Australia, as an Amazon Prime member, you’ll get fast, free delivery, great entertainment, exclusive early access to deals and more.
Amazon’s Prime service launched in Australia a couple of months ago. For A$59/year you get access to their video service, faster shipping & access to thousands of Kindle books, comics and more.
For a change, Prime is actually cheaper in Aus than in the US, but now that we’re geoblocked to Amazon Australia’s paltry reduced offerings there’s justification for it being less.
Regardless, Prime Day is a 36 hour long shopping spree exclusive to Prime members beginning July 16th. In previous years pricing for Amazon hardware has been heavily reduced along with a myriad of specials across many third party products too.
While no details have been made public around exactly what deals you can expect, you can hedge your bets and sign up for a 30 day free trial of Prime to cover you through Prime Day this year.
…it is believed that the breach also captured name, address, email and date of birth information provided by electors when applying for an express vote at the recent State and Legislative Council elections.
In case you haven’t heard online form creator “Typeform” had an extreme data breach recently where a “partial backup” of their data fell into the wrong hands.
The file contained details from a range of Typeform clients that are now being informed on a daily basis.
Tasmania’s electoral commission (TEC) appears to be another of those clients using five forms on their website collecting a variety of data including sensitive private information when applying for an express vote.
The TEC believe this breach affects approximately 4000 voters and is reviewing it’s data collection methods and use of third party services.
The federal opposition wants to create its own NBN service guarantee that would see NBN Co fined every time contractors missed appointments or made installation errors.
Labor’s argument is that right now retail providers of internet and communication services are held accountable by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) whence the NBN reports to no one.
This is true but it’s also a little skewed. Retail providers aren’t fined for missing appointments at the moment. They never have been and more often than not customers grit their teeth and bare it with many not even know the TIO exists.
Referring issues to the TIO is a process that anyone can do and I encourage those hitting road blocks with a telco to do so however it doesn’t result in instant fining either.
While I’m the first in line to pile shit on the Liberal MTM NBN, Labor’s announcement here is a bit of smoke designed to capture disgruntled voters and likely to implemented in a way that isn’t as black and white – if at all.
NBN Co is adamant its CEO did not blame online gamers for causing congestion on fixed wireless.
Yeah but you did mate.
Days before Bill Morrow specifically identified gamers as being heavy users of the NBN that in turn are causing congestion and issues for other users on the network.
In a statement to a parliamentary hearing Mr Morrow said “While people are gaming it is a high bandwidth requirement that is a steady streaming process”.
As the NBN PR team are now all too painfully aware, gaming uses little to no bandwidth in comparison to the average Netflix user and have been heavily back peddling since.
Today in a statement from NBN Co the company suggests that Morrow merely used them as an example of a “heavy user” and not the root cause in contrast to his specific remarks.
In the same hearing Morrow is quoted as saying a few more gems stating that, “No-one designs a network to where everybody uses it at the same exact time” and falling back to innovations such as the iPhone as being something no one could predict in the failing network.
Ironically “innovation” was the catch-cry of the currently elected government who’s switch to a multi-technology-mix ensures building a network for today and NOT tomorrow, effectively predicting the endorsement of the CEO’s sentiment.
Australians will be blocked from shopping on Amazon’s international websites and restricted to using its smaller local platform as the e-commerce giant responds to the government’s new GST rules on online purchases.
Of course old mate Gerry Harvey had plenty to say on the self imposed redirection that Amazon announced yesterday.
“They’ve done the dirty on the government. They’ve done the dirty on the public.” cried Mr Harvey, no doubt with his head angled towards the sky and his fist pumping in rage.
Not only will Australians be unable to access the US (or any other) Amazon store should they gain access through other technical methods will be unable to ship their items to Australian addresses.
The end result is access to an awfully poor selection of items in the current store at inflated prices four times or more above the cost of buying it from the US and shipping it here currently.
The new redirection will start July 1st at the same time as the government’s new GST collection rules for overseas vendors begin.
Beem It quietly launched in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store earlier this […] May.
The app enables sending and receiving money, with an interface reminiscent of a social media app.
Comm Bank, Westpac & NAB (AKA the cry-babies that still wont implement Apple Pay) announced “Beem It” last October, a new platform that would enable users to pay one another with a new, modern user experience.
The app makes use of Australia’s Eftpos and Visa’s debit card networks to allow the funds to be transferred from one party to another.
Noticeably absent is Australia’s newly available New Payments Platform (NPP). A system that all banks in Australia now use and offers near-instantenous transactions. Beem It CEO, Mark Wood has said that NPP may arrive in the future however.
With the Turnbull government already under pressure to ban Huawei from participating in the roll out of the 5G network, security agencies are also examining the decisions around ZTE, which is China’s second biggest telco equipment manufacturer.
The US government this week blocked any company from supplying the Chinese manufacturer. This now includes Google who not only supply the operating system for the their phones but the suite of apps that are most popular on it in western markets.
The sanction comes after ZTE previously sold telecommunications hardware to both Iran and North Korea, violating the US’ trade laws and beginning a large investigation into the company’s practices.
The US has already banned Huawei from providing hardware that would provider infrastructure to domestic telecommunications networks for security reasons and Australia has been strongly advised to do the same, the Turnbull government remaining tight lipped & sitting on the fence over the issue.
The same will now be asked of ZTE. Presently the company provides a great deal of low-cost, rebranded phones sold by Telstra & Optus in Australia and could see the telco’s left trying to find another manufacturer if a sanction is imposed.
According to the TIO’s report, for the period of July to December last year, there were 22,827 complaints related to the NBN, a 203.9% increase in complaints for the same period in 2016.
A total of 14,055 of these complaints were related to the quality of service on the NBN, and 8.757 complaints were related to the installation of the NBN
NBN CCO Brad Whitcomb has refuted the report stating that despite the larger number of complaints less than 1% of people with an NBN connection have lodged complaints. He also claims that the majority of complaints lie with the ISPs and not the underlying NBN itself, with just 5% of lodged complaints ending up on their table.
Anecdotally I don’t know a single person that hasn’t complained about their NBN connection myself, but then how many regular folk are likely to walk about town praising their internet connection?
The new 2018 QLED TV evolves the premium viewing experience, with big screens and vibrant colours for truly lifelike pictures. Manage your connected devices conveniently with a single remote, find a world of content easily, and delight in designs that blend effortlessly into your home’s interior.
The new QLED models are Samsung’s “crème de la crème” when it comes to TVs. The new sets make use of the company’s “Quantum Dot” technology and come with a 10 year “no screen burn” guarantee.
They also feature the much advertised “Ambient Mode” that blends the TV into its surroundings by mimicking the wall behind it and displaying widgets on its screen when not in use.
Pricing released today has the new models ranging from A$3,699 for the Q7 55″ up to $10,499 for the Q9 75″.