An amuzing look at our gadget obsession

This comes to us via Gizmodo and is a whimsical look at our gadget obsession.


LG Smart TVs sending user viewing logs even when turned off

Tisk tisk LG, The Verge have posted an article detailing LG Smart TVs rsending a log of user viewing habits regardless of the privacy settings having set it to not log.

The company says it’s fair game since the user agree to the T’s and C’s when they plugged the TV in and they even had the nerve to fob him off to his retail outlet…what are they going to be able to do about it?!

Amazing that companies take someones right to privacy with such a relaxed atitude!


Optus rolls out 4G Plus TD-LTE

This is a little old but it links to a new trial of Optus 4G for fixed wireless service. Telstra announce a little while back that they are looking to this new extended LTE but once again Optus have beat them to it.

The technology allows very high transfer speeds and is the full LTE rather than the cut down LTE rolled out an inoperation by Telstra and now Vodafone.

This should prove for some very fast transfer speeds on phones that can support the technology as well as use for wireless hotspot and fixed wireless services where some may not have the option of installing fixed lines.

The service is on in 4 capital cities and has 55 sites in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra as of September 2013.


The NBN Show continues in the Senate Estimates Committee

Senator Ludlam has a go at drawing information out of ex Telstra boss and now NBN Co chairman and interim CEO Ziggy Switkowski and struggles due to statements such as “this may breach commercial confidence” or “this is a ministerial issue to be address later” or even that “I’ve been outside of the telco industry for a number of years now”. It all sounds very light on in detail and wreaks of towing the party line.

Suggestions of not being able to estimate usage in 10 years time both for the negative and positive side are also mentioned with Ziggy asking what the significance of 1Gbit is with a response from the Senator of as significant if not more so than the change from dial-up to broadband.

Personally I do not expect anything else from the ex Telstra chief with how that network was rolled out and how technology innovations are handled within Telstra.

A great little dig towards then end from the Senator speaking of a cost benefit analysis and the fact that Dr. Switkowski has not been involved as yet “generally aware of, but not involved” he says (interesting that the chair and CEO of NBN Co is not involved don’t you think?). Senator Lundlam says “so you had no prior engagement or knowledge and were not involved in Professor Ergas’ involvement in those cost benefit analysis…..are you aware that professor Ergas is the only one that has conducted a cost benefit analysis of the NBN, he did it on his own time I understand. His results showed that you should not build it at all, a fascinating piece of work. Watch out for him!” he says.

Just how sensitive is the new XBOX Kinect sensor?

Microsoft demo’ed the new XBOX Kinect sensor and in the process caused a bit of an uproar with the device being able to descern a “buldge” at the users crotch. Calls of NSA spying have been made but really, do you think the NSA cares about the size of your package even if they were to somehow hack into your Xbox ONE and spy on you? Microsoft have aparently listened and provided an XBOX One option without the Kinect sensor.

Gizmodo Small tablet test

Gizmodo have tested three top contenders in the ~7 inch tablet market. Apple fans will be surprised to hear that the iPad mini comes in a distant last, with the Kindle Fire HDX coming in at one and closely matched by the Nexus 7.

See below for details:

The Best Small Tablet Display (Hint: It’s Not The iPad Mini) | Gizmodo Australia.