We look back at Optus’ catastrophic week: What do we know about what happened, what’s happening with compensation, and what can we learn from it? I was on this week’s Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News.Continue reading “The 9pm Extra: Vertical Hold episode 454, “Optus Apocalypse: What went wrong?””
Will people cough up a dollar a year to post on Twitter? Would you want your mum to see your Tinder dates before you do? Why are the Australian Federal Police still dabbling in facial recognition without authorisation? I was on this week’s Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News.Continue reading “The 9pm Extra: Vertical Hold episode 452, “Twitter demands $1, Tinder wants your Mum to approve your dates, Aussie Feds caught using facial recognition (again)””
Google’s Pixel 7a is here (as is Google I/O), but is the Pixel 7a a worthwhile phone? How is Australia’s Federal budget fighting scammers and cybercrime? Are blue skies already turning grey at Bluesky Social? I was on this week’s Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News and this is an updated version.Continue reading “The 9pm Extra: Vertical Hold episode 428, “Is Google’s Pixel 7a a winner, How is the budget fighting cybercrime?””
Is Australia ready to embrace an official digital currency? How is the government cracking down on crypto and Buy Now, Pay Later payment systems? I was the special guest on this week’s Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News.Continue reading “The 9pm Extra: Vertical Hold episode 358, “Australia considers adopting digital currencies, cracking down on crypto and BNPL cowboys””
Earlier this week Target Australia announced that it was pulling Grand Theft Auto V from its shelves after an online petition gathered 41,000 signatures protesting the game’s depictions of violence against women. “Targetgate” soon became the label, of course — and it stuck even when Kmart Australia followed suit.
This is obviously a complex issue, especially in the wake of the continuing Gamergate furore, but because I’d previously discussed Gamergate on Download This Show, I felt reasonably well-prepared. I’m told I skirted around the edge of the rabbit hole without going down it.
I’d be interested to know whether you agree.
The audio is Â©2014 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Tuesday night I was on the panel for Byteside Tech episode 3, discussing the future of broadband for Australia with freelance journalist Alex Kidman; Simon Sharwood editor of Tech Target; Ben Grubb from iTnews; and host Seamus Byrne. And here’s the video.
We all seem to be very enthusiastic, especially as the beers were re-filled during the breaks. And I for one seem to have opinions about things. Who knew?
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