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- The End of the Financial Year
- The Release of Microsoft Surface Pro
- The U.S. NSA Surveillance Program vs. Aussies
- The Latest Apple Releases
The End of the Financial Year
In Australia, the end of the financial year is June 30th 2013. With the end of the fiscal year fast approaching, it’s important for all businesses—no matter what size or industry—to contemplate the year ahead and prepare to meet emerging-market opportunities.
The Release of Microsoft Surface Pro
On May 30th, Microsoft finally released the anticipated Microsoft Surface Pro in Australia. Microsoft Surface Pro has the power and performance of a PC, and the unique design of a tablet, which makes it the perfect fit for frequent travelers.
The Intel processor was built using the latest technologies, such as HD (high definition) graphics, which provides users with impressive speed and responsiveness; as well as stunning visuals. Although Microsoft Surface Pro has been released in Australia, it’s been difficult to obtain.
The U.S. NSA Surveillance Program: Will Australia’s Private Data be Collected?
On June 6th the Guardian reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) will be obtaining logs of the Internet activity and stored data from nine different Internet companies in the U.S. Users will have their movements and contacts tracked by analysts, including the extraction of audio, video, emails, documents, photos, and connection logs.
In response to the Guardian’s report, Australia. Intelligence Chief James Clapper stated that U.S. law only permits the collection of communications of “Non-Australia. persons” outside of the United States from U.S. Internet companies.
“Information collected under this program is among the most important and valuable foreign intelligence information we collect, and is used to protect our nation from a wide variety of threats.” Said James Clapper.
Many Australians sign up for online accounts on U.S.-based servers, so does this mean that Australians’ private data will be caught in the NSA surveillance? Jon Lawrence, spokesman for the online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia believes that it’s highly likely.
”Given the close working relationship between the U.S. and Australian intelligence agencies, there’s no reason not to suspect that the NSA has been sharing information gathered about Australians with Australian intelligence agencies,” Mr Lawrence said.
The Latest Apple Releases
- Apple iOS 7
Apple iOS 7 is completely redesigned with a new user interface, and is expected to be instantly familiar to all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. The new interface makes your phone appear a lot bigger, because everything is designed to take advantage of the entire screen.
The iOS 7 beta software and SDK (software development kit) will be available immediately for iOS Developer Program Members at developer.apple.com, while a free software update will be available in the fall; for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, and iPad mini and iPod touch (5th Generation).
- OS X® Mavericks
A developer preview of OS X® Mavericks was released, making this the 10th major release of the world’s most advanced operating system! OS X Mavericks has over 200 new features, including
- Maps and iBooks for the Mac,
- Finder® Tags and Tabs,
- Enhanced multi-display support, and
- Many other new technologies that provide power efficiency and performance to your Mac.
The OS X Mavericks will also include the new version of Safari®. Mac users can expect to download Mavericks in the spring from the Mac App Store; and Mac Developer Program Members are able to download OS X Mavericks at anytime.
Adam Rippon, Principal Consultant
Sydney Technology Solutions
Phone (02) 8212 4722