20201 hour, 33 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 493

The team discusses the BBC's new voice assistant, Google's next-generation video-streaming device, a boost for location-sharing "Plus Codes" and a steep price increase for Apple RAM. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Netgear Nighthawk M2 mobile router (see pcpro.link/podnight).
6/4/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 54 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 492

The team discusses Donald Trump's feud with Twitter, a USB stick that claims to protect users from the dangers of 5G radio waves, Japan's plans for "super-cities" and what - if anything - is new in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Scan 3XS Vengeance XTi, a mighty desktop PC that showcases Intel's new Core i9-10900K CPU.
5/28/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 42 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 491

The team discusses the new Windows features unveiled at Microsoft's (virtual) Build conference, controversial rumours about Apple's earbuds, criticisms of the UK's coronavirus contact-tracing app and reports of how third-party delivery services are distorting the restaurant market. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the TP-Link EAP225, a wireless access point designed for the great outdoors.
5/21/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 21 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 490

The team discusses Facebook's use of AI to moderate posts, a stunning first look at the PlayStation 5, the end of Alienware's user-upgradeable laptop and a bitter farewell to Google Play Music. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Samsung Galaxy Book S, a lightweight ARM-based Windows laptop.
5/14/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 33 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 489

The team discusses the debut of the NHSX Covid-19 app, the merger of O2 and Virgin Media, Facebook's new "supreme court" and Microsoft's big bet on Windows 10X. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Philips Brilliance 346P, a huge 34in desktop monitor.
5/7/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 9 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 488

The team discusses a dodgy Windows Update, Lenovo's new Linux-based ThinkPads, the ups and downs of life in lockdown and a tool that turns your Canon DSLR into a webcam. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Huawei's P40 Pro - an Android smartphone that ships without Google apps and services.
4/30/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 14 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 487

The team discusses the UK's new coronavirus tracking app, a major vulnerability in the iOS Mail app, Sonos' new music streaming service and security enhancements to the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Apple's Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro.
4/23/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 43 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 486

The team is joined by BCS director Carl Harris, who introduces the society's campaign to recognise the role of IT workers during the coronavirus pandemic. We also discuss Google's plans to create its own CPUs and welcome new warnings over video games that invite users to pay for randomised "loot boxes". Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Fitbit Charge 4, a fitness tracker with a built-in GPS receiver.
4/16/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 51 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 485

The team discusses the spread of misinformation over 5G masts, new limits on WhatsApp forwards, free access to Google Stadia and how libraries are distributing works during the lockdown. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Chord Electronics Hugo 2, a high-end audio streaming system.
4/9/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 14 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 484

The team discusses security concerns over the suddenly ubiquitous Zoom videoconferencing platform, Microsoft's software subscription plans, a new web-filtering service from CloudFlare and Apple's acquisition of the popular Dark Sky weather app. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Asus' ZenWiFi AC mesh extender system.
4/2/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 20 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 483

The team says goodbye to Bill Gates as he steps down from the Microsoft board, looks ahead to Android 11, sizes up Apple's new iPad Pro and MacBook Air models and shares tips on working fom home. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the somewhat pricey Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone.
3/19/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 59 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 482

The team discusses the technological implications of the coronavirus outbreak, forthcoming features for Pixel phones, the ethical issues raised by face-scanning technology and a new role for Cortana. Our Hot hardware candidate is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, a folding smartphone with a horizontal hinge.
3/5/20201 hour, 58 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 481

The team asks whether Macs need antivirus software, discusses unfortunate problems with a recent Windows 10 update, wishes Photoshop a happy 30th birthday and ponders the tale of the smart car that refused to drive home. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the LG Gram 17, an ultra-lightweight laptop with a huge screen.
2/20/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 31 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 480

The team discusses the rise of artificially manipulated photos and videos, the artist who created a virtual traffic jam, the creative potential of the iPad and Google's latest financial report. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Nvidia GeForce NOW, the graphics giant's new streaming gaming service. Well, it has to be running on hardware somewhere, right?
2/6/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 16 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 479

The team discusses Sonos bricking its own products, a first look at Microsoft's twin-screened Surface Duo smartphone and the alleged hack attack on Jeff Bezos. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Netgear Orbi WiFi 6, the world's first 802.11ax mesh networking platform.
1/23/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 44 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 478

In a special podcast direct from Las Vegas, Tim Danton and Jon Honeyball discuss the latest news and product announcements from CES 2020.
1/9/20201 hour, 1 minute, 26 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 477

The team tests their knowledge of tech news and trivia in our traditional end-of-year quiz.
12/19/201950 minutes, 27 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 476

The team discusses new password-security features in Chrome, rumours of a socketless iPhone, the future of Intel and the end of the line for Windows 7. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the 16in Apple MacBook Pro.
12/12/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 30 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast - How do you know it’s time to retire IT kit?

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12/2/201953 minutes, 54 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 475

The team discusses Uber losing its licence in London, Twitter’s plan to delete dormant accounts, Tim Berners-Lee’s contract for an ethical web, and the amazing vanishing features in Windows 10. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Stadia, Google’s online gaming system.
11/28/201957 minutes, 52 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast: Buy IT to grow not slow your business

Small businesses often make the mistake of buying IT that meets their immediate needs but won’t grow with their business, whether that’s buying a server without expansion options or a laptop that isn’t fit for purpose. PC Pro editor-in-chief Tim Danton hosts a lively debate with columnist and IT consultant Jon Honeyball plus associate editor Darien Graham-Smith. Made in association with Dell Small Business.
11/25/201935 minutes, 14 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast Dell Special 1

While Black Friday started life as bargain hunting for Christmas buyers, an increasing number of small businesses are taking advantage. In this special podcast in association with Dell Small Business, PC Pro editor-in-chief Tim Danton discusses the savings to be made, and the pitfalls to avoid, with columnist and IT consultant Jon Honeyball and associate editor Darien Graham-Smith.
11/18/201932 minutes, 38 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 474

The team discusses Google's new initiatives against slow websites and Android malware; the uninspiring Windows 10 November Update; and the potentially more interesting new 16in Apple MacBook Pro. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3.
11/14/201958 minutes, 42 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 473

The team discusses a rap on the knuckles for Amazon; a ratings glitch in the Apple App Store; Netflix's proposed new speed controls; Samsung's fresh take on foldable phones; and a data leak affecting Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Sphero RVR, a programmable robotic vehicle.
10/31/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 34 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 472

The team discusses the demise of the government’s porn-registry plans; setbacks for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency; Fortnite’s devastating season-end stunt; and the attractions of the National Museum of Computing. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Google’s new Pixel 4 smartphone.
10/17/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 32 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 471

The team discusses all the news from Microsoft's big Surface event, takes the new iPad OS for a spin, weighs up new privacy protections from Google and ponders the longevity of the pager. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Cosmo Communicator, a versatile mobile device that harks back to the pocket computers of the 1990s.
10/3/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 41 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 470

The team discusses Apple's new iPhone and iPad models, the official launch of Wi-Fi 6, Google's absorption of DeepMind (and its associated NHS data) and controversy over the routine use of facial recognition technology. Our hot hardware candidate is the HP Envy x360 13, a glamorous convertible laptop with an AMD processor inside.
9/19/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 27 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 469

The team catches up with the news from IFA in Berlin, checks out the latest release of Android, mulls over the surveillance implications of the Ring doorbell and looks forward to a new tablet experience in Windows 10. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the BT Signal Assist, a domestic 3G transmitter that uses your router to deliver rock-solid reception.
9/5/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 56 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 468

The team discusses Google's open-sourcing of its speech-to-text technology, and asks whether the search giant has too much power. We also explore the recent sale of Tumblr, and ask why Amazon never seems to make a profit. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Dell Latitude 5420, a heavyweight laptop that's designed to survive some serious abuse.
8/22/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 44 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 467

The team discusses AMD's new 7nm server chips, a host of product launches from Samsung, freedom of speech on 8chan and other sites and Google's plans to give rival search engines a leg up - for a price. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Amazon Echo Show 5.
8/8/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 56 seconds
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Podcast 466

The team discusses the latest developments in 5G networking, incoming regulations for online purchases and the new Prime Minister's ambitious target for fibre broadband in the UK. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Asus RT-AX88U, a powerful router that supports 802.11ax, also known as Wi-Fi 6.
7/25/201948 minutes, 20 seconds
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Podcast 465

On a packed podcast the team discusses ISPA's attack on Mozilla, détente between Amazon and Google, the world's worst user interface, a new way to exfiltrate data from air-gapped computers – and more. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the HP Spectre Folio, a convertible laptop encased in luxurious brown leather.
7/11/20191 hour, 34 seconds
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PC Pro Podcast 464

The team discusses a new tool for messing with advertisers, Google's plan to educate kids about fake news, a light-based networking platform that could replace Wi-Fi and the arrival of AI in PowerPoint. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the tiny but surprisingly capable Raspberry Pi 4 Model B.
6/27/201958 minutes, 59 seconds
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Podcast 463

The team discusses new surveillance technologies, some highlights of the E3 expo and the future of Dropbox and Firefox. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Asus Vivobook 14S, an affordable laptop with a trackpad that doubles as a touchscreen.
6/13/20191 hour, 7 seconds
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Podcast 462

The team discusses the latest news from Computex in Taipei, asks whether Huawei might make its own mobile OS, ponders Amazon's plans to offload small suppliers and pores over Dolby's legal complaint against Adobe. Amid the bonanza of new hardware emanating from Computex, no fewer than three Hot Hardware candidates duke it out.
5/30/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 8 seconds
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Podcast 461

The team discusses a new online accountability initiative, news from Microsoft's Build conference and Lenovo's plans for a weird foldable laptop. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Oculus Quest, a wire-free VR headset.
5/16/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 18 seconds
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Podcast 460

The team discusses Uber's sudden love affair with public transport, an audio upgrade for Netflix users, the latest from Facebook's F8 conference and the 20th anniversary of the optical mouse. Our hot hardware candidate is the Orbi Voice, a mesh Wi-Fi system with Alexa built in.
5/2/20191 hour, 1 minute, 34 seconds
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Podcast 459

The team discusses problems with Samsung's folding phones, Switzerland's rejection of the cashless society, incoming age restrictions for adult content and a handy little Google Home device for your car. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the AmpliFi Instant Home Mesh, a cheap and simple wireless extender system.
4/18/20191 hour, 1 minute, 35 seconds
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Podcast 458

The team discusses the shuttering of some high-profile Google services, and the closure of Microsoft's ebook store. But it's not all gloom, as Apple announces a range of new subscription services, and Firefox clamps down on notification requests. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the new Apple iPad mini.
4/4/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 27 seconds
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Podcast 457

The team discusses Wikipedia's protest against new EU copyright laws; asks whether an AI would do a better job than our politicians; looks forward to a new browser ballot; and mulls the potential of Google's new Stadia game-streaming service. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Microsoft Surface Studio 2, a premium all-in-one PC aimed at creatives.
3/21/20191 hour, 4 minutes
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PC Pro Podcast 456

On an unusually wide-ranging podcast the team discusses depreciating phone values; rumours of a new "Lite" edition of Windows; the latest updates to the USB standards; controversy over a flagrantly offensive video game; the growing nuisance of Instagram tourists; and the end of Amazon's Dash buttons. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Shadow Ghost, a compact box that streams high-end PC games over the internet.
3/7/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 46 seconds
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Podcast 455

The team discusses the secret microphone inside Google's Nest Guard hardware, Amazon's investment in autonomous delivery vehicles and continued rumblings over the UK's relationship with Huawei. Nathan Spendelow joins with news of Samsung's new folding phone, and the Samsung Galaxy S10 is our Hot Hardware candidate.
2/21/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 53 seconds
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Podcast 454

The team discusses the opening of the first Raspberry Pi shop, Apple's sanctions against Facebook, an end to (some types of) high-pressure online sales tactics and Spotify's expansion into podcasts. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the BlackBerry Key2 LE, which is exactly what you'd expect.
2/7/20191 hour, 16 seconds
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Podcast 453

The team discusses new measures to combat fake news, warnings over insecure routers and the future of Windows, Office - and Cortana. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Toshiba Portégé X30T-E, a business-oriented laptop with a detachable tablet for a screen.
1/24/20191 hour, 17 seconds
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Podcast 452

Catch up on the biggest news from CES 2019, as Jon Honeyball, Barry Collins and Tim Danton share their first-hand experiences. We cover the Royole flexible display and the latest laptop news, and reveal our favourite products from the show.
1/11/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 43 seconds
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Podcast 451

In our traditional Christmas quiz, the team's knowledge of the year's tech news and products is put to the test.
12/20/201848 minutes, 7 seconds
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Podcast 450

The team discusses Microsoft's plan to migrate its Edge browser to the Chromium engine, Alexa's burgeoning AI capabilities, Facebook's ongoing fake news problem and a boost for cryptocurrencies. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the NEC MultiSync EA271U, a sumptuous (but pricey) 4K monitor.
12/13/20181 hour, 28 seconds
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Podcast 449

The team discusses suspicions over Chinese telecoms hardware, the rise of electric bikes, smartphones in restaurants and the UK government's attempts to bring Facebook to account. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Huawei MateBook X Pro, a stylish Windows laptop that gives Dell and Microsoft a run for their money.
11/29/20181 hour, 1 minute, 12 seconds
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Podcast 448

The team discusses AR contact lenses, fines for EE and Virgin, computer-generated newsreaders and the dangers of "hustle porn". Three be our Hot Hardware candidates: the new MacBook Air, the new Mac mini and the new iPad Pro.
11/16/20181 hour, 6 minutes, 27 seconds
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Podcast 447

The team asks: is the golden age of big technology firms coming to an end? Is Bitcoin a bubble? Will robots soon be delivering our shopping? And why on earth has IBM bought Red Hat? Our Hot Hardware candidate is Shadow, a remote streaming service that lets you rent the use of a gaming PC on a monthly basis.
11/1/201859 minutes, 27 seconds
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Podcast 446

The team discusses the passing of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Facebook's new rival to the Echo Show, licensing changes for Android and the arrival of Photoshop for the iPad. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, an upmarket smartphone with some clever tricks up its shiny sleeve.
10/18/20181 hour, 9 minutes, 38 seconds
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Podcast 445

The PC Pro team unpicks the Facebook data "scandal", gives its early thoughts on the new Surface hardware and Windows 10 October update, and tries to decide if Amazon has done the right thing by raising wages. Plus, the hot hardware of the week: an Asus ultraportable with a difference.
10/4/20181 hour, 5 minutes, 3 seconds
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Podcast 444

Is Jeff Bezos a force for good or in it for the headlines? The team discusses his latest altruistic project, before analysing the likely success - or otherwise - of the latest challenger to Intel's dominance. Plus hologram phone calls, Jon Honeyball's take on the Equifax fine and our verdict on the hot hardware of the week: the iPhone XS.
9/20/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 24 seconds
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Podcast 443

The team discusses the pick of new technology from IFA, potential challengers for Adobe's throne, some thought-provoking AI applications and 20 years of Google. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Surface Go, the latest in Microsoft's neverending procession of tablet-cum-laptop hybrids.
9/6/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 31 seconds
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Podcast 442

The team discusses Nvidia's new graphics cards, which feature groundbreaking ray-tracing technology; Facebook's plan to award trustworthiness scores to users; Microsoft's discovery of apparent Russian political meddling; and Jeremy Corbyn's suggestion that online journalism could be funded by a technology tax. Our Hot Hardware candidate is AMD's new 32-core Threadripper 2 CPU.
8/23/20181 hour, 3 minutes, 12 seconds
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Podcast 441

eng||The team discusses a new Firefox extension that helps you discover new content; a price hike for Office; warnings over Chinese technology; and the banning of Alex Jones from online platforms. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Asus ZenFone 5.
8/9/20181 hour, 9 minutes, 48 seconds
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Podcast 440

The team discusses the government’s pledge to run fibre to every British home by 2030; controversy over Apple’s overheating laptops; Samsung’s unbreakable OLED displays; and a possible end to Windows Update woes. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Tenda Nova MW3, a Wi-Fi mesh networking system costing just £92.
7/26/20181 hour, 1 minute, 7 seconds
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Podcast 439

The team discusses the Apple App Store’s tenth birthday; a not very big fine for Facebook; the UK’s new culture secretary; and the arrival of YouTube Premium. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Asus Chromebox, a box that runs Chrome OS.
7/12/20181 hour, 5 minutes, 49 seconds
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Podcast 438

The team discusses the abrupt departure of Intel’s CEO; the new WPA3 wireless security standard; a misconceived copyright proposal; and problems with Apple keyboards. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Dell G3 – a big-screen, low-cost gaming laptop.
6/28/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 9 seconds
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Podcast 437

The team discusses a serious data breach at Dixons, Amazon’s move into TV sports, Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub and a huge EU fine for Google. Our hot hardware candidate is the Rocketbook, a pen-and-paper notebook with an app of its own.
6/14/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 14 seconds
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Podcast 436

The team discusses the fallout from GDPR, warnings of router-based malware, the BBC's plans to stream World Cup football matches in 4K, and the strange case of the eavesdropping Amazon Echo. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Acer Chromebook Spin 13, a natty convertible laptop.
5/31/20181 hour, 3 minutes, 52 seconds
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PC Pro podcast 435

The team discusses a new AI from Google that can make phone calls on your behalf, the future of Windows, the highlights of Fujitsu's technology showcase and the advent of GDPR. Our hot hardware candidate is the Sennheiser Ambeo, a headset that makes binaural recordings.
5/17/201859 minutes, 24 seconds
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Podcast 434

Jon Honeyball joins the team to discuss the Windows 10 April Update, a first look at Office 2019, the latest wheezes from Facebook and an embarrassing outage for TSB. Vaughn Highfield drops in too, to talk about the Oculus Go, a VR headset costing an almost reasonable £199.
5/3/20181 hour, 1 minute, 10 seconds
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Podcast 433

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4/19/20181 hour, 5 minutes, 25 seconds
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PC Pro podcast 432

Jon Honeyball and Nicole Kobie join the podcast to discuss the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Apple's plan to create its own CPUs and a reorganisation at Microsoft. Our hot hardware candidate is Dell's latest XPS 13 laptop.
4/5/20181 hour, 3 minutes, 16 seconds
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Podcast 431

Jon Honeyball joins the team as we discuss Facebook’s data-mining scandal, new concerns over the legality of Bitcoin, Microsoft’s fumbled acquisition of Wunderlist and Uber’s fatal self-driving car crash. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the JBL Link 20, a battery-powered smart speaker running Google Assistant.
3/22/20181 hour, 26 seconds
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Podcast 430

The team discusses Spotify's financial challenges, new features coming to Windows 10, Amazon's acquisition of the Ring smart doorbell and the controversial topic of violence in video games. Our hot hardware candidate is the KitSound Voice One, a British spin on the Amazon Echo.
3/8/201859 minutes, 42 seconds
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Podcast 429

The team discusses Google’s plan to block dodgy ads, Windows 10’s new “Ultimate Performance” mode, Apple’s iPhone X woes and new fears over the potential of malicious AI. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Matrix PowerWatch, a smart wearable that’s powered by your own body.
2/22/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 28 seconds
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Podcast 428

The team explores Windows 10's new "S Mode", plus Microsoft's plans to banish misleading "scareware" from the platform. We also discuss TalkTalk's entry into the fibre broadband market, and a legal setback for the Snooper's Charter. Jonathan Bray introduces our Hot Hardware candidate, the Apple HomePod.
2/8/20181 hour, 2 minutes, 50 seconds
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Podcast 427

The team discusses Windows 10's new Timeline feature; Sky's plan to ditch dishes; a legal investigation into planned obsolescence; and the final demise of the Pebble. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Microsoft Surface Book 2.
1/25/20181 hour, 3 minutes, 50 seconds
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Podcast 426

CES special: Tim Danton, Barry Collins and Jon Honeyball discuss the latest announcements and product launches at the world's largest electronics expo.
1/11/20181 hour, 9 minutes, 18 seconds
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Podcast 425

It's Christmas, and that means it's quiz time on the PC Pro podcast. The team face questions on recent and not-so-recent developments in technology, while the live listeners do their best to sow misinformation and doubt.
12/21/201751 minutes, 25 seconds
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Podcast 424

CES' Steve Koenig joins the team to discuss upcoming tech trends for 2018. We also look at new developments in AI, the looming threat to net neutrality and the emerging phenomenon of "cryptojacking", whereby websites surreptitiously steal your PC's spare cycles to mine digital currency. Our hot hardware candidate is the TP-Link B130 smart lightbulb.
12/14/20171 hour, 5 minutes, 50 seconds
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Podcast 423

The team discusses a major security hole in macOS, Google’s privacy violations, the arrival of HDMI 2.1 and a data leak through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote.
11/30/20171 hour, 5 minutes, 13 seconds
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Podcast 422

The team discusses the latest version of Firefox, looks forward to 5G mobile networks, ponders the best Black Friday deals and explores how social media is being used to disrupt elections. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Asus Zenbook UX410UA, a tasty laptop at a tempting price.
11/16/20171 hour, 2 minutes, 23 seconds
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Podcast 421

The team discusses an online furore over emoji; ponders a new technology that could mean you never miss an Amazon delivery again; asks whether Silicon Valley needs regulating; and laments MailChimp's big step backwards in privacy protections. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Google Pixelbook, a £999 Chromebook that's capable of running Android apps.
11/2/20171 hour, 2 minutes, 46 seconds
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Podcast 420

The team discusses a critical hole in Wi-Fi security, Adobe's confusing new Lightroom offering, disappointing reviews for the Pixel 2 XL and Dropbox's new "Professional" service tier. Our Hot Hardware candidate is another wireless doorbell, yay.
10/19/20171 hour, 4 minutes, 16 seconds
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Podcast 419

The team discusses a flurry of new hardware from both Google and Amazon - plus spying allegations against security publisher Kaspersky Lab and new research revealing how smartphone notifications could be affecting your mood. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Intel's new Core i7-8700K, the company's six-core answer to AMD's mighty Ryzen chips.
10/6/20171 hour, 3 minutes, 4 seconds
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Podcast 418

The team discusses the latest launches from Apple, a disastrous data breach at Equifax, Google's big investment in HTC, and a new data-driven taxi-sharing service. Our hot hardware candidate is the Logitech Craft, a keyboard with a built-in twiddly knob.
9/21/20171 hour, 36 seconds
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Podcast 417

The team discusses Microsoft's vision for "mixed reality", plus other new features in the Fall Creators Update; asks whether you have the right to use all the data you pay for; and discusses incursions into the movie industry by Amazon and Apple. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Microsoft Surface Studio, a huge all-in-one PC with a price to match.
9/7/20171 hour, 3 minutes, 36 seconds
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Podcast 416

The team discusses the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Intel’s newest processors, a novel approach to paywalled content and the enforced grounding of a popular drone. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Acronis True Image 2018. We know, we know.
8/24/201758 minutes, 56 seconds
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Podcast 415

The team discusses misguided password advice, Google's diversity controversy, Microsoft updates and Facebook's planned expansion into video. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the PC Specialist Vulcan X 02, a versatile desktop PC powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 1600X processor.
8/10/20171 hour, 3 minutes, 24 seconds
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Podcast 414

The team discusses ransomware payouts, a stiff fine for Apple, Google’s sneaky efforts to get employees to eat more healthily and the end of the line for Adobe Flash. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Intel’s huge ten-core Core i9-7900X processor.
7/27/20171 hour, 2 minutes, 7 seconds
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Podcast 413

The team discusses Google's new backup service, the rise of "esports", net neutrality protests and the end of the line for Windows Phone. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Loupedeck, a dedicated control unit for Adobe Lightroom.
7/13/20171 hour, 4 minutes, 12 seconds
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Podcast 412

The team discusses Google's huge EU fine, the iPhone's tenth birthday, technical support scams and the potential of online virtual worlds. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Token Ring - not the networking technology, but an NFC-equipped item of jewellery.
6/29/20171 hour, 44 seconds
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Podcast 411

Jon Honeyball joins the team to discuss the latest news from Apple's WWDC event, new features for Cortana, and Amazon's Alexa-enabled Dash Wand. Our Hot Hardware candidate is Microsoft's Surface Laptop.
6/15/20171 hour, 4 minutes, 49 seconds
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Podcast 410

Real-worlders Jon Honeyball and Steve Cassidy join the regular team as we discuss news from Google I/O, Amazon’s new Echo Show, Facebook’s attempts to clamp down on clickbait and – inevitably – the recent NHS ransomware attack. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the BlackBerry KEYone, a smartphone with a physical keyboard that makes its ridiculous name slightly easier to type.
5/18/20171 hour, 8 minutes, 53 seconds
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Podcast 409

Anyone for 10 S? The team discusses Microsoft's new locked-down edition of Windows, ponders a new approach to wireless charging, asks whether the smartphone's days are numbered, and finds out what happens to your data when you die. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Microsoft Surface Laptop.
5/4/201758 minutes, 13 seconds
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Podcast 408

Ian Betteridge joins the team as we discuss Facebook's big plans for future tech, ponder Google's move into ad-blocking, ask whether Kickstarter has lost its lustre, and weigh up the latest announcements from Microsoft. Our hot hardware candidate is, shockingly, the Samsung Galaxy S8.
4/20/201759 minutes, 48 seconds
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Podcast 407

The team discusses the latest political row over encryption; a change of direction for the Mac Pro; good news for Pebble owners; and Microsoft's promise of greater transparency over privacy in Windows 10. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Triby, an Alexa-enabled kitchen radio.
4/6/201759 minutes, 17 seconds
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Podcast 406

Ian Betteridge and Nicole Kobie join the podcast to discuss Android O, concerns over the sharing of NHS patient data, and the role of digital surveillance in the age of drones. Our Hot Hardware candidate is in fact a software service, namely Microsoft Teams, Redmond's would-be rival to Slack.
3/23/201757 minutes, 1 second
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Podcast 405

Steve Cassidy joins the team as we discuss new surveillance revelations from Wikileaks, adverts in Windows 10, Amazon's S3 outage and Alexa's role in a US court case. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the retro-styled Nokia 3310 phone.
3/9/201759 minutes, 26 seconds
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Podcast 404

Nicole Kobie joins the regular team to discuss smartphone separation anxiety, the challenges for semi-autonomous cars, proposals to tax robot workers and the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa. Our Hot Hardware candidate is AMD's new Ryzen CPU design, which lays down a stark challenge to Intel's high-end chips.
2/23/201759 minutes, 30 seconds
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Podcast 403

Microsoft's new "Cloud" edition of Windows 10 heads up this fortnight's podcast; we also discuss Google's "zoom and enhance" image-processing technology, plus video piracy and social media passwords. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the long-awaited Android Wear 2.
2/9/201759 minutes, 21 seconds
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Podcast 402

The team discusses the latest major update to Windows 10, plus news of Android on Chromebooks and Sky's planned shift from satellite to online TV services. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Microsoft Hololens.
1/27/201759 minutes, 28 seconds
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Podcast 401

In this special podcast, recorded on location in Las Vegas, the team discusses the latest announcements at CES 2017.
1/6/20171 hour, 14 minutes, 47 seconds
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Podcast 400

It's quiz time! In our last podcast of 2016, team members are tested on their knowledge of technology news, products and personalities.
12/14/201655 minutes, 35 seconds
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Podcast 399

The team discusses the newly-passed "Snooper's Charter", Fitbit's acquisition of Pebble, an international move for the Internet Archive and Ofcom's ruling that BT and Openreach must split. Our hot hardware candidate is the Seagate Duet, an external hard disk that automatically backs up its contents to Amazon Cloud.
12/1/201656 minutes, 30 seconds
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Podcast 398

The team discusses the rise of fake news, curses misleading broadband advertising and ponders the value of free online learning resources - all while bravely battling through sporadic audio glitches. Our hot hardware candidate is the Lenovo Yoga Book.
11/17/201655 minutes, 4 seconds
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Podcast 397

The team discusses Microsoft's new Slack rival, the UK's plan to develop a cyber-attack force and Elon Musk's vision of a solar-powered revolution. Our hot hardware candidate, inevitably, is the new MacBook Pro.
11/4/201659 minutes, 15 seconds
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Podcast 396

The team discusses the future of Twitter; subsidised broadband; virtual Friends; and Kodak's first smartphone. Our Hot Hardware candidate is the Amazon Echo Dot.
10/21/201658 minutes, 32 seconds
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Podcast 395

Five years on from the death of Steve Jobs, the team considers his legacy. We also discuss more news of exploding batteries for Samsung, and meet Google's new Pixel smartphones. Our hot hardware is the Amazon Echo personal assistant.
10/6/201659 minutes, 16 seconds
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Podcast 394

The team discusses a security breach at Yahoo!; weighs up complaints about the Windows 10 upgrade; welcomes Microsoft's investment in health technology; and discovers a new way to hack an iPhone for just $75. Our hot hardware is, you guessed it, the iPhone 7.
9/22/201656 minutes, 23 seconds
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Podcast 393

The team discusses the launch of the iPhone 7; the arrival of Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors; and new products and services coming to the UK from Amazon.
9/8/201659 minutes, 39 seconds
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Podcast 392

The team discusses Apple's rumoured plan to ditch the 3.5mm headphone socket; asks whether social media is a breeding ground for terrorists; and mulls over a new laptop screen technology designed to stop "shoulder-surfing". Our hot hardware candidate is actually an operating system, namely Android 7, a.k.a. "Nougat".
8/26/201654 minutes, 11 seconds
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Podcast 391

The team discusses Vodafone's plans to scrap line rental fees; Facebook's attempts to expunge clickbait and defeat ad-blockers; and the 25th anniversary of the worldwide web. Our hot hardware candidate is, once again, the Ring wireless doorbell.
8/11/20161 hour, 23 seconds