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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

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

    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 »»»»


      Apple is Looking for its Groove via Beats

      Posted: May 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , | Comments Off

      Apple is Looking for its Groove via BeatsApple has been in a funk of late, it hasn’t truly done anything outstanding for close on 4 years. hard to believe it released iPad in 2010, since then the consumertech behemoth has been treading water.

      According to Bloomberg, Apple is about to buy its way out of its funk with the imminent purchase of übercool Beats Electronics.

      If indeed the deal does go ahead, it would mark the biggest acquisition for the company to date, $US3.2 billion.

      The waters around the deal are still a little murky, however sources are saying the deal might be announced as early as next week. As part of the deal Apple will pickup both the hardware – headphones – and music streaming sides of Beats’ business.

      Beats was founded by rapper Dr Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine in 2008, the company employs around 300 :: Read the full article »»»»


        Three Online Poker Apps

        Posted: April 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gaming, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

        Online poker goes all in

        For more than a decade now, poker has undergone a dramatic transformation from a fairly niche card game into a legitimate global sport. This can easily be seen by the constant expansion and international television broadcast coverage presently enjoyed by the World Series of Poker – WSOP – and the World Poker Tour – WPT – circuit. Online poker websites have greatly contributed to the current success of the poker boom :: Read the full article »»»»


          Facebook Plugs-into Oculus VR

          Posted: March 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Hardware, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

          Facebook Plugs-into Oculus VRFacebook has announced it’s buying virtual reality specialist Oculus for about $US2 billion in cash and shares.

          The social media behemoth said it would build on Oculus’s technology, particularly its virtual reality headset aimed at gamers, and seek to develop the technology for other areas such as communications, education, and entertainment.

          The deal will see Oculus shareholders receive $US400 million in cash plus 23.1 million Facebook shares in the deal. Facebook called hailed Oculus as the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, with a strong following among developers.

          The company has already garnered more than 75,000 orders for the $350 Oculus Rift headset development kits :: Read the full article »»»»


            Scammers Use Malaysia Airlines MH370 As Bait

            Posted: March 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Hack!, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

            Scammers Use Malysia Airlines MH370 As Bait

            Scammers are a lowly bunch, they’ll use almost anything as bait to lure in the unsuspecting, the latest scam doing the rounds is targeting people searching for news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, steering them to a fake Facebook page which is designed to generate money for scammers.

            According to a blog-post by Websense’s Carl Leonard, the faux Facebook page looks completely legitimate at first glance. “The lure websites have been configured to appear like a legitimate Facebook page, complete with sharing button, suitable graphics, and relevant links.” :: Read the full article »»»»


              Australian Telco Fined For Privacy Breach

              Posted: March 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Hack!, News From the web, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

              Telstra, Australia's Largest Telco Fined For Privacy BreachAustralia’s largest telecomunications company ‘Telstra’ has been fined $10,200 and warned about privacy after a data breach saw the information of more than 15,000 customers made available online.

              Last year a Fairfax journalist discovered that the telco had published the names, phone numbers and addresses of customers. The journalist alerted the telco to the breach, and also informed the – OAIC – Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

              The OAIC launched a year-long investigation with the Australian Communications and Media Authority – ACMA – and the agencies have now handed down their reports.

              They have found Telstra made the information of 15,775 customers available for 15 months during 2012 and 2013. The information included more than 1,257 customers with silent line numbers, and related to customer data from 2009 and earlier. There were at least 166 unique downloads of the records :: Read the full article »»»»

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