Episode 259 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Victoria launches events app for Android and iPhone

  THOUSANDS of events in Victoria will be in the palm of your hands thanks to a new smartphone application.

The free app, dubbed VicEvents, will launch this week

It will run on Apple’s iPhone and Google Android-based smartphones, as well as tablet computers that operate on both platforms.

People will be able to choose from a range of categories, including sports, community events and food fairs, and sort by location and date.

This is the first in a series of apps that will be launched by the state government, via Information Victoria, which allows government data to be accessed conveniently by the public.

The official state website, Victoria Online, has a section for events and categories but the app offers a cleaner look and more powerful search functionality.

The app allows people to share events via Twitter, Facebook and email.

To ensure no one gets lost, there’s integration with Google Maps; latecomers have no excuse either with the built-in scheduling function.

Heaps of Apps – check your state  


Samsung to offer a subscription music service in Australia

  Depending on the subscription chosen, Samsung’s Music Hub service will allow users to stream music across all their Samsung devices: smartphones, tablets, TVs, Blu-ray devices and PCs.

“The service, via Samsung Apps, offers a subscription to music streamed directly to a multitude of Samsung devices across five different platforms, at a monthly cost less than the price of an average album on CD,” the company said in a statement.

Samsung Australia’s vice president of telecommunications, Tyler McGee, said Samsung had “worked closely with the major record labels to develop this service exclusively for the Australian market”.

Access to the service is over 3G and WiFi and by December it will include access to more than 10,000 720p HD music videos.

A subscription for a single Galaxy smartphone or tablet will cost $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year, while a premium subscription for four Samsung products costs $14.99 per month or $149.99 annually.

Samsung Music Hub will go online on October 17, initially with free trials.
It will initially be available from October 17 on the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, which is a direct rival to the iPhone. From November 1 Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7″ will also get access to the service, as will other Galaxy Android v2.2 devices and higher. Come “mid-December” web browsers and Samsung smart TVs, smart home theatres and smart Blu-ray devices will also get access.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/mp3s/online-music-war-samsung-v-apple-20111011-1lij4.html#ixzz1adwlIrdB

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