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144: Baby Musk, Dark Patterns, Killed By Google

Hello to our listeners in Sweden! You guys are trending around these parts and we’re not quite sure how.. please tell us!

Another thing trending (still) is Australia’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app and its ills. While Elon Musk continues to dominate the news cycle by having a baby, going on a podcast to talk about brain-to-computer interfaces and defying the state of California – all in one week!

In our questions for the week – What’s Chris Hemsworth got to do with ‘dark patterns’ and what products is Google killing now?

As always we cover all angles using audio clips from different sources so you get everything you need to know, right here on the Naked Tech Podcast.

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143: Elon Meltdown, COVIDSafe App Teardown, Pandemic Drones

This week, Elon Musk walks the fine line between trolling the world and controlling the world with calculated tweets. Will he eventually go full Elon?

Despite the Australian government not releasing the source code, the tech community have already conducted a teardown and reverse engineered the COVIDSafe app. What did they find?

While ‘pandemic drones’ may soon be deployed to track your vitals like temperature, heart rate and the way you cough to detect whether you have the virus or not. Where do you draw the line in terms of tech being used to limit the spread?

As always we cover all angles using audio clips from different sources so you get everything you need to know, right here on the Naked Tech Podcast.

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118: Spotify Buys Podcasting, Reddit Worth $3B, FaceTime Bug

Spotify acquires Gimlet Media and Anchor for $230M and thus changes the podcasting landscape forever. While Tencent invests heavily in Reddit who may now be ready to take on Facebook and Google as your frontpage of the web. Apple is in trouble again with a horrendous FaceTime bug and Facebook keeps on being Facebook by spying on you even further.

As always, we cover all angles using clips from different sources so you get everything you need to know, right here on The Lazy Couch podcast.

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113: Foldable Phones, Web Summit, Elon’s New Boss

The foldable smartphone is closer to being reality as Samsung unveils its plans to make that a thing in 2019. Web Summit is also a thing that happened in Lisbon, and somehow it involves climate change. Australia’s Robyn Denholm is Elon Musk’s new boss for the next 3 years – how does the world feel about that?

As always, we cover all angles using clips from different sources so you get everything you need to know, right here on The Lazy Couch Podcast.

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107: NVIDIA’s Ray Tracing Future, Elon’s Tesla Woes

NVIDIA’s CEO Jensen Huang wowed SIGGRAPH by unveiling the world’s first real-time ray tracing graphics card but is he telling us everything? We deep dive into this new method of rendering computer graphics and the implications to the world of next-gen gaming and entertainment. Elon Musk has had quite a fortnight with regretful tweets and missteps all around. His mental health has come into the spotlight but we are still impressed with his genius and work ethic. However, the question remains – Could he survive 2018 and keep his stewardship of Tesla?

As always, we cover all angles using clips from different sources so you get everything you need to know, right here on The Lazy Couch Podcast.

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105: Apple shows off its FAANGs, Google to China?

It’s official – Apple is the first US company to be valued at over $1 trillion, with the other FAANGs hot on its heels. Also, did you know what a FAANG is? You will after you hear this episode! Meanwhile Tesla stocks surge after Elon’s big apology but is that real reason for the bounce back? Google is reportedly heading back to China – the world is not very happy about that. In local news, we go nuts about a bank innovating in the blockchain space and perhaps uprooting the way we trade internationally. Is it news?

As always, we cover all angles using clips from different sources so you get everything you need to know, right here on The Lazy Couch Podcast.

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102: Microsoft buys GitHub, IGTV, Google podcasts

It’s the catch all episode! With no major tech conventions, we looked at stories that happened over the last few weeks, covering Microsoft, Google, Instagram, YouTube, Tesla, IBM and more. It really is everything you need to know in tech.

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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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89: State of VR at Game Developers Conference

Are you like us and fascinated by the promise of virtual reality? It feels like VR has finally come of age as it was the main focus at this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) held in San Francisco. There are more players coming onto the market to join Oculus and HTC, with the likes of LG, Microsoft and Acer showing us a glimpse of what it could be like with more choice of things you can wear on your head.

There was brand new tech showcased with inside-out eye-tracking and foveated rendering as well as new ways of moving in VR space without inducing vomit. This and so much more on a very VR episode of The Lazy Couch podcast.

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65: The Kelvin Timeline

Ever wondered what Twitter would be like in Virtual Reality? Or what the future is for self-driving cars? Or how about what if robot had feelings? Well you’ve come to the right place.

Episode 65 is all about AI, robots, VR and autonomous vehicles. As we ponder what a self-driving future might look like, we breakdown all the negative press surrounding Tesla’s first reported fatal crash and the ridiculous calls for its demise.

Twitter is getting into VR and AR, and on first glance, this may not make much sense but we think there may beĀ some key use cases and if we’re right, it could upend how we consume our entertainment forever.

We also cover some stories coming out now about 2016’s Nexus phones, next year’s Apple Watch 2 and a whole lot more including cute robot pets and not-so-cute robots that want to leave the humans behind. This and so much more on the 65th episode of The Lazy Couch podcast – your weekly feed on tech news, gadgets and pop culture.