Ep 49 of 2011
The end of 2011 is upon us and all there's left to do is finalise the Christmas list, do that last minute shopping for family and friends and buy a special present for yourself, you know, the one that no-one else can get you because they haven't an idea where to get it or what in fact it is.
It's been a very topsy-turvy year for most Australians with financial pressures at the top of most people's minds. Consumer confidence has been on the slide for some time, what with local issues like the carbon tax and just maintaining a comfortable standard of living, add to that the volatile and high Australian dollar and the current woes in the US and the Eurozone and it all makes for a very interesting year. It's no wonder that local cinemas are going gang busters as most Aussies check their worries at the door for a couple of hours of reality relief.
The hi tech side of 2011 has also been somewhat jaded, with the big manufactures turning their attention to patents and court rooms, rather than achieving high sales and a reputation in the market place for their products. Has it really come to preventing a competitor from selling a similar product, rather than making a better product and relying on the quality and the company reputation? Apple and Samsung's patent shenanigans are still unfolding in court rooms around the world, and even ISPs and Content owners are at it, with the high profile AFACT and iiNet case still in the High Court of Australia.
Content owners hoped that by causing service providers to force take-down of infringing users and copyrighted material they might be sharing through BitTorrent, they could curb the spread of copyrighted material. In the final day of High Court hearings, AFACT argued over remaining issues of cost and complexity of implementing a graduated response scheme, as well as the lack of an industry code between service providers and content owners. The court adjourned, but the full bench of judges reserved their judgment which is not expected for several months.
So it's time to turn our attention to hot summer days, hanging up the work shoes for a month and getting away. No doubt we'll all be keen to play with our new gadgets over the break, and if you're stuck finding the perfect present for that special person who has everything, we just may have the answer.
This week on Tech Talk Radio
This week we wrap the year up with a look at Apple and Samsung's shenanigans in Australia's legal system, and while on the subject of disputes, iiNet and AFACT are in the last stages of their legal stouch in the High Court as well. Also for the last show of 2011, Adam Turner and Lidija Davis join us live, and we'll talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of the past year. Leena looks at gaming for the Christmas break and will help you make the right purchase to go under the tree.
This week's App of the Week
Apple's iPad & iPhone: Cartoon Studio Pro
Create multi-celled cartoons straight from your iPhone, iPodTouch and iPad! Are you ever bored on a train and think of an awesome joke? Wouldn’t it be great to quickly make a cartoon and email it to a friend or post it to Twitter or Facebook? With Cartoon Studio you can! With additional art packs available for downloading (and more packs to be added) there is no excuse to not start creating cartoons now!
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