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Download This Show is your weekly access to the latest in social media, consumer electronics, digital politics, hacktivism and more. Presented by Marc Fennell for ABC Radio National. Published every Friday.

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Download This Show is your weekly access to the latest in social media, consumer electronics, digital politics, hacktivism and more. Presented by Marc Fennell for ABC Radio National. Published every Friday.

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ABC at its best

By geekboy1985 - Jul 25 2017
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Great podcasts on tech and media from one of the best public broadcasers. keep it up

Great show!

By pleaz - May 20 2017
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Always entertaining and interesting, with an engaging host!

iTunes Ratings

19 Ratings
Average Ratings
15
2
1
0
1

ABC at its best

By geekboy1985 - Jul 25 2017
Read more
Great podcasts on tech and media from one of the best public broadcasers. keep it up

Great show!

By pleaz - May 20 2017
Read more
Always entertaining and interesting, with an engaging host!
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Latest release on May 28, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 14 days ago

Rank #1: The WeWork debacle explained

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Why does a company that rents office space need a side business making artificial waves? Plus, Netflix famously don’t give out viewing numbers but suddenly with the rise of new streaming services like Apple and Disney, they're about to change their tune.

Guests: Claire Reilly, CNET @reillystyley and Ben Grubb Homepage Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald @bengrubb

Nov 15 2019

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Rank #2: Wanna buy a chunk of Twitter?

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For the low, low price of $1 billion you can acquire enough shares to reshape one of the most powerful social media platforms in the world. But is it really going to be that easy? This week on DTS, the campaign to take Twitter and what it means for co-founder Jack Dorsey. Plus, in the wake of millions of dollars being raised for bushfires, should there be more flexibility around where crowd-sourced funds can go? And would you put a smart watch on your kids or grandkids? Guests: Nick Kwek, Technology Journalist & Filmmaker @NICKKWEK and Angharad Yeo, ABC television presenter, video game critic, technology journalist and entertainer @angharadyeo

Mar 05 2020

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Rank #3: Does Disney+ now own your childhood?

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The house of mouse, Skywalker and Simpsons has arrived. So is Disney plus any good? Also on DTS, Google makes a play for a slice of the gaming pie and does anyone really need a phone that can bend into an old school flip phone?

Nov 22 2019

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Rank #4: Cybertruckin' all the way to Mars

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Why have an ordinary truck when you can have a Cybertruck? Tesla unveils its futuristic new take on a truck and it goes wrong. Plus, so many podcasts in the world but what if there was a better way of finding them? Spotify reckons its got the answer.
Guests: Ariel Bogle, ABC RN online technology reporter @arielbogle and Matt Hopkins, Pedestrian Daily @mopkins88

Nov 29 2019

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Rank #5: Is new streamer Quibi any good?

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This week on DTS, why 5G towers around the world are being torched. Plus, we'll put Quibi under the microscope and look at just how secure your Zoom meeting really is.

Guests: Rae Johnston, Science and Technology Editor, NITV @raejohnston + Angharad Yeo, ABC television presenter, video game critic, technology journalist and entertainer @angharadyeo

Apr 09 2020

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Rank #6: Lying, stalking and other social media pastimes

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Lying as a politician on Facebook is totally fine...wait, what? Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg defends the social network's decision to let politicians lie in ads.

Also, inside the creepy world of stalker apps and what if you could move your Instagram account to a whole new app?

Guests: Rae Johnston, Editor of Junkee @raejohnston and CNET Senior Editor & Presenter @reillystyley

Oct 25 2019

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Rank #7: The great firewall of China

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James Griffiths joins Marc Fennell to discuss the world's most sophisticated censorship system. China's internet blocks certain information, but it also prevents any organising of social movements. It turns out, other nations are adopting China's version of the internet.

Jun 28 2019

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Rank #8: All rise for Facebook supreme court

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Facebook reveals its blueprint for an independent oversight board or 'supreme court'. E-sports - marketers are targeting gamers with a trifecta of gambling, junk food and alcohol ads.

Plus, how much plastic surgery will it take for facial recognition to not work? There’s at least one woman in China who can answer that.

Guests: Ariel Bogle and Daniel Van Boom

Sep 20 2019

28mins

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Rank #9: Instagram doesn't like you anymore

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The legacy of the computer password, the app that will plausibly age your face to the point that it's kinda creepy and influencers of Instagram in mild revolt as the social platform kills of the visible 'like' counter. Guests: Rae Johnston, Editor, Junkee @raejohnston and Ariel Bogle, Technology Reporter, ABC Science @arielbogle

Jul 19 2019

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Rank #10: Is Apple TV+ worth the money?

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What does a soviet controlled moon, a toxic daytime tv show and world of blind people have in common? Apple is hoping the concepts behind its new shows will entice you to sign up for the latest instalment in the streaming wars. Plus, why Google wants to buy Fitbit, and one of the cesspools of the internet may be back from the dead. Guests: Rae Johnston, editor Junkee @raejohnston and Tegan Jones, Editor, GizmodoAU @Tegan_Writes

Nov 08 2019

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Rank #11: Updated: Locked down and ready to Zoom

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There are too many video conferencing apps. So this week on Download This Show, which is the least worst? Plus, how well is Australian internet holding up to our socially isolated future? And, how are streaming services responding to us all being stuck in the house? Guests: Tegan Jones, Editor, Gizmodo @Tegan_Writes and Seamus Byrne, writer, broadcaster of tech, future, gaming and digital culture @seamus

This is an updated version of our episode

Mar 26 2020

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Rank #12: How much do you value your privacy?

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How much do you value your privacy? Does it bother you what social media companies, governments know about you - your money, your body?

Jul 05 2019

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Rank #13: The curious case of Jeff Bezos

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He's one of the richest people in the world, commands a shopping empire and funds rockets to Mars - how did Jeff Bezos' phone get hacked? Social media may not be rotting your brain and mental health as much as once thought. Plus, are your baby photos accessible on the internet? Guests: Jeremy Kirk, Information Security Media Group @jeremy_kirk + Rae Johnston, Science and Technology Editor, NITV @raejohnston

Jan 30 2020

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Rank #14: Cars and the future of transport

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The future of driving: AI in the driver's seat, electric and hydrogen car update, and will we own cars anyway? What's hype and what's not?

Jul 12 2019

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Rank #15: Fortnite millionaires and Adelaide's games industry

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Payday for young gamers at the Fortnite World Cup - how did a battle royale game become such big business? Legislating against social media addictions and why Adelaide is a thriving centre for games development.

Aug 02 2019

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Rank #16: The future of music

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There's more music than ever before available to stream and to be served up to you by an algorithm. It's a world where talent will get you far, but going viral may just get you further.

We can stream huge festivals like Coachella, and soon there’ll be arena extravaganzas with holograms of long dead musicians…What more lies ahead?

Aug 30 2019

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Rank #17: The difference between fame and influence

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Understanding the multi-billion dollar digital influencing industry with Sara McCorquodale - when it works and when it doesn’t. Whether Facebook and Instagram removing likes is really about giving you better mental health.

Plus, virtual clothes shopping and Apple's new premium news service.

Oct 04 2019

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Rank #18: Video games probably don't cause US gun massacres

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Donald Trump linked the recent US shootings to violent video games....we explore that old bogeyman again. Why do websites end with .com? And meet some of the little known women who brought you the internet. Guests: Alex McCauley, CEO StartupAUS @alexmccauley Rae Johnston, Editor Junkee @raejohnston and Claire L. Evans, author of Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet

Aug 09 2019

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Rank #19: Makeup, tears and subscriber counts

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What does a spat between two beauty influencers on YouTube tell you about how toxic the internet has become?

Plus, the Chinese tech giant Huawei that’s becoming a pariah to western governments. And the troubled MacBook keyboard design… is Apple going to do something about it?

May 24 2019

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