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Special guest: Charles Black. The founder of SEN.com joins us to talk about his success streaming live 4K video from a satellite orbiting Earth. What are his ambitions? How will he get to the moon? What makes live-streaming from space so unexpectedly difficult, besides the obvious challenges? Charles will explain all.


This week on the regular version of TECH'S MESSAGE Nate and Ian also discuss:

Amazon brings online sellers to UK high street in pop-up stores  

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-amazon-shops/amazon-brings-online-sellers-to-uk-high-street-in-pop-up-stores-idUSKCN1T30W5? 


Dark net drug sales on the rise in England  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48466271 


Interview with Charles Black, founder of SEN.com 

https://sen.com/press/press-release 


Patreon supporters have access to our ad-free and extended version of the show, which includes the above as well as additional discussions about:


EXTRA STORY: Deep dive on our view on Apple's latest announcements

FEATURE: Extended interview with Charles Black

PATREON-ONLY DISCUSSIONS ABOUT

- Why have men stopped wearing socks?

- Outtakes and more!

Hosts: Nate Lanxon, Ian Morris

Production and Editing: Nate Lanxon

Voiceover Artist: Marta Svetek

WANT MORE? Access ad-free, extended versions of each episode, download our weekly sister show Extra Message, listen to us recording live or download a full uncensored copy on demand, and much more, by joining us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/uktech. You’ll get instant access to our entire back catalogue of extended shows, Extra Message, our Discord member’s club, higher quality MP3s, and there’s zero commitment required. Give us a try and support me and the show in the process!

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GET IN TOUCH using hello@techpodcast.uk. All messages sent will be read and considered for inclusion on a future show. 

This week on the regular version of TECH'S MESSAGE Nate and Andy Hoyle discuss:

BBC Goes to Conduct Its First Broadcast Over 5G, Immediately Hits Data Cap  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48426481 


Why is the cost of Netflix UK going up?  

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/netflix-price-increase-uk-2019 


Google Maps speed limits and radar locations arrive in 40 countries  

https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/30/google-speed-limits-radar-trap-locations/ 


Patreon supporters have access to our ad-free and extended version of the show, which includes the above as well as additional discussions about:


EXTRA STORY: Laser drones protect Scottish forests

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48380213 


PATREON-ONLY DISCUSSIONS ABOUT

- How not to crash a drone while snowboarding

- Extended discussion aroud conservation efforts

- The misery of an empty teacup

- Outtakes and more!

Hosts: Nate Lanxon, Andy Hoyle

Production and Editing: Nate Lanxon

Voiceover Artist: Marta Svetek

WANT MORE? Access ad-free, extended versions of each episode, download our weekly sister show Extra Message, listen to us recording live or download a full uncensored copy on demand, and much more, by joining us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/uktech. You’ll get instant access to our entire back catalogue of extended shows, Extra Message, our Discord member’s club, higher quality MP3s, and there’s zero commitment required. Give us a try and support me and the show in the process!

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GET IN TOUCH using hello@techpodcast.uk. All messages sent will be read and considered for inclusion on a future show. 

This week on the regular version of TECH'S MESSAGE Nate and Ian discuss:

EE to launch UK's first 5G service in May 

https://www.cnet.com/news/ee-to-switch-on-uks-first-5g-network-on-may-30/ 


The UK impact of the Huawei meltdown 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-22/softbank-s-arm-to-comply-with-huawei-supply-blacklisting 


Uber Brings Its Jump Electric-Bicycle Rental Service to Britain 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-23/uber-brings-its-jump-electric-bike-rental-service-to-britain


Patreon supporters have access to our ad-free and extended version of the show -- 30 minutes of extra content this week -- which includes the above as well as additional discussions about:


EXTRA STORY: There Were 140 Piracy ‘Incidents’ in UK Cinemas Last Year

https://torrentfreak.com/there-were-140-piracy-incidents-in-uk-cinemas-last-year/ 


PATREON-ONLY DISCUSSIONS ABOUT

- Debate on the cost of modern cinemas

- What makes a Dolby cinema so great?

- Twitter + Eurovision = great opportunity

- Why was HD DVD better than Blu-ray in the past, but not today?

- Everything wrong with SCART cables

- The tourble with zoos

- Outtakes and more!

Hosts: Nate Lanxon, Ian Morris

Production and Editing: Nate Lanxon

Voiceover Artist: Marta Svetek

WANT MORE? Access ad-free, extended versions of each episode, download our weekly sister show Extra Message, listen to us recording live or download a full uncensored copy on demand, and much more, by joining us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/uktech. You’ll get instant access to our entire back catalogue of extended shows, Extra Message, our Discord member’s club, higher quality MP3s, and there’s zero commitment required. Give us a try and support me and the show in the process!

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This week on the regular version of TECH'S MESSAGE Nate and Ian discuss:

- Netflix creates UK-only popularity chart -- why?

- Phone and internet users to get end-of-contract alerts -- https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48268427 

- San Francisco votes to ban city use of facial recognition technology while Britain embraces it -- https://www.reuters.com/article/us-san-francisco-facial-recognition/san-francisco-votes-to-ban-city-use-of-facial-recognition-technology and https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-48228677/could-facial-recognition-cut-crime

- Your emails and questions answered!


Patreon supporters have access to our ad-free and extended version of the show, which includes the above as well as additional discussions about:


EXTRA STORY: Thomas the wank engine: London rail passengers played pr0n grunts over PA system -- https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/13/london_rail_passengers_played_pron_noises_over_tannoy/

- Big discussion around HD remaasters

- The big problem with Amazon Prime Video

- Outtakes and more!

Hosts: Nate Lanxon, Ian Morris

Production and Editing: Nate Lanxon

Voiceover Artist: Marta Svetek

WANT MORE? Access ad-free, extended versions of each episode, download our weekly sister show Extra Message, listen to us recording live or download a full uncensored copy on demand, and much more, by joining us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/uktech. You’ll get instant access to our entire back catalogue of extended shows, Extra Message, our Discord member’s club, higher quality MP3s, and there’s zero commitment required. Give us a try and support me and the show in the process!

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This week on the regular version of TECH'S MESSAGE Nate and Ian discuss:

U.K. May Face 5G Delay on Huawei Review, Culture Secretary Says

The UK government will now accept Apple and Google Pay

eBay to open new 'concept store' in Midlands

- Your emails and questions answered!


Patreon supporters have access to our ad-free and extended version of the show, which includes the above as well as additional discussions about:


EXTRA STORY: Google Pixel 3a Review!

- Outtakes and more!

Hosts: Nate Lanxon, Ian Morris

Production and Editing: Nate Lanxon

Voiceover Artist: Marta Svetek

WANT MORE? Access ad-free, extended versions of each episode, download our weekly sister show Extra Message, listen to us recording live or download a full uncensored copy on demand, and much more, by joining us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/uktech. You’ll get instant access to our entire back catalogue of extended shows, Extra Message, our Discord member’s club, higher quality MP3s, and there’s zero commitment required. Give us a try and support me and the show in the process!

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This week on the regular version of TECH'S MESSAGE Nate and Ian discuss:

The UK gets its first checkout-free grocery store

Drone owners to be charged annual fee under new proposals

BBC really wants the iPlayer to hold content for at least a year

- Your emails and questions answered!


Patreon supporters have access to our ad-free and extended version of the show, which includes the above as well as additional discussions about:


EXTRA STORYNetflix high-quality audio makes shows and films sounds better

- Extended discussion around experience of app-only shopping

- Deep dive into HQ audio

- Outtakes and more!

Hosts: Nate Lanxon, Ian Morris

Production and Editing: Nate Lanxon

Voiceover Artist: Marta Svetek

WANT MORE? Access ad-free, extended versions of each episode, download our weekly sister show Extra Message, listen to us recording live or download a full uncensored copy on demand, and much more, by joining us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/uktech. You’ll get instant access to our entire back catalogue of extended shows, Extra Message, our Discord member’s club, higher quality MP3s, and there’s zero commitment required. Give us a try and support me and the show in the process!

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This week on the regular version of TECH'S MESSAGE Nate and Ian discuss:

Facebook Says First-Person Christchurch Video Foiled AI System

NatWest launches the UK's 'first biometric fingerprint debit card'

Bumble will use AI to detect unwanted nudes

- Your emails and questions answered!


Patreon supporters have access to our ad-free and extended version of the show, which includes the above as well as additional discussions about:


EXTRA STORY: IPad Pro as a laptop replacement

- A 10-minute discussion about Giant African Land Snails (seriously)

- Outtakes and more!

Hosts: Nate Lanxon, Ian Morris

Production and Editing: Nate Lanxon

Voiceover Artist: Marta Svetek

WANT MORE? Access ad-free, extended versions of each episode, download our weekly sister show Extra Message, listen to us recording live or download a full uncensored copy on demand, and much more, by joining us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/uktech. You’ll get instant access to our entire back catalogue of extended shows, Extra Message, our Discord member’s club, higher quality MP3s, and there’s zero commitment required. Give us a try and support me and the show in the process!

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This week on the regular version of TECH'S MESSAGE Nate and Ian discuss:

UK to introduce porn age-checks in July

Lush quits social media in UK

- Browsing the Web In Europe Really Is Total Crap

- Your emails and questions answered!


Patreon supporters have access to our ad-free and extended version of the show, which includes the above as well as additional discussions about:


EXTRA STORYGoogle Offers Europeans Choice to Download Rival Web Browser 

- Tasteful digression into our first internet porn experiences as teens

- Internet porn versus newsagent-bought magazine porn

- Nate's first bathtime experience with a fizzzing Lush bath bomb

- Which American business doesn't deserve to be in business according to Ian?

- Outtakes and more!

Hosts: Nate Lanxon, Ian Morris

Production and Editing: Nate Lanxon

Voiceover Artist: Marta Svetek

WANT MORE? Access ad-free, extended versions of each episode, download our weekly sister show Extra Message, listen to us recording live or download a full uncensored copy on demand, and much more, by joining us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/uktech. You’ll get instant access to our entire back catalogue of extended shows, Extra Message, our Discord member’s club, higher quality MP3s, and there’s zero commitment required. Give us a try and support me and the show in the process!

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Please support us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/uktech for access to our exclusive ad-free extended version of the show, additional weekly special features in the programme, live-streaming, instant access to our entire back catalogue of extended shows, access to our Discord member’s club, higher quality MP3s, zero commitment required, and much more. 

GET IN TOUCH using hello@techpodcast.uk. All messages sent will be read and considered for inclusion on a future show. 

This week on the regular version of TECH'S MESSAGE Nate and Ian discuss:

UK ISPs now automatically refund customers £8 a day for Internet outages

Tech Giants Are Not Fixing Their U.K. Gender Pay Gap Problem

The Internet Archive will host 490,000 music tracks 'lost' by MySpace 

- Your emails and questions answered!


Patreon supporters have access to our ad-free and extended version of the show, which includes the above as well as additional discussions about:


EXTRA STORYFacebook considering hiring editors to pick quality news for users

- Who would we impersonate on Stars In Their Eyes?

- Almost 30 minutes of additional discussion

- Outtakes and more!

Hosts: Nate Lanxon, Ian Morris, Naomi Kerbel

Production and Editing: Nate Lanxon

Voiceover Artist: Marta Svetek

Please support us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/uktech for access to our exclusive ad-free extended version of the show, additional weekly special features in the programme, live-streaming, instant access to our entire back catalogue of extended shows, access to our Discord member’s club, higher quality MP3s, zero commitment required, and much more.

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This special episode summarises some of the changes we're thinking of introducing to the show. It's a version of a couple of written posts we've made on Patreon over the last week, and a transcript is below.


Hi everyone. I wanted to give everyone a little insight into some changes we’re introducing to the show as a way of making our Patreon membership more valuable, which will include new episodes each week.

But before that, I thought it might be worth telling you some things we’ve not talked about before.

Firstly, episode 100 of Tech’s Message was originally going to be our final episode. It’s not something we ever disclosed, because our plans changed, as evidenced by us now being up to episode 163. I’m happy to say I am not planning on the show ending any time soon.

The thing that changed was our move to Patreon two years ago. Listeners will remember a couple of weeks ago we had an episode with Naomi Kerbel, herself a listener to the show before she was a guest. She said what surprised her going into the recording was just how much preparation is involved in planning of the show. It sounds casual and off the cuff, but actually the majority of it is loosely scripted, spanning several pages and typically 2,000-3,000 words.

That takes a lot of time to prepare through the week. Then there’s the recording, which for example on episode 162, was close to an hour and a half. The editing and post-production is then several more hours.

This is all a way of saying that prior to Patreon, that’s about 10 hours or so every week that didn’t pay us anything and was on top of my full-time job. I’m not complaining — it was always the intention to be a very polished show that took a lot of time, because I do also love doing it — but when you’re staring down the barrel of your 100th episode you do wonder whether it would be a good time to bow out on a high and maybe put that 10 hours a week into something new.

By having Patreon supporters in addition to thousands of free listeners, I was reminded how valuable the show is. And by being able to pull a bit of money out it, it meant that it felt like the time commitment was balanced out. Plus it lets us buy things like microphones, a dedicated computer setup to record with, and so on. Basically, it totally rejuvenated us and although it did turn the podcast into part of our profession, it was a job we loved. So we’re still doing it, and we’re grateful to you every week for that.

Which brings us to the present day. People who join our Patreon membership do so with a simple PayPal subscription with Patreon. We’ve got several tiers of membership depending on what people are after, and that’s what we’re talking about changing today.

Rather than going over the current benefits, I’m going to outline what the new tiers are likely to be and I would LOVE feedback on them. We’ve already consulted existing patrons but I’m also really keen to hear what we could offer some of our free listeners that might be valuable enough for them to want to give our membership a try. Here’s what we’re thinking of offering:

For $2 a week you’d have access to a special RSS feed that contains the extended version of the show every week, which includes additional stories and discussions, as well as fun outtakes. This version of the show contains no ads and the MP3 is encoded at a higher quality. You can listen live and chat to us in our Discord group while we record, as well as with hosts and other patrons throughout the week.

A new $3 tier would include everything from the previous tier, but at this level listeners will also receive an extra unscripted episode every week that goes behind the scenes of why we chose certain stories, or a personal tech experience we’ve had. The current thinking is this would be recorded during a walk I take each week. If any of you...

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