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Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News

Dive into the week's big technology news with Australia's leading tech journalists, joining award-winning co-hosts @alexkidman and @adam_turner as they channel-surf through the headlines in search of the big picture.

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Vertical Hold Ep 460: So Long and Thanks For All The Fish
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.
02:35 3/28/24
What will Epic's win mean for Google and Apple's App Stores, how did Amazon snag Aussie cricket broadcast rights? Vertical Hold Ep 459
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
28:40 12/14/23
What are we really "buying" when we buy digital goods? Vertical Hold Ep 458
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
28:17 12/7/23
PS5 Slim vs Atari 2600+, Should Political Parties Use Videogame Memes? Vertical Hold Ep 457
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
33:13 11/30/23
Who needs an Ai Pin, is Google getting too greedy with YouTube ads? Vertical Hold Ep 456
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
24:45 11/23/23
What's Australia's EV outlook for 2024? Vertical Hold Ep 455
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
40:15 11/16/23
Optus Apocalypse: What went wrong? Vertical Hold Ep 454
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
44:14 11/9/23
Foxtel's Hubbl Gamble and Apple's Scary Fast M3 Chips: Vertical Hold Ep 453
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
44:39 11/2/23
Twitter demands $1, Tinder wants your Mum to approve your dates, Aussie Feds caught using facial recognition (again): Vertical Hold Ep 452
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
37:17 10/26/23
Twitter slammed over child safety, NBN strikes new pricing deal: Vertical Hold Ep 451
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
30:20 10/19/23
Aussie telcos lift their game, Apple's Spatial Audio lands in cars: Vertical Hold Ep 450
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
27:33 10/12/23
Google drops Pixel 8, PAX Aus lands in Melbourne: Vertical Hold Ep 449
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
36:09 10/6/23
Apple unleashes macOS 17 Sonoma, Microsoft overhauls Windows 11 with Copilot: Vertical Hold Ep 448
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
33:13 9/28/23
Intel unleashes laptop AI chips, home security gets smart: Vertical Hold Ep 447
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
32:48 9/21/23
Did Apple's iPhone 15 launch bring true wonder or lust, what's up with the Switch Pro? Vertical Hold Ep 446
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
37:23 9/14/23
Australia ditches porn passport, Microsoft retires WordPad: Vertical Hold Ep 445
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
29:38 9/7/23
Apple teases iPhone 15 "Wonderlust", Google leaks Pixel 8 Pro, AI comes for our jobs (or does it?): Vertical Hold Ep 444
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
47:07 8/31/23
Aussie ISPs abandon email, telcos ditch 3G, Threads embraces web: Vertical Hold Ep 443
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
37:18 8/24/23
Tik Tok Tax, Dell and Doordash get whacks, Google search shows some cracks: Vertical Hold Ep 442
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
38:25 8/17/23
ABC e-X-its Twitter, Women's World Cup kicks streaming goals, Aussie gamers play hard: Vertical Hold Ep 441
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
40:53 8/10/23
NBN extends Australia's fibre lottery, MyGov scammers cash in on tax time: Vertical Hold Ep 440
NBN Co's adding even more homes to the fibre rollout -- yay! But also... Australia's slipping WAY down in the global broadband rankings. Boo! Meanwhile, Vertical Hold's hosts are being peppered with ATO/MyGov scams, and they've had more than enough of that... Special 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
31:12 8/3/23
Does X mark the spot of Twitter's grave? Has Samsung unpacked good foldable phones? Vertical Hold Ep 439
Elon Musk's changing Twitter to X - but why? What will this mean for Twitter, sorry, X users, and the broader social media landscape? Meanwhile, Samsung's got new foldable Galaxy phones, and we've gone hands on to give your our early impressions. Special guests SMH/Age tech editor Tim Biggs (@timbiggs) and GadgetGuy editor Chris Button (@BibbyBhoy) - 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
52:47 7/27/23
Is subscription gaming still a good deal? Can Microsoft finally seal the deal with Activision Blizzard? Vertical Hold Ep 438
With rising prices and smaller catalogues, are subscription gaming services like PlayStation Plus, Nintendo Switch Online and Xbox Game Pass still good value? Speaking of Microsoft, can it finally close the door on its Activision Blizzard buyout -- and what's it all going to mean to gamers when it does? Special guest, Kotaku Australia managing editor 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
37:26 7/20/23
Optus and Starlink take on Telstra, ACCC cracks down on data brokers: Vertical Hold Ep 437
What does Optus' mobile deal with Starlink mean for regional Australians? How is Australia's consumer watchdog cracking down on dodgy data brokers? Guests Consumer Policy Research Centre's Digital Policy director Chandni Gupta (@__chandnigupta) & Finder's telco writer Mariam Gabaji (@mariiiamg) - 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
35:30 7/13/23
Telstra and Starlink take on NBN, Zuck's Threads takes on Elon's Twitter: Vertical Hold Ep 436
It's Zuck v Musk – what can we expect from Instagram’s new Twitter rival, Threads? What does Telstra’s satellite deal with Starlink mean for rural Australians and how badly will it hurt NBN’s SkyMuster? Guest Finder's Angus Kidman (@gusworldau) 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
32:40 7/6/23
Streamers axe shows, gambling ads under fire: Vertical Hold Ep 435
Why are the streaming giants dumping so much content? Is this the last roll of the dice for gambling ads? Special guest TV Blackbox viewer advocate 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
53:14 6/29/23
Games of the half-year awards: Vertical Hold Ep 434
We're halfway through the year -- so which games get the half-time golden trophy? And what are the big games to look forward to in the second half of 2023? Special Guest Kotaku's David Smith @rhunwords 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
32:21 6/22/23
Should EV networks charge idle fees, will EV rideshares be the future and more: Vertical Hold Ep 433
EVs are moving fast in Australia, and not just on the roads, with solar power options, electric ferries and more. What's the latest in the EV scene -- and is it fair for EV Networks to charge idle fees to their customers? Special guest AAP's Jennifer 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.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
39:00 6/15/23
Hands on with Apple Vision Pro, WWDC 2023 and more: Vertical Hold Ep 432
Will Apple's Vision Pro bring us the AR future we've been promised for so long? What else did Apple's WWDC Keynote hype-fest bring us (and which bits really matter)? Guest Alice Clarke (@alicedkc). 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
56:55 6/8/23
Neurotech and Killer AI: Vertical Hold Ep 431
Why are brain-computer-interfaces in the tech news recently -- and should we be super impressed or super scared of them? Speaking of scary alternative futures, will AI be humanity's saviour -- or make us all slaves? Special Guest Casey Tonkin (@VonTonks) from Information Age! 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. www.verticalhold.com.au facebook.com/VerticalHoldAU @verticalholdau
39:35 6/1/23

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