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  • Mobility | Business Spectator
    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 Mobility BlackBerry says its making headway with corporate government clients Number of clients testing or installing BlackBerry solutions increased by 20 per cent by Reuters 11 14am December 04 Apple acquires social analytics startup Topsy Tech giant shells out over US 200 million in a rare foray into social networking by Reuters 10 11am December 03 BlackBerry not dead yet CEO Head of struggling phone maker says group to refocus on four areas 5 59am December 03 The iPhone gets ready for gestures Can the 350 million PrimeSense buy finally put the Cupertino based giant back on the innovation map The simple answer is no but that doesn t mean it isn t important by Supratim Adhikari 7 46am November 28 Apple supplier Biel Crystal accused of violating workers rights Hong Kong based company which makes iPhone screens allegedly pushed its employees to work 11 hour shifts seven days a week with only one day off each month by Reuters 9 11am November 27 Apple buys 3D chip developer PrimeSense Move signals tech giant s ambitions to integrate gesture controlled technology in its new devices including iTV by Reuters 11 14am November 26 BlackBerry replaces CFO two other execs depart Indicates that more management changes are underway by Reuters 8 06am November 26 Wrecking ball ruining the Spotify party The market for access based music services is still immature but the likes of Amazon Apple Google and Microsoft could still squeeze the life out of the pioneers by Patrik Wikström 10 58am November 25 2 comments Apple wins US290m in retrial against Samsung Apple says it s not about the money its about about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing its products by Reuters 9 19am November 22 Google unveils prepaid debit card The card which is only available in the United States lets consumers access the funds stored in their Google Wallet accounts by Reuters 11 01am November 21 The IT price inquiry s link to the TPP Trans Pacific Partnership watchers should refocus their attention on the forgotten IT price inquiry It

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  • Mobility | 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 Mobility Apple signs long awaited iPhone deal with China Mobile Tie up provides much needed boost for tech giant in the second largest smartphone market in the world by Reuters 8 12am December 24 Canada to cap mobile data roaming rates Aims to level the playing field for smaller telcos by Reuters 8 29am December 19 Italy revises Google Tax to exclude online purchases Leader of the main ruling party calls for the rule to be scrapped by Reuters 8 20am December 19 China Mobile still in talks Apple over iPhone deal Deal could net China Mobile hundreds of millions of new customers by Reuters 8 14am December 19 Apple to provide 24 month warranty to Australian consumers Tech giant cleans up its act on customer guarantees after ACCC bites by Supratim Adhikari 3 45pm December 18 Apple s China sugar rush For all the hype Apple s long awaited iPhone agreement with China Mobile may deliver little more than a fleeting revenue jolt for the tech giant by Paul Carsten Reuters 9 22am December 16 1 comment BlackBerry extends deadline to boost capital increase Investors given the chance to buy up to US250 million in convertible debt by Reuters 9 14am December 16 Occulus Rift set to take VR gaming mainstream after raising 75m Looks set to produce commercial versions of its virtual reality gaming headset by Reuters 8 28am December 16 Sprint eyes offer for T Mobile Merger of third and fourth biggest US mobile carriers being weighed report 12 19am December 16 Apple claims patent victory over Samsung in South Korea Court in Samsung s home turf rules against Apple sales ban by Reuters 11 01am December 13 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

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  • BlackBerry says its making headway with corporate, government clients | Business Spectator
    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 says its making headway with corporate government clients Reuters 4 Dec 2013 11 14 AM Technology BYOD Mobility Telecommunication Number of clients testing or installing BlackBerry solutions increased by 20 per cent 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 number of large business and government clients that have installed or are testing BlackBerry Ltd s mobile device management service has risen roughly 20 per cent over the past six months the embattled smartphone maker said on Tuesday BlackBerry which recently halted plans to sell itself and shook up its management team said large customers such as Morgan Stanley and Boeing Co are currently running and testing its BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 BES The product allows such companies to securely manage devices that run on Apple s iOS operating system and Google s Android operating system as well as BlackBerry devices on their internal networks Apple and Android devices have eclipsed BlackBerry and now dominate the smartphone market BlackBerry is counting heavily on the service as it charts a new course under the leadership of recently appointed interim Chief Executive John Chen who is keen to rebuild the company as more of a niche player focused on the so called enterprise market of large business and corporate clients Chen who took the reins at BlackBerry last month issued an open letter to enterprise clients earlier this week seeking to reassure them that the company is very much alive and here to stay The company in a statement on Tuesday said the number of enterprise clients that have now installed or are testing its BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 offering has risen to 30 000 from roughly 25 000 this summer We enable any organisation or government agency to manage iOS Android and BlackBerry devices without compromising security Stephen Bates

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  • Yahoo! gets serious about news | Business Spectator
    Request new password The Conversation Yahoo s new business model appears to be taking shape following the surprise announcement that the NASDAQ listed search and mobile App tech giant has employed a group of well known and high profile journalists and editors to staff its own news portal For Yahoo it is a move into quality mobile content with a news focus in an attempt to win the mobile advertising market The question is will it work The key hire is the award winning and sometimes controversial Katie Couric who will leave her prime time role at the American ABC network to join Yahoo According to Yahoo Couric will be its global anchor hosting a monthly interview program on the portal and across several mobile applications But why would a second ranked search engine and internet portal want to buy into news and serious journalism at a time when the industry appears to be tanking financially The investment in Katie Couric and senior reporters from The New York Times signals that Yahoo wants to move into Web TV and mobile video content in an effort to take on the the giants of American network and cable television and perhaps even Netflix which is rumoured to also be looking at an Australian launch next year In recent months Yahoo which is valued at around US35 billion has made a series of takeovers mainly of internet start ups like the micro blogging site Tumblr But analysts think that it is still figuring out how to turn a profit from these acquisitions Tellingly Yahoo s share of online advertising about 7 per cent is still behind Facebook 8 per cent Recruiting Couric to be the new face of Yahoo s news operation is a signature move by relatively new CEO Marissa Mayer It is a calculated though risky and expensive play to get a stock market bounce for the company and attract eyeballs to the mobile platforms which in turn should attract advertisers In recent statements Mayer has said the company s future is in mobile delivery However mobile is on the right path to be on according to Mayer rather than an instant boost to advertising revenues Digital plays take a while to turn from money sinks into profit centres Tech company analysts tend to agree that the asking price for online and mobile advertising will remain low even though the number of eyeballs is steadily increasing Making money from content is the digital dilemma The question of how profits can be made from online and mobile news or news like content has several answers but none is yet a proven winner A recent American news start up NSFW Corp which billed itself as The Economist written by the Daily Show has this week closed its print edition and folded its digital business into another company which is itself still reliant on angel investors from Silicon Valley And here lies the dilemma for the big global brands like Yahoo and The Daily

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/12/2/technology/yahoo-gets-serious-about-news (2014-01-12)
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  • Martin Hirst | Business Spectator
    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 Martin Hirst Yahoo gets serious about news Yahoo s move into quality content with a news focus is a push to win the mobile advertising market The question is will it work by Martin Hirst 9 38am December 02 Will Murdoch face an Australian inquisition So far in Australia Rupert Murdoch has avoided the sorts of threats and restrictions his empire has faced overseas But a bid for Foxtel might once again place him in a regulatory and PR tangle by Martin Hirst 2 45pm May 07 1 comment Yahoo gets serious about news Yahoo s move into quality content with a news focus is a push to win the mobile advertising market The question is will it work by Martin Hirst 9 38am December 02 Will Murdoch face an Australian inquisition So far in Australia Rupert Murdoch has avoided the sorts of threats and restrictions his empire has faced overseas But a bid for Foxtel might once again place him in a regulatory and PR tangle by Martin Hirst 2 45pm May 07

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  • BlackBerry replaces CFO, two other execs depart | Business Spectator
    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 replaces CFO two other execs depart Reuters 26 Nov 2013 8 06 AM Technology BYOD Mobility Tech Titans Telecommunication Indicates that more management changes are underway 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 said on Monday that three top executives including its chief financial officer are stepping down as part of a widely expected shake up after it named an interim chief executive and shelved plans to sell itself James Yersh is replacing Brian Bidulka as CFO although Bidulka will stay on as an adviser through the end of the fiscal year The troubled smartphone maker based in Waterloo Ontario said Kristian Tear its chief operating officer and Frank Boulben its chief marketing officer will leave The company did not name replacements for either executive but indicated more management changes could be coming BlackBerry also said Roger Martin a board member since 2007 has resigned BlackBerry once a market leader in the field of on the go email has lost market share to Apple Inc s iPhone and devices that are powered by Google Inc s Android software Its new line of devices powered by the BlackBerry 10 operating system have so far failed to win back customers BlackBerry shelved plans to sell itself in early November and opted instead to raise US1 billion via a convertible notes offering led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd its largest shareholder As part of the deal it named John Chen as interim CEO replacing Thorsten Heins New interim CEO Chen is not behaving like an interim CEO in our view and is dramatically altering the company Jefferies analyst Peter Misek wrote in a note to clients The changes were a clear signal that BlackBerry is shifting its focus from the consumer market to enterprise customers he added Chen who helped turn

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/11/26/technology/blackberry-replaces-cfo-two-other-execs-depart (2014-01-12)
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  • REVIEW: Surface Pro 2 | Business Spectator
    Pro was almost impossible to use on your lap thanks to a bizarre design decision that restricted the kickstand to one angular position Thankfully Microsoft has rectified the issue this time around by introducing a dual position kickstand that provides much more of a comfortable angle to the screen Apart from this the design aspects of Surface Pro 2 are identical to its predecessor The sturdy VaporMG chassis with a chamfered titanium finish still feels solid in the hand There s a distinct premium feel to the device and it s one of the aspects of the Surface that Microsoft nailed the first time around Unfortunately there are no changes to the thickness and heft of the device which still stands at a chunky 13 5mm and weighs 900 grams That makes the Surface Pro 2 almost twice the weight and thickness of Apple s iPad Air And the extra heft makes using the device as a tablet for long periods impractical Of course the tablet is only half of the story with the Surface Attach either of the new Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 accessories to the base and the Surface turns into a full fledged Windows Ultrabook The keys on both covers are now backlit and Microsoft has implemented a whopping 1092 sensors in the Touch Cover 2 to improve accuracy and speed of typing It s an improvement But the Touch Cover 2 is still neither responsive nor accurate enough to replace a real keyboard The Type Cover 2 on the other hand feels great It s a full size keyboard with real keys and allows typing at regular desktop speeds The onboard trackpad also works well particularly with two finger scrolling but is a bit small for performing Windows 8 gestures such as pinch to zoom Microsoft will also be releasing a Power Cover accessory and a docking station early next year The Power Cover is essentially a bulkier version of the Type Cover 2 but with an integrated battery that will extend the battery life of the Surface as well The Docking Station will be an interesting addition as it essentially positions the Surface Pro 2 as a tablet notebook hybrid computer that can also act as a desktop replacement It won t come cheap though with the accessory expected to retail for over 200 More powerful machine and longer battery life The other big news with the Surface Pro 2 is the move to Intel s Haswell processors Inside is a Core i5 4200U dual core processor which is the same CPU as what Apple used in both the 11 inch and 13 inch Macbook Air It s also the same processor as what you will find in most sub 1500 Windows Ultrabooks The Macbook Air however has slightly better graphics performance with an Intel HD 5000 onboard in comparison to the Surface Pro 2 s HD 4400 That said the graphics performance still provides a 50 per cent boost in performance

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/11/18/technology/review-surface-pro-2 (2014-01-12)
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  • Amazon opens local eBook store | Business Spectator
    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 Amazon opens local eBook store Harrison Polites 14 Nov 2013 10 37 AM 1 Technology BYOD Emerging Tech Telecommunication Industries Retail Marks the company s first serious push into Australia s online retail space 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 Amazon has launched a local eBooks store marking its first serious push into Australia s online retail space The company has always held significant weight in Australia s cloud computing sector solidifying its presence in the country with the launch of a local data centre in November last year This move however indicates that the company is also interested in growing consumer facing business interests in Australia In the US Amazon vends books movies and other general merchandise It even hosts a grocery delivery service According to Amazon s Kindle VP Neil Lindsay says the launch of the local store capitalises in the inroads the retail giant has already made with the sales of its Kindle readers Millions of Australians are already Kindle customers and we re delighted to make it even easier for them to enjoy the Kindle experience he said in a statement The new Kindle Store is customised for Australian customers with local best sellers and curated lists relevant to Australians and many titles from local publishers and authors such as Tim Winton Karly Lane and Kate Morton Amazon is also opening up its eBook publishing system to Australian authors who are now able to publish content straight onto the Amazon store earning up to 70 per cent

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/11/14/technology/amazon-opens-local-ebook-store (2014-01-12)
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