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  • Peak US aviation body to relax rules on inflight device use | Business Spectator
    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 Airline passengers will soon be able to use certain electronic devices throughout their entire flight after the US Federal Aviation Administration ended a long standing ban on Thursday Mobile phone calls remain barred under Federal Communications Commission rules But fliers will be free to keep smartphones tablets and e readers running in airplane mode Delta Air Lines Inc and JetBlue Corp quickly filed plans with the FAA to show that their aircraft can tolerate radio signals from electronic devices a condition required by the regulator The change is likely to boost the use of gadgets such as Amazon Inc s Kindle readers or Apple Inc s iPad Most commercial airlines can tolerate radio interference from portable electronic devices FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said at a news conference at Reagan National Airport near Washington DC It s safe to read downloaded materials like e books calendars and to play games Passengers will be able to connect with an airline s Wi Fi network and can use Bluetooth accessories such as wireless mouse and headphones Always on connectivity on the horizon A big winner from the change could be Gogo Inc whose shares closed 4 5 per cent higher The company supplies Internet service to about 80 per cent of US aircraft The FAA s move is another favourable tailwind Gogo Chief Executive Michael Small told Reuters The FAA s decision is likely to move more passengers toward always on connectivity said Jonathan Schildkraut an analyst at Evercore Partners in New York Any increase in time spent connected is viewed as a positive he said Technology fans have recently decried the high cost to the traveling public of passengers not having unfettered access to their mobile devices More than 105 million hours of disrupted technological activity on domestic flights is projected in 2013 an estimated 104 per cent increase since 2010 due to the FAA ban on the use of devices during take offs and landings according to a May 2013 study by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitcan Development at Chicago s DePaul University The FCC in May started deliberations on a proposal that would offer a new type of in flight broadband service promising US fliers higher Wi Fi speeds and better connections The proposal which has been pushed for years by wireless equipment maker Qualcomm Inc seeks to open up more radio airwaves for airborne Internet access In a statement acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clybourn said the agency continues to study how best to promote consumers and businesses ability to use wireless devices on aircraft and elsewhere As a practical matter cellphones should be

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  • REVIEW: Sony Xperia Z1 | Business Spectator
    expandable storage and a micro USB port in addition to a proprietary magnetic connection that can be equipped with an optional charging dock accessory The ports are still covered in protective rubber flaps so that it can withstand exposure to water and dust but thankfully there s no cover required on the 3 5mm headphone jack this time around as Sony has instead micro coated the port with water proofing material I personally still prefer the sleek industrial design of the HTC One and iPhone 5s but it s a classy premium feeling design nonetheless that is well ahead of the plastic enamoured build of the Galaxy S4 and LG s G2 It s also a design that can be submerged in up to 1 5 meters of freshwater for 30 minutes and is impervious to dust a feat Sony has achieved without compromising on the look of the phone Good display let down by poor viewing angles The 1080p 5 inch display is sharp at 441 PPI pixels per inch that looks great when viewed directly in front but unfortunately looking at the display slightly off centre or tilting it to the side makes the colours on the screen look washed out and unrecognisable Poor viewing angles was a problem that plagued the original Xperia Z and the issue remains with the Z1 This could be due to Sony s persistence in using a TFT based LCD panel instead of an IPS or AMOLED screen like the competition However the screen is bright and performs well in outdoor viewing easily beating the Galaxy S4 s AMOLED screen in this respect and just a notch below the iPhone 5s IPS display The screen borrows elements from it s Bravia Television unit with Triluminos display for a wider colour gamut and X Reality image enhancement technology that attempts to improve the quality of media playback by automatically adjusting picture elements such as brightness contrast colours and sharpness All in all viewing videos and images looked great with a natural colour tone we just wish it had better viewing angles Camera disappoints One of the biggest selling points of the Xperia Z1 is the 20 7 megapixel camera and the 1 2 3 inch size sensor making it at least on paper the most capable smartphone camera outside of the Nokia Lumia 1020 Other aspects of the camera include a f 2 0 aperture G Lens and BIONZ image processing features that have trickled down from the company s Cyber shot camera range So do the actual pictures and videos produced by the Xperia Z1 beat the Android and iPhone competition In ideal lighting conditions yes the Xperia Z1 produces better quality shots and video The dedicated two step camera button which initiates focus when lightly pressed and executes a shot when completely depressed also worked well Unfortunately the camera is let down by disappointing low light performance Images taken in less than ideal lighting situations resulted in severely noisy images that

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  • Apple price gouges Australians with new Mac PCs: CHOICE | Business Spectator
    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 Apple price gouges Australians with new Mac PCs CHOICE Harrison Polites 25 Oct 2013 9 40 AM Technology BYOD Emerging Tech Mobility Tech Titans Indicates that the company may be moving away from an unspoken policy around price parity with its hardware products 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 Consumer watchdog CHOICE has lashed out at Apple after its analysis found that the company intends to charge Australians roughly 18 per cent more than US consumers for its new Mac PCs In a statement the group credited Apple for not slugging the country with an Australia tax with the pricing of its new range of iPads But it added that Apple appears to be moving away from its unspoken policy around price parity across countries with its hardware products It defies logic as to why the MacPro should cost Australian consumers more CHOICE director of campaigns and communications Matt Levey said in a statement Previously Apple s hardware products have been priced close to parity which makes these latest price differences particularly disappointing and hardly an example of forward thinking It s small wonder that many consumers will experience of the power of lightness when it comes to their hip pockets CHOICE s statement jumps off the

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  • Apple's iPad Air: a step towards an iPad Pro? | Business Spectator
    hardly a new or unique strategy for a tech company but will it really be enough to sway budget conscious consumers from the Android competition New purchases of the iPad 2 and iPad mini will come preloaded with iOS 7 and the latest version of Apple s mobile OS is also available to existing owners of those devices The reality though is that running iOS 7 on the iPad 2 or iPad mini can at times be a painfully slow experience particularly if your use to the smooth and blazingly fast experience of the iPhone 5s 5c or the original iPhone 5 Performance has improved slightly since the original release of iOS 7 but for a company that prides itself on the end user experience the decision to keep these two products in play for another year is a surprising one The performance gap is all the more obvious when you start to compare it against the low end tablet competition As an example Google s Nexus 7 boasts a higher resolution screen and much better overall performance for 50 less than Apple s iPad mini Apple s sub 500 offering however looks much more competitive with the company introducing an iPad mini utilising the retina display and that is on parity with the flagship iPad Air spec for spec including the same A7 64 bit chip 5 megapixel camera and 10 hour rated battery life The 479 entry point for the new iPad mini also offers the highest resolution 2048x1536 7 inch tablet currently available on the market On the full sized tablet front Apple has made the iPad Air the lightest full sized tablet on the market at just under 500grams which is an impressive feat So where does iPad Air sit amongst the full sized tablet competition The nearest competitors on the Android front are Google s very own Nexus 10 and Samsung s Galaxy Note 10 1 2014 which both possess a higher resolution 2560x1600 display While Apple continues to rely on the fact that they have the largest library of tablet optimised apps which has now blown out to 475 000 its competitors are instead focusing on making their tablets better productivity devices Microsoft has the Surface 2 which can double up as a laptop with its keyboard accessory and the Samsung Note 10 1 OS is built around its S Pen stylus You need only look at Microsoft s significant investment into cultivating the productivity tablet market with the Surface and the number of people that currently carry around a keyboard case with their iPads to see that there is real potential here for Apple Bundling their iWork and iLife app suite with their iPads for free does not appear to be an aggressive enough approach in order to rival their competition Had Apple introduced a first party keyboard cover accessory and rolled out iPad specific tweaks to iOS 7 that boosted the productivity potential of the device such as the ability to run two apps side by side it might have been enough to move the productivity needle But could Apple be working towards a larger play here The hint may have been revealed in the chosen naming convention of the iPad Air which has been borrowed from Apple s notebook line as opposed to the numerical increment we are used to seeing with previous iPads It seems to beg the question Could this mean that an iPad Pro with an integrated keyboard and slightly larger screen is soon to follow Similar to how Apple introduced the Macbook Air into its notebook line to fulfil consumer interest in a light and low powered laptop the iPad Pro might indeed be the company s answer to the demand for a more productive Apple tablet Correction This story originally claimed that using iOS 7 on an iPad 2 or an iPad mini can be a painful experience due to lag This statement has been dialled back with the story now saying that it can at times provide a painful experience and contrasts it to the user experience seen with iOS7 and the latest range of iPhones Krishan Sharma is a Brisbane based freelance journalist and writes for a number of different publications covering business IT and consumer technology Further reading on Apple Innovation is no longer Apple s core strategy REVIEW iPhone 5S Understanding Apple s new iPhone gameplan Print this page More from Krishan Sharma 19 Dec Top 5 tech in 2014 10 Dec The top 5 smart devices of 2013 27 Nov REVIEW MacBook Pro 13 inch 18 Nov REVIEW Surface Pro 2 14 Nov REVIEW Sony Xperia Z Ultra 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 Paul Ceccato Thu 2013 10 24 11 36 huh I m running ios7 on ipad2 and it works just fine Brett Haydon Thu 2013 10 24 12 45 I had to check my ipad mini to see if it in fact was running ios7 because stuttering mess is not my experience Also weight loss IS the big productivity gain for the vast majority of mobility applications Viswa Mohan Thu 2013 10 24 12 45 Yes Paul agree with you IOS7 runs great on IPAD2 I think this article by Krishan is not factual Jeremy Press Thu 2013 10 24 12 50 The reality is that running iOS 7 on the iPad 2 or iPad mini is a painfully slow experience and a stuttering mess that the ageing hardware quite clearly cannot keep up with I m running ios7 on ipad2 and it hasn

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  • BYOD | Business Spectator
    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 BYOD Nokia launches new tablets and phablet smartphones Analysts say products are priced low enough to attract interest by Reuters 9 51am October 23 Innovation is no longer Apple s core strategy Apple s refusal to implement NFC and other technologies into its devices fuels further speculation that the company s innovative edge has been blunted Other companies must step up to the plate by Harrison Polites 9 39am October 23 21 comments HTC CEO sheds responsibilities to focus on smartphone innovation report Hands marketing sales and supply line duties to the company s chairwomen and co founder Cher Wang by Reuters 8 37am October 22 Tablets to drive the rise of web enabled devices Gartner Smaller tablets to be a focus for this Christmas firm says by Reuters 8 22am October 22 BlackBerry to rollout its messenger service to iOS Android Aims to cater unprecedented pent up demand for its service by Reuters 8 19am October 22 CBA set to axe Kaching Bank aims to roll popular payments app into its latest flagship application by Harrison Polites 11 46am October 18 Lenovo will face obstacles in any BlackBerry deal source Chinese computer maker to face scrutiny from both Ottawa and Washington if it pursues a deal by Reuters 11 41am October 18 Google s appetite for information moves beyond cookies Our digital footprint is a goldmine and Google s plans to develop a proprietary category of online identifiers to replace third party cookies is already having repercussions in the marketplace by Rob Livingstone 10 01am October 15 How long until HTC crumbles The Taiwanese smart device maker has lost profitability for the first time since going public in 2002 and HTC might have to change ownership or control by mid 2015 by Horace Dediu 7 14am October 09 1 comment Apple s new antennagate The iPhone 5S sensor woes Many iPhone 5S users are reporting problems with the gyroscope compass and accelerometer in the phone While some may dismiss the problem as trivial for Apple it may present a much bigger problem by David Glance 6 47am October 08 Vertel launches new public Wi Fi systems New SmartFi Wireless LAN system targeted towards handling a large bulk of connections and internet traffic by Harrison Polites 7 59am October 04 Putting medical apps under the microscope There s little guidance available on which medical apps need regulatory approval While the sheer number of apps poses a clear challenge

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  • BYOD | Business Spectator
    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 BYOD British Airways to ease inflight device use restrictions Set to give passengers up to 30 minutes of screen time per flight by Reuters 8 44am 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 Qualcomm plans smartphone chips with 64 bit technology Looks to bring PC chips to smartphones by Reuters 11 13am December 10 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 China Mobile Apple reach iPhone agreement report Contrary to sources companies say they are still negotiating by Reuters 8 27am December 06 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 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 BlackBerry replaces CFO two other execs depart Indicates that more management changes are underway by Reuters 8 06am November 26 REVIEW Surface Pro 2 The Surface Pro 2 delivers on the productivity front but a hefty price tag and the weighty form factor might be a turn off for some consumers by Krishan Sharma 3 08pm November 18 1 comment Amazon opens local eBook store Marks the company s first serious push into Australia s online retail space by Harrison Polites 10 37am November 14 1 comment Motorola seeks comeback with low cost smartphone product line Heads to market with a product one third of the price of Apple s new iPhone 5C by Reuters 8 13am November 14 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 BlackBerry could pay 250 million break fee in event of

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  • PREVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 | Business Spectator
    performance As expected Samsung has gone with the latest chip from Qualcomm with a 2 3Ghz Snapdragon 800 quad core processor but this time around they have gone with a whopping 3GB of RAM making it the first smartphone to do so In another first select models will also be able to record and playback 4K video So what about that big screen then Samsung has upped the screen size to a 1080P 5 7 inch display but thankfully the physical size of the phone hasn t increased from the Note 2 In fact it s a millimetre thinner and a shade lighter than its predecessor while also packing a thinner bezel to accommodate the bigger screen Similar to the Galaxy S4 the Note 3 comes with a 13 megapixel snapper but the phone should produce sharper images and better low light shots due to the sensor now incorporating Optical Image Stabilisation hardware Audiophiles will be happy to hear that the smartphone now supports 24 bit 192kHz Hi Fi audio a feature that some other smartphone manufacturers such as Sony are also incorporating Thankfully Samsung has decided to make the 32GB version the base model a trend that we hope to see continue with future flagship smartphones The phone still comes with the ability to expand the storage using a Micro SD card and the battery is also removable Speaking of battery life the capacity has been ever so slightly increased to 3200mAh but Samsung have done some software optimisation that they claim boosts runtime even further Considering that we were able to comfortably achieve all day battery life with the Note 2 we would be curious to see how much more juice this translates to in terms of real world use Unfortunately Samsung has decided to persist with a largely plastic build but the phone should be easier to hold in the hand thanks to a grippy faux leather back which looks rather garish in white but more refined and at home in black The S Pen The main differentiator for Note smartphones is the S Pen and Samsung is leveraging their stake in Wacom to improve the handwriting recognition on the device While we found the S Pen particularly handy for taking notes on the Note 2 it was difficult to memorise all the different commands to actually make use of the other S Pen related features To ease the learning curve Samsung has this time around incorporated Air Command a little pie control menu that acts as a launcher to five key pieces of S Pen infused functionality Air Command appears whenever the S Pen is drawn from its holster and can also be brought up at any time by clicking the built in button on the stylus The five shortcuts include Action Memo Scrapbook ScreenWrite S Finder and Pen Window Action Memo You can now turn your handwritten scribbles into actionable items For example jotting down a phone number will now give you the option to

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  • New TV technology to boost industry recovery: Samsung | Business Spectator
    KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu New TV technology to boost industry recovery Samsung Reuters 6 Sep 2013 7 09 AM Technology BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Organic light emitting diode and ultra high definition TVs to boost sales company says 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 the world s largest maker of televisions expects a recovery in the TV market in the second half of this year helped by an improving US economy and the launch of new high end sets With LCD TV prices falling by 15 per cent on average every year mainstream manufacturers are adding new features and going upmarket with bigger screens that boast four times better resolution than lower priced LCD models from Chinese rivals The first half of the year was quite tough for the television market Now that the US economy is recovering we foresee that the second half will be quite positive or will recover Kim Hyun suk head of Samsung s TV business told Reuters in an interview We will have new technology coming into the market such as UHD Ultra High Definition televisions Speaking on the sidelines of IFA Europe s largest consumer electronics trade show Kim said Samsung s focus will remain on the premium segment offering increased model ranges and competitive prices Samsung is feeling pressure from Chinese manufacturers such as TCL Corp the world s fifth largest TV maker Global LCD TV demand grew 3 7 per cent in the second quarter thanks to a 29 per cent rise inChina Excluding China LCD TV shipments fell 3 5 per cent dropping 14 per cent in Europe and 9 per cent in North America research firm DisplaySearch said The China market now accounts for 27 per cent of global demand on a unit basis bigger than Europe and North America Betting big on OLED UHD The South Korean firm has staked its display future on OLED organic light emitting diode technology and its success with smaller screens has boosted its smartphone market share andearnings As part of another push to expand its premium segment line up Samsung took the wraps off two curved OLED TV models with UHD quality ahead of rivals at IFA But the big screens are likely to take it on a much slower road to profit Samsung which launched its first OLED TV in June slashed the 55 inch ultra thin curved screen model by US4 000 to 9 9 million won US9 000 last month and cut the same

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