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CNET UK podcast 471: iPlayer needs a TV licence and Oculus Rift's Mac diss

The UK's greatest tech podcast tackles a soon-to-be-closed iPlayer loophole, the news that the tech world is rallying behind Apple in its fight against the FBI and so much more.

"Go on, pay your license fee. We'll give you a biscuit!" the BBC seems to say.
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Watching BBC TV in the modern catch-up-only fashion? You're going to need a TV license. The BBC confirms that new legislation will soon close the loophole that allows you to watch iPlayer without paying.

Meanwhile the tech industry has rallied behind Apple in its battle against the FBI, and the founder of Oculus Rift delivers a sick burn to Tim Cook and pals, saying that the VR headset will come to Macs if Apple, "Ever releases a good computer."

Meanwhile Rich has been talking to the makers of a quirky circular phone. It's made to address the needs of women, but don't roll your eyes just yet -- Rich explains that there's more to the story than the tech industry's usual, patronising "pink it and shrink it" attitude to tech aimed at ladies.

You'll also hear what happened when we gave startups 15 seconds to pitch their ideas on camera, and our colleague Sara Jacobs lends her American accent to a reading from "The Last Taco Truck in Silicon Valley," the first in a new series of original fiction to be published on CNET.

We're always hungry for your feedback, so pop your thoughts in the comments below or drop us a line at cnetukpodcast [at] Oh, and if you've enjoyed the show, why not leave us a glowing review on iTunes? Hit play and enjoy.

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