The Big Tech Show

Every week we analyse the big tech issues, interv…

00:13:34 2022-05-19
Does Elon Musk, conqueror of low orbit space, pioneer of the electric car, the nearest thing we have to a real life Iron Man, actually intend to buy Twitter or not? Is he really being put off about spam bots, the defeat of which was one of the reasons he ...
00:21:26 2022-05-12
Over the last week, tech stocks have crashed. The likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Tesla and Amazon lost between €120bn and €200bn each in their market value. Some others, like Zoom and Netflix, are even worse, down between two thirds and three qua...
00:24:07 2022-05-05
Elon Musk is a genius and an inspiration to millions. But he's also acting like an asshole in his drive to buy Twitter.So do you have to be a bit of a bully to succeed in tech? Do you have to mete out abuse like Steve Jobs… to achieve things like Steve ...
00:25:41 2022-04-29
Are the tech companies, with their high salaries and expanding campuses, making it unaffordable for everyone else? And does this make Dublin a blander, less interesting city? Joining technology editor Adrian Weckler to discuss the issue is Leonard Hobbs, ...
00:25:40 2022-04-22
What everyday tech quirks really get on your nerves? Banking? Online players? Services not letting you cancel online? Adrian Weckler discusses some of the worst offenders with journalist Jonathan Keane and broadcaster Andy O’Donoghue. See omnystudio....
00:25:58 2022-04-15
Ever wondered about raising cash for a startup? Unsure where to start or how to go about it? About grants? Or venture capital firms? Or investment ‘angels’? Or even asking family and friends? This week, Adrian Weckler gets answers to these beginners...
00:29:33 2022-04-08
Electric cars are hot. But it’s really hard to get one. And there are still lots of basic questions that many people have, which often aren’t answered by dealers or pundits. Does the promised range fall drastically on a motorway? What’s the actual a...
00:22:27 2022-04-01
Should Apple and Facebook be forced to allow you to send texts from Whatsapp to iMessage? That’s one of the possible ramifications from a new EU law that big tech firms are up in arms about. Will it break encryption? Could it cause spam? Or is it cons...
00:37:53 2022-03-25
Fuel and electricity prices are going through the roof. There is one thing you can do, and help the planet while you’re at it — put in solar panels.But how easy or hard is that to do? How expensive is it? And how much of a dent might it really make in...
00:23:18 2022-03-18
Electricity bills. Fuel costs. Diesel hikes. Streaming prices rises. Most of us are currently drowning under inflationary pressure that is ramping up our cost of living. Can tech help? Sort of. Adrian Weckler and consumer journalist Siobhan Maguire discus...
00:24:29 2022-03-11
Some mock them, others worship them. But non fungible tokens – NFTs – look here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. If you’ve a passing interest, how might you get started? How might you separate the real thing from the scams? And why are ...
00:27:41 2022-03-04
Ireland has had relatively thin layers of protection against cyber attacks and IT threats. But after a catastrophic attack on the HSE, the state beefed up Ireland’s National Cyber Security Centre, doubling its staff and increasing its remit. Will it be ...
00:44:59 2022-02-24
Who watches over the biggest tech firms in the world? Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner. This week, we talk to Helen Dixon about the challenges her office faces, criticism she has received and some of the biggest issues on how big tech intersects w...
00:25:51 2022-02-18
How does your bank rate when it comes to keeping your everyday transactions safe and reliable? What are the larger cybersecurity challenges we’re now facing? Our guest on the show today is Paul Swift, Bank of Ireland’s Head of Technology, Media and Te...
00:22:13 2022-02-11
According to authorities here, ‘romance scams’ cost victims an average of €18,000 each. How do they happen? Who are the perpetrators and the victims? If you’re on a dating app, what should you avoid? Adrian is joined by the cyber-psychology resear...
00:26:03 2022-02-04
Last month, Stripe co-founder John Collison told me something I hadn’t paid a lot of attention to. “A starting salary in some software engineering jobs is more than €100,000,” he said. “I don't think this has leaked its way out into the popular ...
00:25:50 2022-01-28
We’re all going to die. The question is: what happens to our social media accounts when we do? Who gets the photos in them? The documents? The DMs? Is it different for Facebook and, say, iCloud? Can your Whatsapp account be claimed by someone as an inhe...
00:27:57 2022-01-21
Adrian Weckler recently learned how hard it can be to quit a gambling app. He signed up to one, LivescoreBet, just to watch a football game. But it wouldn’t let him delete his account. Six times he asked, six times he was refused. He then signed up to...
00:27:45 2022-01-14
A few years ago, an ambitious young entrepreneur made a big claim: she was developing technology that could diagnose illnesses from a drop of blood. Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos dazzled investors with her pitch, dressing up like Steve Jobs and talking a p...
00:26:04 2022-01-07
Will 2022 be all about NFTs and Apple's AR glasses? Joining Adrian to go through his predictions for what will and won't happen this year is tech journalist Andy O'Donoghue. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
00:34:27 2021-12-31
2021 saw a number of winners and losers in the world of technology. From NFTs, a venture capital boom and 5G expansion to cybersecurity woes and folding phones, it was an eventful year both here in Ireland and internationally. But what soared and what sta...
00:23:06 2021-12-24
You walk up to a shop counter and put your milk, bread and paper on the counter. How do you pay? With cash? A card? Your phone? Or even your watch? Is it easy to do these things? Should it be easier? What’s coming down the line? And how can Ireland esta...
00:27:13 2021-12-17
How hard is it to make a living out of becoming a YouTuber or an Instagram influencer? Is there a minimum number of followers you need? Do you have to pick a good niche? How many people actually make it? Last week, YouTube revealed that there are now over...
00:20:16 2021-12-10
Stuck for a Christmas tech gift idea? Thinking about something fitness-related? Or headphones? Or just a stocking filler? We’ve got you covered. From gifts for high rollers to penny-pinchers, Adrian is joined by Mark Kavanagh, tech writer for Irish Dail...
00:31:15 2021-12-03
Last week, Star Trek fans were given the bad news that its Star Trek Discovery series is being removed from Netflix, with all past and future episodes only available on yet another streaming platform -- Paramount Plus. Will we just accept this and subscri...
00:21:57 2021-11-26
How old do you need to be to start a tech company that investors will take seriously? 25? 23? 20? Today we talk to a couple of young Irish tech founders who are making waves at a very young age. Greg Tarr is 18 and the CEO and founder of an artificial int...
00:26:00 2021-11-19
It’s 20 years into the future. Robots are cleaning our beaches and rivers.Advanced technology lets us mine asteroids and collect materials on the moon. And while tech trillionaires enjoy the greatest concentration of wealth in human history, advanced co...
00:17:03 2021-11-12
Are you struggling to find a Playstation 5? Or dismayed at month-long waiting lists for an iPhone 13 Pro? Or may your car dealer says you can’t change to a new model until next year because they can’t get any? All of these shortages have one thing in...
00:25:10 2021-11-05
Imagine you’re peckish. There’s nothing in the fridge but it’s lashing outside — you don’t want to go the supermarket, and ordering your regular takeout will take ages. Now imagine a different scenario: you order a takeout and it arrives in 1...
00:28:01 2021-10-29
As warnings of energy blackouts this winter emerge, there are questions being asked about the value of data centres to Ireland. Are they energy hogs? Do they hold their own as worthwhile businesses? And what should our policy be going forward? With over 7...
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