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  • REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Gear | Business Spectator
    unlock the smartphone when the GALAXY gear is less than 1 5 metres away What happened to the apps Applications can only be installed on the Galaxy Gear using the Gear Manager application on the Note 3 From there you can launch a Galaxy Gear specific version of the Samsung App store where you can search and side load apps to the device Samsung touts that there will be twelve apps available at launch but none of these were available for testing during my hands on time with the device Some of the more interesting apps that will be available at launch include Evernote Watch which lets you capture images using the Galaxy Gear s camera or record voice memos using the built in microphone and upload it to your Evernote account You can also pull content from your Evernote account and display it for quick reference on the Gear screen Pocket which allows you to read back saved web content using text to speech article playback to the Galaxy Gear Line an instant messaging client which will presumably use S Voice for text input Fitnesss app RunKeeper that tracks your runs including the distance time and pace of the run and displays that information on the Gear screen A Galaxy Gear version of the popular smartphone app Tripit is also set to make an appearance in a condensed format optimised for the Galaxy Gear screen While Samsung s first stab at the wearable market is certainly more capable than the other smart watch offerings such as Sony s SmartWatch 2 or the Qualcomm Toq the tradeoff is a much weaker battery life Samsung estimates a run time of almost a day before it needs charging whereas Sony and Qualcomm s watches can run up to five days Another substantial limitation is the fact that the Galaxy Gear only works with the Galaxy Note 3 whereas both Sony and Qualcomm s smart watches can run on any Android smartphone The price is not right It s hard to fathom what Samsung is hoping to achieve with its current pricing strategy especially when you consider the two major reasons why the Korean giant has entered the wearable market The first and most obvious reasons is so the company can stake its claim in the burgeoning wearable market that some analysts predict will be worth 50 billion by 2017 The market will become increasingly crowded and highly competitive as other major tech companies enter the market over the next couple of years and existing players iterate on their products The second reason can be found in the imposed restriction that the company has placed on the device itself it s a Samsung smartphone only device It s also another attempt by Samsung to lock in customers to its ecosystem where the company has the most to gain in the longer term Companies like Samsung are no longer trying to sell customers on the physical device but on the complete experience by providing

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/9/27/technology/review-samsung-galaxy-gear (2014-01-12)
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  • Video Review: iPhone 5C | Business Spectator
    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 Video Review iPhone 5C Lauren Goode AllThingsD 19 Sep 2013 9 15 AM Technology Applications Reviews BYOD Emerging Tech Mobility Telecommunication The new iPhone 5C is a colourful addition to Apple s device portfolio but is it really that different from the iPhone 5 You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The new iPhone 5C is a colourful addition to Apple s device portfolio but is it really that different from the iPhone 5 AllThingsD s Lauren Goode s takes the device for a spin Video sourced from our content partners at Wall Street Journal Read the full iPhone 5C review here Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Target data breach worse than expected US states 13 Jan Apple s iPhones do not violate

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/9/19/technology/video-review-iphone-5c (2014-01-12)
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  • Lauren Goode - AllThingsD | 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 Lauren Goode AllThingsD Video Review iPhone 5C The new iPhone 5C is a colourful addition to Apple s device portfolio but is it really that different from the iPhone 5 by Lauren Goode AllThingsD 9 15am September 19 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 29 min

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/contributor/lauren-goode-allthingsd (2014-01-12)
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  • REVIEW: Leap Motion - Taking gesture control mainstream | Business Spectator
    However tucking away the thumb entirely resolved the issue and after a bit of training we were able to navigate the map with the precision of a mouse Using gestures and motion control to fly around the 3D globe felt natural and the experience was faster and more enjoyable to use than a keyboard and mouse setup It s here the potential of the Leap really starts to shine through The only gripe is that even on a high end test machine Google Earth struggles to maintain consistent frames while performing the CPU intensive task of interpreting the gestures captured by the Leap Motion Cyber Science 3D Motion Cyber Science is an app that demonstrates both the strengths and weaknesses of Leap The application is an educational tool that allows the user to explore dissect and assemble a human skull Manipulating the 3D skull from all angles and zooming felt fast and precise It s not until the device was requested to track finger movements that the experience began to suffer To pick apart the skull you need to stick your thumb out to initiate a selection of bone The inconsistent tracking leads to Leap misreading our thumbs position entirely resulting in unintended somewhat unfortunate selections Corel Painter Freestyle Corel Painter lets you create artwork by painting in mid air using your finger or even a pen Drawing on a virtual blank canvas and selecting different brushes using gestures worked well The application even detected the orientation of our pen on a number of different axes which correspondingly adjusted the directional flow of our strokes We didn t have any problem in creating big and abstract strokes but professionals will still want to use their graphics tablets for drawings that require more precision and pressure sensitivity Desktop control with Touchless and GameWAVE Both GameWave and Touchless are applications that are designed to give you full gestural control of your Mac or Windows OS desktop Touchless is developed by Leap Motion and comes pre loaded on your store account GameWave takes things a bit further and offers customised mapping of keyboard and mouse controls to the Leap allowing you to control your desktop OS in addition to any PC game or application with gestures You can assign the left hand to mouse cursor movement and the right hand for mouse clicks or keyboard strokes but this is where the inconsistent tracking ability of the Leap Motion once again becomes apparent Regardless of the application in use rudimentary tasks such as opening files on the desktop are an exercise in frustration as the Leap struggles to track the hand for any period of time causing the mouse cursor to jump around erratically or disappear altogether Attempting to reorientate the cursor is not a straight forward process either as the sweet spot which is much smaller than the 8 cubic feet of virtual detection space constantly shifts around as well Even tasks that you would expect to translate well to gesture control such

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/8/22/technology/review-leap-motion-taking-gesture-control-mainstream (2014-01-12)
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  • REVIEW: Acer Iconia A1-810 tablet | Business Spectator
    2GB of RAM Under Quadrant benchmarks the A1 scores better than the old Nexus 7 but falls short of the new one If you re after the cutting edge it s worth noting that A1 only comes with Android 4 2 2 rather than the new Android 4 3 It ships with pretty much a stock standard version of Android with the few pre installed apps but far short of the extra content services you ll get from a rival like Samsung Unfortunately there are no 3G 4G capable models only the lone A1 810 wi fi only model with 16GB of storage If you want mobile broadband or more onboard storage you ll need to look elsewhere such as in the US where Acer offers a 3G enabled A1 There is support for micro USB microSD and micro HDMI the last two about the only features which help the A1 810 stand out from its competitors The micro HDMI output is rare on a small Android tablet So what s the verdict At the risk of sounding like a broken record you can t avoid the fact that Acer s Iconia A1 simply isn t as good as the Nexus 7 or more expensive Galaxy Note 8 0 It s not that the A1 is terrible but it s hard to even view it as a decent budget tablet when for the same money you can do so much better if you re prepared to sacrifice that one extra inch of screen real estate and the micro HDMI port If you absolutely have your heart set on an 7 9 inch 4 3 Android tablet and your budget is tight then you might consider the A1 810 but apart from the screen size it simply doesn t measure up against the competition Print this page REVIEW Acer Iconia A1 810 tablet Adam Turner 19 Aug 2013 10 15 AM 3 Technology Applications Reviews BYOD Mobility More from Adam Turner 05 Dec PlayStation 4 versus Xbox One multimedia smackdown 11 Nov REVIEW iPad Air 25 Oct REVIEW Google Chromecast 14 Oct Xbox One and the unified digital lounge room 08 Oct Sony plays to the PS4 s fanbase Related articles 13 Jan Target data breach worse than expected US states 13 Jan Apple s iPhones do not violate Google patents US appeals court 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 More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Log in to post comments Comments Another impressive series of Submitted by teresa waters on Mon 2013 08 19 16 33 Another impressive series of Android tablets that launched this week is from tablet maker Pipo Electronics and stand out for their excellent build quality and price performance the Pipo M7 Pro 255 which for roughly the same

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/8/19/technology/review-acer-iconia-a1-810-tablet (2014-01-12)
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  • REVIEW: Nokia Lumia 925 | Business Spectator
    Jun 4K TV a solution looking for a problem 24 Jun REVIEW Sony Xperia Z Tablet Related articles 13 Jan Target data breach worse than expected US states 13 Jan Apple s iPhones do not violate Google patents US appeals court 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 More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Log in to post comments Comments What a BS article Submitted by ron sche on Mon 2013 08 12 11 39 What a BS article your reference to reuters is from july 2nd since then nokia and MS showed they gained more then 77 market share then the prior year so your INFO is way out of date and only shows you are bashing trolling this ecosystem If you people really want to know how GREAT these phones are just find the honest reviews I own the 925 and it truly is the best phone I ever had I had a lot of them The WP8 OS is fluid and gives me all that I can ask for battery life is really good at least 12 hours a day and I am a heavy phone user Don t believe me just look at the reviews on amazon com tmobile com and att com They get the highest ratings from all phones being sold The nokia 520 and 521 sold at 99 00 129 without contract are the cheapest solutions for a smart phone out there and besides that the best buck for your money Just check it out and don t let this troll tell you otherwise The 1020 is the best camera smart phone ever produced If its important for you to have the best pictures from your kids and family this is the hone to buy NO phone maker will come close to the quality of this phone in the coming years NOKIA remember how quality phones used to be Well those days are back again Regards toraji Log in to post comments If you want to wait for a Submitted by Frank Grant on Mon 2013 08 12 15 05 If you want to wait for a brilliant phone then the Ubuntu Edge is it http www indiegogo com projects ubuntu edge x 4059377 4gig of ram 128gig of data space plus when connected to a monitor and keyboard you get access to a full desktop system Log in to post comments The 77 share increase is Submitted by tim Richardson on Mon 2013 08 12 16 11 The 77 share increase is easy to reach with such tiny market share Windows phone hasn t even returned to the windows ce glory days Plus those same latest data show a market share decline in Aus Log in to post comments In contrary to the comments Submitted by

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/8/12/technology/review-nokia-lumia-925 (2014-01-12)
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  • Smart TV slugfest - Sony vs Samsung | Business Spectator
    generally rubbish that you wouldn t look at twice To be fair Samsung s App store is also overflowing with crap but there a lot more hidden gems Even if you don t care about the novelty of playing Angry Birds with Samsung s gesture recognition Samsung offers Plex for tapping into your home media server and TuneIn for listening to internet radio Samsung also offers a range of extra premium content services such as Bigpond TV Bigpond Movies Quickflix BBC News TED and of course Foxtel Play for signing up to Pay TV channels without a set top box Foxtel alone could seal the deal for some people Quickflix access not the same I mentioned Quickflix again but that s because there s a major difference between Samsung and Sony s Quickflix access On a Samsung TV you can hire movies from Quickflix or enjoy 14 99 per month all you can eat access to the Play back catalogue formerly known as WatchNow Movies from Quickflix even show up in Samsung s cross platform content search which also draws on Samsung s video service On a Sony TV you can t hire movies from Quickflix you can only watch the Play back catalogue There s no cross platform search because the only platform which Sony seems to care about is its own That s great for Sony which wants to discourage you from spending your money elsewhere but it s not so great for you If you want the best the internet has to offer including a genuine choice of content providers you d certainly opt for a Samsung television over this Sony It s a rather underwhelming effort from Sony although to be fair I should pay some attention to Sony s tight integration with mobile devices which is becoming an important part of the Smart TV concept Interacting with handheld devices is Sony s strength while Samsung s focus is more on interacting with you and your favourite third party content Yet even here it seems Samsung can match Sony punch for punch Both Sony and Samsung support MHL for connecting your mobile device to the television via a microUSB to HDMI cable There s also support for wireless Screen Mirroring letting you view the screen of your computer or Android device over your home network Both TVs have the ability to see DLNA servers on your home network so you can browse the contents of your computer or network drive They can also both act as DLNA renderers letting you stream video from iOS and Android apps directly to the screen More novelty than stand out Sony does have a few tricks to offer but some rely on you also owning Sony Xperia Android devices There s one touch mirroring via NFC assisted pairing with the Bluetooth enabled remote control Sony includes with the TV Just tap them together and you can see the Android device s screen on the television Sony calls it one touch

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/8/9/technology/smart-tv-slugfest-sony-vs-samsung (2014-01-12)
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  • REVIEW: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix | Business Spectator
    battery life and durable build quality does add a bit of heft to the overall package which weighs in at 1 7kgs making it a bit on the heavy side when compared with other 11 6 Ultrabooks on the market While the extra weight is unlikely to put you off lugging it around it will almost certainly be noticeable when stowed away in a bag or briefcase The 1920x1080 multi touch IPS panel is a real standout producing razor sharp text and accurate colour reproduction that remains true regardless of the viewing angle The display is also nice and bright with a 400 nit brightness rating Some however may find the 11 6 display too small to use on a laptop and we would have loved to see Lenovo sacrifice some of the large bezel space for a slightly bigger and more comfortable 13 screen Tablet Mode With the press of a button the screen can be disengaged from the keyboard turning the display into a standalone tablet As a tablet the ThinkPad Helix weighs less than other Core i5 tablets such as the Surface Pro and is just 200 grams heavier than an iPad 4 The downside is that once disengaged you lose the keyboard s auxiliary battery and as a result battery performance takes a noticeable dip with the tablet lasting a little over 5 hours from a single charge Tucked away on the top of the tablet you will find a pressure sensitive Wacom stylus which worked very well in our tests It s one of the few tablets on the market that accepts pen input and the extra level of precision makes it ideal for taking notes while in a meeting annotating documents or navigating the Windows desktop The Helix also comes with NFC sensor on the back of the screen for quickly pairing compatible gadgets in addition to an integrated 3G modem for on the go data access The on board cameras bears mentioning as well with the front facing camera capable of recording 1080p video making it ideal for video calls and the rear facing camera equipped with a decent 5MP snapper and an LED flash Both performed reasonably well in low light conditions as well Stand mode Flipping the tablet around and locking the display into the keyboard dock will give you a setup that would be useful in a group collaboration setting The quality of the screen is certainly fit for this purpose but ultimately the small screen size will limit the mileage that you get out of this mode Tablet If you prefer the longer battery life of laptop mode while using the machine as a tablet then you can access what Lenovo calls tablet which can be initiated by simply folding the screen all the way down from the stand position Thankfully the keyboard remains unexposed unlike Lenovo s Yoga line Unfortunately the combined weight of the keyboard dock and tablet is just too heavy for this mode to be

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/8/5/technology/review-lenovo-thinkpad-helix (2014-01-12)
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