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Digest - Friday the 4th of December 2015

It's hard to believe that it is December already and three weeks until we close for the XMAS break. The team at NAS Australia would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and custom throughout 2015. Still Queensland family owned after 33 years, we owe our continued success to our loyal customer base.

As it has been a while since my last digest, there are quite a few articles to catch-up on.

I hope you enjoy the digest.

Best regards,

John Kimbell

NAS XMAS Closure

The team at NAS Australia would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and custom throughout 2015 and wish you and yours a safe and restful XMAS break.

NAS Australia (Brisbane, Warana and Cairns) will be:

  • Closing: Midday on Thursday the 24th of December 2015 and
  • Re-opening: 7:30am on Monday the 4th of January 2016.

Skeleton Staff will be in attendance in Brisbane from 8am until 4pm on: Tuesday the 29th, Wednesday the 30th and Thursday the 31st of December 2015.

Time for a smile?

A customer forwarded me a link to the below article recently and it brought a smile to my face.  If you are of similar vintage to me, I hope it will bring a smile to your face too.

Opens external link in new window12 things you did as a child that your kids won't do

"1. They will never have to sit next to tape recorder pleading with the whole family to be quiet, patiently waiting with one finger on play and one on record waiting desperately for the radio to play their favourite song to add to our 'favourite songs' compilation tape.

2. They will never stop by a Milk Bar after school with 20 cents to carefully decide how many 1 cent or 2 cent lollies will go in to making up the contents of their little white bag. Freckles, mates, mint leaves anyone?

3. They will never have to wait until an ad break to get a drink or go to the toilet.

4. They will always be able to see the end of a movie. It took me years to finally see the end of The Sound of Music and Wizard of Oz without falling to sleep.

5. They will never have to stretch the phone cord around corners and sit under the table just to get some privacy. Nor will they have to get to the end of spending all that time dialling a number only to mess up the last one and have to start again!

6. They will never know what it's like for the whole street to be letting off firecrackers in the back paddock around a massive bonfire.

7. They will never hire a VHS video to teach them how to 'breakdance'. They will never have to rewind that VHS back to the start or be angry at the last person who failed to rewind it after watching it.

8. They will never know what its like to have knees covered in red mercurochrome.

9. They will never be able to prank call someone without being found out.

10. They will never know what its like to race full tilt down a hill on a billy cart. Well, they could do this, but mostly we are scared about the bumps and scrapes (maybe we should have stuck with the red mercurochrome which seemed to fix everything).

11. They will never have to memorise a phone number or search the millions of 'Smiths' in the telephone book to find the phone number of their latest crush.

12. They will never know what its like to be super precise when making plans to meet someone. If you said the second carriage of the 8.20 train you had to be there (Martine Ogelthorpe, November 6 2015)."

Industry Articles

FTA TV

It looks like Regional Viewers are set to miss out on the new channel 9 programming.

NineHD and 9Life were launched on the 26th of November, "....but it now appears certain a significant portion of the population will not have access to the new services at launch." The Decider TV Article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

IoT

Australia must take steps to capitalise on IoT revolution

"Australia must take care not to miss out on the benefits of the ‘next great disruptor’ – the Internet of Things – according to a report published last week by the newly formed Communications Alliance Internet of Things (IoT) Think Tank."  The Delimiter article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Aussie Homes Set To Get Connected In A Big Way: New Report

"Connected devices in the home will triple by 2020 as Australians enter a new "app age of super-connectivity", according to a new report commissioned by NBN and developed by Telsyte." The ChannelNews article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Smart homes promise to end the 'wife drought', but where do women fit in?

"Demand for smart home products has fallen short of expectations, so exactly who are the intended buyers?"  The Conversation article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Smart Home Technology to Make International Impact, According to Study

"GfK research found smart home technology was the leading innovative technology that international consumers expect to make an impact on their lives in the coming years."

"The areas of smart home technology applications that have the greatest appeal are ‘security and control’ (55%) and ‘energy or lighting’ (53%). ‘Entertainment and connectivity’ was third at 48%, while ‘health’ and ‘smart appliances’ tied for fourth at 43% each." The Security Sales & Integration Article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

NBN

NBN CTO pitches 5GBps speeds for HFC cable modems

"The chief technology officer of the NBN company yesterday said new modems launched by the company’s equipment supplier ARRIS will allow theoretical top speeds of 5Gbps down and 2Gbps up, in comments which appear to run contrary to ongoing claims by the company that Australians are not interested in gigabit NBN speeds."  The Delimiter article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

50 Mbps "only a milestone" as Germany targets "gigabit society"

"Germany’s top technology minister Alexander Dobrindt and the heads of its telcos have reportedly described 50Mbps broadband speeds as only a “milestone” on the country’s broadband roadmap, which will ultimately culminate in a “gigabit society”."

"There are certain similarities between Germany and Australia. Both countries are currently focusing on upgrading legacy networks such as copper and HFC cable networks, using Fibre to the Node technology especially, coupled with the vectoring standard. And both countries also have some of the world’s most advanced 4G mobile networks — with much planned in the way of future mobile upgrades."

"In this case, what we see is that Australia and Germany are actually pursuing very similar technological solutions to the issue of high-speed broadband availability. But the rhetoric from the top could not be more different. In Australia, it is common for our politicians and NBN executives to talk down the need for high speeds, seeing 50Mbps broadband speeds as sufficient." The Delimiter article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Other Technology Articles

Foxtel Seeks Site-Block Order

"Foxtel will take court action to block several Web sites that facilitate piracy through a Federal Court order in early 2016, the pay-TV outlet jointly owned by Telstra and Rupert Murdoch's News group has confirmed." The ChannelNews article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Move aside Wi-Fi, there's a new super-fast wireless internet coming called Li-Fi

"Scientists have developed a new form of wireless communication for computers that is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi."  The Brisbane Times article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Now that local streaming services have been in Australia for a while, has the rate of piracy slowed?

"Australia is one of the pirating capitals of the world, but has the tide turned now that people have legitimate access to content through local streaming services and the Dallas Buyers Club court ruling has spooked casual pirates? Maybe." The Brisbane Times article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Sony PS4 Gaming Network Used By Terrorists To Communicate Real Concerns In OZ

"PS 4 gaming console are believed to have been used by the terrorists who wreaked havoc in Paris at the weekend to communicate between each other. The issue raises big fears in Australia as authorities appear to have no power to monitor peer to peer gaming networks." The ChannelNews article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.