Melbourne’s MIX 101.1 Rebrands As KIIS 101.1
Australian Radio Network will extend it’s KIIS brand to Melbourne with Hughesy and Kate taking the drive slot across on the KIIS and MiXFM networks in 2015. Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek have gained a popular following in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide and now their loyal fan base in Melbourne will “get to hear them on a fresh, new station next year” says National Content Director Duncan Campbell.
Time Warner makes a move for Ten
Ten network has been approached by American media company Time Warner with a $680 million takeover bid. The takeover shows Australia as a region for media growth. Time Warner senior vice-president believes the privatisation is the most effective way to return Ten to profitability. The bid would require the support of high-profile investors including Lachlan Murdoch and Gina Rinehart.
IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK
“Immature” retailers not grabbing mobile opportunities
Australian retailers were not yet in a position to fully capitalize on the increase in shopping via mobile devices. Adobe predicts a 15% increase in people using their mobile devices for online shopping year-on-year. The beginning of the Christmas shopping period will see a greater use of mobile shopping.
Google Doodle marks 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall with touching video
November 9th marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Google has released a touching video honouring the anniversary. The video, shot as a time-lapse, shows pieces of remains of the wall displayed in various cities including London, Kiev, Madrid and Mountain View, California – the site of Google’s headquarters. The video also shows original footage of the wall collapsing uniting the communist East and the democratic West.
Giant condom erected in Sydney’s Hyde Park.
As part of a campaign for HIV prevention, an 18 metre tall condom will cover the Hyde Park Obelisk. The heritage-listed monument will be covered with a giant bright pink condom running until November 12th. The campaign also involves on-site ambassadors who provide safe sex information and condoms to passers-by. The campaign aims to deliver a positive but serious message with a touch of humour and humanity.
DID YOU KNOW?
Email scams are still depressingly effective
A Google study has found that an alarming amount of people still fall for phishing scams through emails. The main culprit comes in the form of look-a-like emails that present a realistic login in page where users enter sensitive information. A staggering 45% of people click through to find themselves in this situation. The study says that 20% of compromised accounts are accessed with a half hour and password would be changed. To avoid these situations Google recommends not opening syspicious links, type URL in to browser instead of clicking link and setting up two-factor authentication and recovery phone number.
OTHER COOL STUFF
Do you actually use voice control?
Voice control is a common feature amongst most phones (Siri, Google Now). Amazon has announced “Echo”, a Bluetooth speaker and voice controlled personal assistant. Think a Siri that sits in the corner of a room and is always active. It can change the music, add items to shopping lists, tell you the weather and much more. With the common issues of misunderstood words and phrases and the frustration that may follow, how useful voice control actually is? Do you use it? Source: Gizmodo