Archive for September, 2010

Top 10 business/technology trends for 2010

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

So the year is not yet over, but Sydney Morning Herald would like to update us on the top 10 biztech trends for 2010.

Some of the best trends noted in the article include:

  • The ‘big four’ Microsoft upgrades, including Office 2010 and Sharepoint 2010.  And Windows 7 (as XP starts to wane).
  • Virtualisation, which will soon become a standard industry recovery and available technique.  Desktop virtualisation in particular is something for businesses to give more thought to as the technology develops.
  • Biometric Authentication - NAB now uses voiceprints to authenticate its customers for phone banking.  This technology will be available for wider deployment soon.

View all 10 trends in the article here.

Future smartphones may read our minds

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Sydney Morning Herald reports today that developing technology for smartphones are working on ‘psychic’ smartphones.  Intel researchers are working on a prototype application with Fodor’s Travel, which learns your favourite foods, where you like to visit and other such information using your GPS searches, and then makes recommendations when you visit new cities.

The techies have to train computers to look at ‘hard sensors’ data (location, voice patterns, temperature etc) and combine them with soft sensors such as calendar appointments.  Obviously, privacy issues will arise which will also need to be dealt with as the software is developed further.

Almost scarily, Intel reports that is looking even further, a computer that can read your thoughts!

Pure Wellbeing Website Launch

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Pure Wellbeing website. Designed by Emily David Design, and developed by OPMC.

If you haven’t had a massage from Pure Wellbeing, check them out online at:

Sony e-reader to launch in Australia

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

SMH reports today that the Sony e-reader has reached Australia, to be launched next week.

The smallest e-reader Pocket Edition features a touch screen, and infrared sensors to read finger swipes.  This device sells for $229, around $76 more than Amazon’s cheapest Kindle e-reader.  It also features higher-contrast electronic ink display (16 shades of gray), is smaller in size, but still has a comparatively large screen.

The bigger models, called the Daily Edition (not able to be purchased in Australia) and the Touch Edition, have also been upgraded.  The Touch Edition will cost $299, and will have a longer battery life than the previous model.

Both the Touch and Pocket Editions are easy to use, and read from.  However, a major disadvantage is that 3G cannot be used for downloading, so users will have to sync their e-books via USB.