Tech Tent: Business and Technology

Tech Tent: Business and Technology

Business and Technology news from the BBC's technology desk. Tech entrepreneurs and experts give their take on the big topics of the week. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones. Broadcast every Friday at 15:06 GMT.

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  • Tech Tent 35: Watch and learn

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

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    The rumours have been swirling for a while, but finally tech giant Apple unveiled a smartwatch. What impact will this have on the already bustling wearable technology market? Will it be a game changer and can Apple repeat the success of previous devices - or is this one piece of technology that consumers might feel they don't really need? Can you sleep be improved by a sensor? Entrepreneur James Proud certainly thinks so. He persuaded members of the public to pledge over $2 million to fund his product. He tells us how it all started and what his plans for the future are. It's the most expensive video game ever made with a budget of $500m. Destiny launched this week and we'll be finding out whether all the investment was worth it and whether video games really are the new blockbusters. Joining Rory Cellan-Jones in the tent are Jane Wakefield and Dave Lee from the BBC's online technology desk with special guest Jemima Kiss, head of technology at The Guardian

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  • Tech Tent 34: Cracking the cloud?

    Fri, 5 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

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    This week Hollywood was up in arms as celebrity photos were leaked, passwords lifted and privacy compromised. Apple - the tech giant at the alleged centre of it all - says its system is airtight. So do we trust the integrity of the cloud? Is user error once again to blame? We hear from a security expert who discusses how password cracking is getting more and more sophisticated, and how the responsibility lies within corporations to ensure their customers are protected. Also, the latest in wearable tech from the IFA tech conference. Is it time for fashion and technology to fully embrace. We also look at how the arrival of 3G in Iran has led President Rouhani to instruct clerics to embrace the internet. Plus, what a server crash and a lopsided cow share in common when it comes to translating the Mozilla web browser in Mali. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones with BBC Tech reporters Dave Lee and Jen Copestake and special guest Alex Wood, editor-in-chief of Tech City News.

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  • Tech Tent 33: High-Flying Tech

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

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    First came driver-less cars. Now Google reveals it is working on planes without pilots. A key adviser to Facebook is urging the company to protect users from stumbling across gruesome videos by making them click their consent before they can view them. Why has retail giant Amazon stumped up nearly $1bn to buy a niche video-streaming service popular with gamers? And as a video blogger who posted a film complaining about the misogynistic portayal of women in computer games herself becomes the target of hate messages and threats, we discuss whether her concerns are justified, and how to address them if they are. Presented by Zoe Kleinman, with Leo Kelion and Dave Lee from the BBC Online Tech Desk and special guest Eileen Burbidge, venture capitalist.

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  • Tech Tent 32: Cat and Mouse Games on the Dark Net

    Fri, 22 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

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    We speak to Andrew Lewman, creator of the anonymous Tor internet browser, who claims that individuals within the intelligence agencies are helping to strengthen the software, despite some of their colleagues wishing to hack it. In any business, predicting the future is a lucrative skill to have. And they say that history repeats, so is it possible to crunch data about past news events to guess accurately how current situations will play out? We speak to data scientist Kalev Leetaru who's trying to do just that. And Nigeria's film industry, dubbed "Nollywood", is estimated to be worth $5 billion and turns out up to 50 titles a week, most of which are released on DVD. But we find out how the film-makers are now turning to online platforms to show their creations, despite a persistent lack of internet bandwidth. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Ingrid Lunden from the TechCrunch website, and Leo Kelion and Joe Miller from the BBC Online technology desk.

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