This footage, captured above the appropriately named Shark Bay in Western Australia, shows what happens when 70 sharks come across a whale.It involves rather a lot of blood.The once-clear waters of the bay fill with plumes of blood as the tiger sharks chow down without mercy on the humpback whale.I can t work out whether being in one of the nearby boats would provide an amazing spectacle or just pure horror.Maybe a bit of both.NZ Herald via BBC
Microsoft's exchange rates for discounted Azure can work in your favourMicrosoft is offering unintentional discounts to Azure users.If you're billed in US Dollars, that threshold spend is US$6,000.CurrencyThreshold for discountThreshold translated to US$ as of May 30th at xe.comDifferenceAUDAU$7,650$5,488-$512.00GBP£3670$5,362-$638.00CNDC$7,300$5588-$412.00EUR€5,060$5617-$383.00INRINR360,600$5,379-$621.00KOR₩7,200,000$6,058$58.00BRLR$22,500$6,288$288.00NZDNZ$8,960$5,982-$18.00As you can see from the data above, Brazilians get whacked and Koreans are out the price of a case of decent beer.The Register therefore suggests that readers contemplating pre-paid Azure shop around before committing.And perhaps see how they can acquire credit cards in countries with friendly thresholds.And of course keep an eye on exchange rates charged by credit card issuers, which can sometimes be lousy and have the potential to erase the savings we think are on offer.
At our MobileBeat 2016 event on July 12-13 covering artificial intelligence and bots, a host of new bots from brands and other startups will launch on stage.The event will come three months after Facebook helped set off the bot craze in April, when it launched its bot platform for Facebook Messenger.Those three months will have given developers enough time to dig in and build some meaningful bots.But one of the more exciting demos of bot technology will come from Gabe Leydon, who will show off a way to use real-time technology and artificial intelligence to help run New Zealand s transportation system, starting with buses.Leydon, who is chief executive of the one of the biggest-grossing mobile game companies, MZ, plans to expand the technology to be able to cover traffic lights, parking, and other areas, as we first reported two weeks ago.Users will soon have the ability to see down to the second where everything is, so that they can plan their days in a way that s more efficient, he said recently on CNBC s Squawk Box, referring to how people will now be able to get updates on where exactly their bus is on its route.Next month s event will be the first to focus on the bot ecosystem.Today we re opening up the next batch of 100 tickets to MobileBeat, so move quickly to get them now.
The OnePlus 3 invite OnePlus ForumsChinese smartphone maker OnePlus is expected to reveal its latest flagship, the OnePlus 3, at a VR launch tonight 14 June .A formal press conference is to be held on 15 June in China.It has already sold 30,000 OnePlus VR headgears earlier this month.Users with non-OnePlus VR sets like the Google cardboard-based van also watch the device in VR.Why advertise with usThe OnePlus 2 was also launched in VR but this time, instead of the OnePlus office, the company is going to release the new device at its Loop Virtual Space Station.The global timings for watching the event online live:EuropeLondon, UK – 17:30 BST, June 14 Tuesday Paris/ Berlin / Barcelona / Amsterdam, EU – 18:30 CEST, June 14 Tuesday Moscow, Russia – 19:30 MSK, June 14 Tuesday North AmericaLatin AmericaRio de Janeiro, Brazil – 13:30 BRT, June 14 Tuesday Mexico City - 11:30 CDT, June 14 Tuesday AsiaBeijing / Taipei / Hong Kong / Singapore – 00:30 CST/ HKT, June 15 Wednesday Seoul / Tokyo – 1:30 KST/ JST, June 15 Wednesday Jakarta, Indonesia – 23:30 WIB, June 14 Tuesday New Delhi, India – 22:00 IST, June 14 Tuesday Middle EastAbu Dhabi, UAE – 20:30 GST, June 14 Tuesday OceaniaCanberra, Australia – 2:30 AEDT, June 15 Wednesday Wellington, NZ – 4:30 NZST, June 15 Wednesday
The speech, given to Melbourne University's Networked Society Institute and the Telecommunications Society, is most notable for the extensive detail Quigley provides to support his case.Posted here, the transcript runs to 32 pages including slices , and it's close to 9,000 words of detail that's impossible to compress into a news story.The first is this: the popular belief that the fibre rollout was a failure was mistaken.That failed technology: fibre dominates the NBNThe second is that Quigley firmly believes the build was achievable within reasonably close to its AU$43 billion budget, and here arises Quigley's most political statement in the speech: If I am right on the FTTP peak funding costs, and I intend to demonstrate that I am, then the move to the MTM has been a colossal mistake.His contention is that the old model FTTP for most premises connections and the new MTM model are, behind that last mile, identical in most respects.That $74 billion-plus change back estimate is the reason the ALP policy disappoints those wishing for fibre everywhere.
On the panel we have:Greg Boser, Foundation DigitalTodd Friesen, Director of Digital Strategy & SEO, SalesforceLaura Lippay, Organic Search & Technical Optimization Lead, NetflixAdria Kyne, SEO Manager North America & AU/NZ, VistaprintAs Sullivan put it, This is the session where we answer all of the questions that Google wouldn t answer yesterday at the AMA With Google Search session .We recommend limited feature sets to avoid people hanging themselves with too many options.Sullivan: We had a post on technical SEO last week that caused a lot of tweets.Big huge brands rank despite their SEO prowess or lack thereof.But the lower you are down in the food chain, the more important it is to get the tech things right, because Google doesn t care about getting your site right.Friesen: RankBrain could be substituting did you mean results without you knowing.
Covering the Ask The SEOs session at SMX Advanced is like covering a geek version of a late night talk show with your host, Danny Sullivan.I ll try to keep up.On the panel we have:Todd Friesen, Director of Digital Strategy & SEO, SalesforceLaura Lippay, Organic Search & Technical Optimization Lead, NetflixAdria Kyne, SEO Manager North America & AU/NZ, Vistaprint
Pokemon GO, Nintendo s eagerly anticipated augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices, has finally launched on the App Store and Google Play Store, though only those with Australian and New Zealand accounts can access it at the moment.According to a tweet from Takashi Mochizuki, Tokyo tech reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has asked US and Japanese customers to "please wait for a while" for its AR game to formally launch around the world.The game populates the real-life areas around you with Pokemon creatures that you you can seek out using your phone s GPS and camera capabilities.Along with catching em all , Pokemon GO lets you battle other Pokemon trainers and fight over control of Pokemon Gyms.Though release dates have not been set outside of Australia and New Zealand, impatient iOS users might be able to download the free game now by creating a new AU or NZ Apple ID.With that said, GPS location data within the game will likely be missing or incomplete.
Kim Dotcom says he is working on a new cloud storage site that will be far better than anything else he has so far createdControversial internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has confirmed that he is working on a new cloud storage website that he believes will most likely become the best service he has ever far created.Dotcom posted on Twitter on 5 July that he was working on a cloud storage website that would be far superior to either Megaupload or Mega, offering 100GB in free cloud storage, no transfer limits, as well as on-the-fly encryption – a type of encryption whereby data is automatically encrypted or decrypted on the disk as it is loaded or saved.You'll love it," Dotcom told curious users on Twitter.While he wouldn't give out many details about the new service, Dotcom did confirm to TorrentFreak that the new website will hopefully launch in January 2017 with a name that "will make people happy".Dotcom's mansion is now up for sale
Kim Dotcom has revealed that he is bringing back Megaupload and offering free beta coupons to give his followers advanced access to the new site before it launches in January 2017Controversial internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom says that his new cloud storage site will in fact be a revival of Megaupload – the website that led to him facing charges for copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering, as well as fighting an on-going case for extradition to the US.Dotcom first hinted that he planned to launch a new cloud storage website on 5 July, but he has since confirmed on Sunday 10 July that Megaupload will return on 20 January 2017 – the fifth anniversary of the raid on the Dotcom mansion in Coatesville, New Zealand, when NZ police working with the US government seized his assets and shut down the site's servers.Megaupload, launched in 2005, and was a hugely popular online locker file-hosting website that was the 13th most-visited website on the internet at its peak.The website allowed anyone to register and have a free account to host both their own legitimate files, as well as pirated films, music, TV shows, video games and software, which could then be shared with people on forums and file-sharing websites.Dotcom claimed that he and his team did not know what users were sharing from their lockers and that he is not responsible for perpetuating online piracy, but copyright holders disagreed.
According to RIIND s Kickstarter page, its founders got the idea for The Pen $95 in October 2014.Despite appearances, our icy neighbor to the north is 1.5 times smaller than India, more than four times smaller than the United States, and 14.5 times smaller than Africa.It s a simple tool, but it s wildly effective at granting a new perspective on the size and shape of the world s various land masses.He calls it De-dimension, and it s flatpack with a perceptual twist: a perspective drawing come to life, its planar form conveying the height, width, and depth of the assembled stool.Here s something handy for people who hate Excel.NZ flag results https://t.co/vljBZKoQjY pic.twitter.com/nzU9fzPUuW
Project Loon, Google's high-profile effort to put broadband-emitting balloons into the stratosphere over remote parts of the world, is getting a new leader with practical industry experience.X, the research division of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., said Tuesday it hired  Tom Moore, co-founder of satellite-based broadband service provider WildBlue Communications Inc.He starts as a vice president at X and general manager of Project Loon in mid-September.Mike Cassidy, a well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has run Loon since early 2012, will remain at the company's X lab to develop new research projects.The balloon effort at Google has been one of the few to show continued progress inside X, the research lab responsible for the poorly reviewed internet-connected spectacles, Glass, and Google's driverless car division, which has recently suffered from the departure of several leaders.X has been testing its balloons around the world since 2013, partnering with wireless operators like Vodafone NZ in New Zealand, Telstra in Australia and Telefonica in South America to provide internet access in rural and mountainous areas that aren't served by traditional terrestrial networks.The move to bring in an industry veteran with commercial experience mirrors other efforts at Alphabet to turn ambitious, risky research projects into profitable businesses.Verily, a health care research project, has signed commercial partnership deals with big companies in that industry.Google Fiber, which spent years burying high-speed fiber-optic internet cables beneath Kansas City and other U.S. cities, recently shifted to deploy its service with cheaper wireless technology."Tom s valuable industry experience will help launch us into the commercial stage," Astro Teller, head of X, said in a statement."We re looking forward to working with telcos around the world to integrate Loon with their networks.
Megaupload s Kim Dotcom wants New Zealand court appeal against extradition to be live streamedKim Dotcom, the charismatic founder of Megaupload, has begun his appeal in New Zealand against his extradition order to the United States.Dotcom had lost his legal battle last Christmas against extradition to the United States, where he is wanted in the United States for copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering.The German national is being pursued by US authorities because of his cloud storage service Megaupload, which was closed down in early 2012.Dotcom pledged to appeal the court decision after he, and three other men who co-founded Megaupload, were ruled to be eligible for extradition to the United States to face multiple charges.The US allege the Megaupload website cost Hollywood film studios and record companies more than $500m £322m , and generated $175m £113m by allowing users to store and share copyright material.
Australia and New Zealand got a small step closer to a third Pacific crossing, with submarine cable upstart Hawaiki signing DRFortress in Hawaii to operate its landing station.The on-again, off-again, on-again cable signed TE SubCom as its construction partner in 2013, but the project went into cold storage while the builders sought funding.The project got sailing again in April this year with a $US300 million package from New Zealand telecommunications entrepreneur Malcolm Dick, Sir Eion Edgar and the company's CEO Remi Galasso.Hawaii-based DRFortress will be responsible for operating the company's open access cable landing station in Kapolei, where Hawaiki has acquired land for the facility.Connectivity between Australia/New Zealand and the US is a poorly-contested market, with only Southern Cross Cable Network and Telstra's Endeavour Cable offering a direct connection across the Pacific the latter only carrying Telstra services .Entering the market as a competitor is treated as a risky proposition, since the incumbents are in a position to cut prices to undermine newcomers.
There's another digital horse in Australia's online music subscription race.On Thursday, SoundCloud Go launched in Australia and New Zealand where it will face off against market incumbents like Spotify and Apple Music.For A$11.99 or NZ$12.99 a month, users will get access to more than 135 million tracks.SoundCloud's free service, long beloved by independent and emerging musicians, will now also be supported by ads and promoted profiles.The company is building a local sales team to manage Australian ad sales.Already up and running in the U.S., the UK, Ireland and France, the new SoundCloud subscription service can be seen as an attempt by the company to find some kind of business model to satisfy the big end of town, without annoying fans.
The 2013 Snowden documents revealed UK intelligence agency GCHQ to be tapping into the undersea cables that carry Internet traffic, covertly gathering vast amounts of digital comms data under a surveillance program code-named Tempora — apparently with the help of commercial partners.Endace s website touts its ability to offer 100% accurate network recording, any speed, any network , going on to note:When organizations buy our products they buy the confidence that all of the network traffic will be captured, analyzed, stored or sent to wherever it needs to go.For network forensics and diagnostics knowing you ve got every packet captured, indexed, and written to disk is a huge advantage.It also notes the company does business with:3 of the top 5 telcos in the USA
Samsung New Zealand has had it with idiots who refuse to turn in their recalled, explodey Galaxy Note 7 devices.Starting on November 18th, Note 7 owners in New Zealand will no longer be able to connect to any New Zealand mobile network services to make calls, use data, or send SMS messages.In other words, if you still insist on keeping your dangerous device around, good luck doing anything with it but using it as a glorified iPod touch.In a statement on its website, Samsung New Zealand says:We strongly urge any customers still using their Note 7 to return their device to the place of purchase for a refund or replacement.Between November 4th - 18th, we will contact our customers on at least two separate occasions with information about this network discontinuation event to ensure they have received adequate notice.
Samsung New Zealand has had it with idiots who refuse to turn in their recalled, explodey Galaxy Note 7 devices.Starting on November 18th, Note 7 owners in New Zealand will no longer be able to connect to any New Zealand mobile network services to make calls, use data, or send SMS messages.In other words, if you still insist on keeping your dangerous device around, good luck doing anything with it but using it as a glorified iPod touch.In a statement on its website, Samsung New Zealand says:We strongly urge any customers still using their Note 7 to return their device to the place of purchase for a refund or replacement.Between November 4th - 18th, we will contact our customers on at least two separate occasions with information about this network discontinuation event to ensure they have received adequate notice.
Kiwicon Kiwi security incident responders are gearing up to go live with New Zealand's first computer emergency response team CERT next March.And in a change of tack for CERTs, New Zealand's will help all businesses, not just the top end of town.Declan Ingram, program manager and heavy lifter with CERT NZ says it will help small businesses all the way to enterprises and government with incident response, and will even supply security engineers from the private sector with intelligence.The well-known former penetration tester told the Kiwicon hacker conference CERT NZ is running a ten-month sprint to start up after being announced in May 2016."It CERT NZ is really, really different to a lot of other CERTs which are focused on critical infrastructure, focused on their memberships," Ingram says."The CERT we're building is for everybody, which is fantastic, except that there is a finite amount of resources and an awful amount of people who can benefit from the help.
VIDEOS New Zealand's geoscience agency GNS Science has released videos showing the fault lines that ruptured during the recent earthquakes that moved the nation two metres north.The Kaikoura earthquake struck on November 14th, 2016, and caused extensive damage on New Zealand's South Island.Two people died as a result of the magnitude 7.8 'quake, which was the second-strongest recorded since European occupation of the shaky isles as NZ is sometimes known .In the first video, below, we learn that the earthquake moved at 3km/second and lifted the earth by up to six metres, turning underwater reefs into new land strewn with fish out of water.GNS Science sent in the drones for this next one, which shows a farm track shifted radically by the 'quake.Again, this happened in moments.
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