Malcom Turnbull speaks on NBN Co strategic review

Mr. Turnbull, Communications Minister for the LNP government, is now speaking in question time on the review conducted by NBN Co on the LNP’s NBN model and costs and timings of the plan.

The review shows a cost blowout of over $11b but Mr. Turnbull still praises his model of FTTN.

He is speaking about who is involved and passing thanks.

Vodafone’s CEO Bill Morrow is to become the new NBN boss (becuase they have been so great at rolling out a network).

The review shows the LNP’s plan will be more expensive and will take longer than the promised 2016 date (yet another broken promise).

More here

and more updates here

More details are emerging but you can hear it directly yourself here.

NFC payments, what’s stopping them?

Quite simply put all that is needed for using your mobile phone to pay for goods in Australia is a sim card with a secure element.
Microsoft wallet on Windows Phone 8 is ready to go with Microsoft confirming it is supported in Australia.
The banks will have you believe that they need to do extensive testing and certification but in actual fact they need not have anything to do with NFC payments.
Google’s wallet also works but is not yet enabled for Australia, although can be with some modifications.
The fact that we don’t have NFC payments already is a real shame when hardware vendors are ready to go, Visa and Mastercard are ready to go, we just need that secure element.

LNP fail to deliver a viable NBN plan

Fairfax have reported today via the Sydney Morning Herald that the NBN Co’s review commissioned by Malcolm Turnbull is complete and that they have a copy of said report.

And it’s an interesting one…This will be no surprise to anyone with any knowledge of the history of Telstra and Telecommunications but a big shock to the liberal numpties who praise the messiah Abbott and his cronies.

The report is daming to say the least; cost blowouts, deadline blowouts, deficiencies for business.

The so called “blue book” suggests the FTTN model proposed by the LNP party as the saving grace of the expensive waste of the ALP governments spending, faces a plethera of technical challenges and is unlikely to be finished by the promised 2016 date.

As with much of the LNP’s promises coming into the recent election, this is yet another furfee from this shell of a government. Check out the full article linked on the first line for the full details.

Xbox One Blu-ray drive blues

Microsoft has had amazing sales of it’s new Xbox one console but unfortunately plaiged by issues with noises coming from the unit.

It has been found that the Blu-Ray drive is the culprit. The nukbers of users affected is quite small but it is brining back some bad memories of the red ring of death issues experienced with the Xbox 360.

Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and stated it will send out replacement consoles

 

New numbers from Microsoft and Instagram and Vine hit Windows Phone

WMPoweruser reports the latest figures from Microsoft on the Windows Phone store.

Currently, according to Microsoft figures, there have been 3 billion downloads from the store so far since it was launched. Each day they get 10 million transactions which is a step up from the 9 million in September and 6.6 million in June.

These numbers are only around 5% of the iOS store however it shows strong growth for the platform that is quickly cementing it’s place as the third platform in the smartphone market.

Since Windows Phone 8 was released Microsoft have seen an increase of 181% in app revenue and downloads have increased by 209%.

With the release of the long anticipated Instagram and Vine, these figures are bound to grow and bring the gap between Android and iOS much closer.

Have you considered coding for Windows 8.1? Well this may help!

In the Appreneur Challenge Microsoft are giving away some amazing prizes simply for making some apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.

Prizes include 25 Xbox One console and a major prize of a Surface Pro and “Money-can’t-buy experiences”.

With higher conversion rates and some awesome hardware and these awesome prizes, there really is no excuse for not having a go at making some awesome apps for the Windows platform.