Tech Addicts Podcast – Sunday 17th March – To be sure, to be sure

To be sure

Gareth Myles and Ted Salmon host a St. Patrick’s Day Tech Addicts podcast discussing Voyager 1’s latest “poke” from NASA and its minimal computer capacity. They talk about LocalSend, a cross-platform file-sharing tool, and consider diving into Linux. The episode also covers a range of tech topics from Samsung’s new phones, a potential TikTok ban, to the latest in wearables and AI advancements. To be sure.

With Gareth Myles and Ted Salmon
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AJ Santos on Voyager 1 Latest

The Nasa team recently sent a “poke” to prompt V1’s flight data system (FDS) and received a signal that differed from past attempts. A DSN engineer helped decode this signal, which may contain clues to the source of the issue. There is hope! The computers aboard the Voyager probes each have 69.63 kilobytes of memory, total. That’s about enough to store one average internet jpeg file. The probes’ scientific data is encoded on old-fashioned digital 8-track tape machines. Once it’s been transmitted to Earth, the spacecraft have to write over old data in order to have enough room for new observations. The Voyager machines are capable of executing about 81,000 instructions per second. The smartphone that is likely sitting in your pocket is probably about 7,500 times faster than that. They transmit their data back to Earth at 160 bits per second. A slow dial-up connection can deliver at least 20,000 bits per second.

…and Kurt Kaufman on NASA Restores Communication with Ailing Voyager 1 (but it can’t live forever)!


Ian Barton on LocalSend (14-minute YouTube Video)

A Cross-Platform, Open Source Alternative to AirDrop and Quick Share.

Works nicely on my Pixel, Chromebook and Linux computers. It’s supposed to work with iPhone and Windows, but I haven’t got any of these systems to test it on.


Banters: Knocking out a Quick Bant

Streaming woes… farewell Netflix and Prime?

Gareth bought a new phone and the iRiver H140RockBox

Samsung Galaxy S8Samsung Galaxy S24

News, Mews and Views

Android apps on Windows 11 will stop working next year

TikTok ban Passes the House: Here’s everything we know

Over 15,000 Roku accounts hacked, information sold for pennies

Microsoft confirms March 21 event for new Surface hardware and Copilot AI

Windows 10 still has double the number of users of Windows 11

Did you know: This is the highest-paid tech CEO in the USA

Hardline on the hardware

Casa Pop-Up Desk – Keyboard, Wireless Touchpad, Stand

New dressing robot can ‘mimic’ the actions of care workers

Fiio’s new portable music player doubles as a Bluetooth desktop amplifier

These super stylish designer wireless speakers by Elac have HDMI and a phono stage for your turntable, too

NZXT Relay SwitchMix 

The Wearables Watch

Pixel Watch Steps are inaccurate vs Galaxy Watch

Phone Zone

Asus Zenfone 11 Ultra launches with huge display and $899 price

Motorola just announced two new budget phones, the Moto G Power and Moto 5 5GIncluding Qi Charging Ready for Qi2

Samsung’s Galaxy A55 and A35 are official with 6.6″ OLED screens, focus on security

Samsung Galaxy A35 vs A55A34 vs A35A54 vs A55

The Name of the Game

Nintendo strikes a massive blow to the emulator scene for Android

Flap your trap about an App

Microsoft says users can now uninstall OneDrive in Windows for good – Next Edge…

X will launch a YouTube-like video app on Samsung TV and Amazon TV

‘TikTok Photos’ surfaces as an app exclusively for sharing photos (assuming they’re not banned!)

Google Gallows & Chrome Coroner

Google is preparing an ‘App Mall’ for Chromebooks

Google Messages Magic Compose starts rolling out internationally (…at last! But not on Pixel 7 yet only Samsung.)

Google I/O 2024 set for May 14Gemini on Android 15

Android 15 will allow the Pixel 9’s location to be tracked even when it’s switched off

Hark Back

Bargain Basement: Best UK deals and tech on sale we have spotted

Moto Edge 40 256GB/8GB, Viva Magenta £299 from £331.62 + 5 Months x £60

Tapo 2K QHD Outdoor Security Camera C320WS – Now 33% off £39.99 was RRP: £59.99 

Google Pixel 7a and Pixel 30W Charger Bundle – Snow (Amazon Exclusive) – £329 from £372.58 + £65.80 x 5 months

eSynic Mini Wireless Keyboard 2.4G XBMC Keyboard Touchpad Mouse Combo- Multi-media Portable Handheld – £9.94 Was £14.99

Zoom H6 All Black £189 from £299 + £37.80 x 5 months

Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2, Super Compact Dash Camera, 140-degree Field of View, Voice Controlled, Incident Detection, Dual USB charger included – £99.99

Acer Chromebook Vero 514 (Intel Core i5-1235U, 8GB, 256GB SSD, 14 Inch Full HD Display, Google Chrome OS, Iron, 30 Percent PCR Chassis) £429 from £599

HONOR 70 Smartphone, Mobile Phone 5G – £234.99

…and if you live in the good ol’ USofA and fancy a Marshall Speaker, there’s loads of deals just now on AmazonUSA – but sadly not in the UK

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