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RNZ New Zealand

This Way Up is a weekly two-hour show that explores the things we use and consume.

This Way Up is a weekly two-hour show that explores the things we use and consume.
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Wellington, New Zealand

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This Way Up is a weekly two-hour show that explores the things we use and consume.

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@upthisway

Language:

English


Episodes

Bits+Bytes: changes to Facebook and YouTube & the future of smart speakers

1/19/2018
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Alphabet (Google) tightens up YouTube advertising rules; the future of smart speakers; Simon and Peter test out wireless home audio systems; and why has Facebook changed its algorithm?

Duration: 00:38:53


Bits+Bytes: things heat up for Apple

1/12/2018
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There’s more fallout from the world’s biggest hardware fault that affects most of our computers making them vulnerable to hackers - fixing your computer comes at a cost - it turn out that some patches will slow down your machine - so how much slower will your PC run if you install a patch to fix it? Things are heating up for Apple. Why did they intentionally slow down the performance of iPhones without telling consumers, or giving them the option to opt out? Is there a way to tell if your...

Duration: 00:23:34


Bits+Bytes: chip emergency, Spotify's legal woes

1/5/2018
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it's official, your computer isn't safe!! It turns out that most modern computer chips have flaws and are vulnerable to hackers - so what do you need to know and more importantly what can you do to stay secure? Plus as Spotify gets ready to go public, what's the real cost of streaming music? Spotify is being sued for using unlicensed music by The Doors, Tom Petty and Neil Young, and it could cost billions! Why Facial Recognition will be big in 2018, and a question about another faulty...

Duration: 00:25:57


Bits+Bytes: WeChat does everything, Twitter holds back

12/29/2017
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Apple may have to compensate customers after slowing down the processing speed on many iPhone models; Twitter prohibits accounts that promote violence against civilians; and how WeChat morphed from a messaging app to an everything app.

Duration: 00:26:47


Tamed: the species that changed our world

12/22/2017
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Over many thousands of years, our hunting-gathering ancestors foraged and tracked down a whole host of plants and animals.Then people learned that you could derive more value from nature by taming and domesticating it, and farming and civilisation as we know it had begun. In her book 'Tamed', the writer, TV presenter and anthropologist Professor Alice Roberts tracks 10 species that changed our world. From dogs, apples and wheat to rice, horses and maize, she discusses how we shaped these...

Duration: 00:21:15


Bikes, trucks and flying cars: China transport tales

12/22/2017
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Adam Minter of Bloomberg on some transport tales from China. This week how consolidation in the haulage industry could improve traffic and congestion. 9 million trucks, most of them owned by small independent operators, cause chaos on the road and clog up parking lots on the outskirts of major cities. A move to a more hi tech approach to transport could help solve some of these problems, but not everybody's impressed. Also ambitious plans for flying cars, a far-fetched sounding technology...

Duration: 00:12:48


Bits+Bytes: Uber, Apple and VR/AR

12/22/2017
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Bits+Bytes with Peter Griffin and the latest from the world of technology. This week a decision in Europe means that Uber will be treated as a transport not a technology company by regulators. We look at what it could mean for the company's future plans, its listing prospects, and for the rights of Uber drivers. Also Apple admits to slowing down processing speed on many iPhone models after users upgraded to the new iOS 11 operating system. Apple says it's just doing what's best for its...

Duration: 00:12:22


This Way Up for Saturday 23 December 2017

12/22/2017
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Bits+Bytes: Uber, Apple and VR/AR, China transport tales and Tamed: 10 species that changed our world.

Duration: 00:48:46


The power of evaporation

12/15/2017
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Harnessing evaporation in the hope of powering our future. Water is evaporating all over the world right now, so what if we could capture the energy created by this process? That's the thrust of some interesting work going on at Columbia University where a team of scientists have developed tiny generators powered by the expansion and contraction of bacterial spores as evaporation takes place. It's still early days, but researchers estimate that nearly three-quarters of the US's power usage...

Duration: 00:07:17


Ballooning wine glasses

12/15/2017
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In Naked Science news, empirical evidence that wine glasses have got bigger....way bigger! By studying the dimensions of 411 wine glasses dating from 1700 to the present day, a team at Cambridge University has established that the glasses have ballooned in size, and are now over 7 times larger than they were in the 1700s when they only held a measly 66mls! The study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that this could be one of the reasons why levels of wine consumption have...

Duration: 00:07:32


Bits+Bytes: Cryptojacking

12/15/2017
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In Bits+Bytes with Peter Griffin we're 'cryptojacking'; not the latest urban dance craze but a way your computer or smartphone gets hijacked to mine cryptocurrencies without you knowing. Also why some heavy hitting ex-Facebookers are criticising social media, and the threat it poses to democracy and the societies we live in.

Duration: 00:13:46


Can microbes help us grow more food?

12/15/2017
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We visit a biotech startup manipulating microbes to help us grow more food. NewLeaf Symbiotics is based in St. Louis, the city in Missouri which is emerging as the Silicon Valley for ag-biotech startups. Using a combination of citizen science and genetic sequencing, NewLeaf's exploring how naturally occuring microbes living on plants can help boost yields, nutrition and even the taste of some crops like corn, soybeans, rice and tomatoes. Once a useful species of microbe has been...

Duration: 00:17:16


This Way Up for Saturday 16 December 2017

12/15/2017
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Can microbes help us grow more food? Cryptojacking, social media damage, ballooning wine glasses and the power of evaporation.

Duration: 00:48:45


Extending a warranty: is it worth it?

12/8/2017
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Extended warranties can cost 10 to 20 percent of the purchase price of a product, but in most cases you're paying for rights you already have under the Consumer Guarantees Act. George Block of consumer.org.nz presents our festive shopping guide covering this, how the major retailers are performing in the customer satisfaction stakes, and why it's always worth your while to haggle over price.

Duration: 00:10:17


Rubbish into revenue

12/8/2017
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How can you turn junk into cash? That's a question preoccupying Tom Szaky, the founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global recycling company trying to find other uses for waste. Terracycle collection schemes for things like toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes are already a feature at some schools, with the plastic cleaned and melted down to make other products. Other hard-to-recycle stuff like yoghurt and tuna pouches, food wrap and coffee capsules can be treated in the same way. Longer term the...

Duration: 00:15:56


Sensing cancer: real time tumour monitoring

12/8/2017
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The traditional way of diagnosing if someone has cancer involves blood tests, medical imaging and taking tissue samples or biopsies. But a team from The Broad Institute in Massachusetts is using blood tests alone to detect and monitor the disease. These so-called 'liquid biopsies' could also measure the effectiveness of treatments in real time, and help doctors decide on the best approach for fighting specific cancers. With Viktor Adalsteinsson.

Duration: 00:05:41


Kill or cure? DIY gene therapies

12/8/2017
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How far would you go to find a cure if you were diagnosed with a terminal illness? An emerging underground community is taking a DIY approach, looking to hack the drawn-out process of drug development, animal testing and clinical trials by researching, making and then taking their own genetic treatments at home. Kristen V Brown of Gizmodo is working on a book about this biohacker movement.

Duration: 00:13:47


This Way Up for Saturday 9 December 2017

12/8/2017
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DIY gene therapies, real time tumour monitoring, turning rubbish into revenue, and retailers' extended warranties.

Duration: 00:48:45


Bacteria: a companion for cancer?

12/1/2017
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Science news with Dr Chris Smith, and how some parasites, like intestinal worms, suppress a hosts's immune system to stop them from being attacked. Also cancers carry microbes with them when they spread around the body, suggesting that certain bacteria might promote the process, new research reveals.

Duration: 00:07:02


An exercise pill?

12/1/2017
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Do you fancy living longer, having better sex, increasing your memory, and building muscle tone while burning fat?! With reputed benefits like these it's no wonder that the search is on for a medication that mimics what happens when we exercise. Nicola Twilley has been following its development, and the likelihood that a so-called exercise pill will ever reach the market.

Duration: 00:14:51

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