Episode 260 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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NBN Co releases 12-month national rollout plan


NBN Co today released its inaugural 12-month construction outlook. The schedule lists the communities in each state and territory where work will begin between now and September 2012, as well as where work on the rollout of the network is currently underway.

The plan names 28 new locations as part of the national rollout passing 485,000 premises where construction of the fibre optic network is expected to commence over the following 12 months.

On average it is expected to take 12 months from the start of the fibre network rollout in a given area until individuals are able to receive high-speed broadband over the NBN.

Samsung seeks sales ban on Apple’s iPhone 4S

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SAMSUNG yesterday sought to ban sales of Apple’s new iPhone 4S in Australia and Japan, escalating the patent war between the two 

Apple last week won a temporary injunction from the Federal Court banning the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer,

Samsung has sought preliminary injunctions from Tokyo’s District Court and the NSW Federal Court blocking the sale of the iPhone 4S in their respective jurisdictions.

Samsung said its claims against the iPhone 4S in Australia concerned three alleged infringements over its patents on two mobile broadband standards: Wideband Code Division Multiple Access and HSPA technology. “In light of these violations, Samsung believes the sale of such Apple devices should be injuncted,”

Apple says multi-touch and command features in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringe on its patents.

IBM senior vice-president John Kelly III said patents should apply only to major breakthroughs and not be trivialised.

“We need to go back to the fundamentals,” Dr Kelly said. “In order for something to be patented, it has to be a breakthrough, and it has to be something that makes a real physical difference in the world, or in a product or in a service.”

Android debuts Ice Cream Sandwich


Ice Cream Sandwich 
also known as Android 4.0 
adds a range of new features and a redesigned interface.
The system was launched in partnership with Samsung, whose Galaxy Nexus handset will be the first to use it.
 Ice Cream Sandwich would be the first version to be optimised for different types of mobile devices.

Design changes for Android 4.0 include:

Replacing physical buttons on devices with equivalent on-screen icons.
New lock screen features – the ability to access camera and notifications.
Ability to group apps and shortcuts by dragging icons onto each other.
Redesigned multi-tasking screen. Applications are represented by scrollable tiles.
Other software changes include:

Face recognition unlocking. Rather than entering a pattern code as in previous versions, users can opt to look into their camera.
Enhanced email capability – support for nested subfolders
Android Beam – users can swap web content or links to apps by touching their phones together.
Enhanced voice input featuring a continuously open microphone – meaning phones listen out for instructions

Apple shares iPhone sales 

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Apple, has reported an 85% rise in its full-year results.
Net profit for the year ending 24 September was $25.9bn (£16.5bn).
Apple sold 17.1 million iPhones in the last quarter. That was a 21% increase on the same period last year, but analysts had expected sales of 20 million.

It sold 11.12 million iPads over the latest quarter, which was a 166% rise on the same period last year.
Sales of the Mac computers totalled 4.89 million, a 26% rise and an all-time record.

Sesame Street YouTube channel hit by porn hack


For 22 minutes, kids around the world were greeted with a surprise when they went to the Sesame Street YouTube channel,

Hackers took over the account on Sunday, deleted all of the videos uploaded by Sesame Street, and uploaded porn.

It is understood that the Sesame Street account was taken offline within 20 minutes of the problem being spotted.
In a statement, Google – which owns YouTube – said: “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit graphic content. As always, we remove inappropriate material as soon as we are made aware of it.”
The American children’s show has more than 140,000 subscribers and its videos have been watched almost half a billion times.

Steve Jobs’ friends gather for memorial service


Bill Clinton,Al Gore, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Bono and Stephen Fry were among those attending the memorial service, held at Stanford University.
This weekend’s gathering was held at Memorial Church on Stanford University’s campus.

etails of the event were not made public, although afterwards Stephen Fry, a high profile fan of Apple, tweeted: “I don’t know that there was ever a more beautiful memorial service.
“Everyone who spoke did so with such passion and love and simplicity.”
Employees gathered outdoors at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino


Unix creator Dennis Ritchie dies aged 70

was found dead in his home today at the age of 70.Ritchie had been in frail health after a treatment for prostate cancer and heart disease a few years back.

Dr Ritchie was one of the creators of the hugely influential Unix operating system and the equally pioneering C programming language.
A vast number of modern technologies depend on the work he and fellow programmers did on Unix and C in the early days of the computer revolution.
Unix’s influence has been felt in many ways. It established many software engineering principles that persist until today; it was the OS of choice for the internet; it kicked off the open source movement and has been translated to run on many different types of hardware.

C, one of the most widely used programming languages in the world. It is familiar to almost every modern-day developer.
In 1999, Dr Ritchie’s influence and accomplishments won official notice when he was awarded the US National Medal of Technology – the highest honour America can bestow on a technologist.

Analogue TV signals to end in October 2012


UK analogue TV signals will end on 24 October 2012, Digital UK has said.
The last place to enjoy the 80-year-old transmission technology will be Northern Ireland.

Google Toolbar bumped from Microsoft’s Skype


Skype’s first software update after Microsoft formally took control was to bump the Google Toolbar from the product’s Windows installation.

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