Apple has announced WWDC 2021, its developer conference, where they announce the developer beta of the latest operating systems for the Mac, iPhone, Watch and iPad. The focus is usually on software, but Apple often announces hardware too, while the world’s media is paying attention.
The Helpdesk will return after Easter with a new weekly show.
What Is The Life Of An Influencer Really Like?
SBS reporter Calliste Weitenberg has been leading a double life online. She spent six months creating a fake wellness influencer Mia Wilde aka @ThatCoastalGirl all in the name of uncovering exactly how the influencer economy operates.
On today’s show, Calliste talks us through the highs and lows of being an influencer, how much fake followers cost and what happens when you dupe a marketing agency.
Nine Entertainment is still reeling from a cyber attack that hit the company’s headquarters over the weekend, crippling some operations and stopping shows from going to air. So far the source of the suspected ransomware attack has not been identified.
Scott Morrison’s didn’t win any fans from the tech sector with his cabinet reshuffle yesterday. As James Riley, editor of InnovationAus puts it: the PM has buried the two most controversial Cabinet members by giving them tech-heavy portfolios. Christian Porter has been moved to the Industry, Science and Technology portfolio. While Linda Reynolds becomes the Minister for Government Services and the NDIS.
Energy companies are working out how to deal with the strain electric vehicles will put on the grid. Origin energy is rolling out 150 “smart chargers” to electric vehicle owners that will coordinate times that their cars are recharged with periods of surplus solar supply.
Meanwhile, Amazon’s dirty laundry is aired in leaked documents to The Intercept that show the company is aware its delivery drivers don’t have time for toilet breaks, leaving them to pee in bottles during their shifts.
Intel has announced plans to spend $20 billion on two new chip factories in Arizona. In a major shift, new Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger also announced plans for Intel to produce processors for other companies.
The very first Australian Women in AI awards were held in Sydney on Friday. WAI aims to increase female representation and participation in AI. According to a 2018 study from Wired and Element AI, just 12% of AI researchers globally are female.
Popular chat client Discord is potentially up for sale, with Microsoft a potential buyer, according to those in the know. The Slack-like service is incredibly popular with gamers, and could easily slot into Microsoft’s Xbox gaming environment, on consoles and PCs. The only other tech giant that seems like a suitable purchaser would be Amazon, who could roll Discord into its Twitch game streaming service.
Or, this could all just be rumours to get Discord re-valued for an upcoming IPO.
Airtasker listed on the ASX on Tuesday with a market valuation of $255.4 million. By the end of the day, it was valued at $412.5 million. CEO Tim Fung, who co-founded the company in 2012, held onto his 12.7 per cent stake in the business through the IPO. His share is now worth more than $52 million.
Youtube has a new experimental feature to detect products within a video and generate links to the websites. The system would both train Google’s image analysis algorithms and provide more ways to monetize youtube content.
Fresh from his separation from the Royal family, Prince Harry is bulking up his resume. The royal has been appointed the chief impact officer of BetterUp, a Silicon Valley start-up that provides coaching and mental health assistance for corporate employees. In his new role, he will “focus on driving advocacy and awareness for mental fitness” and “diversify Betterup’s community of coaches and customers through strategic planning”
That makes us wonder, which famous person would you hire for your start-up and what role would you give them?
Explainer: Mental Health Options Online
Welcome to The Helpdesk for Wednesday, March 24.
We all consult Dr. Google from time to time. But what’s the best way to manage your mental health online?
With mental health services facing unprecedented demand, technology and social media can help support vulnerable people caught on a waitlist, or financially unable to access help. But it is important to seek out content from trusted sources, and not end up simply self-diagnosing.
The evidence is mounting that Twitter will be adding an “undo tweet” feature. The ability to take back tweets has also shown up on a survey asking Twitter users about features they’d be willing to pay for, as well as in the code for the app, and CNET received confirmation today from Twitter that it is, in fact, being tested.
More Twitter news: the company sent out a survey to random users asking if leaders should face more, less, or the same amount of scrutiny as other accounts and if it’s okay for the platform to ban a sitting president or prime minister.
The FT reports, Chinese tech companies are testing ways to get around Apple’s impending privacy changes. The changes to iOS 14 will allow users to opt out of tracking. Apple previously said it would reject any apps from its App Store that “Are found to disregard the user’s choice”.
Last week, Apple sent pre-emptive warnings to at least two Chinese apps, telling them to cease and desist after naming a dozen parameters such as “SetDeviceName” that could be used “To create a unique identifier for the user’s device” – essentially skirting Apple’s privacy changes.
Facebook also bitterly opposes Apple’s privacy changes, since most users are expected to opt-out of the tracking. Previously Facebook ran full-page newspaper ads suggesting Apple’s change would hurt small businesses and warned Wall Street the change would lead to a drop in ad revenue.
Speaking in a Clubhouse chat on Thursday, Zuck said they would manage through: “It’s possible that we may even be in a stronger position if Apple’s changes encourage more businesses to conduct more commerce on our platforms by making it harder for them to use their data in order to find the customers that would want to use their products outside of our platforms.”
Facebook is working on a kids version of Instagram, for children under the age of 13. Currently, Instagram’s policy forbids children under the age of 13 from using the service. Academics have already called it “a bad idea all round.”
Big streaming news from the US, the NFL has finalised new 11-year media rights deal. The league is renewing TV rights with all of its existing broadcast partners and adding Amazon Prime Video as an exclusive partner for its Thursday Night Football package.
Fine. We’ll talk about the Technoking.
Welcome to The Helpdesk for Friday, 19th March. Today we catch up on all the stories we missed this week:
GP clinics were inundated with phone calls from people trying to book their Covid-10 vaccine yesterday after the federal government’s online booking website failed to launch.
Bookings opened for vaccinations for people in the 1b group yesterday, but the government’s booking page wouldn’t let anyone actually make a booking online.
The Guardian reports, “the booking website told them to call their nearest vaccinating clinic to book an appointment, receptionists had told them they could not take any bookings as they has not yet been told by the government how many doses they would be receiving.”
Many of those people waiting on hold were in their 80s.
At a press conference, Health Minister Greg Hunt insisted the website had not been rushed and was always scheduled to be launched on Wednesday.
For years now, Wikipedia has made freely available a snapshot of everything that appears on the site every two weeks—a so-called “data dump” for users
Today, the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates the Wikipedia project in more than 300 languages as well as other wiki-projects, is announcing the launch of a commercial product, Wikimedia Enterprise.
The new service is designed for the sale and efficient delivery of Wikipedia’s content directly to these online behemoths (and eventually, to smaller companies too).
seeking the reaction of Wikipedia’s thousands of volunteers. Agreements with the firms could be reached as soon as June. the Wikipedia movement, which has proudly stood by its early Internet idealism, is wrestling with how much to cater to the needs of the commercial giants
IMDB was started as a user generated site, that sold to Amazon and angered its contributors, back in the day