Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.
The ACCC won against Google. Now what?
Google was taken to court by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over misleading Australian mobile and tablet users about how it collects location data. The ACCC won and now Google could face fines of millions of dollars. The ACCC says this case is the first in the world on location data collection so how significant is this win and what does it mean for our location data?
And there’s more frenzy in the world of digital tokens this week as the value of Dogecoin skyrocketed, now up 18,000 per cent from a year ago. But what exactly is it?
Plus, Charles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe and co-inventor of the PDF, has died at age 81… we look back at our most beloved memories of the PDF.
Guests: Natasha Gillezeau, Technology, marketing and media journalist at the Australian Financial Review & Daniel Van Boom, News Editor at CNET
Monkeys with mind control and super-fast internet
If you could control things with your mind, what would you do?
You’d play a never-ending game of Pong with a monkey, wouldn't you? Well good, because Elon Musk has got you sorted for that alarmingly specific scenario.
And another week, another leak, with half a billion LinkedIn account details leaked. So what happened and what can you do about it?
Plus, why the Victorian Government is taxing Electric Vehicles and what ultra-fast internet in space looks like.
Guests: Sarah Moran, Co-founder and CEO Girl Geek Academy & Kunal Kalro, Founder and CEO Eugene Australia
Oops, Facebook did it again.
For Facebook it was old news, but for over 500 million of its users it was new and shocking, that their phone numbers and personal data were leaked online. So how did it happen, and what can we do about it?
Plus, Kurt Cobain made a new song from beyond the grave thanks to artificial intelligence, but is it any good?
And Microsoft has announced it's providing Augmented Reality headsets to the US Army to help troops identify targets and danger, blurring the lines between video games, reality and war.
Guests: Ariel Bogle, Analyst with ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre & Cam Wilson, Internet reporter, Business Insider Australia and Gizmodo Australia
WTF is an NFT?
Non-Fungible Tokens have been making headlines and causing many people to scratch their heads. With an artist raking in $US70 million for a digital artwork, and tweets being bought, we thought it's time to try to understand what's going on and why.
And entertainment giants Netflix and Amazon Prime are clashing with creatives in countries like India over cultural and religious sensitivities. But should they be?
Plus, if you could wash your clothes without taking them off, would you? A new gadget may be your new favourite toy.
Guests: Rae Johnston, co-host of Queens of the Drone Age podcast & Josh Taylor, technology reporter at The Guardian
Smart watch? Smarter everything.
Imagine if your brooch knew when you were lonely, if silicone skin could sense pain, and if VR was as real as reality itself.
The future of solar power
From solar 'paints' to solar-integrated electric vehicles, there are cutting-edge technologies shaping a renewable future.
Australia has the highest uptake of solar globally, with more than 21% of homes with rooftop solar PV. And yet among consumers there are still so many questions about solar to power our everyday lives.
Guests: Amy Bainbridge, ABC Consumer Affairs Reporter & Professor Renate Egan, lead of the UNSW activity in the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics
Aid to efficiency
There's only so much you can listen to in a week. I've narrowed back to a few podcasts and this remains one of them. It is the most reliable "new tech" report I've come across, and yet another reason why sensible Austalian governments should always appropriately support the national broadcaster.
Upbeat, funny and interesting
Marc is a great host and the topics are always relevant. Keen for more this year!
Ya lost me, sorry
I used to love this show. Small bite-size chunks of tech news, relatable host and panelists, a well-produced local podcast.
That was until a recent episode that discussed the media bargaining code here in Australia. The panelists either didn’t understand the situation at all, or were deliberately swaying the commentary towards Facebook being the bad guys. The ban was as broad as it was because the code - written by Murdoch for the government - was so broad in its definition of “news”. The irony was that the very next topic dealt with misinformation and spreading information that was demonstrably false - though I’m sure that irony was lost on the host and panelists.