The first piece of legislation needed to build the National Broadband Network has passed both houses of Parliament.
A bill allowing Telstra to structurally separate officially passed through Parliament today with the House of Representatives approving the Senate’s amendments about 2.15pm today.… Read more --->
THE number of people ditching fixed-line telephone services in favour of mobiles is larger than previously thought; just two-thirds of young Australians connect landlines when they move out of home. About 14 per cent of mobile-phone users no longer have a fixed-line telephone at home, says a survey of 18,000 people by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.… Read more --->
Eric Schmidt holds up tap-and-pay mobile phone
A new Google mobile phone imbedded with a chip that makes it a virtual wallet so people can “tap and pay” is poised to make its debut, the internet giant’s chief said. The successor to the internet firm’s Nexus One smartphone runs on fresh “Gingerbread” software and is imbedded with a near-field communication chip for financial transactions, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said…
…”You will be able to take these mobile devices that will be able to do commerce,” he continued.… Read more --->
Jim Kessarios pointed at a map of his Greek home island, Lemnos, on a shelf at the Midway Point store. Lemnos? Where in the Aegean is that? “It’s where the Allies hid before Gallipoli,” he said.
Half a world away, Kessarios and his wife Maria have run their Tasmanian store for 30 years.… Read more --->
Google’s Android mobile operating system surged past Apple’s iPhone and Canada’s Blackberry in the third quarter to become the second biggest smartphone platform after Nokia’s Symbian, research firm Gartner said Wednesday.
Gartner said Finland’s Nokia sold 29.5 million smartphones during the third quarter of the year for a 36.6 per cent share of the worldwide market, down from 44.6 per cent a year ago.… Read more --->
NSW Labor’s push to sweep dead wood out of its parliamentary ranks has claimed two more victims, with the former gaming minister Grant McBride and Gosford MP Marie Andrews confirming they will not contest the state election in March.
Read the full article here.… Read more --->
The Coalition recently surprised tech punters by changing tack and supporting Telstra’s structural separation. But is it party pragmatism or a sign of Turnbull’s growing power within the side that once disowned him?…
…Unfortunately for the Coalition, the telco industry was firmly against Telstra’s firm grip on the market.… Read more --->