Fairfax Tech Talk Column

Fairfax Tech Talk Column

30.8.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 161


2G, or not 2G: that is the question: Whether ‘tis worthier to the mind or to suffer through 5G. Unlike poor Hamlet, I have not lost my mind but there is a lot of confusion with the various levels of ‘G’ that are quoted by telecommunication providers, and to confuse us all further, Huawei has announced they are researching 6G! I thought it worthwhile to give a very brief overview of the various generations of mobile phone technology to better understand how 5G fits into  ..

23.8.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 160


I had the pleasure of being the MC at a tech conference recently. During one particular panel session, the discussion centred around the advantages of high-speed connectivity and what we are now doing differently because of this paradigm shift. Not surprisingly the issue of Climate Change was raised and everyone felt quite good about themselves with the tech sector making a positive contribution with such items as video conferencing to reduce the amount of travel needed, particularly air tra ..

16.8.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 159


Paraphrasing the former US Secretary of Education, Richard Riley, we are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist, using technologies that haven't been invented, in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet. One of the greatest aspects of the launch of the iPhone on 29 June 2007 was that Apple was solving a problem that consumers across the world didn’t know existed. Here we are, only twelve years later, and smartphone market penetration sits at  ..

09.8.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 158


In technology and innovation, it can be as much about when as it is about what. Six years ago, I was involved with a charity event and a standard recipe for such an event was for an auctioneer to take the microphone and spend thirty minutes trying to extract money from wallets in the room. For people paying good money to attend an event, it seemed an unnecessary interruption to the night for the sake of fundraising. I had an idea to use technology instead. So I cobbled together a few basic o ..

02.8.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 157


For over one hundred years, pragmatic advice freely handed out to people or organisations in a seemingly doomed situation has been “if you can’t lick ‘em, jine ‘em.” I suspect that was the logic applied in the latest move just announced by Foxtel. We should go back just a few steps. In 1995, a venture between News Corporation and Telstra created an organisation that would use a coaxial network to transmit a TV signal to consumers who would pay for this s ..