Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News

Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News

Dive into the week's big technology news on Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News every Friday. Joined by Australia's leading tech journalists, co-hosts @alexkidman and @adam_turner channel-surf through the headlines in search of the big picture.

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July 22, 2021 44 min

Netflix is moving into games, while the new Steam Deck takes on the Nintendo Switch, but what happens when new entrants come into the gaming space? Meanwhile, Apple's record on rock-solid iPhone security looks shaky with revelations around Pegasus spyware, but what's the real risk? Special guests Age/SMH tech editor Tim Biggs (@timbiggs) and ZDNet AU cybersecurity writer Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian). Vertical Hold i...

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With Samsung, Apple and Google readying their next flagships, we dive into what to expect and what new flagships really need to stand out in the smartphone market.

Special guest Fergus Halliday (@cvamped)
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How can you make sense of Australia's streaming sports rights hellscape? Where can you watch the Olympics? Why didn't Nintendo bless the new Switch with a 4K screen? Special guests TV Blackbox viewer advocate Steve Molk (@SteveMolk) and Byteside editor Seamus Byrne (@Seamus) - Vertical Hold is brought to you by Aussie Broadband – changing the game with their award-winning network and Australian based support.

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Can Telstra 5G deliver on its promises? Is it really worth jumping up NBN speed tiers?

Special Guest ZDNet Australia editor Chris Duckett (@dobes)
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Microsoft's Windows 11 is official! What will it cost? Which PCs will be left behind? How can you run Android apps? What happened to the Start menu? Guest: Finder Editor in Chief, Angus Kidman (@gusworldau) - Vertical Hold is brought to you by Aussie Broadband – changing the game with their award-winning network and Australian based support.

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E3 2021 saw big reveals from Microsoft, Bethesda, Nintendo, Ubisoft... and not so much Sony. Which games were winners, and which left us wanting more?

Special Guests Byteside Editor Seamus Byrne (@seamus) and Byteside/SMH/Age writer Alice Clarke(@AliceDKC)!
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Apple announced sweeping changes to its operating systems at WWDC 2021, but what's worth getting excited about? Where are the cracks appearing in Apple's walled garden?

Guest News Corp tech editor and Hard Quiz champ Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson (@jendudley)
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With telcos at open war with the NBN, what can be done to "fix" its problems? What hot new tech was unveiled at Computex 2021? And why is Australia so far behind in the electric vehicle race? Guest Finder Editor In Chief Angus Kidman (@gusworldau) - Vertical Hold is brought to you by Aussie Broadband – changing the game with their award-winning network and Australian based support.

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Will the new generation of mini-LED TVs make a dent in OLED's value equation? Who's going to buy a pricey rollable TV in Australia? Does Apple's "new" Apple TV 4K stack up well against the much cheaper options from Google or Amazon?

Guest Pickr Editor Leigh Stark (@leighlo)

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What's hot at this year's Google I/O developer conference? How is Google overhauling privacy in Android 12? What's the future of Wear OS, Samsung Tizen and FitBit? Guests Ausdroid's Jason Murray (@JM77) and EFTM's Daniel Tyson (@phroghollow). Vertical Hold is brought to you by Aussie Broadband – changing the game with their award-winning network and Australian based support.

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NBN Co's promoting a "soft cap" on NBN ISP CVC charges, but will that add up to any change at all in the cost of Australian broadband services? HTC's announced a pair of new premium VR headsets -- but how do they stack up against Oculus or the upcoming PlayStation 5 VR kit?

Guests Finder innovations editor Chris Stead (@oldmatemedia) and Aussie Broadband managing director Phil Britt
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What's the tech behind BitCoin's booming rivals like Ethereum? What are 'smart contracts'? Why would you build an AI bot and give it dementia? Guests Access Informatics' Peter Marks (@petermarxy) and Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe (@MareeMcCabe)

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The big telcos have spent fortunes on 5G mmWave spectrum, but why does it matter and when will we see it? How will it compete with the NBN? Apple's finally got ECG on Apple Watch working down under, but is it really a heart-stopping feature?
Guests SMH/Age writer Alice Clarke (@Alicedkc) and ZDNet Editor Chris Duckett (@Dobes)
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Apple's Spring Loaded event predictably brought forth new iPad Pro, iMac and AirTag devices, but what's actually worth getting excited about? Guest News Corp tech editor and Hard Quiz champ Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson (@jendudley) - Vertical Hold is brought to you by Aussie Broadband – changing the game with their award-winning network and Australian based support.

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Apple's unveiling new toys next week, but what's hiding behind its Spring surprise curtain? HP is bringing Instant Ink to Australia -- but what the hell is Instant Ink, and is it good value compared to ink cartridges or tanks? Meanwhile, in the smartphone wars there are definite winners... and more than a few losers.

Guest Pickr editor Leigh Stark (@leighlo)
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What can you do if you're caught up in Facebook's latest massive privacy breach? How is the government considering changing the laws around social media? Guests SMH tech editor Tim Biggs (@TimBiggs) and SMH tech writer Peter Wells (@PeterWells) - Vertical Hold is brought to you by Aussie Broadband – changing the game with their award-winning network and Australian based support.

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Why is Sony shuttering the PlayStation store? What kind of report card did the NBN get from the consumer watchdog? Guests Digitally Downloaded editor Matt Sainsbury @MattSainsb and ZDNet AU editor Chris Duckett @Dobes - Vertical Hold is brought to you by Aussie Broadband – changing the game with their award-winning network and Australian based support.

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Should Twitter offer an undo or edit button -- and would anyone pay extra for it? Why is Facebook trying to build up a version of Instagram for under-13s? Guest Fairfax tech columnist Peter Wells (@peterwells)

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Will Netflix's crack down on account sharing cost it customers? Is it worth getting excited about the 2nd gen Google Nest Hub or Sonos Roam as the OG Apple HomePod rides off into the sunset? Guest News Corp tech editor/Hard Quiz champ Jennifer Dudley Nicholson (@jendudley) - Vertical Hold is brought to you by Aussie Broadband – changing the game with their award-winning network and Australian based support.

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Why is Epic also taking on Google as well as Apple in its battle to free app stores? Can Peloton change the way Aussies get fit with their high-tech bikes?

Special Guest Age/Byteside writer Alice Clarke (@Alicedkc)
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