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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.


Australian Emergency SMS Service

Posted: September 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Standout | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Emergency SMS Service

Australian Emergency SMS Service

All mobile phones within Australia will have access to a new text message emergency warning system by the early 2013. The system, which until recently supplied emergency alerts only to landlines, has been extended to include all mobile phones in Australia. The system is being rolled out from November this year – to Telstra customers – and should be completed within 3 months.

Emergency Alerts are sent by emergency services to landline telephones based on the location of the handset, and to mobile phones, based on the service address. In the case of an emergency, Australians receive a voice message on their landline or a text message on mobile phones. Along with the Emergency Alert a link is supplied for recipients to access more information, by following a set of basic instructions.

Emergency Alert is an Australian Government based alert system, within Australia 0444 444 444 is the designated number for Emergency Alerts.

This number will always be displayed in the message header or caller ID. Since it’s inception – December 2009, for landlines –  Emergency Alert has been used on 500 separate occasions nationally, with more than 7 million messages having been already sent :: Read the full article »»»»

UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy SIII

Posted: June 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Samsung, Smartphone | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy SIII

Samsung Galaxy SIIIUPDATE: Samsungs Galaxy SIII Hits Australia

Samsung has been playing cat and mouse with tech-writers – over the Galaxy SIII – for several months, finally unveiling the device late last month at a press conference in what was probably one of the worst kept secrets in the tech industry.

Reviewers have only had a quick glance at the new gadget, but early thoughts determined after some quick time with the SIII suggest it may very well be an Apple beater?

Samsung Electronics has finally launched its new flagship Galaxy S III smartphone in Australia – late last week – pipping Apple to the launch of its next generation iPhone 5, rumoured to be unveiled later this year. The new Galaxy, launched at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre alongside an orchestra and a bunch of celebrities. SIII sports a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and comes with the latest Android – Ice Cream Sandwich – operating system :: Read the full article »»»»

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G: The First Australian 4G Tablet, Finally A Workable Alternative To Broadband!!!

Posted: March 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Gadget News, Übergadget | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G: The First Australian 4G Tablet, Finally A Workable Alternative To Broadband!!!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G The First Australian 4G TabletTelstra and Samsung have joined forces to introduce the first 4G tablet to Australia, the Samsung Galaxy 8.9 with 4G. Finally a useable alternative to broadband with Samsung’s tethered 4G goodness bringing high speed internet to the road warriors amongst us.

Along with the Tab 8.9 Telstra also offers two other 4G devices, the HTC Velocity smart phone and the USB 4G Dongle for data access on the go, but the Tab 8.9 is by far the most exciting 4G device to hit Australian shores so far.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 sits right in the middle of the performance curve as far as tablets are concerned, faster than cheaper tablets on the market but just a little behind the premium price tablets such as the ASUS Transformer Prime. A well rounded tablet, the 1.5Ghz dual core ARM processor provides plenty of speed while sipping power. With add on keyboards, docking stations along with 3rd party Galaxy gadgets the functionality is only limited by your budget.

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Ready, Steady… Wait For IT… GO

Posted: February 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News, Technoid Game News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Ready, Steady… Wait For IT… GO

Ready, Steady, Wait For IT, GONot that we’re suggesting that government moves in slow and mysterious ways BUT! Way back in July last year we noted: After almost three years of public consultation and industry wide debate, the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games in Australia is teatering on the line. It looks as though it may go through however it’s been delayed once more due to the failure of federal, state and territory attorneys-general to reach a unanimous decision!?

Happily – don’t hold your breath,  it might be another 3 years until the legislation is passed –  the Australian Federal Government has at last introduced legislation to establish an R18+ category for computer and video games in Australia. Currently in Australia, the maximum legal classification for games is MA15+. Games that are not considered suitable for children are refused classification and banned.

Way back in 2009, the Government received close to 60,000 submissions in response to a discussion paper on the matter. The Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare says the legislation is scheduled to come into effect at the start of next year. This will bring the classification categories for computer games into line with existing categories used to classify films and make the Australian classification regime more consistent with international standards,” he said.

A national telephone survey conducted by Galaxy in 2010 showed 80 per cent of the 2,226 people contacted said they supported the introduction of an adults-only category for games. No Sh_t Sherlock!


Researchers Kickoff Australian Written Software Database

Posted: February 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Researchers Kickoff Australian Written Software Database

Researchers Kickoff Australian Written Software DatabaseResearchers from Flinders University are assembling an online database of computer software written in Australia and New Zealand. The database will include everything from Australian-made computer games to banking and defence software. The Australasian Heritage Software project is a public-compiled and accessible database documenting Australian and New Zealand software history. The field of software history is enormous and largely undocumented. Few repositories of software or documentation exist. This project aims to collect documentation from the public – and, where feasible, source code – in order to create a picture of the software written locally, and to present this online.

Dr Melanie Swalwell and Dr Denise de Vries are the primary researchers. The NZTronix team and associates contributed to the original database design and build: Dr Ian Welch, Rachel Lilburn, Susan Corbett, Dr Stuart Marshall, Vipul Delwadia, Nicola Frean.  The current database has been created by Niralan Bobalan, Prabhjot Singh, Ruta Mehul Patel and Maryam Mahzadfard. Sarah McKenzie and Sergio Hernandez worked on the prototype version.

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Avalon Air Show 2011: The Tech Version.

Posted: March 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Rareview, View | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Avalon Air Show 2011: The Tech Version.

The High-Tech Cow Paddock

Every 2 years the paddocks around Avalon airport – 80km south of Melbourne – are converted into the most high tech cow paddock in the world. This years show was no exception, in fact many regular attendees have said this was the largest and most impressive show held at Avalon so far. The miles of static displays were enough to keep you busy all day but then there was an air show to see as well. Maybe one day at the show isn’t enough. Read the full article »»»»