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Byte Into IT - 18 December 2013

December 19th, 2013

Episode 335 of 438 episodes

On this week's Byte: News: Twitter rethought their definition of "blocking" a user, meaning that someone you have blocked could still follow, retweet or favourite one of your tweets. This change caused a fair amount of unrest, and workarounds came up so quickly that the change lasted less than 24 hours. Facebook have introduced auto-play video ads. Exactly what we were crying out for, yeah? Particularly considering how many of us surreptitiously check Facebook at work... The latest version of Android (4.3) has included the ability to approve and disapprove the permissions requested by the apps you install. The new Australian Privacy Principles will come into effect March 12 next year, regulating how government and businesses handle your personal information. It's that time of year! What kind of gifts would you give? We gave some thought to our friends around the station: For Anthony Carew, the Phonekerchief, which blocks incoming calls the old-fashioned way - with electromagnetic interference. For John Bailey (a fitness freak - who knew?), the Nike+ Fuel Band, which monitors your activity as you exercise. For The Architects, IRL Shooter - experience space in a real-life zombie apocalypse! For Breakfaster Stew Farrell, the Nike Hyperdunk+ - shoes with a brain... For Elizabeth McCarthy, a Mathematical Quilt - keep yourself warm and informed! For Karen Leng, a 3D Printer - so she'll never be short of an interviewee! For the Graveyarders, a Humble Bundle 8 to keep them company during the long night. For everyone, the Kano build-it-yourself computer. And then, of course, there are the gifts that WE want: Kent wants The Pebble smart watch, and The Walking Dead Season 2. Lachlan's parents have already given him a hardcover cookbook that they've compiled at Photo Books Express. Vanessa wants a summer read - Evgeny Morozov's To Save Everything, Click Here, and a Garmin bike computer. Warren's wish list includes a Ninja Block kit and a Sonos audio system. Light News: China has landed on the MOOOON!!! (as if you don't say it like that, too). Google have released their 2013 Zeitgeist (their fancy term for "what everyone searched for this year"). The Cicada 3301 puzzle has intrigued many throughout the year, and the next set is due to be released early in the new year. Events and Opportunities: Smart Utopia? public seminar and book launch disussing smart technologies, and how they are transforming all aspects of social life, December 19, 4pm-6pm, Storey Hall, RMIT University, Swanston St. Magento Meetup #5, December 19, 7pm, Union Club Hotel, Gore St, Fitzroy. PauseFest 2014 - exploring digital culture - February 13-16, 2014, Federation Square. That's us for the year! Thank you so much for your support not just this year, but over the last 20. Thank you to our guests, volunteers andmost of all, our listeners and subscribers. We'll be back in 2014 with plenty more tech news, reviews and interviews. Have a happy and safe festive season, and we'll see you in February! Presented by Warren Davies, Vanessa Toholka, Lachlan Simpson, and Kent Humphries. http://profiles.google.com/byteintoit http://twitter.com/byteintoit http://friendfeed.com/byteintoit

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