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The world may not know how Huawei helped pioneer the internet 20 years ago in the UK and Australia but they sure made me look good then.

Loren W.
Melbourne Australia
15 / 7 / 2020

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It is hard to imagine it was 20 years ago when the need to improve the speed of Internet delivery times from 65 days down to 5 days landed on me as a NOT self titled “Futurist” (6-24 months) , and UK Product Manager for British Telecom at the time. A great company I was really blessed with lots of cool projects and as long as they made money I was given cart blanche while managing product launches in the UK, Europe, and a little into the USA, and later on Australia, of course having some of the smartest teams in marketing, engineering, delivery, operations, development and finance supporting me. Being American I was programmed differently not better, just differently. I came from a heavy tech sales and customer service background and was the only one of dozens in that part of the tech giant that did not come from a 100% tech / service / engineering background. When the dotcom bust happened, and 9/11 the need to reduce the lead time for installing the Internet from 65 days down to 5 days now in 2020 seems hard to imagine any other way. It was not an easy project because there were urgent rush to do this but as I would discover over 100 steps to deliver an Internet connection at the time, few in parallel and involving many different teams all then having to reduce that delivery time, while under time pressure.

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I managed to get down to 20 days but the last 15 days had a road block, a company called MARCONI. They were inflexible, and they told me rather arrogantly on multiple occasions, there was no way they could anything better, because they would need to hire more staff etc. They also had a quality of service issue, and over charged all the time.

But, I have to admit I groveled more than a little bit, they had a monopoly in the market place on the hardware, were an English tradition or legends, and I knew when I went back to say the future of the entire Internet was being blocked by the arrogance of Marconi (perhaps their lack of funds were happening already). If I made no progress I was also going to have failed, something I never did at BT mainly because our wider teams were amazing (and could hold their tequila with me) a little lucky too.

I hinted to Marconi, this was going to be a REAL problem (meaning for me but also Marconi that was having scaling problems as the BT internet infrastructure was growing, needing more hardware than Marconi could make and worse deploy, and more so deploy reliably and on time. Complaints were met with yeah right, as they did not care as they owned the market, for now.

The Marconi vs Huawei contract was now going to be worth $17billion as the view was to make what we were doing (reducing lead times to Internet deployment across the UK, Europe, and the USA) to now part of the British Telecom 21st Century network. Turned out my problem dealing with Marconi being inflexible filtered to the top and when Marconi did the same thing with the grownups Huawei was given a chance to tender for it, and won.

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Huawei was a new company I had heard of in China (Huawei as it would turn out) and was able to compete with Marconi, so it resulted in a bid Marconi lost, a company dating back to the 19th century, shares fell hard, around 40% the very day we announced the contracts to Huawei.

But they were my saviors not because they were just less expensive but they gave me my last 15 day reduction I needed to get lead-times down from 65 days to 5 days, and in some cases 1 day. But I was surprised that I was only middle management and company presidents were talking at the grown up level to china, and Marconi, I was glad to reap the Huawei benefits.

Depending on who is reporting that part of our Internet history, it can be said the deal leveraged Huawei into becoming the giant they are as they then were able to leverage our work into Europe, the USA and Globally. But I am not sure if the Internet could have been as successful in the UK and then Australia if it was still taking 65 days to deliver an internet connection much longer back then.

As things evolve fast sometimes in the intimate telco infrastructure business globally, Huawei set up a partnership agreement soon with Marconi in 2005 with Marconi agreeing to buy the hardware they could not deliver faster and resulted in them losing the $17B bid and the company almost going bankrupt over it. – It is ironic, that if Marconi had done this before, then they would not have lost the contract and the company to Huawei. Huawei was even going to buy Marconi, but the UK government did not like that.

Now in 2020 I do not know the politics or legalities or political correctness of the obvious but I also believe over 90% of the modems in peoples homes in Australia in 2020 especially those connected to the NBN and others are also Huawei modems. It would be a shame if decisions were made on their future for the wrong reasons.

Otherwise I will say it… thanks Huawei.

Welcome to Tech-News TV

Posted: June 27, 2018 in Misc Tech

What We Do –

Based in Melbourne Australia, and as an ex-product manager in R&D for some of the largest tech companies in the world, (like BT & NEC) to help raise awareness for my own projects at the time I lead on using new at the time, typical multi layer marketing, then social media as it happened and the typical SEO for websites before that. Nothing unusual there, but I built a following on stories covered on my own projects, and bug fixing for Apple that went a little viral and a company was born. Now a network of over 150,000 followers / eyeballs around the world, in a niche that was just tech, media and clients, and customers has then evolved to social issues all offering a good demographic that is unique for companies that want to get their message out in a unique way using twitter primarily to point customers and clients alike. This works for new companies selling on amazon or ebay to companies trying to raise awareness into twitter or facebook customers even into specific countries. Digital influencing via a unique demographic with measurable results, not easily duplicatable by others.

Tech Company Interviews
Working in R&D product development for large companies as a technology evangelist, I also travel the world interviewing company CEOs and other executives for everything from phones, and appliances to quantum computers, translation services, and more to or onto social media completing the marketing messages.

Philanthropic Endeavours 
We also consult for free on various social & legal law reform issues and I am the Australian editor for the USA Law Review





To say some of the best things about a speaker is not the sounds crazy to even type. This speaker is $70 US.
Forgetting any other features what sort of sound do you expect from a bluetooth $100 speaker.

I would say this exceeds that expectation sound wise, and is interesting but defective in other ways.

If you bought a lovely vase for say $100 but the bottom of the vase was not flat, and you had to put it against a wally to stop it falling over, then this is the Creative Halo

Designed to sit on a tripod, it does not fit any tripod due to a defect in the design. Speaking to the team at creative they dempohsaised the importence of the tripod mount yet that is why I wanted to test it and it is a feature.

Specially, the 1/4″ threaded tripod mount requires 4-5 threads to fit ANY tripod – Unfortunately the base of the speaker only allows for 3 threads, meaning the speaker cannot be used on a tripod, trying about 6 different ones from cheap to $1000.


The device app does not work unless you fully charge the speaker, sync it to your device, then install the app. Sounds logical, however if you install the app while charging the speaker as I did, the speaker syncs to any device but the app will not work. This was easily fixed by reinstalling the app and worked fine. I tried this on multiple android and iOS devices with the same observation.

What the other reviews are missing –

  1. Playing Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon with the speaker in voice activation mode and full color spectrum is memorable.
  2. Playing any game with customised coloring, and sound enabled effects makes for exciting gaming environments.
  3. Currently doing some testing with sleep and lighting environments for work (as a sleep professional). The Creative Halo is fully adjustable color wise. So running sound effects, and customisable effects, with little amounts of blue light and mostly red light helps with sleep patterns (circadian sleep cycles)  and achieving REM sleep more effectively may sound crazy, but there are specialist devices doing this not very well for $250 US.

However, if looking to purchase a similar device,  speaker with RGB lighting, I would suggest a speaker by itself and a seperate light such as the LIFX or Hue by Phillips (more on those soon).


Highlights From CES 2017

Posted: January 10, 2017 in Misc Tech

10 Jan 201 7-
Melbourne Australia

The trouble with CES is if you know what you are looking for you might not need to go. If you go to hunt for the next big thing you are likely not to find it. So I have looked at the best of and these are my favs so far.

Razer’s insane three monitor laptop





Razer Project Ariana  – I am a huge fan of Razer amazing quality and looks to match –

Could the ZTE Axon 7 and Axon 7 Mini Mobiles Have Decided the 2016 Presidential Election?

Loren W
Melbourne Australia


As the world deals with the uninspiring Apple iPhone 7 with a nice new Camera but sacrificing on sound both with missing headphone jack, and average on board speakers, most were expecting more. This combined with the exploding battery and support issues from Samsung, the ZTE still is a poignant reminder of technology and service done right.
One could say even possibly “presidential”, but more on that in a moment.
The ZTE Axon 7 phone is a good balance of consumer charm but business functionality. The sound quality works for conferences replacing sound pods also has high quality built in amplifiers to help in those movements it is needed and works even more incredibly with music. Sorry Apple we also need good sound from our headphones and the ZTE blows everyone out of the water there and yes using wired or Bluetooth headphones is possible.
With the Google Nexus program being dead, in favor of a newly names pixel phone, rumored to be close in spec to the HTC 10, the new phone is also made by HTC, and will be announced on 4 October.zte-axon-7-mobile-phone-large-1


There are rumored to be 2 Google “Pixel”  phones (that I still want to call pixie phones) but with the pressure the greatest ever on price it is expected to be see some compromises on the new Google phones. Meanwhile Samsung scrambles, to address the poorly handled 7 Note exploding battery concerns, this leaves a gap already filled by the USA mobile phone provider ZTE.
The issue with Samsung came at a REAL bad time, IFA2016 Berlin the first few days of September 2016, at one of the world’s largest trade shows, where Samsung real-estate was well represented. Samsung initially denied the claims even after reported in the media, resulting in a bit too much focus on it at the event. This resulted in airlines like KLM, telling passengers at the check in desks the phones were not allowed on the planes at all if admitting to owning it.

Global Launch Axon 7 mini The only minor criticism heard on the ZTE Axon 7 was the size. Not everyone wants a masterpiece of a phablet. This was fixed recently at IFA2016 with the launch of the Axon 7 Mini, the aptly named smaller version of the Axon 7. Soon to be released
The Axon 7 devices are great balance of business and consumer device. Great sound out, has nothing to do with great good sound in ZTE tackles this well with hi-fi sound chips, from AKM. With

Global Launch Axon 7 Mini at IFA2016

playback by Dolby ATMOS leading the great sound. Designed in the USA and working with BMW / DreamWorks the solid unibody design is well thought out and managed. Battery life is great,
So how could the ZTE have decided the 2016 election? – With its choice of dual sim or sim with SD memory card, those situations needing multiple accounts, multiple numbers or even multiple data plans has never been easier.
Looking for a new phone but not sure the best deal, don’t get trumped on looking for the best deals at as the Axon 7 and 7 Mini, outright a running about half the price of the iPhones and Samsung 7 devices.

The ZTE Axon 7 leads the main 3 devices for ZTE, with the entry level Blade phones and the ZTE LTE equipped Spro 2 Android Projector.

4 September
IFA2016 Berlin
Loren W.
The Axon 7 story continues –
Mr Waiman Lam (VP Mobile Products ZTE and Glbal Spokesperson Mobile) and others at ZTE have emphasized their unique focused strategy of targeting not just key products in key countries but with added focus on key cities as well. This mean working more with the local communities,and having much more involvement with their customers. This includes major sponsorship of many local sports team in key markets. Lars Stindl from BM Gladbach was on hand to receive his own new phone and his team is of sponsored by ZTE.
With a focus on customer choice,  ZTE offers many products but focuses on 3, the android projector they invented, their entry level phone, and their flagship Axon 7 products, on listening  to the community they realized not everyone wants a phone larger than 5.2in
So ZTE’s  response to their current flagship device, the Axon 7 that has actually sold out in many parts of the world. Surpassing their own expectations, this meant a June 27th launch of the Axon 7 in Paris, followed up with a 13 July pre-order in the USA , and August 16 launch in  Hong Kong .
“The new 5.2 Axon 7 Mini inherits much DNA from the larger Axon 7.
With the Axon 7 and the new mini it is the details that matter
For the mini being sold At 299 euro (approx $333USD) and launching globally THIS WEEK in many new countries it is also the small things that are noticeable on this well designed powerhouse, from the Dolby sound that is piped beautifully from the front facing dual speakers, a well place volume button opting for a better single volume button making it easier to increase or decrease the volume. The fingerprint scanner is under neath the phone well place below the camera, and responds very quickly. The choice of using a dual sim or sim / sd card configuration is a great must have, and it is all rounded off with a 16mp/ 8mp front facing camera with dual led flash, FHD Amoled screen and even a new USB c connector for a phone also happy to fit in a great quality earphone jack to benefit form the amazing sound.
ZTE keeps pretty close to stock Google software,on this phone, but with touches from their Mi Vue Launcher including camera software, audio controls, enhanced fitness app, mi-pop controls to allow for easier use of control for one handed use will have many wanting to keep the ZTE launcher as I have.
ZTE makes sure the details are there not for the same of it but to enhance the experience. The sound that is so emphasized by ZTE is by no means by accident, their focus on their own R&D and working with the the AKM R&D and Dolby R&D offer a well tuned piece of hardware that has to to be heard to be believed. This includes dolby atmos dual front facing speakers, and it is not just the sound out that is impressive but the hi fi  recording makes this a great consumer and enterprise device.
With ZTE launching the new mini in Germany, Spain, Russia, Poland, japan Australia,  Saudi Arabia and of course the USA, on 7 September, some countries have not even seen the larger axon 7 yet Axon 7 and 7 Mini have to be heard to be believed.
Up next the more on the focused, 3 product ZTE strategy includng the Axon 7, with the innovator Spro projector, and entry level ZTE blade phone

IFA2016 Berlin
September 2 2016
Loren W –
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Despite the many famous brands owned or made by Haier, they still showcase their wide rage of both efficient, attractive, customer satisfying and innovative designs in their own name globally. It has been said by many that, “Those that do not listen  and respect  their customers and continue to innovate will not prosper. On that notion, Haier does all of this very well in many ways.

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Efficiency is shown in their washing machines, that hold a larger than normal 12kg capacity, yet able to treat laundry with with care due to the internal bubble drum feature. All of this in amazing and beautiful designs and ever increasing environmental improvements. Innovation, listening to customer needs  and beautiful design is shown off well in their online fridge and kitchen hub. With  large screen, the refrigerator even has a  camera and scanner inside  so you can remotely view you fridge contents.
If out shopping or forget what you have.  Use it to access recipes, or customer set the refrigerator changing a portion from a chiller, to a refrigerator or to a freezer in the  same compartment. Please watch for more.
Looking at Haier products, they offer amazing visuals and sometimes futuristic  looks making their many products more and more popular across the world. I look forward to what Haier do next.

What magic will ZTE unveil, come by and say hello







Due to make landfall in Late June or July

Loren W
Melbourne Australia,


Because of the semi- irregular Phone and Tablet launches it means that someone has to have the latest spec mobile phone until someone else does that is. Sony did this before with Xperia Z Ultra a great phablet for those so inclined at the time. Semi-launched in June 2013 it hosted a 6.4 in display only a fraction smaller than the Nexus 7 but was the first of the upper tier of phone makers to have the Snapdragon 800, and was IP56 waterproof and competing at the time with the Samsung Note 3 had the market for almost 12 months but with an average camera, and poor market distribution and supply, it was never a challenger but was a lovely phone, and took some ok pictures even underwater with in the Cook islands, thank you Sony

Well the stars have aligned for Sony again with their range of new Sony Xperia X Phones. Of much interest is the higher Waterproof X Performance that is the first of the top brands to host the latest Snapdragon 820 chip prior to the 823 chip being released. The timing of the phone means there were discussions if they would host the newer 823 chip instead that is destined for the Samsung Note 6 with an estimated 15-20% upgrade in speed compared to the 820.

Sony Xperia X Performance


Polaris Data Centre

Posted: May 26, 2016 in Misc Tech

Polaris $241m Data Centre- Loren Wiener

Hi folks,

I am a serial domain name buyer, and have never sold 1 at a profit buying hundreds over the years.
Working for the largest hosting companies in the world over the last decades, if I get an idea I buy the domain name.
But life happens.. So.. here are some domain names for sale.. email me at… I am guess paypal works easiest but let me know

List – starting at $250AUD


 Even if you are ‘Phat’ TRIM might be a problem. – Doing Nothing Is Seeing SSD Performance Degradation


31 May 2015
Melbourne Australia

win10Noticed that speedy SSD drive has been slowing down, or you do not want it to, on your PC or Mac, well you need to consider TRIM and AGC.  Say what?

SSD – (Solid State Hard Drives) have been around for a while, at up to x100 performance on data access, and boot up times as well as about 1/3 of the power so cooler as well,  to that of normal hard drives it is a no-brainer SSD is worth having for your boot drive on a PC or a Mac.
TRIM – a command built into SSD drive controllers that inform an SSD drive which blocks of data are in use, not in use and can be wiped internally.  Computers do not support TRIM by default automatically and maybe not at all.
AGC – Active Garbage Collection, as sexy as this sounds it is a secondary process that does the same as TRIM if TRIM is not working and it is built into the firmware of some but not all SSDs (is a good thing).
HDD – A standard internal hard drive for PCs or Macs that run normally at 5400 rpm or 7200 rpm

AHCI-  Advanced Host Controller Interface a SATA setting in the bios (not natively turned on and can impact SSD drive weed by a factor of 3 (that’s 300%) – Not turned on in BIOS the SSD is still faster than an HDD.


Like many, I build my own desktop PCs always have (well have them built for safety / risk). However I have never gotten around to installing an SSD drive for my main boot drive.

  • Personally to buy an SSD drive under 500GB or a 1TB, seemed pointless, and with prices of 500GB being around $150, then the price per GB (PPG) on an SSD has fallen recently, and as good as they will be for a while, if you look at the market on these things. Also with SSD drives like CPU, new versions come out occasionally offering faster read and write speeds at the same price (no point buying a new SSD drive that is slower). Current versions of SSD drives offer 500-550MB/sec speeds on reading and writing.
  • However many SSD drives have certain tweaks that if not performed will reduce the speed of this speedy drive.
    AGC- (Active Garbage Collection) is a feature of some SSD drives (Crucial is one brand), simply put when your PC is idling, the SSD drive is cleaning itself. However, between power saving (that is set by default to let a PC sleep) or those that turn a PC on work all the time then turn it off immediately the impact is the same. The SSD drive needs idle time to clean itself.

What’s The Problem ? – As TRIM commands simply tell an SSD drive what blocks of data are not being used and can be wiped. If TRIM doesn’t kick in, then AGC is there to clean up the drive. However in the very logical scenario above (power saving mode / PC turned off when not in use) then AGC cannot kick in, so the drive does not get cleaned up and slows down, or worse (yep).  Or your SSD drive may not have ACG meaning if TRIM is not configured properly (VERY easy to miss), then your SSD drive will slow down.

Simple Prevention – Let TRIM or ACG do it’s thing

  • No Sleep– Just go to your power settings on PC or Mac and turn off any power plans that turn off your hard drive. These are on a default, and many people just leave them that way.
  • Defrag– Turn off automatic or scheduled defragmentation most Windows has this turned on by default. SSD drives do not fragment like magnetic drives so turning this off can help performance, and ssd drives have a limited number of writes and reads so this can also add to the longevity of your drive. The bug / feature request to have this deactivate for SSD drives has been reported to Windows 10 team.
  • Is your TRIM turned on?- Easy… Firstly TRIM is only supported in Windows 7 and beyond, so you need to consider that. Also if you upgrade from anything to Windows 7 or newer TRIM might not work at all. So how do you tell if TRIM on your windows 7 or higher PC (or OS X Mac) is turned on.. easy Open a Admin CMD prompt and TYPE

fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify (ENTER)

This will give you an answer of 0 or 1. Zero indicates TRIM is enabled, a one means it is not. You can turn on TRIM by repeating the step above and add a 0 at the end per below.

fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify 0  (ENTER)

Now repeat the first step and you should get a 0 but a re-boot might be needed. 

Indexing- Due to the speed and way SSDs work indexing designed to speed up windows search on magnetic drives but not needed and impacts on longevity (and performance a little) on SSDs To turn it off just go to the properties of your SSD drive and turn indexing off. You may need admin rights to do this, and might need to turn indexing off manually .

 Fix it -– Here is how you fix a slow SSD Drive.  PC or Mac – In Windows, the best thing to do is to disconnect your SATA cable from your SSD Drive for a few hours, but leave the power connected this will make the SSD drive run in MCG mode. For a Mac just go to à system preferences, -> energy saver –> uncheck ‘put the hard disks to sleep’. You do not need to do this unless you have a problem on the PC.

Don’t Forget the Bios- PC’s new and old to not have AHCI mode enabled. If you do not turn it on you would never know what you are missing. AHCI only came out with SATA interfaces, and SSD did not get popular until way after SATA was started. WARNING: This may be obvious to some, but it is not.  Logisitcally, you need to activate AHCI mode prior to installaing the OS on that  SSD drive. If you install the OS on an SSD drive with AHCI not enabled then goto the bios to enable it, then the drive will not boot up DOH ! (I got caught out on that).

I have had a lot of people ask about defaults in Windows 10 (actually all versions of Windows), so was surprised that there were so many aspects to this but all simple to fix.
If of any use please let me know.





Ongoing Windows 10 Updates Errors Not the End of the World


30 May 2015
Melbourne Australia

•              So you have a windows  10 update could be anything, in my case I am updating to 10130 on 30 May 2015. I got an Error 0x8200056 (but there can be other errors)

•              In my case the windows update program froze and could not be stopped easily due to a corrupt update (windows or otherwise) causing the windows update program that runs automatically on start up to restart then go back to a frozen state even when your PC is restarted multiple times (the restart worked on similar errors on previous versions but not going from build 10125.

•              So to fix this you need to unfreeze the windows update program, and rename the windows update folder (C:/Windows/Softwaredistributionand) then try again

Here’s How

Note: To isolate the problem turn off in the windows 10 update box ‘update other programs’ when updating windows. – This prevents any update other than windows 10 from corrupting your windows 10 update.

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1.        Run services.msc – Find windows update server – disable – (remember where this is, you will be going back in a minute)

2.        Restart PC Run CMD prompt with admin access

3.        Type cd %systemroot% (ENTER)

4.        Type Ren Software Distribution SoftwareDistribution.old (ENTER)

5.        Repeat step 1 but put windows update server back to ‘automatic’

6.        Restart PC

Note: If you want to check to make sure the windows update folder is now replaced (softwaredistribution) you can do this by re doing step 3 and 4 above and you should get an error saying the folder could not be found. This is correct as you renamed in in step 6. Or just look in your root folder and see if C://Windows/SoftwareDistribution.old   is there and  C://Windows/SoftwareDistribution is not there (per step  3 and 4) if so then you are good to go.

7.        Re – start Windows update

So we have fixed 3 issues here

1.                    Moved a potentially corrupt windows update folder (due to windows 10 or another program)

2.                    Isolated the Windows Update Server for Windows 10 only by turning off ‘Update other programs’ by turning off the other programs until windows 10 has been updated.

3.                    Disabled then re-enabled the windows update server


Note:  The Normal way you could disable then re-enable the windows server is by running CMD ‘Net stop wuauserv ‘ in lieu of step 1, but in my case I got an error saying the windows update server (wuauserv) could not be stopped or was stopping and even when repeated wuauserv was still frozen even after multiple restarts. So step 1 above in this case is a fall back but worked much better.


Bad News

Your Windows 10 update will have to download again, so if you can download an ISO of your updates then it will allow you to save potentially a lot of time (and bandwidth usage) if important



Good Tech Can Be Simple
30 May 2015
Melbourne Australia

I must go through more than my share of car phone holders a year, changing out phones, they break, or as I travel I forget them in a rental. Expensive or cheap to be honest there is no more ugly, and useless form of tech (if you can even call it that).Suction cup on a windscreen some form of bracket to hold the phone.. nothing more to say … but sound the trumpets..



Logitech has introduced the +drive phone mount, it has no brackets but instead it locks on with a suction cup (or permanent 3M is so inclined) but there is no bracket to hold the phone. Instead it gives you a flat small square of metal that adheres to your phone case (between the phone and the case) and the strong magnet on the phone holder then holds even the largest phone well in place.

It works so well on a recent scary mountain drive in California (I live in Australia) that I just stuck it on a recorded the drive no problem. Instead of the metal plate you can buy a special magnetic case but I prefer my own. This plate even sticks to heavy grade silicone as is my case.

Well done Logitech – RRP is around $40 USD / $50 AUD

22 May 2015

If you add an old (windows 8) touch screen monitor to windows 10 it works fine.
You can buy them from around $100 -150 USD for a 23” view sonic for instance (only 2 touch points at a time for that price thus the windows 8 reference).
If you have other non-touch monitors (say on either side, or just 1, and if you let the screens bleed / overhang into the touchscreen then you can control those monitors as well.

Sony Unleashes The Interview Online-

Posted: December 26, 2014 in Misc Tech

Other Countries Forced to Bypass USA Online ‘Geo-Locking’


Loren W
Melbourne Australia

26 December 2014



In a move release that did not totally surprise many, Sony unleashed the new action comedy, The Interview in the USA only to about 10% of the 4000 original cinemas and only in the USA and later online to the USA only (referred to as Geo-locking) The movie was released online first via Google Play, and on a dedicated site all taking credit cards, Sony then opened it up to YouTube Movies, and Xbox, tip toeing into the global release front for the diehard hackers, perhaps by accident. Dates of 22 Jan 2015 and earlier are still on the table in Australia, Europe and Asia dates continue to evolve.

Why The Delay Outside The USA – Money – Had they released the movie globally even online Outside the USA, then those countries that are still to get the movie would also be impacted further in theory. There is also the chance that movie-goers on hearing how bad the movie is might stay away as well. There are ways around the geo-locking but it requires some keen interest to do it, (Geo hacking if you will). In what many are saying is the biggest movie dog since Cujo, critics have not been kind to the movie, and rotten tomatoes movie review website has seen the score of the movie go down as more reviews come in. Currently gives it a 50% that is very low, but not as low as it could be in that reviews are pretty scarce, though interest in seeing it is a very high 96%. In a contest of bad movies over Christmas the competition for worst blockbuster is currently between the new Night at the Museum and the Interview.










Major Film Release’s vs Australia – Delays What Delays? –The movie industry refuses to talk about why movies are released as a rule so much later outside the USA, and often deny it all together. Logical reports indicate that the result of the delays in TV, DVD, and Movies being

Released so much later globally is piracy. A recent checking of moves by Nick Evershed of the Guardian Newspaper Australia analyzed 168 movies to illustrate the point. Different Types of Geo-Locking and How to Ignore Them (unless prohibited by law). There are different types of online geo locks that need different levels of bypassing to manage. Manu users use them anyhow to protect their anonymity / privacy if online. Originally by hackers now more people than ever are keen to protect their privacy. 1) USA Location– Some require the buyer to be coming from the USA (tested by verifying the IP address location) can be managed by using a VPN (a free or paid service that fakes the originating IP address on a PC or a Modem/router). 2) USA Funds– Some blocks, require the user to use funds that are USA based, managed by buying a USA debit visa card and topping it up with Australia funds, users are sometimes charged per transaction to use the card. 3) USA Address– Some cards and services if being posted for instance require the user to have a USA address. This can be provided by USA forwarding companies, or might be provided by the USA credit card company depending on which one you use. 4) PayPal Payment – Some online payment stores use PayPal and some of those do not require the buyer to do anything other than pay in US dollars, something PayPal does easily. Interestingly all the methods Sony used in the Interview online release act slightly differently, so it is worth checking which services require and

work with which method. Hacking- Ironically this means Sony is only leaving 3 ways for hackers to watch the Interview if outside the USA, 1) a geo hack, 2) pirated downloads, or 3) waiting an extra month to see the movie when and if released in Australia. The movie industry is slowly releasing that delays in releases are directly showing increases of piracy so hopefully we will see the way movies are released evolve very soon. The Movie Itself – One of the good things about having the lowest of expectations is you’re pleasantly surprised when the movie is better than you thought. No Oscar winner here, but a fun movie for the holidays with a good entertainment value for different gender and different age groups. Well worth a watch.






23 December 2014
by Loren W
Melbourne, Australia

The UMI Zero- Might be the best 5″ phone of 2015

  • Umi is not a name that immediately comes to the mind by most of us. The name UMI means ‘mother’ in Arabic, and ‘ocean’ in Japanese, this might be the mother of all phones for Umi’s Flagship.
  • The New Umi Zero, a new phone thinner than an iPhone 6, with other impressive features;
  • Camera- Fast 13mp IMX 214 Sony Camera rear and an impressive, 8MP front camera, dual LED flash, Dual sim,
  • Charge! Texas Instruments Quick Charge (QVOC),
  • Screen – Samsung 5″ FHD Super AMOLED showing off an impressive 3264 x 2448 4:3 ratio & Gorilla 3 glass screen front and back,
  • Memory – 2GB Ram, 16GB ROM, (upgradeable via mem card),
  • CPU / SoC – World’s first 8 core 2GHz Octacore, MTK6592 system on a chip (SoC) CPU, using a quad core 700MHz GPU, The CPU/SoC alone is about 20% faster than the popular snapdragon 800 series CPU.


The UMI mobile range of phones include the ZOPO and UMI range, with them being part of the Shenzhen Huiyeshidai Technology Co. Ltd, based in Shenzhenshekou, China near Hong Kong.



Google Project Ara Reaches Phase 2 Ahead of 14 January Conference


22 December 2014
Loren W
Melbourne Australia


In June 2014, Google announced to very little fanfare outside of the tech community, the most adventurous mobile phone project ever known. A modular hardware eco-system, allowing you to put the phone together yourself, made in a modular form, and offering a more custom and future proof phone that allows you to update, components as required, creating bespoke high end or low end phones. Using the same components (called ‘modules’) in any of 3 size frames or endo skeletons (endo for short), all will greatly reduce electronic waste for Google (about 25%), and allowing for the production of phones that cost only $50 and up to produce, depending on the specification. Modules such as CPU, screen quality, Wi-Fi, battery, LEDs, speakers, night vision, health sensors, even Pico projectors and more are already available, most are available in different specifications as they are in phones today. The phone is targeted to be used by 6 billion people, 1 billion smartphone users and 5 billion ‘feature phone’ 3rd world users. This is no small endeavor, 20 partner companies, 150 people across 3 continents, universities, chip designers, industrial engineers all within Google ATAP (advanced, technology and projects division), and some members of ATAP are ex DARPA Innovation employees, and it is their methodology they are following for the project. Originally part of Motorola Mobility, Google kept ATAP on the sale of Motorola to Lenovo and they work under the Android team. Developers work on a common MDK (Module Developers Kits) to keep the development within certain common parameters.

The first prototypes are out, and are made up of the endo that via a ‘passive magnetic system’ binds all the parts together. (This means you can add extra parts such as more batteries, perhaps instead of a camera or other sensors as the technologies becomes available, on the surface of the modules are individual ‘cases’ (called shells) that can potentially even be custom printed on 3D printers so custom covers are a simple process. There are also 3 sizes , a small one 45x118x9.7mm (about the same size as an iPhone 4, ) a middle size 68x141x9.7m (about the same size as the iPhone 6) and a phablet model 91x164x9.7mm (larger than the Nexus 6, Note4 or iPhone 6+) The modules come in 3 sizes, 1×1 (none released yet) 1×2, and 2×2 (usually for battery). The Project Ara phone, is thicker than the new iPhone 6 but thinner than the even newer Nexus 6.

Even the modules are swappable between the 3 sizes of phone, allowing you to have 3 different endo skeleton sizes, all using the same components. The consumer pilot will be announced in Jan 2015 by Google but not likely to be offered until mid to late 2015. For developers the phones will be available in Jan 2015. The phone is uniquely targeted for the high end as well as the 3rd world. Leading to hopes some variations of the phones will be very low cost.

New Low End Chips
Since September 2014, Intel is working with Chinese chip manufacturer Rockchip creating new low end chips to compete with ARM, that will also be used in the lower end Ara modules in Spiral 3 or Project Ara in March 2015.

Updated Modules

Project Ara is entering the 2nd phase of development (2nd Spiral) currently and Spiral 3 is likely to take place around April 2015. Each ‘spiral’ addresses the next phase in technology advancements that are way ahead of the old Moore’s law observation, (that the advancement in technology originally transistors doubles every 2 years). Developers for project Ara are also working on 2 separate ‘reference designs’ for the best of breed models. The PXA1928 by Marvell, is a quad-core 64-bit system on a chip (SoC) offering communications of 2G- 3G- 4G. On the other high end the fastest mobile phone chip on the market is


the NVIDIA Tegra K1, this chip is part of the new modules google just announced is offering for developers. As technology is evolving this means the more software on a chip means, the unit can be smaller. However, the many lower spec modules are what google is most excited about as they openly target, the next 5billion users offering various health sensors and other similar heath modules as well. Google #AraDev even is being live streamed, and is at multiple live event sites on 14 January 2015. More Information is available from the Project Ara website or you can sign up to the live stream here , you can see the latest build of Project Ara here .


Google is Not Alone
Google is not alone, leaked in November 2014, by CEO Jun, Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi that hired ex Android VP Hugo Barra away this year has also announced their own modular phone and shown photos as well. However the ‘magic cube’ phone only allows the camera and battery modules to be switched out currently. That will be interesting to watch as well.




Threating Letters to the Prime Minister, Warnings From the Muslim Community and Even from Iran

Loren W
17 December 2014
Melbourne Australia

  • In what will likely be seen as a lone attack by a crazed individual, sex offender, and fraud, struggling with not being viewed as more important than he was, self-declared Peace activist, Sheikh, and Ayatollah, Man Haron Monis was the gunman at the centre of the Sydney Café siege on 15 December 2014, was very widely known to authorities.
  • It is be hard to understand where the actor Man Haron Monis, who also used the name Ayatollah Manteghi Boroujerdi ends and the peace activist began. Warned by Iranian officials as having a long history of crime and fraud in Iran prior to fleeing and seeking asylum in Australia. He told the media he had be involved in the Iranian intelligence and security community but it appears he ran a travel agency only before fleeing with $200,000 of customers’ money and leaving for Australia.
  • Despite this he was granted asylum. Even after he was convicted of accessory to murder his ex-wife with his girlfriend (a self-confessed terrorist), in 2013, and sexual assault in 2014 ( where he claimed he was an expert in astrology, numerology, meditation and black magic before allegedly indecently assaulting 7 women)
  • As early as 2007 the Islamic communities warned that Haron was not a genuine spiritual leader.
  • Haron wrote many hate letters in 2009 to Australian War widows, a charge he was convicted of (menace).
  • In 2013 Haron wrote letters to the PM Tony Abbot challenging him to a live debate with a view to change Australian policy warning otherwise Australia and Australians could be attacked and emphasizing he was being ignored by the Australian government, and copying the letter to the ASIO, and AFP amongst others.
  • Haron was not on a watch list despite this, and even if he was he could not be watched at all times, he had changed his beliefs just weeks before the siege (something he even announced on this web site).
  • There are heroes in this story, mainly the Australian people, that when an element of racism showed its head in social media spoke up offering #Illridewithyou on twitter to offer solidarity with the Muslim community not feeling safe as a result of the actions of a sick individual.