Tech Talk Radio Shows 2011 - Past Shows

Did you miss one? Below you'll find all of our previous shows.
Please be aware that shows will be available for download the day after live transmission.

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Tech Talk Radio Summer Series 2011/12
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It's time the team took a break, so the best of Tech Talk Radio will be with you over the Summer Holidays. Sit back, relax by the pool or under a palm tree, enjoy Dr Ron's quality music programming and re-live some of the highlights from the past 7 years.


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Episode 49/2011 - TX: December 5 2011(Ep 361)
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The end of 2011 is upon us and all there's left to do is finalise the Christmas list, do that last minute shopping for family and friends and buy a special present for yourself, you know, the one that no-one else can get you because they haven't an idea where to get it or what in fact it is.

It's been a very topsy-turvy year for most Australians with financial pressures at the top of most people's minds. Consumer confidence has been on the slide for some time, what with local issues like the carbon tax and just maintaining a comfortable standard of living, add to that the volatile and high Australian dollar and the current woes in the US and the Eurozone and it all makes for a very interesting year. It's no wonder that local cinemas are going gang busters as most Aussies check their worries at the door for a couple of hours of reality relief.

The hi tech side of 2011 has also been somewhat jaded, with the big manufactures turning their attention to patents and court rooms, rather than  achieving high sales and a reputation in the market place for their products. Has it really come to preventing a competitor from selling a similar product, rather than making a better product and relying on the quality and the company reputation? Apple and Samsung's patent shenanigans are still unfolding in court rooms around the world, and even ISPs and Content owners are at it, with the high profile AFACT and iiNet case still in the High Court of Australia.

Content owners hoped that by causing service providers to force take-down of infringing users and copyrighted material they might be sharing through BitTorrent, they could curb the spread of copyrighted material. In the final day of High Court hearings, AFACT argued over remaining issues of cost and complexity of implementing a graduated response scheme, as well as the lack of an industry code between service providers and content owners. The court adjourned, but the full bench of judges reserved their judgment which is not expected for several months.

So it's time to turn our attention to hot summer days, hanging up the work shoes for a month and getting away. No doubt we'll all be keen to play with our new gadgets over the break, and if you're stuck finding the perfect present for that special person who has everything, we just may have the answer.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

this week we wrap the year up with a look at Apple and Samsung's shenanigans in Australia's legal system, and while on the subject of disputes, iiNet and AFACT are in the last stages of their legal stouch in the High Court as well. Also for the last show of 2011, Adam Turner and Lidija Davis join us live, and we'll talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of the past year.  Leena looks at gaming for the Christmas break and will help you make the right purchase to go under the tree.

App of the week:

Cartoon Studio Pro

Apple's iPad & iPhone: Cartoon Studio Pro

Create multi-celled cartoons straight from your iPhone, iPodTouch and iPad! Are you ever bored on a train and think of an awesome joke? Wouldn’t it be great to quickly make a cartoon and email it to a friend or post it to Twitter or Facebook? With Cartoon Studio you can! With additional art packs available for downloading (and more packs to be added) there is no excuse to not start creating cartoons now! 


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Episode 48/2011 - TX: November 28 2011(Ep 360)
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In a move which has left some of the tech talk radio panel quite bemused, five Australian ISP have taken it upon themselves to stop their customers from downloading copyrighted content from the internet. One has to ask, since when have companies who's profit margins rely on the large consumption of bandwidth taken the stance of the moral high ground?

The proposal comes from discussions between ISPs, the federal government and rights holders in the movie, music, software, gaming and publishing industries. Telstra, Optus, iiNet, iPrimus, Internode, AAPT, and the Internet Industry Association were involved with the Communications Alliance on the development of the scheme.

Online OiracyAccording to a report in ZD Net, the proposed process involves sending "education" and warning notices to customers whose accounts have been undertaking activity that might infringe copyright. The scheme wouldn't terminate internet accounts, and allows customers to appeal notices, if they think there is no illegal activity happening on the account.

Yes, you heard right, the scheme wouldn't terminate accounts of users allegedly downloading copyrighted material. So what's the point?

Within 14 days of a potential infringement being detected, the rights holder could send a copyright-infringement notice to an ISP under the scheme, stating the copyrighted work that was involved, the time it was infringed upon and the IP address involved. The ISP would then try to match that IP address to a customer, and within 14 days would either tell the rights holder that it couldn't match the IP address, or send an education notice to the customer.

The education notice would say that an infringement notice has been received, and that the account may be infringing on copyright by improperly accessing content. It would say where the user could find information about piracy and how to legally source content, and would warn that if the account continued to breach copyright, the rights holder could take further action.

The customer has 21 days to ponder the notice or appeal it to an Industry Copyright Panel. After that time, if another infringement notice comes through from the rights holder for the same IP address, the ISP would send a warning notice to the account holder. Again, there would be a grace period of 21 days after the account holder receives the notice before any further action could be taken.

Once three warning notices have been sent, if the rights holder sends through another infringement notice for the same IP address, the ISP would send a "discovery notice", saying that the account holder has received one education notice and three warning notices and hasn't stopped infringing, and that the ISP would tell the rights holder after a 21-day grace period.

The rights holder could then apply for access to the account holder's details by applying for a preliminary discovery or subpoena application so that the rights holder could take action, with which the ISP has to comply.

If an ISP receives no copyright notices for an IP address for 12 months, the process starts again from the beginning, with an education notice.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Radio Sport - Amateur RadioAmateur Radio is experiencing a resurgence so Robert Broomhead from the Wireless Institute of Australia joins us to tell us why.

HP's TouchPad shipments second to iPad,

the NBN takes the next step with the opening of the Networks home offices in Melbourne, and

desperate measures mean desperate times as RIM now giving away Playbooks to admins, and

Adam Turner turns his attention the password security.

For more information about Amateur Radio in Australia, visit the WIA website, or read about the entry level Foundation Licence or see what Radio Sport (below) is all about.

 


App of the week:

Webkey

Android: Webkey (ROOT REQUIRES)

You can control your phone from any browser: type, click, GPS, screenshot, etc. Using this program you can control your phone from any browser: click and type on phone, get, save screenshots, download, upload files, get GPS location, read and write SMS, export contacts, messages, call list, notify SMS, calls, and terminal emulator,



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Episode 47/2011 - TX: November 21 2011(Ep 359)
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Cast your mind back what seems to be a lifetime ago, but just over a year ago, Google was in the news for collection WIFI information as their street view camera cars roamed the planet. At the time, there was denial from Google over the collection with the company saying it was left over code by a developer that had found its way into collection software. Well, they're back, but this time they're telling us that they are collecting WIFI details, and what's more, they're telling us how to opt out.
 
Google CarAccording to Google It's simple: all you need to do is append "_nomap" to the name of the Wi-Fi network. So your home network, let's call it “ttr” becomes “ttr_nomap”. Now this seems pretty straight forward to tech savvy operators, but what about the mums and dads of this world who are oblivious to the data capturing and mapping wants or the search giant?

Also, it's worth mentioning that Australian privacy laws prevent companies for adding you to databases without your consent. We're an ‘opt in' country which means that if you want to be a part of something, you have to put your hand up – not have a company tell you you're in by default. Only one other precedent comes to mind which was when Telstra turned on it's “Calling Number Display” which showed the recipient of a phone call the number which was calling it. But that all happened in a day before privacy was such a concern.
The question needs to be asked why Google wants to collect WIFI information. Apparently the information is used for location references for devices which don't have GPS or Mobile phone connectivity. Devices like iPods.

According to those in the know, Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including access points, but also PCs, iPhones, iPads and Android phones, transmit a unique hardware identifier, called a MAC address, to anyone within a radius of a few hundred feet.

Android devices collect these MAC addresses, and beam them back to Google to be used in the company's geolocation database — a useful feature that allows faster location fixes for mobile phones. It's worth noting that Apple, and Microsoft operate similar databases, but do not provide an opt-out mechanism. And you all thought big brother was a crappy television show.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Adam Turner looks at Ultrabooks, Susan Mclean joins us in the studio to talk about developments in cyber safety, and James Gardiner talks digital cinema. Also Telstra to invest $100m in video distribution, 1800MHz is a prime band for LTE or 4G worldwide, and Microsoft revises forced reboots in Windows 8.

App of the week:

Google Translate

Android: Google Translate

Translate text between more than 60 languages.

Translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages using Google Translate for Android. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations.



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Episode 46/2011 - TX: November 14 2011(Ep 358)
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Steve Jobs certainly had it in for Adobe's flash, and last week it seems some of his campaigning may have finally come to fruition with Adobe announcing that it was no longer going to develop Flash for mobile devices. Steve was adamant that there was no need for anything to come between a devices operating system and its applications, which is one of the main reasons behind the companies refusal to allow Flash on its iGadgets.

Last week Adobe announced that future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores.

Adobe will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook. The company will continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations.

Adobe, like others, will now focus on HTML5, the next generation of HTML, which is the language behind today's modern internet browsers. It will still continue Flash for PC's. HTML5 has become the new flavor for rich media development and with this new direction of Adobe combined with the growth of mobile devices to access the web, it would seem as if Flash may become a deprecated programming language eventually.

Flash Player 11 for PC browsers just introduced dozens of new features, including hardware accelerated 3D graphics for console-quality gaming and premium HD video with content protection. Adobe said Flash developers can take advantage of these features to reach more than a billion PCs through their browsers and to package native apps with AIR that run on hundreds of millions of mobile devices through all the popular app stores, including the iTunes App Store, Android Market, Amazon Appstore for Android and BlackBerry App World.

It's worth noting that Flash is proprietary software, meaning Adobe looks to earn revenue from its users, HTML5 is not. HTML5 is just the way of the new browsers we load on our computers and gadgets which allow us to enjoy the content rich world of today's internet.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Scott Lorson, CEO of Fetch TV, talks to Adam about Apps, Adobe finally kills off Flash for mobiles, Apple is still ironing out the bugs in iOS5, illegal game downloads are on the rise, and Steam's gaming portal forum is hacked.

App of the week:

WhiteNote

Apple's iPad: WhiteNote

WhiteNote is an easy to use digital notebook application for the iPad that supports free-form text positioning and basic free-hand drawing as well as support for images and sound. It is designed to replace a physical notebook but applies technological advantages such as searching, real-time collaborative white boarding and content sharing. With WhiteNote, like a real notebook, you can create subjects to categorize your work. Then insert as many pages as you need using one of the many optional paper styles.

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Episode 45/2011 - TX: November 7 2011(Ep 357)
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Being a firm believer of NOT believing everything you read on the internet, as well as being a long way from April fool's day, I couldn't find the right words to describe my feelings when I read an article on Stuff.co.nz, detailing a new pilot program the search giant Google, was planning. According to the article, New Zealanders looking for a restaurant on the internet will find it easier to pick with a new addition to street view, Google's controversial street imaging project.

The feature will allow the public to view interior images of shops and other businesses found on its maps. The project will kick-off in a limited number of cities in New Zealand, including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Blenheim and Nelson before moving to Australia, Japan, and the US, as well as London and Paris.

Google said it was inviting the most searched businesses, including restaurants, hotels, shops, gyms and vehicle repair shops, to request a visit by its photographers. Businesses have been told to warn customers and employees about the photoshoot, and Google has promised to blur out or refuse to publish any images that include bystanders.

The photoshoots will produce 360-degree images using fish-eye and wide-angle lenses as well as stills and business owners could also upload their own picture and Google said the project is on a completely voluntary basis. When will it ever end?

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Has Google gone too far this time taking street view indoors? Android phone repair cost telcos billions, Avid release Media Composer 6, Canon release the new EOS C300, A Stop Motion Video Made with a Quarter Million Jelly Beans, and Adam sets up a new PC and shares his tricks to remove bloat ware. also, Simon Hann, President of the eLearning Industry Association of Victoria, a fast growing community of developers, suppliers and users of e-learning products and services joins us in the studio to talk about e-learning.

App of the week:

Mobile Destination Alert

All Platforms: What's App

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.

In addition to basic messaging iPhone, Android, Nokia and BlackBerry WhatsApp Messenger users can send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.

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Episode 44/2011 - TX: October 31 2011(Ep 356)
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Commbank Kaching iPhone 4The Commonwealth Bank has submitted it's Kaching application to Apples App store as it tries to win over consumers who own iPhones. Kaching essentially turns your iPhone into a contactless payment system. The bank is the first in Australia to integrate near-field communications (NFC) technology with smartphone software in a commercial application, despite various trials since 2007.

Kaching combines HTML5 and native iPhone elements including GPS location, contacts, and push notification. It enables not only contactless payments but also peer-to-peer payments through Facebook, email and SMS.

The bank was hoping the recent iPhone upgrade would contain near field technology, but has had to offer alternatives in the meantime. As a result, the bank will issue customers with an iCarte 420 case. iCarte is also used by some European banks, in partnership with Visa Europe.

In a statement from the bank, At 37%, Australia has the second highest smartphone penetration in the world, with only Singapore ahead. Australian's are 65% more likely than the British and 14% more likely than Americans to bank on our phones. Today, 28% of logons to the Commonwealth bank's NetBank platform are from mobile devices up 20% from just two years ago. In August 2011 there were over 16 million mobile NetBank logons. 79% of these were made using an iPhone and 12% using an Android handset.

To use Kaching users will first be required to complete an online registration, using existing NetBank login details, and selecting an account to both receive and make payments from. 

Commbank Kaching will then allow the user to make payments to anyone via an email address, phone number or Facebook friendship. Depending on the format selected for payment, the transaction will either take place instantly, or generate a unique code for delivery to the recipient, allowing them to access their payment online at a convenient time. 

NFC payments allow payments up to $100 to be made through a simple tap of a phone at the point of purchase in retailers with MasterCard PayPass enabled terminals.  As well as enabling mobile payments via NFC, email, mobile and Facebook, Kaching will also allow users to check and transfer money between their accounts, in addition to paying bills using BPAY. There'll be more on Kaching in today's show.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

David Lindberg from The Commonwealth Bank joins us to talk about the launch of the Kaching contactless payments app for the iPhone, Quickflix offers movies on demand, Apple is looking to launch a Siri-enabled television by 2013, and Samsung granted full bench appeal on Galaxy Tab 10.1

App of the week:

Mobile Destination Alert

Apple: NavFree

Navfree is a completely free GPS navigation app with no additional monthly charges. It uses map data created by a community of thousands of users around the world. This means as the community grows so does the quality of the map data.  Navfree features onboard maps that are stored directly onto your device so there is no need for a constant data connection whilst driving. It also allows you to browse maps any time anywhere without paying for data connections. Also, benefit from no additional roaming charges when abroad! Hoorah!

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Episode 43/2011 - TX: October 24 2011(Ep 355)
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We all know how fast technology is evolving these days, especially in the computing and communications sectors. Today, most of us cringe when we sign up on a mobile plan for two years with a handset that we know will be old and obsolete in maybe 12 months. So how would you feel if you had to lock in to a contract for a netbook computer for three years?  Well, this is what the Victorian education department are requiring parents of primary school students to do in their 1 to 1 netbook program.

As a parent of one student at a Victorian primary school, I was quite excited about the use of netbook computers with today's curriculum. It seems that no longer are kids expected to look up encyclopedias to research and study potentially outdated information. Instead, the possibilities of watching videos, learning interactively and collaboratively, as well as reading current up to date information was, at face value, a modern and progressive way of learning. After all it's where we adults do most of our learning these days.

At a parent meeting at our local school last week, in front of approximately 100 or so parents, a representative of the education department began to spin the unspinable. Having showed us a PowerPoint presentation of student's huddled around Apple 2e's and showed our children as large blue blobs on a chart amongst, well, lots of other smaller blue dots in a meaningless diagram of something I still haven't worked out, our attention was drawn to the technology we were expected to rent, not buy, for our children to use for the next 3 years of their schooling.

Introducing a Lenovo X220 ThinkPad notebook, a nice modern day computer by any standard I thought, until we delved into the specifications of the device. Expecting an i5 or i7 processor, I was shocked to find out that this was a special order device which ran an old Celeron processor. The demo unit on site didn't even power up. It was an already dated piece of slow technology loaded with education department software, along with, wait for it, Office 2007.

In Q&A time I confronted the speaker enquiring about web browsers with HTML5 and video the reason for my question. Unsure of the answer our spokesperson guessed IE7 or IE8, two noncompliant HTML5 browsers. Oh well, minimal video for the kids should they choose to research using modern websites. It was also noted that IE is the browser of choice for schools to connect into the Victorian government's Ultra net. The evening went from unbelievable to disbelief, but more about that later in the show.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Apple shares drop after iPhone sales fall short, Telstra's proxy voters seal the $11bn NBN deal, Microsoft Reports Record First-Quarter Results, Mobile phone brain cancer link rejected again, and Adam Turner has a special Apple guest on the couch.

App of the week:

Parted magic


The Parted Magic OS employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful software (e.g. Partimage, TestDisk, Truecrypt, Clonezilla, G4L, SuperGrubDisk, ddrescue, etc…) and an excellent set of info to benefit the user. An extensive collection of file system tools are also included, as Parted Magic supports the following: btrfs, ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, and xfs. Parted Magic requires at least a i586 processor and 312MB of RAM to operate or 175MB in “Live” mode.

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Episode 42/2011 - TX: October 17 2011(Ep 354)
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This week, the patent war between major hardware vendors reaches fever pitch with Australia's Federal Court imposing a temporary ban on the sale of Samsung's latest tablet computer in Australia. Block the sale of the Galaxy 10.1 tablet hands rival Apple another legal victory in the global patent war between the two firms.

Samsung Galaxy TabletBoth Apple and Samsung have been locked in an acrimonious battle in nine countries involving smartphone and tablet patents since April, with the Australian dispute centering on touch-screen technology.

In this current round Apple accused Samsung's Galaxy range of tablets and mobile phones of being too similar to its iPad and iPhone and requested an injunction to stop Samsung from selling or advertising the products locally.

This decision is not final, but for the time being, Samsung's Galaxy tablet is not available for sale in Aus. The court said that Apple was likely to succeed at trial.

And in other Patent battles, Microsoft is targeting Google's supply chain with the giant computer company expected to gain from Android and Chrome OS devices made by giant Taiwanese computer and smartphone maker Quanta. The deal could be significant for Microsoft since Quanta is one of the largest PC, tablet and phone makers in the world.

The Taiwanese company supplies nearly all the big brand device makers, including Research in Motion, the world's second largest PC maker, Lenovo, and key Android maker, Samsung.

Isn't it a shame that rather than companies bettering the products to win market share, they're resorting to blocking their competitors with legal disputes.  

This week on Tech Talk Radio

We hear from Canon, the makers of photographic and computer printers about their recent study ‘Change or Be Left Behind', ACCC fights back in Google case, There's a new mac book pro on the horizon, Victoria's problematic Myki publick transport ticketing system gets hacked and Hackers breach Sony systems again.

App of the week:

Vlingo

Android: Vlingo

The original is still the best voice-powered Virtual Assistant on Android. Looking for Siri-like functionality on your Android device? Look no further. Vlingo is your very own Virtual Assistant. Simply speak to Vlingo and it will help you get more done, faster and easier than before. Try saying "Text John; What's up?" or "find italian restaurants" or even "update Facebook; Vlingo rocks!" Download to learn everything Vlingo can do for you.

Android Only.

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Episode 41/2011 - TX: October 10 2011(Ep 353)
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Steve Paul Jobs

Steve Paul Jobs has been described as many things, but I think the one word that sums up this iconic father of four is visionary. Steve's ride through life has had more ups and downs than probably your life and my life put together. Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955. He was raised by adoptive parents Paul and Clara in Mountain View and, later in Los Altos, California.

As a 13 year old William Hewlett offered Steve a summer job at the Hewlett-Packard plant. It was there, that he met the man with whom he would invent "the first ready-made personal computer", the then 18 year old, college drop-out Steve Wozniak.

The rest is history, with some notable achievements along the way. These include his love of animation and subsequent work with the now famous Pixar. In 1986, Jobs bought The Graphics Group which was later renamed Pixar from Lucasfilm's computer graphics division for the price of $10 million, $5 million of which was given to the company as capital. Steve's movie legacy is Toy Story.

Steve was fired from his own company by an employee he personally hired. He then started a company called NeXT Computers, which Apple bought in 1996 for $429 million. He then set about rebuilding Apple into the business that it is today.

Steve's death on October 4 was not unexpected. Everyone knew about recent health concerns, and his fight with cancer, and we all feared the worse when he handed his CEO role to Tim Cook a few weeks back.

When it came to technology, Steve was a passionate man. His legacy will live on for generations to come. No one else has the drive, enthusiasm, foresight and determinedness that he had. He was a true perfectionist and will be sadly missed by those who he touched in his short 56 years, which is nearly everyone on the planet.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

We take a look back at the legend and visionary that was Steve Jobs, Contactless phone payments stumble with the iPhone 4GS launch, Telco cuts woman's connection after 42 warnings, HTC user data exposed to web apps, and Microsoft's malware removal tool targets more than you bargain for.

App of the week:

Mobile Destination Alert

Apple: Mobile Destination Alert

Never miss your stop again! MDA is WORLD'S FIRST distance-based destination alert, that ensures you get the most out of your travels on the train, bus or car, without the worry of missing your stop. It works even when there are delays and the arrival time is completely unknown! MDA works in the background and alerts you (via vibration, message, and music) when you're approaching your destination using GPS technology! So take a nap, enjoy your book, or play games on your iPhone without worrying about missing your stop ever again!

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Episode 40/2011 - TX: October 3 2011(Ep 352)
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In this fast changing online world, have you ever thought about what has become of or becoming of the ubiquitous web site? With our reliance on social media, to communicate and stay informed, we now have different expectations of the web than what we did say a decade ago.

According to a post on Google's blog last week the web is getting faster, and not just the speed of the pages, but also the speed of change. Before, it was fine to build a website and modify it only when new products were launched but today that's just not good enough. We need to be constantly on the lookout for problems and opportunities.

Googlereal time analyticsCurrently, Google's Analytics does a great job analyzing past performance. But even that has to change so the new and improved Google Analytics offers real time data - a set of new reports that show what's happening on your site as it happens.

Wow. Think about it. How is this technically possible? How is Google going to monitor every site? We'll the world's largest search company must have had a facility update in recent times. Google's Analytics relies on a small snippet of code placed on the pages on your site which you want monitored for usage. Each time someone accesses that page, Google instantly knows about it, so now, that information will be presented to site owners as it happens.

This is obviously a direct result of the demands of social networking – Tweets, Facebook posts and the likes. Will we ever stop and smell the roses?  It just makes you wonder what's next.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Sony has been given official reprieve by Australia's Privacy Commissioner over last April's hack, Adam Turner takes a look at the new BBC iPlayer app for the iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 faces further delays, Firefox 7 sneaks out, Microsoft under fire on Windows 8 dual-boot lockout, and Nokia to cut 3,500 jobs - Is this a sign of the times?

App of the week:

Satellite Flybys

Android: Satellite Flybys

Turn your phone into a satellite tracker. See the ISS, shuttle, even spy sats!

Would you like your phone to alert you when the ISS, shuttle, or even spy sats are flying overhead? Simple! Satellite Flybys turns your phone into a full-featured satellite tracker with flyby alarms and more.


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Episode 39/2011 - TX: September 25 2011(Ep 351)
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In the ever changing world of technology, only truly great gadgets stand the test of time. Chances are, if you don't own one of Apple's iPods, then you know someone who does. Would it surprise you that the ubiquitous device is having it's 10th birthday this week.
 
Windows 8Steve Jobs first introduced it on Oct. 23, 2001, and it went on sale a few weeks later. After a fairly slow start, the iPod eventually became Apple's main growth driver, helped lead the company's amazing comeback, and then gave way to the iPhone and iPad.

Today, the iPod business is in decline, while the rest of Apple continues to grow rapidly — especially the iPhone and iPad.  It's easy to say that the right move is to shut down the iPod line and focus on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but Apple has a big investment in music. Especially as Apple already seems to be winding down the “iPod” brand within iOS, splitting the iPod app into separate “Music” and “Video” apps

Could Apple split the iPod touch into two devices: A "nano" or 'mini" that runs some sort of iOS apps? Or maybe it is time for Apple to re shape their range of iGagets. With the release of the iPhone 5 sooner than later, and lets face it, Apples phone does everything the iPod does and more, maybe times up for the old iPod.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

eBay builds new division to woo developers, Windows store sole channel for Metro apps, Pirate Party win seats in German election, How do you watch movies at home? Adam takes a look at Surround Sound, and RIM ready to clear PlayBook stockpile – is this another fire sale?

App of the week:

Foodi

Apple: Foodi

Favourite chef recipes from ABC TV and Radio for iPads with iOS 4.0 and above.

Browse 145 mouth-watering recipes from 45 chefs, including Poh Ling Yeow, Maggie Beer, Simon Bryant, Bill Granger, and Matt Moran. Flip through recipes by dish, browse by season, chef, or occasion such as entertaining. Foodi also offers gluten free and vegan recipes.

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Episode 38/2011 - TX: September 19 2011(Ep 350)
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With much leaking and speculation, Microsoft released a pre beta version of its new operating system, Windows 8 to developers last week. At first glance Windows 8 is the convergence of Mobile and desktop computing, with a one OS fits all approach from the world's dominant software provider.
 
Despite the 64 bit version refusing to load up on two different workstations in the Tech Talk offices, the new system boots up in seconds and features a home page filled with colorful tiles taking the user directly into applications such as Facebook, messaging or news feeds.
First Apple abandoned power guzzling Flash in iOS for HTML5, now Microsoft looks set to continue the trend, building Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 without support for Adobe's media player, at least in Metro mode.

It's main competition is Windows 7, which is not all that old in it's lifecycle. Windows 8 is less likely to appeal to business users, given that many companies are still working their way toward switching to Windows 7.

Windows 8Microsoft has sold almost 450 million Windows 7 licenses in two years since it was introduced, but the newest version still accounts for less than one-third of global Windows users, many of whom are clinging to older versions. Windows 8 is the first to be compatible with low-power chips designed by ARM Holdings, which have become the standard for mobile devices.

Windows unit chief Steven Sinofsky said the new operating system is the first to focus on applications - it will contain an online app store for the first time - reflecting the way people now use computers, tablets and smartphones.

He said tablets running Windows 8 will be able to connect easily to printers, cameras and other devices. Windows 8 will also work on PCs with regular mouse and keyboard commands.Those in the know believe Microsoft wants to get Windows 8 devices in stores around July next year, or the US holiday shopping season at the latest.  Microsoft itself has not set a schedule publicly for release of Windows 8.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Microsoft opens the curtains on their newest operating System, Windows 8, Optus open up Pandora's Box with its new cloud based time shifting media service, the Android bot army grows but PC's still win by a mile, and is this the beginning of the end of RIM, as the Blackberry's days seemed well and truly numbered.

App of the week:

Birdbrain

Apple: Birdbrain Twitter Statistics

If you're serious about Twitter you need Birdbrain! Birdbrain checks your Twitter accounts for changes to your friends and followers, and tracks mention, retweets and list memberships.

When you start Birdbrain it takes a snapshot of your Twitter account and shows you the changes since it last updated. While Birdbrain is running it will automatically update every 20 minutes.

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Episode 37/2011 - TX: September 12 2011(Ep 349)
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Who ever thought SMS or short messaging would never take off would certainly be eating their words with the stark realization that Twitter would turn in to being the one of the world's most important social networking sites. The twitter blog this week attributed some interesting facts and figures about the service highlighting it's achievements in its short five year life.

Today,100 million active users around the globe turn to Twitter to share their thoughts and find out what's happening in the world right now. More than half of them log in to Twitter each day to follow their interests. For many, getting the most out of Twitter isn't only about tweeting: 40 percent of our active users simply sign in to listen to what's happening in their world.

TwitterTwitter's global reach gives a voice to people around the world and will soon support 17 different languages. The 100 million active users range from passionate early adopters to recent converts. They include a truly unified cross section of the world's population from leaders to sporting legends, entertainers and Humanitarians.

Thirty-five global heads of state use Twitter as a primary way to communicate with their constituencies which also includes Australia's PM @JuliaGillard. In the United States, frequent Tweeters include every Cabinet agency, 84 percent of state governors, and every major candidate for President. More than 40 percent of the top global religious leaders are on Twitter, including @DalaiLama and the Pope, who sent his first Tweet in June.

Many professional sports players are active on Twitter. Every team in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS tweets, as do cricket players in India, European football stars and many other celebrated athletes around the world. Fans and commentators join in for some of the most colorful conversations on Twitter.

Additionally, over 99 percent of America's top 200 non-profits are on Twitter.

Eighty-seven percent of Billboard's Top 100 musicians of 2010 are active on Twitter, connecting with fans to engage their audiences. Each of the top 50 Nielsen-rated TV shows are represented on Twitter. And who doesn't love a daily dose of hilarity from their favorite comedian such as Will Anderson, Dave Hughes and the master of comedy, John Cleese.

Major actively use Twitter to supplement their reporting efforts. Reporters share stories and photos from the front lines. Ordinary people break news and give us a view we might otherwise miss, like the now-famous Space Shuttle image that was retweeted over 2,300 times, and the first photo of the US Airways plane that landed in the Hudson River in 2009.

Twitter can be consumed on anything these days, from the home computer to your favorite smart phone or iGadget.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Solar parity is here but do you know what it is? Telstra rolls out IPv6 for business and government, Councils lobbying NBN Co for NBN preference Adam Turner takes a look at the Telco Confusopoly and  Dr Ron is back with an odd spot that even with all of Google's technology, they can't avoid the Aussie prankster.

App of the week:

Angry Birds Seasons

Symbian: Situations

Nokia Situations helps your device tie more into your life. You can manually define situations, like “In a meeting”, “Sleeping”, “Watching TV”, or “Playing with kids” and define how you want the device to act.  With the application running in the background, your device automatically senses the situation you are in and adapts to it according to your preferences.

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Episode 36/2011 - TX: September 5 2011(Ep 348)
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When it comes to Operating Systems for the ubiquitous computer, evolution is the name of the game. We all want a slick, intuitive and easy ways of navigating around our PCs, but when it comes to the graphical user interface, how much change is too much change?

Taking a look at Microsoft's up coming windows 8, you'd have to have been living under a rock not to know that the new desktop look is completely different from the user interface we've all been used to since the days of Windows 3.11, right through to the current model, windows 7

Windows 8 Microsoft will stick with the aptly named “Metro” Windows Phone 7 inspired tile interface for Windows 8, but users will get a heavier and more traditional option they can switch to on demand. Interface switching was Microsoft Windows 8 team's response to the battle of tastes between tablet and PC users.

Microsoft's Windows chief Steven Sinofsky said that if users wish to use the Metro (tablet style) interface, then users will never see the desktop. It won't be loaded unless they specifically ask for it.

Windows 7 desktop users who are familiar with icons and its Aero interface shouldn't think that the touch-friendly interface meant the old way of getting things done was bad.

Not everyone in the blogosphere is happy with the relegation of the traditional UI as second class citizen which may come as a concern to Microsoft as I'm sure the company doesn't need another Vista bloodbath on its hands. But is this the change that users don't know they need? That is, an OS that loads on small screen devices AND a desktop environment?

Maybe this makes sense for developers as they only need to develop for one platform rather than the two in existence today? It's a gutsy move for one of the world's most establish computer companies, which in recent times has lost some of its grip to it's competitors. Will the one OS cut it in the ruthless world of mobiles and pcs? I'm sure their customers will let them know in the not too distant future. 

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Apple puts the Legacy FCP back on sale, Apple are still considering USB 3.0 in addition to thunderbolt? Microsoft to support windows Phone 7.5  forward facing cameras, Internode shake up sees four execs made redundant, Telstra released its 2011 annual report and Adam Turner joins us live in the Studio.

App of the week:

Angry Birds Seasons

Android: Angry Birds Seasons

Angry Birds Seasons: Moon Festival! It's September and the moon is full and high as the Angry Birds head to China for the mooncake festival! The 3000-year-old harvest festival is one of the most important Chinese holidays, and the pigs think they can hide themselves in the midst of all the celebrations. Help the Angry Birds as they chase the pigs through 30 brand new levels filled with pagodas, rabbits, and red lanterns, lit by a dazzling harvest moon.
Android or iPhone

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Episode 35/2011 - TX: August 29 2011(Ep 347)
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iPhonAndroidA few months back we had the pleasure of meeting Scott and Sheona, the clever writers behind a viral piece of video doing the rounds on Youtube called Vodafail the Musical. At the time, Vodafone was doing it tough, call drops, lack of mobile broadband, poor and non existant customer service… the list goes on. We didn't have to ask this Melbourne based comic duo twice to come and say hello.

He's been called many things by many people, both good and bad, but history will remember Steven Paul Jobs, as a revolutionary in technology, and you'd have to agree that all of us owe him a great deal of gratitude, because out of all those before him, no one has influence today's technology as much as Steve Jobs has.

Last Thursday, Steve Jobs stood down from his position as Chief Executive of one of the world's largest computer companies, Apple to become chairman.

Steve Jobs

In the late 1970s, Jobs, with Apple co-founder Steve WozniakMike Markkula and others, designed, developed, and marketed one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. In the early 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of the mouse-driven graphical user interface which led to the creation of the Macintosh.

In a statement, Steve Jobs, who underwent a liver transplant following pancreatic cancer, said he could no longer meet his chief executive's duties and expectations. He will be replaced with by chief operating officer Tim Cook.

Mr Jobs wrote: "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's chief executive, I would be the first to let you know.
"Unfortunately, that day has come. I hereby resign as chief executive of Apple.
"I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

Apple board member Art Levinson paid tribute to Steve's contribution to the company saying: "Steve's extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world's most innovative and valuable technology company."
Now an air of uncertainty envelops the Apple brand. What will become of the world's biggest tech company with a new captain at the helm? As you'd expect, the stock market has reacted with the Apple share price falling.   Steve's resignation wiped billions of dollars off its stock market value as traders fret over the company's long-term future without its visionary leader.

A 5% decline wipes more than $17bn off Apple's stock market value, sending it down from $348bn to $330.5bn, just two weeks after it briefly became the world's most valuable company.

But it's early days yet, and Steve is now Chairman, those who come after would be wise to learn of the legends ways. Apple's future is rosy, its customer base is loyal, and its long term plans are well known, but Steve was a known quantity. Determined, passionate, arrogant and a visionary. The only uncertainty now surrounding the company is the leadership qualities of Tim Cook in a post Jobs world.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

We'll re visit some of the guests we've had on the show this year, including the visit we had from James Gardiner. James' insight into the world of digital cinema was very popular with the Tech Talk listeners as the evolution of celluloid to hard drives continues at break neck speed.

Steve Jobs calls it a day at Apple, and Adam Turner takes a look at the Steve Jobs faithful, and remember the team behind Vodafail the Musical? Scott and Sheona joined us live in the Studio earlier this year to vent their comic frustration, which so many vodafone customers could relate to.

App of the week:

Cut the rope

Apple iPhone and Android: Cut the Rope

Cut the Rope, catch a star, and feed Om Nom candy in this award-winning game!

The long-awaited hit game has finally arrived at Android! Join MORE THAN 40 MILLION PEOPLE who have already played this game and gave it an average rating of 4,81 (out of 5)!

Android or iPhone

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Episode 34/2011 - TX: August 22 2011(Ep 346)
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There is no such thing as stability in today's high tech landscape, and last week was no different. Hewlett Packard, a company which until recently could have been called a rock of stability in a ever changing tech world crumbled, with the announcement that it would no longer make PCs and tablets which all came as a bit of a shock considering it just launched the Touchpad.

iPhonAndroidLast week also saw Google's OS Android overtake Apple's iOS in smartphone sales in Australia for the very first time.

In the 12 weeks to August 7, 42.9 per cent of smartphones sold in Australia were Android phones compared to 37.2 per cent for Apple's offerings. The recent rapid rise of Android in Australia mirrors trends seen overseas and serves to explain some of the recent animosity between Apple and Android phone makers. But keeping in mind the pending launch of iPhone 5 in the short term, is this just an apparition in the space time continuum.

Other phone operating systems such as Symbian and Microsoft's Phone 7 seem to be on the decline, which is probably for good reason. Rivalry aside, Apple and Google both have a stable and reliable platform on which to develop tomorrows applications. They both have their own web browsers which work well with their respective phone Operating systems, and it now looks like Google is entering the hardware game with its recent acquisition of Motorola's Mobility. Just in case you didn't know, Motorola makes Android smartphones, tablets, Bluetooth accessories, set tops, DVRs, and an array of other powerful communications products that apparently connect people and simplify their lives.

So it looks like the playing field is almost level and the tussle to be the number one  telecommunications company will soon be underway. It seems the only difference will be the cost of the Operating System, and how said operating systems interface with existing technology offerings from the respective companies.  The deciding factors may come down to application developers and their return on investment for their hard work and effort, as well as consumer acceptance and ease of use of the hardware on offer.

Like with everything technological, these scenarios raise more questions than the answer. Will we see a new class divide? Will there be 2 camps of warriors – Apple and Google? And what will become of RIM, Microsoft and Nokia?

This week on Tech Talk Radio

HP decides to pull the pin and stop making PCs and Tablets, Google's small screen OS android has for the first time overtaken Apple's iOS in smartphone sales in Australia, as well Google strengthens their grip on hardware with the purchase of Motorola Mobility. Those ugly black Optus style street cables are making a come-back across Australia, Brian Patto looks at the Bladerunner 2, and Apple targets the Big Apple for counterfeit product.

App of the week:

Boxee

Apple iPad : Boxee

Video from you and your friends - all in one place that goes anywhere. 
Boxee for iPad brings videos from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and your computer all onto your ipad so you can find and watch new videos or favorites on the train, in bed, on the couch, on the john, during boring conversation, on the patio, from the roof deck, in an abandoned bunker, on the side of a mountain....

Please note: This app does not do everything the Boxee Box does.

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Episode 33/2011 - TX: August 15 2011(Ep 345)
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Last Friday, Australia's telecommunications industry ombudsman released the organistations findings into how consumers are treated by Australian phone companies.

The TIO research paper titled Resilient Consumers, reported on a survey of more than 500 consumers who lodged complaints with the TIO between July and August 2010. The survey found:

  • Old Phonemore than 55 per cent of consumers surveyed reported contact with their service providers five or more times before contatcting the TIO
  • 60 per cent reported spending three or more hours unsuccessfully trying to solve their complaint before approaching the TIO, with one in five saying they spent more than nine hours resolving their complaint
  • 50 per cent reported contact with more than three different departments and
  • the most common reasons for complaining to the TIO were because there was no solution offered by the service provider or a promise to resolve the complaint was not kept.

Simon Cohen, head of the TIO said consumers who come to the TIO report spending substantial time and effort trying to solve their complaints. They report being transferred from department to department, not being transferred to supervisors and, perhaps most frustratingly, getting no solution or a broken promise for their efforts.

The report found that once these complaints were lodged with the TIO about 90 per cent were easily resolved when referred to the right contact within the service providers.

Mr Cohen said most of these cases should not have come to us in the first place. The fact that they are most often resolved by referral by the TIO to the right department is strong evidence that consumers can be treated better. AS a result the Ombudsman has recommended introducing clearer pathways for consumers to make complaints, and making sure all employees can recognise when a complaint is being made and who is best able in their company to deal with it.

So what is the underlying reason for such complacency within the Australian telecommunications industry? Are telco's trying to cut costs by running off shore call centres, and in turn alienating customers, and more importantly, is the cost saving in running an off shore point of access for consumers worth it, when it comes to the company's reputation? Personally, I like someone local who understands the local topography. It's part of the decision making process when choosing a service provider. Does it matter to you?

This week on Tech Talk Radio

China find another 22 fake apple stores, Games find their way to Google +, Optus has a loss, Microsoft patch 22 issues, Adam gets all romantic about the census, and the mobile phone in Australia turns 30 years old.

App of the week:

Lookout

Android: Lookout Security & Anti-Virus

Get Lookout for FREE: Security, Find My Phone, and Backup and Restore.
Just as you protect your PC with antivirus, you need to protect your phone from malware and spyware. But unlike traditional virus protection, Lookout is lightweight and only consumes the amount of battery power in one day as a 33 second phone call.

Android Only.


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Episode 32/2011 - TX: August 8 2011(Ep 344)
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Indulging in a videogame is a common form of past time for almost everyone. Yes there are the few exceptions, but they are certainly in the minority, and it seems that how we indulge is changing. There are two places where we play, at home usually on a console such as a PS3, Xbox or Wii, or out and about, on a small screen device.

Most of us now carry a mobile phone, and the majority of us carry smart phones. Phones which not only connect to the internet, but allow us to entertain ourselves while in the car, on a train, or even on a plane. But even that's changing too.

Old Telstra PayphoneNintendo, the manufacturer of the Wii an the DS, had a slap in the face from reality in the past few weeks, with the stark realization that their old faithful, the Nintendo DS and 3DS are no longer the sought after gadgets they one were. The slap was so hard that Nintendo executives have slashed their own salaries as well as the price of their fledgling handheld console after the company's first quarterly operating loss.

President Satoru Iwata, who has taken a 50 per cent pay cut, told shareholders a "drastic approach" was needed in order to build momentum for the 3DS.

The lack of enthusiasm towards the 3DS, Nintendo's follow-up to the DS in the company's hugely successful handheld line - has been blamed on a poor selection of titles and unexciting technology, raising questions about the viability of the handheld market.

In Australia, from August 12, the price of the 3DS will be slashed by $100 down to $249.95 which will no doubt upset those who have already purchased the device but Nintendo says early adopters who may feel betrayed by the move will receive free game downloads to compensate.

So of the big three, Microsoft don't really have a hand held gaming console, instead relying on options within the Phone 7 operating system, Nintendo have the 3DS which is struggling, and that leaves Sony. With the company still recovering from its tumultuous start to the year with hackings and earthquakes, what does fate have in store for the “Play Station Portable” handset scheduled for release later this year?

If it goes the same way as Nintendo's DS, then it looks like the writing is on the wall for hand held gaming devices and we'll all have to entertain our kids with expensive smartphones while in the back seat of the car on those long summer holidays.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Nintendo receive a hand held game reality check, Google and Microsoft seem intent on airing their dirty laundry for all to see. Adam Turner takes the covers off Dlinks new Boxee Box media center, Gmail splits the screen now with a preview pane thanks to tablets, and Apples new Lion OS now available on a USB Stick.

App of the week:

Flight Radar

Apple iPhone, iPad and Android: Flight Radar

Flightradar24 is a flight tracker, that makes it possible to view airplane traffic, in real time, on a Map in your iPhone/iPad/iPod. The Flightradar24.com website is also sensational.

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Episode 31/2011 - TX: August 1 2011(Ep 343)
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It may or may not surprise you with the Australian consumer watch dog, the ACCC taking to telco's in this country with a big stick, some are actually falling in line, including the biggest recalcitrant, Telstra. But is seeing believing?

It was reported in the media last week that Telstra has started providing customers with a "summary of offer" document laying out the true cost of taking a new telecommunications service and it looks like Primus and VHA will be doing the same.

According to the report, In a plan agreed to by industry and coordinated by the Communications Alliance, a summary document would be presented to new customers online or at the point of sale in lieu of fine print that was normally worked into advertisements.

The summary included information on the monthly access price, additional charges, plan inclusions and exclusions, contract length, exit fees, termination dates and eligibility requirements.

In public submissions to ACMA, the Australian Communications and Media Authority's Reconnecting the Customer inquiry, Telstra said it provided the summary in-store, on its website and by mail to customers who requested more information, but it may not be presented at every customer interaction - including those over the phone or on a phone bill - and whether it would lead to "disclosure fatigue" for the customer.

Telstra wrote in its submission that "In some cases, the customer may already have done their research online or gone in-store to obtain a summary of offer for the plan they are interested in taking up, but the supplier will not know definitively if this is the case"

Old Telstra Payphone

Despite several submissions pointing to an ACCC undertaking with major telcos in 2009 over reforming advertising practices, the extent to which customers would go to read the fine print included in advertisements, on websites or in the proposed summaries had been dragged as arguments into several prominent Federal Court cases.

As technology changes so frequently, and the goal posts have a tendency of moving all by themselves, it may pay to become familiar with the true cost of the service your about to subscribe to. The ACCC is pushing for supermarket style pricing for telecommunications products so we can all make an educated decision on our purchase, so hopefully with clear pricing and true costs, we may see the end of the horrific cap offers which have proliferated over the past decade or so, after all, its caps which hide the true value of a purchase.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Firstly a big warm welcome to stations now taking Tech Talk Radio on the Community Radio Network. Tech Talk Radio has been on the airwaves for the past seven years and is truly an independent tech talk show, and on this weeks show…  Apple becomes the world's top smartphone vendor and patents a new keyless keyboard, Optus bids for home phones with the launch of femtocells, Google offers to rewrite the web in an effort to make it faster, as well, the goggle streetcars will be doing another pass of Australian streets in the not too distant future and Adam takes a look at the HP touchpad.

App of the week:

Trimmit

Apple iPhone: 8mm Vintage Camera $1.99 PAID APP

Shoot old-fashioned 8mm movies in real time.

8mm Vintage Camera brings your iPhone and iPod Touch back in time to capture the beauty and magic of old school vintage movies. By mixing and matching films and lenses, you can recreate the atmosphere of those bygone eras with 42 timeless retro looks. Dust & scratches, retro colors, flickering, light leaks, frame jitters - all can be instantly added with a single tap or swipe. iPhone Only

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Episode 30/2011 - TX: July 25 2011(Ep 342)
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Last week saw the end of an era as the Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down at Cape Canaveral in Florida for the very last time, 42 years after astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon

CHRIS FERGUSON: Mission complete Houston after serving the world for over 30 years, this space shuttle has earned its place in history and it's come to a final stop.

Last Shuttle

50 year old Commander Chris Ferguson brought Atlantis back from its last mission into space and reflected on the achievements of America in space.

CHRIS FERGUSON: We got to take the ride. We sure hope that everybody who has ever worked or touched or look at or envied or admired a space shuttle was able to take just a little part of the journey with us.

Even NASA was sentimental about the last shuttle mission.

NASA ANNOUNCER: Having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other, its place in history secured, the space shuttle pulls into port for the last time, its voyage at an end.

Even shuttle launch director Michael Leinbach took time out to reflect on what had been.

MIKE LEINBACH: There were good emotions that we brought the crew home safely and the mission is completely, certainly sadness that it is over and people will be moving on and I hate to see them leave but that is a reality. I saw grown men and grown women crying today, tears of joy to be sure and that was just human emotions came out on the runway today and you couldn't suppress them.

The shuttle and its four-member crew touched down at Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral at 5:56am local time (07:56pm Thursday AEST), ending an era of human space exploration for the United States and leaving Russia as the world's only taxi to the ISS. Atlantis dove back into Earth's atmosphere at an altitude of 122,000 metres, plunging through temperatures of up to 1,371 degrees Celsius at about 25 times the speed of sound.

After 135 missions, the American shuttle program is now over and it's a time of mixed emotions for the close-knit NASA community, with the workforce reeling from thousands of job losses.

The space shuttle program has certainly had it's up and downs, jubilation and tragedy, but 30 years on, now with tight budgets and the American economy in dire straights, the US president Barack Obama has ordered the agency to focus its resources on sending people to an asteroid by 2015 and to Mars by 2030.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

The space shuttle returns to earth for the final time, so what now for NASA? Internode are the first to release pricing for access to the NBN, Apple rolls out new MacBook Air, and we look at the performance of the new Mac Mini, Google continues its clean up with Labs and Firefox deleted, the price of 3D TVs seem to be falling and Adam is still living the media center dream.

App of the week:

Trimmit

Apple iPhone: Trimmit

Trimit is a bookmarklet [www.trim-it.me] and iOS app that allows you to evaluate the relevance of a webpage by providing an accurate and succinct summary of its content. trimit is the world's first automatic text summariser and simplifier for any mobile device. 

iPhone Only

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Episode 29/2011 - TX: July 18 2011(Ep 341)
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Last week saw the short messaging social network Twitter turn 5. How it seems like twitter has been with us forever. 5 years ago, on July 15th, 2006, Twitter, then called Twittr, opened to the public and was described as “a new mobile service that helps groups of friends bounce random thoughts around with SMS.”Twitter Turns 5

It's time to look back over the last financial quarter and see how the major tech icons are placed.

Last week also saw Google's 36 percent revenue surge, smash Wall Street's expectations, sending the Internet giant's shares up more than 12 percent. The world's largest Internet search engine turned in a strong quarterly profit that exceeded forecasts, as it benefited from growth in businesses ranging from mobile to online video. Shares of Google were up 12.3 percent at US$594.50 in after-market trading, marginally above levels at which the stock began earlier this year.

After a five months of jagged ups and downs, Apple stock overtook a record set on Feb. 16, 2011. Last week, after hitting an intraday high of $365, the stock closed at $364.92, up $7.15 (2.0%) . The previous high close ($363.13) were both set nearly five months ago, on Feb. 16, 2011.

When it came to product shipment in the last quarter, Apple and Lenovo PCs made huge gains while those by HP and Dell remained flat. Shipments by Acer, formerly the world's second largest PC maker, fell 22 percent placing it in fourth spot while Lenovo's shipments jumped 22.5 percent. Lenovo was the third largest computer maker in the world, behind Dell and HP.

Apple's PC shipments to the US grew 8 percent to 1.8 million, defying the weak consumer market there, while shipments by leaders HP and Dell fell 1.2 percent and 9.8 percent respectively on last year's figures.  
According to research firms Gartner and IDC, Apple had just over 10 percent share of the US PC market. However it remained outside the top five across the world.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Apple compensates a user for iPhone tracking, also the company aligns Australian app prices with that in the US. Doorknocker offers fake NBN services in Hobart, ACMA has published a draft report on the findings of its inquiry into telco customer care and complaints, Adam was a view from the hammock, and a special birthday mention to a well-known tech company who just turned 5. So do you know who it is?
First up, here's Dr Ron with this week's news round up from the Tech Talk Radio news desk.

App of the week:

Google +

Apple iPhone: CBA Property Guide

The Property Guide app helps anyone looking to keep on top of the property market make smarter property decisions with ‘augmented reality' insights in to almost any Australian home, anytime, anywhere. The app uses ‘augmented reality' technology where rich data, which may include past sales history, current property listings and recent sales, is mapped on to a real world view through the iPhone's camera on more than 95 per cent of residential properties in Australia.

iPhone Only

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Episode 28/2011 - TX: July 11 2011(Ep 340)
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Once again Australian consumers have the ACCC, Australia's consumer watchdog to thank for keeping the Telcos in line that are big on misleading, and once again, Australia's number two telco Optus has had its wings clipped over recent broadband ads found to be just that.

Optus Chief Paul O'sullivanThis isn't the first time Optus have been caught out misleading consumes so one has to wonder if this isn't common practice. They've already been hauled across the coals over cap plans and the misuse of “unlimited”, and now they've been taken to task over those “Supersonic” and “Think Bigger” Ads. After the peak allowance was depleted, the consumer would not get the benefit of any of the remaining off-peak entitlement... at broadband speeds"

ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel sums the matter up saying “This decision sends the clear message that misleading consumers is not a legitimate business strategy… The entire telecommunications industry needs to sit up and take notice.”

Recently, the Federal Court found that Optus hadn't clearly explained that those who went over the peak (or off-peak) data allowances would have their connections shaped to 64kbps

The Federal Court has ordered Optus to pay $5.26 million in fines in addition to corrective advertising, allowing affected customers to exit contracts without penalty and a court-appointed injunction on specific advertising from Optus on the issue.

The decision prompted a public apology from Optus chief Paul O'Sullivan, but he claims the company never received complaints from customers over the advertising.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

The dust is still settling on Final Cut Pro X, the ACCC wins its biggest telco fine ever, Virgin Australia has capability to use mobile phones in-flight and Qantas points out the problems with lithium mobile phone batteries, Facebook launches video chat with Skype, more on Google +, and Adam Turner takes a look at the longevity of DVD and Bluray with the evolution of streaming media and download services. Also this week, James Gardiner from digitAll P/L, all about traditional vs digital cinema.

App of the week:

Google +

Android: Google +

Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. With your permission, Instant Upload automatically puts the photos and videos you take into a private album in the cloud, so you can share them anytime, from anywhere. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they're checking in.

Android Only. iPhone coming soon

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Episode 27/2011 - TX: July 4 2011(Ep 339)
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As Australia's National Broadcaster, the ABC starts its 80th year, Google, 16 year old search engine giant launched a new social network option called Google+ to the screams and chorus of recluses the world over of “oh no not another one”.

With Google's equivalent of Vista, the now defunct Wave but a distant memory, the world's largest internet company has brought all its existing facilities and services into the one new social networking site which functions in a very similar manor to Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook. Google+ seems to have taken all the best bits of Facebook, and added sevices like Picassa, a photo storage and sharing app, to streamline the process of sharing photos with friends. Google Plus

In Google+, the Facebook wall has been replaced with stream, and your friends become a circle, as in a ‘circle of friends', and as with life, you can have many circles of friends. Each circle has its own stream allowing targeted messaging amongst friends. After all, the hockey team doesn't need to know about your family night outs.

The bottom line is that if you know Facebook, Google+ is a very easy transition. It's just new names for features you used to in Facebook. According to the Google sales pitch and quoting from their Google+ site, “Sharing is a huge part of the web, a part that we think could be a lot simpler. That's why we've been working on adding a few new things to Google: To make connecting with people on the web more like connecting with them in the real world” They finish up by saying “We hope that you like what we've cooked up so far. And stay tuned, because there's more to come”

So here we go again, just as the privacy concerns with Facebook and all social networking sites in general stat to abate, the new kid on the block will no doubt stir it all up again and there'll be many parallels to be drawn and feuds to be had. Interestingly though, there's been no mention of Google+ being a Facebook killer, so is that in itself an omen? Will 1/3rd of the world's population jump ship? Is there room on the planet for two all-encompassing social networks? Fortunately, things of an internet nature move very quickly, so I don't think we'll have to wait too long to find out to see if the last one to leave Facebook puts out the cat.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

The wave has receded, but “surfs up” with Google+, Apple Responds to Video Editors' Grumblings Over Final Cut Pro, Microsoft's rules of Mango for developers, you do not talk about Mango, iPhone is the Number One selling phone in Australia, but for how much longer? And Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook plans an awesome launch this week.

App of the week:

Where's my Android

Android: Where's my Andoid

Ever lost your phone and you go to call it to listen for the ringer and remember its on silent mode? Now when you lose it you can text your phone with the custom set attention word and it will turn silent mode off, the ringer vol up, and start ringing. You can also text a different attention word and get the GPS location of your phone.

Android Only.


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Episode 26/2011 - TX: June 27 2011(Ep 338)
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Sitting on the sidelines of technology and watching it evolve, must be a popular and interesting past time, after all, Luddites of the world certainly out number nerds and fast adapters put together. One observation would have to be how complex and highly technical industries needing specialist operators and sophisticated equipment, has been marginalized and now in the realm of enthusiasts and home users.

Final Cut Pro XOne industry which comes to mind is the film and television industry. Both production and post production equipment has change dramatically over the past decade. Even delivery methods have changed. TV stations are in the final phase of going digital, where multiple TV channels can be squeezed into the same radio space as one analogue channel, and the latest movies are being delivered to your local cinema on hard drives instead of film – a process saving the distributors plenty.

In production, cameras, lenses and recording equipment prices have fallen significantly in the past decade especially when you look at the bang you get for your buck. Also, the sensitivity to light of today's modern cameras means that the days of vast lighting rigs and lengthy setups has more or less gone.

In post production, the editing equipment is now faster and easier to use that it has ever been. Sure the big names are still making the gear, and you'll be sure to find the names Sony and Panavision on a set and in a post house, but the last decade has seen new comers to the game, such as Red, a brand of camera made by a sunglass entrepreneur, and edit systems made by Avid and Apple.

As technology is so affordable to both professionals and hobbyists, anyone can become a film maker, and the only thing that sets professionals and enthusiasts apart, is experience. Online sites like Youtube and Vimeo have become portals for both professionals and enthusiasts to show their wares. It's amazing what can be achieved with a $3000 camera and today's modern Mac or PC.

If you've got a good story, the equipment you use to tell that story can be quite irrelevant to the impact of the final product. So really, in today's high tech, high resolution world, all that stands between you and the silver screen is passion and enthusiasm, …and a few bucks. So what are you waiting for?

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Mac OS X 10.6.8 is out, and you need it for Lion, Twitter plans bolder advertisements, just when you thought it was all over, the Winklevoss twins open a fresh Facebook case, Apple release Final Cut Pro X, and Australia's National; Broadband Network takes another step closer with Optus and Telstra joining the club.  First up, here's Dr Ron with this week's news round up from the Tech Talk Radio news desk.

App of the week:

IP-Cam

Android: IP Webcam

Turn you phone into a wireless camera! Supports Windows, Mac and Linux. Turns your phone into a network camera with multiple viewing options. View your camera on any platform with VLC player or web browser.

Use IP Webcam with tinyCam Monitor on another android device or with third-party MJPG software, including video surveillance software, security monitors and most audio players.
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Episode 25/2011 - TX: June 20 2011(Ep 337)
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If you ever needed any convincing that apps stores are here to stay, then would it surprise you that the iTunes store continues to grow. In fact iTunes now costs $1.3 billion a year to run. Apple recently published iTunes store figures that were amazing to say the least.

iTunesThese included 15 Billion iTunes song downloads , 130 million book downloads, 14 billion app downloads, $2.5 billion paid to developers, 225 million accounts, 425k apps, 90k iPad apps, 100k game and entertainment titles
50 million game center accounts.

Since we know something about the average price of songs and apps, and we know the split between developers and Apple (and roughly between music labels and Apple) we can get a rough estimate of the amount Apple retains to run its store.

If we add the content margins from music and apps and assume the store runs at break even we can get an idea of what it costs to operate the store.  The latest number is $113 million per month from a total income of $313 million per month which implies over $1.3 billion per year. But back to the stats…

With 225 million account users, Apple's online database is larger than Sony's, and we all know what happened to Sony in the last month or so. Apple also stores credit card information with user information, so the question needs to be asked, “How secure is Apple's online data?”

Sony, despite being a large company, is small in comparison to Apple, and most Apple users would lodge some type of credit details with the iTunes store. But where the main purpose of Apples store is to sell apps, music and movies, Sony's Playstation network was more a conduit to playing with friends online, than buying content, so in theory, Apple would fall further than Sony if it were to meet the same fate.

So if putting this into perspective makes you nervous, then why not remove your credit card from the iTunes database, and buy iTunes gift cards at your local supermarket. You never know, it may be the best gift you ever give yourself.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Apples iTunes continues to grow, in fact Apple could buy the whole mobile phone industry if it so desired. Tasmanian public schools locked out of NBN, Hackers hit US Senate, the Feds quietly close mandatory internet filtering branch, and Google suspends more Android apps.

App of the week:

Unknown

Android: Foodspotting Lite

Foodspotting is a visual guide to good food and where to find it. Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can find and share where to find your favorite dishes using photos.

This is a Lite version that includes the basic features of foodspotting.

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Episode 24/2011 - TX: June 13 2011(Ep 336)
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Did you notice the internet go a bit slower last Wednesday? Well, it was the day to give IPv6 a go as many ISPs and Hosting companies around the world deployed the new protocol as a trial. There's been a lot of talk recently that the range of IP addresses that we're currently using – known as IPv4 were running out, and we've now reach that time. The limited number of internet addresses under the current system has been recognised as a problem since the 1980s.

IPv6All blocks of the old IPv4 have now been issued, which means once they're use up, no more computers can connect to the internet. We, it's not that bad really.

The Internet Society of Australia is coordinating the local end of the trial of a new internet system known as IPv6 and the society's president, Tony Hill said it's a huge undertaking. He says more than 100 major global companies are participating in world IPv6 day including major service providers such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo. They've made their main website available through IPv6 as well as IPv4 at the same time.

The IPv4 protocol has a mere 4.3 billion addresses which ran out in February this year while the new IPv6 has 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses, and it's hoped they'll never run out.

Instead of a string of twelve digits, IPv6 uses a combination of 32 letters and numbers, creating many more internet addresses. The new system is vital because of the combination of a growing global population and the proliferation of new devices that connect to the internet. Also, the need is particularly acute in fast growing countries such as India and China.

So did the earth (or internet) move for you? So far so good.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

We check out Apple's World Wide Developers conference for 2011 and there was nothing unexpected. Steve jobs front the Cupertino council in California with plans for new office space for 12,000 people. IPv6 hits the internet, all be it as a trial, Google sued over Chromebook name, Nokia's credit rating takes a hit thanks to Microsoft, and Adam Turner looks at Music and Apples new iCloud.

App of the week:

Juice Defender

Android: Juice Defender by Latedroid

Ditch your charger - increasing battery life has never been so easy!
Always carrying your charger around? You don't need to!
JuiceDefender intelligently and transparently manages for you mobile connectivity and other battery-sensitive components, greatly improving battery life.

Android Only.


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Episode 23/2011 - TX: June 6 2011(Ep 335)
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This week was the week for users of mobile telecommunications products. It was the week the World Health Organisation panel recommended people limit their usage of mobile phones after it found a possible link with two types of cancer. As well, ACMA looks to tight its grip on dodgy and misleading offering from Australian telcos. It appears the industry's days of total self-regulation of customer service, without the threat of penalties for breaches, are numbered.

After years of poor customer service and complaints statistics going from bad to worse it appears that the telecommunications sector is about to be brought into line. The Australian Communications and Media Authority is preparing to release a 12-month review of customer care.

Telcos will be forbidden from using advertising terms such as "cap" and be forced to implement supermarket-style unit pricing and new measures to prevent bill shock under strict new regulations recommended by the communications regulator.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released the draft report of its Reconnecting the Customer inquiry, which has been described as a "well researched expose" of the poor state of customer service and complaints handling among telcos. As if we didn't need reminding.

The inquiry was sparked by a continued surge in complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO), which reached 210,000 last year, and also takes first prize for the most complaints in any industry sector in Australia – ahead of banking.

ACMA chairman Chris Chapman (below) said this complaint level was just the "tip of the iceberg" as research has shown that only a fraction of consumers even know about the TIO and its complaints-handling process.

ACMA Chris ChapmanTelcos will be given time to implement ACMA's recommendations in their own self-regulatory industry codes but if they do not do so in a satisfactory way ACMA said it would force them to do so with new regulations.

One of the key ACMA recommendations is a ban on the misleading use of terms such as "cap" and "unlimited", which often fool consumers as in most cases the "cap" represents a minimum rather than maximum spend. Claims of broadband speeds would also need to be substantiated.

This will be supplemented by new "unit pricing" rules so consumers will easily be able to tell from advertisements what is included in their plan and what costs extra in an effort to cut through the "confusopoly" that passes for marketing in the telco sector.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Mobile phones and telecommunications companies are in the spotlight yet again, and ACMA gets out its big stick to try and reign in the angry beast. We get to see Windows 8 for the first time, the US says Cyber attacks are an act of war, PlayStation 4 is on its way, and Adam puts his two cents worth in on the telecommunications reforms.

App of the week:

Pulse

Apple / Android: Pulse by Alphonso Labs

Meet Pulse. A beautiful application that makes reading news fun and engaging.Pulse is a beautiful app that takes your favorite websites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic. Tap on an article to see a clean and elegant view of the news story. Save stories for reading later across all platforms or sync them with Instapaper, Read it Later and Evernote. Sharing a story via Facebook, Twitter and email is as easy as two taps.

Available for iPhone and Android


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Episode 22/2011 - TX: May 30 2011(Ep 334)
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With the internet being a spring board for free speech, are we becoming a negative society? Chances are, if you're the recipient of poor customer service or goods that aren't to you expectation, you've ventured on to a blog or forum to vent you dissatisfaction.

With this in mind, should we as a society, start to provide websites where consumers can rate their satisfaction with an experience for all to see? Well, if in fact we are a bunch of wingers, then beware what you read online. The nation's fifth largest private fund, NIB has set up a website on which patients can talk about their good and their bad medical experiences.

NIBWhoa. Now if that isn't a red rag to a bull, I don't know what is?

Rhod McKensey is chief marketing officer for NIB and said on ABC that the company is trying to provide a site where consumers and our customers can come and search for a practitioner, for example a dentist in their local area, and be able to compare the results across dentists on a number of factors including the likelihood of our customers to recommend that provider and an average service charge score. A dentist's name, their contact details including their name, address and phone number will be available in association with their comments, their service charge score and their likelihood to recommend score.

Controversially, it would name practitioners, and that has the profession crying foul. But if this is the sort of banter that's finding its way to social networking sites and blogs and local talk back radio stations already, does it really make much difference? Well those to whom the not so nice criticism is levied at may have cause for concern. On the other hand, it may go a long way to addressing short falls within this sector as well as show up the big Insurance companies for what they are?

This week on Tech Talk Radio

We keenly awaited return of Dr Ron, and we ask why the ABC's “Spicks and Specs” program finishes the same day he's in the audience. Also Windows Phone 7 to offer multitasking, NBN Co has called for expressions of interest from ISPs wanting to offer broadband products on the company's interim satellite service, and , Paul Buchanan, PayPal's Mobile Strategy Manager joins us live on the panel. Adam's got a view from the couch - Telstra's Mobile Broadband chargingchange, and we've got the usual odd spot gadget website and app of the week.

App of the week:

LogMaster

Android: LogMaster by 10thDoor

LogMaster is a travel log application for Android. It can be used for tracking travel logs for multiple vehicles or for logging any trip.

LogMaster is designed to be easy to use and to record vehicle logs quickly. The vehicle logs can be viewed in the application or can be emailed.


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Episode 21/2011 - TX: May 23 2011(Ep 333)
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If you ever needed any proof that the delivery of content was going to move from the airwaves to the internet, then what all TV executives fear, looks like a reality in the United States.

Netflix Netflix, the US based video streaming company, is now the single largest source of peak downstream Internet traffic in the U.S., according to a new report by Sandvine with the streaming video service now accounting for 29.7 percent of peak downstream traffic in the US. This is a rise of 21 percent in the last 9 months.

This puts Netflix on top of the pile even above your standard websites which have 18 percent of traffic, BitTorrent with 11 percent, and YouTube with 10 percent as a source of downstream traffic during peak times in North America. So it seems that those living in North America a certainly giving their internet connection a work out when it comes to delivery of streaming content.

But is this giving the traditional broadcasters a run for their money?

If Australia is anything to go buy, which it probably isn't, broadcasters here have a habit of pushing people to getting their entertainment by other forms of media, all be it the internet, friends or libraries, because of a blatant disregard they seem to have for viewers.

Back to the US and as whole, “real-time entertainment” (which is mostly video streaming, but also includes streaming music) accounted for 49 percent of downstream traffic in March, 2011, with alternate sources such as P2P file sharing at 19%, and 17 percent for Web browsing.

It's worth keeping in mind that video files are large, and it does not take much usage for it to take over in terms of bandwidth consumed. But these numbers definitely point to a future where video accounts for more and more of the traffic on the Internet. As recently as last November, Web video alone accounted for an estimated 37 percent of Internet traffic. So as with these trends in North America, it won't be too long until we see similar patterns emerge in Australia.

The rollout of the National Broadband Network, will only make data flows of this kind all the more easy. It won't be long until the drive to the local video library will be a thing of the past.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Twitter revokes automatic 3rd party direct message (DM) access. Angry Birds Tops 200 Million Downloads, Optus fined $178k for soft cap plans, Android OS 3.1 is out, Apple 'refusing support' for Mac malware clean-up, Credit card fraud now 57c for every $1000 and Sony under attack again as Hackers breach Sony's password reset system, and Adam Turner joins us live in the studio this week.

App of the week:

Train Trapper

Android: SMS Scheduler by lylynx.com

SMS Scheduler is a simple tool for automatic sms messages sending with chosen frequency. 
Have you ever forgotten about sending your mother happy birthday wishes ? Has your love one ever wanted to break up with you after not getting any sweet nothings on your anniversary ? Have you ever hoped for tightening up relations with your business partners by sending them Christmas wishes? Now you can do it in advance and just don't trouble with it anymore.


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Episode 20/2011 - TX: May 16 2011(Ep 332)
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This was the week in Tech where money could burn a hole in your pocket, or catapult you to the top of the worlds most valued brands. Even here at home the Federal Government released its budget promising $530m for human services IT, $308m for free TV kit, and $61m for smart roads but it was also the week that the ISP filter grants were severed.

Microsft buy SkypeIt was also the week that Microsoft dug deep and shelled out 8.5b folding ones to buy the money losing Skype, and Apple is now the most valuable brand displacing Google as their brand value rises a massive 84% in just one year. According to Bloomberg, Apple Inc., maker of the iPhone, iPad and iMac, overtook search-engine giant Google Inc. to become the world's most valuable brand.

Apple's brand value climbed 84 percent in the past year to $153.3 billion, while Google's brand lost 2 percent to $111.5 billion, ending four years atop the rankings, while International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) climbed 17 percent to be the No. 3, ahead of Golden Arches, or McDonald's Corp. How's that, tech and fast food a top the worlds most valuable brands, is that saying something?

Also this week all eyes turned to Microsoft, being a somewhat outsider in the race to buy the money losing Skype. At face value Skype is a telco. Telcos are social beasts as it's what people need to communicate, so the front runner would have had to be Facebook. But it wasn't to be, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg had better things to spend his hard earned cash on. Next in line, with short odds was Google but hey, they've already got a voice system that connects users with the click of a mouse.

So Microsoft jumped in and $8.5b later, they have now become a telco! Now let's see, Microsoft certainly has the lions share of desktop Operating Systems, and to build a telephony client into that… well the possibilities are endless. Not to forget the rise of the Xbox and Connect gaming consoles where build in communications would make it very easy when battling a remote foe. Maybe there's method to the madness.

So next time you choose Maccas over a nice healthy Apple, and boot windows on your IBM PC to make a Skype call, just remember, you'll be doing your bit to help the Microsoft phoenix rise from the ashes and climb the most valued brand ladder yet again.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Free set top boxes for everyone. Skype bought by Microsoft, iGadgets take Apple to the top of theworlds brands, Adam moves to 123 Fake street in the wake of the Sony hack, Google is launching its cloud service without big music's approval and Labor ends the voluntary net filtering scheme.

App of the week:

Train Trapper

Apple: Last Night Never Happened: the "Morning-After" App by Soho

We all get carried away now and then and end up posting embarrassing tweets and photos of ourselves and our friends, forgetting that all of our contacts on Facebook and Twitter can see them, family included!
Last Night Never Happened is the life-saving app that will help you avoid letting those posts spread on the internet.

Using LNNH couldn't be easier! Simply choose which social networks to log into (Facebook/Twitter), set the dial to the number of hours back that you'd like to delete, and the app will show you in real time exactly how many items you posted during that time. Once you hit the "Last Night Never Happened" button and confirm, they'll be gone forever within seconds!


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Episode 19/2011 - TX: May 9 2011(Ep 331)
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In a week where Sony's playstation hack just kept getting bigger, Victorians who reside in the bush switched to digital TV, and more new gadgets found their way to the market place for some time, Australia's Telecommunications Ombudsman released the 3rd quarter report, revealing record levels of complaints against telcos, with Vodafone making up the majority of complaints received by the office.

TIOIssuesNearly a quarter, 14,670 of the 59,532 complaints received by the ombudsman were about Vodafone - as a result of the company's ongoing issues with call handling and 3G network connectivity. This 96 per cent increase in complaints on the previous three months peaked in January, with fewer complaints recorded in February and March. But the complaints weren't limited to Vodafone.

There were 31 per cent more complaints than the previous 3-month period, with a 50 per cent increase in complaints relating to mobile phone services. The TIO noted that the focus of many of the new complaints was around customer service issues such as inadequate assistance, long wait times and failing to act on customer requests, in addition to concerns about wrong advice.

In a statement, ombudsman Simon Cohen said the sharp rise in new complaints to the TIO point to a grim quarter for consumers and that they had never received so many complaints. The TIO also received increased complaints about landlines, internet services and a 50 per cent increase in mobile telephone complaints. Corbin went on to say  that not even banks recorded this level of complaints - only receive 23,000 complaints in a whole year a year compared to telcos which have rocked up 60,000 in a single quarter — there's no doubt this is the worst industry to deal with in the country.

The TIO's role is currently being review by the Federal Government and as you'd expect, the three big telcos have all suggested that the ombudsman's funding system based on complaint escalation levels may not be appropriate and should be re-examined.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

The team behind Vodafail themusical - Scott and ShoenaLG release a new range of 3D TVs with cheap lightweight glasses,

Victorian Country Television viewers are now digital only,

Sony's hack just keeps getting bigger, Telecommunications complaints soar – now the largest recorded in 3 months,

Apple updates software to fix that tracking issue, Facebook and Google are reportedly considering separate deals to buy Skype, and

the team behind Vodafail the Musical, Scott and Sheona join us live in the Studio.

 

 

Vodafail The Musical / Telephone - A Tribute to 3 & Vodafone Australia (BY TV LIVE ON STAGE)


App of the week:

Train Trapper

Android: Melbourne Train Trapper by Scott Vandonkelaar

Offline timetable app for Melbourne Metro trains - Your complete timetable guide for the Metro Train Network.
Allows you to find the trains times for any Metro train service. Detects your location and displays the upcoming trains at your nearest station.
Features:
- Shows upcoming trains for your nearest or selected station
- Filter the display based on train line and direction
- Add stations to your favourites for quicker station selection and also quick views of when the train will arrive.
- Heaps of customising settings available including 'Home Lines' which will automatically filter the display to those lines when the app starts up.
- Search for trains at any time of day and between up to 2 train lines at a time. Perform a long press on any result to set yourself a reminder.
- Perform a long press on any train from the main screen to set a reminder or inform other users of a train delay.


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Episode 18/2011 - TX: May 2 2011(Ep 330)
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Sony's playstation network hack has become problematic for over 77 million users world wide, and a big head ache for Sony executives. But one thing which is becoming very noticeable with Japanese based companies, is their lack of transparency – and honesty, in business culture.

Sony

Several recent incidents have highlighted this in recent times. The electricity company that runs and maintains the Fukushima nuclear power plant have been very short and slow on status updates about repairs and leakage danger. Toyota had some vehicle recalls last year which lost the company industry credibility, and now it seems it's Sony's turn.

Last week, Sony announced that hackers had breached its online PlayStation Network a week earlier, compromising the names, addresses and possibly credit card data of 77 million users. The delay, in releasing this information according to Sony, was needed to conduct a so called forensic investigation.

In a statement posted on the official PlayStation blog, the company said user account information for the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services had been compromised following an "illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network"

In Japan, where customers complain little and rarely sue, public relations gaffes are not a major problem, but in foreign markets that now account for most of their sales and growth, such a failing can be a costly handicap. Customers of Sony's PlayStation network, nine out of 10 who are based in the United States or Europe, were quick to express their anger.

A lawsuit has been filed in the US against Sony over the hack of its PlayStation Network. The legal action by a PSN user claims Sony did not do enough to protect the private data of its customers. It also asks for compensation and for Sony to pay for credit card monitoring to spot if stolen details are being used fraudulently. At the same time, the attorney generals for four US states have begun looking into the attack.

So if you're a registered user of the Sony network, it may be prudent to check your credit card useage on a daily basis until  such time as Sony comes clean, or your bank advises you to change your card.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Sony's Playstation Network hack is becoming a PR nightmare, Apple confirms it's working on a traffic service, in a move away from Google Maps, Telstra launches new BYO mobile plans to stir up the market again. Adam rants about watching his favourite AFL team, Apple CEO Steve jobs says he doesn't track anyone, and if E.T. phones Earth, he'll get a "disconnect" signal.

App of the week:

Dogg Catcher

Android: Tricorder by Moonblink

Turn your phone into a working Tricorder!

A multi-sensor environmental monitor -- turn your Android device into a working tricorder!


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Episode 17/2011 - TX: April 25 2011(Ep 329)
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In what could be seen as inevitable, streaming of media to our TV's Desktops and Mobile devices is a step closer this week with the announcement that Hulu is preparing to launch in Australia with sources close to the project flagging it might launch with or without the support of the commercial free-to-air TV networks.

According to Hulu's website, the company's mission is to help people find and enjoy the world's premium video content when, where and how they want it. Hulu

Hulu, which offers free ad-supported on-demand streaming of TV shows and movies, has been a runaway hit in the US, where it garners hundreds of millions of streams a month on desktop computers and internet-connected TVs. Hulu is an online video service that offers a selection of hit shows, clips, movies and more at Hulu.com.

Hulu brings together a large selection of videos from over 260 content companies, including FOX, NBC, Universal, ABC, MTV Networks, Comedy Central, National Geographic, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and more. Users can choose from current primetime TV hits such as The Simpsons, Modern Family, and Glee.

In a report last Thursday by Asher Moses, the strongest indication yet that Hulu is launching in Australia, is that the company filed for an Australian trademark on March 29.

"Local TV networks have been reluctant to support Hulu because there is a fear that it will drive people away from their core business – broadcast TV. However, some networks are embracing the service fearing they might miss out on capitalising on the shift towards online TV streaming. A network source close to the launch of Hulu in Australia said the local unveiling was not imminent but was definitely on the cards and the service would launch with or without the local TV networks."

It's only a matter of time before we see companies like Hulu hit our shores, all be it from the other side of the planet. Locally, we have catch up TV in one form or another, and as we're all buying internet connected TVs these days, it's probably timely to consider a bigger bandwidth allocation when looking for internet access.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Streaming movies and TV shows to our living room screens gains momentum, Adam looks at high tech wine bottles, Apple's Steve Jobs hopes to return to work and Apple Shares Up with Huge iPhone And Mac Sales Overshadowing a Weak iPad.

App of the week:

Dogg Catcher

Android: Open Signal

The ultimate wifi and signal finding tool. Supports GSM, CDMA, 4G, 3G, 2G. The best toolkit for improving your cellular and wifi signal.

- Signal direction - Signal graph - Map and radar views of cell towers & WiFi routers
- Detailed signal strength data - Save data to SD card

The simplest tactic to improve your reception is to walk in the direction of your signal. Not foolproof, but worth a shot! Option to contribute to the OpenSignalMaps.com project: we're TRUE coverage maps of cell phone networks & wifi data points freely available to all.


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Episode 16/2011 - TX: April 18 2011(Ep 328)
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There's certain technology we take for granted these days such as mobile phones, Point of sale terminals, and Automatic teller machines. But did you know the benign ATM can sometimes get you into a lot of trouble, especially if you innocently withdraw more than you have in your account. Most, if not all would assume that the banks would have a system in place to prevent you overdrawing your account beyond a pre determined level,  and you'd be right, except when the ATM your using is not in contact with the banks central computer.

CBA ATMOn the 1st of March this year, this was the case with the Commonwealth Banks ATMs. About 40 machines in Sydney and Melbourne went off-line and customers were able to withdraw large amounts of money and in some cases overdraw their accounts… some innocently, and some not so. Since ATMS are not like poker machines, and there's no such things as winnings from an ATM, the Commonwealth bank wants its money back and has subsequently become very heavy handed in it methods of recovery.

In a letter to a CBA customer asking for an amount of $730. In part it reads:

You are required to repay the overdrawn funds by Friday 15th of April, 2011. Failure to do so will result in further action by Commonwealth Bank to recover the debt which could include court action. The bank will also report suspected fraudulent activity to law enforcement authorities.

The bank has even stated it no longer wants to deal with some customers.

A fairly heavy handed approach for a technical error on the banks behalf. Common sense would suggest that if an ATM can't phone home, it would go off line, but whoever wrote the ATM software didn't think of this. So next time you're at the ATM or supermarket check out, the onus is on you not to withdraw more than you have, else you too may have the banks concrete boot makers checking out your shoe size.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Adam finds out about digital radio in the UK, China accused of stealing "terabytes" of U.S. data, the NAB hit by net banking glitch, Have you've just realized that ie9 and Firefox 4 have just hit the streets? Well  IE10 and Firefox 5 not far off , the Commonwealth back takes to some customers with a threat of legal action.

App of the week:

Dogg Catcher

Android: Dogg Catcher

Find, manage, and play your podcasts with DoggCatcher
Manage your podcasts and RSS/news feeds with the most highly rated Podcatcher in the Market.

Doggcatcher for android, it is a paid app, but it is well worth the money for a very good podcatching app. Lots of options for the tinkerers and clean easy to use interface for everyone else


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Episode 15/2011 - TX: April 11 2011(Ep 327)
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In the cut and thrust, and sometimes controversial world of media, there are three major food groups involved in the entertainment industry who get pictures and sound to your TV screen.

At the top of the food chain, there are content creators, people who make media such as television, radio and films, and at the bottom of the food chain, is you, the consumer of pictures and sound. But between you and the content creators, are the distributors, the people who provide the technology to get the content to you, companies such as TV stations, Telcos, and online companies such as NetFlix, Hulu and Google. Yes Google. Google owns Youtube – the most popular video source on the internet today, and why?- because it's free.

According to reports in the UK Gardian this week, Google is strengthening its relationship with Hollywood and online programme-makers in an attempt to reposition YouTube for the rise of internet-connected TV.
The world's most popular video website will invest tens of millions of dollars in professionally-produced original programming as more viewers watch YouTube from their living room.

Google is also reported to be planning a "major overhaul" of YouTube this year, with the introduction of channels for topics such as arts and sports. About 20 of these channels would feature several hours of professional programming a week, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The move would represent a big shift away from the user-generated video that made YouTube the third most-popular site on the planet.

However, Google has attempted to play down the reports saying they're always updating the look and feel of YouTube and that any changes in YouTube's design would involve lots of research and would be rolled out slowly, over time to ensure the best possible user experience.

Although partnerships with broadcasters such as the BBC go back to 2007, Google has hastened its experimentation with full-length TV programming in recent months.
He who holds the keys is King, and Google have certainly had the upper hand in the online world for many years,  and this move sees them flex their muscles to maintain that lead in the foreseeable future.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Granny takes out internetAdam finds out about Acer's new tech offerings and the new Optus Femto cell, a 75 year old granny (right) takes two countries off line, the ocean floor is to be mapped for Google earth, NBN Co reveals ISP list for first-release sites, and Facebook, the world's largest social network, wants to get in on computer hardware as well.

App of the week:

Pocket Weather

Apple / Android: Pocket Weather by Shift Jelly

Australian Weather for your Australian Phone - Sourced from the BOM

Weather sourced directly from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) - an Australian Source for Australian Weather!  Find out what all the iSheep have been baa'ing about all this time, as our app finally makes it's way to Android.

Available for iPhone and Android


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Episode 14/2011 - TX: April 4 2011(Ep 326)
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Social media is here to stay whether you like it or not. Even if it's not your cup of tea, recent surveys highlight the fact that it's no fad and here to stay with 80% of internet users in Australia interacting with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to name just three.

But with the proliferation of social networking sites, the consumption of information being posted by friends and organisations on sites like Tweeting and Facebook is becoming quite a challenge. The good news is, we're seeing a raft of new applications that help pull all our favourite social media into an easy to consume injection of gossip and scuttlebutt.
Flip board, and app for iPads, is one just application which facilitates consumption of social media.

The sales pitch goes along the lines of  a fast, beautiful way to flip through the news, photos and updates your friends are sharing on social network sites. See your social media in a magazine layout that is easy to scan and fun to read. Share articles and photos, comment on posts, and like or favorite anything. Customize your Flipboard with sections created from your favorite people, lists, groups and blogs on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Google Reader.

Funnily enough, this app just happened to be Tech Talk Radio's app of the week a few weeks ago, and rightly so. It does exactly what it claims to do. There are other apps and programs which such as Tweetcaster, an Android app, which, as the name suggests, is written solely for twitter, and lets you tweet and consume many twitter accounts at once. It also lets you share photos with the click of a icon and simultaneously post to Facebook at the same time.

So as we all plunge head first into the world of social media, there is salvation in the new range of apps and sites that help us sift out what we came looking for in the first place.  Now's the time to embrace the new way of communicating. For those who don't, you'll find yourself in the breakdown lane of the information super highway in the not too distant future.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

Microsoft's Dave Glover returns to updates us on Phone 7, we ask the question, how do you consume your social media? We have our last Plantronics give away for App of the week, and Adam talks to Rolf Hansen from low cost mobile provider Amaysim. The NBN hit's a stumbling block with 14 tenders rejected for fibre laying.

App of the week:

Air Display

Apple: Air Display by Avatron Software, Inc.

Ever wish you had an extra display for your Mac or Windows computer? There's an app for that! With Air Display, you can use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch as a wireless display, to extend your computer desktop.

Available for iPhone and iPad.


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Episode 13/2011 - TX: March 28 2011(Ep 325)
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The internet is now an essential part of Australian's day to day life, and we've nearly all become members of Social Network sites such as twitter and Facebook. The scary thing about not just these companies, but any company on the internet, free does not necessarily mean free. If you read the fine print in the terms and conditions of use of these large companies sites, you'll notice that information you share with them will be collected and used for other things, such as the on-sale of your details to third party organisations, such as advertisers.

This, in the scale of things, may not bother most, but it's the things to come that may prove us to regret our sign ups, and willfully spilling our private lives online for all, or even just our friends to see.

Hungry Beast Internet Survey

Last week, the ABC's program Hungry Beast commissioned a survey to find out how Australian's interact online. 1046 adults were surveyed online, and the results were surprising, despite the small sample. What wasn't surprising, is that social media plays a major part of life today, be it online, or offline. Of the total number of respondents, 82%  were members of at least one social networking site. Females marginally more than males, and proportional to age with the 18-29's making up 96% and the 55+ group a surprising 72%. The most socially connected states are Victoria and Tasmania at 84% and the least social state was Queensland at 77%.

Of the respondents who were currently members of a social networking site, the Hungry Beast survey found 76% were members of Facebook, 35% were members of Youtube, and  17% tweeted regularly confirming the top three social sites.

So it appears that Australian's love to network, but this doesn't appear to be the norm in other parts of the world. The German government forced Google to pixilate houses and buildings on the request of its citizens, which has resulted in a backlash by some. The vandilisation of one of the Google camera cars recently also highlights the lack of willingness of some Germans to be part of the Google street view project.

So when it comes to protecting your privacy online, are you blaze about your every move being stored in a sever outside of Australia's legal jurisdiction? Will it come back to haunt you when you least expect it, or will it fall in to the wrong hands – albeit and advertiser or maybe worse. Time will tell.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

We take a look at privacy on the internet, and importantly how Australians value their online anonymity. Telstra and Optus take NBN co and each other to task over cherry picking and insider trading, Firefox 4 beats IE9 in first day downloads, and Adam Turner compares internet radio to digital radio.

App of the week:

Flipboard

Apple: MetroView Australia GPS Navigation by MetroView Systems

The GPS market is full of similar devices which cost hundreds of dollars .. this app cost me only $18.99 It has all the features of a turn by turn GPS, is simply to use, more accurate than a Garman, Tom Tom & Navman I have trialled, integrates easily with the iphone, monitors speed by alerting you if you go over the limit (in particular in school areas where the speed is reduced only at certain times), no ongoing subscription costs, FREE to use after initial purchase. And, it is Australian made.

Available for iPhone


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Episode 12/2011 - TX: March 21 2011(Ep 324)
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In a week which we'll all remember for the worng reasons, Microsoft let its new Browser, Internet Explorer 9, off the leach. Internet Explorer has not been the choice browser for many years, well not since firefox and chrome have been about, so will IE 9 change the browser game in any way?

IE9Built from the ground up solely with Windows 7 in mind, IE9 has certainly improved its speed and render engine capabilities. Whilst the Redmond giant claimed the “best experience of the web is on Windows with Internet Explorer 9,” Business analysts say for most businesses, the launch would be a “non-event.”

Despite questions over the impact IE9 would initially have, businesses who do decide to adopt the browser will gain a range of additional features. In particular, Microsoft has talked up the browser's hardware acceleration, which will help power HTML5 content saying IE9 could unlock 90 percent of the PC's power which has not been exploited by previous browsers which should improve the overall user experience.

Microsoft has been working with Adobe on ensuring Flash Player can take advantage of the hardware acceleration capabilities as well. There is also the ability to place favourite websites on the Windows 7 Taskbar to gain quick access to those sites.

As for security, Microsoft has kept the tracking protection feature added to a beta version in December. Both Mozilla and Google have been working on similar features within their respective Firefox and Chrome browsers. Meanwhile, two SmartScreen technologies in the form of malware protection and a download protection feature, have been added.

IE 9 is not for everyone, in fact it's really tweaked for windows 7 users (it works on previous versions of windows)  but having said that, it's been downloaded over 2 million times in its first 24 hours of availability.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

  • Adam Turner asks the question Is Piracy Stealing?
  • Westpac online customers experience an outage because of demand
  • Twitter boosts security with HTTPS
  • Google sets up enterprise 'Apps Tuesday', and
  • Apple's iPad2 parts squeezed by Japanese quake

App of the week:

Flipboard

iPhone and Android: TuneIn Radio by By Synsion Radio Technologies

Listen to and record over 40,000 radio stations including thousands of AM/FM local stations on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with TuneIn Radio!

Available for iPhone and Android


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Episode 11/2011 - TX: March 14 2011(Ep 323)
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In this ever changing world of hardware and software, things come and go. What's hip and cool one day, can be a footnote in the history of modern day communications the next. One noticeable stayer though, is malware. The nasty computer programs that try and steal your inner most secrets for the sole purpose of emptying out your bank account, or tuning you home computer into a zombie. Once upon a time, Trojans an viruses were designed to annoy us. They make characters fall of your screen, deleted things, and replicate themselves throughout your system, and looking back on it, it was mostly harmless.

In the past decade or so, things have changed. Today's malware is hell bent on stealing your identity, and by stealth. Only a combination of common sense, anti malware software, a secure mailbox and following best practices will keep you one step ahead of these crooks. The problem is, that with new operating systems and new hardware being foisted upon us on an almost daily occurrence, today's malware writers don't have to look very hard for new ways to exploit software and devices on our must have gadgets.

As reported last week, Malware writers have repackaged Google's recently released Android Market Security Tool with a bonus Trojan. The fake tool exploits Google's answer to the information-stealing DroidDream malware, which had up to 200,000 users. Google's clean up tool promised to wipe 50 offending applications from devices. The fake tool allowed its controller to send SMS messages at will, but its impact is currently limited to Chinese Android market.

So when it comes to embracing new technology, we're damned if we do and damned if we don't. If you err on the side of safety, then waiting a few months after new releases or upgrades become available is most likely your savior. We can't just 'not embrace' technology, so that's just not an option, but using common sense and keeping systems up to date with updates and patches should keep us safe in today's internet wilderness.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

  • This week Adam's taken the couch on the road and catches up with Kathryn Kerr from the Australian Computer Emergency Response
  • Team to talk about the latest security trends
  • We'll take a look at Phone 7
  • There'll be a first week winner of our "App of the Week"
  • We'll revisit the Kindle after being inundated with email and
  • now that iOS4.3 has hit the streets, we'll check out the good, the bad, and the ugly!

App of the week:

Flipboard

All Platforms: Glympse

Glympse is the easy way to safely share your location in realtime. No sign-up needed. No social network to manage. Just send a Glympse to anyone via email, SMS, Facebook, or Twitter. Your location is only shared for the duration you specify and then stops.

Available for iPhone, Android and Windows


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Episode 10/2011 - TX: March 7 2011(Ep 322)
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Despite the speculation over Steve Job's health, last week we saw a somewhat gaunt Apple CEO launch his latest pride and joy, the iGadget know as iPad 2. A slimmer, faster, more colourful version of the device which has already sold 15 million units worldwide, in just 9 short months. And as Steve does so well, he left his San Franciscan audience wanting.

iPad 2

Apple ATMAll credit must go to the Apple marketing machine with the roll out of their iconic television campaign promoting a range of must have accessories for the new device. Steve was at pains to point out the price of the new iPad, a price which remains unchanged from the original iPad price, but in the same sentence he was quick to point out the nearest competitors pricing was higher than 5 of the six Apple iPad models.

Combine the iPad 2 with the ubiquitous iPhone, which has now sold over 100 million units, with the biggest app store on the internet, and you have the recipe for success. In fact, it's a recipe which others in the same market place can only dream of emulating.

In the same presentation, Steve was also selling up the grandeur of Apple's online stores. iTunes, Apps and iBooks now boast 200 million accounts with a credit card on file, and with 1 click purchasing – something which Apple is very proud of, and something that Apple believes is the most accounts with credit cards anywhere on the internet – even greater than that of Amazon.

There has been speculation of recent time over the next generation of iPhone having Near Field communications technology built in. This would enable iPhone users to purchase goods and services at a retail POS like the current pay pass technology, but instead of debiting you bank account, it may just debit your Apple account, turning the Cupertino giant into a Bank.

I wonder if Apple will be good for a home loan in a year or so's time.

Also tonight, App of the Week and a competition!

This week on Tech Talk Radio

  • Adam Turner checks out the next incarnation of Apples iPad
  • Josh Rubens, Director of Cloud Brokerage firm Cloud Solutions Group joins us in the studio to discuss the pros and cons of today's cloud computing options
  • Star Wars 3D - Bladerunner remake?
  • Telstra moves timed calls to 60 second blocks
  • Charlie Sheen plays uStream and Twitter
  • and Apple drops the price of iPad 1

App of the week:

Quota

Apple: Quota by SouthFreo Software

Monitor your 3G Local Data usage, Mobile, ISP, Banks, Stocks, Currency, Traffic Cameras, BOM and International Weather and RSS News reader. Access to thousands of providers and locations.

Available for iPad and iPhone


Flipboard

Apple: Flipboard by Flipboard inc

Flipboard is a fast, beautiful way to flip through the news, photos and updates your friends are sharing on social network sites. See your social media in a magazine layout that is easy to scan and fun to read. Share articles and photos, comment on posts, and like or favorite anything. Customize your Flipboard with sections created from your favorite people, lists, groups and blogs on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Google Reader.

Available for iPad

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Episode 09/2011 - TX: February 28 2011(Ep 321)
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The next chapter in the David and Goliath stouch between Australia's number 2 ISP, iiNet and the might of the world's movie houses was written last Thursday when iiNet won the latest appeal over P2P piracy on their network, but the door has been left open for a further appeal.

The Full Bench of the Federal Court dismissed the film industry's appeal against a February 2010 judgment, which found ISP iiNet had not authorised copyright infringement on the ISP's network. Justice Emmett said that the court agreed with the film industry's assertion that rights holders' copyright had been infringed but disputed the "characterisation of the infringements".

iiNet MaloneiiNet chief Michael Malone has blasted the film industry for "wasting" two years suing ISPs rather than coming to the table to negotiate a genuine long-term solution to online piracy. He said that the ISP industry shared a "common view" on the issue of copyright and did not believe that copyright could be resolved using purely technological means –for example, digital rights management.

The Full Bench appeal was an important escalation in the high-profile case, but the verdict is unlikely to resolve the battle. It is widely expected that AFACT will lodge a further appeal with the High Court in Canberra. AFACT now have 28 days to file an application seeking leave to appeal to High Court.

Failing the final appeal, the next remedy would be sought through government legislation, which may give fuel to Stephen Conroy's mandatory ISP filter.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

  • We check out the pros and cons of iiNets win against AFACT last week
  • Sony launches Anubis.fm streaming music service just days after qriosity and
  • Harvey Norman is on the slide down 17% in first half profit.

Also tonight, Games withe Leena, and we launch to inaugural App of the week segment!

App of the week:
File Expert

Android: File Expert

Powerful File Manager/WIFI File Transfer Web & FTP/App Manager - ALL in ONE
* Powerful & Leading File Manager for Android
* All basic file operations - Copy, Paste, Move, Create and Rename your files and folders
* FTP/HTTP Server - Share & Manage your files without a USB cable, just like with Web Sharing or WIFI File Explorer, but we do even more because we can provide both Web & FTP transferring support. We support HTTP authentication and FTP account login.

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Episode 08/2011 - TX: February 21 2011(Ep 320)
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Borders book shopLast week two iconic book shops went into voluntary liquidation. The Border's chain, both here in Australia and in the United States are not travelling too well. The company which owns Border's here in Australia also owns Angus and Robertson, so it to has become a victim of liquidation. But one has to ask why a company like this has fallen on bad times?

If you were to ask a notable retailer like Jerry Harvey, he'd probably say that what we are seeing here is a result of online shopping, where cheaper off-shore alternatives have won over from the locals, but that's just speculation. It's way too easy these days for businesses who are finding retailing tough, to blame the newcomer on the block, that is the internet, for their sluggish sales.

To a degree this may be the case, but it's only a small part of problem. Have you visited a major shopping centre recently? You've probably noticed that there are at least half a dozen book sellers all touting for your business. Speaking from experience, our local shopping center is just like this, so maybe what we're seeing here is an over saturation of real  book shops who are now competing with virtual book shops.

Now these guys can't blame the internet for hard times, and the reason why, is that they are in this space as well. Australian's have always been paying a higher price for books, sometimes double that of consumers in the US, and this, combined with the high cost of a retail outlet, has only compounded the issues that these retailers are now finding. Also, consumers are now more online savvy than ever before. A book is a book. There are many places to buy, and it's so easy to do it from an armchair and have it delivered the next day.

Retailers be warned, this is the future of shopping – embrace the internet, lower you overheads, or prepare to go the same way as Borders and Angus and Robertson.

This week on Tech Talk Radio

  • What role has the internet played in the demise of Borders and Angus and Robertson
  • Adam Brimo talks to us about vodafail.com
  • Leena Van Deventer talks video games
  • Sony launch a new subscription based music service in the US which will no doubt find its way here
  • And Telstra lay down a time line for their 4G roll out. So what does this mean to their competitors?
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Episode 07/2011 - TX: February 14 2011(Ep 319)
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Since we last graced the halls of 3WBC, so much has happened in Australia. Cyclones floods and fires have ravaged our continent and scary thing about t, is everything is extreme.

And it seems everything happened while we were on our holiday break. Vodafone copped plenty over the failing state of it's mobile network with thousands of angry customers venting their grief on vodafail.com, a website set up by disgruntled Vodafone customer, Adam Brimo while waiting on hold to speak to the telco. The main gripes were the usual dropped calls, no reception, poor battery life, and delayed voice mail messages. A worrying trend for the telco was the lack of service where their coverage maps indicated that there was.

Telstra and the NBN have bonded a little better too as the country's incumbent telco released it's first half profit statement last Thursday. Despite a 36% slump in profit, the new commercial agreement between the government and Telstra sees NBN Co. able to use Telstra's assets to roll out it's network as well as Telstra to begin decommissioning it's copper network, but the future still hangs in the balance for NBN Co., as Telstra shareholders still have to vote on the structural separation, amongst other things in July this year. We'll have a closer look at the telco's performance over the past last year as well as the future of the fixed line here in Australia.

Also, there's been no abating of the relentless flow of gadgets into our lives, and tablets seem to be the flavour of the moment. Motorolla, Apple and Samsung all seem set to go head to head but no doubt the won't be the only ones. We'll have a look at some of the new offerings for this year.

So jump on board for this, the 7th year of Australia's premier tech talk show, tech Talk Radio

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This week on Tech Talk Radio

  • We take a look at Telstra, it's first half profit statement and it's roll with NBN Co.
  • Adam Turner brings his newly reupholstered couch to the people and asks the question "Why can't TV programs start on time?"
  • Leena Van Deventer brings us up to date with goings on in the games world.
  • We'll take a look at collaborative gaming, especially Sony's Grand Turismo 5 for the PS3 and
  • Microsoft makes IE9 release candidate available. And what's in store for gadgets in 2011.
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