Archive for the ‘New media device’ Category

18 Oct: New Rules dealing with mobile bill shock

An article on The Age reports that the Australian government and regulators are considering a new rule that mobile carriers would be forced to notify customers before slugging them with excess usage fees and other extra charges.

The article also adds that the new regulation will require carriers to alert consumers when they near their monthly quota for voice, text and data services. The alerts, sent by text or voice message, would also apply to other extra charges such as international roaming fees.

I had experienced ‘bill shock’ last month when I had to pay extra $150 for my usage. Therefore, to me this regulation is very substantial. I am using Three with $50 cap. If I want to check my usage, I need to go to My3 and log on with my user and password. But the point is My3 actually doesn’t show my up-to-date usage. I only know my usage until Three send me online statement.

I think this situation also has been happening to many mobile users. Especially in Australia where the mobile charges are very high, it is very necessary for mobile services like Three, Virgin, Optus and so forth to alert their customers if they are going to excess their usage.

19 Oct: Google travel search

Although this online article is under ‘Traveller‘ section on The Age, I want to put it in my collection of technology news for this week.

The article gives an interesting information that Google search engine is experimenting new tool to provide much richer search results. This new technology helps customers trawl through multiple sources or cross-reference information from several sites.

The article also provides a clear example that travellers are able to look at a map and see actual prices for hotels in a given area (along with images and information on facilities and nearby attractions), with the ability to click through to make a reservation via a third-party booking site.

The interesting story about the upcoming release of Blackberry PlayBook on Theage prompts me to read from the beginning till the end.

The video at the top of Theage article gives a clear picture of the appearances and performance of the new device. In this clip, Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive of Research in Motions, confirms that this innovative media device is ‘the world’s first professional tablet’. He also adds that ‘it’s ultra-mobile and ultra-thin’ . These statements lead to two questions. First, what are the professional characteristics of the device? Second, what benefits can the utility, performance, and portability of the device bring to users?

An article on News Live provides a clear demonstration on the professional feature of this device. Specifically, compared to Apple’s iPad, Blackberry’s PlayBook can run successfully on Adobe’s Flash. PlayBook also offers micro-USB ports and micro HDMI.

Alexander Grundner’s article on eHomeupgrade has a deeper look on the mobility and portability of the device. Grundner states that the tablet can connect to a BlackBerry handset to manipulate and sync data between the two devices. According to the article, PlayBook has 7-inch high resolution screen with a 1024×600 WSVGA capacitive touchscreen, multi-touch gesture support, HDMI-out, 1080p HD video playback, 802.11n Wi-Fi (3G/4G future), dual-core 1Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, and dual HD cameras (3MP front, 5MP rear) with support for 1080p HD video recording.