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Every week we analyse the big tech issues, interview industry leaders and review the hottest gadgets. Hosted by Adrian Weckler

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Every week we analyse the big tech issues, interview industry leaders and review the hottest gadgets. Hosted by Adrian Weckler

    The problem with betting apps

    The problem with betting apps

    Adrian Weckler recently learned how hard it can be to quit a gambling app. He signed up to one, LivescoreBet, just to watch a football game. But it wouldn’t let him delete his account.

    Six times he asked, six times he was refused. He then signed up to other betting apps to see whether they were any better. Most allowed him to bet using his credit card through apps such as Apple Pay or Revolut, even though betting apps aren’t supposed to allow credit card betting.

    What, he asks, must it be like for those with gambling addiction? Adrian discusses the scant regulation in Ireland and other elements of the issue with former gambling addict (now a counsellor) Tony O’Reilly and Prof John O’Brennan.

    • 27 min
    Learning lessons from Theranos: is it okay for startups to fake it until they make it?

    Learning lessons from Theranos: is it okay for startups to fake it until they make it?

    A few years ago, an ambitious young entrepreneur made a big claim: she was developing technology that could diagnose illnesses from a drop of blood.
    Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos dazzled investors with her pitch, dressing up like Steve Jobs and talking a perfect game.
    As we now know, there was no ground-breaking technology. Holmes, who was faking it rather than making it, has now been convicted on several counts of fraud.
    The episode, which captured the imagination of the world, has shone the spotlight on a darker side of startup ethics – how far can you stretch your startup’s claims of potential when looking for money? Is it still okay to fake it until you make it?
    Joining Adrian to compare stories and discuss the issue is seasoned startup advisor Donal Cahalane.

    • 27 min
    What to expect in 2022

    What to expect in 2022

    Will 2022 be all about NFTs and Apple's AR glasses?
    Joining Adrian to go through his predictions for what will and won't happen this year is tech journalist Andy O'Donoghue.

    • 26 min
    Tech, Ireland and 2021: the big losers and the winners

    Tech, Ireland and 2021: the big losers and the winners

    2021 saw a number of winners and losers in the world of technology. From NFTs, a venture capital boom and 5G expansion to cybersecurity woes and folding phones, it was an eventful year both here in Ireland and internationally. But what soared and what stank? Adrian and Vizlegal CEO Gavin Sheridan pick the winners and losers in the tech year that was.

    • 34 min
    Why fintech should be better

    Why fintech should be better

    You walk up to a shop counter and put your milk, bread and paper on the counter. How do you pay? With cash? A card? Your phone? Or even your watch?
    Is it easy to do these things? Should it be easier? What’s coming down the line? And how can Ireland establish itself as somewhere that leads in this area rather than follows years after everyone else?
    To find out more, Adrian is joined by Elaine Deehan, Ireland Country Manager at Starling Bank and Paul Sweetman, director of Financial Services Ireland, which is part of Ibec.

    • 23 min
    How to make money as an Irish YouTuber

    How to make money as an Irish YouTuber

    How hard is it to make a living out of becoming a YouTuber or an Instagram influencer?
    Is there a minimum number of followers you need? Do you have to pick a good niche? How many people actually make it?
    Last week, YouTube revealed that there are now over 70 Irish YouTubers with more than 1m subscribers and over 450 Irish people with more than 100,000 subscribers.
    In this week's podcast, Adrian is joined by two full time Irish professional social media personalities to talk about the nuts and bolts of how to make a living out of it.
    Brian MacManus is the creator of the Real Engineering and Real Science YouTube channels, with almost 4m subscribers.
    Clare Cullen is a former YouTube Ambassador to Ireland and host of the video podcast 'Storytime With Clisare'. She has 120,000 YouTube subscribers and over 30,000 Instagram followers.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Derek Owens ,

Brilliant Tech Podcast

Great guests, well presented and moderated, and really interesting and engaging discussions. Episode 1 is a great place to start!

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