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Nic hits Seamus with a surprise grilling about his intentions to make a permanent exit from Facebook. Can he genuinely follow through on his threats? What are his plans to solve all the gaps it creates in communicating with friends and family?

Then the show turns to lighter fare, like the COVIDSafe app and whether it’s ever going to become a useful part of the solution in Australia.

Plus a little more Quibi before the launch window free trial ends, Nic suggests a ‘Pilot Night’ concept, and Seamus falls in love with a London Underground circuit board map.

Seamus looks at the big news from the WWDC 2020 keynote, analysing his top new feature picks and exploring the potential of some new ideas.

From the chips to the best features in the 2020 updates to iOS, tvOS and macOS, it’s always a fun time of year for Apple fans to think about what’s next. And few changes come bigger than a whole new chipset underpinning it all.

In an already very weird year, this undoubtedly takes the trophy with six months left to play. It’s got cockroaches, pig masks, and senior executives of one of the biggest tech companies in the world. What a journey this one is. Expect the movie in 2022.

Plus Nic and Seamus look at the latest Playstation 5 news now that the big reveal has happened, and offer up their two tips of the week.

When Sonos launched the Playbar in 2013, it was not the first of its kind but it was certainly the most fascinating product I’d seen at the time. A soundbar – a reasonably new idea of the time – that also played music from various streaming media services – something Sonos was still miles ahead on.

A lot has changed in seven years. Wi-Fi standards have upgraded twice[1]. Broadband speeds have improved[2]. And we’ve moved from HD plasma as the best screen money could buy to 4K OLED smart TVs with most major streaming services built directly into the TV.

Our expectations of home entertainment fidelity have grown. The Sonos Playbar has kept on delivering a great experience, but it’s not capable of keeping up with the newest audio standards people want from premium living room entertainment – and the coolest kid in town is now Dolby Atmos.

That’s why Playbar and its 3.0 audio setup is saying farewell and Sonos Arc is stepping into the spotlight with a dazzling 5.0.2 speaker array.

Read on for the full review…

The social media problems with no easy answers keep Nic and Seamus clawing for answers.

Plus pandemic and protest dilemmas for the games industry, Zoom the big winner in its latest financial reports while self-driving cars face big issues in a more hygiene-focused future than anyone was expecting.

Ready to Binge the latest shows and movies? Or is there still a commitment issue behind Foxtel’s latest streaming service? Seamus and Nic think back on Presto, Foxtel Now, Foxtel Play, Foxtel Go, and where you’ll go to play now. Wait… And then they rabbithole about all the little quirks and issues they have with what all the streaming services keep getting wrong!

Plus Twitter adds a ‘Get the facts’ link to some Trump tweets. Is it enough or too little too late? How do the socials fix the misinfo problem from here?

Passwords. People hate them. But people can’t live without them anymore. And they usually have to be dragged kicking and screaming toward doing something better than reusing passwords on 50 different sites… but there is a better way these days.

Yubico and its Yubikey is one of those better ways, with a hardware dongle you can use to improve your authentication for many sites and in the process reduce how often passwords are required — sometimes they aren’t even required at all.

So, this week I’m talking to with Alex Wilson, he’s the Director of Solutions Engineering for APAC and Japan at Yubico. We caught up on Password Day – one of those excellent made up holidays, but in this case it *is* a good excuse to highlight something that I know far too many people keep pretending is OK when it really, really isn’t.

Be vigilant, update your f’ing passwords. And hopefully Alex Wilson can help encourage you toward a future where your whole experience with passwords gets much, much easier. The excuses are done with. Just get on with it.