The culture of technology in Australia.

CloudFlare: Telstra Makes Australian Bandwidth Crazy Expensive

Matthew Prince at CloudFlare:

To give you some sense of how out-of-whack Australia is, at CloudFlare we pay about as much every month for bandwidth to serve all of Europe as we do to for Australia. That’s in spite of the fact that approximately 33x the number of people live in Europe (750 million) versus Australia (22 million).

If Australians wonder why Internet and many other services are more expensive in their country than anywhere else in the world they need only look to Telstra.

Pretty damning.

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Review: Motorola Moto E and Moto G

Over the last year I’ve played with just about every flagship smart phone available. Each device had better specs than my day to day phone, a trusty iPhone 5. The Samsung Galaxy S5 had twice the Ram and a better processor, the Nokia 930 had a better screen and camera, the HTC One (M8) was just sexier in every way. Yet none of these flagships really excited me. Instead, the phone that I’ve fallen in love with is a mid range device from little old Motorola.

Brazil Bans Secret

A judge in Brazil has had it with the anonymous bullying carried out on social networking apps like Secret and has stepped in to put a stop to it, according to a report from  Estadao [translation]. Judge Paulo Cesar de Carvalho has ruled that Apple must delete the application from its App Store, but the ruling doesn’t stop there.

According to the report, the judge has demanded that Apple remotely delete the application from every device that has installed it in the country.

Awesome. I deleted the god awful app a few weeks ago.

Mailbox For Mac Beta

Everyone’s favourite beg-for-an-invite email app finally has a Mac App, of course, in beta. You need to beg for Betacoins to use it.

It’s quite nice, if you’re invested in the Mailbox GTD system. I have 3 betacoins to give away if you want one.

Supermarkets and tracking

Troy Hunt on his personal blog:

We’re seeing supermarket chains owning everything from liquor shops to service stations to office supply stores which is a fairly broad range of services, but all in the retail sector. Now throw into the mix services like banking and insurance and suddenly things start to get really interesting.

Glad I’m not the only one who’s getting increasingly paranoid about this kind of stuff.