Dallas Buyers Club leave empty handed

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The owners of the film Dallas Buyers Club have chosen not to take further action in their legal fight with iiNet over its users’ alleged copyright infringement, bringing an official end to the year-and-a-half long saga.

Ripe for a Home & Away filled Channel 7 mini-series the iiNet/DBC LLC case is finally over. Choosing not to appeal the latest of judgements DBC are left licking their wounds.

Whilst the “proof” put forward by DBC was dubious at the best of times the case did instigate a mass shift in the way a lot of Australians approached downloading copyrighted content.

Along with the rise of legitimate local streaming service such as Stan, Presto & Netflix for many piracy is a thing of the past, or if anything, a last resort.

Source: DBC gives up on iiNet piracy case – Telco/ISP – iTnews

Telstra shits the bed

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Telstra services have gone down across the country for mobile, home phone and internet customers.

According to the telco’s service status page, a “current interruption” is affecting 2G, 3G, 4G, ADSL and home phone services.

With no updates coming from the telco beyond “we know there’s a problem” it likely means they have no idea what the problem is (yet). Either that or it’s so big they have no idea how to get it back online.

Obviously it’s not a great situation for the millions of affected Telstra customers to be in. Spare a thought for their customer service staff on the front line though. They’ll know just as much as you do right now and dealing with a deluge of abuse, calls, messages and tweets.

Source: National Telstra outage downs mobile, ADSL, voice services – Telco/ISP – iTnews

Samsung are putting TVs on the back of road trains

If you’ve ever driven behind a slow semi-truck on a tight, two-lane road, you’d get the appeal of Samsung’s Safety Truck. It’s equipped with a camera up front, which sends a live feed to four weatherproof video monitors on the back.

As someone who regularly drove in outback South Australia I know first hand just how difficult (and scary) it can be overtaking trucks at times.

This is a fantastic initiative by Samsung, who are trialling the project in Argentina. I wouldn’t hold my breath for Lindsay Fox and co to start popping giant TVs on their rigs just yet, but you never know. 5 years down the track, when the tech is cheap enough, this could be the norm.

Source: Samsung’s Safety Truck concept starts testing in Argentina

Microsoft reimagines American football with HoloLens

 

 

Sports are a pretty intuitive place for augmented reality: we already watch them with a bevy of numerical overlays, replays, and commentary. So Microsoft’s “future of football,” featuring its HoloLens headset, unsurprisingly makes a lot of sense.

Yes people look dorky wearing VR (or in this case AR) headsets. Move past that and the picture being painted is a pretty amazing one that I hope comes true.

With that said the video does come complete with a bunch of things that are just plain ridiculous, like the 49ers ever being in a Super Bowl again or Marshawn Lynch having the strength to do anything let alone bust through a virtual wall. Fantasy owners know what I’m talking about!

Source: Microsoft’s new video imagines a HoloLens-powered Super Bowl party | The Verge

Evernote shutting down their socks factory

Evernote’s doing some more spring cleaning in their portfolio:

Ultimately though, Evernote is a software company. Building and perfecting the Evernote experience is where we’ll be focusing our future efforts. Instead of selling and fulfilling orders ourselves, on February 3rd, we will transition the Market to promote Evernote-integrated products made and sold by our partners at Adonit, Moleskine, and PFU. We plan to continue adding partners and integrations that strongly and elegantly complement Evernote to that list.

RIP Evernote socks.

I wonder if 2016 is the year Evernote bring their software reboot to life. Here’s my wishlist:

  • Reboot the main app with simplified notes and markdown support
  • Make sync seamless, automatic and instantaneous (if possible, kill the sync button altogether)
  • Nuke Work Chat from orbit. No survivors.

 

Source: A New Focus for Evernote Market – Evernote Blog

Vodafone introduces new “Qantas Red Plans”

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We’ve teamed up with Qantas Frequent Flyer to bring you mobile phone plans that come with Qantas Points. Sign up to one of our 24 month Qantas Red plans online and you’ll score double the included Qantas Points.

All Qantas plans come with generous data, infinite standard national calls and TXT, and infinite standard international calls to 10 selected countries.

Despite locking you into a 2 year contract these are seriously good deals. It’s nice to see realistic pricing for data packages slowly creeping into the market.

Naturally anything from Vodafone comes with the caveat of you being in one of their well serviced areas. It’s improved greatly but best to check before you make the switch!

Source: Qantas Red Plans | Vodafone Australia

Episode 118: This Game Makes Me Feel Dumb, Maybe I Am Dumb

Join James Croft, Anthony Agius and Raj Deut as we chat about The Witness, Apple’s earnings and their inevitable doom, duck heads, streaming free-to-air slightly improving, Facebook wrecking your life in eleven months and two weeks from now, being the cog in a giant governmental machine, and civilisation on the cheap.

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