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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September 16, 2021 46 min

Are the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7 and new iPads innovative enough to warrant upgrading? What does SpaceX's first all-civilian crew mean for the future of space travel? Special guest @Byteside's 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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Facebook wants you to strap on a pair of its smarter Ray-Bans -- but what's the experience of smart sunnies like? What will subscriptions do to social media (and could they make it worse?) And what's worth getting excited about with Foxtel's new IQ5 set top box?

Special guests TV Blackbox's Steve Molk (@stevemolk) and Age/SMH's Alice Clarke (@AliceDKC)!

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Vodafone's pitching hard for totally unlimited plans for mobile and home broadband users, while NBN Co reveals which parts of Australia really won the fibre upgrade lottery. Special guest ZDNet Australia 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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How does Google's new Nest Doorbell compare? Which mid-range phone should you buy?
Special guest Pickr Editor Leigh Stark (@leighlo)

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How is Twitter cracking down on misinformation in Australia? How is Optus' SubHub tackling subscription overload? Special guest @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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Samsung unveils the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, but who's buying foldables -- and who should? Are they Galaxy Note killers? Apple's taking on child endangerment online, which is laudable, but is scanning user devices in line with its privacy principles? What goodies does Paramount+ bring down under?"
Special guests News Corp's Tech Editor Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson (@jendudley), Stilgherrian (@stilgherr...

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Google's soft launch of Pixel 6 specs rests on the power of its new Tensor processor -- but what's behind the hype? What do the smarter Google Nest cameras bring to the party? Telstra's set its payphones to "free" -- but why does that matter, and is Telstra really going to lose money on the deal? Guest EFTM's Dan Tyson @phroghollow - Vertical Hold is brought to you by Aussie Broadband – changing the game...

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Should companies be able to determine who can (or can't) repair gadgets you own? What's the price of bad password habits -- and what you can do to protect yourself?

Special guests Choice Australia's Erin Turner (@ErinLTurner) and Media-Wize's Anthony Caruana (@Anthony_Caruana)

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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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