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Tech Talk Radio. Tech Talk Radio is an informative and entertaining talk show heard on free to air radio as well as streamed to the world live, and via podcast.

Each week we present current news and views from Australia and abroad. Were independent, non biased and are now in our fifth year of providing consumers with valuable information to help make educated decisions when it comes to technology.

Tech Talk Radio originates from the studios of 94.1 3WBC in Melbourne live every Monday night at 8pm.

Join your host Andrew McColm (ABC Radio Talk 1116) and co host Dr. Ron along with our regulars, Justin Dunlop, Mark Diggins, Graeme Callaghan and Adam Turner - journalist for the Age and SMH. Lidija Davis is our US correspondent based in Silicon Valley California. Tech Talk Radio reports on current technical developments both in Australia and abroad in an easy to digest manner format. Our panelists discuss a wide range of issues and technological gadgets, as well as respond to your dilemmas and feedback. Were passionate about technology and it shows!

Join us live in our chat room - chat.techtalkradio.com.au. Tech Talk Radio is an informative and entertaining talk show heard on free to air radio as well as streamed to the world live, and via podcast.

Each week we present current news and views from Australia and abroad. Were independent, non biased and are now in our fifth year of providing consumers with valuable information to help make educated decisions when it comes to technology.

Tech Talk Radio originates from the studios of 94.1 3WBC in Melbourne live every Monday night at 8pm.

Join your host Andrew McColm (ABC Radio Talk 1116) and co host Dr. Ron along with our regulars, Justin Dunlop, Mark Diggins, Graeme Callaghan and Adam Turner - journalist for the Age and SMH. Lidija Davis is our US correspondent based in Silicon Valley California. Tech Talk Radio reports on current technical developments both in Australia and abroad in an easy to digest manner format. Our panelists discuss a wide range of issues and technological gadgets, as well as respond to your dilemmas and feedback. Were passionate about technology and it shows!

Join us live in our chat room - chat.techtalkradio.com.au-Digital Radio is now a reality in Australia. Now that Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth have DAB digital radio blitzing its way through the airwaves, retailers finally have the green light to start selling digital radios full-steam ahead, rather than just having the odd display model that nobody in the shop quite knows how to use and cant be tuned in to anything. Tonight, well explain the virtues of digital radio in Australia, amongst other things. With the imminent switch on by broadcasters such as the ABC on July 1, well tell you what to buy, what not to buy as well as the benefits to listeners and the all important quality of sound.

Also, as mobile broadband gets faster and faster in this country, the ability to use devices such laptops, netbooks and PDAs on the go is now, more than ever, a viable contender to satisfy the needs of the on the go individual. Without a shadow of a doubt Australias incumbent telco, Telsta, has the fastest mobile broadband network with the best coverage as well as being the most expensive to subscribe to.

But before we jump to any conclusions, take a look at what youre going to be doing online. Chances are, high data usage applications such as watching Youtube and massive downloads will be something you do at home or the office, not at the airport, riding the train or waiting in the dentists surgery. So ask yourself, how much bandwidth do you really need on the road

If youre like me, browsing the web, social networking, email, and ability to connect back into the office server is all I need. So would it surprise you that a couple of hundred Mb is all thats really required for this on a monthly basis Put aside the big data limits offered by some companies and evaluate their network speed and coverage. Look at what your currently using and where your using it (geographically speaking) and make an compare that with whats on offer across all telcos.

Personally I rely on ADSL products at home and in the office, but, as I alluded to earlier, on the road, I only use a couple of hundred Mb a month. From a reliability point of view, and a no bill shock approach, Ive chosen the incumbent, to provide my mobile broadband. Now my point is, I could have bought so much more broadband with other providers that I wouldt have used. It would have been down on speed, lacking in coverage, and open up the potential for bill shock while roaming. For my situation of traveling inside and outside the main city centres, the choice was logical.

Now most modern handsets which use the 3rd generation network, have the ability to act as a modem to connect your laptop to mobile broadband. Its not a new concept and standard out of the box with phones like Nokias e71, but I was surprised to hear this week that Apples new iPhone, which has the ability to do this, needs to be activated by a carrier to allow this to happen. Out of the box, your iPhone will chat merrily to the internet EXCEPT when you want to allow a device, such as your laptop to connect to the net through it. So why not

In the US, it was rumored that ATT were going to charge a once of fee of $55 to allow tethering of the iPhone, which the company has said were false, but here in Australia Optus will charge you $10 per month for the privilege. Thats $120 a year just to allow your laptop to connect to the internet via your iPhone. That doesnt give you any more data, only the ability to do what most other phones let you do for free!

No wonder Australian iPhone users have started downloading widely available configuration files to activate the devices tethering feature and bypass Optus planned $10 monthly fee. And you though Telstra was bad

Also on the show this week:

Digital radio becomes a reality in Australia
Australia climbs the international broadband ladder.
The VHA merger goes ahead
A phishing scam involving the Australian Tax Office dupes 200,000 people and
Universal Music was awarded $1.92 million in the retrial of a Minnesota woman accused of swapping music over the Kazaa.

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