99: Musk, Microsoft, Telstra troubles

The Lazy Couch podcast is your fortnightly dose of tech news and discussion on all things internet culture. We don’t just report the news but also how the news is being propagated across the vast interwebs and ask the big question – why? This week, we cover the latest in Elon Musk’s dating habits, Microsoft’s attempt to be all inclusive and how Australia lost its mind over Telstra going down for a couple of hours.

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Episode 99. Recorded Friday 25 May 2018.


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00:00 – Intro and GDPR

  • VTech Baby’s first smartphone toy | VTech
  • Why you should read all those GDPR privacy policy updates | SMH

06:14 – Elon Musk Watch

  • The week Musk and Grimes broke the internet | Stereogum
  • Roko’s Basilisk – the most terrifying thought experiment of all time | Slate
  • Boring company wants to charge you $1 for a 150mph underground ride | cnet
  • Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance will do 0-60mph in 3.5 secs | Jalopnik

16:05 – Scary Google News

  • Google’s selfish ledger is an unsettling version of silicon valley’s social engineering | The Verge

20:55 – Not-so-scary Microsoft News

  • Microsoft spells out its plans for Semantic Machines | VentureBeat
  • Xiaoice – Microsoft’s Chinese chatbot | Windows Weekly youtube
  • Microsoft’s Surface Hub 2 is a bold attempt at changing how we work | Engadget
  • Inside Microsoft’s inclusive technologies lab | VentureBeat
  • Best features of Windows 10 April Update | PC World

37:00 – Phones!

  • Red Magic gaming phone with RGB lighting | Indiegogo
  • RED Hydrogen One with holographic screen | The Verge
  • RED is building a 8K 3D camera for its holographic phone | Engadget

46:22 – Local stuff

  • Telstra outage: network systems ‘not sufficiently robust’ | 9news
  • The trouble with copper – Telstra used plastic bags to waterproof cables in 2013 | youtube
  • Titomic: World’s largest 3D printer launched in Melbourne | SBS News

54:45 – Closing and follow up

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The Lazy Couch is a geek culture podcast hosted by Kelvin Lee and Geoff Kim, based out of Sydney Australia. Topics range from the latest trends in technology to comic book movies and all things geeky. If you enjoyed listening to us, you can help the show by leaving us a review on iTunes or get in touch with us on @thelazycouch.

The outro music is ‘Sorry’ by Comfort Fit

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