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Great Firewall of China

Posted: December 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Great Firewall of China

Technoid - Great Firewall of ChinaChinese internet users who are skilled at evading the country’s online blocks have suddenly found they are again being denied access to some websites. In China, if you want access to forbidden websites including Facebook or Twitter, one of the easiest ways is to use a virtual private network (VPN).

However, in recent days VPNs across China have been either inaccessible or swiftly shut down. Service providers have blamed the outage on an update to the so-called Great Firewall, which the Chinese government uses to control internet access.

They say the upgraded firewall appears to have the ability to discover and block attempts to circumvent online censorship. The block has also hurt some international businesses that use the networks for secure communications. The firewall has been built up since the internet began to develop in China. It uses a range of technologies to block access to particular sites from Chinese computers  :: Read the full article »»»»

New Choice Report Says Australians are Paying 50 Per Cent More For Tech!?

Posted: July 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Choice Report Says Australians are Paying 50 Per Cent More For Tech!?

New Choice Report Says Australians are Paying 50 Per Cent More For TechAustralian consumer watchdog Choice says locals are paying twice as much as they should for computer hardware, software and digital downloads. In it’s latest research – The Digital Price Divide – the consumer group says Australian prices for products such as music, personal computers, console games and computer software are on average 50 per cent higher than those in the United States.

In a submission to the parliamentary inquiry into IT pricing, the group noted that across 44 software products, Australian prices were 34 per cent more expensive than comparative overseas prices. Choice also found that Australians are paying 51% more for iTunes music, 88% more for Wii games and 41% more for computer hardware than US consumers.

One piece of Microsoft software was nearly $9,000 more expensive in Australia than the United States, Choice said via it’s website that it would be cheaper to pay someone’s wage and fly them to the US and back twice, and get them to buy the software while overseas :: Read the full article »»»»

Three Decades of Minitel, French Proto Internet Dead

Posted: June 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive, Media News, Online Media, Technoid | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Three Decades of Minitel, French Proto Internet Dead

Three Decades of Minitel, Frances Proto Internet DeadMore than three decades after it’s 1978 launched, Minitel, a French forerunner to the internet we know and love today – at its height was installed in 9 million French homes – will shut down for good tomorrow.

Once at the cutting edge of technology, the Minitel allowed users in France to check the news, search phone directories, buy train and plane tickets, make restaurant reservations and even take part in online sex chats long before similar services existed elsewhere.

The advent of the internet made the Minitel’s dial-up connection and black-and-white screen obsolete, despite some pretty vocal protests, Minitel’s operator France Telecom-Orange has decided to finally pull the plug.

Developed by France Telecom in the 1970s and freely distributed, the Minitel reached its height in the early 1990s, with 26,000 services available and annual revenues of about a billion euros, about $AU1.2 billion.

Today only about 400,000 terminals are still in use, many of its services – including booking Air France and railway tickets – have been discontinued and in 2010 the system brought in only 30 million euros in revenues. With 85 per cent of those revenues going to service providers, France Telecom has decided the cost of maintaining the network is no longer financially viable  :: Read the full article »»»»

WANT! FridgePad From Woodford Design

Posted: May 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid, WANT! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on WANT! FridgePad From Woodford Design

The Ultimate Fridge Magnet - Woodford Designs FridgePadThere is little question that the Apple iPad has taken over the galaxy, the ultimate in mobile computing. The experts – PC World – say that there are a heap of reasons to rely soley on the iPad as your primary mobile computing device. Apple’s iPad has a more functional interface than a netbook, it’s lighter and has a longer battery life.

Technology is only any good if it fulfils a human need, the iPad seems to cope rather well with fulfilment. Surfing, communicating, imagery, sound and motion, the iPad was designed as an interface to all the human bits that make us smile day to day.

A bunch of clever boffins at Woodford Design have now replaced the humble, often tacky fridge magnet with what they bill as the Ultimate Fridge Magnet, meet FridgePad :: Read the full article »»»»

Apples Low Returns

Posted: February 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Apples Low Returns

Apples Low ReturnsApple has once again rewarded it’s shareholders amply,  its share price surged to new highs – above $US500 – last week. There is, though, one part of the iPhone behemoths’s business that isn’t exactly humming along. Apple’s management of it’s pile of cash, now exceeding $US100 billion, has historically been extremely unimaginative. Investors are bombarded with offers from banks, offering yields of as much as 1 percent – as high as 1.5% for 2 years fixed –  Apple may be settling for less for its cash stash.

Apple’s war chest has grown steadily since 2005, when it had just $9 billion in reserves. As as the end of 2010, Apple’s $60 billion stockpile gave it more cash than any other non-financial company in the U.S. Amusingly-  mid 2011 – Appleinsider reported that Apples the $76 Billion in cash outweighed the U.S. governments $US73 billion in total operating cash. Comparisons with fellow hoarders in the tech-world – Google and Microsoft  – indicate that in this area at least, the most valuable publicly traded American company is probably under-performing. Read the full article »»»»