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Australia’s Attorney General Considering Heavy Handed Copyright Enforcement

Posted: February 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Standout | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia’s Attorney General Considering Heavy Handed Copyright Enforcement

Australia's Attorney General Considering Heavy Handed Copyright EnforcementAustralia’s Attorney General, Senator George Brandis has foreshadowed serious changes to the nations copyright laws.

Senator Brandis says one move he’s considering is asking internet service providers – ISPs – to issue warnings to customers.

Australians are among the worst offenders when it comes to illegal downloads, Senator Brandis is also apparently considering asking ISPs to block sites where content can be illegally downloaded.

Copyright holders like film, television and music studios have long argued that it is ISPs role to prevent internet users from illegally downloading their content.

The glitch in the plan might be a landmark High Court ruling in 2012, where the court found service provider iiNet wasn’t responsible for its customers’ illegal activities :: Read the full article »»»»


Top Five Reasons it was Good to be Google in 2013

Posted: December 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Amazon, Android, Cult of Apple, Facebook, Google, Hardware, Smartphone, Social Media, Standout, Tablet, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Top Five Reasons it was Good to be Google in 2013

Google Moments 20132013 marked Google’s 15th anniversary, however the search giant that is Google showed zero complacency, exuding none of the fanfare of previous world-dominating tech monoliths, indeed for many the landmark celebration went completely unnoticed.

For Google 2013 was simply another year, steaming on to solidified its place at the center of almost every arena in internet economy.

In the quadrangle of the internet age, sidled up with Apple, Facebook and Amazon, Google is the only one to have competed in all arenas including: retail, hardware, television,  social networking and search. Although it performed better in some arenas – wink wink, Plus Google – it’s a hardship to write-off Google from any of them.

Google’s 2013 success was the result of a largish range of new product releases, acquisitions and long term project coming to fruition. From Google Glass, Chromecast, Play,Moto X and all the way back to it’s roots, search.

The one thing Google hasn’t done is remained still. We’ve rounded up some of Google’s most important moments of this past year, moments that contributed to the giants exponential tech-rise :: Read the full article »»»»


Sony’s Smartwig… Seriously A Technology Filled Toupée?

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Sony, Standout | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Sony’s Smartwig… Seriously A Technology Filled Toupée?

Sony's Smart ToupéeI’ve just finished watching Michael Douglas play Liberace in Behind The Candelabra, smartest looking man in a toupée. As a rule a hairpiece doesn’t sit well, they’re always obvious, rarely believable. Michael Douglas is a a rarity – NO MAN SHOULD EVER WEAR A WIG!

All that said, someplace in the galaxy YOU KNOW someone’s been trying to fit tech-stuff inside a wig, hide technology under not-real hair, it’s such an obvious fit, right?

Apparently someone at Sony, the genius’ behind Blueray, Walkman, Playstation and Plasma, thinks this idea might fly.

According to Bloomberg, Sony has filed for a US patent on a device called “Smartwig.” Clearly Sony has disobeyed the first rule of wig-wearing, “Never admit it’s a piece.”

The new Gizmo apparently has mobile connectivity – tablet + phone – it’s also kitted with built-in navigation, a health checker, camera and slide show viewer, seriously: refer to rule 1, never admit…

Sony – holding onto  the little wisdom it has left – has admitted it’s unsure if it intends to actually commercialise the device, but we still can’t get the image of a coke-bottle goggle wearing Japanese boffin dashing about the lab wearing his supershiny black Smartwig :: Read the full article »»»»


Amazon “Prime Air” Delivering Orders Within 30 Minutes

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Amazon, News From the web, Standout | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Amazon “Prime Air” Delivering Orders Within 30 Minutes

Amazon "Prime Air" Delivering Orders Within 30 Minutes

The online behemoth that is Amazon plans to deploy a swarm of autonomous drones to deliver product within half an hour of ordering. The ambitious project – Prime Air – still needs safety testing and US federal approval, however, Amazon’s visionary leader Jeff Bezo’s reckons he’ll have Prime Air lifting off within 5 years :: Read the full article »»»»


Google Assists Typhoon Recovery Launching Person Finder

Posted: November 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Standout | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Google Assists Typhoon Recovery Launching Person Finder

GOOGLETechbehemoth Google has launched an überclever person finder/relief map to help reconnect people in the wake of the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan throughout the Philippines.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest recorded storm-cells, ravaged much of the Philippines on Friday, leaving 10,000+ people dead and countless others in desperate need of shelter, medical attention, food and safe drinking water.

More than 21 countries have offered humanitarian assistance to the devastated nation, including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel and Japan.

The United Nations has created a Flash Appeal – used to create a coordinated humanitarian response for the first three to six months of an emergency – as the Philippines faces a rebuilding program sure to last long past the foreseeable future :: Read the full article »»»»


Quirky Split Stick

Posted: June 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Standout | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Quirky Split Stick

Quirky - Split Stick

Here’s a simple thought for our highpants wearing punters. A double sided USB stick. The Split Stick is designed to keep your work files separate from your personal files. With the Split Stick, you can enforce the digital divide between work and home, hers and his, G-rated and X-rated, perfect for those non-lucid, couch-dwelling moments :: Read the full article »»»»


Google’s ‘Project Loon’ Launched, Balloon-Powered Internet for Everyone

Posted: June 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Google, Standout, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Google’s ‘Project Loon’ Launched, Balloon-Powered Internet for Everyone

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Internet behemoth Google believes that it might actually be able to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides Internet access to the earth below. The search-giant has launched the first set of balloons in it’s ambitious plan :: Read the full article »»»»