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Tech news from Australia and abroad, with Mashable reporter/tech extraordinaire Johnny Lieu and FBi's Lucy Smith.


  • 13.12.17 - The Final Episode - Taxify & Shazam's New Owner

    12/12/2017 Duración: 12min

    It's the final episode of Start Up! Johnny Lieu is moving on after coming in every week to talk tech, and Lucy Smith is wrapping up as host of Up For It after two stellar years behind the mic. In their final chat, Johnny and Lucy discussed the launch of a brand new app called Taxify that is set to compete with Uber, as well as the acquisition of everyone's favourite music-identification app Shazam by tech giant Apple.

  • 6.12.17 - Animal Exploitation Via Selfies & 25 Years Of The SMS

    05/12/2017 Duración: 13min

    Johnny Lieu joined Lucy Smith to chat about how Instagram is chock full of animal pictures, but now the social network is cracking down on selfies that might be considered exploitation. 25 years ago the first text message was sent, so Johnny and Lucy also discussed how, since then, the ways we’ve chatted using our phones have changed quite a bit.

  • 29.11.17 - 'Pay To Win' Games & Net Neutrality

    28/11/2017 Duración: 15min

    Lucy and Johnny talked about the furore over 'pay to win' games, which have people so mad that the government is considering labelling them as gambling. They also looked at net neutrality debates in the USA, and what they could mean for Australia.

  • 22.11.17- YouTube Kids & AllVoices

    21/11/2017 Duración: 11min

    For exhausted parents, YouTube’s Kids app has been a easy way to entertain young children with endless video — but there’s been increasing concern on the type of so-called kids content that’s making its way onto the platform. Following #MeToo, a new startup is building an app to combat sexual harassment at workplaces. It’s a web platform called AllVoices and it will let people anonymously report their experiences of sexual harassment at work, and will in turn aggregate that data to give companies insights on the true scale of the problem.

  • 08.11.17- Ban AI Robot Killers and How To Get Banned On Twitter

    07/11/2017 Duración: 13min

    In the last 10 years, artificial intelligence and robot technology has made leaps and bounds. But experts in these fields have urging governments to stop these technologies from well, killing us. Twitter needs to fix its harassment problem... again. Three weeks ago, Women took a stand on Twitter by staying off the social platform in a uniform protest called #WomenBoycottTwitter. Now this was instigated by the temporary suspension of Rose McGowan, who has been very much vocal about Harvey Weinstein and other abusers. Last week they had issues with someone deactivating Trump's account on their last day at work. The other thing is that searching #bisexual' gives error message, but not #gay or #lesbian...

  • 1.11.17- A Chat With The Gamerunner of Rumu

    31/10/2017 Duración: 11min

    Johnny brought a guest in from the PAX convention in Melbourne over the weekend- Ally McLean, the gamerunner behind Rumu- a murder-mystery noire style game about a robot vacuum that becomes self aware.

  • 25.10.17- Getting Keen for Melbourne's PAX Convention

    24/10/2017 Duración: 08min

    Johnny takes us through wha he's looking forward to seeing when he visits the PAX gaming conference in Melbourne: - Rumu, where you play a vacuum cleaner - Paperbark, where you play a wombat in the bush -- this one is really inspired by Australian children's literature - Virtually Impossible - a VR party game - Maybe as a laugh, Pure Farming 2018

  • 18.10.17- Flirting on Instagram and Facebook for Jobs

    17/10/2017 Duración: 09min

    Forget about Tinder, Grindr, Her, Bumble, or whatever other apps you're hitting up for all your dating needs. There's another app that's rapidly becoming a hotspot for digital flirting, whether you want it to be or not: Instagram. Facebook may be testing a new Resume / CV feature. The update could indicate a larger interest in the job searching and recruiting space, putting Facebook in direct competition with LinkedIn.

  • 04.10.17 - Elon Musk Pushes for Mars Colonisation and Bumble Introduces Interesting New Feature

    03/10/2017 Duración: 11min

    Elon Musk wants to send you to Mars by 2022, and could Bumble be the new platform to launch your career?

  • 27.09.17- Australia is Launching a Space Agency

    27/09/2017 Duración: 06min

    Australia wants a slice of the booming private space industry, and it's launching an agency to capitalise on it.

  • 20.09.17- iPhone X Facial Recognition is Creepy and Autoplay Ads are on Their Way Out

    19/09/2017 Duración: 11min

    Apple's Sept. 12 unveiling of the iPhone X brought with it the official reveal of Face ID: face-scanning tech that will be used in lieu of Touch ID to both unlock smartphones and authenticate Apple Pay. But privacy experts, security consultants, and at least one sitting U.S. senator are concerned that the technology is ripe for abuse. So just how worried should you be? Browsing the web is an integral part of most people's lives, but that process is frequently a jarring one complete with loud autoplay ads and video making it difficult to focus on what's in front of you. Google, however, has decided to do something about that. Starting in early 2018 will block autoplay video with sound on its popular Chrome browser. But what does this mean for the internet ecosystem as a whole? Google is an advertising company, so why would it take a stand against any type of ad? Could Edge, Safari, and Firefox soon follow suit, and how will this move affect surfing the information superhighway (yup) on our smartphones? Cou

  • 16.08.17- Facebook TV and Google Eating the Open Internet

    15/08/2017 Duración: 09min

    Mark Zuckerberg has been preaching video as our future for the last couple years. On Thursday, he's launching the next big step in the company's quest to dominate every last second of your waking life. Facebook is set to debut original shows made by media partners exclusively for the social network, marking the company's official entry into the high-end online video world that already includes rivals Amazon, Netflix, Google, and Apple. It is also a product update, meaning the video tab in Facebook's mobile app will feature a new section called "Watch" to highlight the initiative. "Watch" will also appear on desktop and Facebook's TV apps. Google used to be about transporting you around the open web and connecting you with all the weird, wonderful stuff the internet has to offer. Not anymore. If it was up to Google, you'd never need to leave its growing internet real estate. It's a scary proposition for just about everybody but Google. Between fast-loading AMP articles from major news brands hosted in its d

  • 09.08.17- Googles Anti-Diversity Rant and Computers Detecting Depression

    08/08/2017 Duración: 10min

    A software engineer at Google by the name of James Damore, penned a 10 page manifesto against diversity at the company and sent it around to colleagues. He argued, without much citation, that women show higher interest in people and men in things — and it’s why men are more biologically suited to software engineering, and women to creative or artistic things. He also said Google was biased against white men and was too left wing, too politically correct and not accepting of conservative viewpoints. In a new study published in EPJ Data Science, two researchers accessed the Instagram accounts of 166 volunteers and then applied machine learning to their collective 43,950 images in order to identify and predict depression. By comparing those predictions to each individual's clinical diagnosis, the researchers discovered that their model outperformed the average rate of physicians accurately diagnosing depression in patients. In other words, an Instagram account may have the potential to reveal whether

  • 29.07.17- Google Kills The Search Bar and Microsoft Kills MS Paint

    25/07/2017 Duración: 10min

    Google recently launched a personalized news feed on the company's flagship app, and it will soon rollout to browser versions of The update is a huge deal for a couple of reasons: First, it will be the most radical change to Google's famously simple home page since 1996, or at least since the its big push behind Google+, which began in 2011 an has since been deemed a failure. It also positions Google to compete directly with the Facebook News Feed, which generally provides the same type of information like sports scores, viral videos, and news. Time is running out for Microsoft Paint. The venerable application that started its life 32 years ago as a monochrome, bitmap Windows 1.0 drawing program is on Microsoft's "Deprecated" list. In an official Microsoft list of "Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, first spotted by The Guardian, Microsoft Paint is on the deprecated list. Microsoft defines "deprecated" as "might be removed from future releases." News that

  • 19.07.17-Aussie Government is Cracking Down on Encrypted Messaging and RIP SoundCloud

    18/07/2017 Duración: 11min

    The jig is up for encrypted messaging, in the eyes of the Australian government. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Friday morning the government will bring in new laws to force tech companies to hand over data protected by encrypted messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal. A tense scene unfolded earlier this week as user-generated, music-streaming service SoundCloud held an all-hands meeting to explain to employees why it suddenly had to lay off 40 percent of its staff last week... but Chance The Rapper claims he has something in the works to save it all.

  • 05.07.17- Medicare Hacked and Tinder Cheats

    04/07/2017 Duración: 12min

    In a matter of clicks on the darknet, you can purchase the details Australians use for identification and to access health services in the country. As reported by The Guardian, a vendor on a large darknet marketplace is illegally selling patient details in a listing dubbed the "Medicare machine." The seller claims to get the data by "exploiting a vulnerability" in a government system. Australia is one of the first countries to have Tinder Gold (others being Argentina, Canada, and Mexico.) There’s a couple of features like being able to rewind, look for matches in other places, that super liking thing, and a whole heap of other random features. But the most important change is the ability to see who has already liked you — which kinda kills the fun of it all, to be honest.

  • 28.06.17- Netflix Tax and Augmented Reality on the New iPhone

    27/06/2017 Duración: 12min

    From July 1 you’ll have to pay an extra 10 per cent on digital goods and services that are imported into Australia. The Netflix tax is a catchier name for an amendment to the GST which means anything you download or stream to your computer or phone is subject to this tax. It also applies to things like eBay fees, but other companies like Netflix haven’t indicated if they’ll absorb some of that GST or make it 9.89 a month compared to 8.99. It was introduced in the 2015-16 budget but passed in May last year... but it doesn't stop there... We've already heard a lot about the iPhone 8 through leaks. Rumors say it'll have a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen, Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the screen, inductive wireless charging, a new "glass sandwich" design, faster performance, and a better dual camera system. Aside from the new screen, what will be the iPhone 8's killer feature? It could be augmented reality (AR).

  • 21.06.17- Woebot Can Help You Become A Better Person and Banning Smartphones for Kids

    20/06/2017 Duración: 11min

    There’s a new generation of bots helping us be better at being humans. It’s an experimental bot called Woebot, developed by psychologists at Stanford University in the U.S. and it operates on Facebook’s Messenger chat platform. It’s one of the first bots of its kind, in that it is kind of therapist. It won’t tackle your deepest problems, but it will improve your mood, and even alleviate symptoms of depression. While there’s no evidence just yet these kinds of bots can help mental health in the same way a professional does, it certainly makes the topic a little more approachable. Parents in Colorado want to ban smartphones for children under 13. They’re worried about the psychological effects on children having smartphones that young - but in reality it's just about control.

  • 14.06.17- Johnny Goes to Uluru and We're Not Making Any Money Off Bitcoin

    13/06/2017 Duración: 13min

    One of Australia’s most famous landmarks is now on Google Maps Street View. Johnny Lieu headed up to Uluru to witness the capturing of the sacred sight on Street View. Now people that can't make it to the site itself can explore it online! Bitcoin has been hitting highs of more than $3,000 per Bitcoin — it’s now at $3,800. If you compare this to January, one Bitcoin was around $1200 — nearly doubling its value in six months. But if you take it back it to 2010, one bitcoin was less than 10 cents each. So if you held on to bitcoin worth the price of a pick-up pizza — you would have $300,000 today... great news for bitcoin investors in 2010... bit of a bummer for everyone else...

  • 07.06.17- An Interview with Keith from Six8

    06/06/2017 Duración: 16min

    Six8 – A live music community. Uber for live entertainment, Airtasker for artists, AirBNB for venues: Six8 is live music entering the sharing economy. Users can sign up as an artist or a host. Artists will be able to create a profile, fit with socials media links, music assets though most importantly; an hourly rate. Hosts can search for artists based on genre, availability, price range or location.

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