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  • Reviews | Business Spectator
    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 Reviews REVIEW Roku 3 Netflix Hulu Amazon HBO and more this little media player offers the best of US streaming video to those who are prepared to bend the rules to beat geo blocking by Adam Turner 10 26am July 29 3 comments REVIEW Samsung Series 8 F8000 3D LED TV with Smart Hub Smart is the latest buzzword when it comes to televisions but Samsung s flagship Series 8 LED TVs really do know a thing or two when it comes to streaming video and online entertainment by Adam Turner 8 18am July 19 1 comment REVIEW Sony VAIO Pro 13 Sony has managed to give the best attributes of iconic Z series a new home in the Sony Vaio Pro 13 But does the Vaio Pro 13 have what it takes to stand out against Apple s MacBook Air and Samsung s Series 9 by Krishan Sharma 9 49am July 16 REVIEW Acer Aspire R7 The futuristic Aspire R7 continues Acer s tradition of creating interesting concept devices which are intriguing but impractical by Adam Turner 10 29am July 09 2 comments REVIEW HP Slate 7 Android tablet HP s Slate 7 breaks new ground for 7 inch Android tablets but it sacrifices far too much in order to keep the price tag down by Adam Turner 10 26am June 26 1 comment REVIEW Sony Xperia Z Tablet Sony s ultra thin ultra light new tablet has some serious wow factor and shakes

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  • Reviews | Business Spectator
    CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Reviews REVIEW Will 3D tech take Lytro mainstream The latest rendition of the world s first light field camera allows you to display images in 3D but the feature just doesn t justify the steep learning curve and the price tag by Harrison Polites 7 42am December 16 1 comment The top 5 smart devices of 2013 With a multitude of smartphones tablets phablets and Ultrabooks to choose from here s our list of the five best that provide plenty of bang for buck by Krishan Sharma 10 16am December 10 2 comments REVIEW Google s Nexus 5 Despite its unremarkable exterior Google s Nexus 5 provides exceptional value for money and lots of raw speed by Neerav Bhatt 10 04am December 09 6 comments 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 REVIEW MacBook Pro 13 inch The 13 inch Macbook Pro refresh once again keeps Apple ahead of the game And if it continues to offer free upgrades to OS X every year then you may never have to pay for a new operating system again by Krishan Sharma 8 49am November 27 3 comments REVIEW Surface Pro 2 The Surface Pro 2 delivers on the productivity front but a hefty price tag and the weighty form factor might be a turn off for some consumers by Krishan Sharma 3 08pm November 18 1 comment REVIEW Sony Xperia Z Ultra The Xperia Z Ultra is a decent first effort by Sony in the phablet market but is ultimately let down by some questionable design choices by Krishan Sharma 6 19am November 14 REVIEW iPad Air Impossibly thin and light yet more powerful than ever the iPad Air proves that Apple hasn t lost its way in the post Jobs era by Adam Turner 8 18am November 11 REVIEW Nokia Lumia 1020 Nokia s new smartphone is admittedly more of a camera than a phone But if you re into photography and your favourite apps are already on Windows it s a worthy upgrade by Krishan Sharma 7 46am November 06 REVIEW Sony Xperia Z1 Despite a few missteps the Xperia Z1 strengthens Sony s position as a premier smartphone player But if you re buying the phone on the promise of an excellent camera then you will be disappointed by Krishan Sharma 8 11am October 29 Xbox One and the unified digital lounge room Microsoft s Xbox One console is aiming to forge new ground in the fight for the digital lounge room While the new Xbox aims to work with traditional broadcasters the future of television could be in the cloud by Adam Turner 7 56am October 14 2 comments REVIEW iPhone 5s Apple s premium smartphone dazzles with biometrics but

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  • Facebook's Zuckerberg, banks face lawsuit over IPO | Business Spectator
    the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Facebook s Zuckerberg banks face lawsuit over IPO Reuters 19 Dec 2013 8 05 AM Technology Social Media Charged with misleading investors about the health of the company before market debut 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 Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and dozens of banks must face a lawsuit accusing the social media company of misleading investors about its health before its US16 billion initial public offering a federal judge said In a decision made public on Wednesday US District Judge Robert Sweet in Manhattan said investors could pursue claims that Facebook should have prior to its May 2012 IPO disclosed internal projections on how increased mobile usage and product decisions might reduce future revenue The company s purported risk warnings misleadingly represented that this revenue cut was merely possible when in fact it had already materialized Sweet wrote in his 83 page decision Plaintiffs have sufficiently pleaded material misrepresentation s that could have and did mislead investors regarding the company s future and current revenues In a statement Facebook said We continue to believe this suit lacks merit and look forward to a full airing of the facts Facebook went public at US38 per share The Menlo Park California based company s share price rose as high as US45 on May 18 2012 its first day of trading but quickly fell below the offering price and stayed there for more than a year Investors including pension funds in Arkansas California and North Carolina claimed that Facebook negligently concealed material information from its IPO registration statement that it had provided to its underwriters analysts They sought damages resulting from their having sold or holding onto the shares as they fell below the IPO price bottoming at US17 55 on September 4 2012 The lawsuit does not allege fraud More than 40 defendants were sued including Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg lead underwriter Morgan Stanley Goldman Sachs Group Inc and JPMorgan Chase Co Facebook shares were down 60 cents at US54 26 in afternoon trading Facebook lawsuit lacks merit In court papers the defendants

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  • Facebook gets serious on video ads | Business Spectator
    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 Facebook gets serious on video ads Reuters 18 Dec 2013 11 10 AM Technology Social Media The social network takes its first step in unlocking a source of revenue which could leave some users angry 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 Facebook Inc has taken the first step toward selling video ads that play automatically in newsfeeds moving cautiously to unlock a source of revenue that could annoy users The world s largest social network which had long been expected to try and grab a larger slice of the US66 billion US television advertising market will start by working with Summit Entertainment on ads for Divergent based on the popular series of science fiction books Facebook will run video ads for Divergent on Thursday in a one day test The video spot which will only be viewable by certain groups in the United States will begin playing with the sound muted when it appears in a user s newsfeed Facebook users can turn on the sound by clicking on the ad similar to the non paid auto play videos Facebook introduced in September Facebook said video will improve the quality of the ads on its service Marketers will be able to use this new format to tell their stories to a large number of people on Facebook in a short amount of time with high quality sight sound and motion Facebook said Wall Street has been counting on video ads to open up a potentially lucrative market as the company tries to sustain its rapid growth That market is considered crucial for Facebook s market valuation and poses a potential long term threat to traditional TV networks The company s shares which have surged roughly 30 per cent since September gained 1 4 per cent to US54 57 in morning trading on Tuesday aided by Susquehanna and Oppenheimer price target upgrades In terms of monetization the video ads are very important said Robert Baird Co analyst Colin Sebastian They re priced a lot higher than traditional display or text ads And it also opens up for Facebook

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/12/18/technology/facebook-gets-serious-video-ads (2014-01-12)
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  • Twitter forced to reverse new 'block' feature after user backlash | Business Spectator
    Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Twitter forced to reverse new block feature after user backlash Reuters 16 Dec 2013 9 00 AM Technology Social Media Social network encounters its first revolt as a public company 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 Twitter Inc was forced to nix a change to its block feature on Thursday after attracting a wave of protest from users who said the new policy empowered perpetrators of online abuse The humbling reversal on one of the most sensitive policy issues facing the social network came as Twitter encountered user revolt for the first time as a public company Under the short lived change on Thursday a blocked Twitter user could view or tweet at the person who blocked him or her but that activity would have been rendered invisible to the victim as if the offending account did not exist Under the re instated policy users could prevent their harassers from following them or interacting with their tweets Users are also explicitly notified if they are blocked Before it backtracked Twitter had said Thursday that the change was meant to protect victims of harassment who wanted to filter out abusive messages but feared that the act of blocking a user would prompt retaliation We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users we never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe vice president of product Michael Sippey wrote in a blog post Chief Executive Dick Costolo initially sought to address the mounting criticism by saying on Twitter that the new features were widely requested by victims of abuse But many were not convinced Within hours the service was flooded with angry users including many who did not understand the nuances of the new policy and hundreds had signed an online petition to reverse the change New twitter block policy is like a home security system that instead of keeping people out puts a blindfold on YOU when they come in said user edcasey Just ignore them they ll stop is a dangerous thing to say to bullied kids a dangerous thing to say to stalked harassed Twitter users wrote red3blog another user Keeping abuse in check is a key issue for the company which needs to keep hold of existing users and attract hundreds of millions of new ones to justify the stratospheric valuation that investors have placed on its stock Twitter shares have risen 35 per cent to US55 33 the past two weeks on investor expectations that the company can sustain its growth for years and mature into

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/12/16/technology/twitter-forced-reverse-new-block-feature-after-user-backlash (2014-01-12)
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  • Gleaming success with social media action | Business Spectator
    Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password For most marketing executives higher engagement and ultimately increased action by their target audience are their main goals The emergence of social media has brought with it new and improved ways to engage with consumers while at the same time bringing about new challenges in terms of connecting the concept of likes and followers to larger business objectives The challenge is relatively straightforward convert large numbers of awareness into equally large numbers of action A Melbourne start up Gleam is trying to connect the two with their product Gleam is the brainchild of Stuart McKeown and John Sherwood Collectively the two have worked at companies such as Microsoft Hitwise and Sensis with McKeown still employed full time and working on Gleam after hours while Sherwood works full time on the product Funnily enough Gleam came about when the two needed to build a contest mechanic for another product they were working on Initially Gleam was to service a need for another site we run called ServerBear explains McKeown We needed to run a contest and weren t really happy with the existing solutions in the marketplace So we built our own over a weekend then started getting traction from people wanting to use it and things developed from there Over time the scope of Gleam is turning more into a holistic platform that will help marketers do a range of things to better engage and convert users Since launching just three months ago Gleam has signed up close to 1000 users and is steadily building up a mix of both free and paid users McKeown believes this success is due to the fact Gleam is delivering something previously unavailable in the market Gleam delivers the ability to run campaigns that align with your business objectives almost anywhere we are moving away from a world where clicks impressions are the core metrics to one that s focused on actions or outcomes he says We are also now in a world where the platform that you use must be agnostic to all the platforms that exist out there for example if Facebook kills page tabs tomorrow then that will leave a lot of businesses looking for another solution We integrate with Facebook but just as somewhere you can run a campaign otherwise you can just run it anywhere that allows HTML The key to Gleam is linking competition entry mechanics to data fields beyond just email addresses phone numbers or Facebook Connect data Gleam allows the brand to set their own requirements for entry in which the chance to win can be enhanced by the user completing more tasks Gleam recently worked with Telstra and Universal Music on the Lady Gaga Artpop Gallery initiative which allowed entrants to maximise their chances of winning through uploading a video uploading an image writing what Lady Gaga meant to them posting on Facebook or uploading audio in addition to

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/12/13/technology/gleaming-success-social-media-action (2014-01-12)
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  • Facebook to join S&P 500 | Business Spectator
    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 Facebook to join S amp P 500 Reuters 13 Dec 2013 11 04 AM Technology Social Media Decision follows Facebook s fourth straight profitable quarter in a row 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 Standard Poor s on Wednesday said Facebook Inc will join its S P 500 stock index after the close of trading on December 20 cementing the social media network s rise into one of the biggest most powerful US companies The decision follows Facebook reporting its fourth straight profitable quarter in October one of the criteria that S P uses to determine eligibility for the index Facebook shares rose 4 3 per cent to US51 51 following S P s announcement after regular market hours Shares often rise after a company is tapped for inclusion in the S P 500 because many investors track the index and buy shares of companies that enter it The Menlo Park California based company s shares had closed Wednesday down 87 cents at US49 38 about 30 percent above their US38 initial offering price in May 2012 and giving it a roughly 121 billion market value Reuters data show S P said on December 20 it will also add marketing

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  • Instagram introduces photo-sharing, messaging service | Business Spectator
    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 Instagram introduces photo sharing messaging service Reuters 13 Dec 2013 8 35 AM 1 Technology Emerging Tech Social Media Talent Features rival that of Snapchat s service 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 Photo sharing service Instagram unveiled a new feature Thursday that allows users to send images and messages privately as the Facebook owned company sought to bolster its appeal among younger consumers who are increasingly using mobile messaging applications The new Instagram Direct feature allows users to send a photo or video to a single person or up to 15 people and to have real time text conversations Sometimes you want to be able to share not with everyone but just with a specific group said Kevin Systrom Instagram co founder and chief executive during a presentation in New York Instagram Direct is a simple way to send photos and videos to your friends Instagram claims to have more than 150 million monthly users who have shared 16 billion photos on the service Until now the photos could only be shared publicly allowing them to be seen by anyone using the service Facebook Inc the world s No 1 Internet social network bought Instagram for US1 billion in 2012 The new features come as Facebook and Instagram face increasing competition from a new crop of mobile messaging services including WhatsApp and Snapchat In October Facebook said it was seeing a decline in daily use by younger teenagers in the United States although it said overall use by teenagers was stable Bottom line this is a catch up move for Instagram wrote Forrester Research analyst Julie Ask in a blog post Apps like WeChat already allow users

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