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Tech Talk Radio is an informative and entertaining technology talk show heard on free to air radio across Australia as well as streamed to the world live, and via podcast. Each week we present current news and views from Australia and abroad. We're indepe

Published: Mon, 3 Dec 2012 23:36:08 +1100

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TTR Ep 4912: It's the last Tech Talk Radio for 2012, and the last show in the current format. Join the panel, and or dedicated studio audience as we look back on the past 8 years of the show.

Mon, 3 Dec 2012 23:36:08 +1100

Monday December 3 2012

It's the last Tech Talk Radio for 2012, and the last show in the current format. Join the panel, and or dedicated studio audience as we look back on the past 8 years of the show.

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TTR Ep 4812: Is ad skipping stealing? Euro Parliament oppose UN internet takeover, Telstra fire affects 60,000 subscribers including emergency services and click frenzy isn't.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 22:59:07 +1100

Monday November 19 2012

On the show today, Click Frenzy fizzles,

The European Parliament has passed a resolution opposing what is being termed as a United Nations-backed takeover of the Internet.

Internode has begun to roll out voice services over the NBN following the conclusion of a 12 month service trial. And Telstra is investigating the cause of a fire in its Warrnambool exchange in south-western Victoria that knocked out fixed and mobile voice and internet services for up to 60,000 customers.

And Google has signed a multi-territory licensing deal with a conglomerate of European music publishers called Armonia.

Don't forget Adam's View from the couch where he asks, is skipping the ads stealing? Leena has the latest in gaming news and there's the usual odd spot, gadget, app and website of the week.


Odd Spot:German police stop man with mobile office in car

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TTR Ep 4712: VHA on the slide, The new WiiU is out beware! Apple maps now have navigation, Google fibreis lit up, MS sells 4M upgrades for Windows 8 and more...

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:56:27 +1100

Monday November 19 2012

Monday November 19 2012

On the show today, Vodafone Hutchison Australia continues to lose customers and money despite a heavy investment in networks and branding, with revenue for the second half of 2012 down 14.8 percent on the previous half.

Google's fibre network goes live in Kansas, Torrent tracker The Pirate Bay has been hit by a distributed denial of service attack with the site ceasing to serve requests from users. The outage was confirmed on Twitter by one of The Pirate Bay's accounts, and is believed to have been orchestrated by a user called Zeiko.

Also Microsoft sold four million upgrades to its Windows 8 operating system in the three days following the system's launch, strangely, Steven Sinofsky, the president of both Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live divisions, is leaving the company with immediate effect and with no reason given? Better offer? Or did he fall on his sword? And Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, after being denied an African .ga domain, has found his way to New Zealand.

Gadget: Scarecrow Laser Tanks

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Odd Spot: Taliban email blunder exposes members on their mailing list

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TTR Ep 4612: Conroy ditches internet filter. SMS not safe for banking, Twiiter and copyright. Adam and W8 tablet strategy, and TPG in from of courts again over 000 calls.

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 23:01:47 +1100

Monday November 12 2012

On the show tonight, Conroy ditches the controversial mandatory ISP filter which was an election promise at the last federal election.
Interesting that Telstra is to retry it’s Next G web filter service as well.


ISP TPG faces court over triple zero access, and Telco’s declare that SMS is unsafe for banking transactions.

Also if you’ve ever wondered what a copyrighted tweet is, well wonder no more as Twitter starts to withdraw them.

And Adam turner sips the latte with Scott Sheedy, founder of WP Down Under blog about Microsoft’s strategy surface tablets.

Gadget: Apple's iPad Mini. 7" of the best

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TTR Ep 4512: Telstra and Naked DSL, Wantas dumps Telstra for Optus WiFi, Storms wreak havoc in North America, Apple failsto comply with UK court order and Dotcom is back launching Mega

Mon, 5 Nov 2012 23:00:30 +1100

Monday November 5 2012

On the show tonight, are we being to judgmental too soon on Microsoft's new OS, windows 8? Adam Turner has some thoughts on this.

Is Telstra up to it's old tricks again? Last week the telco upped the anti in its fight to stop Naked DSL being mandated as a wholesale service, turning to projected system costs and interference investigation data to dissuade the competition watchdog. Qantas has deployed an Optus wifi service in 40 frequent flyer lounges across the country, replacing a Telstra network that travelers previously found unreliable.

In the aftermath of 'Sandy' last week, data centres in that part of the US are problematic with power supply and flooding issues, as we mentioned last week Kim Dotcom, the founder of the shuttered file-sharing site Megaupload, announced a new online storage service called Mega that will give users direct control and responsibility over their files, and a UK Court of Appeal has rapped Apple's knuckles for failing to comply with a court order requiring the company to post on its website a simple statement saying Samsung had not copied its iPad designs.

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TTR Ep 4412: Apple's iPad4, iPad Mini, Microsoft's Windows 8. Tiger cops $110K spam fine, HTC profits head south, Touch screen display shortage and Dotcom is back...

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:42:58 +1100

Monday October 29 2012

On the show today, we'll take a look at the new arrivals in the tech world last week, primarily from the biggest two companies in the world, Apple and Microsoft. The long time rumored and highly anticipated iPad mini has finally been revealed, and the not so long awaited, in fact probably the most under whelming software launch for the year, Windows 8 went on sale. In fact it was so under whelming that ABC radio's AM presenter Tony Eastly refereed to it as Windows 9. Oh dear Microsoft.

Also this week Tiger Airways Australia has been slapped with an $110,000 infringement notice by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for failing to unsubscribe customers from marketing emails. Taiwanese based HTC profits slump big time this quarter after on the heels of a record run in 2012, Alleged online piracy kingpin and alleged musician Kim Dotcom is back in business, and rumor has it that the next biggest shortage in the world is touch screens.

Don't forget there's also the usual odd spot, gadget, app and website of the week, as well Leena's back after GCAP last week so that's all to come.

Gadget: The Livescribe Sky WiFi Smartpen


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TTR Ep 4312: FTA TV in Aus. It's days are numbered. Pirate bay goes to the cloud, iPhone 5 made by underage labor, MS and IE10, Google's data centre tour, Adam's battery issues and more

Mon, 22 Oct 2012 23:11:59 +1100

Monday October 22 2012

On the electronic media in Australia is back in the news as the nine network given a life line, the 10 network starts to head south and recalcitrant Alan Jones sent off to journalism school – what the, the shock jock isn't qualified?

Also this week Google has resisted nearly two thirds of Australian government requests to remove content from its massive online archive, The world's best-known BitTorrent site,

The Pirate Bay, has switched over to cloud-based hosting in an effort to cut costs, improve uptime and data security but most of all, make itself almost invulnerable to police raids.

Also, your iPhone 5 was probably made by underage labor, and Microsoft announced that it will release a version of its long-awaited Internet Explorer 10 web browser for Windows 7 in the middle of next month, to coincide with the general availability of the new Windows 8 operating system.

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TTR Ep 4212: iPad mini? AllthingsD thinks so. NBN Co release new roll out details, and plan to decommission copper, Windows 8 says no to flash, Freeview talks about streaming FTA TV

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:06:17 +1100

Monday October 15 2012

On the show today, AllThingsD reports that Apple appears to be planning to hold a media event soon to introduce the "iPad mini", Apple's smaller tablet device said to be carrying a display measuring 7.85 inches diagonally. As well, Apple’s market share is on the increase up against PC vendors.

Australia’s telecommunications ombudsman says the new telco code won’t end bill shock, social messaging looks to decimate carrier revenues, and Australian television networks start talking about streaming as well, it’s the beginning of the end of one of Australia’s long running tech shows - Tech Talk Radio, as we announce the end of the show in it's current configuration. All is revealed on air as we head to our last show on December 3.

Gadget: LG's Massive 84-Inch 4K 3D TV has an unsurprisingly huge price tag

If you’re a web developer, or a WordPress blogger, and you want a simple, easy-to-figure shopping cart app with a slick UI, this is the site for you.

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TTR Ep 4112: Social networking in the News, a new form of twitter -, Australian's love of gadgets on the rise and will Apples market fragmentation continue?

Mon, 8 Oct 2012 18:22:12 +1100

Monday October 8, 2012

On today's show, if you needed proof that Australian’s have taken to smartphone technology in droves then look no further than Telstra data and call stats from the MCG on grand final day. It blew the previous year out of the park. Also on the anniversary of Steve Jobs death, Tim Cooke publically apologises for Apples first attempt at maps. The Compact disc turns 30, there’s a new twitter in the social sphere, Apple claimed 80% of the tablet market 1 year ago, but that’s down to 50% now, making the iPad mini a viable contender in today’s tablet wars, but will it fragment the Apple ecosystem even more? Adam Turner sheds some light on the rough waters ahead for the world’s largest tech company.

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TTR Ep 4012: Tim says "Sorry" about Apple Maps, There's water on Mars, Facebook problematic when it comes to justice. Adam looks at the Razor, Leena tells of Valve Hardware and Sony to be profitable in games this year

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 21:51:02 +1000

Monday October 1, 2012

On the show today. Apple maps has made the news for the wrong reasons. Tim says "Sorry".

Australia's new data retention laws come under the microscope. Facebook - a help and a hindrance in law enforcement. There's water on Mars! and the pictures prove it.

Woolworths considers Dick Smith as no longer Fresh. Is there life after death for Netspace? Justin Timberlake thinks so and finds 35 Million reasons to make change. Adam checks out the new Motorola Razor, and Leena looks back at Freeplay and Valve hardware looks probable sometime next year. And Sony aims to be profitable this year.

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TTR Ep 3912: iPhone5 and iOS6. The good, the bad, the ugly. Facebook suspends photo tag tool in Europe, Safest seat in the plane when it crashes, NBN, TPG, and Optus joins SMS emergency program

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:54:46 +1000

Monday September 24, 2012

On the show today. Apple's new iPhone has finally hit the stores globally, and as you'd expect, demand and sales have gone ballistic. And now that it's on the streets, we can take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly with the new smartphone. Adam view from the couch this week is all about Apples' new passbook feature along with a few things that didn't make the cut. Then there's ios6. Some devices took advantage of many of the new features while some missed out altogether. We'll tell you what got what.
The world didn't just stop for Apple this week. There's new on the patent front, Australia's communication regulator has illegal mobile phone repeaters firmly in its sights, and Google Maps announces a 400 year advantage over Apple Maps. Them's fighting words.

Last week we told you where to sit in a train for best mobile phone coverage on the peak hour commute, this week we'll tell you where the best place is to sit in the plane, should you be about to crash!

Gadget: The Kindle Touch

Website: What's your klout? "" is a measure of your social friendliness.

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TTR Ep 3812: Apple's new iPhone arrives. The US will launch a six strike copyright system, Microsoft update their online portals for Windows 8, Nintendo announce launch date of the Wii U games console... and more

Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:00:43 +1000

Monday September 17, 2012

On the show this Monday, Apple's new iPhone finally sees the light of day, with the new iOS6 running the show, is it worth the upgrade from the iPhone 4? Or, if you're looking to upgrade any phone, is it worth the money, and more importantly, how well will it talk to Australian telephone Networks?


Dr Ron and Leena have eloped for the evening, so Adam Turner, one of Australia's best and independent tech journalists has kindly joined the panel tonight and will no doubt have plenty to say about the new Apple gadgets.

Also tonight, it's rumored that the US will launch a six strike copyright system later this year. Microsoft are updating their online portals for the imminent arrival of Windows 8 and last week the new Windows Phone Store replaced the Marketplace, Coders test the mettle in the new Windows 8, and Nintendo announce the launch date of the Wii U games console for later this year and Acer pulls it's smartphone launch over threats from Google.

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TTR Ep 3712: Voda joins Telstra in Early warning SMS, Apple's GDP worth, Nokia and Windows 8, Australia's Data Retention laws, electronics in Victorian courts, Steam hardware, LG beats Sony to market with 4K TVs and more

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:15:42 +1000

Monday September 10 2012

On the show today, Adam Turner literally gets on a plane and travels to the other side of the world for the Nokia launch with the new Windows 8 operating system. Vodafone joins Telstra in location based Emergency SMS alerts, which will no doubt come in handy as Australia heads into summer.

Apple's GDP put's them at number 20 on the country list if they were in fact a country, and half their revenue comes from the sale of iPhones.


We take a look at the data retention shenanigans, Australia has been pipped by New Zealand in a new index by Sir Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web Foundation that aims to scope the "impact" of the Internet.

Optus has pinned its free-to-air TV recording hopes on the Australian Law Reform Commission after the High Court rejected its appeal against a Federal Court decision that found its TV Now service in breach of copyright.

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TTR Ep 3612: Show 400. Cyberbullying is back in the news again, Samsung introduce retina like displays, Android and iOS together make history, Optus make over mobile offerings face of regulation and Harvard cracks DNA storage

Mon, 3 Sep 2012 23:08:06 +1000

Monday September 3 2012

On today’s show, unfortunately cyber bullying is front and centre again due to a high profile television personality being hospitalized after threats on Twitter.

In a world which is more connected than at any other time in history, it’s never been harder to escape the taunts of others unless you disconnect. Something which is becoming more and more difficult.

Also today Apple targets Samsung’s pride and joy as the fallout from the patent stouch rolls on, and in the same week, Samsung’s new Series 9 laptops have screen resolution to match Apple’s retina.

The two mobile operating systems Android and
iOS together make tech history, Optus make over their mobile offerings in the face of regulatory change, and Adam Turner looks at the technology that never happened – Video calls. Or will it?


Also this week Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram. A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard's Wyss Institute have successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data — around 700 terabytes — in a single gram of DNA, smashing the previous DNA data density record by a thousand times. ...more

Gadget: The Batman Night Light


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TTR Ep 3512: We remember Neil Armstrong, 8K UHDTV, Apple wins patent dispute over Samsung, Buying Gadgets to travel with, Microsoft's logo change, Game News: Plants V Zombies 2013... more

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 23:09:47 +1000

Monday August  27 2012
On the show today, In a verdict that would have warmed the heart of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, a US federal jury last Friday handed Apple a resounding legal victory in its bitter patent war with Samsung, ordering the South Korean tech giant to pay more than $1 billion in damages for "willfully" copying the iPhone and iPad.

Will this be the end of it, and what about the appeals and ongoing development for Samsung?


Also on the show today, we remember Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on another world who died this week aged 82.

8K TV is here! The Astor theatre given a new lease on life. Plants Vs Zombies II in 2013, and

Microsoft change their logo after 25 years, Coles up the technology offering in store to consumers, and The US Department of Justice has seized the domain names of three websites accused of distributing pirated Android apps.

Out of necessity this week, Adam Turner looks at mobility and technology. With the ever increasing need to stay connected away from the home and office, what are the options in todays vast range of gadgets for people on the go.

Gadget: The Sony SmartWatch


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TTR Ep 3412: BBC's Olympic bandwidth, gTLD update as well as cultural issues, what's through and what's not. Windows 8 is a game changer, but is it right for you? September tech announcements, and Tech stocks. What's up and what's down

Mon, 20 Aug 2012 22:47:05 +1000

Monday August 20 2012

On the show today, Tech stocks are on the move, some on the rise, and some in free fall. Is this indicative of the respective company's future prospects? Well tell you who's going which way and why.

As well, technology and cultural differences are at the cross roads in some countries and top level domains seem to be quite controversial in the Middle East.

The Olympics are done and dusted, and the host broadcaster, the BBC, have broken all records when it comes to Olympic data. Next month, September, is the big month for new tech gadgets and software. There'll be announcements, launches and updates coming thick and fast from all corners of the universe, so we'll keep you updated on who's doing what and when on the show tonight.


Adam Turner turns his attention to Microsoft's new Operating System,  Windows 8 and compares it to the current OS Windows 7, and Leena will be back off the bench today to keep us up to date in the world of gaming. So stick around!

Gadget: The Sony BDP-S790 BluRay Disc Player

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TTR Ep 3312: Blizzard and ASIO hacked as well as Mat Honan. No voice over LTE in Aus for 2 years. Google and Safari Cookies and suspected copyright infringers, the ACCC cracks down on Wi-Fi ready TVS.

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:26:20 +1000

Monday August 13 2012

On the show today, Hackers are doing what they do best and Last week it was ASIO’s turn, along with one of the world’s biggest game developers, Blizzard.

Using data to send voice on a telephony service isn’t new, and in the United States and Korea, we’re starting to see voice over LTE usage rise, (that's the new 4G technology now being rolled out by local carriers) but according to local telco’s, it’s still a couple of years off here in Australia.

Also this week, Google cops a whopper of a fine for mixing cookies with Safari, and the ACCC cracks down on Wi-Fi ready TVS.

Also Apple tightens it’s policies after the Mat Honan's hack last week, which is Adam’s View from the couch this week. Should we all panic or is this just a storm in a tea cup.

Last week, a hackr got into Mat Honan's (pictured right) Apple account, remotely erased the data on his iPhone, iPad eand MacBook, deleted his Google account, commandeered his Twitter account, and then posted a string of nasty stuff under Honan's name. You can read more about it and drawyour own conlusions.

Gadget: The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover


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TTR Ep 3212: Olympic Coverage in Australia Ch9 v Foxtel, MS stops calling Windows 8 Metro, Facebook Apps, Telstra 4G, Newbanking Apps, Gaming news, and Mars Curiosity...

Mon, 6 Aug 2012 22:51:49 +1000

Monday August 6 2012

On the show today,The 2012 Olympic Games are wrapping up in the UK, but here in Australia the fall-out from the abysmal channel nine coverage is just warming up. Most are asking ‘with today's technology, why do we have to put up with such terrible coverage on free to air?” Nine isn't the only one, NBC in the United States is also copping some flack.


Add social networking into the mix and the 10's of thousands of complaints on Channel Nine's Facebook wall, and you'd think they'd get the message and change their ways… One comment on Channel Nine's Facebook page, asking for the network to show sports other than ''swimming, repeats of swimming, interviews of swimming, analysis of swimming, previews of swimming'', posted by Matthew Taylor and signed ''the rest of Australia'', has attracted more than 105,000 ''likes''.

Adam Turner will compare the offerings on Free to air and pay TV in Australia.

Also on today's show, Microsoft tweaks Metro after trademark dispute. Are we starting to see a new tablet and phone market starting to appear with oversized phones and shrunken tablets merging? Windows 8 is off to the replicators, Facebook goes global with its version of an app store, Google revamps its Google Wallet with virtual card, and another of Australia's big banks release a new banking app.

There's the latest in Gaming, and the usual odd spot, gadget, app and website of the week. That's all to come on today's edition of Tech Talk Radio.

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TTR Ep 3112: Telstra hikes fixed line prices, Mountain Lion Arrives, AAPT hacked, Twitter and Google down, Apple wants $2.5b from Samsung, Vodafone kills of 3, ACDC's Thunderstruck play in middle east nuke facility.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:09:49 +1000

Monday July  30 - On the show today,

The Olympic games are off and running, and within 24 hours of opening ceremony Telstra lift the prices on fixed line telephone services across Australia at the same time energy demand spikes globally especially in the UK.

British electricity demand soared following London's Olympics opening ceremony on Friday, the country's energy network operator said, as millions return to their daily routine by switching on the kettle or the washing machine.

It was the week that saw Apple’s newest Operating System Mountain Lion, or 10.8 let out of it’s cage and free to roam the app store, as well, AAPT confirms being hacked because it was running an old version of Cold Fusion on it’s web servers with known vulnerabilities. Twitter’s whale floated to the surface again this last week as both the Micro blogging site and Google both went down for some time.

Apple demands $2.5b in damages from Samsung, and Vodafone prepares to put 3 into the ground permanently. So it looks like 3 is no longer the magic number and most of Australia’s cricketers will be out of a job.

Gadget: OP1 Portable Wonder Synthesizer

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TTR Ep 3012: Australia out of mobile numbers, Marissa joins yahoo, Qantas rolls out iPads, Adam looks at accessory obsolescence, Windows 8 release announced and Microsoft profits up yet posts it's first loss.

Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:18:40 +1000

Monday July  23

Microsoft announces the release date of its new Operating system Windows 8, at the same time announcing its first loss ever. Marissa Mayer takes up her new role as CEO of Yahoo,

It’s official, we’re just about to run out of Mobile phone numbers in Australia so ACMA has announced a new range of mobile telephone numbers to begin rolling out in the not too distant future.

Qantas rolls out iPads for in-flight entertainment, and there’s a new no fills ISP to resell the NBN but its only for those who are tech savvy, and

Adam takes a look at the future of device connectivity and accessory obsolescence with the pending release of Apples new phone rumored for the fourth quarter of this year.

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TTR Ep 2912: 2012 Olympic media offerings, Telcos and ACMA, Telstra wants to be a content provider, Adam looks at Netfix and Unblock-us, Apple bills direct to itunes and the ACCC wants Telstra Naked.

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:28:25 +1000

Monday July 16

In these changing media times where newspapers are morphing into online portals, and TV stations are struggling to keep viewers, Telstra realises it's ambitions to become a content provider as well as a telco.

The US based video on demand service Netflix is now finding less of a demand for movies and more of a demand for show content.

Australian Telcos have been given six weeks to improve customer service standards on complaints handling, advertising and credit management, as the media watchdog prepares to register a revised code governing the industry. So will it finally mean the end of bill shock? And what about unit pricing like in the supermarkets?

In a first, Apple Australia allows in store payments to be billed directly to your iTunes account, and

Adam takes a look at Geoblocking, a technique used to prevent internet users outside a specific country access to services within that country and wonders if the rewards are worth the hassle.

Gadget: Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition

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TTR Ep 2812: Higgs Boson, Telstra, Google, Apple, Microsoft - everyone today! CommBank's Kaching, Apple V Samsung, Adam admits to being a mincraft adict and more

Mon, 9 Jul 2012 19:16:06 +1000

Monday July 9

On the show today, Google takes the axe to some near and dear applications as the consolidation process continues at Mountain View. The Commonwealth bank rolls out an updated Kaching -  it's banking app for those on the run, on both the Apple and Android Platforms, but there is a potential hitch for Android users.


Apple has been furiously working behind the scenes the last couple of days, responding to the problem some app updates were having, which was later shown to be an issue with companies FairPlay DRM and specific app updates. As well, the first ever spam app finds its way through the app store.

We've got more on the Apple / Samsung stouche, Adam becomes a Minecraft addict, Microsoft's Server 2012 offerings become public and Telstra is front and center again over price hikes to premium products.

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TTR Ep 2712: French Minitel closes, Apple closes US market for Samsung, Telstra caught passing customers web traffic to 3rd party, Adam looks at Oz TV future and Windows 8 upgrade path revealed.

Mon, 2 Jul 2012 23:05:19 +1000

Monday July 2, 2012

An early and version of the World Wide Web rolled out in France in 1982 is to close after 30 years of service. It was considered one of the world's most successful pre-World Wide Web online services.


The Minitel was a Videotex online service accessible through the telephone lines, and is considered one of the world's most successful pre-World Wide Web online services. Rolled out experimentally in 1978 in Brittany and throughout Francein 1982 by the PTT (Poste, Téléphone et Télécommunications; divided since 1991 between France Télécom and La Poste). From its early days, users could make online purchases, make train reservations, check stock prices, search thetelephone directory, have a mail box, and chat in a similar way to that now made possible by the Internet.

In February 2009, France Telecom indicated the Minitel network still had 10 million monthly connections, among which 1 million are on the 3611 (directory). France Telecom retired the service on the 30th of June 2012.


Apple manages to get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in the United states, so where to now for Samsung? Adam takes a look at the furture of Free to Air TV in Australia drawing parallels to what's just happened in print.

Also, have you ever caught the kids with their hand in the biscuit jar and their face has that look of "sprung bad" written all over it? Well that's just what happened to Telstra last week when Australia's largest telco admitted to tracking websites that their mobile customers had been visiting, and then passing on those details to an off shore company without the consent of it's customers. We'll take a look at tis on todays show, along with the newly announced Windows 8 upgrade path.

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TTR Ep 2612: Google TV in AUS thanks to Sony, Apple and TPG pinged $2m each, Microsoft launch Surface, Tech firms are the best place to work, We look at the life of Alan Turing who would have turned 100 this June, we follow up on online backups as well we dip into the world of digital photography and DSLRs.

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:13:36 +1000

Microsoft launch new hardware called Microsoft Surface ahead of the launch of the company's new flagship operating system, Windows 8.
One has to wonder if it's a little too late, or will it be the next gadget that will see the Microsoft phoenix rise from the ashes. Also, it was the week that those corporate identities that like to mislead consumers felt the wrath of the Australian legal system.

And would it surprise you that Tech firms are the best places to work? Well, unless you happen to work for a large media organization. And not surprisingly the world's most valuable computer company just keeps on growing. As well, Adam Turner gets the lowdown from Sony on Google TV, a video service that's finally found its way to Australian TVs - well Bravia TVs at least.

We look at the life of Alan Turing who would have turned 100 this June, we follow up on online backups as well we dip into the world of digital photography and DSLRs.

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TTR Ep 2512: Australia's Digital Future, iOS6-what's new, Record breaking Apple 1 computer auctioned, Diablo 3 review, Samsung, HTC and Apple smart phones comparison, Skype adds ads.

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 23:15:51 +1000

On the show today, Apple's World Wide Developer conference talked up iOS6 so we'll take you through the changes in Apple's next mobile OS scheduled for release in our Spring. iOS6 brings a slew of new features such as improved Maps and Siri functionality, changes to iCloud and Safari and new Facebook and Twitter integration. It is compatible with the iPhone 3Gs, 4 and 4S, iPod 4G as well as iPad2/3.

Also, IBM have just released a comprehensive report into Australia's digital future which is not only an eye opener in how Australians will use technology as we head towards 2050, but a reality check for 16 industry sectors facing extinction in the next few years. Skype are going to throw ads at us now, an Apple 1 computer went up for auction last week, and there's still rough times ahead for Nokia.

Leena is in to talk Diablo, Adam looks at Samsung, HTC and Apple smart phones, and don't forget there's the usual odd spot, gadget, app and website of the week.

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TTR Ep 2412: E3 anticlimax, Passwords, Windows 8, Telstra and Voda plan changes, Apple's WWDC speculation, 1.3Gb wifi. Outsourcing and more

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 22:44:16 +1000

On the show today, there's all the more reason to make sure you use different passwords on different sites as it seems that last week was the week of password hacking, with Linkedin and both the targets of password thieves.

Also, it was the week Australian telcos change their plans,  well Telstra and Vodafone at least,

Facebook enters the app market in its continuing effort to be all things to everyone socially, and

Hulu, the US bases 'on demand' content provider hit's 2 million subscribers.

If only Australians could access such a service, it could very well put a different slant on rights issues in this country

Leena will update us about E3, Adam looks at outsourcing, and don't forget there's the usual odd spot, gadget, app and website of the week.

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TTR Ep 2312: E3 rumors, Piracy ups and downs, Nine entertainment and Telstra rumors, NGO tld's, Windows 8 pre release, Internet bandwidth by 2016 and Adam records video games.

Mon, 4 Jun 2012 22:56:31 +1000

On the show today, rumors are plentiful this week with a reported in the Australian Newspaper that the debt laden Nine Entertainment has emerged as a wildcard potential acquisition target for Telstra, reviving memories of the telco's failed bid for Kerry Packer's Publishing & Broadcasting group 12 years ago.

As well this week, Microsoft allowed us all to download a prerelease version of its new flagship operating system, Windows 8 ahead of schedule. According to the AFACT, Australians will continue to illegally download copyrighted material despite the availability of local, legal access to that material while Adam speaks to a company that has bettered its product due to people using it illegally. And have you ever wondered what sort of bandwidth the internet consume by 2016? That's only 4 years away.

Also Leena looks at the up coming E3. Will Sony have the game changer they say they have.

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TTR Ep 2212: Facebook Lists, The $2bn SKA, Raspberry Pi, Telstra reissues 230,000 passwords, Chrome and IE go head to head. Rick rolling, and the Optus / NBN deal

Mon, 28 May 2012 23:13:37 +1000

On the show today, Organisers of the Square Kilometer Array project have decided that both Australia and South Africa will jointly host the $2 billion radio telescope with New Zealand also playing a role.
The Facebook float begins to list, Apple’s new iPad, otherwise known as the iPad 3 does some amazing things in the market place only after 2 months on the shelves, Chrome and Microsoft’s Internet explorer go head to head, and Telstra reissues 230,000 passwords and it looks like there are some privacy reforms on the way. Also today, Adam takes a look at Raspberry Pi - a small computer brain for about $25.

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TTR Ep 2112: Facebook floats, Black boxes for US cars by 2015, Google to target iOS with chrome and rolls out a new style of browsing. It's HPs turn to shed staff, the DNS Changer date nears, there are complaints about Siri, But is there room for a new social network? Well Microsoft think so an it's called

Mon, 21 May 2012 23:16:56 +1000

On the show today, Facebook is now a public company.
It took eight years to stage one of the most anticipated initial public offerings ever. The anticlimax came last Friday, as Wall Street bankers struggled to prevent the newly minted stock from ending its first day with a loss. The stock had been widely predicted to soar on its first day. Instead, up until the closing moments of the trading session, Facebook's underwriters battled to keep the stock from slipping below its offering price of $38 a share. Such a stumble would have been a significant embarrassment.

Also tonight it looks like its HPs turn to shed staff, the DNS Changer date nears, apparently there are complaints about Siri, and the US and Australia team up on Cyber Security, Chrome on iOS and new Google search. But is there room for a new social network? Well Microsoft think so an it's called

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TTR Ep 2012: Copyright and Piracy, OLED TVs, driverless cars, Wolfenstien 3D, Sony and Apple Facebook news! ...and lots more

Mon, 14 May 2012 19:21:34 +1000

On the show today, it seems we're heading down the path of copyright and piracy. Just this week Optus chose to appeal the TV Now ruling to High Court which resulted in a blast from AFL chief Andrew Demetriou describing the situation as "Stupid", "disgusting" and "disappointing".

Adam has news on a new initiative from the US to combat piracy, Google has their new driverless car, and rumor has it there's a new color Kindle on the way.

As well there's new OLED tvs from Samsung set to hit the market later this year, we have the latest on Apple's and Sony's financial status and on a lighter note, Wolfenstein 3D' is to be free on the iPhone, iPad and on the Web and Rovio confirms life after Angry Birds.

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TTR Ep 1912: Off site backups and the new Google Drive, Patches and Fixes galore, Optus and Voda to share networks, and RIM new Blackberry plus lots more...

Mon, 7 May 2012 18:38:04 +1000

On the show today, it’s time to revisit an old favorite of ours – backups. With all the new cloud based offerings now online, it seemed timely to take a look a what’s what and point you all in the right direction of what’s right for you.


There’s also plenty of telco and smartphone news this week with news from the optus and Vodafone camp, and RIM – yes, the empire didn’t strike back.

As well this week, with roll out of the NBN now well under way, you would think some ISPs would sit on the fence when it came to rolling out DSLAMs - the technology that goes in your telephone exchange to connect subscribers to ADSL. Well an Aussie ISP is doing just that. We’ll tell you who.

There's the usual odd spot, gadget, app and website of the week as well.

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TTR Ep 1812: Optus Vs AFL and NRL, NBN News, Price gouging on Australian downloads, TPG pays fines over misleading bundles, and Google: We’re fine with slow Android updates

Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:00:52 +1000

On the show today, it looks like Optus, the AFL and NRL have had their final day in court - or have they? Talk about putting Australian copyright laws into absolute chaos!

Senator Stephen Conroy signs off on inquiry into why Aussies pay more for apps, music and movies than other countries.

It's TPGs turn to eye the wrath of the regulator in relation to advertising ‘500 free VoIP minutes' as part of a broadband bundle plan.

As well, the cloud storage wars ignite with Google unveiling its drop box and Microsoft upping it's free quota,

and maybe next time you fly with Qantas, you may pick up a iPad at the same time you pick up your headphones, as the company has flagged tablet devices like the iPad as an alternative to costly in-flight entertainment systems.

There's gaming news with Leena Van Deventer as well as the usual odd spot, gadget, app and website of the week as well.

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TTR Ep 1712: Flashback and Apple, iiNet and AFACT, Windows 8 update, Tim Fung and airtasker website, ACMA and the telco's try and find common ground.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 23:20:56 +1000

On the show today, it looks like the flashback security scare has shattered the myth of the in penetrable Mac, as Adam Turner will tell us about shortly. Apple, up until now has lived a relatively virus free life, but as their gadgets are now more widely in use, how will the worlds most valued company look after their customer base with an ever increasing threat of computer nasties?

Also today, the iiNet and AFACT row has reached its penultimate conclusion with a ruling in the High Court of Australia last week. There are no further avenues of appeal, so what now for ISPs and Content owners?

As well, there's more news on the pending release of Microsoft's Windows 8, scheduled for later this year, and would you use a website that allowed you to spruik odd jobs around your house, and have volunteers come your door to complete them for a small fee? Well, such a site has now been launched in Melbourne and Sydney, and we'll hear more about that later in the show when Tim Fung, CEO and founder of joins the panel live in the studio. Airtasker is a community marketplace where people can outsource everyday tasks and errands to friendly and reliable people.

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TTR Ep 1612: iPhone 5? Flashback trojan infect 10,000 Australian users, Sony axe 10,00 jobs, Channel 10 takes a profit hit, DVD copying legalities, and Australian TV at the crossroads.

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:51:48 +1000

Today on the show, just as the dust settles on the latest iPad, it's time to wind up the rumor mills again, this time with the pending arrive of the next Apple iPhone scheduled for around August, September or October this year.

And while on the subject of fruit, Apple has released a second Flashback removal tool to help ripen those infected apples  of which there are some 10,000 in Australia.

Also, as we touched on last week, there are troubled times ahead for Sony as they plan to shed some 10,000 jobs and cut TV production by 40%,  and the next generation of TV screens, the new OLED screens are about to hit the market. Also today,

Adam Turner takes a look at copyright and backing up your DVDs at home.

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TTR Ep 1512: LulzSec's day in court, 600,000 Macs infected with trojan, Facebook float nears, Adam puts Telsta's LTE a workout, and Twiiters growth spurt continues

Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:47:33 +1000

Remember the Sony hack not so long ago? Well a LulzSec hacker has pleaded guilty to the Sony breach. Twitter continues to grow at a record pace.

The Facebook IPO nears as Nasdaq gears up. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has several gaping holes that need patching, Over 600,000 Macs infected with the Flashback Trojan, and parking inspectors are starting to CCTV to book people who overstay the park.

Also tonight, Adam gives Telstra’s new LTE network, or 4G network a work out with a fist full of gadgets and a few hours to kill, and the results well stay tuned

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TTR Ep 1412: ACCC and Apple, the CSIRO wifi settlement secures more than $220, Google to open an online tablet store, DNSChanger trojan nets 10,000 Aussies and Blackberry admits defeat in consumer market.

Mon, 2 Apr 2012 09:53:14 +1000

The ACCC took Apple to court over misleading '4G' iPad claims last week but the dust hasn't settled just yet.

The CSIRO wifi settlement secures more than $220 million for organisation, which invented the technology in the 1990s. Wi-fi technology is used in more than 3 billion electronic devices worldwide, including personal computers, video games and mobile phones.

Google to open an online tablet store, DNSChanger trojan nets 10,000 Aussies and it comes with an ACMA warning which may result in some not being able to access the internet.

As well, something that will come with as no surprise for some, Blackberry admits defeat in consumer market. Looks like Apple and Google got the better of them, so will windows go the same way?

Also tonight Adam Turner will join us live in the studio to talk about the next 3 years of the NBN, Leena has the lasts on Games, Dr Ron has threatened to call in from Darwin, and there's the usual odd spot, gadget, app and website of the week

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TTR Ep 1312: Win 8 to ship October, iPad running hot? Foxtel in a vicious circle of decline, Adam looks at trolls (a new form of spam), and on 50% of business have a website.

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 23:01:44 +1100

Today on the show, Windows 8 is to hit the shelves by October. The Windows 8 release date has leaked: General Availability will be in October, while Release To Manufacturing is 'Summer'. Microsoft is expected to confirm the schedule next month.

Optus look like shedding staff in the short term to help lift the company's bottom line.  Apple's iPad is hot for the wrong reasons, Vandals hit Telstra fiber and Angry Birds theme parks become a reality. Mark Diggins joins the panel to talk about the confusion surrounding mobile phone operating frequencies in Australia.

Also this week, we're starting to see traditional content providers starting to hurt as online content delivery starting to take hold.

This is evident with the Foxtel admitting it is in a vicious circle of decline and its imminent merger with Austar. Also, would it surprise you that half of small businesses is still without a website? Adam has a view from the couch and Leena has the latest from the gaming world.

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TTR Ep 1212: Vodafone up for sale? Freeview PVRs with CRID. Will they deliver what they promise. New Firefox. iiNet Anytime Quotas, Paypal's new merchant app for iPhone and more...

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:01:29 +1100

Today on the show, there are rumors circulating that the owners of embattled telco Vodafone Australia are looking for buyers, which is not all that surprising considering their problems over the past few years.


iiNet, Australia's 2nd largest ISP, has removed it's Off Peak quota for some customers creating an Any Time quota which is the accumulation of Off Peak and Peak.

Apples new OS Mountain Lion or 10.8 preview 2 for those counting has hit the developer website. Hackers release Norton Antivirus source code and IE10 looks like Metro. Also today, Leena has the latest from the gaming world and Adam looks at the new Freeview PVR with CRID Data. Will it change the way we record TV?

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TTR Ep 1112: Solar Flares, iPad (not 3) announced, Optus release a new usage app and trial introduce location based ads. The FBI find Lulzsec, and 3 and Vodafone technically become 1

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 23:35:12 +1100

This week on the show, the world manages to survive 2 massive events this week, firstly the biggest solar flare for the past decade, and secondly the launch of the next generation iPad. Now it's just an iPad. Not an iPad 3 just an iPad, which will no doubt be remembered in history as the iPad 3, or the iPad 2 as you'll hear later in the show.

Also today, for all you lucky Optus customers, the telco is looking to serve ads to your mobile phone based on your location. Now there's one you didn't sign up for, and while we're talking Optus, they had a bit of a win over the penalty imposed on them last year for misleading advertising. After 8 years, 3 customers will finally roam onto Vodafone's network and one has to ask why it took so long?

There's the usual odd spot, gadget, app and website of the week, gaming news with Leena, and Adam's on the couch. So who needs cheap movie tickets when you can sit back, log in to the chat, and relax for the next two hours with Tech Talk Radio.

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TTR Ep 1012: Gerry Harvey's poor online sales, Telstra's NBN offering - beware the leopard. Windows 8 consumer release, Conroy's Filter not dead yet, but maybe, Demetriou calls Optus thieves and more

Mon, 5 Mar 2012 23:50:14 +1100

This week on the show, Gerry Harvey is back in the news this week lamenting over his slowing online sales, It's the week that see's the rumored iPad 3 announcement in San Francisco on Wednesday, Optus failed to silence Andrew Demetriou calling them thieves, Windows 8 takes another step closer with the release of a consumer preview. Yes you can download it and give it a try if you like Google's new privacy policy kicks in, Adam takes a close look at the new Telstra NBN offerings and the results probably won't surprise you, and Leena has the latest in Gaming news from around the globe.

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TTR Ep 0912: IPad good for Singapore but not for US Military, News from the BBC, Optus Vs AFL back in court, Dodo breaks the internet, Telstra's new broadband plans, Google privacy concerns...

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:16:01 +1100

Today on the show, the Cupertino giant Apple is in the news with the acquisition of a search engine for it's App Store. As well the iPad escapes a ban in Singapore, but gets dumped as a US military tool.

There was a high level of incompetence demonstrated over at Dodo last week, with the dead bird taking out most of Australia's internet for about half an hour or so and Optus has sought a Federal Court ruling preventing AFL chief Andrew Demetriou from claiming the telco's TV Now recording service is a form of "stealing". Them's fight'n words if ever I heard.

Also, Adam catches up with the Beeb to find out about a new News offering, and Leena will have the latest on gaming news from around the globe.

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TTR Ep 0812: The Big supermarkets step technically, Adam tells us about Spotify, Telstra's new$1800 mobile data plan for roaming, Twitter gets a satellite and Leena has gaming news. Plus lots more

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 07:55:09 +1100

This week on the show, the big supermarket chains step up to the mark - technologically speaking, putting the power of grocery buying into the palm of your hand. As we suspected, the Optus victory over the AFL and NRL seems short lived as Australia's Federal court gears up for an appeal. Telstra offers up a new range of international data roaming caps, and I hope you're sitting down because for $1800AUD, you'll receive a massive 976.6 Mb which has included value of $15,000. Yes, you heard correct, $1800 for a gig  - and it doesn't roll over.

Also this week, there's another nail in the coffin for the Blackberry. There's Twitter news, Apple news, tech protests across Europe and Vodafone lost an embarrassing amount of customers in 2011.

Adam Turner has a Spotty view from the couch, Leena has the latest in gaming news, there's the gadget, website and odd spot of the week as well that must have app of the week for your smart phone or iGadget

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TTR Ep 0712: There's a new iPad on the way. Hard drives are said to be getting a whole lot faster, Microsoft unveils the new look office, rumors have it that Google is looking to buy mobile phone spectrum in Australia, and a would be tech thief with a conscience turns himself in to Australian authorities for all the right reasons.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:36:05 +1100

This week on the show, surprise, surprise it's been almost 12 months since the iPad 2 hit the streets, so Apple are about to tell us all about the iPad 3. What surprises has the Cupertino giant got in store for us this time.

Also those hard drives in our computers are said to be getting a whole lot faster, Microsoft unveils the new look office, which, by the way, is up to release 15 for those counting, rumors have it that Google is looking to buy mobile phone spectrum in Australia, and a would be tech thief with a conscience turns himself in to Australian authorities for all the right reasons. They're just some of the topics up for discussion this week on Tech Talk Radio.

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TTR Ep 0612: Optus wins in the legal system allowing customers to time shift AFL and NRL sporting events although it may be a short lived victory. Facebook is looking to raise about $5bn so Mark has chosen to sell shares to the public. Then there's Google's privacy update...

Mon, 6 Feb 2012 23:58:40 +1100

Well it's good to be back for 2012 and as per usual, plenty has happened while been off air and living the life of rest and relaxation. We'll some of us anyway.

The big news on today's show is Optus's win in the legal system allowing Optus customers to time shift AFL and NRL sporting events although it may be a short lived victory. Also Facebook is looking to raise about $5bn so Mark has chosen to sell shares to the public. Then there's Google's privacy update. You know the one you didn't read when it splashed across your screen in the past week. SOPA was all the rage while we were on holidays with many popular websites shutting down for a day to protest the proposal before the US government, so well take a look at that too, Adam Turner is back with his view from the couch... there's news from the gaming world and a whole lot more. Oh and don't forget the odd spot, gadget and website of the week.

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