Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Internet Security | Tags: Australian Online Security, Favorite New Thought, Google Search, Hack, News From the web, OAIC, Online Security, Privacy Breach, Privacy Commissioner, Technoid Computer News, Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code, Telstra | Comments Off
Australia’s biggest telco, Telstra, has sounded a warning about the Government’s mandatory metadata retention scheme.
Telstra said an unintended consequence of the plan would be the creation of many highly attractive targets for hackers.
The Federal Government has cited national security as one of the reasons for its plan to force telcos and internet companies to store customer metadata for two years.
A parliamentary committee investigating the bills also heard concerns from Australia’s intelligence agency watchdog that ASIO could keep metadata indefinitely.
Under the metadata retention scheme, Telstra, and all other national telcos and internet companies, would be forced to store customer metadata for two years.
Telstra said the data would be kept in a database, ready to be given to law enforcement on request :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 7th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Google | Tags: Gangnam Style, Google, YouTube | Comments Off
Gangnam Style has become such a hit that it’s causing problems for Google’s video sharing website YouTube. YouTube says that the 2012 song by South Korea’s Psy – accompanied by a horse-riding-like dance that became a global sensation – this week reached the maximum number of views that its counter had imagined to be conceivable :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 10th, 2014 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Microsoft, Standout, Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: Microsoft, Misogyny, Satya Nadella, Sex Descrimination, Tony Abbott Quote | Comments Off
There’s a reason Microsoft left such a huge chasm between CEO’s – remember the hijinks of Steve B? and congratulations to new CEO Satya Nadella – it seems the folk that pick these people might need a little self reflection.
Having ranted all that, it seems the new CEO has done something we all thought unattainable, he’s made people give a f_ck about Microsoft for the first time in years.
Nadella achieved this emotional engagement by offering up the most misogynisticly deplorable advice to women in the workplace. Not since Australia’s Prime Minister advised women to dull-down their expectations has a man at the top uttered such fowl advice.
“I think it’d be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in large numbers, simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons” Tony Abbott
According to Nadella the female ‘confidence gap’ is a sham? Nadella made his pickled remarks on stage at an event to celebrate the marginalized accomplishments of women in the technology industry… Seriously?! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 26th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Grilled Motoring News, News From the web, UPDATED! | Tags: Inflight Devices, Jetstar, Mobile Devices, QANTAS, Virgin Australia | Comments Off
Australian 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 »»»»
Posted: May 9th, 2014 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Facebook, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Advertising, Business News, facebook, Mobile Advertising Platform | Comments Off
Facebook 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 »»»»
Posted: May 9th, 2014 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Apple, Technoid Computer News | Tags: apple, Beats Electronics, Business News | Comments Off
Apple 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 »»»»
Posted: April 1st, 2014 | Author: The Technoid | Filed under: Gaming, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Facebook Texas Hold em, Ivey Poker Free, Online Poker, PartyPoker on Twitter, TonyBet Poker, World Poker Tour, World Series of Poker, WSOP, Zynga | Comments Off
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 »»»»