Episode 268 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Commonwealth Bank meltdown
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Commonwealth Bank customers were unable to withdraw money from ATMs, pay with EFTPOS or access their online banking for hours on WEdnesday night.  

similar glitch occurred on exactly the same day last year.


ANZ takes down online statements
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ANZ has disabled customers’ online banking statements after an SC Magazine investigation found a significant security flaw in the service.
The bank has temporarily taken down customers’ ability to download statements from the online banking service.
A spokesman for the bank said the fix, first reported by The Age, would take a “few weeks”.

Because the statements are not tied to specific browser sessions and do not expire, identity thieves could potentially plunder troves of statements stored in browser histories if using public terminals.


JB Hi-Fi NOW beta serves up free music streaming for a month
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now.jbhifi.com.au

launched in beta Tuesday.

Registration simply requires providing your mobile number and an email address, after which you’re sent a passcode to complete your registration. No financial deets are involved (for the 30 day tryout anyway)

more than 10 million songs.  On launch there was 100,000 artists, more than 3 million songs that is representative of 90% of all digital tracks consumed in Aust.  Tens of thousands of tracks are being added daily.

$6.67 month based ona 12 month subscription, unlimited access and listening to millions of songs.   Currently available on PC MAC .  Android and iOS app will be launched early next year. The app is expected to allow caching to avoid data usage costs.

Create playslists and share with friends.  Give the 30 day free registation a go.


Medion launches 3G + Wi-Fi tablet for AU$499 in Aldi supermarkets
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The Tablet comes with a 10″ capacitive multitouch display running at 1280 x 800, it`s powered by a dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and runs Honeycomb 3.2. It also has a quad-band 3G radio and WiFi, front and rear facing cameras and 32Gb of memory on board which is expandable via MicroSD/MicroSDHC card.

AU$499 price

Will be available in Aldi stores from the 17th of December – Saturday

Thanks to apcmag.com for photos.


Apple’s Appeal Rejected, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 On Sale By Christmas

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Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased with today’s judgment by the High Court of Australia to deny Apple’s request to appeal the decision of the Full Court.
The Full Court of Australia decision on November 30 clearly affirmed our view that Apple’s claims lack merit and that an injunction should not have been imposed on the GALAXY Tab 10.1.

the highly anticipated Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 will be available in stores in time for the Christmas shopping period from a RRP of $579 (16GB WiFi variant) and a RRP of $729 (16GB 3G variant).


Harvey Norman fined $1.25m by the Federal Court
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HARVEY Norman has been fined $1.25 million in The Federal Court for misleading advertising involving 3D TVs and catalogues.

The ACCC said the catalogue gave the “misleading and deceptive impression” that consumers in all places where the catalogue was distributed could buy and use a 3D television to watch the 2010 AFL and NRL grand finals in 3D format.

In fact, the 3D broadcast was limited to metropolitan Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth,” the ACCC said.

In a totally separate matter, the Federal Court found that between October 2008 and July 2011, Harvey Norman made misleading representations about the existence of certain conditions in its catalogue and website advertising.
“Harvey Norman published its website and distributed catalogues to homes throughout Australia. The dominant and plain impression given by both the catalogues and the website was that the goods advertised were available at Harvey Norman stores generally,” the ACCC statement said.
“However, there was a condition in all the catalogues that the offers in them were only being made by a single store in each State or Territory, while the website had a condition that the offers appearing on it were only being made by one store in Australia.
“The conditions were in fine print and not prominent, and contradicted the main impression otherwise given by the catalogues and the website.”
Justice Collier in summarising the nature and extent of Harvey Norman’s conduct, said the facts that constituted the contravening conduct painted “a picture of an expensive, misleading and calculated campaign of sizeable proportions, characterised by blatant and deliberate disregard of the truth, cynical strategies to capitalise on contemporary sporting events (in the case of the 3D Conduct) and the contemptuous manipulation of the expectations of ordinary consumers in respect of so-called ‘fine print’ (in relation to the Catalogues)”.

Justice Collier ordered Harvey Norman restrain from engaging in similar conduct for three years (why 3 years???), and that it publishes corrective notices in regional and metropolitan newspapers and on the Harvey Norman website, and pay a portion of the ACCC’s costs.


Cambridge University puts Isaac Newton papers online
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Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

The notebooks in which Sir Isaac Newton worked out the theories on which much classical science is based have been put online by Cambridge University.
More than 4,000 pages have been scanned, including his annotated copy of Principia Mathematica, containing Newton’s laws of motion and gravity.
Newton wrote mainly in Latin and Greek, the scientific language of his time, and was reluctant to publish.
The university plans to put almost all of its Newton collection online.


Apple’s latest flagship store opens
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Apple’s newest store has opened in New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal building, one of the city’s key train and subway hubs. With 214 square metres of floorspace, the store is one of Apple’s largest.
Apple Stores by the numbers:

  • Total number worldwide: 360
  • Total number of employees: Approximately 36,000
  • September quarterly retail revenue of all stores: $US3.6 billion
  • Average revenue per store in that quarter: $US10.7 million
  • Number of visitors to all Apple stores over time: more than 1 billion
  • Number of visitor this year worldwide: more than 300 million

ASK THE HEAD

Dear Head

My Internet connection has become slower than it should be.  I think someone maybe stealing my wifi or something.  Any tips.  I am using a win 7 32bit machine.

Mark from Doyalson

ANSWER:  Could have malware or spyware.  Best to download malwarebytes (google it)  and run it, very good for malware detection and deletion.

Also there maybe programmes accessing the internet that you are not aware of.  To find out what is accessing your internet

From the command prompt as administrator. type cmd in the windows search from the start button and then when you see it right click on it and run as administrator.  At the command prompt

netstat -abf 5 CTRL C to stop it

Scroll up up and down the output and you will be able to see the programmes currently listening on open ports to the internet.

Google unknown data and go from there. Not an easy fix, but this will put you on the right track.

google netstat for more info.

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