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2014 In Technology12/19/14
It was a year of metadata debates, where steaming media stole traditional television’s thunder. We were promised smartwatches and much much more. So this week we're pulling apart the year in technology and exploring what you can look forward to in 2015
Jibo Robot, Cocoon, Mars Levitating Speaker
Jibo is a desktop robot that looks like a mashup between a desk lamp andWall-E’s“EV.” It has a round base and a face that comes to life but can it live up to it's promise? Plus there’s currentlyno shortage of ‘smart’ security devices for your home but...
Gun Sensors, Olive stress bracelet, Puzzlephone
Since the grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, Brown's family have fought to put cameras on police officers. But the Yardarm sensor takes it one step further. Plus SUPER! - the social...
Domestic Violence App, Detekt, Tech Types
This week a brand new free news App called Buzz News has launched. However this app has a secret: It doubles as a discreet means by which a person who is in an abusive situation can make contact with their close support group if feeling threatened or...
Rules of Drone Warfare, Outernet, Youtube MusicKey
There is reportedly a submission to Federal Cabinet that may see the government block websites that host or copyright infringing movies or TV shows. Who is pushing it and what would it mean for you? Should the Geneva Convention be re-written to cover...
Smartwatches kill Fitness Bracelets? Connected Car
With 2015 set to be the year of the smartwatch we ask: What is the future for fitness bands like Fitbit and Jawbone? Plus: the digital car assistant gadget Mojio that could change the way you drive, park and change your oil. And after a string of...
Taylor Swift vs Spotify, ID@XBox, Sherpa App
Why did Taylor Swift pull her music off Spotify & will the gamble come off for the huge selling artist? Will the governments plan to retain metadata make it easier for Film companies to sue you for copyright violation? The app that is promising to be...
10 Years of World of Warcraft, Inbox by Gmail, KickOn App
At it's height 12 million people were playing it and thus year it turns 10. We're celebrating the importance of the world's leading massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft. Also Google have a plan to reinvent email but is it all its...
GamerGate, Rufus Cuff, TPP Leaks
GamerGate: death threats, sexism, misinformation and one of the biggest storms of opinion on the internet in a very long time. Plus we’re about to become flooded with Smartwatch devices but why do they mostly need to tethered to a mobile phone? Why...
The Droppening, Skype Qik, Pod Tracker for Pets
How exactly did online cloud service Dropbox get hacked and why the leakers asking for money for their efforts. Skype launched video messaging app Qik into the marketplace but are there already too many video messaging services and would you GPS track...
Virtual Reality to the Masses, Pavlok, Facebook Ad
From wrist to brain: Can wearables really help change habits & de-stress you? We also review the Samsung Gear VR headset and ask the wider questions about the future of Virtual Reality. And Facebook are building a new system to advertise to you. We...
Call of Duty Behind The Scenes, #HeyASIO Laws, Ello
The rise and rise of Call of Duty: It’s bigger than Harry Potter, bigger than James Bond: It's the warfare video game Call of Duty. We step inside one of the studios responsible for building the biggest game on the planet to take the temperature of...
Reinventing the USB, Storytelling APP, #Bendgate
Samsung vs. Apple: Round 2,317. From bendable phones to curved screens just how minute have the differences become between the two major phone sellers. AndIs the humble USB about to undergo a massive shift to become more powerful & useful than before?...
Netflix vs. Quickflix, Microsoft buy Minecraft
It's Quickflix versus Netflix: Yes, the battle of the video streaming services is on between Netflix and Quickflix; the one that shouldn't be in Australia and yet is still thriving, and the one that's playing by the rules and is angry. And it's game...
Apple Watch, The Defender, #CopyrightAU
Apple are now the latest major tech company (after LG, Motorola, Samsung) to release a Smartwatch. They may not be the first but will Apple reign supreme in the market? How will this change the category? Could Apples entry into the market actually...
Freeview Plus, The Fappening, Bleep
A small screen revolution?: There is a big change coming to your TV; or so Freeview would have you believe. The peak organisation for free-to-air TV is heralding the launch of "Freeview Plus", which promises to combine time-shifted viewing and...
Facebook to Supress Clickbait, Tablo.io
We roadtest a social network where voracious readers can connect with authors as they are writing chapter by chapter. It's called Tablo.io. Plus have Facebook finally made a change to their algorithm that might make people happy for once. And we ask...
Lytro Illum Hands On, Ignore No More, God in Games
We get hands on with the camera that produces photos you can refocus and reframe after the photo is taken. Also: Is Ignore No More the perfect app for parents? And when have video games forced you into a moral quandary?
Facebook Messenger Evil? TouchPico, Swivelcard
Why does Facebook's new messenger app demand the power to change your network status and turn on your micophone? It's sent the internet into a rage but is it really the phone manufacturers forcing Facebook to make these changes. We also examine why...
Data Retention, women coders, second Second Life?
Everything you need to know about the Government's proposed scheme to retain your communications data for two years. Also, We examine the rise of coding parties to encourage women to develop more software. And the Second Life was a big deal in 2003;...
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