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Technology is changing the way we live, work and play faster than anything we've ever known before. Smartphones have replaced computers and social media is altering the way we share information about ourselves and our interests.This podcast takes a look at different aspects of the technology industry in an effort to understand how and why it benefits you. Your hosts, Jeff and Shivali, have taken time out from their day job running Mirror.co.uk's Technology and Science desk to give you the inside track on all things tech. If you've got any suggestions for future topics, leave a review and let them know what you'd like to hear about. Subscribing will automatically get you all the upcoming episodes and don't forget to follow @MirrorTech (https://twitter.com/MirrorTech) on Twitter for even more technology and science news.

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    • 4.6 • 7 Ratings

Technology is changing the way we live, work and play faster than anything we've ever known before. Smartphones have replaced computers and social media is altering the way we share information about ourselves and our interests.This podcast takes a look at different aspects of the technology industry in an effort to understand how and why it benefits you. Your hosts, Jeff and Shivali, have taken time out from their day job running Mirror.co.uk's Technology and Science desk to give you the inside track on all things tech. If you've got any suggestions for future topics, leave a review and let them know what you'd like to hear about. Subscribing will automatically get you all the upcoming episodes and don't forget to follow @MirrorTech (https://twitter.com/MirrorTech) on Twitter for even more technology and science news.

    The special edition science show

    The special edition science show

    Future File has taken a bit of an indefinite hiatus recently - but we're back for a one-off special edition show all about science!
    Science continues to progress at breathtaking speed and making sense of it all can be a bit tricky.
    Technological advancements face off against dangerous precedents and thanks to the internet, it can all be published, tracked and disseminated.
    Jeff Parsons and Shivali Best have welcomed a special guest to the Future File table to discuss all things science and debunk a couple of popular myths around the subject. Dr. Holly Reeve has a day job as a researcher in the University of Oxford's chemistry department, but has joined the Mirror team as a member of the British Science Association's annual Media Fellowship program. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 24 min
    The importance of privacy from the creator of the "anti-Facebook"

    The importance of privacy from the creator of the "anti-Facebook"

    The fact that Facebook is hoarding your data is nothing new. But you may be surprised at just how nefarious the big blue social network has become.
    That's the message from Mark Weinstein, a privacy advocate and the founder and CEO of an alternative social network called MeWe.
    Mark has been an outspoken critic of Facebook and joins Future File host Jeff Parsons to discuss the implications of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal and the incoming GDPR law in Europe.
    He reiterates how his business makes money without requiring users to hand over all their information and also has some things to say about the different approaches to privacy on each side of the Atlantic.
    Join us for a lively discussion that will have you rethinking how you use Facebook and may make you want to check twice what you've agreed to in the settings options of your own account.
    Thanks for listening. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    FIFA Ultimate Team and the rise of eSports

    FIFA Ultimate Team and the rise of eSports

    You may play video games. You may even be quite good at video games. But are you good enough to compete against thousands of other players for prize money that runs to millions of pounds?
    Video gaming has grown up and the result is “eSports” a nickname for professional video gaming where the top players are celebrities in their own right.
    Although eSports got its start in strategy based games in Asia, it's now spread to western titles like Call of Duty, Counter-Strike and FIFA Ultimate Team.
    Joining host Jeff Parsons this week is Chuboi, a professional FIFA eSports caster and content creator on platforms like YouTube and Twitch.
    Chuboi is in London to commentate on the Gfinity Elite Series tournament taking place this evening – Friday, April 27 – but he's also knows A LOT about FIFA Ultimate Team.
    This week's episode of Future File peels back the layers of EA Sports' global hit and offers a few tips and tricks for anyone looking to improve their game. We also discuss what it takes to make it to eSports levels and what the future holds for the sport of competitive video gaming.
    Thanks for listening. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 27 min
    Netflix or Amazon Prime – which streaming service should you choose?

    Netflix or Amazon Prime – which streaming service should you choose?

    With a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription under your belt, you need never worry about finding something to watch.
    Both services are pumping millions into developing exclusive content and offering features like 4K resolution or offline viewing.

    The crucial question, though: which is better?

    Each one will set you back a monthly subscription but depending on what kind of content you like, you may be drawn to a particular one.

    Future File hosts Jeff Parsons and Shivali Best sit down with Mirror.co.uk's deputy audience growth editor (and bona fide streaming expert) Jo-Anne Rowney to debate the merits of the different streaming services.

    Perhaps you're already a subscriber, or have yet to dip your toe in the digital waters. 

    Either way, you should come away from this episode with a few extra films and TV shows added to your watchlist.

    Thanks for listening. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 31 min
    All about apps

    All about apps

    Mobile apps as we now know them have been around for almost a decade. 
    Apple launched the App Store to accompany the iPhone in July 2008 with the grand total of 500 apps. Now it has over two million.

    There's more choice out there than ever before but it seems the majority of people have only a small number of apps on their phones. 

    Recent research suggests that the average person only interacts with around 30 different apps each month.

    Jeff Parsons and Shivali Best are back this week to talk about some of the apps they use themselves and offer a couple of suggestions for new ones to try. They also reveal which ones they're going to steer clear of.

    Along the way the discussion ranges from the gig economy to differences between iOS and Android and the new craze that is Fortnite.

    If you're interested in trying a couple of new apps then hopefully this episode will help you out and if you're short on storage then maybe you can delete a few of those older ones.

    Thanks for listening. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 25 min
    Facebook fallout and the state of privacy on the social network

    Facebook fallout and the state of privacy on the social network

    The Cambridge Analytica fallout is continuing for Facebook which this week released new information about the numbers involved in the data harvest.
    Chief technology officer Mike Schroeper also outlined new measures to limit data sharing with third-party apps and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before a US committee.

    But despite the controversy, are people actually willing to delete their Facebook account? Could it still operate if switched to a paid-for model?

    Jeff Parsons and Shivali Best are discussing the state of the big blue social network in this week's episode. They touch on how Facebook collects data and whether alternatives like SnapChat or (Facebook owned) WhatsApp are enough to replace it.

    And, if all this privacy talk has just left you wanting out – Future File tells you how you can delete your account. Or, if you're not sure, just deactivate it for a little while.

    Thanks for listening. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Sonicsmith ,

Interesting Content Poor Sound

This first episode of The Future File from the Daily Mirror was actually very good. The speculation about Apple's new iPhone was presented very well by the two hosts. They were knowledgeable and articulate and I cannot fault their light but informative style. In fact the only thing that marred this promising new podcast was the sound quality. The mixing was fine and the microphones used captured both voices clearly. However the Mastering of the recording was nonexistent. The low frequency rumble that featured almost constantly through this episode nearly made it unlistenable. Almost certainly caused by acoustic feedback from standing waves in the room where recording took place. A low-pass filter applied to the rendered mix would have been an easy and quick fix. Ok, admittedly I am a sound engineer but my partner was in the car listening with me and she found it very hard to enjoy the show because of the booming effect. Anyone streaming it through a bass heavy home system would probably not have made it to the end. So for the next episode please consider having the recording Mastered before transmission (cheap) or install bass traps and acoustic baffles in the recording room (pricey).
I just want to state again how good the podcast was. I am certainly not criticising the presenters or the format and I am looking forward to the next (Mastered) episode .

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