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Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News

Author: Adam Turner and Alex Kidman

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Welcome to Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News, where podcast hosts @alexkidman and @adam_turner speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week.
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After more than 10 years, more than 450 episodes and a shiny award for Independent Media, the time has sadly come to where we're going to have to wind down Vertical Hold... For now.
Epic Games has won big against Google in its ongoing Fortnite battle, but what will that mean for Google Play and Apple's App store? What does Amazon's Australian cricket deal mean for sports fans? Special Guest TV Blackbox viewer advocate Steve Molk Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
Nearly everything is digital these days -- movies, music, books -- but are we being sold a dud deal in the digital economy, and what can we do about it? Special guest ABC Shepparton's Nic Healey (@dr_nic) Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
It's nearly summer holidays, which means it's time to bust out the Vertical Hold games library. But should we play on the PS5 Slim, or go properly old-school on the Atari 2600+? While we decide, why is a politcal party using video games to spread its message -- and is that OK? Special Guest, Kotaku's David Smith! Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
Can Humane's Ai Pin really change the way we use our smartphones and live our lives... or is it just another daft tech gadget? Meanwhile, Google's getting stricter on adblockers for YouTube -- but where's the happy balance for creators? Special guest Angus Kidman! Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
What's the state of play for EVs in Australia next year? Where are we getting more chargers? Which new EV models are coming and how does the second-hand market look? What role will hydrogen play in transport? Guest Jen Dudley Nicholson (@jendudley) Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.aufacebook.com/VerticalHoldAU@verticalholdau
We look back at Optus' catastrophic week: What do we know about what happened, what's happening with compensation and what can we learn from it? Special Guest Stilgherrian! Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
Can Foxtel win back streaming subscribers en masse with Hubbl? Will HBO go direct? Are Apple's new "Scary Fast" M3 MacBooks and iMacs true next generation machines? Guest TV Blackbox's Steve Molk @SteveMolk Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
Will people cough up a dollar a year to post on Twitter? Would you want your mum to see your Tinder dates before you do? Why are the Australian Federal Police still dabbling in facial recognition without authorisation? Special guest Stilgherrian @stilgherrian
How has Twitter failed when it comes to online child safety? What's the latest deal on NBN pricing? What's the story with the new 4K-capable Nintendo 64? Guest The Register's Simon Sharwood (@ssharwood) Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
Are Aussie telcos dropping the ball when it comes to customer complaints? And when you buy a car, how much like a pair of AirPods Pro do you want it to be? Special Guest Finder's Angus Kidman! Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
What can we expect from Google latest Pixel gear? What's hot at PAX Aus 2023? Pixel launch guests Reviews.org's Adam Smith and Fergus Halliday (@Cvamped), plus WhistleOut's Alex Choros (@a_choros). PAX Aus guests Kotaku AU's David Smith (@RhunWords) and Emily Spindler (@Sagef0xx) Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
How smart is Window 11's new AI Copilot? What's new with Apple's macOS 17 Sonoma? Special guest Pickr editor Leigh Stark (@Leighlo) Vertical Hold is brought to you by Uniden Australia. Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au  facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
How is Intel taking on the likes of Apple and Google with its new "Meteor Lake" AI chips? What should you consider when buying home security products? Guests GadgetGuy editor Chris Button (@BibbyBhoy) and Uniden Australia's Brad Hales - Vertical Hold is brought to you by Uniden Australia. Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
Apple's "Wonderlust" event brought us the expected iPhone 15 lineup -- but was that enough? What's in store for Nintendo Switch Pro owners in 2024? Special Guest Press Any Button's Alice Clarke (@Alicedkc) Vertical Hold is brought to you by Uniden Australia. Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
Why has Australia once again shelved introducing age verification for porn sites? Should we pour one out for Microsoft relic WordPad? Guest Finder's Angus Kidman (@gusworldau) - Vertical Hold is brought to you by Uniden Australia. Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
Can Apple maintain excitement around the iPhone brand as it starts up the hype train for its iPhone 15 "Wonderlust" event? Google's waiting in the wings with its own heavily leaked Pixel 8 Pro ready to emerge while the AI that's coming for our jobs... might be the AI we need to be trained in to keep our jobs. Special guest AFR's Paul Smith! Vertical Hold is brought to you by Uniden Australia. Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
Why are Aussie ISPs abandoning email? Why are telcos killing off 3G networks? Is social media imploding as Threads falters and Twitter fails? Special guest @GuardianAus tech reporter Josh Taylor (@joshgnosis) - Vertical Hold is brought to you by Uniden Australia. Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
How is Tik Tok responsible for billions of dollars in tax fraud? Why did Dell and Doordash cop big fines from Aussie regulators? And why has Google's search become so awful in an age of AI? Special guest Leigh Stark from Pickr! Vertical Hold is brought to you by Uniden Australia. Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
The ABC is cutting ties with Twitter - sorry, X - as the world of social media remains in turmoil. Speaking of turmoil, what does Australia's success in the women's World Cup mean for the feature of streaming rights deals? Finally, a new report shows that even more Aussies are gaming than ever before. Guests TV Blackbox's Steve Molk (@stevemolk) and Kotaku Australia's David Smith (@rhunwords) Vertical Hold is brought to you by Uniden Australia. Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News - podcast hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman speak to Australia's leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week. verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
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