A busy week in tech – 2 February 2020

I’ve been much busier than usual this week, with everything from podcasts to video to radio to a LOT of writing. Here’s what I’ve been up to.

Of course, there’s a brand new episode of Vertical Hold on tap this week, where we’re joined by Angus Kidman from Finder and Alex Choros from Whistleout to talk the surprising price of the Motorola RAZR, how to fool a Tesla with a projector and why Australians are so loyal to just two phone brands. Listen below, and don’t forget to subscribe on the podcasting platform of your choice!

Speaking of the Motorola RAZR, it’s also the subject of this week’s video. In 2020, I’m going to try to roll out at least one video per week, so if you haven’t done so, subscribe over at YouTube today!

The latest series of Doctor Who rolls on, so there’s also a review of Fugitive of The Judoon for you to enjoy. And while I do like staying spoiler free, this is a pretty important episode to watch, if you haven’t done so already.

I also wrote up the basic pricing news for the Motorola RAZR over at Ausdroid.

On Friday morning, you may have caught me chatting on ABC Radio Bendigo about the half million dollar fine levied against Optus for not paying attention to the Spam Act.

Over at Finder, I wrote up everything we know so far about Samsung’s upcoming foldable, the Galaxy Z Flip.

At Geeks2U, I pondered on precisely how long tech companies should keep providing software updates for older gadgets.

I also spent the week contributing to Pedestrian Media’s range of titles, including Lifehacker, Kotaku and Gizmodo — mostly Gizmodo.

At Lifehacker, a guide to watching this year’s Emmy awards.

At Kotaku, a piece about Fanatical’s game sale, with benefits going to Australian bushfire relief as well as a question to the readership about the best “holiday” game, and of course a story about Bubble Bobble — and specifically whether it’s worthwhile travelling backwards through the evolution of a given game series.

Still, it’s at Gizmodo that I slung most of my words this week, with a mix of straight news stories and longer form pieces. First up, the straight news:

Google’s Next Chrome Update May Cause ‘Modest Breakage’ To The Internet
Buy Now, Pay Later Platform Klarna Launches In Australia, Takes Swipe At Afterpay
This Interactive Map Displays The Latest Confirmed Coronavirus Cases
Motorola Is Cutting Samsung’s Grass
Samsung’s Next Foldable Phone Might Be 4G Only
Scientists Created A Cyborg Jellyfish That Can Swim 3 Times Faster
Tesla Says The Chinese Government Has Ordered Its Shanghai Model 3 Factory To Shut Down
Google Is Changing How Chrome Handles Payments, Starting With iPhones
Oppo Will Offer A Find X2 Pro With 120Hz Display And 35 Minute Charging
Intel’s New Lakefield Processor Benchmarks Have Leaked
Ring Confirms The Use Of Third Party Trackers In Its Mobile App
Apple’s iPhone Australian Market Share Grows As Huawei Crashes
Coronavirus Apparently Won’t Affect iPhone Production
Tesla’s Autopilot Can Be Fooled With A Projector
Google Will Soon Translate And Transcribe Languages In Real Time
Is There Anything We Don’t Already Know About the Galaxy S20?
Google Will Kill Off App Maker In 2021
Microsoft Backflips On Windows 7 Patches (Just This Once)

And some longer form analytical pieces that are well worth checking out. While the Coronavirus stories aren’t exactly pleasant to write, I think it’s vital to have accurate information, and to avoid much of the speculation, fear mongering and downright racism that I’ve sadly seen in far too many Australian media outlets this week. Equally, though, I did rather enjoy taking a deeper perspective look into the EU’s decision to finally mandate a single cable charge standard, and what that might mean for Apple.

Would Huawei Return To Google? It Depends Who You Ask (Updated)

The EU’s Vote To Dump iPhone Lightning Cables: Everything You Need To Know

ACMA Wants To Set Radiation Standards For mmWave 5G Devices

Don’t Share False And Racist Coronavirus Reports

What Australians Need To Know About The Wuhan Coronavirus

Data Security Tips: How To Keep Yourself Safe Online

Author: Alex

Alex Kidman is a multi-award winning Australian technology writer, former editor at Gizmodo, CNET, GameSpot, ZDNet, PC Mag, APC, Finder and as a contributor to the ABC, SMH, AFR, Courier Mail, GadgetGuy, PC & Tech Authority, Atomic and many more. He's been writing professionally since 1998, and his passions include technology, social issues, education, retro gaming and professional wrestling.

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