Episode 657- Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Apple Store worker ‘texts himself customer’s intimate photo’


Gloria Fuentes brought her phone to a shop in California last week, after removing some personal data from it.

However, she alleged via Facebook, an employee had found an intimate photo on the device and sent it to himself.

Apple said it had investigated the incident and the worker was no longer associated with the company.


She said she had made an effort to remove personal information, such as financial data, from her iPhone before taking the device in to be repaired.

“I was going to delete all the pictures from my phone too but forgot because they were texting me that they moved my appointment time up, so I was trying to rush over there,” she said via Facebook.


It was only when Ms Fuentes had returned home that, she said, she had realised her phone had been used to send a text to an unfamiliar number.

“This guy went through my gallery and sent himself one of my extremely personal pictures that I took for my boyfriend and it had my geolocation on, so he also knows where I live,” she said.


“Apple immediately launched an internal investigation and determined that the employee acted far outside the strict privacy guidelines to which we hold all Apple employees,” the company said in a statement to the Washington Post.

“He is no longer associated with our company,”

In her Facebook post, Ms Fuentes said she would press charges against the former employee.


Slow websites to be labelled by Chrome browser


Google said it was working on several “speed badging” systems that let visitors know why a page is taking time to show up.

The variations include simple text warnings and more subtle signs that indicate a site is slow.

No date has been given for when the badging system will be included with the Chrome browser.


Google’s Chrome browser is used by 64% of people who go online, figures from market research firm Statista suggest.

Google’s plan was criticised on the Hacker News website, which is largely used by professional developers.

Some questioned how easy it would be to identify what causes pages to be slow. Many said pages were more likely to be slowed down by off-site ad networks than poor coding.

One commenter said the warnings would be seen as a “badge of shame”.

He added: “What is fast depends on how the browser parses websites, so one website can be faster in Firefox but slower in Chrome, and still get a ‘badge of shame'”.


Netflix to disappear on older Samsung smart TVs


Samsung has announced that Netflix will no longer be supported on some of its older smart TVs.

From 1 December, the Netflix app will no longer work on some 2010 and 2011 models due to “technical limitations”.

Seven older Roku streaming sticks will also no longer support Netflix from December


Netflix can be watched on smart TVs, set-top boxes, streaming media players and video consoles. Users can check if their devices are compatible here.


Roku said the older streaming stick models that would no longer support Netflix included the Roku 2050X, Roku 2100X, Roku 2000C, Roku HD Player, Roku SD Player, Roku XR Player and Roku XD Player.


Roku Streaming Stick+ | 4K/HDR/HD streaming player with 4x the wireless range & voice remote with TV power and volume (2017)

by Roku


Google to offer bank accounts next year

Google will offer personal accounts from sometime next year in partnership with Citigroup Inc and a small credit union at Stanford University, a person familiar with Google’s plans said on Wednesday.

The details of the project, named Cache, were first reported by the Wall Street Journal and follow moves by tech heavyweights Apple Inc and Facebook Inc into the financial industry this year.

Caesar Sengupta, general manager and vice-president of payments at Google “Our approach is going to be to partner deeply with banks and the financial system,””It may be the slightly longer path, but it’s more sustainable,” 


Postage price increase gets ACCC green light

Posting a letter in Australia is about to cost more, with the basic postage rate scheduled to increase from $1.00 to $1.10 in January next year, following the ACCC’s decision not to object to a draft proposal from Australia Post to increase postage prices.

But, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says Australia Post is not proposing to increase the price of priority labels (50 cents), concession stamps (60 cents) or stamps for seasonal greeting cards (65 cents), such as Christmas cards.


The late James Dean lands a new movie role, thanks to CGI technology

James Dean is coming back to the big screen.

The Hollywood heartthrob, who died in a 1955 car crash at the age of 24, is being brought back in the Vietnam-era drama “Finding Jack,” thanks to CGI technology that uses actual footage of the actor.

“We searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role of Rogan, which has some extreme complex character arcs, and after months of research, we decided on James Dean,” Anton Ernst, a director of the film, told The Hollywood Reporter.

“Finding Jack” will be live-action, the publication says that Dean’s performance will be produced via “full-body” CGI using actual footage and photographs of the actor.




Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers



  • Do you work with brands to recommend or endorse products?
  • If so, you now need to comply with the law when making these recommendations.
  • If you endorse a product through social media, your endorsement message should make it obvious when you have a relationship (“material connection”) with the brand. A “material connection” to the brand includes a personal, family, or employment relationship or a financial relationship – such as the brand paying you or giving you free or discounted products or services.
  • Telling your followers about these kinds of relationships is important because it helps keep your recommendations honest and truthful, and it allows people to weigh the value of your endorsements. 
  • As an influencer, it’s your responsibility to make these disclosures, to be familiar with the Endorsement Guides, and to comply with laws against deceptive ads. Don’t rely on others to do it for you.


When to Disclose


⊲ Disclose when you have any financial, employment, personal,

or family relationship with a brand.

» Financial relationships aren’t limited to money. Disclose the

relationship if you got anything of value to mention a product.

» If a brand gives you free or discounted products or other perks

and then you mention one of its products, make a disclosure

even if you weren’t asked to mention that product.


» Don’t assume your followers already know about your

brand relationships.

» Make disclosures even if you think your evaluations

are unbiased.

⊲ Keep in mind that tags, likes, pins, and similar ways of showing

you like a brand or product are endorsements.

⊲ If posting from abroad, U.S. law applies if it’s reasonably

foreseeable that the post will affect U.S. consumers. Foreign laws

might also apply.

⊲ If you have no brand relationship and are just telling people about

a product you bought and happen to like, you don’t need to

declare that you don’t have a brand relationship.


How to Disclose


You have to make sure people will see and understand

the disclosure.

⊲ Place it so it’s hard to miss.

» The disclosure should be placed with the endorsement

message itself.

» Disclosures are likely to be missed if they appear only on an

ABOUT ME or profile page, at the end of posts or videos, or

anywhere that requires a person to click MORE.

» Don’t mix your disclosure into a group of hashtags or links.

» If your endorsement is in a picture on a platform like Snapchat

and Instagram Stories, superimpose the disclosure over the

picture and make sure viewers have enough time to notice and

read it.

» If making an endorsement in a video, the disclosure should be

in the video and not just in the description uploaded with the

video. Viewers are more likely to notice disclosures made in

both audio and video. Some viewers may watch without sound

and others may not notice superimposed words.

» If making an endorsement in a live stream, the disclosure

should be repeated periodically so viewers who only see part

of the stream will get the disclosure





Use simple and clear language.


» Simple explanations like “Thanks to Acme brand for the free

product” are often enough if placed in a way that is hard

to miss.

» So are terms like “advertisement,” “ad,” and “sponsored.”

» On a space-limited platform like Twitter, the terms

“AcmePartner” or “Acme Ambassador” (where Acme is the

brand name) are also options.

» It’s fine (but not necessary) to include a hashtag with

the disclosure, such as #ad or #sponsored.

» Don’t use vague or confusing terms like “sp,” “spon,” or

“collab,” or stand-alone terms like “thanks” or “ambassador,”

and stay away from other abbreviations and shorthand

when possible.

⊲ The disclosure should be in the same language as the

endorsement itself.

⊲ Don’t assume that a platform’s disclosure tool is good enough,

but consider using it in addition to your own, good disclosure


What Else you should  Know


 You can’t talk about your experience with a product you haven’t tried. ⊲ If you’re paid to talk about a product and thought it was terrible, you can’t say it’s terrific. ⊲ You can’t make up claims about a product that would require proof the advertiser doesn’t have – such as scientific proof that a product can treat a health condition.