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Bits+Bytes: is your iPhone being throttled?

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 09:06:00 +1300

Scrutiny of Apple intentionally slowing down iPhone performance heats up; more fallout from the world’s biggest hardware fault; gaming addiction now officially a mental disorder; and the Chinese electric car that's making waves.

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

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 09:08:00 +1300

Flawed computer chips, Spotify gets ready to go public as it gets sued for using unlicensed music, why facial recognition will be big in 2018, and another faulty Apple product, this time an iPad keyboard.

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Bits+Bytes: WeChat does everything, Twitter holds back

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 09:06:00 +1300

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. 

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The ten species that changed our world

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 12:40:00 +1300

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 species to our wants and needs and how the science of genetics is revealing surprising stories about the plants and animals we've domesticated...starting with the origin and evolution of our best friend, the dog. Alice Roberts' book 'Tamed: Ten Species That Changed Our World' is published by Hutchinson/Penguin Random House.

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Bikes, trucks and flying cars: China transport tales

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 12:30:00 +1300

Adam Minter of Bloomberg has 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 that has some big players interested. And why bike sharing schemes are struggling.

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Bits+Bytes: Uber, Apple and VR/AR

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 12:15:00 +1300

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 users, but faced with a slow, poorly functioning phone they might take some convincing! And an overview of the current state of augmented and virtual reality; Magic Leap unveils its new headset the Lightwear amid news of job losses at a local AR/VR pioneer.

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This Way Up for Saturday 23 December 2017

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 12:01:00 +1300

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

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Harnessing the power of evaporation

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:55:00 +1300

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.

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The case of the ballooning wine glasses

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:45:00 +1300

In Naked Science news, empirical evidence that wine glasses have got bigger... way bigger, and a potential breakthrough in the treatment of the degenerative brain condition Huntington's Disease.

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Bits+Bytes: Cryptojacking and the heavy-hitters dissing Facebook

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:35:00 +1300

'Cryptojacking' is 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.

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Can microbes help us grow more food?

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:15:00 +1300

Naturally occurring microbes living on plants can be used to boost the yield, nutrition and even taste of corn, soybeans, rice and tomatoes. This Way Up visits a biotech startup manipulating microbes in Missouri.

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This Way Up for Saturday 16 December 2017

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:01:00 +1300

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

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