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It’s an appealing image: Apple, Adobe and Microsoft forced to front up to a parliamentary committee and explain why they overcharge Australians. But even if those organisations end up being subpoenaed and forced to testify before the IT Pricing Inquiry, we shouldn’t assume that means anything will be learned or anything will be changed.
There are a swathe of apps you can use around the country to order a cab to wherever you want to go. The problem with those is that once you get in, it’s still the same, old taxi experience. Transport start-up, Uber, launched the US last year, and the concept is perfect: order a private, luxury car to where you are via an app, relax on your journey, and get out knowing that the journey has already been charged to your credit card. Sounds awesome, right? Well the good news here is that Uber has just opened for business in Australia.
The government inquiry into the price of tech products in Australia began public hearings today in Sydney. One argument we’re bound to hear from vendors trying to justify the ‘Australia tax‘ is that local taxes and expenses force higher prices to be charged here than elsewhere. Those arguments seem hard to swallow in an industry where Apple can make a 50 per cent margin on every phone it sells.
It’s not news that Australians often get rorted with inexplicably high prices for technology products. The government inquiry into those price differences has just finished accepting submissions, and consumer watchdog CHOICE has published its submission, which highlights how extreme the differences are.
Mac OS X: Metanota is a beautiful syncing notes app that works with the wonderful Simplenote service. While it’s far from the only option available, it offers excellent organisational features, a three-pane (widescreen-friendly) interface, and the simplicity you need to focus on your writing.
Check out this beautiful new Facebook photo gallery visualiser that’s built entirely out of native HTML5 elements, mainly using the Canvas tag. Using web-native technologies like Canvas and HTML5 Video/Audio elements, the seamless experience blurs the lines between what’s pre-recorded and what’s being generated live.
Adobe has launched “membership” software subscriptions under the Creative Cloud banner. Those deals can make Adobe’s often-costly software notably cheaper, but what seems like a simple monthly payment is actually a little more complicated. Here’s what you need to know.
One of the challenges when you’re starting out on your self-employment journey is that many of the things you take for granted when you’ve worked in a larger organisation aren’t there anymore. And one of those things is access to software and technical support. If you’re out on your own and buying computer gear for work for the first time, one of the decisions you’ll face is whether to go for a Mac or Windows system.
QR Codes are everywhere – shop fronts, magazine covers, street ads, billboards, sides of busses, conferences and tradeshows. Wherever you turn it’s likely that you’ll see what looks like a cubist barcode. We take a look at QR Code readers for the major smartphone platforms.