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MacVoices #24194: Live! – Android Phone Ban by Microsoft, Stolen Passwords, Free Affinity Apps

July 23, 2024

A number of tech stories are on the slate for this MacVoices Live! panel. We start off looking at Microsoft’s ban on Android phones in China and cybersecurity implications. Next, Chuck Joiner, David Ginsburg, Brian Flanigan-Arthurs, James Baraniak, Marty Jencius, Jim Rea, Mark Fuccio, Eric Bolden, Ben Roethig, Jeff Gamet, and Web Bixby analyze the removal of VPN apps from the Russian App Store and discuss Apple’s adherence to local regulations. The conversation delves into challenges of VPN services in Russia, Android phone security concerns, and other data privacy issues.  A collection of hacked passwords, Authy’s phone number breach, and Ticketmaster’s barcode security flaws round out the bad news, while the availability of the Affinity graphics apps for free for a limited time ends the session on a positive note. 

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Chuck Joiner, David Ginsburg, Web Bixby, Marty Jencius, Eric Bolden, Jeff Gamet, Guy Serle

MacVoices #24193: Live! – Rabbit Security and Motorola’s Bluetooth Tracker

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Chuck Joiner, David Ginsburg, Web Bixby, Marty Jencius, Eric Bolden, Jeff Gamet, Guy Serle

MacVoices #24192: Live! – The EU Targets Meta, Ticketmaster Breach Notices, Crypto Tax Rules

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The MacVoices Live! panel looks at the EU's scrutiny of Meta's pay or consent model, pondering potential fines and implications for the tech industry. Chuck Joiner, David Ginsburg, Web Bixby, Marty Jencius, Eric Bolden, Jeff Gamet, Guy Serle, and Mark Fuccio also analyze Ticketmaster's data breach notifications, reflecting on electronic ticketing security. Shifting focus to the U.S. Treasury's crypto tax rules, we explore the impact on market legitimacy and illicit activities. The conversation extends to the EU tech landscape, highlighting companies like Siemens and Accenture, and the EU's stance on American tech giants. Various tangents include digital transactions, converting crypto gains, and financial analogies in modern markets. 
Chuck Joiner, Brian Flanigan-Arthurs, David ginsburg, Mike Potter, Marty Jencius, Jim Rea, Web Bixby

MacVoices #24191: Live! – Wrapping Up Macstock Conference and Expo

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The 2024 version of Macstock Conference and Expo is in the books, and a majority of the MacVoices Live! panel were in attendance. Chuck Joiner, Brian Flanigan-Arthurs, David Ginsburg, Mike Potter, Marty Jencius, Jim Rea, and Web Bixby look back at the weekend’s events and some of their favorite aspects and presentations. If you didn’t make it, find out how you can still benefit from the year’s best Apple user event.
Chuck Joiner, David Ginsburg, Web Bixby, Marty Jencius, Eric Bolden, Jeff Gamet, Guy Serle

MacVoices #24190: Live! – HomePod Lifespan and Mastodon’s Journalist Appeal

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How long should a HomePod last? Chuck Joiner, David Ginsburg, Web Bixby, Marty Jencius, Eric Bolden, Jeff Gamet, Guy Serle, and Mark Fuccio discuss the lifespan of Apple’s smart speaker along with other hardware, and how it could be maximized. The conversation also includes how Mastodon is trying to become the journalists social media platform of choice, why X is still arguably the best platform for news, and how that could change. 
Chuck Joiner, David Ginsburg, Web Bixby, Marty Jencius, Eric Bolden, Jeff Gamet, Guy Serle

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Chuck Joiner, David Ginsburg, Brian Flanigan-Arthurs, Marty Jencius, Jim Rea, Web Bixby, Jeff Gamet, Eric Bolden, Eric Bolden

MacVoices #24186: Live! – Dell Employees Choose “Or Else,” and A Colder, Faster iPad

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