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  • REVIEW: Will 3D tech take Lytro mainstream? | Business Spectator
    and despite the criticism it s still alive and kicking thanks to a pocket of enthusiasts within the global photography community As seen on Lytro s own online gallery in the hands of a pro you can do some incredible work with this nifty tool Niche appeal not enough But Lytro isn t satisfied with its niche appeal The mass market beckons and the company is pulling out all the tricks in the technology playbook to stand out from the rest of the pack While the core product that funny looking eye catching rectangular camera hasn t changed the software surrounding the device has undergone numerous upgrades in the past year The latest rendition of the Lytro operating system allows you to display images in 3D It s an obvious attempt to broaden the devices appeal beyond its fan base But will it work In short no It won t The 3D perk is another cool add on but it s not a reason to buy the camera The devil you see is in the detail For this little trick to work you need three things a pricey 3D enabled TV a PC and a means to display that PC on your TV For our trial we used an old Macbook Pro a Samsung 3D TV and a Apple TV Since we used an older Macbook we also loaded an app called AirParrot to enable screen mirroring between the TV and the PC Assuming you have all of this and the time to fiddle around with it the 3D effect is kind of cool But it sadly pales in comparison to what you would see on a 3D enabled Blu ray Stereoscopic 3D simply looks better with moving images It s such a difference that it s almost unfair to compare the two When you look at the rest of Lytro s offering it becomes increasingly difficult to justify the camera as a mainstream device The good news is the device still has that possibly intended side effect of making its wielder the centre of attention at any given function or party If you whip it out to take some photos be prepared to explain why you re carrying around a camera shaped like an oversize lipstick case particularly if you re sporting the red model When you re running around taking photos with the Lytro it feels as if you re using a spy camera from the Bond series In this sense it s a joy to use It s touch screen options menu is easy to navigate and it takes good selfies too There s nothing wrong with the useability of the actual device Picture manager pain But the real pain comes when you plug the camera into a PC and boot up Lytro s desktop picture manager And it s a shame given that this camera sells itself on its post shot prowess This software should be fluid easy to use and quick But it s not

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  • TPG to pay $2m to the ACCC for false advertising | Business Spectator
    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 TPG to pay 2m to the ACCC for false advertising Harrison Polites 13 Dec 2013 10 50 AM Technology Emerging Tech Telecommunication High Court ruling cements outcome and ends ongoing legal saga 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 Telco provider TPG will pay over 2 million in penalties to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ACCC for false advertising charges relating to its 2010 Unlimited ADSL2 advertisements The ruling from the High Court cements this outcome and concludes an ongoing legal tussle between TPG and the ACCC that spanned a couple of years The High Court concluded that there was no appealable error in the Federal Court s original judgement This decision also overturns a previous ruling on the matter from the Full Court which found that TPG s ads were not misleading An order from that ruling for the ACCC to pay TPG 50 000 in damages has now been overturned This legal saga began in as a result of ads from TPG which ran between September 2010 and November 2012 These ads claimed that consumers could acquire an unlimited internet service for 29 99 per month but failed to mention that this deal was only possible with an additional 30 per month bundled home phone line The ACCC took TPG to the Federal Court for the misleading ads The court agreed with the ACCC and issued a 2 million penalty to TPG This fee was then appealed and overturned in the Full Court in 2012 and a year later has now

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  • Emerging Tech | 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 Emerging Tech Instagram introduces photo sharing messaging service Features rival that of Snapchat s service by Reuters 8 35am December 13 1 comment CBA launches NFC payment system for the Samsung S4 Also launches new banking app for Windows 8 and Android phones by Harrison Polites 10 49am December 12 1 comment Freelancer com rival oDesk mulls an Australian expansion Sees Australia as a potential growth market based on the company s current success by Harrison Polites 9 03am December 12 Cisco loses legal challenge to Microsoft s Skype deal Fails to disrupt Microsoft s video call service by Reuters 8 15am December 12 Spotify attempts to hook more users with free music service Offers free ad free choose your own music service in a bid to hook more subscriptions by Reuters 8 12am December 12 Hardware problem plauges Yahoo s mail service Harder to fix than we originally expected internet giant says by Reuters 8 09am December 12 Xbox One global sales top 2 million Sets a new company record for console sales by Reuters 8 06am December 12 How do futurists predict the future Predicting the future of technology is a mysterious craft Extrapolating on existing trends is often a safe bet but the near constant invention of new technologies makes even the most educated long term forecast shaky by Matthew Sorell 7 49am December 12 4 comments M2M advancements to take online privacy debate to a whole new level Deloitte Protecting privacy may could possibly lead to shortened life span analyst contends by Harrison Polites 12 04pm December 11 Office productivity app Minute launches in Australia App to use cloud based technology to bolster the outcome of meetings and improve office productivity by Harrison Polites 11 31am December 11 Digital commerce s jump the shark moment Those buzzing about Amazon s army of identifiable flying objects need to look beyond the hyperbole of Jeff Bezos homage to George Jetson by Allen Weiner 8 51am December 11

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  • Emerging Tech | 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 Emerging Tech REVIEW Microsoft s Xbox One Despite some innovative features the priciest next gen console on the market just doesn t feel like the Rolls Royce of gaming by Harrison Polites 9 48am 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 Freelancer rivals oDesk Elance to merge US firms join forces to cater to 10 million freelance workers in 180 countries by Harrison Polites 10 53am December 19 2 comments Top 5 tech in 2014 Smartphones and tablets are old news the New Year belongs to wearable technology 3D printing and virtual reality headsets by Krishan Sharma 10 35am December 19 4 comments Computing Google s robots Google s latest foray into robotics promises to be its most important to date as it harnesses the shift from automatons to intelligent units to crack the man to machine interaction code by Supratim Adhikari 10 34am December 19 Chinese technology smuggler sentenced to 3 years prison Arrested for smuggling US microchips into China by Reuters 8 56am December 19 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 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 Bitcoin in price crash Fledgling cryptocurrency takes major price hit on China restrictions 2 12am December 19 1 comment Telco complaints hit a six year low TIO Industry Ombudsman witnesses a 16 per cent decline in complaints as industry moves to improve both service and

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  • Twitter founder's next social vision | Business Spectator
    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 As investors continue to rush into the stock of Twitter site co founder Biz Stone is mulling the natural next step for a connected society having exited all commitments at the social media group to build Jelly Enterprises Stone who has previously been named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine told attendees of the recent World In 2014 summit in New York that his new mobile enterprise is almost ready to be unleashed The information on Jelly is so far intriguing though it is not what it is that intrigues about the new venture so much as the thought process behind it It was one of those things that popped into my head only because I was asking myself questions Stone explains of the formation of the company which was so named because of the jellyfish and its decentralised nervous system I asked myself what s the true promise of a connected society Why are we all connected Stone perceives a lack of thought behind most social media exploration which leaves plenty of potential for development untapped I don t think any of us have a long term goal in mind we are just clicking the follow button because we want to look at the photos from our friends which is fine but I think there s sort of an unconscious movement to get to this level of connectivity he suggests This is something to build on Not surprisingly details of the new venture are thin ahead of the launch but the ebullient Stone believes it will aid society and hopefully turn a profit in the process The blog for the enterprise at least stretches a little further People are basically good When provided a tool that helps them do good in the world they prove it it reads Rumours have centred on a next level Q A service which would marry with the credentials of Ben Finkel Stone s fellow Jelly co founder Finkel created Q A site Fluther which in turn was purchased by Twitter three years ago though one suspects the idea is deeper than mere Q A Last month the company said it had set up an office in San Francisco and its small team of eight includes former employees of tech giants Facebook Amazon Apple Google and of course Twitter That elite team sits comfortably alongside a select group of backers which includes former US vice president Al Gore U2 frontman Bono LinkedIn co creator Reid Hoffman and Twitter co founders Dorsey and Williams For the first two names on that list Bono and Gore both now activists the notion that the venture will help people makes sense But in what form Stone has seen

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/12/31/technology/twitter-founders-next-social-vision (2014-01-12)
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  • Tencent’s Ma becomes China’s second-richest man | Business Spectator
    Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Tencent s Ma becomes China s second richest man 18 Dec 2013 11 32 AM Technology Applications Economy China WeChat mania sees monthly active users climb to 236 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 Bloomberg News Ma Huateng chairman of Asia s largest Internet company Tencent Holdings Ltd overtook property tycoon Wang Jianlin to become China s second richest man according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index Ma has a net worth of 12 1 billion surpassing Wang by 100 million according to the daily index Tencent shares have soared 90 percent this year in Hong Kong trading compared with a 2 5 percent increase in the benchmark Hang Seng Index Ma 42 is benefiting from Tencent s development of mobile Internet games and services especially WeChat an instant messaging and social networking app known as Weixin in China More than 84 percent of China s Internet users regularly access instant messaging making it the most popular online application surpassing search engines according to data compiled by Bloomberg We view Tencent has the makings of a great long stock and expect significant growth from its mobile Internet business said You Na a Hong Kong based analyst at ICBC International The brokerage initiated coverage of Tencent on Nov 18 with a buy rating Tencent s QQ instant messaging service had 818 million monthly active users at the end of June and WeChat had 236 million almost twice the population of Japan Tencent is counting on WeChat which targets more upscale users than QQ for its global expansion We believe Tencent is well positioned among the top mobile Internet entries via Weixin beckoning a global Internet trend You said Billionaire Rivals Tencent hired soccer superstar Lionel Messi to promote WeChat as it pursues new revenue streams including charging for emoticons to compete with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and search engine Baidu Inc for China s 591 million mobile Internet users That s greater than the population of any other country except India Baidu and Alibaba also are led by billionaires Baidu Chairman Robin Li became the nation s wealthiest individual earlier this month with a fortune of 12 4 billion Alibaba s Jack Ma who founded the world s largest Internet marketplace is worth 3 7 billion The majority of Ma Huateng s wealth is derived from his more than 10 percent stake in Tencent He controls the Shenzhen based company through Advanced Data Services a British Virgin Islands investment entity Shares of Tencent have leaped 6 000 percent since its initial public offering 176 a Month

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  • HP boss scores major pay hike | Business Spectator
    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 HP boss scores major pay hike Reuters 18 Dec 2013 11 22 AM Technology Applications Tech Titans Meg Whitman now draws an annual base salary of 1 5 million reflecting the 93 per cent rise in HP stock this year 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 Hewlett Packard boss Meg Whitman has given up her symbolic US1 salary and now draws an annual base salary of 1 5 million reflecting the 93 per cent rise in the company s stock so far this year Whitman HP s third CEO in four years is steering the Silicon Valley giant through a years long restructuring since inheriting in 2011 a company shaken by board changes executive departures and fluctuating strategic decisions Investors have since credited her for bringing much needed stability to HP which she is trying to turn around through layoffs cost cutting and expansion into fast growing markets such as enterprise computing The new salary effective November 1 brings Ms Whitman s salary to a competitive level among the salaries of the chief executive officers of HP s peer companies the company said in a Securities and Exchange filing While Whitman drew a salary of only US1 in 2012 her total compensation was US1 99 million including a 1 69 million bonus

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  • Rethinking business continuity | Business Spectator
    Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Rethinking business continuity Charles Clarke 17 Dec 2013 9 21 AM Technology Applications Big Data Cloud Computing IT downtime whether planned or unplanned still gives organisations headaches but the potential to cut costs through well managed multi tiered data recovery has never been bigger 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 IT downtime whether planned or unplanned undoubtedly causes serious and costly implications for organisations In fact according to Gartner two out of five businesses will disappear within five years if they suffer a major IT outage The recent bushfires and recurring floods in Australia this year shows that we are by no means immune to external factors such as those with the potential to cause major disruption for businesses including serious disaster recovery scenarios such as IT outages Despite advancements in infrastructure robustness many businesses still face database hardware and software downtime Downtime can vary from a few hours to shutting down a business for days As a result businesses suffer a grave loss in revenue and double the hard work in getting back on track Downtime for businesses has dramatic ramifications not only to productivity and reputation but also the bottom line and therefore needs to be better understood by Australian businesses and if possible prevented With the cost of downtime per hour increasing 65 per cent over the last two years it is evident that IT downtime is still plaguing end users and worse yet businesses are failing to have an effective disaster recovery plan in place As more businesses expand their reliance on IT it s surprising to see so much tolerance for IT downtime especially in an era of virtualisation that can minimise IT downtime if not make it unnecessary altogether The cost of downtime is often calculated as Cost of downtime Outage hours Lost productivity Lost revenue Though simplistic this formula is effective as it does capture the essence of downtime however it may not be entirely representative as it does miss things like ancillary costs such as the lack of staff morale and more importantly the lack of confidence in the marketplace The true effects of downtime might often be underestimated especially given that we live in a 24 news cycle and are privy to outages that happen all the time for example Google s recent outage to its web apps which affected users globally Closer to home Westpac Bank experienced an outage to its online banking service making it unavailable to customers across desktop mobile and tablet for seven hours impacting 3

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/12/17/technology/rethinking-business-continuity (2014-01-12)
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