The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-01-25T06:56:52Z 'Mind Games' - Premier of Australia's top Mentalist & Hypnotist, Phoenix's Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show 2015-01-25T06:56:52Z mind-games-premier-of-australia-s-top-mentalist-amp-hypnotist-phoenix-s-comedy-stage-hypnosis-show BOOK NOW for your 2015 Friday night entertainment, 'Mind Games' on January 30 & February 6! http://www.mentalistphoenix.com.au/tickets Do Something Out of the Ordinary this Valentines Day with Laneway Learning 2015-01-23T08:42:43Z do-something-out-of-the-ordinary-this-valentines-day-with-laneway-learning Do Something Out of the Ordinary this Valentines Day with Laneway Learning For immediate release   Laneway Learning is running a special series of romance-related classes in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Singapore in the run up to Valentines Day, giving you the opportunity to do learn something new with the one you love.  You could come as a couple and learn how to fake it on the dance floor, or surprise your partner by learning how to make chocolates, bath bombs, perfumes or killer Valentines cards. Alternatively, you could forget about other people and learn how to write a love letter to the most important person in your life - yourself. All classes are held in the evenings and in unexpected, hidden venues. You can learn the art of romance in a cosy café, hidden within the depths of Melbourne’s laneways; sniff fragrant oils while surrounded by books at the library in Sydney; cut and paste handmade cards at a coffee roaster in Brisbane; or temper chocolate in a furniture showroom-cum-café in the heart of Singapore. Classes run during the evenings from Monday 9th to Thursday 12th February, and prices start at $14AUD or $20SGD. Mark Gregory, co-founder of Laneway Learning says ‘Valentines Day is the perfect excuse for romance, but flowers don’t cut it anymore. Learning and doing something together is a fun way to bond, and giving someone a handmade gift means so much more than grabbing a dusty box of chocolates on your way home’.  For more information about Laneway Learning, please visit http://www.lanewaylearning.com   ENDS FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Mark GregoryM - +61416 466 532E - hq@lanewaylearning.com Sydney Pamela WoodsM - +61412 140 097E - sydney@lanewaylearning.com   NOTES TO EDITOR:About Laneway LearningLaneway Learning is the name for a ragtag series of evening classes that first started in Melbourne in March 2012, and has since spread to Sydney, Brisbane and Singapore. Classes are super cheap, super informal and are taught by ordinary people from the local community; florists teach about flowers, scientists about science and bookworms about books. Classes are held in unexpected spaces that would otherwise be unused, like cafés, bars, libraries and furniture stores.  A Community Affair 2015-01-22T04:44:40Z a-community-affair Ladies and Gentlemen,   Skin I’m In is a platform that was created by its Founder Debra Ojumu in 2011 and is committed to fostering pride in the skin we are in. Founded for members of the African diaspora and all who support our aims, we are dedicated to help provide professional, business and community networking opportunities, in particular through organised events and through the ongoing development of the Skin I’m In website.   We are very excited to announce that the eagerly anticipated 2015 Skin I'm In Gala Dinner event will take place on 14 March in the beautiful Clarendon Ballroom of the luxurious Langham Hotel, Melbourne. It is an honour to inform you that the Keynote Speaker is Ms Zione Walker-Nthenda.  A human rights lawyer, Zione will speak to the event theme of ‘community’. President of the Incubate Foundation, a not-for profit mentoring organisation that creates programs to develop the leadership potential of African Australians and increase their employment pathways, Zione is also a facilitator, mentor, trainer and an active member of the African diaspora.   Nigel Karikari, an award winning screenwriter and director, will be our Master of Ceremonies.  Despite gaining a degree in Architecture his passion for storytelling led him to his love of writing, editing and directing for film and television.  Amongst his many accolades, Nigel has won both an AWGIE for his short screenplay ‘Love Hurts’, a BAFTA Focus on Talent Screenwriting Award for his short drama ‘Static’, and best Director at In The Bin Film Festival for ‘The Deal’.   With the legendary comedian Tony Woods who will travel from Washington DC to entertain us, as well as Soli Tesema from The Voice, we assure guests of another memorable night.   Please be advised that the theme of ‘community’ has been chosen to acknowledge that whether an African-American, African-Australia, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino, Afro-Canadian or Afro-European, the African diaspora has made significant contributions to Australia over many years and helped to breakdown racial barriers.  The event also wishes to encourage a more collective and supportive approach amongst our diaspora in striving for achievements in social justice, and community, professional and business endeavours.   All are welcome to join us and partake in a night of inspiration and celebration, networking and entertainment and a call to action. Indeed, let us all celebrate the skin we are in together with pride.   For more details and ticket options, please go to Eventbrite:  http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-2015-skin-im-in-black-tie-gala-dinner-tickets-15432569230. Please note that this is an advance ticket only event and black tie attire is required. See you there!   Son publishes Mother’s incredible 19 year cancer story. 2015-01-21T01:30:36Z son-publishes-mother-s-incredible-19-year-cancer-story FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A mother’s incredible 19 year cancer story written by her son. KEEPING MAREE: A Breast Cancer Journey: by MICHAEL LEDDIN Award winning public speaker and breast cancer ambassador, Michael Leddin, will touch hearts around the world with release of his book, ‘Keeping Maree: A Breast Cancer Journey’. The inspirational, true 19-year breast cancer story of his late mother, Maree. Melbourne, VIC – 2014 – Michael Leddin is no ordinary 26 year old.  First time author, bachelor degree in business from RMIT & San Diego State University. A public speaker, entrepreneur and founder of a Melbourne based men’s clothing label. Raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer research through support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Now intends to take that one step further with his latest book. ‘Keeping Maree: A Breast Cancer Journey’, is more than just your non-fictional memoir of a mother dealing with cancer. It’s a story about life, friendship, fighting, heartache, hope and overcoming fear. Through the word’s of a son. For the next 216 pages, you won’t want to stop reading. Each turn of the page, Michael takes you inside a mother’s journey from the beginning when she lost her own mother to the disease that would again plague her. The book compiles unbelievable moments to beautiful mechanisms created by three children and a loving husband to keep a woman they loved. Step right into the shoes of this amazing story as Michael’s words are accompanied by even his late mother’s, through her own diary entries.   A 19-year incredible cancer tale that hasn’t been seen before. It will most certainly have you laugh, cry and smile as he honestly narrates the raw natured story he witnessed. His back cover begins with ‘I was tired of being the son of a mother who was constantly sick. I’d had enough of hearing people label us ‘the family with amazing courage and hope’. I didn’t want that anymore. Why couldn’t we be a family without it?’ The book will give youthful and senior generations valuable tools for dealing with heartache and fear. His mother’s story highlights how he lived in the ‘oblivion’ by still inheriting the ability to chase your dreams despite fighting something much, much bigger. The must read for 2015, for those directly or indirectly affected by terminal illness. A unique and overwhelming sons’s perspective. ‘Keeping Maree’ is published in Australia and now available with online retailers and www.keepingmaree.com.  The sale of this book will also be donating $2 from every hard copy sold to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. About Michael Leddin: First time author, public speaker & young entrepreneur. Raised valuable funds for cancer research across Australia. Currently co-producing a documentary and working within the digital marketing space. Michael hopes to take his book on tour and host a series of inspirational talks. For more information about ‘Keeping Maree: A Breast Cancer Journey.’ Please visit www.keepingmaree.com or contact Michael’s team on 0412583466. The popular ATSA Independent Living Expo clinical program in Sydney to feature breakthrough technology, industry updates and world renowned speakers 2015-01-20T04:18:56Z the-popular-atsa-independent-living-expo-clinical-program-in-sydney-to-feature-breakthrough-technology-industry-updates-and-world-renowned-speakers Running alongside the expo, the popular clinical education program will feature 48 sessions with topics including the use of medical equipment and technology, wheelchair prescription, client assessments, safety standards, as well as industry updates from the Physical Disability Council of NSW and Enable NSW. Highlights will include a presentation on choice and control of wheelchair mobility equipment from Amy Bjornson, UK speaker Barend ter Haar speaking on optimal function while seated and for the first time at ATSA, Dr Mark Richter from the USA will join the program to discuss shoulder pain. The full program is now available to view online. For the first time in 2015, there will be designated sessions especially people with disability, their family and friends, and parents of young children. Sessions in past years have typically booked out quickly, and it is recommended that visitors register now and select sessions early to avoid disappointment. The clinical program is also an excellent opportunity for Allied Health Professionals including Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to contribute to their professional development as attendance at the program can qualify for CPD points. Over 1,500 attendees are expected to attend the ATSA Independent Living Expo 2015, and those that will benefit from the exhibition and dynamic clinical program are allied health professionals, people with disabilities, staff of retirement villages, nursing homes, home care services and community health, and interested members of the public. Visitors will enjoy seeing more than 150 exhibitors displaying the widest range of products and services in assistive technology, mobility solutions, pressure care, employment support, disability care, accessible recreation/holiday ideas, modified motor vehicles and a lot more. KEY FACTS: ·       Free to attend | Free parking | 48 sessions in the clinical education program over two days | 150 exhibitors | 1,500 expected visitors | 13 to 14 May 2015 – Sydney, Rosehill Gardens For more information, visit www.atsaindependentlivingexpo.com.au or call 1300 789 845. RYDGES OFFERS MORE CHOICE IN MELBOURNE, RYDGES ST KILDA JOINS THE TEAM - City quirk meets Urban Convenience 2015-01-20T00:49:59Z rydges-offers-more-choice-in-melbourne-rydges-st-kilda-joins-the-team-city-quirk-meets-urban-convenience After a recent refreshed look, feel and service offering throughout Rydges, Australia own hotel group will now be offering more choice for travellers in Melbourne with the addition of the quirky Rydges St Kilda (formally Urban St Kilda) alongside Rydges Melbourne and Swanston St. Rydges is known for being hotel operators that consistently seek ways to add more for less and Rydges St Kilda lives up to this mantra. This is not your typical hotel - Rydges St Kilda offers more comfort, more indulgence, more choice and more inspiration. Only 200 metres from Melbourne’s premier inner-city beach, the hotel suits those leisure or corporate travellers seeking a unique high-value experience combined with relaxed, modern comforts with quirky edge. Complete with conference facilities and chic restaurant and bar, this uniquely stylish hotel combines some unique hotel features with plenty of guest room perks. With 4 unique room types, signature beds and the genuine Rydges service, unique offerings and top-shelf amenities combined with surprisingly affordable prices makes for an enjoyable and gratifying stay. Guests at the new look Rydges St Kilda can also look forward to some of the standard Rydges Hotel offerings which will be progressively introduce throughout 2015 including: - Free WI-FI for all guests - whether visiting overnight or just for a coffee. - A new ‘Rise Breakfast’ concept, which takes a nod from nutritionist recommendations around a healthful breakfast being the most important meal of the day. While still buffet-style in nature, the Rise Breakfast includes freshly-squeezed juice shots, made to order smoothies & juice blends, super healthy cereals and fresh fruit as well as a great range of hot options including eggs cooked to individual preference. - In trademark AHL style, even the mini-bar has undergone a quirky designer overhaul with Rydges branded sweets, nibbles & potato crisps plus fun games & add-ons complimenting the overall offering. - An expanded wine list showcasing a broader range of Australian and international varietals will cater to the more discerning taste buds. - Stylish new uniforms with a relaxed yet ultimately professional vibe. ‘After refreshing the Rydges brand midway through this year with a new look, feel and service offering coupled with free WiFi, it is great to expand the hotel chain in the Melbourne market with Rydges St Kilda,’ said David Seargeant, Group Managing Director of AHL. ‘This is a hotel which fundamentally fits our philosophies both through design and attitude.’ No strangers to taking the lead with their hotel brands, AHL who also operate the multi-award winning hip QT Hotels & Resorts and new urban, industrial and art-inspired Atura Hotels. Become a Priority Guest Rewards member to start receiving great benefits and rates today at Rydges St Kilda and all AHL hotels and resorts - www.priorityguestrewards.com.au Promotional Products Vendor in Perth Provides System for Prosperity 2015-01-16T06:44:21Z promotional-products-vendor-in-perth-provides-system-for-prosperity Perth, WA, 16 January 2015 - Promotional products have been a Perth mainstay for well over fifty years. Many businesses have had prolonged success with them. Some, on the other hand, have had mixed results. Recently, the owner of a business that provides promotional products provided a guide to successfully using them.Scott Eaton, owner of ImagePak Marketing, who provide promotional products in the Perth area, recently presented a four step plan for maximising returns on promotional products. According to Mr Eaton, “There are four habits that maximise your odds for success when using promotional items for a marketing campaign. They are easy to learn and greatly increase your chances for success.”The Four RecommendationsMr Eaton’s first recommendation is to always provide gifts that the people receiving them either want or need. This is especially relevant at trade shows or public expos, where some people fill their bags with promotional items, take them home and forget about them. If a person is given an item but doesn’t use it, there was no point in giving them the item in the first place.The next step is to always give high-quality gifts. This doesn’t mean one can’t give away inexpensive gifts such as stubby holders or pens; it just means that the stubby holders have to look great and the pens have to work correctly. Mr Eaton also feels that it is important to create an attractive design for the personalisation elements of promotional products. These can include the company name, logo, colours, message and any images they want to use. All must portray the company in the best possible light to be effective. In addition, the company name must be prominent. Mr Eaton’s last step is to give promotional gifts to the right people. Usually, this means potential customers and repeat or current customers. While he feels that it is never appropriate to deny a trade show attendee a promotional item, for example, he also feels that it is important to choose recipients wisely.Putting the Recommendations into ActionMr Eaton has been providing promotional products in the Perth area since 1979. He feels that he is in a unique position to observe what methods and habits make for the most successful use of promotional products. According to Mr Eaton:“Promotional giveaway products still represent one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to advertise. While traditional advertising in the media only lasts for mere minutes, well-placed promotional items can be in use for years. Every time someone uses a promotional item, they receive an advertising impression and don’t even know it. Instead of having their salesman defenses up, they are feeling gratitude and warmth for the company that gave them the item.”Mr Eaton concluded, “The four steps we gave are really common sense. If you give the right promotional items to the right people, your campaign will usually be a success.” ImagePak Marketing has provided promotional products to the Perth area since 1979. They specialise in professional customer service, high quality products and fast turnover time. To learn more or to place an order, call 1300 658 745 or visit their website: http://www.imagepak.com.au/. Cuddles Childcare Centres in Perth Set to Celebrate 20th Birthday 2015-01-14T08:04:23Z cuddles-childcare-centres-in-perth-set-to-celebrate-20th-birthday Perth, WA, 14 January 2015 - Cuddles Childcare Centres currently offer three locations in the Perth area: St James, Carlisle and Bertram. On 6 February, 2015, all three will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cuddles Childcare Centres. The celebration begins from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at the Bertram Centre. The celebration at the St James Centre begins at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. The Carlisle centre begins their celebration at 2:30 pm and ends at 4:30 pm.Each centre will have a large birthday cake and a sausage sizzle. Each centre will provide a bouncy castle and many more activities and surprises. In addition, the staff will be wearing the new Cuddles Childcare Centre uniforms for the first time. Michelle Coleski, Operations Manager for Cuddles Childcare Centres, anticipates a celebration that is fun for children, parents and staff. According to Ms Coleski: “We are really looking forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary of providing high quality child care to the Perth area. Child care is a labour of love for everyone on our staff and we are all proud to be celebrating a milestone anniversary like this one.”Cuddles Childcare Centres have a motto: “Learning Through Play.” Their operation thrives within the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) while providing an environment in which children can have so much fun that learning happens on “auto-pilot.” Numerous studies have suggested that children learn the fastest while they are playing because they are fully engaged in what they are doing.Activities for Children at Cuddles Childcare CentresCuddles Childcare Centres provide many opportunities for children to play, as a group or as individuals, on a weekly basis. These activities allow children to develop skills while having so much fun that it doesn’t feel like “school.”Shake ‘n’ Bake is an activity in which the children help the staff cook food. When the food is finished, everyone eats it together. The staff members do the “heavy lifting,” while the children are given simple tasks that allow them to help and to learn at the same time. Children develop fine motor skills by pouring or stirring. They learn mathematics skills by counting objects or measuring ingredients. They also learn about cleanliness and about organisation as they become more aware about food preparation.There are a plethora of other activities, such as Jessie’s Art Time, Messy Play, Junior Soccer Goals, Friday Fun Day and one activity for babies: Let’s Squiggle. Ms Coleski is excited about the upcoming events and proud of what Cuddles Childcare Centres have been able to accomplish in their twenty years. According to Ms Coleski: “We are proud to be celebrating twenty years of providing the best child care we know of in the Perth area and are eagerly anticipating a bright future.”Cuddles Childcare Centres provide child care to Perth and suburbs such as Wattle Grove, Vic Park and Cannington. Their motto is “Learning Through Play.” They adhere to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and are dedicated to providing a fun, healthy environment for preschool aged children. To learn more, please check out their website: http://www.cuddleschildcare.com.au/. Independent Designers Emporium - Inspired Interior online store 2015-01-13T14:00:59Z independent-designers-emporium-inspired-interior-online-store It's getting hard to keep up with the growing number of designers joining online homewares store Independent Designer Emporium. The beautiful clean lines of the site and ethos of only selling truly handmade and sustainable art, homewares, contemporary furniture and accessories are proving to be an attractive formula for discerning creatives from all over the world. The latest independent designer is Ari Rizos the owner at 3Buttons in Sydney, Australia, who cleverly crafts soy candles in beautifully decorated paint pots. The range includes the decadent scents of fig and Cassis, lime coconut or amazonian grape.  Independent Designers Emporium is certainly living up to it's mission statement of only sourcing the best of original and inspired creations. IDE are soon to be announcing the arrival of several more exciting new designers and artists. Watch this space for 2015. Can your region host a Mother's Day Classic event to help make breast cancer history? 2015-01-10T05:59:18Z can-your-region-host-a-mother-s-day-classic-event-to-help-make-breast-cancer-history Women in Super Mother's Day Classic is the nation's largest breast cancer research fundraiser, and organisers are calling on regional Australia to sign up to fight the disease that impacts one in 8 women. The annual Mother's Day Classic fun run/walk has become a calendar must-do for thousands of families, friends and community groups, who enjoy a festive event that supports a serious cause - funding research into breast cancer, Australia's most common female cancer. In 2014, a record 88 regional locations around Australia took part, helping to raise $4.5 million to fund National Breast Cancer Foundation research. Mother's Day Classic national chair, Louise Davidson, wants to build on this overwhelming support from regional Australia. "Every Mother's Day Classic event has a very special atmosphere, whether there are a handful of people on the beach at Broome or whether it involves thelocal Rotary Club who organize the event in Albury/Wodonga each year," Ms Davidson said. "It doesn't matter where you take part, whether you walk or run, or even how fast - it just matters why," she said. Ms Davidson said that holding a Mother's Day Classic event was also a wonderful way to show support and solidarity to those in the community dealing with breast cancer. Event to focus on family, friends and fitness Local organisers have until 16 March 2015 to apply to stage a Mother's Day Classic walk or run in their town (see p2 for details). Community organisations, athletics clubs,  schools and individuals are all welcome to participate. "We'd like to hear from enthusiastic people willing to start a local event - their efforts will be supported by our national team. It's a great tradition to start with family and friends," Ms Davidson said. Mother's Day Classic is all about raising awareness and honouring those impacted by the disease, as well as funding vital research into treatment, detection and prevention. "The more funds we raise, the faster a cure can be found," Ms Davidson said. "Our online fundraising system and fundraising tips on the website make it easy for people to support you, so get in early and see what you can achieve." Mother's Day Classic has contributed $24.3 million to breast cancer research since the event began in 1998, making it Australia's largest funder of National Breast Cancer Foundation research. In that time, the 5 year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer has increased to 89%. But with research, more can be done. "Mother's Day Classic is a celebration of spirit and hope that together we can contribute to making breast cancer history," Ms Davidson said. To find out if your region has a Mother's Day Classic event, go to http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/our-events/event-locations/  For more information on organising an event see http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/our-events/things-to-know/start-your-own-mdc-event/  To register or for more information go to www.mothersdayclassic.com.au Organised by: Women in Super (WIS) is a national organisation of women working with and for not-for-profit superannuation funds. WIS cares about the health of women as well as their financial wellbeing and in 1998 established the Mother’s Day Classic, an event which has become the single largest donor to the NBCF.   R18+ Controversial Game, Grand Theft Auto V coming to PC in only 2 Weeks 2015-01-09T00:59:20Z r18-controversial-game-grand-theft-auto-v-coming-to-pc-in-only-2-weeks With the January 27th PC release date of Grand Theft Auto V for the PC rapidly approaching, online retailers and digital game distributors are gearing up to take pre-orders of the uncensored R18+ game that many in the mainstream media have branded a murder simulator. The game features the same high level of violence that you can find in countless games before it but it also as plenty of drugs and sex in to the mix which is where most of it's criticism seems to be coming from. With the addition of the first person perspective and higher resolution models, textures and improved animations, Rob Nelson, a member of the games development team has called the new and 'improved' version of the game an "Intense, in-your-face experience... literally". The R18+ rating makes this game illegal to sell to minors, although many under 18 year old's will be acquiring the game online where it is impossible to enforce the age restriction, or have friends, older siblings or even parents buy a copy for them. Despite the fact that the game and it's questionable content is fairly easy for under age gamers to get their hands on, this is not the fault of the game, instead a failure of the distribution model and parents ability to control the media consumption of their children. As a primarily online retailer, Evatech Custom Computers is one of many that already is offering pre-orders through its website. For more information on Grand Theft Auto V for PC visit Evatech.com.au Akamai Releases Third Quarter 2014 'State of the Internet' Report 2015-01-08T22:13:57Z akamai-releases-third-quarter-2014-state-of-the-internet-report Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications, today released its Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds and broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, overall attack traffic, global 4K readiness, and IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.   The report also includes security insights into Shellshock and OpenSSL vulnerabilities, Blackshades RAT and Spike DDoS toolkits, as well as attacks observed during the FIFA 2014 World Cup.   Data and graphics from the Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report can be found on the Akamai State of the Internet site and through the Akamai State of the Internet app for iOS and Android devices.   "One need only look to the sheer number of connected device- and smart home-related announcements that came out of the 2015 International CES to see that consumers are continuing to adopt and expect more from connected technology and services," said David Belson, editor of the report. "The strong year-over-year growth trends illustrated in this quarter's report show that the Internet is evolving and expanding to meet the growing demands of our increasingly connected lifestyles."   Highlights from Akamai's Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report:   Global Average Connection Speeds and Global Broadband Connectivity For the second consecutive quarter, the global average connection speed remained above the 4 Mbps "broadband" threshold; however, it saw a slight decline in the third quarter of 2014, dropping 2.8% to 4.5 Mbps.   Six of the top 10 countries saw increases in global average connection speeds, and all of the top 10 remained well above the 10 Mbps "high broadband" threshold. Among those increasing in average connection speed quarter-over-quarter, Singapore experienced the largest rise (12.2 Mbps), an 18% improvement. The smallest growth was in Japan (15 Mbps), which was only up 0.8% from the second quarter. In addition, Ireland (13.9 Mbps) joined Singapore in seeing an increase of 10% or more from the previous quarter. Yearly increases were seen in 129 qualifying countries/regions, with rates ranging from 150% in Jersey (9.7 Mbps) down to a modest 0.2% in Ecuador (3.6 Mbps).   Similar to the average connection speed metric, the global average peak connection speed also saw a slight decline in the third quarter, dropping 2.3% to 24.8 Mbps. Hong Kong once again had the highest average peak connection speed at 84.6 Mbps, followed closely by Singapore (83 Mbps). All 10 countries/regions saw significant increases in average peak connection speeds compared to the previous year. Uruguay (58.6 Mbps) led the group with a year-over-year change of 334%, and Luxembourg (54.4 Mbps) saw speeds more than double, up 130%. A total of 135 qualifying countries/regions saw average peak connection speeds increase from the third quarter of 2013.   Global high broadband (>10 Mbps) adoption rates fell 0.5% in the third quarter, after seeing strong quarterly growth earlier in the year. In contrast to previous quarters, changes among the top 10 countries/regions were limited, with increases ranging from a half a percent in Japan (55% adoption) to 8.4% in Sweden (44% adoption). Among the 63 qualifying countries/regions for this metric, just 28 saw quarter-over-quarter increases. The global high broadband adoption rate was up 22%, which was lower than the 65% increases seen in both the first and second quarters of this year. Among the top 10 countries/regions, Japan was the only one to see a year-over-year change below 10%, while both Romania (49% adoption) and Israel (44% adoption) saw adoption rates more than double. Across the other 62 geographies, yearly increases ranged from 6.3% in Japan to a massive 3,015% in Uruguay (7.3% adoption).   The global broadband (>4 Mbps) adoption rate reached 60%, an increase of 1% quarter-over-quarter. Ninety-nine countries/regions qualified for inclusion for this metric, 55 of which saw quarterly growth in broadband adoption rates. Israel (92% adoption) was the only country in the top 10 country/regions to see its adoption rate increase more than 1%. South Korea remained the country with the highest level of broadband adoption at 96%, with Bulgaria following at 95%. The global broadband adoption rate increased 12% from the third quarter of 2013. While still positive, the yearly growth rate has continued to decline over the last several quarters. Broadband adoption rates were also up-year-over-year across all of the top 10 countries/regions, with increases ranging from 1.3% in Curacao to 18% in Bulgaria. All but nine qualifying countries saw broadband adoption levels increase over the past year with growth rates ranging from 0.7% in the Czech Republic (83% adoption) to 1,884% in Indonesia (35% adoption).   4K Readiness Following the introduction of "4K Readiness" in the First Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, Akamai has again identified candidate geographies that are most likely to sustain connection speeds above 15 Mbps, as Ultra HD adaptive bitrate streams typically require bandwidth between 10 and 20 Mbps. The findings do not account for other "readiness" factors, including availability of 4K-encoded content or 4K-capable televisions and media players.   In total, 52 countries/regions qualified for inclusion this quarter, and 12% of the global connections were at or above the 15 Mbps threshold. While down 2.8% quarter-over-quarter, readiness increased 32% year-over-year. South Korea remained the country with the highest level of 4K readiness, with two-thirds of its connections to Akamai at or above 15 Mbps.   Attack Traffic and Security Akamai maintains a distributed set of unadvertised agents deployed across the Internet to log connection attempts that the company classifies as attack traffic. Based on the data collected by these agents, Akamai is able to identify the top countries from which attack traffic originates, as well as the top ports targeted by these attacks. It is important to note, however, that the originating country as identified by the source IP address may not represent the nation in which an attacker resides.   In the third quarter of 2014, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 201 unique countries/regions, which was up significantly from 161 in the second quarter, and more in line with the 194 seen in the first quarter. As demonstrated in past reports, the highest concentration of attacks (50%) came from China, nearly three times more than the United States, which saw observed traffic grow by approximately 25% quarter-over-quarter. China and the United States were the only two countries to originate more than 10% of observed global attack traffic. Indonesia was the only country among the top 10 to see observed attack traffic decline, dropping from 15% of global attack traffic in the second quarter to 1.9% in the third. The overall concentration of observed attack traffic decreased slightly in the third quarter, with the top 10 countries/regions originating 82% of observed attacks, down from 84% last quarter. Furthermore, 64% of attack traffic originated from the Asia Pacific region, down from 70% last quarter, while the lowest volume (1%) originated from Africa.   The volume of observed traffic targeting Ports 80 (HTTP/WWW), 443 (HTTPS/SSL) and 880 (HTTP Alternate) dropped significantly in the third quarter, with all three ports seeing a fraction of the attack volume seen in previous quarters. Port 23 remained the most popular target of attacks observed to be originating in China, accounting for more than three times more volume than Port 80, the second-most attacked port within the country.   Reported Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack Traffic In addition to observations on attack traffic, the State of the Internet Report includes insight into DDoS attacks based on reports from Akamai's customers. Akamai customers reported 270 DDoS attacks for the second quarter in a row. Overall, this represents a 4.5% reduction in attacks since the beginning of 2014 and a 4% decrease in comparison to the third quarter of 2013.   In contrast to the second quarter's report, the number of attacks fell in both of the Americas, with 142 attacks, and in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, with 44 attacks. However, the number of attacks in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region rose by 25% from the previous quarter to 84. The distribution of industries did not change in comparison to the previous quarter; commerce, enterprise, high tech, media and entertainment, and the public sector all saw the same number of attacks as the previous quarter, even though the actual targets of these attacks changed. Compared with the same quarter of 2013, enterprise attacks have fallen by more than a third from 127 to 80. At the same time, attacks against high tech companies have tripled from 14 to 42.   Akamai saw an increase in the number of repeated attacks against the same target in the third quarter, returning to the 25% chance of a subsequent attack targeting the same organisation. This represents a drop in unique targets from 184 in the second quarter to 174 in the third.   IPv4 and IPv6 In the third quarter of 2014, more than 790 million IPv4 addresses connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform from more than 246 unique countries/regions. The global number of unique IPv4 addresses making requests to Akamai grew by nearly two million quarter-over-quarter, a nominal increase after a loss of seven million in the second quarter. Looking at the top 10 countries in the third quarter, the unique IP count in the United States saw a small gain of approximately 20,000 addresses. In addition to the United States, Brazil, France and Russia saw nominal increases in unique IPv4 address counts, while the remaining six countries saw unique IPv4 address counts slightly decline from the second quarter. Fifty-eight percent of countries saw a quarter-over-quarter increase in unique IPv4 address counts, with 28 countries/regions growing by 10% or more.   Cable and wireless providers continued to drive the number of IPv6 requests made to Akamai, many of which are leading the way for IPv6 adoption in their respective countries. Verizon Wireless and Brutele saw more than half of their requests to Akamai made over IPv6, with Telenet close behind.   Mobile Connectivity In the Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, 54 countries/regions qualified in the mobile section. South Korea continued to have the highest average mobile connection speed, growing from 15.2 Mbps to 18.2 Mbps in the third quarter. Iran had the lowest average mobile connection speed at 0.9 Mbps, and was the only qualifying country with an average speed below 1 Mbps. Slovakia joined South Korea above the 10 Mbps "high broadband" threshold at 10.9 Mbps.   Average peak mobile connection speeds again spanned an extremely broad range in the third quarter, from 98 Mbps in Singapore down to 3.3 Mbps in Iran. Nine countries/regions had average peak mobile connection speeds above 50 Mbps, while another 40 saw speeds above 10 Mbps.   The report also examines the percentage of connections to Akamai from mobile network providers at "broadband" speeds (more than 4 Mbps). In the third quarter, Sweden moved ahead of Denmark for the top position at an adoption rate of 94%, whereas Iran, Paraguay, Croatia, and Vietnam all had mobile broadband adoption rates below 1% in the third quarter.   About the Akamai State of the Internet Report Each quarter, Akamai publishes a "State of the Internet" report. This report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time. To learn more and to access the archive of past reports, please visit http://www.stateoftheinternet.com/. To download the figures from the Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, please visit: wwwns.akamai.com/soti/soti_q314_figures.zip.   About Akamai Akamai® is the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications. At the core of the Company's solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, providing extensive reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter. Usb Wall Socket Amazing New Charging Format 2015-01-08T04:41:04Z usb-wall-socket-amazing-new-charging-format Among the first to support this initiative, launched by the GSMAssociation, are the 3 Group, AT&T, HTC, KTF, LG, MobilkomAustria, Motorola, Nokia, NTT Docomo, Orange and Qualcomm. Rogers Wireless, Samsung, Softbank Mobile, Sony Ericsson, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telenor, Telstra, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Apple, NEC, RIM and TI are also in this group. The group has set an ambitious target that by 2012 a universal charging solution (UCS) will be widely available in the market worldwide and will use Micro-USB as the common universal charging interface. The group agreed that by the 1st January 2012, the majority of all new mobile phone models available will support a universal charging connector and the majority of chargers shipped will meet the high efficiency targets set out by the OMTP (Open Mobile Terminal Platform), the industry body who developed the technical requirements behind UCS. After implementation, the plan is projected to bring down production of replacement chargers by as much as 51,000 tons annually. This will eliminate 13.6 million to 21.8 million tons of greenhouse gases emitted during manufacture. Mobile Phones wont ship with chargers after this implementation as the Manufacturers assume you have one already. HTC is the first manufacturer to announce it wont include a wall charger with their new phone. New Book about Secret Psychic Realm of Carl Jung 2015-01-08T04:21:59Z new-book-about-secret-psychic-realm-of-carl-jung-2 CHANNELING JUNG Blom - A Woman's Journey to Individuation A novel in verse written by Danielle Shelley Carr Blom, meaning flower in German, symbolises the process of becoming, blossoming, or in Jung's terms, individuation. This is the incredible story of a woman who channels philosophies and music of thinkers and musicians, in a subconscious language heard only in dreams. The verse novel is based on true stories.   In the verse novel, a woman receives psychic communications in dreams, with a subconscious understanding and knowledge of German. The poetic form adds a musicality and lyricism to the novel, and evokes the symbolic quality of dreams. The novel begins at a seance in the early 1900s, attended by Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung, where his cousin Helene Prieswerk, a medium, summons the spirits of the dead, linking to a case study in the modern era, of a woman who experiences psychic thought transference in dreams. A psychiatrist interviews her, discovering the German words to be possibly the communicated thoughts of Jung, and reveal her personal development, known as 'individuation'. He finds that she also hears the voices of the missing, including Jill Meagher, and the music of Beatle George Harrison, in Indian, in the form of the song, Shanti Shahram never before recorded in Harrison's life time. The language and messages in dreams pose an interesting hypothesis for the psychiatrist studying her, Dr von Oppenheim - can a subconscious persona lie residually in the psyche, and even have a knowledge of a second language? The surface mind has no conscious knowledge of the language, and the meaning only comes to awareness through dreams. Blom explores those questions and seeks to explain them, through its narrator, Dr von Oppenheim.  Classics such as the Gothic novella by Henry James' The Turn of The Screw andFranz Kafka's Metamorphosis are reprised with deeper philosophy and insight into the literary works.  The journal also reveals the psychic's earlier encounter backstage at Melbourne's Princess Theatre, where she feels the presence of Federici in the dark, beside her, as he attempts to find life again through her passion for the theatre. Blom is the secret dream journal, presented alongside the psychiatric documentation of Dr von Oppenheim as he endeavours to discover the origin, symbolism and meaning of the images and words of the subconscious. Blom, or Becoming, or The Transformation is available through Amazon and other online bookstores.  Danielle Shelley Carr completed a Master of Arts in Writing and Literature, at Deakin University and her other books, in libraries throughout Australia, include the psychological thriller, Blood for St Valentine, Ellipse - a collection of poetry, a short story collection; Raiders of the Headland and other stories, the children's historical novel, The Orphan of Botany Bay, and the thesis, on psychoanalytic theory of literature, Psychological Reflections on Post-Modernist Gothic Literature. For details of other publications; http://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/A142653 Australia set for more live international alternative music in 2015 2015-01-07T03:56:55Z australia-set-for-more-alternative-international-music-in-2015 This week Sydney based international tour promoters, Nightmare Music and Brisbane based boutique agency, The Pushworth Group have announced a strategic touring partnership into 2015 and beyond. The arrangement will see Pushworth and Nightmare Music work collaboratively on a number of alternative tours in 2015 including The Bellrays (USA) & Supersuckers (USA) touring New Zealand and Australia mid-year, B-Boys World Champions Australian Tour in autumn, with another double-headline Australian and New Zealand tour to be announced for winter 2015. Pushworth’s boutique agency has been kicking goals in touring and event production in Australia for the best part of three decades, with the company formerly known as Manick Promotions celebrating its 25th year in 2015. Like Pushworth, Nightmare Music has broken ground in international tours for over 27 years as the first promoters to tour acts such as Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax and Cheap Trick in Australia. Speaking on the partnership Manny Kyriakidis, Pushworth’s Managing Director, said “Pushworth’s partnership with Nightmare music is one that all parties hope will take alternative touring in this country to a new level. Pushworth and Nightmare Music have always focused on supporting artists that are complicit in raw and real experiences. This partnership is a natural progression to continue these kinds of artists coming to Australia.”