Start Up with Johnny Lieu

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

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

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.

05.07.17- Medicare Hacked and Tinder Cheats

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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. We spoke to managing director Keith Sue about how the app came to be.

07.06.17- An Interview with Keith from Six8

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.

31.05.17- Massive Push for Aboriginal Flag Emoji and New Zealand Has Entered the Space Race

It’s National Reconciliation Week, and if you’ve been getting involved on social media you might have noticed an absence in the Aboriginal flag emoji department. Good news is we could be one step closer to getting it on the keyboard real soon, but how? On Thursday, New Zealand became the 11th country on earth to send a rocket to space... New Zealand - 1; Australia - 0

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