Why did you get an iPhone? What do you think of it? Should I switch from Android to iPhone? As a long time Android champion, these were the sort of surprised questions I started getting when I told people I’d made the switch to an iPhone 6s. Rather than fill Facebook with a series of unconnected posts, I thought I’d try and put my initial impressions in to a single blog post. So firstly, why did I jump ship? I have a confession to make. My decision to switch was at least partly based on novelty. I’ve been pretty happy with the succession of HTC ‘droids I’ve owned over the years. But I’m also someone who enjoys learning new things, and part of me […]
I have a new post at TEX, looking at the market buzz around terabyte broadband plans. The short version of my argument: whilst there are some users who consistently use a terabyte or more, this is a lot more data than most currently need. Anyway, the post got picked up by the media, being covered by both ZDNet and IT News. ZD Net, Telstra Attacks Terabyte Fad IT News, Telstra says: Don’t take terabyte broadband bait
This post is inspired by my attendance at the Sydney session of the McAfee Focus 2010 Security Seminar and recent discussions around the Stuxnet malware. At McAfee’s Focus 2010 Security Seminar, one of the more interesting sessions was an analysis of Operation Arurora presented by McAfee’s head of Threat Research, Dmitri Alperovitch. Outside of IT security circles, the name Operation Aurora probably doesn’t ring any bells. But in January 2010, the Aurora cyber-attack was making headlines across the globe due to Google’s sensational claims it had been the victim of a security breach which had its origins in China. Google wasn’t the only company infiltrated. A number of other US companies in industries such as finance, defence and technology, were also targeted. But it was […]
Last Friday, Apple was forced to acknowledge an embarrassing flaw in the iPhone operating system, a flaw present since the release of the original iPhone. As embarrassing as this is for Apple, some mobile network operators may also find this latest development leaves them with … Apple on their faces.
This week the Australian Labor Party installed Julia Gillard as its new leader, making her the first female Prime Minister of Australia. This change in leadership provides the government with an opportunity to change its approach to certain policy issues without losing (quite so much) face. The new PM has wasted no time in seizing the opportunity to change the governments approach to negotiating with the mining industry over the resource super profit tax (RSPT). The question now is – what other policy areas could benefit from an opportune change of tack? Within the telecoms and technology arena, there have been two hot topics for the ALP led government since it came to power – the National Broadband Network (NBN) and internet censorship. This week, […]
One of the claimed benefits of the national broadband network (NBN) is that it will act as an enabler for ‘smart grids’. ‘Smart grids’ have been described as electricity distribution networks that: “use sensors, meters, digital controls and analytic tools to automate, monitor and control the two-way flow of energy across operations—from power plant to plug. A power company can optimize grid performance, prevent outages, restore outages faster and allow consumers to manage energy usage right down to the individual networked appliance. Smart grids can also incorporate new sustainable energies such as wind and solar generation, and interact locally with distributed power sources, or plug-in electric vehicles.” (IBM 30/11/2009) In his NBN advocacy, Senator Conroy has claimed smart grids can make a significant contribution to helping […]
Earlier this month, the Australian government released the implementation study for the National Broadband Network. The scope of the study was to: “advise Government on how best to implement its stated policy objectives, not to evaluate those objectives, given that the policies have already been agreed by Government. This report therefore focuses on translating high-level policy objectives into tangible actions for both Government and NBN Co to implement. Explicitly, it does not: Evaluate Government’s policy objectives; Evaluate the decision to implement the NBN via the establishment of NBN Co; Undertake a cost-benefit analysis of the macro-economic and social benefits that would result from the implementation of a superfast broadband network.” (NBN Implementation Study, 06/05/2010) The report is clearly directed at answering the question of how to […]
Just over a year ago, Optus brought the first Android phone to Australia in the form of the HTC Dream. Now Telstra has joined the Android ranks with the launch of the HTC Desire. This recent addition to HTC’s Android lineup is an impressive device and after two weeks of use, the verdict is “mostly desirable”. So what makes this phone so desirable? And why the qualification of “mostly”?
With the Australian government delaying introduction of its internet censorship legislation, there’s been some speculation that the policy may be dead. The more likely scenario however is that the policy has simply gone in to hibernation until after the Federal election. Despite the media and blogosphere cries of “backflip”, this is a smart tactical move. Tactically, delaying the legislation makes sense. Pushing it through before the election risks continuing the distracting public feud with the government’s critics. Delaying until after the election gives the ALP a range of options. Should the ALP fail to hold a majority in the Senate following the next election, ‘net censorship may once again become a political bargaining chip. Family First are strong supporters of mandatory ISP filtering, and have previously called for the […]
The Android invasion of Australia is set to ramp up with this month with new handsets being launched by both Telstra and Optus. Telstra will be launching the HTC Desire on April 27th, followed by the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 on May 4th. Optus meanwhile, has already hit the market with the Motorola DEXT and Motorola Backflip. After having a quick hands on with the DEXT and Backflip at a local Optus store, here’s my initial thoughts on the features that stood out for me.