Start Up with Johnny Lieu

May 3rd 2016

Start Up 2016 Podcast, Sydney Podcast, Tech News Podcast

Start Up with Johnny Lieu

Tech news from Australia and abroad, with Mashable reporter/tech extraordinaire Johnny Lieu and our Up For It host Lucy Smith. First broadcast live during Up For It, Start Up is available on iTunes and all good podcast apps.

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17.05.17- WannaCry Ransomware and MP3's are Dead... Kinda

A computer virus called Wannacrypt, or WannaCry, infected thousands of computers around the globe on Friday. It’s a piece of self-replicating ransomware, which makes users pay money to decrypt their files. If they don’t pay up, the files will be deleted within a week. The developers of the MP3, Fraunhofer IIS, ended its licensing program for the audio format after two decades (it was invented in 1993). So basically software makers who have programs that make MP3s don’t have to pay a license fee to use the format

17.05.17- WannaCry Ransomware and MP3's are Dead... Kinda

A computer virus called Wannacrypt, or WannaCry, infected thousands of computers around the globe on Friday. It’s a piece of self-replicating ransomware, which makes users pay money to decrypt their files. If they don’t pay up, the files will be deleted within a week. The developers of the MP3, Fraunhofer IIS, ended its licensing program for the audio format after two decades (it was invented in 1993). So basically software makers who have programs that make MP3s don’t have to pay a license fee to use the format

10.05.17- No One Wants to be a Facebook Moderator and QR Codes are Cool Again

Facebook has been under fire recently for failing to remove extreme content quick enough — specifically relating to Facebook Live where deaths have been broadcast and recorded. In response to these issues, Facebook will add 3,000 moderators to its community operations team to improve its review process, on top of the 4,500 employees it has already. The thing is... it sounds like an awful job. QR codes were deemed as lame after brands were overusing them every opportunity they got. Now they seem to be making a comeback with Snapchat and Spotify using them as a way of sharing files and expanding connections. Facebook is also working on a rewards system for stores using QR codes. We might see more of them soon... hopefully they will be used smartly and practically.

03.05.17- Metadata Mayhem and Fyre Festival's Instagram Influencers

Australia had it's first metadata breach when the Australian Federal Police admitted last Friday it had illegally accessed the call records of a journalist. What does this mean for us? How much information can they access and is our private information safe? You would’ve seen the images and videos already, but Fyre festival was a “luxury event” set up by Ja Rule and and an entrepreneur by the name of Billy McFarland. But everything that could go wrong went wrong, and people were left stranded at airports, there was barely any food or water, tents weren’t the luxury pads they had paid thousands for. Now the organisers face a $150 million dollar class action lawsuit. Is this the proof we need to show that celebrity instagram influencers are a bad idea?

03.05.17- Metadata Mayhem and Fyre Festival's Instagram Influencers

Australia had it's first metadata breach when the Australian Federal Police admitted last Friday it had illegally accessed the call records of a journalist. What does this mean for us? How much information can they access and is our private information safe? You would’ve seen the images and videos already, but Fyre festival was a “luxury event” set up by Ja Rule and and an entrepreneur by the name of Billy McFarland. But everything that could go wrong went wrong, and people were left stranded at airports, there was barely any food or water, tents weren’t the luxury pads they had paid thousands for. Now the organisers face a $150 million dollar class action lawsuit. Is this the proof we need to show that celebrity instagram influencers are a bad idea?

26.04.17 - Wiring up your brain and LinkedIn kicking goals

Tech giants including Elon Musk's Neuralink are trying to connect your brain to computers. LinkedIn is a quiet achiever in the social media world.


19.04.17- Instagram stories killing snapchat and the death of smartwatches

Instagram stories are killing snapchat. Oh and remember how excited we were for smartwatches? Well it seems like they're pretty much doomed.

5.04.17- New Facebook Feeds and Hateful Youtube Ads

Facebook has started testing an entirely new feed with a subset of its users. Users may have woken up over the weekend checked their facebook feed, and noticed a new rocketship in their features? What’s the deal? Youtube is racing to stop its ads being placed next to hateful content. It’s been facing an advertiser revolt for the past 3 weeks because ads were surfacing on YouTube videos from terrorists and hate-mongers, like the Westboro Baptist Church and neo-nazis.

29.03.17- Government Wants to Look at Your WhatsApp Messages and AirBnB Are Becoming Your Travel Agent

The UK government wants there to be no place for terrorists to hide, including on WhatsApp :: AirBnB are hitting the tour industry with 'Trips' feature, getting a step closer towards becoming your travel agent.

22.03.17- Youtube Restrictive Labelling Backfires and Snapchat Gets a Sporting Show

Youtube has always been a place to 'Broadcast Yourself' especially in the LGBTQ+ community, but over the weekend some of their content was suddenly deemed inappropriate. Several LGBTQ vloggers - Rowan Ellise and Tyler Oakley - said youtube was incorrectly censoring their videos using its 'Restricted Mode', site has addressed the error and offered an apology. Snap Inc. is chasing deals with Australian sporting codes in an effort to monetise it's claimed 4 million daily active users locally- On Monday it announced a partnership with the Australian Football League.

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