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  • Motorola seeks comeback with low cost smartphone product line | Business Spectator
    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 Motorola seeks comeback with low cost smartphone product line Reuters 14 Nov 2013 8 13 AM Technology BYOD Emerging Tech Mobility Heads to market with a product one third of the price of Apple s new iPhone 5C 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 Motorola is betting that low cost smartphones can provide the spark to rekindle its struggling business even as the company s ownership by Google Inc will force it to sit out of China the world s largest smartphone market The company s new Moto G phone unveiled on Wednesday morning will be available for US179 without a wireless service contract about one third of the price of Apple Inc s new iPhone 5C The new Motorola phone which is being aimed at consumers in developing markets like Brazil and India as well as budget buyers in Western countries is the second major new product that Motorola has developed since its acquisition by Internet company Google in 2012 Motorola which reported a US248 million operating loss in the third quarter is trying to break back into the top ranks of a fiercely competitive mobile phone market currently dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd There are about 500 million people looking to purchase a smartphone with the Moto G s price tag said Motorola Chief Executive Dennis Woodside in an interview with Reuters last week You don t have to get a lot to have some substantial change in trajectory for the top line and for the unit sales he said describing Motorola s business opportunity with the Moto G The Moto G will be available in Brazil and parts of Europe on Wednesday with availability across Latin America Europe and Canada in the coming weeks and in the United States India Southeast Asia and the Middle East in the first quarter But the Moto G will not be available in China the world s largest smartphone market by volume The smartphone market in China is currently larger than the United States and Western Europe combined according to research firm Strategy Analytics Woodside said that because the phone featured Google search Gmail email and other Google Web services the device could not be sold in China given the current regulatory situation Google relocated its search engine from mainland China to Hong Kong in 2010 in order to offer uncensored search results Phone makers that offer handsets in China which are based on Google s Android mobile

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  • REVIEW: iPad Air | Business Spectator
    version 3 0 graphics plus it comes with the M7 motion coprocessor for offloading accelerometer gyroscope and compass calculations All this makes for more than an incremental upgrade it s a whole new platform which lays the foundation for the next generation of iDevices The A6X chip in the iPad 4 is no slouch but the iPad Air clearly outshines it with a 25 per cent performance boost under Rightware Browsermark 2 0 and 70 per cent improvement under SunSpider Javascript That extra grunt shines through when loading complicated web pages in Safari You ll also notice that apps load faster and graphics intensive games run a little smoother Apple s pre installed apps have been rewritten to take advantage of the A7 chip s 64 bit architecture and a handful of third party apps have already followed suit helping with both performance and battery life The difference between the iPad Air and its predecessors will become more noticeable as more third party apps embrace 64 bit architecture Wireless connectivity is another area where the iPad Air is a step up from last year s offering The iPad Air and iPhone 5S don t feature 802 11ac wi fi even though it s built into the latest generation of MacBooks and Airport Extreme base stations The lack of 802 11ac is not really a surprise when you consider that iGadgets were also slower to embrace 802 11n than Apple s other gear Compensating for the lack of 802 11ac in the iPad Air is support for 802 11n MIMO Multiple In Multiple Out networking allowing for multiple connections to improve wireless performance It supports up to 300 Mbps but of course that s a theoretical maximum and your mileage may vary To get the best results you ll also need a router which supports at least 300 Mbps MIMO devices the latest Airport Extreme upgraded to 450 Mbps support to cater for the latest Macs The iPad Air is also compatible with a wider range of LTE networks around the world although Optus says that the Air is not compatible with its dual band 4G Plus network The iPad Air can connect to Optus 1800 MHz FD LTE network but can t roam across to its new 2300 MHz TD LTE network It s also worth noting that the iPad Air now relies on a nano SIM card like the iPhones rather than a micro SIM card Where s the killer feature All up it s an impressive overhaul but there s no killer feature to get excited about like a higher resolution camera sharper screen or new fingerprint reader There are little differences of note such as the stereo speakers on the bottom edge of the tablet which offer slightly richer sound The front and rear cameras also present a slightly wider field of vision with noticeably less grain and improved colours in better low light conditions It s still a 5 megapixel ƒ 2 4 aperture rear camera

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/11/11/technology/review-ipad-air (2014-01-12)
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  • Adam Turner | Business Spectator
    REVIEW Samsung Series 8 F8000 3D LED TV with Smart Hub Smart is the latest buzzword when it comes to televisions but Samsung s flagship Series 8 LED TVs really do know a thing or two when it comes to streaming video and online entertainment by Adam Turner 8 18am July 19 1 comment REVIEW Acer Aspire R7 The futuristic Aspire R7 continues Acer s tradition of creating interesting concept devices which are intriguing but impractical by Adam Turner 10 29am July 09 2 comments REVIEW HP Slate 7 Android tablet HP s Slate 7 breaks new ground for 7 inch Android tablets but it sacrifices far too much in order to keep the price tag down by Adam Turner 10 26am June 26 1 comment REVIEW Asus Fonepad Asus raises the stakes in the mine s bigger than yours phablet race with this shoe sized Android phone by Adam Turner 9 25am June 03 Netflix is coming but will it be worth watching Exclusive content deals and direct to market strategies threaten to fragment Australia s fledgling online video market by Adam Turner 9 09am May 02 3 comments REVIEW Google Chromebooks A stripped down computer which only runs a browser doesn t sound like much to get excited about but Google Chromebooks could be the post PC device you ve been waiting for by Adam Turner 10 08am April 18 3 comments Samsung Galaxy S4 approaching the smartphone singularity The Samsung Galaxy S4 once again promises to be the one smartphone to rule them all so this the perfect smartphone And do we really care anymore by Adam Turner 10 40am March 18 1 comment The internet s new river of gold From blockbuster movies to Microsoft Office everyone is asking why buy when you can subscribe by Adam Turner 12 06pm March 08 TECHNOLOGY SPECTATOR The internet s new rivers of gold The subscription model is increasingly dominating the digital age offering everything from music and movies to business software But it isn t always win win by Adam Turner 10 40am March 08 The internet s new river of gold From blockbuster movies to Microsoft Office everyone is asking why buy when you can subscribe by Adam Turner 10 24am March 08 TECHNOLOGY SPECTATOR Why Nokia needs a tablet Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop has neither confirmed nor denied future plans for a tablet but maybe that s not a bad tactic by Adam Turner 10 58am February 19 Page 1 PlayStation 4 versus Xbox One multimedia smackdown These days we expect much more than games from gaming consoles Are Sony and Microsoft s latest offerings ready to be the beating heart of your digital lounge room by Adam Turner 7 40am December 05 REVIEW iPad Air Impossibly thin and light yet more powerful than ever the iPad Air proves that Apple hasn t lost its way in the post Jobs era by Adam Turner 8 18am November 11 REVIEW Google Chromecast Google s tiny Chromecast

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/contributor/adam-turner (2014-01-12)
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  • BlackBerry could pay $250 million break fee in event of better offer: filing | Business Spectator
    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 BlackBerry could pay 250 million break fee in event of better offer filing Reuters 8 Nov 2013 10 15 AM Technology BYOD Mobility Interim chief executive and executive chairman John Chen will receive a base salary of US1 million 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 will pay up to US250 million to a group of debtors including Prem Watsa s Fairfax Financial Holdings if another deal succeeds according to a regulatory filing on Thursday detailing the debt deal The filing also showed that incoming interim chief executive and executive chairman John Chen will receive a base salary of US1 million Chen will also receive 13 million restricted stock units with half of them vesting only after five years with the company BlackBerry on Monday abandoned plans to sell itself and instead opted to raise US1 billion by selling convertible notes to a group of investors The company had said Fairfax its largest shareholder was buying US250 million of the offering In the filing BlackBerry said Canso Investment

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  • Murdoch's refreshing take on Australia's tech sector | Business Spectator
    view is actually refreshing No we don t need to become a Silicon Valley or an Israel or Germany to be successful industry and a successful economy We have a good thing going on here and we should keep our good thing going And a big part of that is not throwing the baby out with the bathwater Some people say we need to abandon Australian values Murdoch says The truth is that if we want to lead rather than follow we need to promote Australian values and strengthen the institutions that sustain them And that Australian culture includes its openness to the world and its multiculturalism Murdoch spent a lot of time talking up the huge on going benefits of immigration as if we needed to be told Because the thing that makes Australia attractive to the world is the fact that it is full of Australians And as Murdoch noted last night as an immigrant nation 25 per cent of us were born somewhere else The nations that lead this century will be the ones most successful at attracting and keeping talent There are countless thousands of intelligent university graduates around the world and in particular in our Asian neighbours looking for work and wanting to start businesses We need to get the brightest of them here That is how we will strengthen our human capital Murdoch says Australia is on its way to becoming what may be the world s most diverse nation This is an incredible competitive advantage Maintaining the healthy egalitarianism that exists in Australia is critical to our future and a large part of that will be in maintaining equal access to education This is something that seems more and more difficult to achieve as the public private divide increases and middle class handouts continue to warp our system So it is good that Rupert Murdoch is on board this important issue Hopefully Education Minister Chris Pyne gets the memo You can t have a competitive egalitarian meritocracy if only some of your citizens have the opportunity for a good education he says In a world as competitive as ours the child who does not get a decent education is condemned to the fringes of society I think all Australians agree this is intolerable Yes all of these themes are important to the tech sector in this country There are some core big picture issues that Murdoch has nailed Education immigration and trade The rule of law Strong institutions There are parts of the tech sector that are obsessed with issues of tinkering People who cannot see fundamental strengths These are people that fixate on the half empty glass and who can t see the jug sitting next to it I recommend reading this speech It might tip a tad too far toward the Murdoch libertarian instincts for me but it gets the basics right And the basics are this There is good reason for optimism in this lucky country whose key asset is

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  • Coalition commences government IT audit | Business Spectator
    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 Coalition commences government IT audit Harrison Polites 5 Nov 2013 8 44 AM Technology BYOD Emerging Tech Aims to streamline and track investment in government IT 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 Coalition government has commenced its anticipated audit into the public sector s investment in technology According to The Australian the audit will seek to identify the spending and outcomes generated by ICT investment over the past couple of years This investment accounts for around 6 billion in taxpayer expenditure One point the review will not touch however is the structure of the government s peak ICT division the Australian Government Information Management Office The review will be spearheaded by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann the finance portfolio has traditionally handled matters relating to government IT The aim of the process will be to simplify government IT by removing doubled up processes and improve workflow systems across the public sector Mr Cormann declined to offer a deadline for the review and also

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  • Google unveils new Nexus 5 smartphone | Business Spectator
    and the latest move aims to address that Being stuck with old versions of Android also means that users don t get access to upgrades or improvements cranked out by Google Apple executives routinely boast about how most users of its iPhones iPads and iPod touches are on the latest version of the iOS operating system while many Android users are stuck with old versions Changes in KitKat included fine tuning it to work with the limited memory capacities of Android smartphones priced for buyers on tight budgets It is important to us to get the same version of Android to scale across all versions of devices Pichai said Google partnered with South Korean consumer electronics giant LG to make the Nexus 5 smartphone to showcase the prowess of KitKat The Nexus 5 was available for purchase in 10 countries through Google s online Play shop priced at US349 A369 for a 16 gigabyte model and US399 for a version with 32 gigabytes of memory Print this page Google unveils new Nexus 5 smartphone AAP 1 Nov 2013 11 26 AM Technology BYOD Emerging Tech Mobility 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 Log in to post comments Search The Spectators Augusto Graziani s legacy retains its currency Steve Keen 12 min ago The recent passing of economist Augusto Graziani has received little attention but his insights on the monetary economy were fundamental in shaping post Keynesian thinkers DataRoom AM Sensis

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  • AAP | Business Spectator
    should be redacted by AAP 4 55pm December 03 Switkowski to face NBN parliamentary inquiry Sends out a summons to force an appearance by AAP 10 56am November 28 2 comments China defence zone dangerous says Abe Japanese PM urges China to withdraw air zone plan by AAP 7 19am November 26 Volvo signs second loan with China bank Car maker signs second loan agreement with China Development Bank by AAP 7 13am November 26 China maps defence zone over disputed islands Beijing claims right to take military action against aircraft entering new air defence identification zone by AAP 9 49am November 25 Switkowski approached for NBN before election NBN Co chairman confirms writing was on the wall for Quigley and McKenna well before the Coalition came to power by AAP 4 07pm November 20 Google unveils new Nexus 5 smartphone Google s newly released Nexus 5 smartphone is fitted with the latest Android system which has been redesigned to fit across a range of handsets by AAP 11 26am November 01 World s first bitcoin ATM opens Canada home to the first ever Bitcoin automated teller by AAP 12 56pm October 30 BlackBerry cops class action lawsuit Shareholders take company to task over optimistic sales forecasts for latest devices by AAP 9 47am October 16 Online IPO 99wuxian goes gangbusters Chinese mobile marketplace operator s shares soar on ASX debut by AAP 3 46pm October 08 1 comment Microsoft hands user data to Aust govt However the company did not disclose user generated content data which includes emails documents and photographs by AAP 10 21am October 03 Conroy pushes for a return to the Labor frontbench Former communications minister wants to return to the frontbench saying he s got a role to play in holding the coalition to account from opposition by AAP 8 11am September 12 Brazil to sue Samsung over working conditions Says Samsung forced workers to tackle 15 hour shifts by AAP 11 49am August 14 Treasury updates carbon price forecasts Treasury revises its forecast of carbon prices slightly upward in PEFO by AAP 11 16am August 14 WA govt abandons solar tariff cut Premier Colin Barnett says decision to break promise slash solar tariff was a mistake by AAP 2 58pm August 12 Same sex marriage debate piques Twitterati Overall response to the Rudd Abbott debate fairly muted but same sex marriage the budget and the NBN had the public tweeting by AAP 11 32am August 12 Page 1 Target suffers severe cyber breach Up to 40 million accounts compromised by AAP 8 54am December 20 Samsung LG to release 105 inch curved TVs Set to deliver picture quality almost four times what is currently seen with HD TV by AAP 8 51am December 20 Target suffers severe cyber breach Up to 40 million accounts compromised by AAP 8 47am December 20 UN votes to protect online privacy Resolution aimed at protecting the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance adopted unanimously by AAP 1 04pm

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