Episode 267 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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10 Billion Android Market Downloads and Counting



This past weekend, thanks to Android users around the world, Android Market exceeded 10 billion app downloads—with a growth rate of one billion app downloads per month

Starting last tuesday for the next 10 days, we’ll have a new set of awesome apps available each day for only 10 cents each

Apps taking over? Major 4 app stores will hit one million apps in total this week
app stores for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone are on track to hit one million titles overall, with today’s count reaching an astonishing 996,303 apps.
an average of 2,000 new apps hitting the four platforms each day, the one-million-app milestone is expected to be reached sometime this week.

some are calling the software boom “the fastest growing consumer segment in the history of commerce.”

Apple well in the volume lead with 594,277
Android on 322,755
BlackBerry on 43,548
Windows Phone Marketplace offering 35,723

Meet Androidland: Australia opens “world-first” Android store in Melbourne
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Telstra has opened what it claims is the world’s first dedicated Android store, Androidland, as a 154sqm space within its Bourke Street Melbourne Telstra outlet

The store will feature the latest Android phones and tablets for customers to have a play with

an “interactive spaceship zone” lets shoppers play with Google Earth and Angry Birds on a giant screen

a play zone includes skill testers, clown games and a Google Books virtual library.

Take Windows 8 for a spin today


The Windows 8 Developer Preview is a public build around 3.5GB
Microsoft has announced that the public beta version of Windows 8 will be hitting PCs in February

read the page and make sure your sytstem meets the min specs.
Metro is Microsoft’s name for the new interface that greets you when you first boot Windows 8
programs are represented by ’tiles’ that not only launch programs – which are all designed to run full-screen – but are ‘live’ in the sense that they can also communicate information: such as the Weather app displaying the current temperature on the tile itself. Any tile that can support information this way takes advantage of it, such as news feeds, social networking and even progress in games

Metro apps themselves are quite distinct from Windows apps. While Windows 8 is backward compatible with current Windows programs, Metro apps are at source web-apps – for Metro itself is powered by Internet Explorer 10. Apps can be programmed with HTML, CSS and JavaScript and  fully HTML5 capable. The other overriding difference is that Metro apps will only be available from Microsoft’s Windows Store.

Microsoft hasn’t included the Windows Store in the preview release

Microsoft is extending Metro to all its products – not just the Windows Phone and Windows 8, but soon as the new dashboard for the Xbox 360 as well. It’s not just about unification of design, it also ties in to Microsoft’s goal of providing a uniform experience for personal settings and data.

.xxx pornography web domain names go on general sale


100,000 addresses have already been purchased in a restricted sale. The first pages went live in September.
Its .xxx website, which details how interested parties can register their domain, has received nearly one million visitors. The website lists all the registrars. Prices will be set by the individual registrars.

Companies and individuals that do not want their name associated with pornography will be able to pay a one-off fee of between $150 and $300

Coles to go contactless

Contactless card payment will be available at Coles stores from February, with all stores equipped for contactless payment by July.

Upgraded payment terminals to be installed at the end of this month will allow Coles customers to do away with entering PINs or signing for purchases up to $100.

Visa country manager Australia, Vipin Kalra, said “Australian shoppers are clearly embracing contactless payments in fact, we’ve seen a 150 per cent increase in the number of Visa payWave transactions in the September quarter compared to the June quarter.

Telstra promises overnight fix for iPhone 4S faults

Telstra has attributed ongoing reception issues for some iPhone 4S users on its network to a “hardware incompatibility” issue with the telco’s ongoing LTE network upgrades.
But the company is confident a network settings refresh will fix the problem “overnight”.

Telstra users have complained of dropped calls, lost reception and in some cases the phone’s inability to pick up signal, reverting simply to SOS or emergency only mode.
The telco’s support personnel today acknowledged that its network may be at fault for some ongoing reception issues.

We have already started implementing this change and we expect the glitch to be corrected overnight.”
Telstra said further software updates from Apple would not be required to solve the issue.

Government releases emergency phone app

The Federal Government has released a smartphone application to provide quick and easy access to information about emergencies and disasters across the country.
The DisasterWatch app can be downloaded for free and contains the latest public information via a direct feed from emergency response teams in each state and territory.

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Harry Morgan, Colonel Potter on ‘M*A*S*H,’ Dies at 96

Harry Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Potter in the long-running television series “M*A*S*H,” died on Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96.

Bali boy back home in undercover operation
Passengers on the flight said he was surrounded by police officers as he was ushered through customs to a side area.
Hours later he was secretly taken through a private airport exit, escorted by Australian Federal Police as requested by the Department of Foreign Affairs, and driven to his home where hessian sheets were hung to thwart photographers.

arl Williams’ killer gets another 32 years in jail

Matthew Charles Johnson, 38, must serve at least 32 years for what Justice Lex Lasry described as “an appalling murder”.

Williams was bashed to death as he sat reading a newspaper in a Barwon Prison unit in April last year.

Johnson’s claim of self-defence was rejected by a Supreme Court jury, and today Justice Lasry said it was a “fanciful” defence.

World’s oldest living dog dies in Japan, record still held by Aussie hound

THE world’s oldest living dog – a male crossbreed named Pusuke – has died in Japan, aged 26 years and nine months.
Pusuke died peacefully at home after his owner returned from running errands, according to Kyodo news

Pusuke died two years and eight months shy of the record for the oldest dog to have ever lived, a title held by Bluey – an Australian cattle dog who died in 1939 aged 29 years and five months

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