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  • Telco complaints hit a six-year low: TIO | Business Spectator
    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 Telco complaints hit a six year low TIO Harrison Polites 17 Dec 2013 10 06 AM Technology Emerging Tech Telecommunication Industry Ombudsman witnesses a 16 per cent decline in complaints as industry moves to improve both service and coverage 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 Complaints against the Australian telecommunications industry have hit a six year low according to the industry ombudsman In the quarter ending September 2013 the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman witnessed a 16 per cent decline in complaints with the total number of new complaints coming in at 35 756 Mobile complaints fell 19 9 per cent in the quarter to 19 176 The TIO also noted that this is the first time in three years that complaints have fallen below 20 000 Complaints about mobile coverage also saw a steep decline falling just over 40 per cent in the quarter Fixed line services complaints also declined in the quarter but experienced less of a fall than mobile services Landline complaints slipped 9 2 per cent Meanwhile internet services complaints dropped by 12 6 per cent This continuing decrease in complaints is encouraging especially for mobile phone services Ombudsman Simon Cohen said Complaints have decreased across all service types and across all the issues we track The

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  • Netflix secures rights to air Breaking Bad spin-off | Business Spectator
    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 Netflix secures rights to air Breaking Bad spin off Reuters 17 Dec 2013 9 55 AM Technology Emerging Tech Industries Media and Digital Popular TV spin off to air on Netflix before it airs on cable 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 Video service Netflix Inc has secured the rights to make new episodes of a spinoff of the Breaking Bad television series available within days to customers in Latin America and Europe starting in 2014 the company said on Monday In the United States and Canada the entire first season of the new series Better Call Saul will be available exclusively on Netflix after the season finale runs on U S cable network AMC Networks Inc Netflix won the streaming rights to the spinoff Better Call Saul through a deal with Sony Pictures Television the studio that produces the show Financial terms were not disclosed The spinoff of Breaking Bad the Emmy winning drama will tell the story of lawyer

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  • Canada's competition watchdog eyes Google's search dominance | Business Spectator
    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 Canada s competition watchdog eyes Google s search dominance Reuters 17 Dec 2013 9 35 AM Technology Emerging Tech Tech Titans Files legal motion against Google 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 Canada s Competition Bureau has filed a legal motion against Google Inc alleging that the company is abusing its dominant position in online search joining US and European anti trust authorities in challenging the practices of the web giant The bureau commissioner in a federal court filing dated December 11 is seeking an order requiring Google hand over information about its business practices including contracts A spokeswoman for the Competition Bureau said the decision to seek the order was based on the fact that Google has or is likely to have information relevant to the bureau s probe of the company s practices Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment The scope of the Canadian investigation is similar to those being conducted in the United States European Union and elsewhere The bureau said it has reason to believe Google has since at least 2005 engaged in anti competitive behaviour That includes signing exclusive deals with mobile operating system developers web publishers and web browser developers and giving preference to its own services such as Google News over its competitors content It also said Google has in the past restricted the use of data from its AdWords program to licensees In addition to its search engine the web giant also owns the Android mobile operating system handset maker Motorola and the Chrome web browser Google makes the vast majority of its revenue from

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  • eftpos reveals major commercial partners in ongoing payments trial | Business Spectator
    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 eftpos reveals major commercial partners in ongoing payments trial Harrison Polites 17 Dec 2013 8 37 AM Technology Emerging Tech Industries Financial Services Commonwealth Bank Coles and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank helping out the payment vendor in trialing new 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 eftpos has revealed three commercial partners that are assisting the firm with an ongoing trial of its new digital payments solution Commonwealth Bank Coles and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank along with 50 other merchant partners are assisting in the trial which is set to continue into early 2014 The new solution will ultimately allow end users to pay for goods using either their card or a smartphone The smartphone solution will harness a range of communication technologies wireless NFC Bluetooth and QR Codes to enable payments The new system also promises to bolster payment security through a system that allows for the transfer of funds without the need for an exchange of card details between the consumer and the merchant Once rolled out the service will also help eftpos compete with both MasterCard and Visa in this new digital payments space In Australia eftpos plays a crucial role in bolstering competition and helping drive down the merchant fees that are inflicted on retailers for allowing consumers pay through a major credit card company In recent times eftpos ability to compete has been hindered by its inability to keep up with the contactless payments trend that is being pioneered by both Visa and MasterCard Coles recently confirmed the popularity of contactless payments noting a 70 per cent

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  • Top five crypto-currencies | Business Spectator
    main reasons the recent burst of the Bitcoin bubble there s a problem with the rewards to keep miners in the system Mining rewards are dropping and eventually there will be no more new Bitcoins mined as there is an inbuilt limit of 21 million Bitcoins Will the very small transaction fees be enough to keep honest miners in the system or will transaction fees need to rise Litecoin By capitalisation the next biggest cryptocurrency is Litecoin It s built on Bitcoin ideals but aims to have a wider range of miners with algorithms that do not give a great advantage to hi tech miners This aim has been only partially met Tweaks such as faster transactions and a bigger currency limit also help but the same problems that plague Bitcoin will also affect Litecoin While the value of Litecoin jumped 100 in 24 hours at one point it also dropped 80 over time Bitcoin can be converted into other currencies quite easily but to date this is difficult with Litecoin and the other cryptocurrencies the best path being to Bitcoin then a normal currency Peercoin Peercoin has a built in interest rate of 1 per year which is trivial compared to exchange rate movements Each transaction costs 0 01 Litecoin which does not suit high volume or low value trading At present it has a centralised transaction checking system controlled by Peercoin s creator Sunny King In theory this will be removed down the track but for now it remains Namecoin Namecoin is built on Bitcoin technology but adds a parallel internet which is uncensored and outside government control While lack of government control sounds appealing it also implies that security exploits will not be blocked by the know how of big corporate carriers or the government As a result Namecoin is a much riskier option than Bitcoin which does diminish Namecoin s attraction Quarkcoin In concept Quarkcoin or Quark is close to Litecoin It has faster transaction times than Bitcoin typically a few minutes versus an hour Its security algorithms are much more advanced than Bitcoin and this means that normal PCs can be competitive in mining coins Miners who buy expensive high speed machines for Quarkcoin will have much less of an advantage than those doing the same for Bitcoin Does encryption matter The new cryptocurrencies discussed here are based on Bitcoin but all have added tweaks which may make them better technologies in the longer term For now Bitcoin is by far the biggest with about US 12 billion value which is some 16 times bigger than its nearest rival Litecoin Bitcoin is also a proven technology that has withstood the acid test of many hacking attacks In the long term a concern is the weakness of the SHA 2 encryption algorithm which is the basis of all cryptocurrencies above with the exception of Quarkcoin For now it appears impossible to crack but who knows what the amazing computer power of security agencies can do now

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  • Pj Radcliffe | Business Spectator
    Given its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence 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 Pj Radcliffe Top five crypto currencies Bitcoin might get all the headlines but it s not the only game in town Here s how the rest stack up by Pj Radcliffe 6 11am December 17 2 comments Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators Scoreboard Dollar bounce Adam Carr 8 min ago

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  • Google buys robotics firm Boston Dynamics: report | Business Spectator
    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 buys robotics firm Boston Dynamics report Harrison Polites 16 Dec 2013 12 31 PM 1 Technology Emerging Tech Adds to its growing robotics division 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 has purchased US robotics firm Boston Dynamics for an undisclosed amount As first reported by The New York Times the acquisition makes Boston Dynamics the eighth robotics company that has been acquired by the search giant in the past six months The company is best known for the viral video of its robots that circulate the net Below is one of its more recent videos of a robot called Cheetah that is reportedly able to run 0 5 mph 0 8kmph faster than the world s fastest short distance runner Usain Bolt The move follows Google s quiet unveiling of a new robotics arm which is being led by Andy Rubin the executive formerly responsible for Google s popular operating system Android Print this page Related articles

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  • Cisco's proposed Canadian expansion to employ 1700 workers | Business Spectator
    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 Cisco s proposed Canadian expansion to employ 1700 workers Reuters 16 Dec 2013 8 43 AM Technology Emerging Tech Talent Signs a ten year agreement to pour over 200 million into the region 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 Cisco Systems Inc will expand its research and development operations in Ontario looking to add 1 700 jobs in the Canadian province over the next six years the US network equipment maker said on Friday Cisco and the Ontario provincial government said they have signed a 10 year agreement that will see the province provide up to C 220 million US207 million to support the company s expansion They did not specify what form the support would take but said the agreement could expand Cisco s Ontario payroll to as many as 5 000 jobs Cisco said it now has about 1 300 staff in the province The company and the government said the potential total investment could be as much as C 4 billion including C 2 2 billion in salaries over the next decade Ontario the country s most populous province has long been Canada s manufacturing hub and home to many of its top technology companies Ontario manufacturers were hit hard by the financial crisis and

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