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Episode 204: The Microsoft Surface Event 2021
As Captain Steven Scott is off wreaking havoc to buffets across the Seven Seas, it’s down to Marc Aflalo and Shaun Preece to take the helm of the good ship Double Tap Canada this week.
After the rather forgettable Apple event last week, it seems that the DTC team are more than a little impressed with the products Microsoft has unveiled at their Surface event. Top of the wish list is the new Surface Laptop Studio. With a fantastic looking design and powerful tech specifications, could this be the must have laptop of the year? Also, there is an update to the popular Surface Pro range with the Surface Pro 8. Again, Microsoft has delivered on the sleek design and powerful hardware. Is this the laptop replacement the iPad wants to be? Speaking of which, can the new Surface Go stand up against the new iPad Mini 6?
There’s also the much-anticipated, Android powered, dual screen phone, the Surface Duo 2. With an updated processor and the addition of 3 rear cameras, Marc can’t wait to get his hands on one. And staying with ARM powered devices, Microsoft also unveiled the new Surface Pro X. Running Windows 11 for ARM and with the ability to run legacy x86 and x64 software in emulation, will we finally see a Windows ARM device that average consumers will want?
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Episode 203: The Apple Event 2021
Yes, it’s that time again! Another year, another Apple event! But was it a strong, solid showcase of ever-improving products, or an underwhelming disappointment? Well, that depends on who you ask…
Steven Scott, Marc Aflalo and Shaun Preece will be diving into just what was announced at the Apple Fall event this year. They’ll be sharing their thoughts on the updated iPad range, the new Series 7 Apple Watch and, of course, the new iPhone 13 lineup. Is Shaun seriously suggesting that the new iPad Mini would make for a great phone? Is Steven’s credit card about to explode with even more iPhone purchases, and does the new Apple Watch offer anything interesting to draw Marc away from his recently acquired Samsung Galaxy Watch 4?
All these questions will be answered in the next 52 minutes, plus we have listener emails, time zone confusion and an announcement of the arrival of a new ""Double Tap Baby""…
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Episode 202: Event Excitement, Echo Updates & iMac Accessories
Welcome to Double Tap Canada. It’s September which, as any nerd knows, is the start of tech event season. We now have official word on both the Apple and Microsoft event dates, which are September 14 and September 22, respectively. But which one are you more excited about? Can Shaun convince Steven that Microsoft are, in fact, cool?
It’s then on to the tech news, with a discussion regarding web accessibility ... or lack thereof. With so many people having to work from home recently, the problems that certain services, apps and websites have when it comes to accessibility have been brought into the spotlight. We share our thoughts and experiences, but would also love to hear yours. You can email us at email@example.com. Speaking of accessibility, Steven tells us about a great tip for JAWS and Outlook users. It’s a great demonstration of how one simple keypress can make a big difference to usability.
Next up, Shaun is excited by some recent updates to the Amazon Echo. There’s adaptive volume which allows your Echo to shout back at you, and some new ways to trigger routines that could bring new life to your Echo Show.
It’ll come as no surprise to hear that Steven has been spending again this week. He’ll be telling us all about his exciting new accessories, such as a monitor riser dock and a five-way charging station, but what exactly has he been buying these accessories for? Spoiler alert: He’s also bought a new iMac…
The show wraps up with your emails, including support for the Home Button, a call for an online blind trucking convoy and, rather worryingly, a proposal for Shaun for president…
Episode 201: Smart Homes, Smart Toilets & Hammering Screws
Welcome to a rather manic episode of Double Tap Canada where this week we dive into the exciting world of the smart home. Steven & Marc have been splashing the cash in an effort to transform their existing ordinary, boring old dumb houses into futuristic dream homes of tomorrow. With smart toilets with self-lifting seats, voice-controlled showers, touch sensitive curtains & voice-controlled blinds what could possibly go wrong?
We’ll also be discussing some interesting tech news including China’s new crack-down on online gaming. Under 18’s will only be allowed to play games for 1 hour a day and only on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. Is this the actions of a responsible, concerned regime or the over-reach of a nanny state?
To wrap up the show, Shaun will be explaining internet speeds and how you can test your connection to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for.
All this and more, only on Double Tap Canada.
Episode 200: Goodbye FlickType, Setting Up Apple Pay & Who’s to Blame for Climate Change?
Double Tap Canada is back with another hour of the latest tech news and tech talk. If the team don’t melt in their sweltering studios that is… Maybe they should turn off some of their kit once in awhile.
With the announcement that the popular typing app FlickType is to disappear from the App Store shortly, Steven, Shaun and Marc discuss the developer's reasons for the decision. Should we be concerned by Apple's actions? In more positive news, the CNIB announced they are to open SmartLife centres in various locations across Canada. CNIB describes the centres as:
“CNIB SmartLife is an interactive retail experience that gives people with disabilities of all ages hands-on access to the latest breakthroughs in assistive technologies, as well as tried-and-true favourites."
The ability to get hands-on with technology before deciding whether it’s right for you is very important, and it’s great to see more locations becoming available. the organization will be opening an additional four SmartLife centres across Canada over the next several months, including locations in Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Brampton, Ont.
Next up, following a listener’s request, Shaun will be showing you how to set up and use Apple Pay on your iPhone. You’ll never need to carry cash again…
The show wraps up with some great emails from you, including questions about spacial audio and possibly the best example of tech that you can’t throw away: Greg’s 70-year-old, self-built hi-fi amplifier. Greg, we salute you, sir!
Episode 199: Opening Windows on the M1 Mac, There’s No Place Like Home Button & Sentimental Tech
Steven "Uncle Fester" Scott & Shaun "Cousin Itt" Preece are back with all the latest in tech in another episode of Double Tap Canada. But where has Lurch … sorry, we mean Marc Aflalo gone?
We kick off the show with some feedback from you regarding the old tech you just can’t throw away. Laptops, Zunes, camcorders, etc., but what is it that makes us keep hold out-of-date gadgets? Steven thinks he has the answer.
Next, Steven tells us all just what he loves about his latest purchases. Does the home button on the iPhone SE really make it the must-have iPhone? Do the Beats Studio Buds outperform the AirPods Pro? Steven will give us his thoughts.
After some complaining about VoiceOver problems the team are having on the Mac and Apple Watch, it’s on to this week’s tech news. You’ll soon be able to run Windows as a virtual machine on the M1 Mac, but just how good of an experience could it be? Also, Twitter has caused a bit of a outcry over its introduction of a new font. Apart from its name, Chirp, just how bad can a change of font be? And Intel has announced that it will be going up against graphics card giants Nvidia and AMD with its new line of high-end graphics cards called Arc. With Nvidia dominating the graphics market for so long, does Intel really have a chance?
All this and more, only on Double Tap Canada.
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