Episode 646- Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Instagram adds tool for users to flag false information

Instagram has announced it will add an option for users to report posts they think are false, the company announced

Posting false information is not banned on any of Facebook’s suite of social media services, but the company is taking steps to limit the reach of inaccurate information and warn users about disputed claims.


Telstra’s toughest NBN challenge yet to come, sheds $1.4 billion in profits

revenue dropped 3.6 percent to $27.8 billion for the financial year ending 30 June 2019

Net profit copped the biggest hit, falling 39.6 ($1.4 billion) percent to $2.1 billion for the year. since at least 2016, the telco blamed its financial woes on the ongoing headwinds from the construction of the NBN. Telstra estimates the network’s rollout

added 378,000 net retail postpaid handhelf mobile services in FY19, bringing its customer base to 8.2 million,

Telstra added 107,000 net new fixed-line retail and data services, bringing the total number of services to 3.7 million.


Millions of old gadgets ‘stockpiled in drawers’

A study has estimated that as many as 40 million unused gadgets are languishing in UK homes.

Each device contains multiple valuable and increasingly endangered elements.


The organisation carried out an online survey – completed by more than 2,000 people – which revealed that half of UK households had at least one unused electronic device and 45% of homes had between two and five. Most people admitted they had no plans to recycle their collection.

The metal indium is used in a unique compound called indium tin oxide, which is vital for touch screens, because it conducts electricity and is transparent. “It’s also used in solar panels,

Tantalum, a highly corrosion-resistant metal that is “perfect for small electronic devices like our phones also perfect for hearing aids and pace-makers

Scientists estimate that indium and tantalum mines, among others, could run out within a century


  • Gallium: Used in medical thermometers, LEDs, solar panels, telescopes and has possible anti-cancer properties;
  • Arsenic: Used in fireworks, as a wood preserver;
  • Silver: Used in mirrors, reactive lenses that darken in sunlight, antibacterial clothing and gloves for use with touch-screens;
  • Indium: Used in transistors, microchips, fire-sprinkler systems, as a coating for ball-bearings in Formula One cars and solar panels;
  • Yttrium: Used in white LED lights, camera lenses and can be used to treat some cancers;
  • Tantalum: Used in surgical implants, electrodes for neon lights, turbine blades, rocket nozzles and nose caps for supersonic aircraft, hearing aids and pacemakers.

In short – recycle it; you can search for your nearest electronics recycling point online.


‘World’s oldest webcam’ to be switched off


The world’s oldest continuously working webcam is being switched off after 25 years.

The Fogcam was set up in 1994 to watch how the weather changed on the San Francisco State University campus.

It has broadcast almost continuously since then barring regular maintenance and the occasional need for it to be re-sited to maintain its view.

Its creators said it was being shut down because there were now no good places to put the webcam.

Jeff Schwartz, who with Dan Wong set up the webcam, said it would go offline on 30 August.

Mr Schwartz said he was inspired to set up the camera by what is believed to be the first-ever live webcam which was set up at Cambridge University in 1993 to watch a communal coffee pot. The Cambridge coffee cam was shut off in 2001.