Telecom blunders cost South Australia $2M

All departments in South Australia’s state government will be facing telecommunications services audits after a startling discovery was recently made in four of its agencies. A six-month audit of the unnamed departments led to the discovery of a myriad of mistakes and wasteful practices, from unsuitable data plans to billing errors. In total, it is estimated the blunders cost the government $2 million. “Because only four agencies were included in the 2011-12 review, there are concerns that the practices could be spread across the government’s 69 other agencies and, potentially, costing many more millions,” states a news report in The

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TV, tablets collide in American living rooms

Ever find yourself creeping Facebook while watching your favourite television show? Turns out you’re not alone. According to the recently released Nielsen Cross-Platform Report, 84 per cent of American smartphone users report using their companion device while watching TV at least once a month, while 62 per cent find themselves multi-tasking multiple times a week. Nearly forty per cent do it daily. “When married with TV viewing second screen activity on these devices opens more direct dialogue with the consumer,” states the report. “Whether used to stay connected through social media sites, check email or engage in mobile shopping, the

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Who Should Pay for Wireless Devices

“With an individual liability strategy, the risks can be significant” Unless you live in the deep wilderness, you’ve noticed that the wireless world is upon us in every facet of our lives. Wireless devices have clearly become the standard mode of communication for both personal and business purposes, as is evidenced by a trip downtown, a trip to the airport, or a trip through your own home. There is no question that the wireless device is an invaluable business tool, and has almost become both a business and personal necessity – and our thumbs are suffering accordingly. To make matters

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Apple developing ‘seamless unibody headphones’

Apple’s iconic white headphones are poised for a makeover. The AppleInsider has spied a new patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which describes Apple’s latest earbuds design — a seamless unibody structure. Apple’s new set of ‘unibody’ earbuds seamlessly integrates several components that are welded together through “ultrasonic bonding.” The process involves fusing component pieces together without the use of adhesive, making the finished product appear as if it’s made of a single piece of plastic.  The result is a more polished, aesthetically appealing look that audiophiles will surely love. Another patent application, AppleInsider reports, details

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Yahoo’s Hub to rival BlackBerry Messenger

Yahoo has released a new messaging app which is expected to offer stiff competition to RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger app. True to its tagline, “Conversations made easy,” Hub allows users to send free text messages and have group conversations with other mobile phone users via data connection or WiFi.  Hub users can  also  send messages   to those who don’t have the application as long as they have the person’s mobile number. “Hub allows you to easily add participants to any conversation thread so it’s easy to switch from private messaging to a group conversation. Whether it is just keeping up with

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McAfee app wipes out info from a lost phone

McAfee has released an iPhone application  that tracks the location of your lost phone, restores your data to a new device, and wipes out the information from the other handset. The McAfee WaveSecure software for iOS devices allows you to back up your contacts, photos and videos. The $19.99 app also lets you  know the location of your phone and lock the device via the WaveSecure online portal. The McAfee WaveSecure app also comes in handy if you have accidently deleted your phone details. Looks like something Paris Hilton might need. The hotel heiress-turned-TV star recently lost two smartphones on

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Cell phone signals disturb honey bee colonies

Cell phones may be partly to blame for the decline of bee colonies around the world, according to a study  by a Swiss researcher. The theory is that signals from handsets and cell phone towers interfere with the bees’ navigation systems, causing the honey bees to get disoriented and fail to find their way back to their hives.  Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) happens when mature bees suddenly vanish, leaving only the young ones, queens, and eggs in the hives. Without the worker bees, the colony eventually dies. Researcher Daniel Favre, a former biologist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,

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FCC decision on cellular signal boosters looms

To ban or merely regulate? The fate of cell phone signal boosters will be known at the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) monthly meeting on April 7. Whether to allow cell phone signal boosters or not has long been a contested issue, with the  CTIA appealing to the FCC to investigate the sale and use of signal boosters in the U.S. Cellular signal boosters or repeaters strengthen the coverage of mobile phones in areas where signal is weak. Some boosters can increase an indoor signal for up to 2,000 to 3,000 square feet. Using signal boosters result in reduced dropped calls

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U.S. teens hooked on texting

Is it really hard to imagine teens sending and receiving more text messages than their adult counterparts? Just watch a teen grab a hold of a mobile phone and do some rapid-fire texting, all while talking to you, Twittering, listening to their iPod, and watching a movie on cable. They are the quintessential multitaskers! But sending or receiving an average of 3,339 texts a month, or roughly 1 message for every 10 minutes? Is that even possible? Yes, according to the latest Nielsen study. The company analyzed mobile usage among American teens and some of the figures are simply eye-popping,

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Verizon suffers $653M quarterly loss

Tough competition in the wireless sector and layoff costs dealt a huge blow to Verizon Communications which suffered a fourth quarter loss of $653 million. The country’s biggest wireless carrier posted a 23 cents loss per share. Verizon attributed the loss mainly to layoff costs consisting of $3 billion severance charge, among other things. As more customers opt to use cellphones instead of landlines, Verizon’s revenue from its traditional wireline services shrank 3.9 percent to $11.5 billion compared to the same period in 2008. According to Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg, the company continues to suffer from the effects of the

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