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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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

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

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.

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