Episode 266 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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British Library scans 18th and 19th-Century newspapers

Four million pages of newspapers from the 18th and 19th centuries have been made available online by the British Library.
The public will now be able to scan the content of 200 titles from around Britain and Ireland.
These will include historic events such as the wedding of Victoria and Albert and the rise of the railways.

The archive is free to search, but there is a charge for accessing the pages themselves

A team has spent a year at the British Library’s newspaper library at Colindale, north London, digitising up to 8,000 pages a day.
They expect to scan up to 40 million pages over the next 10 years.


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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 turnaround: device could be back on sale Friday?
The Full Court of the Federal Court today overturned 13 October decision granting Apple an interlocutory injunction which prevented Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia. Dowsett, A successful appeal  and effectively enabling the company to put its controversial tablet back on the market.

following a subsequent request by Apple to stay the orders, the injunction will now remain in place until 4pm this Friday, giving Apple time to prepare and submit its appeal application to the High Court

So could be some time, but maybe as early as next week depending on stock levels held locally

Yelp launches in Australia today

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  1. Yelp was founded in 2004 to help people find great local businesses like dentists, hair stylists and mechanics
  2. Yelp had an average of approximately 61 million monthly unique visitors in Q3 2011
  3. Yelpers have written over 22 million local reviews
  4. In addition to reviews, you can use Yelp to find lists and to talk with other Yelpers
  5. Every business owner (or manager) can setup a free account to post photos and message her customers
  6. Yelp makes money by selling ads to local businesses – you’ll see these clearly labeled “Yelp Ads” around the site
  7. Paying advertisers can never change or re-order their reviews
  8. Yelp has an automated filter that suppresses a small portion of reviews – it targets those suspicious ones you see on other sites
  9. You can access Yelp via iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and more – see the full list of mobile apps here.
  10. The Weekly Yelp brings locals updates on the latest and greatest business openings & other happenings.

Global cloud data traffic to reach 4.8 zettabytes: Cisco

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Cisco has forecast global cloud data traffic to grow at a compound annual rate of 66 percent between 2010 and 2015, as consumers and businesses seek untethered access to content and applications.
By mid-decade more than a third of all data center traffic will be based in the cloud, according to the networking vendor in its inaugural Global Cloud Indexpublished this week.
Gobal data center traffic overall will increase four-fold, a 33 percent compound annual growth rate between 2010 and 2015, according to Cisco.
That translates into data traffic of 4.8 zettabytes per year by 2015 or every man, woman and child watching a full length movie once a day for one year.

As of 2011, no storage system has achieved one zettabyte of information. The combined space of all computer hard drives in the world was estimated at approximately 160 exabytes in 2006.[5] This has increased rapidly however, as during the 2011 Fiscal Year, Seagate reported selling a combined total of 330 exabytes of hard drives. This does not include shipments from any other manufacturer, and only includes those sold during 2011. [6] As of 2009, the entire Internet was estimated to contain close to 500 exabytes.[7]This is a half zettabyte.

  • 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes = 10007 bytes = 1021 bytes

The term “zebibyte” (ZiB), using a binary prefix, is used for the corresponding power of 1024.

Acer to supply 65k notebooks to QLD schools

The Federal program provides $1000 a computer and up to $1500 for the installation and maintenance of the device.
Acer said it would deploy its Aspire 1830T notebooks in schools before the end of the year. Students would receive Targus bags to carry the devices.
The devices are also 3G-enabled – an Australian first, according to the department’s chief information officer David O’Hagan.

Panasonic confirms that Sanyo will soon cease to be

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Panasonic has announced that the Sanyo brand will cease to exist from early next year.
Panasonic bought Sanyo for$A4.3 billion back in 2008

Sanyo was incorporated in 1950; in 1952 it made Japan’s first plastic radioand in 1954 Japan’s first pulsator-type washing machine.[2] The company’s name means three oceans in Japanese, referring to the founder’s ambition to sell their products worldwide, across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.

supporting the Betamax video format from invention until the mid 1980s (the best selling video recorder in the UK in 1983 was the Sanyo VTC5000), and later being an early adopter of the highly successful Video8 camcorder format. More recently, though, Sanyo decided against supporting Sony’s format, the Blu-ray Disc, and instead gave its backing to Toshiba‘s HD DVD. This was ultimately unsuccessful, however, as Sony’s Blu-ray triumphed.[7]

Bug allows HP printers to be hacked, set on fire

Researchers at Columbia University in New York have discovered a vulnerability in HP LaserJet printers that could allow attackers to steal sensitive documents, gain control of corporate networks, or even set the affected device on fire.

This can be accomplished because some HP LaserJet printers do not validate the origin of remote firmware updates before applying them

means anyone can reprogram the devices with malicious firmware.

In lab demonstrations, the researchers even were able to leverage the vulnerability to overheat the printer’s fuser – a ink-drying component –  to cause paper to turn brown and smoke. In that demonstration, a thermal switch shut the printer down before a fire was started.

An HP executive told MSNBC, which first reported the news, that the firm’s printers since 2009 have required digitally signed firmware upgrades. HP did not immediately respond when contacted on Tuesday.
“HPs latest printers and firmware are better protected, and the flaw is unlikely to exist in the latest models, but that doesn’t account for the large number of printers deployed with the previous generation of flawed software,” Stolfo said.
Plus, the researchers believe the vulnerability extends beyond just HP printers.

REX flight drama as ‘iPhone’ combusts

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been called in to investigate an incident that allegedly involved an Apple iPhone self-combusting on a regional NSW flight.
Regional Express (REX) said in a statement [pdf] that after one of its planes landed in Sydney late last week, a passenger’s handset “started emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow”.

iPad 3 to get Microsoft Office 2012


Microsoft is working on Office for the iPad, bringing its ubiquitous productivity suite to Apple’s tablet for the first time

rumours of the iPad 3 landing in March 2012

Windows 8 tablets expected to materialise in 2012

end of the laptop?

Scientists question if wi-fi laptops can damage sperm


Scientists are questioning if using wi-fi on a laptop to roam the internet could harm a man’s fertility, after lab work suggested ejaculated sperm were significantly damaged after only four hours of exposure.
The benchside tests showed sperm were less able to swim and had changes in the genetic code that they carry.
Experts stress this does not mean the same would occur in a real-life setting and say men should not worry unduly.

Urinal games make a splash in a British pub


One British pub, The Exhibit, has slapped some urinal games into its lavatory, with the hopes of enticing more male customers. With bathroom video games.

The video above breaks it down in mostly non-gross ways: guy pees and his stream controls the game on-screen


Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s salary to overtake US President Barack Obama as politicians in line for huge pay increase

the most junior parliamentarian will jump from $140,000 to at least $180,000.
reversing former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s decision to “freeze” their pay during the global financial crisis.

As a result the salary of Mr Slipper, who last week ratted on his Coalition colleagues to become the Speaker, will jump from $168,000 as Deputy Speaker, to about $315,000 when the new deal begins. The old guy be bluin!!

it is expected that MPs will keep their electorate allowances, which is worth up to $46,000 for some parliamentarians. It was expected this would be “rolled into” the base salaries for MPs but the tribunal has decided to keep it as a discrete entitlement.

The Coalition is expected to give full support to the pay reforms, particularly as the 30 shadow ministers will receive additional pay for the first time.

$400 fine with that Big Mac

decided the safest way to satisfy his early morning munchies was by having a group of friends push his vehicle to the restaurant while he steered.
The group of around eight people pushed the car

When taken back to the police station, Wagner returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.095.
The bar attendant told police the group hatched the plan to push the car as it was the only way to access McDonald’s at that time of the morning.

The 21-year-old man pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court last week to one charge of drink driving.
Wagner was slapped with a $400 fine and disqualified from driving for three months.


Holy smoke: Second iPhone catches fire     

IT seems Australia isn’t the only country to have experienced a combustible iPhone 4 this week with Brazil reporting a similar incident.

Reports say a device plugged in for overnight charging began emitting smoke and sparks less than 30cm from its sleeping owner’s face.
The iPhone’s owner was unhurt but flustered, according to Brazilian media.
The device was made in France, where in 2009 a teenager claimed to have been hit in the eye with a glass splinter when his girlfriend’s iPhone began hissing and its glass screen exploded.
The 8GB iPhone 4, new in Brazil, is believed to have the world’s heftiest price tag for the model, with devices reportedly going for more than $U900, data plan not included, Mashable reported.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the iPhone 4 that began emitting smoke and glowing red aboard a domestic flight from Lismore to Sydney.
The cause has not been confirmed.

Read more:http://www.news.com.au/technology/smartphones/holy-smoke-second-iphone-catches-fire/story-fn6vihic-1226211095586#ixzz1fFxdJMfk


Galaxy wait not over yet

December 1, 2011 – 3:43PM

Samsung’s highly-anticipated Galaxy tablet will not be available in Australia tomorrow despite a court order this week overturning a ban on the device’s sale.
A Samsung executive said today it would not be possible to sell the device as soon as the ban was lifted at 4pm tomorrow because the electronics maker was not allowed to ship the tablet into the country until after that deadline.
But he said Samsung was preparing for all scenarios so it could get the gadget on the shelves as quickly as possible, and would make a further announcement on pricing and availability tomorrow. It’s understood many retailers have reaffirmed their commitment to Samsung to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 since this week’s judgment.

“The way you can get product from one part of the world to another … [there isn’t] a huge issue on where it is from [from] the perspective of sending it to be on sale,” said Samsung Australia vice president of telecommunications, Tyler McGee.
“We can obviously move fairly quickly once we see what we can or cannot do.”
The full bench of the Federal Court yesterday reversed an earlier judge’s ruling in Apple’s favour which blocked Samsung’s tablet from going on sale in Australia
But sales of the Samsung tablet have been delayed because Apple was granted an extension of the ban for a further two days to allow it time to prepare a High Court appeal in the patent infringement case.
“From our perspective we’re waiting to see what Apple’s next step is in regards to [that High Court] process and we hope that we will prevail,” Mr McGee said. Samsung had seen a “huge amount of demand from consumers wanting the device” and was “looking forward to the opportunity to provide the device to them”, he said.
After the ruling, a senior law lecturer said he would be “astonished” if the High Court heard Apple’s appeal.
Peter Black, IP law lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, said he doubted whether the High Court would grant Apple special leave to appeal the case, let alone grant a further ban on the tablet’s sale, because the judgment did not raise a “novel question of law”.
“When the stay is lifted on Friday, Samsung will be free to sell their Galaxy Tab,” he said.
More than 15,000 readers have voted in a poll on Fairfax websites over the past 24 hours, with nearly 11,000 saying they would buy the Samsung tablet when it is available.
Mr McGee said: “It just reaffirms our belief that we have a fantastic device in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and we’re very proud that there are consumers out there that have stood beside us in this long process and I look forward to being able to give them the opportunity to purchase the device and to use the device.”


Apple moves to repair its reputation

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APPLE, ranked the least green of the big tech companies earlier this year, is moving quietly to repair its reputation by switching its vast US east coast data centre from coal to solar power.
Officials in North Carolina say the company is preparing to build a solar farm next to its $1 billion data centre in Maiden.
The facility could help Apple recover from a Greenpeace report earlier this year that said its cloud-computing operations – run from centres such as the one in North Carolina – were reliant on dirty energy such as coal.
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Tech companies are notoriously secretive about their data centres and the energy that powers them. A spokeswoman for Apple would confirm only that the company was preparing the ground next to its centre.
But the project became public knowledge in the town when work crews began burning the cleared brush from the 50-hectare site in mid-October. Neighbours complained about the smoke billowing into their homes. ”They decided after that, since it was annoying the neighbours, to bring in a chipper and shred and mulch all the wood,” a Catawba County engineer Toni Norton says.
With the expansion of cloud computing, companies such as Apple have invested heavily in large data centres for their web-based services – often in areas promising cheap electricity, such as North Carolina. Google, American Express and Facebook have also built data centres in North Carolina. Apple’s is one of the largest, about 46,000 square metres, according to Maiden planning director Sam Schultz.
Data centres currently consume about 3 per cent of US power supply, according to Greenpeace. North Carolina gets most of its electricity from coal and nuclear. It’s not even clear when Apple intends to break ground on the solar facility. Maiden town manager Todd Herms says the company still had not approached the town for a building permit.
”The plans say solar farm but for all the permits show they could be putting a big mobile home park there,” Norton says.

Read more:http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/apple-moves-to-repair-its-reputation-20111130-1o5ln.html#ixzz1fFzGH7FK

ISPs hold out on NBN Co contracts

The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has issued its final wholesale broadband agreement (WBA), but internet service providers are still holding out on signing on the dotted line.
The WBA document outlines the types of products and services that retail service providers can access on the NBN, as well as the terms and conditions for those services. NBN Co has been working on the document for over a year in consultation with the industry. There have been five iterations of the WBA, with the last version shortening the length of the agreement to one year. However, NBN Co has now announced that the document released yesterday will be the final version.
According to the NBN Co, this version includes new service level targets and a new operations manual. NBN Co head of product development and industry engagement, Jim Hassell, said that the company believed it was a good deal for the industry and consumers.
“The Wholesale Broadband Agreement strikes a fair balance between our customers’ need for certainty and the flexibility we need, including to accommodate any further regulatory requirements,” Hassell said in a statement.
But internet service providers appear to be far from pleased at the announcement. iiNet’s chief regulatory officer, Steve Dalby, told ZDNet Australia that iiNet still had concerns over NBN Co not willing to accept liability for network outages, and that NBN Co had become a “true incumbent” in adopting the “take it or leave it” approach with the final document.
“It disallows ACCC or regulatory oversight, accepts no liability for [customer service guarantee], negligence or network outages,” he said.
“We’ve discussed and documented these and other concerns with NBN Co and it would appear to have been a waste of breath. The certainty that they offer is that they will do very little to produce it,” he added. “We won’t be signing that.”
Optus’ general manager of interconnect and economic regulation, Andrew Sheridan, had similar concerns over service assurance levels, and said it was concerning that NBN Co was intending to go ahead with the WBA in this form without addressing all of the industry’s concerns.
“While some progress has been made, it remains disappointing that a number of material concerns such as regulatory oversight and service assurance levels have still not been addressed adequately in the document released today,” he said.
“A fundamental element of the NBN policy is that NBN Co be tightly regulated. As it stands the WBA moves away from this commitment and seeks to limit the role of the ACCC,” he said.
Internode’s carrier relations manager, John Lindsay, said that the ISP was still negotiating with NBN Co over the agreement, and Telstra said that it was reviewing the document and would discuss any concerns with NBN Co.
NBN Co said that it planned to continue to consult with industry on the WBA while the ACCC is considering the special access undertaking (SAU) that sets out the regulatory framework for NBN pricing over the next 30 years. NBN Co said amendments can be made to the document to align it with the SAU as it is accepted by the ACCC.

Original Apple contract may sell at auction for $150K

(CNN) — Forgive the pun: Want a slice of early Apple history?
Three of the legal documents that detail the founding of the revolutionary computer company are going up for auction soon — some two months after the death of co-founder Steve Jobs.
Sotheby’s, the auction house that’s hosting the sale, expects the legal papers to sell for $100,000 to $150,000.
“The 1976 document, which once belonged to Ronald G. Wayne, one of Apple’s founders along with Steven P. Jobs and Stephen G. Wozniak, is the first chapter in the story of one of America’s most important companies,” Sotheby’s says in a press release.
Isaacson gives insight into Jobs’ life
Here’s a list of what’s included in the auction:
— Apple’s original partnership agreement, signed on April 1, 1976, by Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Apple’s “forgotten founder,” Ron Wayne. According to Walter Isaacson in his new “Steve Jobs” biography, Jobs signed the document in lower-case letters, “Wozniak in careful cursive and Wayne in an illegible squiggle.” The trio signed the document in Wayne’s apartment and split their stakes in the company unevenly: Jobs and Wozniak both got 45%; Wayne, who came to the confab late as a consultant of sorts, got a 10% share.
— A dissolution of contract, in which Wayne excused himself from the company for $800. He later received an additional $1,500 payment. Bad move, right? His stock options today would be worth more than $30 billion. But Wayne told CNN in 2010 that he doesn’t regret the decision, which he based on the fact that another company he founded had gone poorly. “What can I say? You make a decision based on your understanding of the circumstances and you live with it,” he said.
— And a second founding agreement, in which Jobs, the marketing master, and Wozniak, the coding genius, outlined their plans for the company that would help bring about the personal computer revolution and create the iPod, iPhone and, most recently, the iPad.
The documents originally belonged to Wayne and were given to Sotheby’s through a university archives, the auction house’s website says. A Sotheby’s spokesman said the company could not provide more information but emphasized that Wayne had not sold the documents directly to the auction house.
“The consigner bought the documents in the mid-1990s from a manuscript dealer who had acquired them from Wayne,” Bloomberg reports, citing Richard Austin, head of manuscripts at Sotheby’s in New York. Austin told that news organization: “It was right before Jobs rejoined Apple. At the time, everyone thought that Apple was pretty much finished.”
The auction will be held on December 13 in New York. People can also bid on the documents simultaneously online.

So far, Twitter chatter about the sale is mostly positive, with online pundits joking that they want to add the documents to their holiday shopping lists and pondering what will be the ultimate sticker price of these bits of history.

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