Tech Talk Radio Shows 2008 - Past Shows
 
Did you miss one? Below you'll find all of our previous 2009 shows.
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Episode 52/2008 - TX: December 29 2008 (Ep 212)
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Tech Talk Radio Summer Series 2008/9 Episode 4 of 8.
Re-live some of the best from the series so far...


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Episode 51/2008 - TX: December 22 2008 (Ep 211)
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Tech Talk Radio Summer Series 2008/9 Episode 3 of 8.
Re-live some of the best from the series so far...


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Episode 50/2008 - TX: December 15 2008 (Ep 210)
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Tech Talk Radio Summer Series 2008/9 Episode 2 of 8.
Re-live some of the best from the series so far...


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Episode 49/2008 - TX: December 8 2008 (Ep 209)
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Tech Talk Radio Summer Series 2008/9 Episode 1 of 8.
Re-live some of the best from the series so far...


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Episode 47/2008 - TX: December 1 2008 (Ep 208)
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Ep 48: Last show for 2008 - NBN Update, will it ever be built?, Commonwealth Bank tech blunder, Twitter becomes Munmai hero, Internode to resell Telstra ADSL2.

As we near the end of 2008 and while everyone's thoughts are focusing on the festive season, it's time to look back on the year that was and to look forward to what 2009 has in store for us. The biggest impact this year was the world financial crisis affecting nearly every business and consumer globally. Not only are their flow on effects yet to be realised, but the price of innovation and manufacture in all industries is fluctuating like never before.

Apple Store

Apple Computers would have to be the stand out company for 2008. Considering  CEO Steve Jobs returned from the grave earlier in the year, Apple's telephony and music players have certainly catapulted the business above all others.

Here in Australia, we're now one year on from the change of government, and where are we when it comes to connecting the country? Unfortunately no further than we were 12 months  ago. The collection of locally and foreign owned telcos in this country have made much noise in recent times, but here is still no decision on who is going to build the National Broadband Network, or when or how. Even now the Federal Government's ability to manage such a roll out is in question.

Conroy

While on the subject of the Federal Government's ability to understand technology, the half brain idea that internet filtering would prevent youngsters from “accidentally” seeing what they shouldn't has caused more controversy amongst ISP's than anything before them. Those in the know are adamant that today's kids can find their way around any form of filtering in a matter of moments and progressing down this path will not only cost tax payers plenty, it will also slow down the internet somewhere between 25% and 75%, flying in the face of what the governments trying to do by providing fast internet to all Australians.


iiNet

ISP's also face another challenge, that of copyright infringement by their customers. iiNet, one of Australia's largest ISP's, is about to facing the Federal court to answer allegations that their customers are downloading films and music using their network. The result of this case will set a precedent in Australian Law which will have a flow on affect to all ISPs in this country regardless of the outcome.

Google

Google has taken more market share again in 2008, with the roll out of new and improved features in the Google suite of applications. This year, street view came to Australia, something the US has had for some time. Street view allows Google map users the ability to look at photos of homes and buildings as if they were standing out from of them. A fantastic service for those looking to navigate their way somewhere for the first time, but not so good for those who value their privacy. And let's just say the Google mobile found its way to places it shouldn't, when it drove the length and breadth of this country.

Cloud

So as we head more and more to the clouds when it comes to our online world, how we connect to it and what we connect to it with, will be the source of much speculation as we travel head-first  into 2009 - a year of global financial uncertainty, rising unemployment, and another operating system from Microsoft. One thing that will happen next year is the return of Tech Talk Radio on Monday the 2nd of February 2009.


Also on This Weeks Show

The National Broadband Network inches a little closer
The Commonwealth Bank says “bugger!”
Nokia says See-ya to Japan
Sol Trujillo noticeably says nothing
Optus predictably says yes
Santa says ho ho ho
And everyone at Tech Talk Radio says
Have a Happy Christmas, and a safe New Year.

Website of the Week - Elf Yourself


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Episode 47/2008 - TX: November 24 2008 (Ep 207)
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Ep 47: iiNet gets a visit from the copyright police. Telstra shareholders "Not happy Jan" at AGM, Telstra still threatening to pull out of NBN but Coonan calls bluff. Colin Jacobs from EFA talks internet filtering and 400m people now online globally.

The silly season is nearly upon us yet again, and as another year draws to a close, it's time to get festive again. Hopefully by now, your better half has asked that perplexing question again “What do you want for Christmas?” followed by a something like “Why are you so difficult to buy something for?” Sound familiar? Well there's plenty of new technology and gadgets designed to fill the stocking!

In the realm of home entertainment, you can ask for anything from new music and movies through to a brand new Sony Bravia and home entertainment system. That'll keep the family entertained for hours, not to mention give you an excuse to put your feet up and watch the cricket!

Why not ask for some personal space – hard drive storage that is! Then you'll be able to do those backups of family photos that you know you should do before you loose everything on that hard drive in your computer that's starting to make strange noises!

Don't forget to ask for those things you want but just can't justify buying for yourself, like the Series 4 Dr Who box set, or the complete library of Get Smart which just happened to be on display at my local variety store.

On the other hand if you're heading away for the break, why not get that mobile GPS System you've always wanted, or better still, grab yourself a wireless IP based security camera so you can at least take photos of those people helping themselves to your toys!

Also today, ISP iiNet was the focus of the Australian Federal Police's attention this week. A collection of movie houses alleged that iiNet is harbouring criminals! This seems very coincidental that it's also the same time that the Federal Governments internet filter is being implemented at the ISP.

fake windows

Spot the fake windows DVD!

I also catch up with Vanessa Hutley, Microsoft's local director of intellectual property. Did you know that around 30% of the worlds PC have non genuine Microsoft software installed? Did you know that the as a consumer, the most likely place to be ripped off when buying software is on eBay? (apologies to genuine sellers) I bet you didn't. We'll also tell you which countries are the biggest offenders when it comes to piracy, and would it surprise you that they're very close to home?

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With the Federal Govenments looming internet filtering roll-out, we speak with Colin Jacobs from Electronic Frontiers Australia.

Just how and when is this likely to be implemented and what steps can we take to stop it. Is iiNet's visit from the copyright police somewhat timely with the start of these tests?

Also on This Weeks Show

Adam Turner looks at iiNet's dilemmas
Dr Ron ventures into the world of HDMI and 5.1
Telstra's AGM - Shareholders not happy Jan!
Conroy calls Telstra's NBN bluff
Lidija Davis joins us live from Silicon Valley and
Global broadband users reach 400 million


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Episode 46/2008 - TX: November 17 2008 (Ep 206)
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Ep 46: Hyper V, LCD manufacturers admit to price fixing, 3 Launches Affordable Facebook Phone, Optus, iiNet put filters to the test, Big is not necessarily beautiful when it comes to large screen tvs.

During the course of last week I had the task of re-connecting to mobile broadband service as a result of the theft of my broadband card the previous week. A task which on the surface should be relatively simple, painless, and quick, but in the wash up of the week was one of the most arduous tasks I've ever undertaken.

The process was simple. Replace my Next G SIM and un-suspend the service, purchase a new Mobile Broadband card outright, and set up my lap top. Easy. Well it should have been. It all started last Tuesday when I paid a visit to my local Telstra shop to get a new SIM card and re activate my Next G account. I stood in a queue at the Camberwell branch for what seemed like an hour but was more like 20 minutes waiting and watching while 3 staff members stood around a counter pc arguing over a product code. When I was finally served, the sales person tried the up sell of a Telstra Xpress card valued at $450 of which he didn't have one. Gotta give it to them for trying! The approximate time spent in store to replace my sim card – 45 minutes.

Having a Telstra SIM in hand, I headed off to my local 3 shop to buy a Xpress net connect card at a more realistic price of $199. The guy at three was most helpful, sympathetic towards my lost network card and associating my new network card to my existing account. Time spent at three was about 15 minutes – no waiting but most of it paperwork. At this point,  the process was as I expected it, so back to work I went, new SIM and Mobile Broadband card in hand. All that was left to do was unlock the card and get back online.

Next, I called Three support to unlock the card. A process that I'd done before and which at that time, took no more than 5 minutes to unlock the card. This is when things started to go down hill. The Mumbai telemarketer had no problem to perform the task I had asked him, it was now a technological challenge to get the device unlocked and on air. To cut a very long story short, the card could not be found in the account, and as a result he didn't have the IMEI number.  We then proceeded to dispute the IMEI number – he said it should start with the numbers 5353 and I had told him the 15 digit IMEI number printed on the Mobile broadband Card and on the receipt. I think he had found a Mastercard number instead. At this point in time it was time to terminate the call and move on.

Cutting a long story even shorter, I thought I'd subscribe to a new 3 broadband service and have the new card I had bought assigned to that. That was bound to fix all the problems. I did this first thing Wednesday Morning. Normally a service comes alive in 15 minutes or so, and Threes standard answer is 4 hours. After 4 hours nothing so back to Mumbai I went. This time my focus was to get the card working on 3, the broadband card's home network.  That's got to be fool proof. Not so. Three support could see that everything was in place, but the service would not work. They tweaked things at their end, and assured me all would be well in 4 hours. Fixed I thought, and back to work I went.

By 6pm on Wednesday, the broadband card could find three's network, but couldn't connect, but if I put my 3 SIM from my telephone service in the card – it worked, so I knew it was a network related issue. Back to Mumbai I went. This time, Mumbai sent me back to my three shop to get a new SIM Card as he thought the SIM I had was faulty.

On the way to work at 9am, I collected a new SIM and was told the standard line – “Give it 4 hours”. 4 hours came and went but still no go, so back to Mumbai again. This time an incident report and job number was raised and I was told they'd look into it with no time frame for a resolution. By 2pm Thursday I was starting to get very annoyed. Later that day I rang Mumbai again to express my disappointment in threes service and inability to connect a mobile broadband service. This time the service telemarketer started to try and convince me the problem lay with my equipment, not the network. I tried to convince him that if I put my phone's 3 SIM card into the broadband card it worked and it was not my equipment, but this fell on deaf ears.

Friday morning had arrived, and it had now taken three days, and counting, to connect a broadband service which normally takes 15 minutes. Another call to three's support had rendered the same result, so drastic measures were now required. I arrived at my local Three shop lap top and broadband card in hand and so I befriended Nick, and informed him of my sit in. I was not going to leave the store until my laptop was online using three's network. Nick's customer service was excellent. At no stage did he give up or try the 4 hour line, but the challenge at some staged seemed insurmountable. By 1pm on Friday, I was on air, an hour and a half after arriving at the store. This time it was poor Nick who had spent all the time on the phone to support. 3 SIM cards and 3 and a half days later I was connected again.

It's at this time you have to ask yourself is it worth it? Let's face it, we need to be online, but all up, I would have wasted 10 or 12 hours getting things working. With telecommunications, do you get what you pay for or is this just the nature of the telecommunications beast? Maybe both. Three – Lift your game. Now back to unlocking the device. Wish me luck. 

Also on This Weeks Show

Adam answers the questions that can cause more problems in the house hold than any other - Does size matter? Is 50 inches too big?
Virgin plucks Broadband at Home from retail shelves
LCD manufacturers admit to price fixing
Battery-powered credit supercard fights fraud and
3 Launches Affordable Facebook Phone


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Episode 45/2008 - TX: November 10 2008 (Ep 205)
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Christmas is coming, and so too is the holiday period where we all let our hair down to celebrate the passing of yet another year. So in the lead up to logging off for the year and checking your brain at the door on the way out, tonight show will be a timely reminder of what to do and what not to do when it comes to securing your favourite gadgets and technology before going on holidays.

Large screen tv's are the flavor of the month at the moment for those who seem intent on taking what's not theirs, and in most cases, they're very easy to remove from walls as there's only a couple of screws holding them in place. The other obvious target at the moment is laptops and camera's – things which can be easily hocked at the local cash converters or sold at the pub or at universities.

When it comes to laptops, it's not so much the hardware, it's the software and sometimes hard work which is contained on the hard drive, also, keep in mind the bag which it lives in, along with the mobile broadband card and other accessories that are kept in the same bag.

Mobile phones and broadband cards can be easily traced these days, so keeping a record of the devices IEMI number the only way to find  a stolen device, and it may also lead to the apprehension of those who liberated your gear from you in the first place.  IMEI  is an abbreviation for International Mobile Equipment Identity and is a 15 digit Code used to identify a phone to the network. If a stolen device appears on a carriers phone network, the authorities can be notified and chances are, you may get it back.

So if you're planning on a trip away or even just going out for a few hours, we'll tell you what to do to maximize the chance of your property being returned to you, should the worst case scenario happen while you're away enjoying your break.

Also on This Weeks Show

Telstra demos 21Mbps on Next G
India inserts Chandrayaan-1 into Moon orbit
Researchers crack WPA encryption
IBM adds Mac support to Lotus Symphony and
Is WPA wireless connectivity as secure as you think?

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Episode 44/2008 - TX: November 3 2008 (Ep 204)
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It's a sad day when the Australian Government feels the urge to filter the internet. Some might ask is this democracy gone terribly wrong, but it seems to a force gaining momentum since the election of the Rudd Government last year.

ConroyThe Honorable Senator Stephen Conroy (left), Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, seems to be hell bent on pushing technology which could slow Australia's broadband down by half.

From a technical point of view, everyone from COO's and CEO's of ISP's to everyday users have expressed concerns over the plan to filter content at the ISP. Not only will it slow the internet down form as little as 25% to as much as 70%, it raises concerns about who will control the switch when it comes to what to block and what not to block in the potentially sterile Australian broadband space. It simply wont work. How can it?

The types of sites and people the government are trying to protect our kids from don't hang around in the same place on the internet for long. IP addresses, domain names and the websites themselves change almost daily. After all this is how they try to keep one step ahead of the law.

For example, blocking the IP address of web server will block not only the targeted site, but potentially thousands of other sites – legitimate sites – living on the same web server. And when it comes to words and phrases, well, how many ways can you spell something to beet the heuristics of a filter? Just have a look in your inbox for the answer to that one!

The real underlying problem, is that if we let the government get away with this legislation, and hence the big filter, it will certainly be challenging to have it removed. Surely the emphasis should be on education, not filtering. Results of trials of filtering technology has produced many false positives, not to mention slow response times and sites that are good being deem not so.

So what will it be like in Australia in the online world? Are we going to take a leaf from the Chinese book of Internet for Consumers 101? Mr Conroy the silence is deafening.

Also on This Weeks Show

• We'll here from the ISP's - what their respective CEOs and COOs have to say both ethically and technically about internet filtering.
• 3 lets users share mobile broadband
• iPhone sales hottest amongst low income earners
• Asus and Android team up and
• The semiconductor industry facing hard times

No Clean Feed

 

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Episode 43/2008 - TX: October 27 2008 (Ep 203)
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Australians have always been known as early adopters when it comes to technology. The ubiquitous mobile phone is classic example of our eagerness to embrace mobile communications with recent reports claiming a 4 to 1 ratio of mobile phones to Australian citizens. But is our tech savvy-ness doing us the injustice as one of the biggest piracy nations on the planet? Maybe so.

In a report released this month by the Australian Institute of Criminology, Australian's now hold the unenviable title as the number one pirates in the world when it comes downloading TV programs.

An Envisional study found Australia was the second-largest downloader of online pirated TV shows in the world (15.6%), behind the UK (18.5%) but ahead of the US (7.3%). Australians were the leading downloaders of pirated TV programs on a per capita basis.

The report found that increased bandwidth take-up, technological advances and a high demand for US-based TV shows are some of the reasons that piracy has boomed. Seventy percent of the piracy occurs through BitTorrent. The survey found that the top TV show downloads were 24, Stargate Atlantis, The Simpsons, Enterprise, Stargate SG-1, OC, Smallville, Desperate Housewives, Battlestar Galactica and Lost.

Bit Torrent is a protocol designed for transferring files, which is very popular for TV program downloads. There are no Australian-based surveys of BT usage or TV program downloading. However, given the globalised nature of BT usage, and the operation of their so-called global communities, the results of international surveys are likely to be at least indicative of Australian usage.

Furthermore, an examination of anecdotal information on BitTorrent usage and TV program downloading suggests that Australians are downloading TV shows in increasing quantities. Australians are also uploading locally produced programs and segments of these programs for others to download.

The million dollar question is, are the broadcasters in Australia responsible for the piracy epidemic or is it just because Australian's have the technology, they feel the urge or need to use it? Take a look at the broadband packages on offer in the Australian market place. The average web surfer and email user wouldn't need anymore than a gig or so a month, yet data usage plans are now offer hundred's of gigs. It doesn't take rocket science to work out who these plans are targeted at.

As broadband speed increase in this country and video on demand takes off with the roll out of services like ABC's iView, the equivalent of climate change will take hold of the internet. Video shops will go online, content will be streamed from all over the world, video sites like youtube will become realistic content providers and a real threat to traditional broadcasters and finally hardware in the home will demand internet connectivity. Sony have just released the first TV with an Ethernet port on the back and a web browser of sorts built in, and they won't be the last.

If I was a terrestrial broadcaster, I'd be looking for a new business model for beyond 2010.

Also on This Weeks Show

  • Australians rank no.1 when it comes to TV downloads.
  • Facebook can be bad for you career
  • Soul jumps of the Terria ship
  • TIO complaints on the rise and
  • Telstra dumps excess fees on some broadband plans

 

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Episode 42/2008 - TX: October 20 2008 (Ep 202)
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It's finally happened, Apple have seen the right click light and Sony Ericsson have added an AM Radio rto a mobile phone. All that needs to be said about a right click is “what took them”, but it's not rocket science when it comes to putting an AM radio into a mobile phone.

Certainly, FM radio is all the go no matter where you are in the world, but here in Australia, and especially in city centers, the AM band is where you'll find talk radio. If there's earth shattering news and you want more than a few choice words from a jock who's more interested in Kylie Minogue's tour dates than the state of the worlds economy then AM Radio is where you'll be listening.

The ABC broadcasts in the AM Band in all city centres around Australia with both local and news radio broadcasts. So why did it take the manufacturers so long to realize that an AM receiver in a phone would be a winner? Maybe it's just us, Australia that is, maybe were one of the last few countries in the world broadcasting radio signals between 500 and 1600 kHz. How Romantic!

Kevin KellyNow, did you know the World Wide Web as we know it today is 5000 days old? If someone told you back then, what we can do today, chances are you wouldn't believe it. Today we'll hear a review of the story so far from Kevin Kelly.

For those of you who don't know according to Wikipedia, Kevin Kelly is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog. He has also been a writer, photographer and conservationist. Kelly is a student of cultures and is considered by some an expert in digital culture. I'm sure you'll find it – enlightening.

 

 

Also on This Weeks Show

  • Adam looks at Apple's right click revelation
  • Qantas and virgin prepare for in-flight mobile services.
  • Telstra copper thieves bungle robbery
  • An Aussie couple take on computing giants
  • And MS Boss Steve Ballmer says it's OK to wait for windows 7

 

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Episode 41/2008 - TX: October 13 2008 (Ep 201)
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Today we ask what's in a name? Well, if talking domain names, there's plenty. As more and more business embrace the online world and move into cyber space, the search for the right domain name is becoming quite a challenging proposition.

The highly sort after .com is truly a global namespace, and as a result, it's available for anyone in the world to register a name of their choice with no eligibility checks. It really is a free for all. Then there's the Australian .au namespace. At least here, there are eligibility checks to ensure that the name being registered, resembles either the company name or the business activity in which the company or business is engaged in.

If you didn't know, you must be a registered business or company to register domain names in the .com.au or .net au namespace.

No one owns a domain name. Like any service or license, it's subject to renewal, and if who ever is the current lessee of the name continues to pay the annual registration fee, then no one else can take it away from them. Because domain names are cheap, most companies buy up anything and everything that could benefit them in the on line world. This means newcomers find choosing a domain name all the more difficult due to a those who have gone before them snapping up popular or descriptive names.

Cyber squatting is the process of buying domain names and collecting popular or descriptive names in order to sell them to those who want them for rather large amounts. This practice is not illegal, but it's damn annoying to those of us who genuinely need or want a particular domain. Fortunately it's not as prevalent in the Australian namespace as it is in the .com or .net world, but non the less, there is evidence of it here in Australia. There seems to be a current tightening on .com.au eligibility as experienced by Dr Ron only last week.

Paul Twomey is the president of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which is a not for profit organization that handles IP address space allocation. Recently he announce the removal of the industry designation of a domain name such as .com or .net so an international company can be just their name. So in the not to distant future you might just visit www.apple or www.microsoft .

This is a positive move forward for big business, as they will no longer need to register there names in all the other global name spaces – or will they. We're all creatures of habit after all. The good news is these new name spaces cost several thousand dollars to register, not the peanuts that traditional names cost. This will hopefully discourage cyber- squatters. But this is just the beginning of the name space revolution.

George Pongas - COO Domain Central

 


Today on Tech Talk Radio we'll be speaking with George Pongas the COO of Domain Registry and web hosting services company Domain Central.

George has broad experience in all phpects of internet, specialising in domain names and application hosted services. This includes direct experience with ICANN domain policy. Domain Central was awarded Winner Australian 2007 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 award and ranked 2nd Fastest Internet Company in the Nation, achieving 6th place overall.

 

Also on This Weeks Show

• If your looking for a cost effective, almost disposable laptop then Adam has one just for you!
• The iPhone cracks 10 million sales
• Google to put ads in online games and
• Vodafone 3G upgrade delayed to 2009

 

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Episode 40/2008 - TX: October 6 2008 (Ep 200)
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Here we are at the start of our 200th show. Tech Talk Radio first hit the airwaves in December 2004, and in the past 4 years hopefully you've found us to be informative and entertaining in what we believe is Australia's longest running, non commercial, independent, magazine style radio show.

In the life of Tech Talk Radio, we've seen lots of technology develop and grow, fads come and go, people hired and fired, and companies evolve and dominate. Suffice to say, globally we've had some major technological and business achievements and some challenges too, but locally we've had our own dilemmas and frustrations based on Governments and Regulators. But still, the ever changing landscape of the technological revolution continues to push forward relentlessly taking no prisoners.

The past four years in Australia has seen a change in government, resulting in a new school of leaders taking the reigns. Our regulators, both government and non government are trying to keep up with the changing face of technology and protect the rights, and hip pockets, of consumers from would be organisations who take advantage of the luddites amongst us, which is really most of the population. And when I say luddites, I don't mean 19th century English workmen who destroyed laborsaving machinery that they thought would cause unemployment, I mean the 21st century accidental technology users who just don't care to learn about technology – they use it because they have to.

One thing that hasn't change much in the four years of Tech Talk Radio, is the state of the Nations broadband. Now I'm not going to bang on about it, but you have to agree that the digital divide has never been greater, unless you have very deep pockets or live in a metro area in one of Australia's larger cities. Despite the election promises and a change of government on Saturday November 24 2007, the yet to be built National Broadband Network which promised 12Mb/s to Australian households, now seems slow and inadequate when it comes to future proofing Australia's digital future.

The highlights of the first four years have been many. Our guests have ranged from knowledgeable individuals who are passionate about technology, to the movers and shakers of international hi-tech companies. But the one thing that has made Tech Talk Radio what it is today, is the encouragement and participation of our listeners, both from regulars and one off correspondence we receive each week. It's a cliché I know, but without you, our listeners from all over the world, we wouldn't be doing what we do now. After all, no one receives a cent for what we do, only you do in the form of giveaways, and today, our 200th show is no exception, so if you're listening to us live stick around for what will only be another gripping installment of the show that is Tech Talk Radio.

Also on This Weeks Show

  • In these times of global economic uncertainty, the Apple empire is up to it's old antics and them some
  • Microsoft extends XP's life
  • Samsung launch Australa's first commercially available LED TV
  • Australia's consumer watchdog the ACCC get's heave with our telco's and
  • Telstra blames the spam act for impersonal tweets – what next?
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Episode 38/2008 - TX: September 29 2008 (Ep 199)
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What a show we have for you today, not one, but two of the biggest technology companies in the world talk exclusively to Tech talk Radio. Adam catches up with Paul Collie, Sony Australia's communications technology manager to find out about Sony's view on the Digital living room, and let's just say he's having second thoughts about Apple.

Sony DNLA

DLNA is an acronym for the Digital Living Network Alliance. Now, if you haven't heard of DLNA, it is set to become Sony's conduit to connect all the company's products together. Yes finally – Ethernet finds its way to the back of the latest incarnation of the Bravia TV range.

All I can say is it's about time too, but I'm sure you're all thinking the same too!

According to Sony's website, the Digital Living Network Alliance, or DLNA is an organization established to enhance the interoperability of home networks. The organization issues design guidelines to support the seamless sharing of video, music, photographs and other content through home networks. It also issues a logo for use on products that qualify under these guidelines.

Sony established the DLNA in June 2003 after convincing other manufacturers of the need to improve interoperability through industry-level standardization initiatives. Sony continues to play a leading role in the organization, and a Sony executive is Chairman of the DLNA Board of Directors.

Currently DLNA consists of over 240 members, including the world's leading manufacturers of electrical appliances, mobile equipment and computers, as well as developers of software, devices, services and applications, and content providers. By supplying a wide variety of DLNA-compliant products, these manufacturers are helping to raise awareness of DLNA as an industry standard for home networking.

So at last, a flat screen TV worth buying.

Also this week Lidija Davis finds her way to Google HQ in Mountain View California to find out first hand the latest information web designers and bloggers need to know if they wish to be found for all the right reasons.

Anind MukherjeNat Johns

Nathan Johns is a Google search quality analyst (right) and Anindo Mukherjee is a software engineer for search quality (left). Interestingly, greater emphasis is be placed on who you're hanging out with.

Also on This Weeks Show

  • BigPond Adds Twitter Support Channel
  • MySpace in tune at last
  • Experts warn of new PDF attack and
  • If you want to grab an early copy of Microsoft Windows 7 for free, and all above board and legal as well, then you can in late October – with a catch of course.
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Episode 37/2008 - TX: September 22 2008 (Ep 198)
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It's been an interesting week to say the least in the IT world.

Microsoft

Firstly, Microsoft pulled their Jerry Seinfeld tv campaign, you remember, the one we tried to work out last week where Jerry asked bill to give him a sign by adjusting his shorts in the car park of the local supermarket. Well it seems that we weren 't the only ones who didn't quite get it. This week Microsoft is back with its “Life without walls”, a new campaign which is more mainstream, in fact so much so the I'd say the entire population will get the message that Microsoft is giving Apple the bird. “I'm a PC” which is the opening line of the mac campaign also opens microsofts ad, but there's no sign of the jean wearing, stereotypical graphic designing mac user.

GoogleSecondly this week, the rumors and scuttlebutt about Google taking their servers into international waters and powering them with wave energy abounds yet again. The search engine juggernaut recently applied for a patent in the US to protect their unique system for generating electricity form waves. While chatting offline to Tech Talk's US correspondent Lidija Davis, her opening remarks were something along the lines of “Have you heard what Google is up to”

Each week, Google seems to make the news for on reason or another, sometimes fanciful and other times practical. On things for sure, what ever they do, it'll make the news.

And finally this week, a disgruntled Australian consumer has thrown it back in the face of a white goods retailer, by placing her purchase of a mobile communications device on eBay after the retailer refused to refund her money after she found lurid pictures on the device she bought. Compromising pictures of a female employee of the store was apparently not enough to warrant a refund.

From the sublime to the ridiculous – we've got it all this week, as IT goes tabloid!

Also on This Weeks Show

  • Pilot makes 'historic' night landing in Antarctica
  • QuickTime zero-day spotted
  • Telstra announces pre-paid wireless broadband
  • Qantas says no to high altitude broadband
  • Telstra announce pre-paid wireless broadband
  • Microsoft unveils bluetrack and
  • Adam has a look at DVD recorders
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Episode 37/2008 - TX: September 15 2008 (Ep 197)
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Mark MayerMark Mayer returns to the studios of Tech Talk Radio to talk about the latest happenings in Aviation.

Mark is a retired Qantas commercial airline pilot who is very passionate about aircraft of all shapes and sizes.

Also tonight...

Cast your mind back to the middle of the 20th century for those of you old enough. The technological life in the home was simple. People had light, power, a radio, may be a telephone, and for those well to do – maybe a black and white television. The youth of that day had their imaginations and tangible toys which allowed them to foster a simple and healthy lifestyle.

In today's high tech house hold, there are color tv's in every room of the house, personal communications devices out number the population 3 to 1, Our energy requirements have gone through the roof, actually, why stop there, they've gone through the roof and punctured a hole in the Ozone layer, the only shield protecting our fragile planet. And we now have more gadgets to allegedly make our lives easier than at any other time in the history of mankind.

Heaven forbid, we even have the technology to simulate the beginning of the universe which was demonstrated in Europe last week.

Haldron Collider

At what stage does humanity implode? Pundits said that the world was going to end when a few particles collided in the Haldron Collider in Switzerland, but it seems we haven't used up our nine lives just yet.

Recently, UK citizens came under the microscope when it was reported that most of the suffered from a rare, newly discovered mental state of mind called discomgoogolation. It's a term actually being used to label a growing number of Net users in the UK who don't fair well when deprived of scoring a hit of their online drug and I'm sure it's not just restricted to the UK.

Also, as reported recently in the Age, a Melbourne newspaper, the ubiquitous video game console generates more green house gasses than any other gadget ever devised. And we though the airline industry was bad when it came to carbon emissions, but it's got nothing on the collective game consol industry.

So have we found utopia yet - An ideal place or state? Absolutely! In my opinion, it was the mid 20th century. Don't get me wrong, I love technology and gadgets as much as you, but you've got to agree, our modern life is doing our collective heads in! At what stage is enough, enough? A lot of people have just managed to work out how to program the VCR and now it's been usurped, by a PVR. Go and ask anyone in the street what a PVR is and see what sort of response you get!

The industrial revolution of the 18th century has etched itself into the history books for major social change when the world switched from an agricultural to a manufacturing base. There will be another revolution soon, but for what and when only time will tell.

Also on This Weeks Show

  • NBN frustration kicks in
  • Apple re-launch the Nano and patch nearly everything that can be patched
  • Microsoft unveils blue track and
  • Adam turns the Mac that time forgot into the mother of all media centre

 

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Episode 36/2008 - TX: September 8 2008 (Ep 196)
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Google have rocked the internet world with the release of Chrome, yet another web browser to rival that of Microsoft's Internet explorer, Mozilla's Firefox, and Apples Safari.

Google ChromeHere's the thing, Google's Open Source web browser incorporates code and features developed by rivals Apple and Mozilla, in fact Apple's WebKit is the rendering engine that forms the foundation of Chrome.

Several features are already key elements of other browsers. The 'speed dial' homepage and placement of tabs are features of Opera, while the privacy mode is already implemented in Internet Explorer 8. So what's going on here? Has good copied, stolen, acquired – call it what you will, the best key features of other browsers to incorporate into their own? It seems so, in fact, it's not just features from other browsers, Google has employed engineers that have previously worked on other browsers - software engineer Ben Goodger was previously the lead engineer for Mozilla Firefox.

So Google now enters the heated competition between web browsers.

Chrome will now challenge Microsoft's Internet Explorer, whose newest version was released just weeks ago and Mozilla's Firefox, which has almost 20 per cent of the global browser audience. There has been some talk in several camps about the resource hungry IE8 beta, and the slowness in which users have taken up the offer to try the latest beta version. This is the only way to really get an indication on the demand of Microsoft's browser, as it normally becomes a system update which you have to download - like it or not.

Former Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker said in her blog that Mozilla had created a competitive browser market and would continue to compete in it..

She says... Mozilla recognized long ago that an independent browser dedicated only to the public good is a necessary piece for building a healthy Internet. Many people thought this was silly and the browser was generally treated as simply a part of the Windows desktop and not important in its own right. These days we know that's not true.

Almost 200 million people have spoken by adopting Firefox; demonstrating how much the browser does matter. Yesterday Google announced that it will release its own browser, validating once again the central idea that this tool we call the browser is fundamentally important. Our first great battle — that of relevance and acceptance — has been won.

So as we head head-first into the world of high speed internet and rich web content, we now have another piece of software to add to the mix of a safe, and error free online experience. It's early days, but if Googles current success turns chrome, then watch out IE, Safari AND Firefox!

Also on This Weeks Show

  • We take a look a first look at Google's new web browser
  • Sony batteries are in the news again for the wrong reasons
  • Ericsson demonstrates 4th Generation mobile technology – 20 times faster than 3G
  • Australian web retailer is shamed as a spammer and
  • Adobe CS 4 set to hit the stores this month
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Episode 35/2008 - TX: September 1 2008 (Ep 195)
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It never ceases to amaze me how consumers are treated by tech companies after they've made a purchase of goods and services. It also raises the issue of 3rd party extended warranties, which, in my opinion, are not worth the paper they're printed on, let alone the price you pay for the alleged peace of mind.

Take, for example, Adam Turners recent house move, when he also decided to change telephone provider from Optus to Telstra. Having had his phone cut off before the scheduled date, Adam spent a cumulative 5 hours on the telephone to both providers, the old and the new, trying to get his phone reconnected. The annoying thing about any scenario where more than one company is involved, is the apportion of blame on the other provider.

As a consumer, this can result in frustration beyond the realms of rational human behavior. We've all been there at one or many points in our lives, but why does it have to be like this? Surely technology companies have the skill and technology at their fingertips to accurately diagnose faults in the system, or maybe the un accountability of faceless, first name only telemarketers is all that customers in today's cut an thrust competitive digital market place deserve.

What's more frustrating, is that today's tech consumers do have an understanding of how computers and telecommunications networks function, but that all accounts for naught, as I'd bet Bill Gates or Steve Jobs would be treated as morons if they rang an Australian help desk.

And then there's the added bonus of extended warranties, one of the first up-sell opportunities offered to consumers by gung-ho commission based sales people. Extended manufacturers warranties, that is, a warranty offered by the manufacturer, is probably worth considering, but you've got to have rocks in your head if you choose a 3rd party warranty. These are the types offered by credit card companies and large white goods sellers.

While watching a colleague in the office jump through fiery circus hoops with one hand tied behind his back and singing a well know Dennis Leary song is somewhat amusing, I can certainly sense his pain and frustration being treated like an amoeba. Trust me, he knows his stuff, but the situation has only been compounded by the equipment in question going faulty within the manufacturers warranty, but not being returned for now four months, and you guessed it, it's now out of manufacturers warranty.

With the price of tech goods and services falling, along with smaller profit margins for a lot of major companies, something has to give, and the rule of thumb is - the cheaper the service is in the market place, the lousier the support for that product will be.

A quick test of a telco's or ISP's respect for the consumer is to make a call during business hours to the companies sales department and support line. If you're speaking to a human in similar amount of time, then things a looking pretty good. On the other hand if the call answering time is noticeably different, then beware.

While we have the ACCC to look after the consumers back pocket and minimize deceptive and misleading sales practices, there's nothing to help us in the world of support and after sales service except the odd government statute, and a raft of legal practitioners looking to send their kids through very expensive private education.

No-one said the price of progress would do your head in.

Also on This Weeks Show

  • Seven refused digital multi-channel reprieve
  • Internode triples ADSL reach of exchange
  • Adobe rolls out online photo editing tool
  • Pystar hits back in Apple Clone Case and
  • Users can bypass iPhone security
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Episode 34/2008 - TX: August 25 2008 (Ep 194)
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Since our last show I've had reason to call Australia's triple 0 emergency services number from a mobile service. All things went smoothly but the number of questions the call taker asked me because I called from a mobile phone was surprising in this day of GPS positioning and allegedly smart mobile technology.

Firstly, I didn't have to press 5 to speak to an operator. This was introduced to try and reduce the number of unnecessary calls to the essential services but has obviously been removed.

Secondly, the call taker didn't even know what state I was calling from – something I would have thought would be simple and straight forward to pass through the phone network, and finally, when the Telstra call taker hands you over to the service you need, Police, Fire or Ambulance, a verbal serial number is handed over to the incoming operator, which they key in to their terminal to access the information the Telstra call taker has access along with additional details about the service your calling from.

In this day of modern mobile communications, something is fundamentally wrong in the way the 000 phone system works from a technical point of view. And to top it all off the call taker asked me for the number I was calling on. Was she just verifying the number on her screen, or did she not have it?

My call was not of a life or death nature, but in the case of a real emergency where every moment can make a difference, one has to wonder how much better things could be if the technology worked as well as the humans you end up talking to.

There's normally a reason, so I'm sure I'll find out.

Michael GrayIf you're interested in how to get your site noticed online, then be sure to tune in this week to hear Lidija Davis chat to Michael Gray.

The Search Engine Strategies Conference was held in San Jose last week and Lidija got a chance to learn a little about various phpects of search engine optimization, along with some 6000 other visitors.

While the sessions were many, and offered strategy and tactics for both beginners and those more advanced, it was the linkbuilding session that grabbed her attention; after all, who doesn't want to build more links, and more authority for their site?

Lid managed to grab Michael Gray, an SEO and social media consultant for Atlas Web Service, and one of the speakers of the linkbuilding session, for a quick chat about how search engines rely on link analysis when it comes to ranking web pages.

For more information check out Michael's blog. It makes for very interesting reading!
Photo: seowife.com

Also on This Weeks Show

  • Grand Plans for 3's expansion
  • More iPhone bill shock
  • Google upgrades ad quality judgment
  • Apple offers to replace bad Ipod batteries and
  • MYOB buys an Australian web hosting company
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Episode 33/2008 - TX: August 18 2008 (Ep 193)
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Tech Talk Radio Ep 33-2008 | Phil Burges quits Telstra, Spam and High Definition TV both win Gold at the Bejing Olympics, Apple foists MobileMe on to Windows boxes, iPhone kill switch, news about Apple TV, and iTunes sells movies in Oz.

Well it's been a month since the much-hyped iPhone came out and while most users are thrilled with their devices, it seems there are some problems. This week it emerged that some users are shocked at the size of the bills they are receiving because of big data downloads, while others are upset with the phone's browsing speed and reception.

Along with bill shock, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs Monday confirmed that the company has a "kill switch" it can flip to remotely disable potentially malicious applications that have been downloaded to any iPhone.

Jobs said, the so-called "kill switch" is necessary as a last-ditch option if a malicious application slipped through Apple's checks and made it onto the App Store.  He said hopefully Apple will never have to pull that lever, but they would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull.

And if that wasn't enough, an Infineon chip could be at the root of complaints from around the world that Apple's new iPhone drops calls and has unpredictable internet links. Users have complained on websites and blogs that Internet speeds have been inconsistent and that the phone often reverts to a slower technology known as Edge even in 3G areas.

So what are the alternatives? Well the Nokia N96 is being watched in many camps and being touted as an iPhone killer, but when the finer points are tabled, there always seems to be something missing.

HSDPA, stands for High Speed Downlink Packet Access, and is the technology phone companies use to get broadband to our mobile devices. Telstra runs Next G, which is its brand name for HSDPA, in the 850MHz spectrum which is good for the iPhone as it supports that frequency, but the Nokia N96 doesn't. It supports HSDPA in the 900Mhz and 2100 MHz bands which is good for carriers like 3.

Mobile phone users outside of the capital cities should be careful when it comes to buying handsets and modems as you may not be able to achieve what you want. Telstra has the best mobile broadband coverage in Australia, but it's on 850Mhz. Unfortunately, none of the other telcos come close to what the incumbent has to offer, but as time goes by, this will surely change.

Notably, with the immanent iPhone bill shock, some providers may be forced to change their way of thinking. Only last week when Telstra changed the data pack pricing, Telstra Consumer Marketing and Channels Executive Director, Ms Glenice Maclellan, admitted that Telstra had increased its understanding of mobile data use.

Could that mean that Telstra has realised just how tight they'd been on data allowances, or maybe a more realistic approach needs to be taken when it comes to the demands of today's online consumers?

Nah, who am I kidding?

Also on This Weeks Show

  • Adam Turner joins us live in the studio
  • iPhone bill shock hits home
  • Steve jobs has the ability to delete apps from your iPhone without asking
  • 3G dongles grow in popularity
  • Sun sheds light on GUI tool for mobiles
  • Dr Ron calls in from Glasgow in Scotland

 

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Episode 32/2008 - TX: August 11 2008 (Ep 192)
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Tech Talk Radio Ep 32-2008 | Google Maps lands in Australia, Spam spam and more Spam thanks to the Olympics, Microsoft launches mesh, Dr Ron calls in from Ireland, and Simon Pearce will tell us about the implementation of Windows server 2008 into Symbion Health.

There's nothing like a special event to bring out the worst of the spammers. Whether it be credit card details, bank details or identity theft, there's plenty of it about at the moment, mostly thanks to the Olympic Games.

More so than at any other time in internet history, spam is up, identity theft is the opening story of mainstream media, and crooks and shonks our lurking behind the most benign emails.

According to the latest quarterly Secure Computing Internet Threats Report, around 150bn spam messages are sent every day, up 280 per cent from the same time last year. Volumes peaked on 27 March with 185 billion spam messages being sent in just one day. In an attempt to appeal to wider audiences spammers are also moving into new languages. Previously almost all spam was in English, but now half of all spam is in other languages, with Japanese and German being popular alternatives.

Malware is the scurge of the internet. Normally delivered via email or installed just by visiting unscruipulous websites, malware authors try to trick you into installing their incideous program on your computer so that they can collect information about your identity such as bank details and or passwords. They may even want to turn you computer into a zombie so that they can send the wares via your computer!
Malware purveyors are embracing the upcoming Olympic games wholeheartedly. Recent outbreaks of attacks are attempting to lure in victims with promise of news and information on the Beijing games, and researchers only see the trend increasing over the coming weeks.

One of the most recent attacks is specifically targeting national sporting organizations and athlete representative groups.The attacks are disguised as a dispatch from the International Olympic Committee and contain a trojan hidden as a PDF press release. According to security firm MessageLabs, the content in the attack may have been lifted directly from official IOC documents. When the malicious attachment is launched, the user is infected with a trojan that logs and updates sensitive data.

The use of supposedly official documents has been a favorite technique for targeted 'spear-phishing' attacks. Similar attacks have attempted to spoof the US Internal Revenue Service and Department of Justice. Last month, the Storm worm also used the promise of Olympic news to convince users to install its botnet-controlling software.

Researchers are predicting that the trend will only get worse. So be prepared. Don't click links in emails, even if you now who they're from. Cut and paste them into your browser only if you trust the source, Spend $60 bucks and buy yourself a bloody good internet security product that tells you what it's doing, and importantly tell others who share your computer to be on their guard. Follow these simple steps, and your details will remain just that – your personal details, and surfing will continue to be an enjoyable experience for you and the entire family.

The following links were of interest to us this week!

Also on This Weeks Show

  • Google takes to the streets in Australia
  • Spam, spam and more spam, with a bit of malware thrown in for good measure.
  • A Microsoft free desktops in a world wide market is on the table.
  • Jobs makes a boo boo and
  • Mozilla looks to consolidate messaging into one application.

 

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Episode 31/2008 - TX: August 4 2008 (Ep 191)
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If there's one thing Australian's have to thank Apple for, it's the iPhone. Whether you love them or hate them, the recent launch of Apples ubiquitous little device has started to change the attitude of telcos when it comes to mobile broadband.

Anyone who has a mobile broadband device knows that as soon as you plug it in and turn it on, you can easily use a couple of Megabytes of data just by checking mail or opening a web browser. The ‘couple of Mb' entry level plans offered by some of the telcos would blow the budgets of those who use these type of plans in one power up of an iPhone.

Seeing  a looming ACCC and TIO controversy staring them in the face, Telstra has changed their entry level data plans to something a little more iPhone friendly, which will also benefit casual mobile broadband users. In a press release dated July 31, 2008 Telstra Consumer Marketing and Channels Executive Director, Ms Glenice Maclellan, said that with more than four million 3G customers, Telstra had increased its understanding of mobile data use, as well as enhanced network capacity and spectrum following the closure of the CDMA network in late April. As a result the company has changed some of it's mobile broadband access fees.

Next GOf the two most popular data packs, the changes include:

$10 mobile data packs will now include 150 megabytes of data -
up from 20 megabytes
$29 mobile data packs will now include 300 megabytes of data -
up from 80 megabytes
    * Excess data usage rates have been reduced on these two data packs.

Admittedly it's just a start, and there's a long way to go in this country, but this certainly makes an iPhone usable, to a point. After all, you've got to keep in mind that Telstra runs the only 850MHz 3G band in the country, and this will be good news for rural users.

Another catalyst to keep in mind is the Beijing Olympics which will get underway in a few days time. The potential for exceeding data allowances will be great over the next few weeks, especially for sport loving Australian's around the country.

More plan changes also this week – effective today (Mon 4th August) is 3's new iPhone plans, and they don't even sell the device in Australia – yet. Designed to entice people who have bought unlocked iPhones and want to use them for all their worth, 3's new caps will be sure to attract city based mobile broadband junkies. For $49 you'll get $350 worth of calls and SMS, 300 minutes of free call time to other three users and 1Gb of mobile broadband. Pay $69 and basically double everything.

Are we about to see a new broadband price war in Australia? Let's hope so

The following links were of interest to us this week!

Also on This Weeks Show

  • We take a look at the mobile broadband in Australia
  • Beijing kicks off in a few days so Adam looks at the feeble TV offerings in Australia
  • China's internet conundrum
  • Apple release 10.5.5 and
  • We take a look at the take up of Naked DSL in Australia

 

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Episode 30/2008 - TX: July 28 2008 (Ep 190)
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Tech Talk Radio Ep 30-2008 | iView, British ISP to red flag music sharers, Adam Turner goes head to head with Optus and Telstra over churning, Google looks like it will buy Digg, Apples MobileMe email outage, and Internode introduces IP6

The leader in Australian broadband content delivery has reached another milestone. I'm talking about the Australian Broadcasting Commissions iView service which was opened up to public access last week. It's not that it's all that revolutionary to the rest of the world, but in the bandwidth and speed impaired world of Australian internet, the ABC has now opened up it two digital channels, ABC1 and ABC2 to a Video on Demand service.

This is a major leap forward for Australian television viewers as it's the first real VOD service to be offered here with local content. If you listening to us from outside Australia, this service is not available to you unless you know a few Australian proxy servers, but for the rest of you, an ADSL2+ connection is mandatory.

Most programs are available online for a month after it originally airs on ABC1 or 2, and the quality of the full screen picture is not bad all things considered. A typical 1 hour program is in the order of a couple of hundred Mb streamed to your desktop.

When you first visit iView, you'll be warned about the costs involved to watch programs online. There's no cost to you from the ABC, they're just concerned about you running up excessive bills from your ISP. If you're on one of those cheap and nasty Telstra 200 Mb broadband plans, don't go anywhere near the iView site. In fact the ABC appears to be doing deals with ISPs to provide iView as an unmet red site. So far iiNet is the only ISP who has come to Auntie's party.

The second thing you see is a bandwidth testing page which will give you an indication of how well iView will work on your current connection. Once you're past this, you'll then see the six channels on offer.
iView These include ABC Catchup - The best weekly shows from ABC1 and ABC2. ABC News, The latest in news and current affairs, Kazam, Kids' action, adventure and animation. ABC Docs, Natural history, social documentaries and factual series, ABC Arts, Arts from Australia and beyond, and ABC Shop, Previews programs from the ABC Shop Download service.

Jumping into Catchup, you be served up a parade of popular ABC shows, but if the one you want isn't there, simply browse the complete program list found at the bottom of the screen.

Once you've selected the program of your choice, sit back and enjoy very watchable TV served up to the screen of your choice. Well done Aunty! At last, Australian VOD content, and more, delivered free of charge, 24/7.

If this is how government owned organisations progress in today's high tech world, you've got to wonder where we'd be if Telstra were still 100% government owned.

The following links were of interest to us this week!

Also on This Weeks Show

  • We take a look at the ABC's new iView service
    Adam Turner goes 5 hours in the ring with Optus and Telstra - it's ugly.
  • British ISPs in new deal to tackle music piracy
  • Google In Final Negotiations to Acquire Digg For "Around $200 Million"
  • Exploit emerges for DNS flaw
  • New setbacks arose this week for the national broadband network (NBN) and
  • Web address total tops one trillion

 

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Episode 29/2008 - TX: July 21 2008 (Ep 189)
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Tech Talk Radio Ep 29-2008 | iPhones, Business 2 consumer, Papal SMS, Apple and Psystar, NBM Delayed, ACMA monitors website

The iPhone is only a week old and already it's making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Logging on  the morning after last weeks show, I was greeted with the headline “Aussie 3G iPhone is a bad joke” then later that day, another headline “Hold off on iPhone, says analysts

iPhone

The media reported Rob Enderle, founder and principle analyst for the Enderle Group, saying Apple is one of those companies that could sell refrigerators to Eskimos, but that doesn't suggest that Eskimos should actually buy them.

He said the problem is that Apple tends to lead on hype and does such a good job controlling initial product reviews that problems associated with the iPhone 3G probably won't be known until the week after it launches when the raft of independent reviews become available.

This maybe so, but the real problem is as plain as the nose on your face, that is, mobile broadband costs in this country are a joke and it's quite possible that the not so “in the know” iPhone users will unknowingly rack up bills in the thousands of dollar category if they're not extremely careful.

Mobile Phone operators are mainly focused on voice communications. There's plans and caps for all types of voice users, but as we turn to data as our daily means of communication, the telco's seem somewhat reluctant to bundle voice and data into one product that meets the needs of today's on the move tech savvy individuals.

At the end of the day in this digital world, our voice is turned into data anyway then sent over the mobile phone network, so it seems the phone companies just want to charge us based on the flavor of data we send. You could equate it back to the old analogue days if they charged you 30 sents per 30 seconds if you spoke English and $3.50 per 30 seconds if you spoke any other language. Really.

If I had anything to do with the Telecommunications Ombudsman's organisation, I'd be recruiting as fast as I could.

Also on This Weeks Show

  • Jason StirlingJason Stirling from Genesis joins the panel to talk Business to Business Technology
  • ACMA approves online content code of practice
  • Yahoo! accuses Microsoft of sabotage
  • Government extends NBN deadline
  • Firefox gets security tune-up and
  • Apple wants to take Psystar and its clone customers to the cleaners

The following links were of interest to us this week!

 

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Episode 28/2008 - TX: July 14 2008 (Ep 188)
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Tech Talk Radio Ep 28-2008

iPhone Adam

At last the iPhone has arrived as apple lovers globally revel in the birth of a 4.7 ounce bouncing baby telecommunications device which is nothing like the world has seen before... well Australia at least. Adam Turner joins us live in the studio to discuss the iPhone, TiVo, and Foxtels IQ.


iPhone

According to Australian PC World,  New Zealander Jonny Gladwell was the first customer anywhere in the world to purchase the iPhone 3G, gaining the nickname iPhone Jonny from tech bloggers.

Brett Howell became Australia's own iPhone 'hero' when he managed to be first in line at Optus' George Street store in Sydney. The store threw open its doors at midnight AEST with an inventory of 500 iPhones.

Telstra opened at its Sydney T[life] store at 6am. Vodafone's 7am George Street opening was decidedly smaller than the Optus event, despite appearances by celebrity Lara Bingle.

More than 6 million people bought the first generation iPhone after it was released in June 2007. Since then, the number of countries selling the iPhone has expanded to 24, with a further 49 countries expected to begin selling the iPhone 3G in coming months. Apple has stated it expects sell more than 10 million iPhones this year.

But wait, there's something wrong in Australia! There's no iPhone for 3! If one brand encapsulates the young, trendy, hippy, plenty of disposable income generation y'er, it has to be Hutchisons 3. Were they really overlooked when it came to a product that fits their market like an apple in a blender? Rumor has it it's NOT far away.

In another leap forward in technology, Tech Talk Radio is now trialing its own chat page. In an effort to bring true interaction to live broadcasting, you can now interact with the panel and listeners in real time via our new Tech Talk chat server. Simply join us live on the stream on Monday nights, open your web browser and type chat.techtalkradio.com.au into the address bar and say hello. All going well, it will become a permanent part of the show.

Also on This Weeks Show

  • Just in case you've  just crawled out from under a rock, the iPhone is here.
  • We'll take a look at what's on offer in Australia.
  • Adam Turner joins us live in the studio to talk iPhone, TiVo and Foxtel IQ
  • Seagate launch a 1.5Tb Hard Drive
  • A women is jailed for hiring an internet hit man
  • Telstra trials a speedier next g and
  • Nasa to put it's current fleet of shuttles out to pasture.

The following links were of interest to us this week!

 

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Episode 27/2008 - TX: July 7 2008 (Ep 187)
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This week, it seems consumers have the upper hand over ebay thanks to a bit of friendly persuasion from Australia's consumer watch dog, the ACCC. The world's largest online auction website Ebay tried to remove nearly all forms of alternate payment recently, and force Australian users to use Ebay's own payment facility, Paypal, but the ACCC had other ideas.

ebay changes

Also, the Arrival of the iPhone is now less than a week away, and the dust looks like it's settled. Optus, Vodafone and Telstra are all set to sell what will soon be the ubiquitous apple telephone, but poor old Hutchison, who runs the city centric 3 network seems to still be out in the cold.

Also this week, it's heartening to see a new government initiative designed to get seniors online. Only one in five Australians over the age of 65 years currently uses the internet. According to the Rudd government, the needs of older Australians wishing to be trained in the use of the internet will be met by the creation of approximately 2,000 seniors internet kiosks, provided by community organisations that support seniors which will be funded by government.

tivo

And finally if you're an armchair sports enthusiast, the new TiVo and Topfield PVRs are just about to hit the market just in time for next months Olympic Games. Adam tells us about the good the bad and the ugly when it comes to the minefield of buying consumer electronics for you home TV requirements.

Andrew and Dr Ron also take a look at how the living room has changed since the good old days of the VHS machine and a simple 4x3 analogue TV!

The following links were of interest to us this week!

Also on This Weeks Show

  • Will the iPhone become the new security threat of 2008
  • Plasma and LCD tvs blamed for accelerating global warming
  • Beware, Olympic fever could impact your network
    Telstra throws mud at other bidders for the National Broadband Network, and
  • We hear how Microsoft's new Server 2008 makes for a great workstation.
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Episode 26/2008 - TX: June 30 2008 (Ep 186)
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Paul TwomeyThis week, we're about to witness the next internet revolution, as domain names as we know them are about to become simpler, but probably more confusing.

Paul Twomey (pictured right) announced a plan to allow users to register generic domain names has been approved by The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers otherwise known as (ICANN)

The plan will allow users to register whatever domain suffix they want for their site, rather than being limited to the traditional .com or .net labels.  So instead of Microsoft.com or apple.com, the internet name can now be .apple or .microsoft

Users will also be allowed to register domains with non-latin characters, thus paving the way for international sites which use Chinese, Russian, or other unique characters.

The group has not yet decided on what registration of the new domains will cost, though the prices are expected to be significantly higher than existing suffixes.

The approval came at the conclusion of ICANN's International Public Meeting in France. Other measures passed in the meeting included new measures designed to eliminate large-scale 'domain tasting' in which multiple domains are registered and unprofitable addresses are quickly dumped.

The following links were of interest to us this week!

Also on This Weeks Show

Firefox downloads hit 19m
Bill quits Microsoft... again
3 Mobile enlists online help to secure iPhone
Self confessed luddite and Gen Y'er Lucy Buttler joins the panel and
we hear from a rural listener about the state of broadband in the bush and the current broadband woes

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Episode 25/2008 - TX: June 23 2008 (Ep 185)
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This week, it's Telstra's now you see it, now you don't, now you see it again iPhone. There's still a few weeks to July 11, the day Apple's penultimate portable gadget hits the streets here in oz, so who knows what's left in store?

Also today, what do you think would happen to you if you grabbed a megaphone and walked in to a National Australia Bank and bellowed to the world that you had some free tickets to a footy game that you wanted to give away?

Chances are you'd be escorted from the build in a matter of moments and told not to do it again and maybe even charged with many possible offences including trespass right?

Well this week the shoe is on the other foot – some bright spark in the National Australia Bank's PR department decided to gate crash social networking sites, uninvited of course, and spruiked their free football tickets to those chat's they could muscle their way in on. Well, there has been plenty of fall out over this, and the NAB's popularity and reputation was the first casualty as.

Not only was the NAB's actions felt here, but the tsunami waves rolled across the planet to the US and beyond as Lidija Davis, our US correspondent will report on later in the show.

Also on This Weeks Show

  • Firefox 3 may break records and the first vulnerability surfaces
  • Microsoft re releases security fixes
  • Apple's open for business in Sydney
  • Safari gets a tune up too and
  • Developers shun Microsoft Vista
  • NAB spams social networking site
  • Foxtel and HD explained
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Episode 24/2008 - TX: June 16 2008 (Ep 184)
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iPhone 3GThis week, Apples iPhone supporting third generation mobile communications is heading for our shores. After months of speculation, finally the rumors will be laid to rest. To start with, it's not called the 3G iPhone. It's called the iPhone 3G.

So, jet's take a look at what's in, and what's out?

To start with GPS is in. GPS receivers in mobile devices isn't new, as Sony Ericsson include it now in their current range of phone, as well as other manufacturers. A 3G chipset enabling much faster browsing of the web and downloading was obviously maditory. The device also has a new sleek appearance with thinner edges, and a flush headphone jack.  There's more battery life despite the demands of power hungry 3G chipsets, it's half the price of the previous model, it's available in 2 colors, black and white, it has a 2 megapixel camera, It has 8GB or 16GB of storage, and a 3.5-inch screen.

One feature that is missing is the lack of video calling, a feature telcos love to charge for. The lack of a removeable battery is also still very disappointing, and there's no MMS, a feature used to send pictures and movies from one phone to another. That's not to say someone won't write an application to do this, it's just no out of the box unlike a conventional 3G device.

There's no rumored 32GB of storage, you can't use the device as a wireless modem like you can with other 3rd generation devices. There was no mention of connecting the iPhone 3G to bluetooth devices such as keyboard, and no rumored front camera.

So, there's still plenty of room for improvement – from a 3G functionality point of view, but for those with their hearts set on buying the device just because of the brand name, they won't be disappointed. Just watch this space this time next year.

Also on This Weeks Show

  • Telstra gets into legal talks with Optus over the iPhone
  • ACCC slams eBay PayPal policy
  • Melbourne club's broadband bid
  • Prisons in plan to jam mobiles
  • And MySpace to get facelift
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Episode 23/2008 - TX: June 9 2008 (Ep 183)
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In these days of phishing, credit card fraud and email nasties, the Australian Government has a new initiative call e-security week.  In an effort to protect individuals and small businesses of the perils of today's online world,  the government has launched a new website to try and educate users in four main areas, titled: Securing your computer, Small businesses safe on line, Smart transacting online, and Kids safe online.

There's no software to download, no hard earned cash to part with - it doesn't even ask for personal information. The staysmartonline.gov.au website is a reference for parents, teachers, and business owners, to help make the best of what the Internet has to offer.

The online world is fraught with danger, not unlike today's real world when you step out the front door. There really isn't any difference except that when we go outside we know how to behave and what to look out for.  For example, we don't walk across a busy road without looking left then right, then left again – why – because that's what we were taught when we were young.  We know not to go into certain parts of our town by ourselves or unaccompanied.  The same can be said when we wander into the online world.  If we know what to do, and what not to do, there is no reason why our online experience can't be enjoyable.

Stay smart online, is the new teacher for the technological era.

Online transactions are here to stay, and, like the demise of old banking practices, we'll see more and more old fashion methods of transaction become extinct, with banks and businesses turning to the online world for almost all financial dealings.  If you know what to do, and how to do it, it's perfectly safe.

The e-security initiative by the federal government is a commendable approach in helping all Australians, young and old, get online, and stay safe when doing so. No longer can anyone at any age ignore the Internet. They would do so at there own peril.

Also on This Weeks Show

  • Telstra slams 'bogus' broadband report
  • Government launches alert service to kick off E-security Week
  • Apple's WWDC: New iPhone, new OS X, new .Mac?
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Episode 22/2008 - TX: June 2 2008 (Ep 182)
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As consumers of technology, or any commodity for that matter, we place a certain amount of trust in the hands of the manufacturer or service provider. Technical specifications aside, we, as consumers, place a great deal of weight on the brand name behind whatever it is we're buying – but at what price?

Brand names are everything. Recently on Tech Talk Radio we spoke of the great brands of 2008, of which Google, Microsoft and Apple were amongst the top ten global brands. So, do we assume that just because these guys are top of the ladder that they won't sell us a dodgy product? 

In today's cut throat world of retailing, companies need to maintain a good margin on products. When that margin is threatened by competitors and cheap imitation copies of  products from say China and Asia, don't you think that the marketing departments of said companies would do anything to improve sales and hence the companies bottom line?

Or what about just unscrupulous companies that put sales before customers?  We're not immune from this sort of corporate mischief in Australia either

Recently, what was once a trusted and respected Australian IT company betrayed local consumers by saying that their service was “everywhere you needed it” when according to the ACCC it wasn't. The federal court agreed with the ACCC and found that the company's claims were misleading.

This week, the mail order computer company Dell was found guilty in an American court of false advertising and fraud.

According to the court, the company engaged in abusive debt collection practices, misled consumers about the financing terms for which they had qualified and failed to provide consumers with promised rebates.

The case arose after hundreds of complaints about Dell and its finance arm Dell Financial Services. As a result, Dell now faces the prospect of a huge damages claim.

So what motivates the large corporate players to deceive and lie to consumers, the people that keep them in business? Is it the nature of just a few rotten apples in the marketing bunch, are they just innocent mistakes by ill informed individuals, or are the company executives fully aware of their actions, knowing full well that they're stretching the truth?

Take that into consideration when upgrading or buying your next gadget. After all, once a company blots its copy book, what's to say that they won't do it again?

A few weeks ago, I had the privileged of talking to Rico Malvar, the managing director of Research for Microsoft based in Redmond. Today you'll hear part two of our discussion

Telstra hologramAlso on This Weeks Show

  • We continue our chat with Rico Malvar, from Microsoft research
    in the US
  • Telstra's hologram?
  • Adam turns his attention to the slow take up of bluray
  • Gates promises 'multi-touch' Windows 7
  • Dell found guilty of fraud and false advertising
  • And it's the end of an era for paper airline tickets
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Episode 21/2008 - TX: May 26th 2008 (Ep 181)
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The world of technology is an ever changing feast of gadgets and software. When it comes to the world's most influential technological companies, Microsoft, Apple and Google would have to be those at the top of the list.

Telecommunications companies globally provide the conduit for connectivity, but if it weren't for the hardware and software vendors then life would not be as it is today.

Some people embrace technology and some treat it with contempt. Such is human nature, but the one thing that is here to stay is the rapid emergence of new and interesting gadgets designed to make our lives easier.

A few weeks ago, I had the privileged of talking to Rico Malvar, the managing director of Research for Microsoft based in Redmond. Today you'll get an insight into what and how we'll be doing things around the turn of the next decade.Rico Malvar - Microsoft


Rico was a founding member of the Signal Processing research group at Microsoft Research, which evolved into the Communication and Collaboration Systems group and the Knowledge Tools group. His technical contributions at Microsoft include co-development of the Windows Media Audio digital audio format, image compression technologies for Microsoft Office, Tablet PC, Xbox 360 and Flight Simulator X, digital elevation map compression technologies for Flight Simulator X, rights management technologies for Windows Media, new video transform and quantization techniques that were adopted into H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC), ink compression formats for Microsoft Office and Tablet PC, acoustic signal processing technologies for Windows Messenger, Microsoft Office RoundTable, and Windows Vista, and co-development of the HD Photo format for digital pictures, which is the basis for the upcoming JPEG XR standard. His technical interests include audio and video signal enhancement and compression, multirate signal processing, signal decompositions, fast algorithms, coding theory, and electronics hardware.

 

Also on This Weeks Show

  • The G9 change their name and put $5m on the Governments table
  • Adam Turner talks to ZoHo about giving Google a run for their money
  • Lidija Davis teaches us how to Digg properly
  • and Downloads on the Up as CD sales slump
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Episode 20/2008 - TX: May 19th 2008 (Ep 180)
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If you've ever wondered how to set up you home cinema system, or why the commercials on TV seem louder than the program, be sure to tune in tonight when Michael Cremean joins us live in the Tech Talk Studios to answer all your audio questions. Michael runs a successful audio post production house which  has hundreds of  TV commercials and programs pass through its doorway each year.

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Generation Y are making their mark on society in many ways. What with the armament of technology at their disposal in the form of MP3 Players, personal communications devices, the internet and social networking, and not to forget the ubiquitous mobile phone, it's no wonder that their legacy will be remembered for generations to come.

Throughout the course of history, no other generation has altered the English language to the extent that the youth of today have. Whether it's good or bad, the fact of the matter is there are more new words creeping into today's vocabulary than at any other time in the evolution of the English language.

Social Networking sites such as Twitter, My Space and Facebook are as much responsible for the language evolution of today as are the users of the said technology. The internet has certainly made these arenas possible, but the ease of access online through personal, wireless, take it anywhere gadgets, has also attracted the Gen Y's into cyberspace.

Never in the history of the human race have we been so connected. In fact, if you value your personal well being, you should never try and separate a young person from their mobile phone, as this device is the portal to their social life.

The Short Messaging Service, or SMS as we know it, was a technology built for the sole purpose of allowing the telephone company to tell the customer that someone had left them a message on their phone. Little did they know that this technology would become as popular as it has today, and for a purpose in which it was not intended.

SMS would also be one of the most inefficient and expensive ways of communicating, yet it's simplicity and facelessness is most appealing to its users. To this end, when challenged with a numerical keypad and 160 characters, abbreviations of commonly used words are bound to occur. This has linguists around the world in a flap. So is Instant Messaging bad for us?

Australian children's language expert and author of Kidspeak, June Factor urged the less text-savvy to stop looking at the lingo of messaging in a simple and pejorative manner.

Dr Factor said "It is always counter-productive to pour scorn, abuse and contempt on a language particular to a subgroup," Rather, she said, it would be beneficial for teachers to examine IM communications in the classroom and compare and contrast it to other language forms.

She went on to say the dilemma arises when kids see it as a whole language system and are using it to replace the more complex and nuanced forms of writing. When used in context, the increasingly fashionable lingo was a legitimate form of abbreviated language.

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  • Michael Cremean joins us live in the studio to answer your questions about anything audio
  • Adam Turner takes a look at the HTC Shift.
  • Apple dismiss Safari vulnerability and
  • Tassie a step closer to broadband
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Episode 19/2008 - TX: May 12th 2008 (Ep 179)
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Last week, months of speculation came to an end as Vodafone announced that it had won the support of Apple to distribute the iPhone in Australia as well as the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa, and Turkey later this year.

iPhoneFor those keen to snap up the what some say is an overrated device, it looks like you may have to wait until Christmas to get your chance. Surprisingly, there was no mention of a 3G iPhone in any of the press releases, but logic would say only a 3G version of the iPhone would be released on this country… wouldn't it?

Respected tech reviewer Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal has predicted the 3G iPhone will go on sale in June. It could be rolled out by Apple chief Steve Jobs at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 9 in San Francisco or possibly on June 29, the phone's first sales anniversary.

The iPhone has certainly put Apple on the map. Last week on Tech Talk Radio, we spoke of the top 100 brands for 2008, in which Apple sat comfortably at number 7 and worth $55.206b. Of all the top 10 companies on the list, Apple's brand value change was 123%, more than double anyone else, including the number 1 brand – Google. So it's fair to say the iPhone has something to do with it.

So does this mean Apple has made the best phone ever to date? Many skeptics and pundits say companies that diverge in their product range tend to become jack of all trades and masters on none – but is this the case with Apple?

Some Apple purists, or as Adam calls them – slobbering Mac fanatics - were heard to say that this was the phone for them as soon as the device was released last year, and without even seeing it. Others were not so sure. And what of the Nokia's, Motorolla's, and Sony Ericsson's of the world – as manufacturer's of only mobile communications devices, would they stand a chance with Apple's iPhone? After all that's what they do. They don't make computers, they don't write Operating Systems, they just make phones.

Consequently the question needs to be asked – what's in a brand? Are people so blind to the product that they're buying because of the manufacturer behind it? Do some people just trust a brand that much, OR, have we all just become so blasé about technology that we just assume it works, it's too complicated, or we just can't be bothered researching another gadget? Only time will tell.

Live Mesh

There's some new ways of doing things on the Microsoft horizon. Everyone can have 5Gb of cloud! What I hear you say? We'll talk to Harvey Sanchez - Online Services Strategy Manager for Microsoft about  Microsoft's Live mesh!

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  • Adam Turner talks looks at the long awaited iPhone
  • Adam takes a call from Steve Jobs
  • Harvey Sanchez - Online Services Strategy Manager for Microsoft talks to us about  Microsoft's Live mesh and
  • Tasmanian's seem to be the victims of poor internet access
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Episode 18/2008 - TX: May 5th 2008 (Ep 178)
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Tech Talk Radio Ep 18-2008 | Conroy talks Digital TV, Data Recovery, more eBay dilemmas, Safari takes off for PC, Spam turns 30, XP SP3 and Vista SP1 delayed, TIVO in Australia, 2008 biggest IT Brand Names

In the not to distant future, web surfers globally will have new versions of their favorite web browser foisted upon them from all the major players.

Apple's Safari, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and Mozilla's Firefox are battling to become your browser of choice. So which one should you use - Safari 3.1, Firefox 3, or Internet Explorer 8?

Apple's latest offering, Safari 3.1, preserves the company's signature focus on clean design and smooth usability, but it lacks any phishing or malware filters.

For its part, Mozilla should have applied the finishing touches to Firefox 3 by now. From under-the-hood memory improvements to a major reworking for bookmarks, version 3 represents a big step forward.

Whereas the new Firefox and Safari browsers are ready to roll, Microsoft's early beta of Internet Explorer 8 remains a work in progress. Bugs and rough edges are to be expected in a first beta intended for developers and testers. But IE 8 beta 1 provides a glimpse of new features such as WebSlices (which let sites create widgety snippets of information that you can view by clicking a bookmark button) and Activities (which add right-click menu options for looking up selected text and pages on map, translation and other sites) that will distinguish the browser Microsoft eventually releases.

From an end user's point of view changing upgrading web browsers should be, as the great author Douglas Adams said as he described the inhabitants of planet earth, “Mostly Harmless”, but spare a thought for web developers. With hundreds of changes to style sheet implementation, what are the chances websites built for current browsers will look the same in the new browsers?

Safari and Firefox are the most reliable browsers when it comes to displaying websites on your screen. Microsoft's Internet explorer is riddled with bugs and strange, unexplainable anomalies, which most of us turn a blind eye to. Let's hope Microsoft's IE8 conforms to internet standards a little better than its previous incarnations.

Senator ConroyThe future of Digital TV in Australia!

Be sure to tune in this week to hear Adam Turner's exlusive interview with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

With the goal post continually on the move, Adam asks the minister when and how analogue TV will close in Australia.  

Graham HenlyData Recovery -
You may need to know about it one day - so why not today!

Graham Henley is one of the world's experts in data recovery from the PC environment and from iPods, digital still and video cameras and MP3 players.

He is a director and co-developer of the world's leading data recovery software applications - GetData Software's Recover My Files, Recover My Email, Recover My Photos and Recover My iPod.

He also has eleven years law enforcement experience in the Australian Federal Police, five of those in the Computer Crime Unit.

After leaving law enforcement Graham spent five years as Director of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Asia Pacific computer forensics practice.

He headed the computer forensics team which recovered thousands of missing files involved in the collapse of corporate giants FAI, One-Tel and HIH.

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  • We take a look at the worlds most powerful brands for 2008 – technologically,
  • Tivo's introduction in Australia is not sailing as smoothly as first thought
  • Optus takes a leaf from Telstra's book and sinks the boots into Canberra and
  • Bay Sellers may be restricted to cheaper items.
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Episode 17/2008 - TX: April 28st 2008 (Ep 177)
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Tech Talk Radio Ep 17-2008 | Windows XP SP3, Vista a 'work in progress', ABS release Aus internet statistics, Maxtor data protection, Website credibility, Email credibility, Fast Flux, Microsoft's cloud - www.mesh.com

In a new Internet Activity Survey which was released last Thursday, the 24th of April, results collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal Australian's took up broadband and wireless Internet connections in record numbers during 2007.  In fact, at the end of the December quarter, there were 7.10 million subscribers to the Internet in Australia, of which comprised 964,000 business and government subscribers, and 6.14 million household subscribers. With Australia's population around 21.2m, that's not too shabby when it comes to household use, but business and government subscribers seem to be on the low side.


This release contains results from all ISPs operating in Australia as at 31 December 2007. For December quarter 2007 there were 421 operating ISPs contributing to the estimates.

The number of non dial-up subscribers recorded at the end of December 2007 was 5.21 million, compared with dial-up subscribers of 1.89 million - an increase of 33% since September 2006.

Most of those were converts from dial-up rather than new Internet users, but the total number of Internet connections did increase over that period; 6.65 million to 7.1 million.

The biggest change to our connectivity in 2007 was the arrival of wireless broadband. Over 481,000 people were connected to wireless broadband at the end of the December 2007, compared with 186,000 connected in September 2006, once again a substantial increase.

Connections with download speeds of 1.5Mbps or greater increased to 2.51 million or 35% of subscribers in December 2007, compared to 1.13 million or 17% of subscribers at the end of September 2006. For December 2007 a breakdown of higher download speeds has been released for the first time.

The makers of Maxtor and Seagate release a new portable hard drive with built in security.

Lidija Davis continues her reports from RSA 2008, and this week she talks to the makers of Maxtor and Seagate hard drives, as they launch the first portable hard drive with build in security encryption!

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  • Microsoft's top boss Ballmer says Microsoft could keep XP if customers want it.
  • Adam Turner looks at the the Australian Nokia Music Store
  • We continue Lidija's report from the RSA conference in San Francisco – this week portable hard drives with built in data protection and
  • Microsoft admits Vista is a “Work in progress”
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Episode 16/2008 - TX: April 21st 2008 (Ep 176)
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Tech Talk Radio Ep 16-2008 | CDMA closure, Christopher Boyd, RSA2008, Voice Biometrics, Apple clones, ACCC and Paypal

cellular towerTwo things in this world are for sure, life and death, and this week in Australia, we're about to see the passing of CDMA.  CDMA was the phoenix that rose from the ashes of the old AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone System) network in 1999.  AMPS  was the first generation of mobile communications.  At the time of CDMA's launch second generation mobile devices, or as we knew it, digital cellular mobile phones, were in their prime, and CDMA promised a solution to a problem that the then GSM network faced; a distance limitation where the handset could be no further than a maximum distance of about 40 km from the bases station.

2G users found it frustrating that even if their phone had signal, if they were beyond the maximum distance from a base station, they couldn't use their phone.  So in September 1999, in rode CDMA – a knight in shining armour - aimed at rural customers, who up until then had felt 'left out' of the digital mobile phone revolution because of the distance limitation.

I'm sure you remember the television commercial where massive white sheets were dragged across hills and valleys, signifying the fantastic coverage of CDMA?  Anyway, in just a few days time, those white sheets have to be to be folded up to make way for the continuing roll out of Telstra's next generation mobile technology.

Eight and a half years was CDMA's life – not bad in this day and age, but nonetheless, she'll be sadly missed by some.  Her epitaph will read “So long old friend, cut down in your prime, but such is the price of progress” 1999 – 2008.

Chris BoydNew Generation Hackers and their Social Media tactics!

Social media has brought along a new generation of malware creators, and Lid catches up with Christopher Boyd, Director of Malware Research for FaceTime at RSA.  Listen as Chris gives examples of security breaches to MySpace, FaceBook, and Google's Orkut.

Subscribe to Chris' blog, Vital Security to stay up to date with what the bad guys are doing.

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We take a look at mobile phone history in Australia.
Adam Turner looks at the problems of kids and computer games. More from RSA and Lid; talking malware with Chris Boyd of FaceTime,
Telstra becomes the teacher for older Australian's
Rent videos - on your iPod and
A New spam outbreak says it's seen you naked

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Episode 15/2008 - TX: April 14th 2008 (Ep 175)
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Since the dawn of time, marketers have been looking for ways to communicate with consumers. Now, more than ever, the tools in the arsenal of the marketing company have become quite refined, and exceptionally sharp.

girl on pcNever before have we seen the ability to send targeted communications to clients, customers, or potential customers like we do right now. Everyone is online; everyone has an email account, and consumers are certainly more comfortable buying goods, and paying for them, online.

If you're not convinced, free-to-air television in this country is losing market share at the rate of 7% per year; iTunes is now globally the largest distributor of music, mobile devices are now more prolific than ever before, and the youth of today now spend more time texting and instant messaging each other than at any other point in time.

Add to this the rapid roll out, and take up, of mobile (wireless) broadband in this country, and you can now reach almost anyone, anywhere, in a matter of seconds cost effectively.

The sharpest tool in the marketing kit is email marketing – and I don't mean spam. The Australian government is serious about minimizing spam, but email marketing, when done properly, and legally, results in not only instant reactions, but instant polling of recipients - and in most cases – in real time.

For example, every week, Tech Talk Radio sends out an email informing our listeners what's on the show for that week. We have a section in our email called “The following links were of interest to us this week” primarily to inform listeners of newsworthy technological happenings, but to us, it's a straw poll to give us an insight into what our listeners are interested in, so we can include the topic on the show, based on the number of clicks on any given topic.

So now, you've probably got a good idea about the power of email marketing. Melbourne Radio personality, Mayor of Hootville, and self professed luddite  Brett de Hoedt runs a leading PR company whose main role is to help Australia's NGOs (Non Government Organisations) and NFPs (Not For Profit organisations) communicate. Brett will join us live in the studio to discuss the roles of email marketing, social networking, and blogging in the modern day world of the Internet and mobile communications.

So how secure are we online?

This week Lidija Davis files her first report from the RSA conference in San Francisco where she met up with Patrik Runald, Senior Security Specialist, F-Secure Security Labs.

Patrik details the current and common threats to all manner of devices from PC to Mac, mobiles and iPhones. 

F-Secure Internet Security provides a complete and easy-to-use protection against all Internet threats, whether they are known or previously unidentified.

Also on This Weeks Show

Adam Turner talks about the 3G iPhone or lack of it
Lidija visits the RSA conference in San Francisco
Microsoft says it made a fair offer to Yahoo
Telstra expects broadband win
PayPal mandatory, says eBay Australia

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Episode 14/2008 - TX: April 7th 2008 (Ep 174)
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The Howard government's plan for a $1-billion rural broadband network is dead, as the Federal Government scrapped the OPEL WiMax network on April the 2nd on the grounds that the contractors failed to meet the required conditions. Surprise – Surprise!

Opel Contract Cancellation

Many in the know are saying “this wasn't completely unexpected”. Tech Talk Radio's own mobile data expert, Mark Diggins question the technology and method of the roll out last year when the contract was awarded. Others in the field said the previous government idea was more like a hop-scotch sort of solution - something for here, something for there. So having a national approach and then lingering on something on the side like OPEL was not really something that fitted the new Government's sort of plan of action.

The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, says his department has established that OPEL WiMax would cover only 72 per cent of "identified under-served premises", as they're called, and so failed to meet the terms of the contract. OPEL's contract required it to provide coverage to 90 per cent of such homes.

Both SingTel and Futuris insist they had met all conditions in the contract, adding that its termination sends the wrong signals to the industry. So does this open the door again for Telstra – or was it never shut in the first place… and why did Telstra turn on ADSL2 in all exchanges recently – a policy shift for no apparent reason?

We'll take an in depth look at this decision and it's ramifications from a political, consumer, and technical point of view.

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Adam looks at embedded mobile phones – in your body!
Apple and Google sued
Mozilla Firefox 3 beta 5 hits the streets and
Microsoft's OOXML now a standard



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Episode 13/2008 - TX: March 31st 2008 (Ep 173)
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The English language is certainly living and breathing, and it's evolution is certainly faster now than at any other time in the history of the language thanks mainly to the evolution of the internet and computers in general.

Google

After all, 10 years ago a small start up company called Google started to help internet users find websites they might be remotely interested in. Today the word Google is a Noun and a Verb, after all, we've all heard of the world's largest search company, and then we've all googled something or someone, although no-ones told Microsoft as the verb ‘googled' has a red squiggly line underneath it, when using Microsoft's Word.

Then there's the internet. Have you ever pinged or fingered something? Like Google, ping is both a noun and a verb. If you weren't aware, there is a program called Ping which is used to determine if another computer is presently connected to the Internet. Having said that, the act of pinging, is a verb.

Now a quick check of the Oxford dictionary reveals that ping is a noun meaning an abrupt high-pitched ringing sound, and the associated verb is to make or cause to make such a sound. – No mention of the internet or technology anywhere! For the record, the internet ping is a direct take on SONAR, which is an acronym for “SOund Navigation And Ranging” which we're all familiar with when it comes to submarines. It's not too dissimilar to that when it comes to the internet.

Now, today on Tech Talk Radio, we're going to take a look at the social networking site Twitter, and once again, the English language will have at least two new meanings for existing words. Last week, you learnt how to stumble, and we don't mean falling over and hurting youself. No doubt we'll all be tweeting and twitting or at least something along those lines by the end of the show.

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Lidija Davis tells us about Twitter
Adam measures up ABC Playback!
If technology fails us we like to blame a telco, but Telstra says it is not to blame for thousands of mobile phones showing the wrong time over the past weekend.
Mozilla Firefox 3 is go for launch, with a backhand stab at Microsoft's IE and
New South Wales citizens turn into cyber cops!



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Episode 12/2008 - TX: March 24th 2008 (Ep 172)
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Upgrade your phone to no contract, Internet addiction a mental illness? Apple patches, Safari for XP, Google and Perth meet on the bus. Adam looks at HDTV Nine style.

When was the last time your mobile phone contract was up and it was time to renew? Life's just cruisey as you indulge your senses with the latest Bluray release on your 60 inch LCD monitor hanging in the middle of your living room while you subtly let your neighbors know about your swanky 5.1 surround sound system, as you jump on your 802.11n wirelessly connected laptop to see what your mates are up to on facebook.

Then, all of a sudden, you realize you have to make a decision that commits you to a telco for then next 12 or 24 months which seems like an eternity when it comes to progressive mobile technology, and as a result you gradually work up a sweat whilst closing off Facebook and Youtube and opening up your telco's website to try and make head and tail out of what they've got on offer.

It's a dilemma that I've just faced recently, only I don't have a Bluray player, or a 60 inch LCD or much of any of the other stuff I mentioned earlier. Instead, I thought I had a reasonable handle on what these Telco's were doing, and how they were selling it, until I opened up the plethora of telco websites and took a look at all the new electronic gadgets designed to make our life more communicative.

It was time to break free of the contracts the phone companies had on offer, so I've embraced the world of contract less mobile communications, and I'll tell you all about the pro's and cons later on today's show.

Also on This Weeks Show

Lidija Davis joins us from Silicon Valley to tell us about delicious, Dr Ron tells us about the perils of the laptop service man, Infected Australian computers fetch top dollar, Melbourne IT try new anti spam technology
Perth and Google meet on the bus and Adam Turner shares his view from the couch!

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Episode 11/2008 - TX: March 17th 2008 (Ep 171)
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During the last week I had the pleasure of catching up with friends I hadn't seen for a while, and it wasn't long before I was engaged in a discussion about Plasma and LCD TV's. After 10 minutes of banter I had a refreshing reminder of just what it's like to be a non technical consumer wanting to buy into the world of home entertainment.

It seems that the '20 something' store assistants are keen to make a sale and will tell the customer almost anything to get them to sign on the dotted line. (Apologies to the few passionate and well informed sales guys.) Add to this the inflationary buy now and pay in 4 years time with no interest ever offers, and it makes converting the sale all that more easier.

Professionally speaking, I find it hard keeping up with the transition of television from analogue to digital because of continuing government policy changes, and the changing business decisions by the television networks – so what hope do the white goods sale guys and consumers have?

Add to this mix the High Definition transition and it's no wonder most consumers throw their hands in the air and curl up in the fetal position on the floor.

Also on the show this week - Wndows Server 2008

Martin GregoryThe launch of Microsoft's 2008 Server packages are imminent, so we took the opportunity to meet up with Martin Gregory, Director of Server, Tools and Platform Strategy from Microsoft Australia.

It's been 5 years since Server 2003 hit the streets and there have been plenty of changes for the better. It's even more human friendly!

And our girl on the streets in the home of technology, Lidija Davis joins us from Silicon Valley to tell us about StumbleUpon.

It's sex and more sex in the Asian domain name scramble,
The ACCC to expose fake excuses for broadband delays
More iPod copies hit the marketplace
Adam Turner talks about online backups
And three Apple stores in Australia later this year



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Episode 10/2008 - TX: March 10th 2008 (Ep 170)
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There's never a week that goes by in technology without one of the major players making somewhat of a ruckus. And of course this time, it's Telstra's turn.

Last week, the High Court of Australia ruled against Telstra when it claimed that the ACCC's ability to set network access fees to its rivals was unconstitutional.

In their challenge, Telstra targeted clause 51 of the Australian Constitution, which "guarantees just compensation when property is compulsorily acquired."  Naturally they believed they were being forced to sell access to their line sharing product below its costs.

Telstra claimed the ACCC's price-cutting intervention breached the Constitution because it amounted to the acquisition of Telstra shareholders' property without just compensation.

However, the High Court unanimously ruled that the telecommunications access regime, set out in the Trade Practices Act, did not amount to an acquisition of Telstra's property. So like it or lump it, Telstra now has to provide their competitors access to parts of their infrastructure from $3.20 per month. So now what? Having earned a reputation for being vindictive, surely this won't just pass over without a PR spray from one of the three amigos!

From one of Australia's largest companies, to one of the worlds largest companies, Microsoft have been making waves with the launch of Server 2008.  But as for Bill Gates, the founder of the world's largest software company, his position on the world's rich list has taken a fall. He now resides, ever so comfortably, as the world's 3rd richest man having spent 13 years at the top. US financier Warren Buffett and Mexican telco mogul Carlos Slim Helu overtake the world's richest nerd.

Also on the show this week

Microsoft launch IE8
Telstra seeks indemnity on network
Google removes maps at the pentagons asking
Adam Turner turns his attention to journalistic plagiarism in IT Media and
Microsoft take the knife to Vista pricing



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Episode 09/2008 - TX: March 3rd 2008 (Ep 169)
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Jason StirlingVoice Recognition and IVR's
In Studio Guest: Jason Stirling

Voice recognition has come along way in recent times, but is it up to scratch in the commercial world. In the world of biometrics, what would you say if your voice held the key to your identity? Jason Stirling from Genesys will be in to tell us what's now possible. Has the fingerprint been surpassed by the voice? Find out.

Social Networking with Muhammad Saleem

Lidija Davis, our Silicon Valley correspondent, speaks with Muhammad Saleem, one of the worlds most influential bloggers. Lid says everything Muhammad diggs, goes gold. So if you're interested in how sites like Digg and StumbleUpon work for both personal and commercial use, especially if you want to use social networking sites to communicate with a specific target market, be sure to tune in.

Muhammad finished his degree in economics along with a minor in Slavic languages and literature (with a focus on Russian) at The University of Chicago in June, ‘07. He spent most of his free time on various social bookmarking and networking sites, writing about social media and socially driven content.

He started his writing career for the MU life, covering social media, however, after joining Pronet Advertising he stopped maintaining the former site and moved that content to this site. He has also written for The Blog Herald and 901 am. and more recently for Copyblogger, Searchengineland, ReadWriteWeb, our own Problogger, and TechCrunch, Centernetwork, PickTheBrain, and BloggingExperiment.

 

Also on the show this week

Conroy and Telstra
go head to head over the Rudd Government's ultimatum to hand over detailed plans of its entire network operations to rivals hoping to bid against it in a tender for the $8 billion national broadband scheme, Apple started shipping its first-ever wireless storage appliance, dubbed Time Capsule

We'll give you a few reasons to upgrade your wireless technology to the new 802.11n standard, and

Adam Turner turns his attention to Apple's iPod Touch, the iPhone to have when you don't have a mobile phone network to support it, and Youtube off air globally last weekend!

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Episode 08/2008 - TX: February 25th 2008 (Ep 168)
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HD DVD RIP?

It's all over bar the shouting now, and wouldn't you be annoyed of you'd invested your hard earned cash into a HD DVD player! Australian consumers who purchased now moribund Toshiba HD DVD players will receive no form of refund after the company officially announced its exit from the high definition format war.

In a recent press release, Toshiba confirmed it's much-speculated exit and announced that come mid march all HD DVD shipments would cease. Toshiba Australia's information systems general manager Mark Whittard said only a few thousand HD DVD players have been sold locally.

Toshiba will now push the 'benefits' of its HD DVD players, including the ability to play CDs and DVDs, and internet connectivity that could possibly be used for video streaming in the future. So where does ths leave Bluray?

JB Hi-Fi chief executive Richard Uechtritz was reported to say "You're talking three to five years before we start to see Blu-ray outpace standard DVD"

Blu-ray libraries are slowly growing, but it can still be tricky to find Blu-ray movies for rent at the local video shop. Don't forget that this is the format that supports High Definition recordings, and the take up of HD in this country is somewhat slow.

The writing was on the wall some time ago in Australia, and figures from market analyst GfK show that in 2007, Australians bought 177,000 Blu-ray movies and just 35,000 on HD DVD.

So this now puts the dilemma of another Betamax / VHS format war behind us, and we can now all see clearly into the High Definition living room.

Also on the show this week

What happens now after Toshiba's unceremonious exit from the HD DVD arena?
Dodo complaint handling triggers ACMA investigation
ABC boosts mobile offering
Scammers dressing up as Telstra workers and
Telstra 'needlessly denied consumers on ADSL2+'


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Episode 07/2008 - TX: February 18th 2008 (Ep 167)
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If you have children or teenagers in the family, chances are they're more proficient on the technology front than you are. After all, which teenager doesn't have a mobile phone or MySpace account these days? Have you ever stopped to wonder what they're doing with this technology? Recent reports have revealed the growing number of children and young people using technology:

  • 93% of teenagers use the Internet,
  • 84% use chat rooms daily,
  • 59% of children use a mobile phone, and
  • 33% of children aged 8 or 9 started using the Internet at the age of 5 or 6.

With the ever increasing reports of online preditors and identity theft, just how safe are your kids online? We teach our kids to read and write, we teach our kids to swim, we even teach our kids to drive a cars, but who teaches our kids to stay safe in the online world? The Telstra Foundation has put up $2m in grants to help protect our kids in cyberspace. Today we'll take a look at where we're at when it comes to online safety, and talk a little about helping your kids preventing identity theft.

Georgia Simmons form the Telstra Foundation will bein to tell us about the $2m allocated to grants to protect people online. We promoted Susan McClean from Victoria Police coming in to the studio, but unfortunately she is unable to attend this week.  

Apple patches Leopard... for the second time.

The latest security updates fix 11 bugs in the Mac Operating system, including eight bugs in the recently released Mac OS X 10.5, known as "Leopard." Apple released the security fixes in conjunction with a 10.5.2 update to Leopard, which includes dozens of other updates.

Some of the security flaws are extremely serious, and could be exploited by hackers to run unauthorized software on a victim's computer, although Apple did not report any incidents of this occurring.

The 10.5.2 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.

Beware, the 10.5.2 combo download is a small 343Mb

Toshiba to give up on HD DVD, says Reuters

The format war for next-generation DVDs may be over: Blu-ray is the winner.
And now wait for the fallout.

Firefox Beta 3 R3

Mozilla has released beta 3 of Firefox 3.0, with around 1300 ‘individual changes' from beta 2, with fixes for stability, performance, memory usage, platform enhancements and user interface improvements.

Also on the show this week

BlackBerry's future lies in social networking
Telstra gets AU$1 billion 'secret documents' wish
Mobile data cash set to eclipse voice
Victorian man avoids 'Facebook' defamation
Underbelly online a hit in Vic
Adam Turner sells the virtues of a good backup system

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Episode 06/2008 - TX: February 11th 2008 (Ep 166)
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Telstra gives ADSL2+ a green light, but what's the catch?

Telstra has graciously decided to turn on ADSL2+ in 900 exchanges across Australia, but the cynics amongst us smell a rat! A press release titled: More high-speed broadband after Government removes roadblock was published on the company's website on February 6, but strangely didn't make it in the email version, which is sent out to journalists.

Sol TrujilloThe announcement was made in Canberra last Wednesday by Telstra Boss Sol Trujillo, with Kevin Rudd and Steven Conroy. According to the Press Release, ADSL2 is now going to be turned on in 900 exchanges because the Government gave Telstra an assurance that it would not regulate 3rd party access to the service. Telstra has been seeking this assurance for over one year.

Some history is required here... The ACCC has stated time and time again that ADSL2 services are unregulated and should stay that way. Also, the ACCC has legislative powers to regulate this service if it so desires,  and the Federal Government can give no guarantee  that  it will not be regulated.  So what's going on here then?

Why, all of a sudden, has Telstra turned on ADSL2+ when it's dug its heels in for so long? It  just doesn't add up! Are Rudd and Conroy doing back room deals? Don't get me wrong, it's great news for all Australian's, but what's the catch?

Apple iPod Touch and iPhone capacity doubles!

The iPod Touch capacity has been doubled to 32GB for $629. That device is now available in three versions, with Apple Australia also selling a 16GB model for $499 and an 8GB model for $399.


Massive service disruptions to ADSL services

If you've looked out of a window where you live recently and saw heavy rain followed by odd behaviour/no behaviour from your ADSL service, be advised that Telstra is under extreme pressure to remedy an escalating number of line and exchange faults caused by weather conditions. The situation is explained here

Also on the show this week

Youtube to profit split advertising revenue with top content generators
Rural NSW Vodafone users stuck without mobile service for almost a week
Mobiles and cancer are back in the news again
More on the Microsoft $44bn offer for Yahoo and
The price of the Xbox 360 heads south in a big way


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Episode 05/2008 - TX: February 4th 2008 (Ep 165)
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Our first show back for 2008!

Microsoft to buy Yahoo in an effort to slow the Google Juggernaut. Watch Video

Goolge's response: "This is about more than simply a financial transaction, one company taking over another. It's about preserving the underlying principles of the Internet: openness and innovation."  David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer. His full response makes for interesting reading.

This week on the show, Telstra has been forced to delay the switch off of its CDMA network until April 28 this year because the government didn't feel the replacement next G network was up to scratch.

If you're a Microsoft Windows XP user and are running a non genuine version or you just forget install the latest service packs, then you're one of many, in the sights of hackers. According to Bitdefender, the majority of threats last month targeted a Microsoft Windows graphics vulnerability that was patched post-Windows Service Pack 2. More about this in the show.

We'll also give you and update in the HD DVD / Bluray war as HDDVD takes another blow,

And Macworld 2008 was somewhat of a non event compared to 2007, the showpiece this year being the ultra slim, light weight notebook. We'll have a look at the good, bad and the ugly from Macworld 20008.

Also – Firefox 3 beta 2 is out, AOL threatens to launch an Australian Portal, eBay tweaks worry sellers, Foxtel to launch HD. Egyptian internet outage a godsend to everyday Australian's, and technology and banking take another step forward.  There's all the usual segments plus a new jargon busting segment on Australia's premier tech talk show, Tech Talk Radio.


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Episode 04/2008 - TX: January 28th 2008 (Ep 164)
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Perry Vlahos is an astronomy educator, author and broadcaster with both a real passion for astronomy as well as an encyclopaedic knowledge of the night sky. As vice-president of the Astronomical Society of Victoria he often runs tours of the night sky for the general public as well as educating people on how to use telescopes and other equipment and even helping teachers to teach astronomy better to students.

Bryan Ackerly tells us everything we newed to know about the good old battery - Which ons work, which ones don't, as well as best and worst value for money and Adam Turner tells us of his concerns for Pluto!

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Episode 03/2008 - TX: January 21st 2008 (Ep 164)
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Web Design for ROIThis week, How important is a good looking site these days. The answer is very! Did you know that 75% of web users admit making judgments about the credibility of an organisation based on the design of its website and 83% of businesses use the internet to search and find potential vendors?  If that doesn't surprise you, then count yourself amongst 75% of web users. On our final show this year, we're going to talk to Lance Loveday and Sandra Niehaus, authors of a new book, Web Design for ROI, or return of investment. Based in Sacramento California, Lance and Sandra walk us through the right things and wrong things to do, when building that perfect website. Whether you're a CEO of a large corporation, or just rebuilding the website for the local footy club, this is must listen radio. Check out the web design for ROI website for more info!

Julius Sinkevicius on Tech Talk RadioAlso we catch up with Julius Sinkevicius, Senior Product Manager of Windows Server Division of Microsoft from their US Headquarters. Julius will run us through the new Server 2008 technology as Sever 2003 gets a makeover.

Julius started working in information technology in 1991, and has held various positions in systems and network administration. In 1998, he joined Microsoft as part of the Microsoft Consulting Services group and worked with some of Canada's largest companies deploying infrastructure servers. In 2000, he moved to Redmond, Washington and worked in the Microsoft Learning and Tablet PC groups.

Also today we revisit the exiting and slightly unique sport of Radio Direction Finding - a cross between orienteering and motor sport. We take a look at the Australian Championships held in Mt Gambier each year.

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Episode 02/2008 - TX: January 14th 2008 (Ep 163)
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This week, Thomas Robinson from one of Australia's largest web hosting companies, Web Central talks about web site hosting options and design. Also this show we hear from Robert Broomhead from the Wireless institute of Australia (WIA) about the hobby of Amateur Radio.

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Episode 01/2008 - TX: January 7th 2008 (Ep 162)
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This week, Justin Dunlop talks all about the apple iPhone - in fact almost everything beginning with the letter i, Bruce Mathews joins us to talk Spam from ACMA, (Australian Communications and Media Authority) the Australian Government body who's role it is to prosecute Australian's who like to send unsolicited emails, also Sam Shetty and Justin Freeman from Net Registry return to talk about search engine optimisation.


Syndication Stations: New promos are about to be recorded for 08. If you would like something for your station, please email us with your requirements. Tech Talk Returns February 4 2008
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Episode 53/2007 - TX: December 31st 2007 (Ep 161)
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Mark MayerMark Mayer, retired Qantas pilot returns to talk about aviation, in particular, the failed Qantas buy out, Air Garuda's mishap in March 2007, how black box technology works, and some aviation websites worth a visit.

Blogs with political or current-events themes have grown in popularity and become "soap boxes" for instant mass-audience commentary. You could even consider sites like youtube as blog sites albeit with a video nature. Adam Turner recently spoke on Tech Talk Radio about the grey line between a blog, and a journalistic or editorial piece, and asked the question should journalists blog? Journalistic pieces should be free of bias and a balanced reporting of a event or situation, where as a Blog is considered personal and contains opinions. As you can see, it's quite easy to mistake a blog for an editorial piece if it's written by a journalist.

JamesBut what of blogs in business? More and more businesses are seeing the advantages of blogging. Not only does it give the author the ability to communicate with his or her online audience, it can also aid in driving traffic to a website. 

Today on Tech Talk Radio, James Farmer joins us live in the studio to talk about blogs, and in particular Wordpress and WordCamp. James is an expert in the design and development of social websites. Wordpress is one of the world's largest free blogging sites where anyone and everyone can sign up for a free blog in a matter of minutes. But then what? Well wordcamp can help you get the most from your blog, from fun and games to making money and James will tell us more.   

Digital cameras are everywhere; in fact you'd be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't got one. Born out of the technology that brought television, digital cameras can be found in anything these days from Automatic Teller Machines to Mobile phones – they're even on top of polls at intersections these days.

Based on solid state CCD or Charged Coupled Device technology, the digital camera has evolved into a high resolution camera, which quality is measured by the number of Mega Pixels right? Wrong! There are many factors which determine how good a camera is, and more importantly is the quality of the lens in front of the camera.

Michel LawrenceTo discuss this and other phpect surrounding the art of digital photography, we're joined by Michel Lawrence, an advertising agency guru and experienced photographer who's latest project entails photographing every nationality that calls Melbourne home - some 250 smiling faces, to be exhibited at Melbourne's Federation Square for Australia Day 2008, and, which will no doubt travel the length and breadth of Australia. All of us is Mechel's website

Digital cameras have certainly changed the way we take photos. Not only can we make great quality prints at home, we also email them to our family and friends, and post them on the internet. Today, we'll give you some tips from the pros about the costs involved, image formats and sizes, image manipulation software, storage and backup. Everything you need to know to get you up and running in the brave new world of digital photography.


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Episode 52/2007 - TX: December 24th 2007 (Ep 160)
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The Tech Talk radio Summer Series will keep you entertained through the Holidays. We'll revisit some of the great moments on Tech Talk from the past few years.

Tech Talk radio is meeting and talking to people who are leaders in their fields. On today's show, we hear from two guests who know everything there is to know about the worlds biggest search engines.

Hugh WilliamsAdam LasnikAdam Lasnik heads up search for Google, and has the enviable title of Search Engine evangelist, and if that isn't enough, Hugh Williams from Microsoft tells us all about image search on Microsoft Live.

For those of you who didn't know, Hugh is an Australian, born, bred and educated in Melbourne. He now lives and works at Microsoft's home base at Redmond in the United States. So which ever is your favourite search engine, stick with us for the inside knowledge on what makes these search engines tick. We'll also hear from Adam Turner and Dr Ron tells us all about the rise and rise of copper theft in Australia.


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Episode 51/2007 - TX: December 17th 2007 (Ep 159)
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