Show TimesTuesday - 11:00 am - 12:00 pmTuesday - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Each week presenter Piers Cunningham discusses a range of fascinating topics ranging from new apps for your smart phone, great websites we’ve unearthed and the latest gadgets through to human and robotic space exploration, plus podcasts from around the world.
We have regular guests talking about how to harness new technologies and the implications of the latest scientific thinking. Listeners are assured of finding something to whet their appetite for science and tech and point them in the right direction for further reading or study.
Piers Cunningham as a background in publishing and journalism while more recently he’s been occupied renovating houses.
His interests include music, film making, travel, space exploration and of course, given the subject matter of BI, science and technology.
- Moon Shot 2.0The US government wants to send people back to the Moon by 2024 and Jeff Bezos welcomes the plan. His rocket company Blue Origin could help with the task and has a big lunar lander called Blue Moon under development. Further Reading Jeff Bezos Unveils Blue Origin’s Vision for Space,… Read more »
- Cracking Down On Loot BoxesUS Senator Josh Hawley wants to ban the sale of loot boxes in games targeted at children under the age of 18. He considers addictive games to be manipulative and exploitative, “siphoning kids attention from the real world”. Further Reading Game studios would be banned from selling loot boxes to… Read more »
- Back To The BrickIf you were after a log phone with ultra long battery life, Energizer’s 18,000 mAh battery-with-a-phone-in-it isn’t made for you, after failing miserably with its Indiegogo crowd funding attempt. Further Reading P18K: The World’s Longest Lasting Smartphone – an IndiGoGo failed campaign Energizer’s 18,000mAh phone-battery monster is an Indiegogo flop Read more »
- Doing Away With Physical PassportsIn the future, AI may decide if you are really you at passport control. AI, facial recognition, iris and fingerprint scans and other biometric data will be used to streamline immigration processing. At least until the system crashes or is hacked. Further Reading Soon you won’t need a passport —… Read more »
- The Do-Not-Track Act of 2019Search engine DuckDuckGo proposes a new law which would compel big internet companies like Google and Facebook to honour your browser preferences with regard to tracking. If you select “do not track”, then this will actually happen, rather than being ignored. Further Reading DuckDuckGo proposes the “Do-Not-Track Act of 2019”… Read more »
- Pristine Batch Of Lunar Surface Samples To Be OpenedThree containers of sealed moon rocks will soon be opened 50 years after they were collected by Apollo astronauts. Scientists are hoping that modern lab analysis will yield new information about the early history of the Earth-Moon system. Further Reading Unopened Lunar Samples From Apollo Missions Will Finally Be Studied… Read more »
- Dream Market Illicit Drug Site ClosedAfter a 2 year international investigation, the dark net’s biggest drug marketplace has been closed. The sophisticated operation was being run out of New Jersey by three men. When their property was raided, police made the largest pill seizure in New Jersey history. Further Reading Dark net’s biggest drug website… Read more »
- Google Crackdown On Ad FraudProlific Chinese Android App developer DO Global has been banned from the Google Play store after being caught out committing ad fraud and violating other Google policies. This is a serious embarrassment for Google, which has suffered reputational damage to the core of its advertising-based business model. Further Reading Google… Read more »
- China’s Growing Footprint In AntarcticaChina and others are rapidly expanding their presence in Antarctica – not just for scientific purposes. There are now 80 international bases with several new ones under construction. Will the 1959 Antarctic Treaty continue to restrict activity in the world’s last pristine wilderness? And is Australia’s 42% sovereign claim to… Read more »
- A Tough IPO For Uber?The ride-sharing juggernaut has revised down the value it proposes for its initial public offering by about 30%, to between US$80.5 to US$91.5 billion. This follows sharp falls in recently listed rival Lyft since its IPO. There are concerns over intensifying competition, high operating costs and the fact that since… Read more »