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  • Accenture expects consulting business to pick up | Business Spectator
    economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Accenture expects consulting business to pick up Reuters 20 Dec 2013 11 04 AM Technology Applications Tech Titans Company aims to to build on the strength in its outsourcing unit that helped it report better than expected quarterly results You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Accenture Plc expects its consulting business to turn the corner this financial year as orders rise building on strength in its outsourcing unit that helped the company report better than expected quarterly results We think consulting could be flat to low single digit positive in the second quarter we see the potential for building momentum in consulting as we go through the year chief financial officer David Rowland said on a conference call Consulting bookings rose to US4 3 billion in the first quarter from US4 2 billion a year earlier Accenture s consulting business has been hit in the past few quarters as companies cut down on discretionary spending Revenue from the business has declined in five of the last six quarters The company did report a rise in revenue from the business in the fourth quarter but said it was too early to say if that was sustainable Revenue from the consulting business fell one per cent to US3 94 billion in the quarter ended November 30 Rival IBM said in October that revenue from its services business which consists of consulting and application management was flat in the third quarter Accenture s outsourcing business has benefited particularly in Europe as companies cut costs amid patchy economic recovery Revenue from the business increased five per cent to US3 42 billion in the first quarter Outsourcing accounted for 51 per cent of total bookings in the quarter up from 44 per cent a year earlier They ve set the stage well for their

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  • Google in hot water in Spain | Business Spectator
    2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Google in hot water in Spain Reuters 20 Dec 2013 11 15 AM Technology Spain s privacy watchdog fines internet search giant for breaking the country s data protection law You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Spain s privacy watchdog has fined Google for breaking the country s data protection law when combining personal information from its many different online services and failing to inform users clearly on how it uses their data Although the 900 000 euro 1 23 million fine is modest for Google which has a market capitalisation of over US350 billion the move reflects growing concerns across Europe about the volume of personal data that is held in foreign jurisdictions in so called cloud storage services Under such services data is stored remotely via the Internet instead of on site giving individuals little control over their personal information Last month the Dutch Data Protection Authority also said Google was in breach of the national data privacy law for the same practices while France moved closer to fining the US internet giant in September Investigations are taking place in at least three other European countries The probes were triggered after Google in March 2012 unilaterally imposed new terms of service on users of all its cloud services which include the YouTube video streaming site the GMail email service and the ubiquitous Google search engine That decision triggered privacy investigations in six European countries including Spain Inspections have shown that Google compiles personal information through close to one hundred services and products it offers in Spain without providing in many cases the adequate information about the data that is being gathered why it is gathered and without obtaining the consent of the owners said the Spanish Agency for Data

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  • Optus flicks the switch on 4G plus network upgrade | Business Spectator
    Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Optus flicks the switch on 4G plus network upgrade Harrison Polites 19 Dec 2013 11 18 AM 1 Technology Telecommunication Telco utilises Huawei s carrier aggregation technology to push its network to the limits You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Optus has activated Huawei s carrier aggregation technology on its network marking the first ever introduction of the technology to a live TD LTE network The carrier aggregation technology which was provided by Huawei allows the telco to combine its various spectrum holdings into one network signal Huawei s CTO Peter Rossi described the technology as being the technological equivalent adding extra lanes to a highway allowing for higher speed data traffic Optus initial tests of the technology have yielded dramatically high increases in mobile data speed In an earlier trial in St Marys test facility west of Sydney the upgraded network recorded a speed of up to 520 mbps In more recent tests in the field in Melbourne it recorded a theoretical maximum speed of 220 mbps In initial testing Optus has achieved peak speeds of over 160 Mbps to a single device Though Optus MD of networks Vic McClelland conceded to the Australian Financial Review that realistically end users on the new network would see speeds of around 40 to 50 mbps He added however that users only really need one fifth of that level of speed to effectively undertake the tasks they are already doing on its mobile wireless networks This new technology harnesses Optus s multiple spectrum holdings part of which it attained through the acquisition of Vividwireless in 2012 In contrast to the telco s regular 4G

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  • UN votes to protect online privacy | Business Spectator
    Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu UN votes to protect online privacy AAP 19 Dec 2013 1 04 PM Technology Security Resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance adopted unanimously You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The UN General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance in the digital age Germany and Brazil introduced the resolution following a series of reports of US eavesdropping abroad including on Brazil s President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that surprised and angered friends and allies The resolution adopted by consensus Wednesday affirms that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online including the right to privacy It expresses deep concern at the negative impact that unlawful surveillance may have on the exercise and enjoyment of human rights in particular when carried out on a mass scale General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but they

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  • Freelancer rivals oDesk, Elance to merge | Business Spectator
    12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Freelancer rivals oDesk Elance to merge Harrison Polites 19 Dec 2013 10 53 AM 2 Technology Emerging Tech US firms join forces to cater to 10 million freelance workers in 180 countries You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Freelancer com s two major international rivals Elance and oDesk have agreed to merge The deal which still requires US regulatory approval will see the companies form a single entity catering to 10 million freelance workers in 180 countries with around 750 million in 2013 billings As part of the deal both Elance and oDesk will still retain their separate brands as each caters to a separate section of the freelancer and online work market Commenting on the merger Freelancer com s spokesperson said that the merger shouldn t have a material impact on its business The recently listed company has 9 6 million users and 5 2 million jobs posted on its site We are seeing consistent and considerable growth in both of these areas the spokesperson said The global online services sector is in its infancy with much of the developing world population yet to connect to the internet and add to the global online labour supply Freelancer remains uniquely placed to capitalise on the global shift towards delivery of services via online marketplaces the spokesperson added The merger has also rekindled long running speculation of an oDesk IPO The company s international division VP Matt Cooper previously told Technology Spectator the oDesk would need accumulate revenues north of 100 million before it could even consider a US listing The news also follows comments from Mr Cooper indicating oDesk s ambitions to potentially expand into Australia as part of their efforts to educate the local market on the benefits of freelance work Print this page Related articles 10 Jan ACMA hits Telstra with record fine 10 Jan Google v Facebook Who knows wins 08 Jan Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice 08 Jan Australia risks missing tech boom 08 Jan Telstra to sit on cash report More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler

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  • Bitcoin in price crash | Business Spectator
    in price crash 19 Dec 2013 2 12 AM 1 Technology Emerging Tech Industries Financial Services Economy China Markets Financial Markets Fledgling cryptocurrency takes major price hit on China restrictions You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AFP with a staff reporter The virtual currency Bitcoin has crashed in China falling nearly 50 per cent after the country s biggest trading platform BTC China banned deposits in yuan following new restrictions reportedly imposed by the central bank Chinese speculators have driven Bitcoin prices into the financial stratosphere this year peaking at 7 588 88 yuan now US1 250 on November 30 By late on Wednesday they stood at 2 245 yuan more than 70 per cent lower and down 42 7 per cent from their 24 hour high after skidding as much as 48 7 per cent earlier On the most closely watched global bitcoin exchange Mt Gox the price of the currency slumped over 30 per cent to a low of US455 on the news before recovering to trade at US615 by 0425 AEDT That is about half the record high reached a few weeks ago Bitcoin invented in the wake of the global financial crisis by a mysterious computer guru using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto is a form of cryptography based e money It can be stored either virtually or on a user s hard drive and offers a largely anonymous payment system But Beijing keeps a tight grip on the yuan and enforces capital controls which the e currency threatens by its very nature Two weeks ago the People s Bank of China PBoC the central bank ordered financial institutions not to provide Bitcoin related services and products and cautioned against its potential use in money laundering Reports earlier this week said it had banned domestic third party payment companies from providing clearing services for virtual currency trading platforms and on Wednesday BTC China said it was no longer taking yuan deposits but withdrawals were still allowed While the PBoC made no announcements on Wednesday on any new curbs analysts said the reported central bank instruction if confirmed could cripple Bitcoin trading in China If the channel for depositing yuan in the platforms was completely cut off all domestic exchanges would be invalid said James Gong a digital currency expert and member of the US based Bitcoin Foundation Bitcoin trading might be forced underground or shift to overseas markets he said adding the move would be a ban on Bitcoin trading in disguised form BTC China asserted that its operations would continue In a notice to its valued customers posted on its website it said Due

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  • Microsoft to reveal CEO pick in early 2014 | Business Spectator
    was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Microsoft to reveal CEO pick in early 2014 Reuters 18 Dec 2013 11 02 AM Software gaint close to finding a replacement for Steve Ballmer You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The board member leading Microsoft Corp s search for a new chief executive says he expects an appointment to be made early next year the first time the board has been so specific on timing The announcement suggests the world s biggest software company is nearing the end of its search for a new leader which began in August when Steve Ballmer announced his plan to retire within 12 months Microsoft pledged to pick a successor within that timeframe although most investors had expected the process to be finished by December or January It s a complex job I don t think it s surprising that it is taking some time to try to find the right person said Kirk Materne an analyst at Evercore Partners We re moving ahead well and I expect we ll complete our work in the early part of 2014 Microsoft lead independent director John Thompson said in a blog post on the company s website Thompson is leading the four man committee to find a new CEO which includes co founder and chairman Bill Gates Sources familiar with the search process have told Reuters that the committee is down to a handful of candidates including Ford Motor Co CEO Alan Mulally at least one external candidate from the technology industry and one or two internal candidates We identified over 100 possible candidates talked with several dozen and then focused our energy intensely on a group of about 20 individuals said Thompson in the blog As this group has narrowed we ve done deeper research and investigation including with the full board Intense speculation has surrounded Ford s Mulally as a leading candidate He has

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  • REVIEW: Microsoft's Xbox One | Business Spectator
    a plug and play device As is the norm with almost all the consoles these days you need to go through menu after menu of set up screens to ready the Xbox for use In total it took me about an hour to set up agree to Microsoft s legal jargon and offer up my details to their servers Also don t plan on moving the console around too much either This console was built to be left in one place most likely your living room The Kinect sensor doesn t take too well to being shifted around and needs to be recalibrated with each move Once you hit the main screen the Xbox One experience finally becomes less of a hassle and more of an enjoyment The main interface of the console is clean and easy to use It borrows the same tile style layout seen with Microsoft Windows 8 OS Even if you re a little lost there are some great tutorial videos that feature on the main screen to show you what s what For some reason though the voice command tutorials along with the Australian Xbox Music and Movies stores aren t available out of the box you have to download them from Microsoft s servers Australian accents and a voice command mystery The voice and gesture commands enabled by Microsoft s Kinect unit are excellent They take some getting used to and if you re anything like me you ll resort to them as an afterthought and abuse the Xbox Turn Off command At times these commands can be a bit sketchy For instance when I tell say Xbox play disc to get it to boot up the game in the unit it loads up the music store That pesky Australian accent eh Well that s the reason that Microsoft has provided for not rolling out its voice commands at full strength in Australia But that doesn t exactly wash A quick flick to the options menu and a snappy toggle to US version of the console and suddenly the voice commands are drastically better even with my dreadful Australian sometime mistaken for American accent I could even access that very useful Xbox On command to turn on the console This was excluded from the Australian version of the console The Xbox One is also a geoblock free console so you can play Australian games on the US version of the console without any hitches Online play works too There is a catch however Microsoft will let you buy US movies music and TV shows at US prices with Australian credit card with a faked US address but it won t let you play them Very sneaky Microsoft Handy features abound Console jailbreaking aside the Xbox One also has a number of handy features that really cement it as a next generation gaming console To be honest there s too many to list but there are a few that stood out The new Xbox s online gaming profile management system is a huge improvement on anything seen in the last generation of consoles It even comes with random gaming name generator doing away with the hours required to come up with an original non numbered gaming name Microsoft s multi screen Snap feature is cool too This allows you to divide up your screen and do two things at once Want to buy and download a video while playing Dead Rising 3 Well Snap allows you to do this It s handy albeit a tad gimmicky but should appeal to the multi taskers among us The Xbox One also allows you to record and upload gaming footage to its own social network Another great feature but it would be so much better if you could share your digital triumphs on Facebook or Twitter This would also double as a great marketing for Xbox s range of games All of these features are great but it s a shame Microsoft hasn t been able to iron out some of the frustrations from the previous generation of consoles For instance game install times are still quite lengthy and now have the added bonus of being quite data intensive The Xbox One allows you to install games while undertaking other tasks but that more or less hides the problem rather than fixing it And we re finally gaming There s so much to do on the new Xbox that it s pretty easy to forget that this is indeed a gaming console Luckily Microsoft hasn t The graphics on the new console are superb The latest Forza racing game perhaps best showcases the console s visual prowess The level of detail in that game is astounding It s at a point where you can see realistic looking sunbeams reflecting into the car as you drive towards the sun The graphics aren t the only thing that s impressive with Forza It also hosts a cloud based system that records your driving behaviour and then uses it to create a driving bot that will traverse across the net When you race against other drivers in Forza you re no longer competing against the game s AI You re racing against cloud based bots built on the driving data collected from other players Most of Xbox One s games will also harness the console s new SmartGlass system This basically connects the console with a device of your choice though an app you can download on any of the respective app stores Second screen gaming is an exciting concept but it s yet to be fully realised At least in any of the current release Xbox One titles In Dead Rising 3 the SmartGlass app is more or less an interactive strategy guide that offers few side missions for good measure Someone will come along and create a game that revolutionises this feature It s not on the market yet but it s exciting just thinking about it In that

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