Apple’s iPhone is on track to surge past the iconic BlackBerry in the global smartphones stakes by the middle of this year, while touchscreen devices already blitz QWERTY models.
Flash is coming to Android smartphones, with support for the Web video format to be baked into the forthcoming Android OS 2.2 update.
Android already supports HTML5, Apple’s preferred alternative to Flash, in the current 2.x release
Adobe says the player will be available only for smartphones running Android 2.1 or later – many of which will also be upgradeable to 2.2, making Adobe’s Flash app a stop-gap measure until fans start flashing their phones with Froyo firmware.
The disc-free cards provide a discount of between 20% and 45% against the same editions of Office 2010 sitting on the shelf. But unlike those boxed bundles, the cards allow only for installation of the software on a single PC.
the boxed copy of Office Home and Student 2010 can be installed on up to three home PCs. The Home and Business 2010 and Professional 2010 bundles are good for two installs
The Spirit software ‘liberates’ the iPad, which runs iPhone OS X 3.2, along with as any iPhone and iPod Touch running the most recent 3.12 or 3.13 updates.
Spirit also installs a link to the Cydia app store so users can download their own selection of non-approved apps.
A full tutorial on how to jailbreak the iPad with Spirit is already up at ReadWriteWeb.
Web browser market share as at April 2010 (data and chart courtesy of Net Applications)
Internet Explorer’s browser share has dipped just below the embarrassing 60% watermark to 59.95%
two years ago, when IE was the dominant browser with a 77.63% stake on the Web.
Chrome has enjoyed the largest gains, rocking up from 3.93% to 6.73% in the past six months. Chrome’s success has also come at the expense of Firefox, which now sits at 24.59%
Now available for download, Microsoft’s second-edition home server OS moves to a 64-bit platform and sports remote media streaming over the Web plus a streamlined UI
codenamed Vail, has gone public
Key features in Vail include the ability to stream music and video files from your server’s media library over the Web to users logged into the server’s remote access page; an improved UI for both initial setup and ongoing operation and maintenance; and enhanced backup and restore of PCs on the home network
The codebase is derived from Windows Server 2008 R2, compared to the first-gen’s Windows Server 2003 foundation, and Microsoft will be releasing Vail only as a 64-bit OS requiring at least a 1.4GHz processor.
Apple has shown no signs of adding wireless sync to the iPhone or iPad, so UK app developer Greg Hughes has stepped up to the plate with Wi-Fi Sync.
The app does exactly what it says – it syncs your iDevice to your Mac (a Windows version is on the way) over a Wi-Fi network.
After initially pairing your iThing and your Mac, sync sessions automatically begin as soon as you run the Wi-Fi Sync app – a matching Mac client (which loads during your laptop’s or desktop’s startup and then sits in the background) receives the sync request, fires up iTunes and away you go.
Wi-Fi Sync isn’t mean to replace the USB cable, especially not for extensive video sync sessions where USB would be much faster
Hughes says that Wi-Fi Sync will sell for US$4.99 once approved by Apple for listing on the App Store,
The company suggests “we do not recommend watching 3D if you are in bad physical condition, need sleep or have been drinking alcohol”,
Pregnant women and anyone “with a history of epilepsy or stroke” are advised to “consult with a medical specialist” before donning the 3D specs
Samsung also lists a bevy of symptoms which, should they occur, are a sign to “immediately stop watching 3D pictures and consult a medical specialist”. These include lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, confusion, disorientation, loss of awareness, convulsions, cramps and involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching.
Oh, and “children and teenagers may be more likely to experience these symptoms than adults”.
If you’re a fit, well-rested and sober male of 20 or older with a good medical history and a bloodline clean enough to make a vampire lick his undead lips then you’re good to go for 3D TV… except that you may still be prone to “motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain and decreased postural stability” after watching 3D TV, Samsung cautions.
You could even be your own worst enemy. “Viewing in 3D mode may cause disorientation for some viewers” Samsung says. “Do not place your television near open stairwells, cables, balconies or other objects that can be tripped over, run into, knocked down, broken or fallen over or that may cause you to injure yourself”
Nine boss David Gyngell says he is blown away by the potential.
“It’s an amazing experience — next year we can go out and shoot Underbelly in 3D,” he told The Australian. Mr Gyngell’s enthusiasm has seen Nine say it will carry Rugby League’s State of Origin clash in 3D on May 26, which could cost as much as $10 million to broadcast, with Nine flying out a team from the US to film the event in 3D.
Aside from Underbelly in 3D, something of a crime wave on TV is expected next year with at least three telemovies scheduled to be based on notorious Australian crimes.
The Federal Government’s $23.8m ISP-level internet filtering initiative will not block encrypted content or web applications and can be circumvented legally, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has admitted.
He was shown how to get around the ISP-level filter using free proxy network TOR and Virtual Private Network (VPN) techniques at the Enex TestLab in Victoria.
Conroy said monitoring circumvention attempts would not be required by the Government. “ISPs will not be required to block circumvention attempts by their customers or end users,” he said
asked if an ISP would be held responsible for knowingly allowing customers to bypass the filter, Conroy reiterated that ISPs would not be required to block circumvention attempts.
Opposition to the filter is widespread it will do nothing to lower the distribution of illegal material online, while creating a baisis for greater government censorship in the future
Google is said to be planning the release of its Editions e-book service in the next few months – expect late June
The Editions project is touting itself as a ‘platform agnostic’ service that runs on any device.
Google will allow publishers to set the prices of titles and then take a fixed percentage of sales revenues.
will open with a catalogue of 400,000 to 600,000 titles. Google said that it is not aiming the store just at e-book reader users, but at anyone with a browser and an internet connection.
The Association of American Publishers estimates that the e-book market in the US is currently worth $113m (£70m), and is growing at 68 per cent a year.
Apple gears up to announce the iPad’s local pricing (Monday) the Aussie dollar plummets to under US88c
Yahoo reports that based on the browser identification tags and IP addresses of visits to yahoo.com, one in ten iPad users are located outside the US.
Every move you make, every step you take, you could soon be generating electricity according to a group of scientists in the United States.
By cramming 20,000 nanowires into three square centimetres, scientists from Georgia Tech’s Nano Research Group have created the world’s first device powered solely by piezoelectric materials.
A piezoelectric material is something that, when pushed or pulled, generates a mild electrical charge.
The researchers at Georgia Tech hope within three to five years piezoelectric nanowires, woven into a cotton shirt or housed in a shoe heel, could charge a cell phone or laptop battery after even a short walk.
Lin’s work is in creating single piezoelectric nanowires much longer than Wang’s, long enough to be woven into clothing.
It will likely be three to five years before either Wang’s or Lin’s work will be found in a commercial product, but Lin notes that piezoelectrics has made tremendous progress during the last few years, much of it led by Wang. The next few years will be even more exciting.
Decision urged on .xxx porn web domain
Moves to create a web domain for adult content have intensified with the group which has applied for the .xxx address demanding a decision on its fate.
Net regulator Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) – the body which oversees web addresses – has been delaying its vote.
It gave the domain the go-ahead in 2005 but reversed the decision two years later.
Proponents says that having a .xxx domain will make the web safer.
“This has been a $7m dollar process, costing us $5m in legal fees and Icann $2m,” said Stuart Lawley, chairman of ICM Registry, which has propposed the .xxx domain.
“Originally, the decision was politically driven but now for Icann…it is about not wanting to admit they were wrong.”
A spokesperson for Icann said the body was a “global entity” and “actively seeks the comments of as many people as possible in our community, on important issues like this one”.
The history of getting a specific adult entertainment web address has been a long and complicated one.
Initially, in 2005, it was approved but two years later Icann retracted the decision following protests from conservative groups. Icann said it was worried that it may have been asked to police content; something it said was not its job
It also said that not everyone in the adult entertainment industry wanted such a domain.
In February of this year a panel of US judges ruled that its reasons for withdrawing the domain were not valid.
Icann accepted those findings and asked its general counsel to lay out the reasons for and against such a scheme. The process is open to public debate until 10 May.
An Icann spokesperson told BBC News that the public comments will be presented to the board on 12 June, but did not say when a decision on the fate of .xxx would be made.
Mr Lawley said he was getting increasingly frustrated with the process.
He argues that having a specific address for porn sites will make it easier for parents and others to block access to them.
“One of the requirements of anyone registering a .xxx domain is that the site carries meta-tags that will be automatically picked up by the popular browsers and allow people who want to avoid the content to easily do so,” he told BBC News.
Battered game maker declares iPhone and iPad are the ‘enemy of the future’
NINTENDO is preparing to unleash the full force of its development and marketing artillery against Apple after profits tumbled at the Japanese giant for the first time in six years.
The reversal of fortunes, though flagged in advance by the company, throws the spotlight on threats to what once seemed a bullet-proof business.
Satoru Iwata, the Nintendo president, is understood to have told his senior executives recently to regard the battle with Sony as a victory already won and to treat Apple, and its iPhone and iPad devices, as the “enemy of the future”.
That, say analysts, may be premature. Last Christmas, almost twice as many Wii consoles were sold in the US as the PlayStation3. But games developers increasingly see Sony’s machine as having a large enough base of users to justify not making titles for the Nintendo machine.
Sony and Microsoft are also making their own forays into family-oriented gaming and the iPhone has emerged as a formidable competitor for Nintendo in the handheld gaming arena once dominated by the DS console.
Sources close to the Kyoto-based company describe a mood of concern as the hardware and software divisions race to restore the capacity to “surprise” – a traditional feature of Nintendo games that Mr Iwata holds dear.
The company’s recent strategy has centred on creating devices aimed not just at children and dedicated – generally male – gamers, but at the whole family.
Two years ago, the company claimed to have permanently altered the demographics of video games by raising the average age and the gender mix of gamers.
Unfortunately, the very people it claimed to have converted – high-school girls and men aged between 30 and 40 – reported that they would rather have an iPhone than a DS in their pockets or handbags.
Although the company ended the 2009 financial year squarely in the black, analysts described Nintendo’s profit slide as a “triple punch”.
Despite selling over 10 million copies of the latest Mario title for the Wii console, the pipeline of new games has stopped delivering the sort of blockbusters that drove console sales to record levels in the first two years after its launch.
Nintendo has also suffered from the financial crisis. Households around the world spent most of last year in full belt-tightening mode, and remain cautious about buying games with a relatively short playing-life.
But the most striking decline was in sales of the consoles.
Although both the Wii and DS have outsold their Sony and Microsoft counterparts, the lower technology of the Nintendo machines is starting to show.
With far less processing power than either the PlayStation3 or Xbox 360, the Wii is suffering. Its sales were 21 per cent down in the year to March 31.
Net profits at Nintendo, meanwhile, fell to Y228.64 billion ($2.7bn) from Y279.09bn.
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Priest conducts ‘bizarre’ faith healing
A bizarre faith-healing ritual has prompted the Catholic Church to warn that an influx of foreign priests had created “difficulties” because they tended to have a more spiritual outlook than Westerners.
A horrified congregation watched a foreign-trained Catholic priest lay a mentally and physically disabled girl on an altar during mass at the weekend and order her to walk.
The priest was later escorted to a mental health clinic by police. The congregation is being counselled over the event, which left children and adults in tears.
Vicar-General of Perth’s Catholic Archdiocese Brian O’Loughlin said while the “bizarre and unusual service” was largely due to the priest’s mental condition, it highlighted that foreign-trained priests had a more spiritual approach.
Monsignor O’Loughlin said Westerners had a more logical outlook and tended to turn to the spiritual when they could not understand concepts in other ways.
He said the approach by African, Asian and Eastern European-trained priests was sometimes a “difficulty” but while it required adjustment, it was not a problem because overseas priests were an important addition and were welcomed by multicultural congregations.
Catherine Roatch, who saw the faith-healing service, said it appeared to be an attempted exorcism.
“He prayed in some gibberish and then started to demand that this girl speak as well as stand up,” she said.
“The girl would not have even been able to comprehend, let alone follow instructions. It was very undignified for the young lady and she was just crying, howling at the altar.
“Then the priest just left her there and went back to the microphone and the wailing went on for at least 15 minutes.
“People were getting up and leaving. People were crying and they were angry. The children were terrified.”
Ms Roatch claimed the girl’s parents had put her on the altar but their support for the ritual was uncertain. They were later seen crying.
Monsignor O’Loughlin said exorcisms were a legitimate part of the Catholic religion but were not allowed in regular services and could only be performed by appointed priests.
While the Church did not condone the bizarre service, he said it was standing by the priest in his time of need, though he would not be allowed to give mass until he was better.
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3D TV offerings limited as manufacturers strike ‘exclusives’ with movie rights holders
3D TELEVISIONS are finally available in Australia but 3D movies are hard to find and are being made more scarce by TV makers.
With no 3D TV broadcasts, these new TVs will only play native 3D content from Blu-ray Discs and there are fewer than a handful of titles available.
But TV makers are signing these 3D movies to exclusive deals, keeping them out of the hands of anyone who buys a 3D TV from a rival company.
Samsung, for example, will have exclusive rights to Monsters vs Aliens and Shrek for three months, while Panasonic will control the distribution of Ice Age 3 and Coraline for three months after its 3D TV is released in June.
Kogan Technologies founder Ruslan Kogan said the 3D movie restrictions are further proof that the technology is not ready for mainstream use yet.
“A lot of people have jumped on the 3D bandwagon too quickly and they’re not taking into account where they’re going to get 3D content and also the social implications (of watching TV with glasses on),” Mr Kogan said.
“Also to produce a show in 3D costs twice as much, so will 3D viewers be willing to put up with ads that are twice as long?”
In Wednesday’s Courier-Mail: The 3D revolution (Switched On liftout)
Channel 9 will broadcast this year’s State of Origin matches in 3D, however, and this week announced plans to film the next Underbelly series in 3D.
Dick Smith national TV buyer Rodney Balech said the lack of 3D TV shows or movies had not slowed down sales of the new technology.
Even though only one manufacturer, Samsung, currently had 3D TVs for sale, Balech said “demand has been huge”.
“One reason is because it’s not a massive jump in price for 3D TV _ the difference ends up being $300, and when you’re spending that much on a TV $300 doesn’t seem like much.”
UK, February 25, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – There has to be a point in our lives when we turn our backs on normal news and bring out the truth behind a gut wrenching story that nobody wants to talk about or who may not be permitted to talk about.
We at the Palestine Telegraph always want to bring out topics that no one else is prepared to print. The case of Hollie Greig is one such story that will make you feel terribly sick inside whilst at the same time wanting to bring those responsible to justice. I did a radio show the other day and someone specifically asked me to investigate this sad story probably knowing that I would do an article on it. One must feel the intense pain of Hollie’s mum and the ongoing nightmare’s that must haunt Hollie, the innocent victim of a pedophile father and his ring of evil friends.
This is not the first time I have heard of such abuse, especially in care homes where children suffering from Down’s Syndrome or other medical conditions have been repeatedly abused by the care staff. It is for this reason that I have broken away from my normal articles to reveal these horrific evil pedophiles that contaminate our planet. What makes this case stand out is the fact that this abuse went beyond the Greig family and extended into the Grampian Police Force who are there to protect us. I am sure by the time you have read through this extremely upsetting story you also will want to bring these evil people to justice.
So who is Hollie Grieg? Hollie lived in Aberdeen, Scotland. Her family consisted of Anne, her mother, Father Denis and brother Greg. It was back in 2000 when Hollie told her mum something very disturbing that any mother dreads to hear – that she had been repeatedly sexually abused by her father, Denis Charles Mackie and by her brother Greg. This abuse stemmed back to when Hollie was six years old, Hollie also told her mum that her brother Greg had also been abused by his father. We hear of such horror stories many times especially when another member of the family is also abused and that person then becomes part of the spider’s web.
As one would expect Anne immediately reported the incident to the Grampian Police in Aberdeen and it was then that things started to go so terribly wrong. Over a period of time Hollie started to recall the names of those that had abused her. Anne eventually learnt that her husband Denis had offered his daughter to an extended ring of pedophiles. One can imagine the terrible abuse, psychological pain and humiliation that Hollie endured during this period and the terrible pain that mum also endured.
It became a further shock when Anne learnt that this ring of pedophiles included a serving police officer with the Grampian Police named Terry Major and a very high profile gentleman called Graeme Buchanan who happened to be the Aberdeen Sheriff (his picture is on the last page of this article)
After some in depth investigations by medical staff and the Grampian Police Hollie’s account was fully accepted as being authentic but that’s as far as the case went and everything was very carefully swept under the carpet. One of the main players in this deplorable case was that of Elish Frances Angiolini QC (picture above), a Scottish lawyer who has served in the political role of Lord Advocate in Scotland since 2006. Her bio reads that she was appointed to the post of Solicitor General for Scotland in November 2001 becoming the first woman, the first Procurator Fiscal, and the first solicitor to hold that post. This lady prevented any action being taken by the police or should I say against the police and the Sheriff and consequently allowed the main offend, Denis Charles Mackie (Hollie’s father as shown on the following page) to escape the country and settle in Portugal.
The story does not stop there because the authorities started a campaign to discredit and intimidate Anne by having her forcibly taken to a mental institution in the hope of taking Hollie from her and handing her back to her evil father. Anne remained strong and managed to have herself checked over by a leading psychiatrist who then certified her as being perfectly sane. This brave woman stood up to these bullying tactics and consequently forced them to accept the findings of the psychiatrist.
Over the coming years Anne remained strong and continued to fight this battle which eventually led to Anne being able to convince the News of the World to take up her story in 2009. What was also disturbing was the fact that Hollie had been receiving payments from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority which as we all know is a payment handed out for victims of crime. One must fully understand that for this payment to take place one has to have been vetted by the
authorities to qualify for such payments…..surely this in itself are an expression of guilt even though to this day no investigations have been carried out.
Hollies father Denis and Greg went to live in Portugal, which also so happened to be the same country where Madeleine McCann went missing. Anne decided that she should alert the authorities and went to another police station in her newly acquired home in Shrewsbury. She was hopeful that the local police would listen to her story and that they would then notify their counterparts in Portugal that this pedophile had relocated there and may have some connection with Madeleine. It became evident that this possible vital information was not passed on by the British Police.
Private Investigators into Hollies situation have since revealed the presence of other pedophile rings in Scotland and it became clear that senior authority figures in Scotland are prepared to obstruct the course of justice and allow the sexual abuse of such venerable members of our society to continue unchecked in order to save their own necks. This letter clearly shows the names of the offenders.
This letter is from Robert GREEN on behalf of Anne & Hollie MacKie
To; Sheriff Graeme BUCHANAN
Sheriff’s Clerk’s Office
Sheriff Court House
Dear Sheriff Buchanan
Do you know, or have any involvement with any of the following?
Your prompt response would be appreciated in the public interest.
As one would expect this letter received little attention by the Scottish Court Service and their response is copied here. This letter was in actual fact a sort of name and shame letter but didn’t serve any purpose apart from the fact it serves as an acknowledgement by the Scottish Court Service. The letter was dated 24th June 2009.
It was extremely interesting to learn about what happened to Journalist & Broadcaster Robert Green. He decided to investigate the Hollie case and went up to Scotland only to find himself arrested by the Grampian Police with heavy involvement by Scotland’s Crown Office. Robert had traveled to Aberdeen to attend a public protest against the lack of action by Scotland’s law enforcement agencies in bringing to justice identified individuals belonging a an Aberdeen based pedophile ring, names of which included members of Scotland’s legal establishment and the local Sheriff.
Robert was promptly arrested soon after his arrival and prior to his attendance at the planned protest. It was ironic that his appearance the next day was at the Aberdeen Sheriff Court where he was taken before a colleague of the Sheriff who was named as a key player in this Pedophile ring. It should be pointed out at this stage regarding a police project that was in existence called “Operation Ore” that was set up to identify many pedophiles in public office, none of which have yet been prosecuted.
What is alarming here is the fact that poor Hollie claims she was abused for 14 years from the age of six and has given police the names of some of the men she says assaulted her. The 30-year-old and her mother, Anne, have been campaigning for criminal proceedings since 2000. All of the abuse took place in Aberdeen, and Hollie and her mother claim to have made a statement at Bucksburn police station in July naming those involved. The family moved to Shropshire and two Grampian Police officers travelled to Shrewsbury in September last year to re-interview Hollie at a special facility. Last month, the Crown Office revealed there was not enough reliable evidence to proceed with the case.
A spokesman said at the time: “Historical allegations of sexual abuse made by a 30-year-old woman in Shropshire have been thoroughly investigated by police. “Crown counsel have considered all the available information and decided that there is insufficient credible, reliable and admissible evidence to justify criminal proceedings in respect of these allegations.” It must be fully understood that this statement was in actual fact false because no proper investigation has ever been carried out as only Hollie herself was interviewed.
Despite no charges ever being brought, Hollie received £13,500 compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in April last year. It is understood that a Grampian Detective Inspector described Hollie as “a truthful witness to the best of her ability and an entirely innocent victim”. Mrs Greig, 58, claims her daughter has experienced nightmares and panic attacks since she first told her about the alleged abuse.
Before closing there is also one piece of this jigsaw that has not been covered and that is regarding the death of Hollie’s Uncle Robert David Greig (Anne’s Brother). Just when you think you have heard enough of this sordid case we must include the circumstances leading to the death of her Uncle. On the 17th of November 1997 her uncle was found in a burnt out car close to Aberdeen. The police believed it was a case of suicide and the family attempted to obtain a copy of the autopsy. The authorities had for some time declared that no papers existed and basically the case was officially closed.
Anne with the support of others repeatedly tried to obtain the autopsy report which the authorities were reluctant to release and it was only obtained on the 31st of December. Before we go into that autopsy let me tell you an incident that took place prior to this tragic event. After the death of her uncle Hollie told her mum that one day her uncle had come into the house and caught her father having sex with her. Uncle Robert gave a very clear warning to her father never to do that again.
Now we come to the autopsy result which in my opinion gives a very clear cut verdict of murder and not suicide…….one could even possible think that this could be called a political assassination as Robert Greig really did know too much, especially about people in high places. He was totally devoted to his sister Anne and dear Hollie. The Autopsy gave the verdict of death by smoke inhalation but also noted that Robert had severe damage to his skull, two broken ribs and a broken sternum. In addition to this his body also contained much alcohol (even though Robert was a non drinker) and the autopsy found residue of whiskey in his stomach. A person apparently came across the car and attempted to save Robert which came across as a sort of heroic story when in actual fact it is believed that this person was indeed the murderer.
It is important for the world to understand that a very grave injustice has been carried out here and that the Grampian Police have acted in a way that does not befit their duty of care to the people of Aberdeen and more importantly poor Hollie, who like many have fallen victim to such a Pedophile ring. Take a look at this link, read for yourself and watch the video: http://stolenkids-hollie.blogspot.com/
We at the Palestine Telegraph understand what it is like living in a police state having become the victim of Israeli aggression and intimidation. This case however has touched our hearts and we feel it is finally time to bring those responsible to justice. It is for this reason that we have decided to print the letter sent on behalf of Anne and Hollie whilst at the same time to name and shame those listed. The letter of response is also an indication of the arrogance of the Aberdeen Sheriff.
Pedophilia is deeply rooted in our society and has in the past encompassed some extremely powerful people, including politicians etc The fact that a serving police officer was involved and a very senior figure in the legal system of Scotland cannot be taken lightly and the Palestine Telegraph sincerely hopes that in re opening this case something will eventually come out of it.
This article is dedicated to Hollie and her mum Anne in the hope that she accepts the deep feelings and concerns from the People of Palestine. We fully understand how you have been treated and our hearts go out to you both. Bless you
Peter Eyre – Middle East Consultant – 25/2/2010
Solicitor backs magistrate over swearing at police decision
THE QUEEN WOULD NOT BE IMPRESSED.
A solicitor says foul language is an accepted work language norm among officers.
Lawyer Philip Stewart acted for Canberra man Rufus Richardson, 27, who had offensive behaviour charges against him dismissed with $2600 costs for making an offensive finger gesture and swearing at police.
Mr Stewart of Sydney firm Nyman, Gibson and Stewart Solicitors today jumped to the defence of controversial magistrate Pat O’Shane, who found Mr Richardson should never have been charged.
Ms O’Shane today came under criticism from NSW Police Commissioner Ken Moroney and the police union for her decision last Wednesday to dismiss a charge of swearing by Mr Richardson at officers in a parked police car outside The Rocks police station as he left the Orient Hotel opposite the station in a drunken state at 12.10am on July 18.
In bringing down her decision Ms O’Shane said there were no longer “community standards” in relation to such behaviour.
Today she refused to comment to media, who doorknocked her Hunters Hill home.
She said it was not a proper basis for police to arrest Mr Richardson.
Police had alleged in the Downing Centre Local Court that Mr Richardson had said: “Youse are f—ed.”
She said that type of language was “to be expected on George Street at that time of night”.
But Commissioner Moroney has ordered the Police Legal Service Branch to ask the Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal against the decision in the Supreme Court.
Mr Stewart said his client, a university student who was on a night out in Sydney with friends when charged, had since moved to Melbourne,
It is not the first time that Ms O’Shane had riled police with decisions that went against them.
In 1991, she dismissed charges against a Lismore man who called two officers “f—ing poofters”, saying the term was not as offensive as the military term “collateral damage”.
But Mr Stewart said Ms O’Shane was correct to throw the case out as there were many past precedents.
These, he said, included the case of a man who, in 1989, stood outside Wollongong police station holding a sign that said “Pigs live here”.
Another instance was a NSW Court of Appeal ruling in 1996 to uphold a NSW Police Tribunal ruling that swearing was “was part of police culture”.
In that case, the Police Tribunal in 1995 had dropped a charge of offensive language against Senior Sergeant Neil Anderson’s repeated use of the word “f—” to a junior female officer saying it could not be ruled offensive because his words were not spoken in public but to another officer.
Justice Roderick Meagher had said there was no evidence that people in the public area of the police station were offended or that the public area was frequented by “gentle old ladies or convent schoolgirls”.
In 2003, Mr Stewart was also successful in having a charge of offensive language dismissed against a man who told police to “f— off” when they threatened to arrest him for his questioning their behaviour towards another man in a Darlinghurst restaurant.
The lawyer said today there were recent examples of high profile people making alleged gestures and swearing in public that had been broadcast or published without police action.
This included swearing by Wests Tigers players on television after their grand final victory and a recent photograph in a Sydney newspaper of Cameron Diaz giving the bird finger gesture.
But NSW Police Association vice-president Scott Webber said rank and file officers would not accept such behaviour.
“It has been going on for a long time, the police don’t accept it,” said Mr Webber.
“If he [Mr Richardson] is walking down the road and he is swearing in public and he does that to a police vehicle with police inside, what is he going to do to a member of the public like a little old lady who might find it offensive?
“It just shows he has no respect for anybody. It is not acceptable. That is why this sort of decision is not accepted by the police and I doubt if it is accepted by the general community.
“We support Commissioner Moroney on this. People need to support the police because we support the community.
“If this is allowed then it means people can stand outside a police station and show disrespect to the law enforcement that protect the community,” said Mr Webber.
Late today, the DPP Nicholas Cowdery said through a spokesman that if police were to make a written submission to his office he would consider lodging an appeal.
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What does it do?
Good question. Well, on top of working like a normal phone the T-Hub offers…
Internet Favourites – View the latest news and weather forecasts as well as listening to Australian radio stations via the internet radio. All without the hassle of booting up your PC.
YouTube™ – Keep the family entertained by watching the best the web has to offer.
SMS from the home phone – The T-Hub makes it much easier to keep in touch with friends and family with its multiple SMS feature. SMS can be sent to mobile numbers on the Telstra network and most Australian fixed numbers with an area code. Its large, easy-use touch screen lets you send out invites and updates to several contacts without having to text them individually.
Calendar – Even the busiest household stays organised with the T-Hub’s calendar.
Internal phonebook and touch-to-call functionality – Keep your friends and family just a touch away with this easy-use function. Simply scroll through the phone book and press the contact you want to call – much easier than fumbling through a dog-eared contact book.
Yellow Pages® – Whether you’re looking for a plumber, hairdresser or restaurant, finding them is now just a touch away with this easy-use application.
White Pages® – a reliable source to contact people, businesses, government and community organisations.
Other features – Fill your kitchen with music and memories with the T-Hub. It doubles as a digital photo frame so you can view all of your holiday snaps and plug in your USB drive or SD card and listen to your favourite tunes.
See, not just useful, entertaining as well!
* Music formats supported include MP3, WAV, WMA. Note Apple AAC is not supported. Photo formats supported include JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF.
What do I need?
The T-Hub is designed to work exclusively on the Telstra network with the following products:
- Telstra HomeLine® or BusinessLine® plan (excludes HomeLine Part and BusinessLine Part)
- BigPond® Broadband or Telstra Broadband service with a Home Network Gateway (or Wi-Fi modem)
- MessageBank®1 or Telstra Home Messages 101® with Flashing Message Indicator activated – so you can see who’s called while you were out
- MyInbox2 feature of MyConnect – to access voicemail on the Touch Panel, back up your address book and access them when not at home
If you don’t have these or have any queries, then just ask one of our friendly staff to help you out.
Apple’s iPad sales pass one million mark
SALES of Apple’s iPad touchscreen computer tablet have sailed past the one million mark in the space of 28 days, the company said.
The release last Friday of a new 3G iPad, to supplement the existing wi-fi version, helped to boost sales and mean that the iPad is now selling more than twice as fast as the iPhone, which took 74 days to reach the one million sales milestone.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, suggested that the shortage of iPads was likely to continue for some time.
“Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers,” he said.
The company added that iPad users have already downloaded more than 12 million apps from the App Store and more than 1.5 million e-books from the new iBookstore.
Many Apple stores in New York have sold out of iPads, with the arrival of the 3G version three days ago appearing to heighten the shortage.
Apple’s online store is citing a waiting time of five to seven days to meet new orders for both 3G and wi-fi-only versions.
Best Buy, the electronics retailer, has said that it is selling the device only in selected stores, “in limited quantities” and with “no rainchecks”.
The iPad shortage has confounded the predictions of many tech analysts who predicted that its obvious drawbacks — inability to support Flash software or to run more than one app at a time, and the lack of a built-in web camera — would dampen enthusiasm.
The iPad shortage in the US has also led to a lively market in overpriced second-hand devices on the internet.
Both Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard have said they are stopping their own tablet PC projects.
Microsoft has killed Courier — an innovative double screen idea — while HP has said it is dropping Windows 7 from its Slate device in exchange for Palm’s webOS software.
Apple stops Lala’s music, Web-based iTunes expected
(Reuters) – Lala, the online music service, will be shut down on May 31, just five months after Apple Inc bought the start-up fueling speculation the iPod maker plans to launch a new Web-based version of iTunes.
Apple is widely expected to use Lala’s ‘cloud’ technology to integrate a Web subscription service into its popular iTunes Music Store. Such a service could also be used for other digital entertainment like TV shows and movies.
Apple iTunes spokesman Jason Roth declined to comment on the company’s plans after it shuts down Lala.
A notice on Lala’s website on Friday said it will refund users who have already paid in advance for songs they had yet to download either with cash or iTunes credits.
ITunes, which is mainly accessed by users as a desktop based application, was in danger of being left behind by Web-based services like Lala, Rhapsody and Spotify which allow users to access their music collection wherever they are via an Internet connection.
Lala was founded by serial technology entrepreneur Bill Nguyen who is believed to have sold the company for around $80 million in December after reinventing the company’s business model several times. Its original investors had included Bain Capital Ventures, Ignition Partners and Warner Music Group.
The Lala service had allowed users to stream from the Internet any tune in its catalog of more than 8 million songs once for free, and then sold unlimited streams for 10 cents per track and MP3 downloads starting at 79 cents. Nguyen said last October the company had about 100,000 customers.
The company has in the past teamed up with Google Inc and social networking site Facebook to offer music to users.
Ireland to re-impose flight bans due to volcanic ash
Aviation authorities in the Irish Republic say flights in and out of the country will be banned because of possible risks from volcanic ash.
The fresh restrictions will apply from 0600 to 1200 GMT on Tuesday.
“Ireland falls within the predicted area of ash concentrations” that exceed acceptable levels, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said on Monday.
Flights over Europe were banned for six days last month because of fears of the effect of volcanic ash on jet engines.
The IAA said over-flights from the UK and continental Europe would not be affected.
The decision had been made after the Volcanic Ash Advice Centre (VAAC) said a plume of ash from a volcano in Iceland was drifting towards Ireland.
Britain’s air traffic control authority earlier said there would be no restrictions over UK airspace before at least 0600 GMT Tuesday and that the situation would be reviewed during the night.
United and Continental Airlines to merge
US-based United Airlines and Continental Airlines have agreed a deal to merge, creating the world’s biggest carrier.
The loss-making companies said they expected the deal, worth $3.2bn (£2.1bn), to deliver savings of more than $1bn a year.
The combined group will be named United Airlines.
But new branding will combine the current Continental colours with the United Airlines name.
After the deal was announced shares of both firms rose in morning trading in New York.
United’s parent UAL Corporation saw its shares rise by 51 cents, or 2.37%, to close in New York at $22.11, while Continental shares were up 51 cents, or 2.28%, to $22.86.
Although United is seen as the dominant partner, the merger was described as “a merger of equals”.
Together United and Continental currently fly to 370 destinations worldwide, flying 144 million passengers a year.
Combining the two companies will create the world’s biggest airline, based on the total number of passenger-miles flown.
Continental’s boss Jeff Smisek will be chief executive of the new company based in Chicago, while United Airlines’ Glenn Tilton will serve as the non-executive chairman.
Mr Tilton called the deal “great… for our customers, our employees, our shareholders and our communities”.