Month: November 2013

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LNP fail to deliver a viable NBN plan

LNP fail to deliver a viable NBN plan

Fairfax have reported today via the Sydney Morning Herald that the NBN Co’s review commissioned by Malcolm Turnbull is complete and that they have a copy of said report.

And it’s an interesting one…This will be no surprise to anyone with any knowledge of the history of Telstra and Telecommunications but a big shock to the liberal numpties who praise the messiah Abbott and his cronies.

The report is daming to say the least; cost blowouts, deadline blowouts, deficiencies for business.

The so called “blue book” suggests the FTTN model proposed by the LNP party as the saving grace of the expensive waste of the ALP governments spending, faces a plethera of technical challenges and is unlikely to be finished by the promised 2016 date.

As with much of the LNP’s promises coming into the recent election, this is yet another furfee from this shell of a government. Check out the full article linked on the first line for the full details.

Xbox One Blu-ray drive blues

Xbox One Blu-ray drive blues

Microsoft has had amazing sales of it’s new Xbox one console but unfortunately plaiged by issues with noises coming from the unit.

It has been found that the Blu-Ray drive is the culprit. The nukbers of users affected is quite small but it is brining back some bad memories of the red ring of death issues experienced with the Xbox 360.

Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and stated it will send out replacement consoles

 

New numbers from Microsoft and Instagram and Vine hit Windows Phone

New numbers from Microsoft and Instagram and Vine hit Windows Phone

WMPoweruser reports the latest figures from Microsoft on the Windows Phone store.

Currently, according to Microsoft figures, there have been 3 billion downloads from the store so far since it was launched. Each day they get 10 million transactions which is a step up from the 9 million in September and 6.6 million in June.

These numbers are only around 5% of the iOS store however it shows strong growth for the platform that is quickly cementing it’s place as the third platform in the smartphone market.

Since Windows Phone 8 was released Microsoft have seen an increase of 181% in app revenue and downloads have increased by 209%.

With the release of the long anticipated Instagram and Vine, these figures are bound to grow and bring the gap between Android and iOS much closer.

Have you considered coding for Windows 8.1? Well this may help!

Have you considered coding for Windows 8.1? Well this may help!

In the Appreneur Challenge Microsoft are giving away some amazing prizes simply for making some apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.

Prizes include 25 Xbox One console and a major prize of a Surface Pro and “Money-can’t-buy experiences”.

With higher conversion rates and some awesome hardware and these awesome prizes, there really is no excuse for not having a go at making some awesome apps for the Windows platform.

LG Smart TVs sending user viewing logs even when turned off

LG Smart TVs sending user viewing logs even when turned off

Tisk tisk LG, The Verge have posted an article detailing LG Smart TVs rsending a log of user viewing habits regardless of the privacy settings having set it to not log.

The company says it’s fair game since the user agree to the T’s and C’s when they plugged the TV in and they even had the nerve to fob him off to his retail outlet…what are they going to be able to do about it?!

Amazing that companies take someones right to privacy with such a relaxed atitude!

 

Optus rolls out 4G Plus TD-LTE

Optus rolls out 4G Plus TD-LTE

This is a little old but it links to a new trial of Optus 4G for fixed wireless service. Telstra announce a little while back that they are looking to this new extended LTE but once again Optus have beat them to it.

The technology allows very high transfer speeds and is the full LTE rather than the cut down LTE rolled out an inoperation by Telstra and now Vodafone.

This should prove for some very fast transfer speeds on phones that can support the technology as well as use for wireless hotspot and fixed wireless services where some may not have the option of installing fixed lines.

The service is on in 4 capital cities and has 55 sites in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra as of September 2013.

 

The NBN Show continues in the Senate Estimates Committee

The NBN Show continues in the Senate Estimates Committee

Senator Ludlam has a go at drawing information out of ex Telstra boss and now NBN Co chairman and interim CEO Ziggy Switkowski and struggles due to statements such as “this may breach commercial confidence” or “this is a ministerial issue to be address later” or even that “I’ve been outside of the telco industry for a number of years now”. It all sounds very light on in detail and wreaks of towing the party line.

Suggestions of not being able to estimate usage in 10 years time both for the negative and positive side are also mentioned with Ziggy asking what the significance of 1Gbit is with a response from the Senator of as significant if not more so than the change from dial-up to broadband.

Personally I do not expect anything else from the ex Telstra chief with how that network was rolled out and how technology innovations are handled within Telstra.

A great little dig towards then end from the Senator speaking of a cost benefit analysis and the fact that Dr. Switkowski has not been involved as yet “generally aware of, but not involved” he says (interesting that the chair and CEO of NBN Co is not involved don’t you think?). Senator Lundlam says “so you had no prior engagement or knowledge and were not involved in Professor Ergas’ involvement in those cost benefit analysis…..are you aware that professor Ergas is the only one that has conducted a cost benefit analysis of the NBN, he did it on his own time I understand. His results showed that you should not build it at all, a fascinating piece of work. Watch out for him!” he says.

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Just how sensitive is the new XBOX Kinect sensor?

Just how sensitive is the new XBOX Kinect sensor?

Microsoft demo’ed the new XBOX Kinect sensor and in the process caused a bit of an uproar with the device being able to descern a “buldge” at the users crotch. Calls of NSA spying have been made but really, do you think the NSA cares about the size of your package even if they were to somehow hack into your Xbox ONE and spy on you? Microsoft have aparently listened and provided an XBOX One option without the Kinect sensor.

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