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Sep
15
2014

Life in the text lane: China’s new smartphone sidewalk

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Your phone beeps. You look the screen and there’s a glorious lolcat from your BFF.

As you laugh at your phone, you march on, carefree and full of hope. While your journey forward is short as you gaze upon this amazing cat, not for a second do you consider it may be fraught with danger.

But when you text and walk, there is always danger.

If only there was a solution…

In April 2012, the city of Philadelphia took this in hand as they played an elaborate April Fools’ joke on their citizens – they set up ‘texting only’ lanes on the footpath.

And while it was just a prank, it apparently had some serious clout behind it because two years on the city of Chongqing in Southwest China have introduced a dedicated smartphone sidewalk– and this time, it’s for real.

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Sep
15
2014

The Australian Digital Summit is back in 2014

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I’m excited to announce that Telstra will be hosting the 2014 Australian Digital Summit again this year. It will kick off on Monday, October 20, at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

Each year we hold this event, I see how digital is evolving and becoming even more pervasive and our 3rd annual event will look into the emergence of digital into the physical world. We’ll explore how new technology is disrupting traditional businesses, and the opportunities for corporate and start-ups to complement each other.

We know digital is changing the way we all work and how businesses operate. We’re experiencing this change every day at Telstra, and our digital journey has us moving rapidly to meet the demands of our customers – for example, our 24×7 mobile app or our payment partnership with PayPal. Adapting and evolving for the digital economy doesn’t happen by chance – you need the right culture, strategy and plan to future-proof your career and your business.

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Sep
12
2014

Final weekend to apply for muru-D!

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With just a few days left to apply for muru-D, I thought it would be useful to talk about what will happen next after we close the application window on Monday next week.

I’d love to tell you we have an algorithm that reviews all the applications automatically and picks out the ones that best fit our requirements, but the truth is we do all of this manually.

Every fully completed application will get reviewed by at least three people to make sure there’s a balanced review. We then meet the top 40 or so teams face-to-face before we decide on the top 20-25 teams that we’ll invite to muru-D bootcamp.

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Sep
10
2014

Aussies embrace ‘Screen Mania’

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Ever sat down to watch TV in your living room with your tablet in hand to check your favourite websites and social feeds? Only to then pull out your phone to check a text message that’s popped in?

You’re not alone! In fact, ‘Triple Screening’ is actually a fast growing Aussie trend among connected smartphone owners, as revealed in the 2014 Telstra Smartphone Index released today.

The Index – our annual study with Nielsen on smartphone ownership and usage amongst Australians – reveals 42 per cent of us are triple screeners, with 69 per cent of 16-24 year olds leading the charge.

The most popular combo for triple screening is Smartphone+TV+Laptop followed by Smartphone+TV+Tablet – and women triple screen more than men.

So what does that mean for the everyday Aussie?

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Sep
05
2014

Inside my 81 year-old dad there’s a tech-geek ready to bust out

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Tales of a tech savvy senior this Father’s Day

I love the thrill of the new – I’ve always been attracted to working in emerging businesses and I realise that this trait of mine has come from the example set by my Dad, who has defied his age and generation to become tech-savvy.

When I was in high school, my father decided to change careers, so he taught himself to use a computer. This was no mean feat, as computing back then was pretty clunky and relied on a lot of commands for basic functions. And as technology moved on, so did my Dad.

Fast forward a couple of years and he got himself a mobile. Both my sister and I moved interstate and overseas, so soon he was Skyping us regularly. He accessorised his car with a navigation device. My parents bought themselves Kindle’s for Christmas. When he upgraded to an iPhone a few years ago, the FaceTime calls came regularly. Then came an Apple TV and recommendations for best viewing on catch-up TV services.

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