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Tech Talk Radio Show 27 of 2012
Transmission date: July 2, 2012
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Ep 27 of 2012
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Monday July 2, 2012

An early and version of the World Wide Web rolled out in France in 1982 is to close after 30 years of service. It was considered one of the world's most successful pre-World Wide Web online services.


The Minitel was a Videotex online service accessible through the telephone lines, and is considered one of the world's most successful pre-World Wide Web online services. Rolled out experimentally in 1978 in Brittany and throughout Francein 1982 by the PTT (Poste, Téléphone et Télécommunications; divided since 1991 between France Télécom and La Poste). From its early days, users could make online purchases, make train reservations, check stock prices, search thetelephone directory, have a mail box, and chat in a similar way to that now made possible by the Internet.

In February 2009, France Telecom indicated the Minitel network still had 10 million monthly connections, among which 1 million are on the 3611 (directory). France Telecom retired the service on the 30th of June 2012.


Apple manages to get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in the United states, so where to now for Samsung?  Adam takes a look at the furture of Free to Air TV in Australia drawing parallels to what's just happened in print.

Also, have you ever caught the kids with their hand in the biscuit jar and their face has that look of "sprung bad" written all over it? Well that's just what happened to Telstra last week when Australia's largest telco admitted to tracking websites that their mobile customers had been visiting, and then passing on those details to an off shore company without the consent of it's customers. We'll take a look at this on todays show, along with the newly announced Windows 8 upgrade path.

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Android: Paracels

The Parcels Android App by Timo Behrmann is an app that monitors all different kinds of packages that are being shipped to you. This app requires a tracking number that comes from the shipper in order for the packages to be tracked. The app includes a vast array of shipping companies from all around the world so it should not be an issue trying to find the shipper you have chosen to track your package. The parcels app is unique because instead of having to log onto the shipper’s website and enter in your tracking number multiple times all of the information needed is right at your fingertips and is always stored on your mobile device