Friday catchup: 5 big tech things you might have missed this week

Friday catchup: 5 big tech things you might have missed this week

The one eCensus button you didn't click, Ultrabook to take on MacBook Air, Telstra teases, and telephone support calls you never want to experience.

Big things happened. You may have missed them. Get your head around the main bits with this 30 second wrapup.

Cruel, cruel web forms

If you were one of the 2 million or so households that filled in their Census details over the Internet this week, and remembered to hit the submit button, then congratulations. Census officials must have choked on their breakfast on Wednesday morning when they noticed that lots of people had done the Census online, but for some strange reason, 670,000 hadn't clicked "Submit". By yesterday, that number was down to around 79,000. It could have been worse. The event could have single handedly slowed down the Internet in Australia.

The wide, brown land of Foxtel

About 6 million or so people are tuning in to watch gems such as Doctor Who: The Tom Baker Years on Foxtel each week (if you believe the official numbers). That's no surprise to us, for while there's some exciting alternatives, understanding them all can be, how can we put it - a tad confusing. Depending on your set top box, which service you sign up to, even your TV, you could end up with anything from Mexican arthouse movies to a Wiggles channel. Meanwhile, iiNet was in court again today.

Hello, is it me you're looking for?

If you've ever spent a good 30 minutes on the phone trying to get a problem resolved with a telephone company, well done, you're one of the lucky ones. It was revealed today that there's an unlucky number of people who have spent more than a staggering nine hours at it. And for some people, it takes six calls.

MacBook, MacBook, WinBook?

So you love the look of the MacBook, but can't get past the price? Efforts to create a Windows laptop with the sort of design that would have Mac owners envious have been mixed. Over the years we've seen a few, including the Dell Adamo, but for the most part, Windows machines are a mixed bag when it comes to looks. The PC world seems to be doing something about it lately. Dell's XPS 15z is one MacBook-esque model that's turning heads, as is Samsung's very thin Series 9. Next up will be the arrival of the Ultrabook. A thin and light specification that looks like taking on the super thin MacBook Air. We'll be at the launch of Acer's Ultrabook in September so lookout for news.

Telstra to launch 4G

The prospect of iPhone users around Australia suddenly syncing music and photos to the iCloud probably sends a shiver down the spine of network engineers. Which is why we're not surprised that 4G wireless is on the way. The first to get to try it will be Telstra business customers who will be able to purchase a 4G modem from August 29. It will be a city service for now, but a bigger launch is scheduled for later this year.

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