Prior to the season, Microsoft and the NFL struck a 5-year, $US400 million deal with one of the major components being that the Microsoft Surface would become “the official tablet of the NFL” with coaches and players using the Surface on the sidelines during games.
But Microsoft and the league ran into a problem during week one of the season when at least two television announcers mistakenly referred to the tablets as iPads giving a huge rival some unexpected exposure.
A controversial tourism facility at a Cadbury factory partly funded by taxpayer dollars looks set to go ahead, with the chocolate maker announcing the “globally relevant chocolate experience” should be signed off within weeks.
Tony Abbott promised a $16 million grant to the Hobart project during last year’s federal election, however questions have since been raised about the generous pledge given the Coalition government’s refusal to provide taxpayer assistance to fruit cannery SPC Ardmona.
It was also later revealed that Alastair Furnival, the staffer dumped from working in the office of Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash, helped lobby the state government to secure funds for Cadbury.
Yup, Cadbury’s which makes millions every year has been handed $16 million dollars by our government. Despite the “debt crisis” and all the cuts they are making to science etc.
New research from Spotify shows that music piracy via BitTorrent dropped 20% in Australia during the first year the streaming platform was operational. The drop was mostly driven by casual file-sharers, and the number of hard-core pirates remains stable.
spotify-blackSince its launch Spotify always had a very clear goal in mind. Compete with piracy and make it obsolete.
To see how the company is faring on this front Spotify regularly researches piracy rates in countries where they enter the market. Thus far the results have been rather positive.
In 2012 the streaming service entered the Australian market and Spotify’s own research now shows that music piracy via BitTorrent dropped significantly during the following year.
Look what access to a reasonably priced music service does!
Wait for it.
Community television will be booted off air by the Federal Government in a little over 12 months.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that community stations would only be licensed until the end of 2015.
After that, they would not be granted access to broadcast spectrum and Mr Turnbull suggested they use the internet instead.
Apparently there is a new commercial channel coming and these are all being killed to make way for it. What’s the bet the new channel will be owned by murdoch.
“Unanimous” opposition to the federal government’s proposed copyright law changes will force it back to the drawing board to tackle online piracy, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.
Representatives from both sides of the online piracy debate – including the telecommunications companies and rights holders – have warned the changes to copyright law outlined in the government’s discussion paper on online piracy are too broad and could have negative unintended consequences.
Mr Turnbull hosted a lively public forum in Sydney on Tuesday night that included panellists from the film and television sectors, internet service providers and consumer groups.
Richard Kiel, best known for his role as the steel-toothed villain Jaws in two 1970s James Bond films, has died aged 74.
The statuesque 7ft 2in actor portrayed the mercenary assassin Jaws in the 1977 movie The Spy Who Loved Me and the 1979 thriller Moonraker both opposite Sir Roger Moore as Agent 007.
Kiel died on Wednesday afternoon at a hospital in Fresno, California, according to a report on Wednesday by TMZ.
A man feared to have contracted the potentially deadly Ebola virus in Africa has been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
The 25-year-old contacted paramedics at 7.40am on Thursday complaining of feeling unwell, a Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman told Fairfax Media.
The man, from Southport on the Gold Coast, returned from the Congo two days ago and has been seriously ill since, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
The man was put in the hospital’s purpose-built negative pressure isolation room and was being assessed by world renowned infectious diseases expert Dr John Gerrard, a Queensland Health spokeswoman said.
She said the man had reported Ebola-like symptoms, but she stressed Ebola symptoms were initially similar to those of the flu.
Inappropriately shaped lollies on sale exclusively in the South Island have been branded offensive and recalled from shops.
Barrie Aburn, of Dunedin, said his daughters Cadence (8), Rhianna (6) and Payton (5) bought a bag of Dragon Sweets from Moyles SuperValue in Green Island and gave it to him for his birthday.
Mr Aburn’s partner, Jacqui Hawkins, said she randomly took a sweet from the bag and found it was shaped in the form of male genitals.
Another lolly in the bag was a gummy baby with a penis, she said.
Today is R U OK? Day.
If you have a friend that’s gone quiet, seems out of sorts or down. Go talk to them, ask if they are OK and don’t leave it at “Yeah I’m cool.” I’ve had a bad few years with depression and my family and friends do this regularly and it’s saved me (and I am getting better). I wish I did it more for Evil Muppet. So don’t leave it until it’s too late.
Remember we’re all a little fucked in the head. It’s OK and nothing to be ashamed about.
If you’ve ever spent a rainy evening thumbing through your Facebook newsfeed glaring with scarcely controllable envy at the seemingly endless torrent of pictures posted by unbearably smug friends who are backpacking through some country with scenes so vibrant you wonder if the saturation setting on your screen is faulty, relax.
It could all be a backpack of lies.
For five weeks Dutch student Zilla van den Born subjected her Facebook friends to the above, claiming to be travelling around South East Asia, when in reality she had never left her home city of Amsterdam. She went to extraordinary lengths to perpetuate the illusion, which was fed to her friends and family alike. The only person who knew the truth was her boyfriend.
Just remember this next time your looking at all the awesome shit people are doing on facebook while you’re sitting at home in your undies.
We have our upcoming trial for the defamation action against us in October and I need to raise some dosh to get my barrister across the continent to do battle for us.
So if you can spare any change, please donate to our legal fund. We just need to cover the flight costs at the moment.
So what’s happened so far with this defamation action? Well, the plaintiff filed two defamation actions against me about four years ago, then decided to not turn up to court for either of them. One was dismissed, one of was struck out. Which I found out means “pause” in the ACT legal system. Now that their other legal action failed, they started up the defamation again.
So we’re going to fight the shit out of this and beat it just like all the others. So far we have won every single legal action taken against us.
Australians are paying up to 400 per cent more than viewers in the US and UK to watch popular digital programs, consumer group Choice says.
Choice said the mark-up on Foxtel for programs like Orange Is The New Black and The Walking Dead is between 300 and 400 per cent more than accessing the programs on the US streaming-service Netflix.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today host a public forum to discuss ways to reduce online piracy.
And then they wonder why people would rather torrent… dumb.
The iPhone 6 has not been announced yet but some people have already started camping outside Apple’s flagship store in Fifth Avenue, New York City. However, they are not camping there because they are die-hard Apple fans willing to wait weeks just to get their hands on the latest iPhone.
25-year-old actress and model Moon Ray and her husband Jason are being paid to wait in line for Apple’s unannounced latest smartphone. They travelled all the way from Mississippi to New York to wait for the iPhone 6 and promote a new iOS app called VideoMedicine that allows patients to conduct telemedicine sessions with doctors. Ray says New York City is especially a good place to promote the app because 50% of the city’s residents have no private cars and experience difficulty going to a doctor.
“We’re being compensated for our time and food is being provided to us, and our gear,” she says in an interview with USA Today. “It’s definitely worth our while.”
Foxtel has vowed to take “reasonable steps” against subscribers who illicitly download movies and TV shows on its network when it starts selling retail broadband services early next year.
The company, which is jointly owned by Telstra and News Corp, made the claim in a submission to the federal government’s online copyright infringement discussion paper, published on Monday.
Foxtel said in December last year it would launch its broadband service in late 2014 as a wholesale customer of Telstra. It has since updated its website to say the service will launch in early 2015.
While Foxtel did not name what steps it would take to stop its future broadband subscribers from pirating, it indicated in its submission that blocking websites hosting pirate material and introducing a “graduated response” scheme would be appropriate for other providers in Australia.
Sad thing is, most Australians will be stupid enough to sign up for this.
Ever wondered what happens when a truck carrying 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate crashes & mixes with the diesel fuel etc……..
Wonder no more!! Here’s some pics of that exact thing which occurred just outside Charleville in QLD Australia overnight (08/09/2014)
Unfortunately there is no video footage – just some pics. There is almost nothing left of the truck, the police car that responded is gone too & you can see what’s left of the firetrucks.
Amazingly no one died though – truck driver suffered burns & 7 others were injured but none life threatening.