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  • Biometric phones to go mainstream in 2014: Ericsson | Business Spectator
    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 Biometric phones to go mainstream in 2014 Ericsson Reuters 12 Dec 2013 8 19 AM Technology Mobility Telecommunication Survey result spell good news for companies focused on biometrics 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 Biometric smartphones are expected to become mainstream next year as leading handset makers follow the lead of Apple Inc into fingerprint recognition technology an Ericsson report on consumer trends showed on Wednesday In September Apple launched its iPhone 5S which was the first smartphone with a sensor to recognize fingerprints improving security and ease of use A total of 74 percent believe that biometric smartphones will become mainstream in 2014 Ericsson the world s biggest mobile network maker wrote in the report Wider use of biometric technology will be good news for Swedish firms Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics which are leading suppliers in the field Fingerprint makes sensors while Precise Biometrics makes software for such sensors In a recent interview with Reuters Fingerprint s CEO said he expected 7 or 8 of the world s top smartphone makers

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  • Office productivity app Minute launches in Australia | Business Spectator
    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 Office productivity app Minute launches in Australia Harrison Polites 11 Dec 2013 11 31 AM Technology Emerging Tech Mobility App to use cloud based technology to bolster the outcome of meetings and improve office productivity 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 Australia is set to become the testing ground for a new app that looks to improve the outcome of meetings and improve office productivity Launching on the Apple App Store today the free iPad app Minute uses cloud based technology to share meeting notes advise participants on meeting outcomes and also stream presentations The service also uses social networks like Facebook Twitter and Google as a form of authentication making it easy to find and contact fellow participants for your meeting It also integrates with existing office productivity applications like Microsoft Exchange Google Apps Evernote and Dropbox As for why it s launching in Australia first the company credited this to the country s high penetration of tablet devices It quoted recent research from analyst firm Frost Sullivan inferring that around 50 per cent of Australian households already own a tablet device We devised and designed Minute because we know that for most workers and managers meetings are not as useful as they should be CEO of Minute Roel Noort said in a statement We can all relate to that feeling sitting in

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/12/11/technology/office-productivity-app-minute-launches-australia (2014-01-12)
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  • Qualcomm plans smartphone chips with 64-bit technology | Business Spectator
    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 Qualcomm plans smartphone chips with 64 bit technology Reuters 10 Dec 2013 11 13 AM Technology BYOD Mobility Looks to bring PC chips to smartphones 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 Qualcomm Inc said on Monday it will make smartphone chips with 64 bit features typically found in personal computers following Apple Inc and opening the way to more efficient mobile gadgets Qualcomm said its new Snapdragon 410 component will also include 4G cellphone connectivity technology and be aimed at the fast growing Chinese market where it should start appearing in low cost smartphones in the second half of 2014 Along with 4G 64 bit technology will become standard across Qualcomm s products said Michelle Leyden Li a Qualcomm senior director in charge of marketing its Snapdragon line Led by Apple s iPhones the smartphone industry s evolution toward 64 bit chips reduces the gap between low power mobile processors and punchier chips used in laptops desktop PCs and servers Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has also said it plans to use 64 bit processors in its smartphones Processors with 64 bit features can take advantage of more memory than 32 bit processors now found in most mobile devices potentially letting them work faster and more efficiently Current smartphones don t have enough memory to give 64 bit processors an advantage of 32 bit chips but future phones probably will include enough memory to give the 64 bit processors a performance boost Taking advantage of 64 bit processors also requires changes to software originally designed for 32 bit processors It s a little bit chicken and the egg Leyden Li

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/12/10/technology/qualcomm-plans-smartphone-chips-64-bit-technology (2014-01-12)
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  • Will your next phone be Fair Trade? | Business Spectator
    Robbie Fordyce Luke van Ryn 10 Dec 2013 10 53 AM Technology BYOD Emerging Tech Mobility Organic cage free or home grown We think about our purchasing ethics in many areas of daily life but not often about technology 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 Organic cage free or home grown We think about our purchasing ethics in many areas of daily life but not often about technology As with any product though we should think about the effects of our actions on workers and the environment The idea of cage free phones may sound silly but for certain types of workers it s a stark reality A mobile phone contains rare minerals that are often linked with violent conflicts It is produced in difficult conditions by low paid factory workers And if you d like to play a game showing the production story of an iPhone have a look at PhoneStory A phone is also difficult to recycle safely at the end of its lifespan Technologies like mobile phones are often by nature small objects purchased infrequently It s difficult to put our ethics on the line when the object seems so meagre in size and when you don t buy one that often And it often feels like we don t have a lot of choice in the ethics of the phones we buy All mobile phones are produced using the same materials and some of these come from warzones So choosing between Samsung and HTC can feel like choosing between a punch in the face and a kick in the guts Part of the problem is that we really feel like we have no choice but to buy a phone Can we realistically expect to go without a phone when our work family and friends expect us to be available at all times And when our carrier invites us to upgrade our phone for next to nothing every two years what incentive do we have to slow down Introducing the Fairphone and Ara The Fairphone is one solution that has already sold out on its first production run The sole marketing strategy for the Fairphone has been a detailed examination of the production process Their website provides photos and other evidence of attempts at ethical sourcing Using those you can make up your own mind about the ethics The 25 000 devices sold represent a very small proportion of the roughly 1 7 billion phones sold last year And the Fairphone is not available at all in some markets including Australia and the United States though if you have a friend in Europe you can

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  • Robbie Fordyce & Luke van Ryn | Business Spectator
    a generally weak day for European markets Politics Australian Election Federal 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 Robbie Fordyce Luke van Ryn Will your next phone be Fair Trade Organic cage free or home grown We think about our purchasing ethics in many areas of daily life but not often about technology by Robbie Fordyce Luke van Ryn 10 53am December 10 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 Augusto Graziani s legacy retains its currency Steve Keen

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  • Taxi app ingogo gets more funding | Business Spectator
    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 Taxi app ingogo gets more funding 10 Dec 2013 2 26 AM Technology Applications Mobility Industries Automotive Information Technology Australian start up now valued at 25m ahead of possible IPO 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 Australian taxi booking app maker ingogo has received a further 3 4 million in funding from investment bank UBS and private equity players according to The Australian Financial Review The deal reportedly sees the two year old company valued at 25 million ahead of a possible listing on the Australian Securities Exchange next year It follows the announcement of 1 million in extra funding in August which then brought its tally of funds raised to 3 7 million Among the names involved include Hamish Petrie founder of both ingogo and Moshtix MYOB co founder Brad Shofer and possibly the notoriously private Liberman family The app allows people to book and pay for their taxi through an app while also seeing progress on how far away its chosen cab is from arrival Mr Petrie said the funds would be used for expansion as it pushes toward a goal to reach breakeven in 2014 We re

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/12/10/technology/taxi-app-ingogo-gets-more-funding (2014-01-12)
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  • China Mobile, Apple reach iPhone agreement: report | Business Spectator
    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 China Mobile Apple reach iPhone agreement report Reuters 6 Dec 2013 8 27 AM Technology BYOD Mobility Telecommunication Contrary to sources companies say they are still negotiating 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 China Mobile Ltd the country s largest mobile operator said it is still negotiating with Apple Inc to offer iPhones on its network commenting on a media report saying that a long awaited agreement had been reached Earlier in the day the Wall Street Journal reported that the two giants had signed a deal citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter We are still negotiating with Apple but for now we have nothing new to announce China Mobile spokeswoman Rainie Lei said declining to elaborate Apple also declined comment China Mobile is one of the world s last major carriers and the only mobile operator in China not offering the iPhone It has trailed its smaller domestic rivals China Unicom and China Telecom Corp Ltd in attracting users to its home grown 3G standard The Wall Street Journal said the rollout of iPhones by the world s largest mobile carrier by users with more than 700 million subscribers is expected to start around the time of a December 18 China Mobile conference in the city of Guangzhou Earlier in the week China s Ministry of Industry and

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/12/6/technology/china-mobile-apple-reach-iphone-agreement-report (2014-01-12)
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  • Google devloping tool to port Chrome apps to mobile: report | Business Spectator
    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 Google devloping tool to port Chrome apps to mobile report Harrison Polites 5 Dec 2013 9 44 AM Technology Emerging Tech Mobility Search giant yet to officially launch the service but sources have confirmed its existence 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 Google will bridge the divide between it s between the desktop browser and mobile with a new tool that will port Chrome web apps to devices According to The Next Web the tool is yet to be officially launched by Google but has been confirmed by sources within the company Once released it will effectively take Chrome web apps and make them compatible for the Apple app store and the Google Play store A beta of the service is expected to land in January Print this page Related articles 10 Jan ACMA hits Telstra with

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