News & Events

Digest - Monday the 14th of September 2015

This week's digest is jam packed full of industry and broad-based economic articles. Another Kingray product release is included for your consideration.

Have a great week.

Best regards,

John Kimbell

The Australian Economy - it's not all bad

Let's not be cognizant in talking ourselves into a downturn.  The following articles espouse some economic realism - it's not all bad!

Dollar Higher

The Australian dollar fought back late last week on the back of some positive employment results.  At 7am this morning, the dollar was trading at 70.84 US cents, and improvement of 0.23 cents from Friday's close.  An article on the following can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Retail sales show positive growth

Week ending Friday the 11th of September delivered positive news for retailers with a lift in retail sales growth of 5.69 per cent compared to the previous week. The inside retail article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Markets too pessimistic about China, argues economist Nouriel Roubini

"The man who predicted the US housing market crash that preceded the global financial crisis has hit out at “manic-depressive” investors panicking over China’s market meltdown.

Nouriel Roubini, co-founder and chairman of Roubini Global Economics and professor at New York University, believes markets are being too pessimistic about Chinese growth."  Click Opens external link in new windowhere to read more.

Digital Disruption

I was fortunate enough to attend a Burrell's breakfast presentation last week in which Steve Baxter (Shark Tank Fame) was the guest speaker presenting on Digital Disruption.  One thing that we all know for sure is that digital disruption has only just begun.  Baxter believes that we have only just scratched the disruption surface.  We all have three choices; we can ignore it, we can live with it or we can lead it.

What Uber tells us about disruption

Following on the digital disruption theme, important business lessons are there for all to see.  Those business most susceptible to digital disruption tend to be incumbents, resting on their laurels providing meek levels of customer service.  A recent article in the Brisbane Times itpro, suggests that disruption consists of three elements:

  1. Consumer frustration or insight
  2. A leap of imagination
  3. A digital solution

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.


The following IoT related articles are well worth a read:

Opens external link in new windowLowe’s Study Reveals Security Is Main Reason Consumers Purchase ‘Smart Home’
Opens external link in new windowSymantec Secures More Than 1 Billion Internet of Things (IoT) Devices
Opens external link in new windowAmino: “We see growing operator interest in the Internet of Things”
Opens external link in new windowElectronic Noise Is Drowning Out the Internet of Things
Opens external link in new windowIFA 2015: A messy jumble of 4K TVs, smartwatches, and troubled IoT devices


ACCC Statement: Not Looking Good For Foxtel

"The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has outlined concerns Foxtel's proposed acquisition of a stake in Ten Network could impact free-to-air television services competition." The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.


It seems as though the NBN has copped an especially large whack in the media in the last week.  Some articles of interest follow:

Opens external link in new windowThe NBN: why it's slow, expensive and obsolete
Opens external link in new windowThese are the muddy and broken copper phone lines NBN Co is buying from Telstra
Opens external link in new windowDoes your DSL modem share the blame for your broadband woes?
Opens external link in new windowACCC:Wants Broadband Performance Monitoring

Product Release

Kingray KDM401 - Quad AV to SD DVB-T modulator

Please find attached a new product release from Kingray.  The KDM401 is a quad AV to SD DVB-t modulator with exceptional output quality (i.e. MER > 42 dB typ.). The product flyer can be accessed Initiates file downloadhere.