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  • BlackBerry extends deadline to boost capital increase | Business Spectator
    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 BlackBerry extends deadline to boost capital increase Reuters 16 Dec 2013 9 14 AM Technology Mobility Tech Deals Investors given the chance to buy up to US250 million in convertible debt 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 BlackBerry Ltd which recently concluded a US1 billion convertible debt offering said it has agreed with its debt holders to extend an option deadline attached to the deal giving potential investors a chance to buy up to a further US250 million in convertible debt The struggling smartphone maker last month shelved plans to sell itself and instead opted to raise funds via a US1 billion notes offering led by Fairfax Financial Holdings its largest shareholder In a brief statement late on Thursday BlackBerry said the earlier announced investor option to purchase up to an additional US250 million of convertible debentures as part of the offering has now been extended to January 13 BlackBerry which reports quarterly results next Friday has been in quiet period since the closing of the initial offering The company said the extension will enable it to provide updated financial information to prospective investors after its third quarter 2013 results have been released on December 20 If the option is exercised the purchase of the additional convertible debentures will be completed on or before January 16 the company said Investors that bought into the initial debt offering include Canso Investment Counsel

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  • Occulus Rift set to take VR gaming mainstream after raising $75m | Business Spectator
    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 Occulus Rift set to take VR gaming mainstream after raising 75m Reuters 16 Dec 2013 8 28 AM Technology Emerging Tech Mobility Looks set to produce commercial versions of its virtual reality gaming headset 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 start up Oculus VR has raised US75 million to market its virtual reality headset for video games hoping to attract consumers who have shied away from such products in the past Irvine California based Oculus raised the sum in a round led by Silicon Valley investor Mark Andreessen of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz Oculus plans to use its new capital to produce commercial versions of its virtual reality glasses for video games called Oculus Rift which users mount on their heads with a strap It also hopes to take its technology beyond gaming We believe Oculus will not only alter the gaming landscape but will redefine fundamental human experiences in areas like film education architecture and design Andreessen said in a statement Andreessen a venture capitalist currently on the board of a select and small set of startups will join Oculus s board of directors Oculus faces the challenging task of building a commercially viable virtual reality technology business For years analysts have questioned if 3D virtual reality devices whether gamer centric or otherwise have the potential to achieve widespread adoption and mainstream success The company introduced its 3D gaming goggles after raising US2 4 million through the popular crowd funding website Kickstarter last year It quickly captured the interest of game developers who paid US300 for each device and its development kit It raised US16 million through its first venture capital funding round in June Three firms that participated in that round Spark Capital Formation 8 and Matrix Partners also participated in its second funding round Since then the company has been building a technology platform for its hardware to support video games and other applications and sold over 40 000 development kits While developers have lauded the company s efforts to improve virtual reality technology with its 3D device some have raised concern over latency issues and said its bulky design offered

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  • Sprint eyes offer for T-Mobile | Business Spectator
    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 Sprint eyes offer for T Mobile 16 Dec 2013 12 19 AM Technology Mobility Industries Telecommunications Merger of third and fourth biggest US mobile carriers being weighed report 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 Number three United States mobile carrier Sprint is considering a bid for rival T Mobile a move that could shake up the wireless market the Wall Street Journal reported at the weekend The report said the deal could be worth more than US20 billion A22 50 billion But it also said the plan could be scuttled if it faced opposition from regulators A merger of Sprint and T Mobile the fourth largest carrier in the US would create a stronger number three player in the wireless sector but would still be smaller than market leaders AT T and Verizon the newspaper noted T Mobile which is controlled by Germany s Deutsche Telekom this year completed an acquisition of smaller carrier MetroPCS According to the Wall Street Journal Sprint has not decided whether to move ahead with a bid The report said the company may test antitrust officials reaction to a deal and that a bad reaction could put an end to the effort AT T sought to buy T Mobile for 39 billion in 2011 but backed down amid opposition from US regulators Telecom analyst Jeff Kagan said it remained unclear how US authorities would respond to such a deal I think SoftBank a Japanese telecom with a controlling stake in Sprint and Sprint would love to sink their teeth into T Mobile Kagan said It would transform them into a much larger and much stronger third place competitor especially since they are both reinventing themselves as we speak

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  • Apple claims patent victory over Samsung in South Korea | Business Spectator
    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 Apple claims patent victory over Samsung in South Korea Reuters 13 Dec 2013 11 01 AM Technology Mobility Telecommunication Court in Samsung s home turf rules against Apple sales ban 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 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday lost its bid to ban sales of Apple Inc s older iPhone and iPad in South Korea after a court dismissed a lawsuit claiming the US firm had infringed on three of Samsung s mobile patents The lawsuit was part of the tech giants global courtroom battle dating to 2011 when Apple first sued Samsung for copying the look and feel of its iconic iPhone and iPad A judge at the Seoul Central District Court said Apple products such as the iPhone 4S iPhone 5 and iPad2 did not violate Samsung patents on short message display methods and messaging grouping features The court ruled against a sale ban on the products and threw out Samsung s claim for 100 million won US95 100 in damages We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung s ridiculous claims Apple Korea spokesman Steve Park said Samsung said it would thoroughly review the ruling before deciding to whether to appeal As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights Samsung said in a statement In a separate ruling in August last year the same court ordered Apple to pay Samsung 40 million won in damages for infringing two of the South Korean firm s wireless technology

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  • On the first day of Christmas Apple gave to me: 12 ways to fix iOS 7 | Business Spectator
    apps Learn my language The messaging experience in iOS 7 is an unholy unintuitive mess If Macquarie dictionary lists the word f as a word then iOS should too I m not sure I ve ever needed to use the word duck in my entire life yet there it is every time I try to type an expletive A good messaging system learns how you speak the more you use it iOS 7 fails completely to do this Autocorrect continues to replace real words with fake ones Is kirby a word iOS 7 seems to think so One calendar to rule them all This is where pettiness between brands really comes to fore I have a Google calendar I have my iPhone calendar and I have my work calendar all because Apple Google and Microsoft won t play nice Take down the silos and let me use one calendar for all of my events regardless of what email services I use Bring back Airplay I have two Apple phones a Macbook Pro Apple TV and an iPad and yet Airplay continues to elude me It appears and disappears on the iPad and iPhone with no particular pattern that I can recognise I don t care what video player I m using having spent thousands of dollars buying up Apple s entire ecosystem not to mention the purchases made in iTunes the least it could do in return is me play it on my TV The same goes for Mac computers Kill that awful awful Podcast app Apple s move to complicate things with a separate Podcast app makes little sense The UI is terrible and switching between music and audiobooks or podcasts also means switching between apps It s a cumbersome experience that is entirely unnecessary A swift re integration back into the Music app is in order More chat heads Facebook chat heads show up everywhere on Android phones but only within the Facebook app on iOS 7 Yes technically I can set up Facebook notifications but they re annoying at the best of times Chat heads are such a nifty way of keeping track of all my communications and if I don t have time to reply they can just sit silently on the side of my screen until I m ready I can t believe I m saying this but more Facebook chat heads everywhere please Battery life fix it Apple claims to have remedied the widespread complains about battery life with its latest upgrade but I ve yet to see any evidence of that Fix iMessage The single most common problem with iOS 7 is iMessage s complete failure to deliver on its end of the bargain I ve received thousands of emails from users complaining they re still waiting to be approved to use iMessage but even after they ve been approved it only works half the time Most of the time iMessage doesn t even seem to work But even when it appears to be working many messages simply disappear into the ether And that brings us to Facetime Fix the Facetime fallouts I ve only successfully used Facetime once since iOS 7 was introduced But even then the call dropped out Twice Consistent service delivery has seemingly gone missing in the upgrade Maps the road to nowhere Apple s had plenty of headaches courtesy of the misbehaving Maps app and even after all the updates Maps continues to tell me to turn down roads that don t exist or are actually one way streets I m not sure what data Apple is basing its Maps off of but it seems to be dated Bluetooth The Bluetooth recognition is so patchy that syncing the iPhone to the iPad much less the other devices at my home is a hit and miss affair Have you tried turning it on and turning it off again isn t good enough frankly Don t get me wrong Apple revolutionised the mobile space with the iPhone and it did it by taking our phone thing and turning it into a everything device It s not just a phone it s a personal organiser But iOS 7 has killed a lot of the intuitiveness of Apple s previous mobile operating systems Before it begins working on the next OS it might be worthwhile getting the basics right 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 s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Graeme Mitchell Fri 2013 12 13 11 01 Whilst I agree with a couple of the 10 pts listed above I think the author is having an unrealistic petty whinge as many of those points are worse on Android As an avid Podcast listener I think separating the podcast out is far superior to the previous structure It appears that the author wanted to come up with a cute Xmas story which is a little disappointing Kaveh Sharifi Fri 2013 12 13 11 38 Your wrong on the calendar point I have MS Exchange and Google Mail both on the native Calendar app running quite well Katherine Douglass Fri 2013 12 13 12 04 I agree with Kaveh my gmail facebook and work Outlook calendars are all seamlessly synchronized in the Calendar app My pet peeve The music app crashes when you add a song to a playlist when you delete a song from a playlist when you move songs in a playlist the app crashes every time Michael Smith Fri 2013 12 13 12 58 None of these things are actually an issue when does iMessage not work Maybe

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  • Claire Porter | Business Spectator
    Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging 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 Claire Porter On the first day of Christmas Apple gave to me 12 ways to fix iOS 7 Apple s iOS 7 may be running on almost three quarters of Apple supported mobile devices but the user experience isn t perfect If anything it can be an exercise in acute frustration by Claire Porter 9 05am December 13 10 comments Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators DataRoom AM Sensis slice Daniel

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  • Court allows HTC to sell One Mini in Britain | Business Spectator
    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 Court allows HTC to sell One Mini in Britain Reuters 13 Dec 2013 8 49 AM Technology Mobility Tech Titans Lifts ban imposed by Nokia patent trial 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 Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp said it would be able to sell its One Mini smartphone in Britain after the Court of Appeal temporarily suspended an earlier ruling banning sales of the phone due to a patent infringement The company was told earlier in December that it would have to stop selling the One Mini smartphone in Britain after a court said the product infringed some patents owned by Finnish rival Nokia HTC will be allowed to continue to sell the product pending a full appeal hearing next year It is unfortunate that the stay means that HTC can continue to benefit from its unauthorized and uncompensated use of Nokia innovations Nokia said on Thursday HTC said it would immediately resume shipment of its devices to Britain adding that it would continue to appeal the ruling but in the meantime would try to find alternative technology for the smartphone to limit any disruption on its future

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  • Freelancer.com rival oDesk mulls an Australian expansion | Business Spectator
    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 Freelancer com rival oDesk mulls an Australian expansion Harrison Polites 12 Dec 2013 9 03 AM Technology Emerging Tech Mobility Start ups Talent Sees Australia as a potential growth market based on the company s current success 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 One of Freelancer com s key rivals oDesk is considering expanding its operations into Australia Talking to Technology Spectator in what was his second trip to the country since September oDesk s VP of its international division Matt Cooper said that a move into Australia is in consideration but declined to comment any further on such plans Such a play seems logical for oDesk as it would capitalise on the success the company has already seen in Australia oDesk has around 50 000 registered clients in Australia Mr Cooper adds that around 2 5 per cent of registered Australian businesses are aware and are using oDesk s platform to find employees This gives the company and its service around two times the amount of business penetration that it enjoys on its home turf the US Though Mr Cooper also outlined that the company is seeing its strongest growth in Russia India the Philippines and Ukraine It also has no plans to tackle the China market anytime soon An Australian outfit would likely be charged with further educating the market on the benefits of freelance and contract based work In this regard Mr Cooper

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