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  • Data Management | Business Spectator
    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 Data Management Lavabit and the pitfalls of ensuring email security Securing emails requires securing all the elements involved in conveying them and demands from intelligence services are adding a whole new set of complications by Srikumar Venugopal 8 08am August 16 Google under fire over email privacy court filing Company says that Gmail users should have little expectation of privacy when using or interacting with their account by Harrison Polites 9 42am August 15 IT investment to give companies a multi billion dollar edge by 2025 study Joint research from IBM Australia and the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research finds that the economic gap between laggards and leaders is widening by Harrison Polites 8 51am August 07 Flash 2 0 the future of memory Consumer appetite for Flash memory is insatiable and enterprise IT is also taking note However to leverage Flash s full potential IT leaders need to rethink the way they apply and share the technology by Darren McCullum 11 32am August 06 CSIRO to drive data innovation with new research arm Agency veteran Dr Bronwyn Harch to lead new research arm focused on refine data analytics and IT research by Harrison Polites 11 07am August 06 Dancing a new digital tune Mobile apps are no longer the preserve of smaller more nimble organisations they are being adopted for frontline services by even the largest government agencies to provide high volume transactional applications by Steve Hodgkinson 9 24am August 05 1 comment Quantum computers coming to a store near you As conventional computing s progress slows down quantum computing may hold the key to get out of cramming more circuitry onto silicon chips The need for this technology is clearly there and it has some heavyweight backers as well by David Glance 10 03am August 01 2 comments Understanding network performance convergence With enterprises relying heavily on applications for nearly all business critical processes getting most out of the application delivery chain requires a new approach to monitoring network performance by Mike Hicks 11 21am July 15 Separating tech hype from tech reality Trends come and go and while they are useful in providing indicators as to where the industry is heading or should be heading they don t always reflect the day to day realities of IT professionals on the ground by Gregg Jankowski 10 59am July 09 Dell mulls a move into wearable technology Aims to capitalise on what it believes is the next stage of the mobile revolution by Harrison Polites 11 19am July 05 Avoiding

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/technology/applications/data-management?page=1 (2014-01-12)
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  • Data Management | Business Spectator
    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 Data Management Australian IaaS market to reach 380m by 2017 Infrastructure as a Service set to take off as more organisations switch to the IaaS provisioning model and more vendors enter the local market by Supratim Adhikari 8 52am December 06 Lifting the lid on IBM s Project Neo IBM s promising new project looks to break new ground with data visualisations but its success will rely on how well it distinguishes itself from Cognos Insight by Fredrik Tunvall 7 41am December 05 Vic Govt s cyber security data recovery plans roasted in Auditor General report Reports also put the state principal government IT provider CenITex in the cross hairs by Harrison Polites 10 54am November 28 Is Australia ready for the Internet of Things While we flounder with our broadband options the global market is getting more connected than ever The inability of our political and business leaders to invest and collaborate could cost us dearly by Paul Wallbank 10 34am November 18 9 comments Dooming public IT projects to failure HealthSMART myki T Card are all high profile public IT fiascos and the troubles start pretty much from the word go by Richard Fulford 9 07am November 12 11 comments Mobile apps the final frontier for brand loyalty As smartphones slowly replace wallets mobile apps look set to make loyalty cards redundant and will become the last vestige for harbouring brand affinity from consumers by Jennifer Polk 8 48am October 23 Deloitte scores double ICT deals Professional services firm joins forces with cloud consultancy Quattro Innovation Group and SAP integrator NXG Business Solutions by Supratim Adhikari 9 08am October 16 The future of payments will be shaped by value Better technology may have already led to speedier payment solutions but the evolution of devices will make point of sale devices redundant by Kristin Alford 10 20am October 10 Who will lead the Coalition s ICT agenda The Australian technology sector may be well represented in the cabinet but can it reasonably hope to be a priority industry under an Abbott government by James Riley 10 01am September 30 2 comments TECH TALK CA Technologies Peter Griffiths CA Technologies executive vice president of enterprise solutions and technology highlights what s holding back enterprise IT innovation and why companies don t need a Chief Digital Officer by Harrison Polites 10 21am September 25 Oakton expands IT agreement with David Jones Signs company on for another three years agree to onsite tech support by Harrison Polites 11 25am September 17 Why NSA s snooping means little for US tech Edward Snowden s move to expose the nexus between US tech giants and intelligence agencies was

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  • REVIEW: MacBook Pro 13-inch | Business Spectator
    displays on the MacBook Pro last year it dramatically reduced the size and weight of the entire line It has repeated the formula with this year s refresh The device is now 0 04 inches thinner and just 18mm thick when folded shut The overall weight is down almost 200 grams at 1 52kg The gains might be modest but it does put the Pro closer than ever before to the 13 inch Macbook Air It might still be a far cry from the Sony Vaio Pro 13 which weighs in at 1 06 kg but you do get serious performance higher screen resolution and a deluge of ports In fact the Pro offers the largest selection of ports in its class On the sides you get 2x Thunderbolt 2 0 ports which can also be used as DisplayPorts for connecting to external monitors a full size HDMI port 2x USB 3 0 headphone jack and a SDXC card reader There s a second microphone on the left edge designed for noise cancellation which cuts out ambient noise during voice calls or video chats The big glass trackpad is still the best in the business Performing gestures on a Macbook feels smooth and responsive Gestures such as the four finger swipe upwards to bring up all open app windows pinch to zoom two finger scrolling swiping left or right with four fingers to switch between full screen apps and showing the desktop by spreading the thumb and three fingers all work flawlessly The island style keyboard is a joy to use with springy well spaced backlit keys that have just the right amount of travel Better graphics better battery Under the bonnet is an Intel Core i5 Haswell 2 4GHz or 2 6GHz dual core processor Performance is for the most part on par with last year s Ivy Bridge processors but the real gains come in power efficiency and graphics performance The MacBook Pro is one of the first notebooks to receive Intel s HD 5100 integrated graphics as opposed to the HD 4200 or HD 4400 configurations found in most Windows Ultrabooks Apple says the chip provides 90 per cent improvement in graphics performance than the previous MacBook Pro In real world terms running graphics intensive applications such as Adobe Photoshop or using transitions and animation effects in PowerPoint KeyNote should all benefit from the boost However don t expect the integrated graphics to handle more demanding applications such as AutoCAD Battery life has always been great on the MacBook Pro and it s even better with Haswell on board We were able to play 10 hours of streaming video over Wi Fi which is almost twice as much as last year s model Better still we were able to get a little over 11 hours while editing documents in a word processor and browsing the web One reason for the improvement is the software optimisation in OSX Mavericks such as automatically hibernating open programs that aren t actively visible on screen It s not quite the 13 hours the MacBook Air provides but it easily outpaces the Windows competition Resolution revolution It s hard to look past the excellent 2560x1600 resolution IPS display The panel might be the same on used in last year s 13 inch Pro but it s still one of the best displays on the market Text looks incredibly crisp while images and video exhibit an impressive level of pop The extra resolution is a boon for photographers and videographers who can edit at native 1080p while leaving enough space for editing tools It also happens to be one of the brightest displays on the market with a 340 lumen density lux in comparison to Samsung s ATIV Book 9 Plus 251 lux and the Sony Vaio Pro 13 237 lux While Windows machines are beginning to catch up on display led by the recently released Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus 3200x1800 resolution display the Pro is still ruling the roost The latest Windows 8 Ultrabooks have some impressive boot times but Apple has upped its game here as well The Pro uses a faster PCIe based flash storage which means faster read speeds and quicker start up times Our review unit booted into the desktop in under 12 seconds and waking from sleep was almost instantaneous OSX Mavericks and iWork The last version of Mac OS OS X 10 9 Mavericks also boasts some notable enhancements and features Finder now supports tabbed search and tags making it quicker to find files and you can now respond to emails tweets and Facebook messages directly from notifications iCloud keychain is essentially a glorified password manager that can also store payment info and keep data synced across your Mac iPad and iPhone iOS applications such as Maps are also included with the ability to send directions from your Mac to your iDevices Native applications such as Calendar are now location aware and offer the ability to seamlessly show your next meeting location on a map weather forecast information and the calculated travel time all within the calendar interface You can now finally use apps in full screen mode with a multi monitor setup and AirPlay support has expanded from straight mirroring to using Apple TV connected display as an independent second desktop screen Apple s productivity suite iWork is now included for free and it s a capable alternative to Microsoft Office Pages has comparable features to Microsoft Word but with a greater emphasis on layouts and elements The cleaner interface is attractive and easier to use than Word especially when working with more sophisticated documents It s however a bit unstable often crashing unexpectedly whenever I fiddled with text styles Saving Pages documents as a Word DOC was also a bit hit and miss with chunks of text displaying out of alignment Keynote offers an arguably stronger set of transitions animations and templates for presentations than PowerPoint while Numbers is also a capable alternative

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/11/27/technology/review-macbook-pro-13-inch (2014-01-12)
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  • REVIEW: Sony Xperia Z Ultra | Business Spectator
    Xperia Z Ultra is big Standing in at 179x92mm it easily dwarfs the Galaxy Note 3 and is closer to Google s Nexus 7 tablet in dimensions Everything about the Ultra s form factor suggests that it s a two hands only device and the design language almost encourages using the handset in landscape mode at least most of the time And you won t find any usability tweaks on the software side that could make one handed use a possibility either On the Note 3 Samsung at least included a feature called one handed operation mode that essentially shrunk down the keyboard and dialler so that you could still make calls and send text messages while using the phone with one hand No such luck with the Ultra but there s the option to toggle the keyboard either towards the left or right of the screen However without an option to resize the keyboard to the optimal size of your hand typing out messages one handed is a struggle Too thin for its own good Despite the size the Ultra is impressively thin at only 6 5mm Sony claims it s the thinnest 1080P smartphone on the market but it just might be too thin for its own good The problem is that having such a thin design on a device that s also quite tall reduces the level of rigidity For example we were able to easily flex the handset to an uncomfortable point without too much effort It s not going to snap in your hands but an accidental bend could conceivably crack it That said Sony s decision to avoid considerable reinforcement does mean that it has been able to keep things on the lighter side At 212 grams it s just a bit heavier than the Note 3 but considerably lighter than the Nexus 7 Of course the Ultra possesses a more sophisticated build with a water and dust resistant design that can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes There s no Gorilla Glass here but Sony says the tempered glass material used on the front and back of the device is just as strong Top notch display While we were disappointed with the screen on the original Xperia Z and the viewing angles on the recently released Xperia Z1 Sony has got it right with the Ultra The natural colour reproduction great contrast excellent viewing angles and impressive outdoor viewing combined with a large display makes watching movies and browsing the web an enjoyable experience Equally impressive is the screen s ability to detect direct input from any metallic object including pencils metallic pens and even the ends of a binder clip The handwriting recognition seemed to be just as accurate as using the S Pen on the Note 3 with my far from neat handwriting converting to text with minimal fuss Similarly using a pencil to swipe through menus and navigating the OS in general feels responsive The downside is

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/11/14/technology/review-sony-xperia-z-ultra (2014-01-12)
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  • REVIEW: Nokia Lumia 1020 | Business Spectator
    aspect ratio or 38MP images files in 4 3 Nokia puts all those extra pixels to work with a high resolution zoom which the company claims is lossless effectively allowing you to zoom in and crop a part of the image you have taken without any noticeable loss in quality As an example I took some shots of an outdoor building and I was still able to zoom right in on the surrounding environment and make out the detail on the individual blades of grass Similarly the high resolution zoom works while recording 1080P video allowing you to focus right in on your subject while standing back a fair distance without any noticeable degradation In case you re wondering the high resolution zoom is limited to 3x for stills 1080P video can be zoomed up to 4x and 720P video offers up to 6x zoom The nice thing is that you can do all of the zooming re framing and cropping within Nokia s very own Pro Cam app and it will also save the cropped photo next to the original full resolution image in case you decide to make further adjustments later on But what about those snaps that you end up sharing to social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram After all who wants to upload a 10MB plus image every time For this reason the Lumia 1020 saves a much smaller 5MP version of your images for easier sharing but this time those extra left over pixels are put to use by oversampling the image which Nokia claims gives you the accuracy of a 41MP image in a 5MP equivalent filesize We couldn t see much reason to argue with that claim with our oversampled 5MP images looking just as detailed as the native 38MP shots Unfortunately the only way to get the full resolution 38 megapixel images of the phone is by connecting the phone to your PC via USB which is rather archaic It s a shame that Nokia didn t see it fit to implement a wireless means of transferring the images across Low light shots were also very impressive Again it s not going to challenge a DSLR or a high end point and shoot camera but it absolutely destroys the smartphone competition when it comes to producing a detailed low light image with very minimal noise We did find that we needed to resort to using the Xenon flash whenever there was a bit of movement in a dimly lit setting to avoid blurring The Xenon flash does however do a far better job in lighting up a scene than the single or dual LEDs that we are used to seeing on smartphones It also has a superior reach of around four metres so you don t need to be right up close to your subject while taking a low light shot with the flash enabled Of course if you really want to take good low light shots you will need the 90 camera grip accessory which will give you a steadier hand additional battery and a port for connecting a tripod Our only qualms with the camera shooting ability of the Nokia 1020 is the 4 5 second delay between shots and the time it takes to boot up the camera app from standby We also experienced occasional stutter when playing around with some of the manual controls These aren t exactly deal breakers when you consider the size of the images that the phone has to deal with but it s something to be aware of Another neglected feature in smartphone cameras is the ability to adequately video record loud environments such as a music concert or windy weather Normally the sound would be severely distorted and unbalanced To overcome this problem Nokia has incorporated what they call Rich Recording which consists of two specially designed digital microphones embedded inside the handset that can record high sound pressure levels in full stereo without distortion We tested this feature while recording video alongside a passing train and it worked extremely well with our voice coming through clearly while managing to balance the sound of the passing train The audio quality while video recording a live band was also quite incredible with not even a hint of distortion that captured a clean level of detail in the treble bass and vocals A 41 megapixel camera stuck inside a Lumia 920 body Outside of the camera this is a Nokia Lumia 920 inside and out and that s not necessarily a bad thing It has the same polycarbonate body that feels solid in the hand though it is ever so slightly lighter and thinner than the 920 One notable omission from the 920 is the integrated support for wireless charging which now requires an additional back cover sold separately and will also add a bit more bulk in the process There is a pronounced hump on the back for the camera that will prevent the handset from laying completely flat on a table but the phone was still very comfortable to hold in the hand and will easily fit in your pocket We were impressed that Nokia was able to get the camera down to the size that it did especially when considering the number of optics inside Like the Lumia 920 and 925 the phone comes with a 4 5 inch 1280x768 AMOLED display with a pixel density of 334 ppi It s powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1 5 GHz dual core processor that Nokia has been using with it s other Lumia flagships Nokia has tweaked the internals by opting for 2GB of RAM this time around making it the first Windows Phone on the market to do so Windows Phones were never home to cutting edge mobile specs mainly due to the platforms lack of support for 1080P displays and quad core processors Microsoft has recently rectified this issue by releasing the GDR3 update earlier this

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/11/6/technology/review-nokia-lumia-1020 (2014-01-12)
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  • Xbox One and the unified digital lounge room | Business Spectator
    watching television through the Xbox One is that you can use the console to control your DVR along with your other home entertainment gear Every Xbox One comes bundled with Microsoft s Kinect controller which features a built in camera along with motion gesture and voice control The Kinect sensor also acts as an infrared transmitter allowing you to control your television DVR and other devices using the Xbox One s voice commands It can even use face recognition to determine who is speaking and offer them customised content and services At its most basic the Kinect s voice commands allow users to turn on their television adjust the volume and perhaps change channel But once the Xbox One has access to your local television schedule it gains the ability to search for content The Xbox One s integrated search features similar to those built into Samsung s latest Smart TVs are designed to search across all your entertainment sources For example ask the Xbox One to search for Mad Men and it will not only check the Electronic Program Guide for upcoming broadcasts but it will also search through streaming video services such as Netflix My goal is that morning noon and night there should be something for everyone to do with the Xbox One Spencer says We can even do interesting things such as tell you what the Xbox Live community is watching right now so you get a sense of what s trending on television Despite all this we re not trying to remove anybody from the ecosystem We wanted to integrate the Xbox One into the system that you already have You can see we re working with the traditional content providers it s going to be their shows their channels and their box That said Microsoft is also commissioning original content for the Xbox ecosystem starting with a live action Halo TV series with Steven Spielberg as executive producer In a sign of its long term intentions Microsoft last year snapped up former CBS Television Studios president Nancy Tellem to lead its entertainment and digital media arm Late to the party Spencer acknowledges that the Xbox 360 was late to the party in terms of wider home entertainment features but the Xbox One bolsters its credentials with support for Blu ray discs Streaming video services which eventually made it to the Xbox 360 such as Netflix in the US and Quickflix in Australia will also be carried over to the new console The HDMI pass through is one of the Xbox One s key points of difference with the PlayStation 4 as Sony has chosen not to release an external television tuner for the PlayStation 4 or to allow the PlayStation 3 s PlayTV tuner to work with the new console Microsoft s decision to include the Kinect with every console is another key difference It has pushed up the Australian price to 599 making it 50 more expensive than the PlayStation 4 which offers

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/10/14/technology/xbox-one-and-unified-digital-lounge-room (2014-01-12)
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  • REVIEW: iPhone 5s | Business Spectator
    the future and making sure that there is a huge library of apps optimised for 64 bit performance by the time Apple s entire iPhone and iPad product line up makes the jump to 64 bit processors That said there are a few apps that have already been optimised to take advantage of the 64 bit architecture of the iPhone 5s such as the graphically demanding Infinity Blade III game which boasts quicker load times full screen anti aliasing high resolution shadows environmental reflections and other processor intensive tasks Music and video mixing apps such as Algoriddim s djay 2 and vjay are some others that take advantage of the new and improved chip which has resulted in improvements such as quicker audio analysis and the ability to edit high definition video in real time within the app Autodesk known for its professional grade desktop software applications has also updated a number of its photo and 3D graphics editing apps such as Pixlr Express PLUS 123D Creature and SketchBook Mobile all of which leverage the 64 bit chip to offer desktop editing tools While immediate benefits can be had from select content creation apps and demanding high end games performance while navigating around iOS 7 was otherwise comparable to what we experienced with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c M7 teething troubles Another aspect that is unique to the iPhone is the addition of the M7 co processor which handles the processing of the accelerometer compass and gyroscope a task that would otherwise be delegated to the main A7 chip Apple claims that leveraging the M7 reduces battery strain for apps that utilise those sensors An example of an app that takes advantage of the M7 is a fitness based app called Argus The app is designed to track all your steps throughout the day and also tallies up the number of kilometres you walk all without taxing the A7 processor The M7 chip can also detect whether you re walking or driving and will switch the Apple Maps navigation app from driving to walking automatically a feature that worked seamlessly in our testing We can also confirm Apple s new antennagate The iPhone 5S sensor woes October 8 that both the compass and level apps were out by at least five degrees when compared with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c Both functions use a combination of the accelerometer compass and gyroscope to provide a reading While the inaccurate readings didn t have any noticeable impact on other motion control enabled applications we tested it s an indication that there may be teething problems for the new M7 processor Finally one other noticeable improvement is that the output volume and clarity of the stereo speakers have been noticeably improved over the iPhone 5 The speakers aren t as impressive as on the excellent HTC One but are miles better than the tinny mono speaker of the Galaxy S4 Good not perfect While Apple has made some strides when it

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/10/10/technology/review-iphone-5s (2014-01-12)
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  • REVIEW: Google Nexus 7 2013 | Business Spectator
    7 was how comfortable it felt to hold the device in one hand something the iPad Mini lacked due to its rather wide 4 3 aspect ratio screen The trade off with the Nexus 7 2013 s 16 10 screen is that you don t get as much screen real estate than you do with the iPad Mini s 7 9 inch display and as a result the iPad Mini has a slight edge when it comes to web browsing and general productivity tools such as writing emails That said the Nexus 7 2013 is ideal for playing HD video with a lot less black bar space than the iPad mini It s also worth remembering that the Android OS has been optimised for keyboard and mouse input as well allowing you to very easily pair a bluetooth enabled mouse keyboard combo for when you need to type out those long emails or documents Google and Asus have also refined some design elements with the build making the device slightly thinner and lighter It s still an all plastic design and although it doesn t feel as premium as the aluminium body of the iPad it doesn t feel cheap either The plastic build is also much more resistant to scratches than the scratch prone frame of the iPad Google and Asus have also integrated Qi wireless charging into the back cover of the device which may not be the quickest means of charging but it s a nice bonus especially if you have a compatible wireless charger lying around Smooth like butter The other key advantage of a Nexus device is that you get the pure Android experience without the bloat of OEM custom skins As a result the OS experience feels very polished and lightweight that easily zips through apps and web browsing without any sign of stutter Internally the Nexus 7 is using last generation s quad core 1 5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM The Nexus 7 may not be packing the latest and greatest processor but Android has never felt quicker than it does with the Nexus 7 which is a testament to how well Google has tuned the performance of the OS to the hardware Also if you are in the habit of sharing the tablet around the office or at home you will appreciate the out of the box support of multiple user profiles It s worth noting that the speakers have also been upgraded to dual stereo speakers that are well placed and difficult to muffle with your hands when holding the tablet Though the speakers aren t terribly loud they don t distort when the volume is cranked to the maximum either which is appreciated Google and ASUS have taken everything that was great about the original Nexus 7 and improved it with a class leading display and incredible performance whilst still conforming to the sub 300 price tag While we would have loved to have seen a

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/10/4/technology/review-google-nexus-7-2013 (2014-01-12)
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