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Delay hits Rudd's $8bn fibre network | Australian IT
Delay hits Rudd's $8bn fibre network

KEVIN Rudd's ambitious plan to help fund an $8 billion national broadband network has been hit by a delay of at least four months because of a longer than expected timeframe for confirming an expert panel and pressure from telecoms companies to extend the process.

The Government, which will tip $4.7 billion of taxpayer funds into the broadband network, originally pushed to finalise the project by June or July.

A new timetable for the fibre-to-the-node network, intended to reach 98 per cent of Australian homes, will be outlined when Communications Minister Stephen Conroy names an expert panel to advise the Government on the network. The announcement may be as early as today.

15 locals to fly flag at Microsoft HQ | Australian IT
15 locals to fly flag at Microsoft HQ


FIFTEEN Australian IT companies will showcase their wares to venture capitalists and Microsoft executives at the software giant's Seattle headquarters thanks to the Australian Trade Commission.

The local companies, all financial services technology players, will take part in a three-day Austrade-led trade mission in early June to Microsoft's headquarters.

"This is the first delegation of Australian financial services technology and solution providers to Microsoft's headquarters and provides networking opportunities for Australian firms to align or gain exposure to US technology companies," Austrade ICT exporter services industry group national manager Peter Harrison said.

Microsoft Australia will help Austrade navigate the corridors of power at Redmond by organising meetings and networking opportunities.

Important Changes to the .AU domain


On 4 March 2008, Australia's Internet domain authority, auDA, has confirmed it will remove the ban on advertising and selling Australia's dot.au domain names but has added some conditions to prevent a land rush situation to arise.

auDA will not allow domain names to be registered solely for the purpose of putting them up for sale later, and will require that they be in possession for a period of six months or more before it can be made available for sale. To understand the repercusions of such policy change, read our article on the booming secondary domain name market.


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Seven days countdown to .ASIA domain launch!

From 12 March 2008 onwards, anyone in the world with an official presence in the .asia community can apply for a .ASIA domain name. Domain names that receive multiple applications will go to the highest bidder before .asia goes live on 26 March 2008. If you have a commercial interest in the Asian region, now is your chance to secure your online presence in Asia.
Apply for .ASIA now.

Voice-over man killed on road to Nambour | thedaily.com.au
Voice-over man killed on road to Nambour


The man who recorded the famous “Tonight on Nine” voice-over for Channel Nine was killed in a traffic accident in Woombye last night – but mystery surrounds why he was there in the first place.

Radio and television personality Steve Andrews died after he was hit by a car on a lonely stretch of Nambour Connection Road about 300 metres south of McKenzies Road about 7.30pm.

Aussie firms stay away from CeBIT | Australian IT
Aussie firms stay away from CeBIT  PLAYING spot-the-Aussie at Germany's giant CeBIT technology show last week was an almost fruitless exercise.

Among more than 5800 CeBIT exhibitors, there were just five local companies showing off their wares, the lowest Australian attendance ever.

The 14 New Zealand exhibitors had their own government-sponsored pavilion in a hall with heavy passing traffic, and everyone on the booths was resplendent in all-black Kiwi uniform






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Current – Revealed: Australia's top five TV suppliers
Revealed: Australia's top five TV suppliers

By Martin Vedris

SYDNEY: The top five contenders for the Best Imaging Supplier award for TV at the 2008 Electrical Retailing Awards (ERAs) have been announced with just under three weeks to go until the winner is revealed.

The best supplier categories in the ERAs are voted on by a judging panel representing all major retail groups from all over Australia including Retravision, Betta Electrical, The Good Guys, Harvey Norman and NARTA members.

This year these retailers will choose from the following five imaging finalists, listed alphabetically and selected on the basis of their total sales volume in the category (as measured by GfK): LG Electronics, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony.

Current – Super Slim Everio Hard Drive Camcorders from JVC
Super Slim Everio Hard Drive Camcorders from JVC


New line features new touch-sensitive scroll bar, super-slim design and a selection of elegant body colours.

February, 2008 – JVC (Victor Company of Japan, Limited) is releasing their newest line of Everio Camcorders featuring a new, super-slim design that makes them the world’s smallest hard drive camcorders* on the market. The new Everio line also offers new functions that make operation simpler and more intuitive, and models available in three different colours.

For 2008, there will be Everio camcorders available in ruby red, diamond silver and onyx black, allowing consumers to choose a model based on features, budget and style. Also new is Laser Touch, a touch-sensitive scroll bar that simplifies operation, with 30GB, 40GB and 60GB models, and a new design that’s some 20 percent smaller than last year’s entry-level model. In  addition, higher-end models offer higher-resolution digital stills by virtue of their 7 Megapixel or 5 Megapixel CCDs, making it unnecessary for people to carry both a camcorder and a digital still camera.

These models are the first in the world to have an embedded 1.3” hard disk drive (30GB), which allowed JVC to integrate a large 1/2.5” CCD and its accompanying large optical lens section, without getting bulky — thereby providing the quality benefits of a large lens while maintaining a small body and offering large capacity.

Current – Tiny MuVo T200 4GB MP3 player from Creative
Tiny MuVo T200 4GB MP3 player from Creative

 Creative Labs launches the tiny MuVo T200 4GB MP3 player

Sydney, Australia – 25 February 2008 – Creative Labs Pty Ltd, a local subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd and worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today launched the colourful and lightweight MuVo T200 MP3 player.

With a 4GB capacity, the MuVo T200’s slim design allows you to travel light but still carry all of your important files and listen to up to 2000* of your favorite songs for the ultimate in convenience in a tiny package.

The MuVo T200 features a full colour LCD display screen enabling easy navigation and showing the player status and song titles at a glance. The screen can also be personalised with six different attractive colour schemes to suit your individual style.

The thumbdrive feature with a built-in USB connector means you can easily connect the MuVo T200 to a PC or laptop for quick file transfers without the need for a separate USB cable.

The MuVo T200 comes with an FM radio and enables you to switch quickly from your personal music collection to live FM radio and get traffic news and current affairs updates in an instant from up to 32 preset stations.

The MuVo T200 also features voice recording, handy for recording voice memos or meetings and users can enjoy up to 9 hours# of audio playback on a single charge with the rechargeable built-in battery which charges directly via the USB route.

Pricing and Availability
The MuVo T200 will be available in February 2008 from major retailers for a RRP $149.95 incl GST.

For more information, please visit www.au.creative.com.

ASUS: Information and Much More from Answers.com

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (traditional Chinese: 華碩電腦股份有限公司) is a Taiwan-based company that produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, notebook computers, Servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components and computer cooling systems. Commonly called by their brand name ASUS (pronounced [ˈʌsʊs]) it is listed on London Stock Exchange and Taiwan Stock Exchange.




Origin of the name

ASUS was founded in 1989 in Taiwan by TH Tung, Ted Hsu, Wayne Hsieh and MT Liao – all four were computer engineers from Acer. The current CEO and Chairman of ASUS, Jonney Shih, joined the company in 1994. According to the ASUS sales manager Alexander Kim the name ASUS originated from Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek mythology.[2] The first three letters of the word were dropped to give the resulting name a high position in alphabetical listings.

Current – Nintendo goes on a health kick
Nintendo goes on a health kick

By Chris Nicholls

SYDNEY: Nintendo has launched its latest Wii game – Wii Fit – in a push to create a fitter, slimmer gamer.

The game allows users to perform more than 40 exercises across four categories – yoga, muscle workouts, aerobic activities and balance games. Many of the activities use the new Wii Balance Board to help gamers use their muscles.

The Balance Board apparently allows the Wii to calculate an accurate Body Mass Index (BMI) and determine a person’s centre of gravity. The combined results become what Nintendo calls a person’s “Wii Fit Age”.

Muscle workouts include torso twists, arm and leg lifts, rowing squats and games such as a push-up challenge.

Aerobic activities include ‘super hula hoop’, advanced step, rhythm boxing and a basic running exercise.

Yoga activities work on deep breathing, and include poses such as tree, sun salutation and half moon (no jokes intended).

Finally, customers can use the Balance Board for games such ski jump, soccer heading, tightrope walk and bubble balance.

The Balance Board can also be used to play the included snowboarding games in a much more realistic manner than previously possible.

Players can unlock additional exercises as they progress through the game.

During exercises, the Balance Board gauges exactly where a player’s balance and body mass are placed, allowing the on-screen instructor to coach you correctly.  Customers can also monitor their progress, as up to eight people can store and compare their Wii Fit data. Wii Fit also comes with the Wii Fit Channel, which gives players quick access to their daily progress.

Wii Fit retails for $149.95. and is due for release May 8th 2008

nintendo.com.au – News from Nintendo


nintendo.com.au – News from Nintendo

Play your way through the history of video games!

Melbourne Australia, 8 March 2008 – The Australian Centre for the Moving Image presents the exclusive Australian season of Game On, an action-packed celebration of games culture that has thrilled over one million players of all ages around the world.

Game On, Melbourne's must-see exhibition of 2008 opens to the public today at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne.

Current – Canon's website is a hit on Hitwise
Canon's website is a hit on Hitwise

By Martin Vedris

SYDNEY: Canon Australia’s website has been awarded a ‘number one’ ranking in the Hitwise Entertainment — Photography category for being the leading Australian website for visits in that category.

Hitwise is a leading Australian online measurement company that anonymously monitors consumer activity on over one million websites. Each quarter, Hitwise awards the 10 most popular websites across 160 categories.

According to Hitwise, its awards are based on popularity according to the percentage of user visits a website receives compared to other sites in their category during a specific period.

Hitwise announced that during the 2007, www.canon.com.au was ranked first by visits among all other Australian websites in the Hitwise Entertainment — Photography category.

Current – Australia's top five computer brands compete for industry honours
Australia's top five computer brands compete for industry honours

By Martin Vedris

SYDNEY: GfK data has uncovered the leading five computer suppliers in 2007 who will now compete for the Electrical Retailing Awards (ERA) Best Computer Supplier title as voted by a panel of Australia’s leading retailers.

The five finalists for the ERA Best Computer Supplier, selected on the basis of their total sales volume in the category (as measured by GfK) and listed in alphabetical order are: Acer, Apple, Compaq, HP and Toshiba.

Toshiba is the defending category winner, having won the category at last year’s ERAs.

The criteria retailers are voting on are: Design/appearance and innovation; Profitability/margin; Promotional/advertising support; sales representation and service backup; and Sales growth to category.

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