Episode 258 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Adobe launches tablet apps and heads for the cloud


Photoshop Touch is one of six touch-oriented tablet apps announced by Adobe at its Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles this morning

Photoshop Touch brings some serious graphics editing power to tablets but will only cost US$9.99.

Photoshop Touch incorporates many of the core features of desktop Photoshop, such as layers, selection tools, adjustments and filters, but adds ones of its own, such as the ability to select and extract images by scribbling with your fingers, with the Scribble Selection Tool

Photoshop Touch
Adobe Ideas
Adobe Proto
Adobe Collage
Adobe Debut
Adobe Kuler

Creative Cloud initiative is to launch early 2012.   it’s a cloud-based hub for Adobe’s applications  .
in which they store, sync and share information. Based on a paying subscription model, the Creative Cloud will kick off with 20GB of storage

Asbestos scare hits switch to digital TV


THE federal government has been forced to suspend its digital television satellite rollout scheme after “inadequate” procedures left some sites with potential asbestos exposure.

The scheme has been temporarily suspended in Queensland to ensure that existing standards required of the taskforce’s lead contractors satisfy all state government asbestos management policies and requirements,” the spokesman said.

The Queensland government raised alarm bells about the scheme after it found contractors working for the federal government had conducted installations at 29 properties containing asbestos without proper approvals.


HP’s Meg Whitman will work for $US1 for a year


NEW Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has agreed to take a base salary of $US1 ($1.02) a year, according to a regulatory filing Thursday, as she tries to patch up the struggling computer giant.

Ms Whitman was also granted options to buy 1.9 million HP shares over eight years. She can’t cash out most of the options until HP stock’s price reaches 120 per cent or more of the company’s current share price.

The $US1-a-year CEO isn’t uncommon at tech companies. Google executives — Eric Schmidt, Larry Page and Sergey Brin — each have recorded a buck-a-year salaries. Apple CEO Steve Jobs also has worked for $US1 a year.

Since Mr Apotheker took over as HP CEO last year the company’s market value has shriveled by $US38 billion – HP said it agreed to pay ousted CEO Leo Apotheker $US7.2m in severance, plus $US3.56m worth of restricted stock and a $US2.4m “Pay-for-Results” bonus for his 11 months in the CEO job.

Apple unveils refreshed iPhone 4S, but no iPhone 5


The iPhone 4S, as the model will be known, boasts an improved camera and significantly extended battery life.
It will run the latest iOS5 operating system, which is set for release on 12 October.
The iPhone 4S, which will go on sale on 14 October, will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models – in both black and white.
It has the same look and feel as the existing iPhone 4 which was launched 15 months ago.
However, Apple said that updates to iOS meant the phone would boast some “200 new features”.
Among the additions is an “intelligent assistant” that allows users to ask questions aloud and receive detailed answers back.
Siri, which began life as a third-party app, was purchased by Apple in 2010 but has yet to appear within its software.

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