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Australia Lifts In-flight Ban on Mobile Devices

Posted: August 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Grilled Motoring News, News From the web, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Australia Lifts In-flight Ban on Mobile Devices

GRILLED: US Airline Travellers Allowed to Use Mobile Devices for Entire FlightAustralian flyers will from today be allowed to use their mobile devices during the entirety of their flight on Australia’s two most popular carriers.

Qantas and Virgin Australia had applied for permission to allow passengers to use electronic devices during take-off and landing on flights within Australia last month.

Under current rules, passengers are told to switch off their smartphones, tablets and e-readers before their plane takes off. The devices can then be used during the cruising part of the flight but must be switched off again before landing.

CASA spokesperson Peter Gibson said Virgin and Qantas lodged applications for the lifting of the ban last month. It should be noted that CASA had no specific ruling on the use of electronic devices, the issue is covered by regulatons requiring operators to ‘ensure safety is maintained at all times and passengers comply with the safety instructions given by crew members,’ implying that a simple script change is all it took?

In November last year we reported that the US aviation authority, the FAA had lifted the retarded rule that’s barred the use of electronic devices during taxi, take-offs and landings had been in place for more than half a century. The initial change in the US didn’t include mobile phones

The ban is expected to be lifted for flights this afternoon according to QANTAS “Qantas customers will be able to use their personal electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets and music players in flight mode, for the duration of each flight, providing uninterrupted access to work and entertainment.

Qantas was approved to revise its personal electronic device policy by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority today following new guidance on the safe use of personal electronic devices inflight,” the airline said :: Read the full article »»»»


Facebook Mobile Ads ‘Delight’

Posted: May 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Mobile Ads ‘Delight’

Facebook Mobile Ads DelightFacebook reckons its better than expected first quarter result were in the main thanks to rapid uptake of its mobile advertising platform.

Revenue in the three months to March jumped by over 70 percent to $US2.5 billion, versus analyst estimates of $US2.35 billion. After costs, net profit came in at $US642 million.

Revenue from mobile ads made up almost 60 percent of the total earnings compared with 30 per cent the same time 12 months ago.

Facebook’s active users also grew, hitting 1.28 billion by the end of the period, with just over a billion of those users accessing the service on mobile devices.

However, while the growth in mobile users and ad revenue growth was viewed as a positive development, the company said its still has some way to go to make advertising content relevant to consumers :: Read the full article »»»»


Facebook Snaps-up Mobile Messaging Service WhatsApp

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: REBLOG | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Snaps-up Mobile Messaging Service WhatsApp

Facebook Snags Mobile Messaging Service WhatsAppThe social networking behemoth that is Facebook, has announced it’s buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp in a deal worth $US19 billion, seriously expanding its mobile footprint.

WhatsApp, a cross-platform mobile app that allows users to exchange text messages without having to pay carrier charges, has apparently been in discussions with Facebook for more than 12 months.

The deal bolsters the Facebook’s – currently populated with more than 1.2 billion members – mobile user base with the 450-million strong WhatsApp users.

The deal will see WhatsApp operated independently.

It’s Facebook’s biggest acquisition to date, coming less than two years after Mark Zuckerberg’s firm raised $16 billion in the record breaking public stock offer.

The WhatsApp deal includes $US12 billion in Facebook shares, $4 billion in cash and $3 billion in RSUs – Restricted Stock Units – for employee retention.

Facebook said via it’s blog the deal that “the deal supports Facebook and WhatsApp’s shared mission to bring more connectivity to the world. The combination will help accelerate growth and user engagement across both companies. “

Unlike Facebook, WhatsApp is a slim operation, with less than 35 engineers – 1 engineer to 14 million users – it processes 50 billion messages a day.

The attraction runs much deeper than popularity, WhatsApp will not only boost Facebook’s international coverage, more importantly, it will add up to 350 million mobile users to Facebook’s mobile advertising offer :: Read the full article »»»»

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Taken Control: The Mobile Market Runs on Google’s Android

Posted: November 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Google, Tech-Business News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Taken Control: The Mobile Market Runs on Google’s Android

TAKEN CONTROL! Google AndroidThe uncool kid on the block, Google’s Android, now controls more than 80% of the global smartphone market, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone also experiencing explosive growth according to new numbers.

The worldwide mobile market shipped an amazing 467 million new phones in the third quarter of 2013. Mobile researchers IDC said figures show the overall market grew 39.9% to 261.1 million units, up from 186.7 million a year ago.

The clear market leader was Google Android, shipping upward of 210 million devices, more than the total number of smartphones sold for all platforms combined quarter on quarter.

The platform now claims an amazing 81% of the worldwide smartphone market, but wait there’s more :: Read the full article »»»»


Microsoft Buys Nokia Mobile

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, News From the web | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft Buys Nokia Mobile

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Just a week after CEO Steve Ballmer spruked his retirement, Microsoft has announced it will buy Nokia’s mobile phone unit for almost $8 billion. The Finnish phone maker will grant Microsoft a 10-year non-exclusive licence to its patents, and will itself focus on network infrastructure and services :: Read the full article »»»»


Australians Jump on Mobile Band Wagon

Posted: October 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Smartphone, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australians Jump on Mobile Band Wagon

ABS Says Mobile Internet Booming in AustraliaNew figures from the ABS – Australian Bureau of Statistics – show that Aussies have significantly increased their mobile data downloads. The ABS stats show that around 6 million Australians are now using mobile wireless connections, an increase of almost 7 per cent in just six months.

In the three months between April and June, mobile users downloaded 6,610 terabytes of data,  a 32 per cent increase in mobile downloads compared to the three months to the end of last year.

The ABS stats are based on figures from internet service providers, also show that the increase in desktop and laptop pc’s in the same period was up by 20 per cent.

Elise Davidson from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network reckons the data isn’t surprising. However, she’s warned it is easy for mobile data spending to get out of control.

“Our advice is monitor what you’re using regularly, especially if you’re on a new plan or a new device,” Ms Davidson said. “It typically takes two or three months to figure out how much data you’re going to use. If you’re signing a new two-year contract, have a look at what you’ve used both in terms of calls texts and data in your previous contract and estimate really conservatively in the first instance.”

The ABS figures also show the number of internet subscribers in Australia rose by 10 per cent last financial year. There were 12 million subscribers, excluding mobile handset subscribers.

 @mcsixtyfive


TAGTILE! Facebook Snaps Up Another Mobile Business

Posted: April 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Standout | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on TAGTILE! Facebook Snaps Up Another Mobile Business

Facebook Snaps Up Another Mobile BusinessFacebook has continued its buying spree, picking up a San Francisco tech start-up  – TagTile – an app developer that helps coordinate discounts offered by a retail store.

TagTile provides merchants with a clever piece of hardware – TagTile Cube –   that users tap with their smartphone once they check out. Whenever users tap on the hardware, the retailers’ discount is automatically calculated with the final purchase price.

TagTile said on its website that “…we are happy to announce that we are joining Facebook, and that they – Facebook – are acquiring substantially all of our assets.

It’s a huge opportunity for us to take our goal – helping business grow – and to do it on a much, much bigger scale than we would on our own”

TagTile also said it wouldn’t be taking on any new customers as of today, but that their service would continue for now…

TagTile was started by Abheek Anand, a former Product Manager at Engine Yard and Soham Mazumbar a former Google engineer. TagTile kicked of in late 2010, and by early 2011 had hit the ground running :: Read the full article »»»»