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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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28:22 | May 3rd

Would you pay for a podcast? This week on Download This Show the launch of more paid subscription podcast services. The endless memes and happiness on the video sharing app TikTok - no snark or Nazis. Plus, Apple - protecting your security or edging ...Show More

28:22 | Dec 6th

Facebook builds a chatbot to help employees answer awkward questions about the company during the holidays! Is it the end of an era as Google’s co-founders move on (kinda)? China's latest moves on face recognition regulations. And we say goodbye to o...Show More
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28:22 | Nov 29th

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....Show More

28:22 | Nov 22nd

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?

28:22 | Nov 15th

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 t...Show More
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28:22 | Nov 8th

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...Show More

28:22 | Nov 1st

Home Affairs has suggested using face scans to check people's age before they watch online pornography and access some gambling sites. The launch of digital drivers licences in NSW, Google in court and Twitter just decided to do something that Facebo...Show More

28:22 | Oct 25th

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 Inst...Show More

28:22 | Oct 18th

The news business. From subscription to streaming, podcasts to programmatic advertising - what's the future for news media? Guests: Gautam Mishra, inkl CEO, @jeamish and Caitlin Welsh, Editor, Mashable Australia, @Caitlin_Welsh

28:22 | Oct 11th

After this year's image of a black hole, 'we have seen what we thought was unseeable', what could come next? Exploration of the Moon and Mars, a Space Force? This week we delve into the future of the final frontier. Guests: Prof Alan R Duffy, Swinbur...Show More

28:22 | Oct 4th

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 shop...Show More

28:22 | Sep 27th

Nothing less than actual telekinesis! A wristband capable of transmitting electrical signals from the brain to computer input and Facebook. The location start-up that divides the globe into 3 magical words, and a goose that's shaking up the gaming wo...Show More

28:22 | Sep 20th

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 recogniti...Show More

28:22 | Sep 13th

Why Apple TV is launching its streaming service with shows from Oprah, Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon and more. Plus, why does a new phone need 4 cameras, and forget The Bachelor - Facebook have rolled out their dating service.

28:22 | Sep 6th

Do you trust the that your Phone hasn’t been hacked? That the government will pull hateful material off the internet? While we’re at it, do you trust that pulling hateful content off the internet will stop atrocities like the Christchurch shooting? ...Show More

28:22 | Aug 30th

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 ...Show More

28:22 | Aug 23rd

A new clothing line lets you camouflage yourself as a car to mess with surveillance cameras. Teenagers get news from Facebook – who knew! And more streaming options with Disney+. Guests: Tegan Jones, Editor, Gizmodo @Tegan_Writes and Matt Hopkins, P...Show More

28:22 | Aug 16th

Is messaging just not festive enough? DTS looks at the new video chat app Houseparty - you can create 'rooms' with friends. How does it compare with other message apps? Plus Facebook may or may not be listening to your voice-to-text messages but podc...Show More

28:22 | Aug 9th

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 @alex...Show More

28:22 | Aug 2nd

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.

28:22 | Jul 26th

What is the emoji? The Unicode Consortium, which decides on new emojis, wants to know if you have an idea for a new one. Plus, Snapchat is alive and well - put some bunny ears on that profit statement! And how will Netflix handle its new big competi...Show More

28:22 | Jul 19th

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, J...Show More

28:22 | Jul 12th

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?

28:22 | Jul 5th

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

28:22 | Jun 28th

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 ver...Show More

28:22 | Jun 21st

Facebook announces plans for a new global-cryptocurrency - the Libra, and joins a growing market of digital money. Can Hong Kong protestors fight facial recognition and did Instagram give up kids' phone numbers to the public?

28:22 | Jun 14th

The moderation policies, fake news, fake faces - how much of this should be allowed on the internet under the principal of free speech? And Perth Council is pressing ahead with a trial of facial recognition technology to be installed in cameras acro...Show More

28:22 | Jun 7th

It's the software that revolutionised music, powered the iPod, and gave birth to streaming - what does the end of iTunes say about the state of music? Also on DTS: key announcements from the Apple developers conference and...the very expensive, very ...Show More

28:22 | May 31st

CrossFit deactivates Facebook pages over privacy concerns but deadlifts and squats go on. Also on DTS, arguably the most obnoxious dating app on earth (slight language warning). And the WHO declares 'gaming disorder' is a medical condition at least...Show More

28:22 | May 24th

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 goi...Show More