The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-07-06T07:14:19Z Scream Farm Announces Upcoming Gold Coast Launch 2015-07-06T07:14:19Z scream-farm-announces-upcoming-gold-coast-launch JULY 3, 2015 – Thrillseekers who are seeking a unique attraction will soon have a new option. Scream Farm is the latest attraction featuring a zombie outbreak and is staged as a place to treat infected zombies. Victims will receive thrills, scares, and an experience not to be soon forgotten.  Scream Farm will open on August 7. 2015, at 7:00 p.m. and will be open for thrills, screams, and feedings every Friday and Saturday thereafter from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. The Surfers Paradise zombie attraction will be happening at Carrara Markets and will offer a fully immersive haunted attraction designed by creators with over four years of experience in the horror industry. A new generation of immersive suspense and horror recreation and events has cropped up, and these kinds of venues are now being found in cities around the world. Scream Farm is excited to offer the area’s most realistic experience, inviting visitors to come enjoy a safe but suspenseful night out.  Scream Farm visitors can expect a five-star attraction that offers suspense, fright, and, above all, fun. Zombies surround visitors in a twisting maze. Sounds and touch are used to deliver big scares. Carrara’s all new horror attraction will scare its guests with a frightening cast of ghoulish characters and scenarios. Based on a purported zombie outbreak in the Queensland area, Scream Farm is a holding cell for beasts and zombies that have been found in the area. Pre-sale tickets for the opening night are now available for all who dare to enter. Victims can reserve their tickets today online at reduced rates. General admission tickets are currently $20 as opposed to the regular $25 price tag.  For more information about Scream Farm and to purchase tickets, please visit www.screamfarm.com.au About Scream Farm  The Scream Farm is located on Australia’s Gold Coast and is its newest fully immersed haunted attraction. Website: http://www.screamfarm.com.au/ EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE WITH STAR AND DIRECTOR OF LAST CAB TO DARWIN 2015-07-06T04:52:58Z exclusive-premiere-with-star-and-director-of-last-cab-to-darwin It’s time to put the kettle on as Icon Film Distribution proudly announces that cast & crew from the new Australian feature film, LAST CAB TO DARWIN will be pulling up at Dendy Portside on July 12 for the exclusive Brisbane Premiere. Director, Jeremy Sims and star Michael Caton will be in attendance for this special event screening of the movie. Following the films highly successful World Premiere launch at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival in June, Brisbane will be one of several locations in a national tour that is set to rival the very journey depicted in the film and the actual journey undertaken to make it. Michael Caton gives the performance of a lifetime as Rex, a Broken Hill Cab Driver who, when told he does not have long to live, set’s off on an epic journey to Darwin to die on his own terms. Along the way he finds his horizons expanded as he meets new people and finds new perspectives; reminding us all that it’s never too late to start living. Acclaimed Australian actress Ningali Lawford-Wolf and now Hollywood sensation Jacki Weaver play the key roles of Polly, Rex’s neighbour and sometime lover in Broken Hill and Dr Farmer, the Darwin based doctor he believes has the answers to his condition. Variety recognised the performances of these talented actresses and Caton as “never less that note-perfect”. Mark Coles Smith is a standout as Tilly, with The Hollywood Reporter calling him “superb” and “a dead ringer for Brad Pitt’s hustler in Thelma & Louise”. London based Australian actress Emma Hamilton also bring the pivotal character of Julie, a nurse-turned-backpacker to life with spark and sensitivity. Filled with humour and heart LAST CAB TO DARWIN has been captivating critics and audiences alike. Invited media and VIP’s for this exclusive event are sure to join the legion of fans that are fast building ahead of the films national release on August 6th. For red carpet media accreditation for the LAST CAB TO DARWIN Brisbane Premiere on July 12th, please contact: Jeremy Hansen, GlowBored Publicity Coordinator | jeremy@glowbored.com, 0434 247 671, 07 3806 1753.  FootGolf Australia launches FGA-League 2015-07-02T14:12:21Z footgolf-australia-launches-fga-league FootGolf Australia is launching FGA-League, the national competition that will qualify players to represent Australia in the FootGolf World Cup that will take place in Argentina in January 2016. FGA-League is managed by FootGolf Australia (FGA) and locally run by each of the participating Accredited FootGolf courses. In Sydney, Colonial Golf and FootGolf Course will be hosting FGA-League competitions. Registration is now open for male and female players aged 16+. Sign-up fee is $130 and includes player insurance; handicap management; and registration fee to play 6 qualifying competitions. Qualifying Competitions From 29 August to 15 November 2015, players will participate in a minimum of 6 Qualifying Competitions in order to have a handicap and to be ranked. At each participating course, players will be ranked using their best 6 scores. Players can participate in as many qualifying competitions as their selected club offers. Even though the 2016 FootGolf World Cup is an individual men’s event, FGA-League is also open to female players and teams of four (4). No additional fees will be paid by players participating both as individuals and as part of a team. State Open The best players in each participating club will play the State Open in December 2015. The State Open will host the best 72 players in each State and will be run by one of the participating courses. Australian Team for the 2016 World Cup in Argentina There are 16 spots for Australia in the World Cup. These spots will be filled by the top players in each of the State Opens. The number of spots available for each State will depend on the total number of players registered in FGA-League in each State. For more information, please visit www.fgaleague.org.au Akamai Warns of an Uptick in DDoS Reflection Attacks Using Abandoned Routing Protocol 2015-07-02T02:26:27Z akamai-warns-of-an-uptick-in-ddos-reflection-attacks-using-abandoned-routing-protocol Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, published today, through the company’s Prolexic Security Engineering & Research Team (PLXsert), a new cybersecurity threat advisory. The threat is related to the increasing use of outdated Routing Information Protocol version one (RIPv1) for reflection and amplification attacks. The advisory detailing this threat in full is available for download here: http://www.stateoftheinternet.com/ripv1-reflection-ddos  What is RIPv1? RIPv1 is a fast, easy way to dynamically share route information using a small, multi-router network. A typical request is sent by a router running RIP when it is first configured or powered on. From there, any device listening for the requests will respond with a list of routes and updates that are sent as broadcasts.   “This version of the RIP protocol was first introduced in 1988 – more than 25 years ago under RFC1058,” said Stuart Scholly, senior vice president and general manager, Security Business Unit, Akamai. “While the resurgence of RIPv1 after more than a year of dormancy is puzzling, it’s clear that attackers are exploiting their familiarity with this thought-to-be-abandoned DDoS reflection vector. Leveraging the behavior of RIPv1 to launch a DDoS reflection attack is quite simple for an attacker – by using a normal broadcast query, the malicious query can be sent as a unicast request directly to the reflector. The attacker can then spoof the IP address source to match the intended attack target – causing damage to the network.”  Using RIPv1 to launch a DDoS reflection attack   The PLXsert team’s research shows that attackers prefer routers with a large amount of routes in the RIPv1 database. Based on this research, most of the attacks recognized had queries that resulted in multiple 504 byte response payloads sent to a target with a single request. A typical RIPv1 request contains only a 24 byte payload, which proves that the attackers are getting a large amount of unsolicited traffic flooding their intended target with a small request.   The team studied an actual attack against an Akamai customer that took place on May 16, 2015. Research and non-intrusive scanning of the attack revealed that the devices being leveraged for the RIP reflection attack were likely not using enterprise-grade routing hardware. The team warns that RIPv1 is working as designed and malicious actors will continue to exploit this method as an easy way to launch reflection and amplification attacks.  Threat mitigation To avoid a DDoS reflection attack using RIPv1, consider one of the following techniques: ·         Switch to RIPv2, or later, to enable authentication ·         Use an access control list (ACL) to restrict User Datagram Protocol (UDP) source port 520 from the Internet   Akamai continues to monitor ongoing campaigns using RIPv1 to launch DDoS reflection attacks. To learn more about the threat, and mitigation techniques, please download a complimentary copy of the threat advisory at www.stateoftheinternet.com.  About Akamai As the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, Akamai makes the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its customers. The company's advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. To learn how Akamai solutions and its team of Internet experts are helping businesses move faster forward, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter. Say Hello To Mystro's New and Improved Pricing 2015-07-01T23:57:17Z say-hello-to-mystro-s-new-and-improved-pricing-1 We’ve received some awesome suggestions over the past few months on ways we can improve our existing pricing structure. We’ve listened to your feedback and have come up with a simpler, less expensive pricing structure, which we think you’ll love! You’ll no longer have to pay for a subscription that limits the number of businesses, locations, and service providers that you can add to your account, nor limit the features you have access to. Instead, you’ll only pay for what you need (that is, you and any additional active team members) and you will have access to all of our current and upcoming features.View our new pricing → https://www.mystro.co/pricingAs before, your subscription is still billed in your country’s currency. Our new pricing structure means that you will now be billed in arrears based on you and the number of additional active team members added to your account during your last billing cycle. We still offer a free option, which now grants you up to 10 customers. If you plan to use Mystro for free, you will now also have access to all of our features, including connecting a payment gateway to accept payments online!What is an active team member? An active team member is an additional Service Provider or User added to your account who’s status is set as ‘active’ within your account for more than 1 hour during your monthly billing cycle. This could be a therapist, practitioner, receptionist, scheduler, etc. If a team member’s status is set as ‘inactive’ during your monthly billing cycle and has not been active for more than 1 hour, you won’t be billed for that team member at the end of your billing cycle! If a team member’s status is set as ‘inactive’ during your monthly billing cycle and has not been active for more than 1 hour, you won’t be billed for that team member at the end of your billing cycle!Track your billing You can view your current active team members and next billing amount in the Subscription page of your account. Have your say and never miss an update at https://blog.mystro.co/our-new-and-improved-pricing/ Over 20,000 Children Australia wide dance for a cause! 2015-07-01T06:38:28Z over-20-000-children-australia-wide-dance-for-a-cause On Friday 26th June 2015 over 20,000 littlies Australia wide switched on Little Rockers Radio to disco dance for 1-hour, wear red noses and raise funds for SIDS & Kids. The Little Rockers RED NOSE Disco ran through Child Care Centres Australia wide for the first time in 2015 and was a huge success with close to 500 Child Care Centres switching on the disco and over 20,000 children dancing to The Wiggles, The MikMaks, Sam Moran, The Kazoos and more in an hour of disco fun! SIDS and Kids Australia CEO Associate Professor Leanne Raven is delighted to have brought the Little Rockers RED NOSE Disco into Child Care Centres for the first time this year; “It’s fantastic to have our littlest members of the community joining in the fun this year to support the Red Nose Disco for Red Nose Day. Babies and children are who SIDS and Kids is all about, so it great to have them and their families supporting us.” The Little Rockers RED NOSE 12-hour Disco also took place for the first time on Red Nose Day at Luna Park, Melbourne. With support from both Luna Park and ABC Music the 12-hour Disco was filled with live music (with Shelley Craft and Beau Young performing live for the first time as Animals Rock), disco dancing, face painting, ballooning and hula hooping fun! Sarah Morrissey, founder of Little Rockers Radio, initially approached SIDS & Kids with the idea of a disco to raise funds for Red Nose Day in memory of her nephew, Dylan. “I’m delighted that SIDS & Kids were keen to work on it together and I hope to see it grow in the future, helping to generate funds and awareness for SIDS & Kids,” said Sarah. For more information on the Little Rockers RED NOSE Disco, little Rockers Radio or SIDS & Kids please contact Sarah Morrissey, sarah@littlerockersradio.com.au. IT’S VINE O’CLOCK: TIME FOR A SIX SECOND SHORT FILM 2015-07-01T00:37:22Z it-s-vine-o-clock-time-for-a-six-second-short-film Dachshunds. Weekends. Tyrion Lannister. Three things that are short, but awesome. Joining them is #TROPVINE: the short filmmaking competition where films can be no more than six seconds long. #TROPVINE is the lovechild of TropfestAustralia and Twitter’s short video app, Vine, and entrants from around the globe are invited to submit their Vine films now!   Entrants need to make an original Vine film, using this year’s TSI (Tropfest Signature Item) ‘CARD’, and Tweet it to @TROPFESTusing the competition hashtags #tropvine and #card.The winner will take home acash prize of $5,000 AUD, a Nikon 1 V3 Kit with a 10-30mm lens, one year of Spotify premium PLUS a VIP trip to Sydney for Tropfest Australia 2015 this December, including Qantas flights to Sydney and accommodation at hip designer hotel QT Sydney.   Last year’s winner, Tee Ken Ng (@teekenng) says winning #TROPVINE 2014 created opportunities in the filmmaking industry that would have otherwise been impossible. “My winning #TROPVINE entry, Mirror Copy, went on to be nominated for a Shorty Award, up against Michelle Obama’s, for ‘Vine of the Year’ in New York. Flying over to attend the ceremony was an invaluable opportunity to finally meet in person many talented video creators who I knew through the platform. Whilst there I also met with the people at Vine HQ and was invited into Mashable for a fun Vine duel!”   Ken (@teekenng) offers up these three tips for entrants: 1. Check out what other people are doing on there and get inspired 2. Don’t be daunted if you spend hours making a single Vine! 3. Get a simple tripod if you’re planning to do stop-motion   Michael Laverty, Tropfest Managing Director said “Tropfest and Twitter have partnered to create #TROPVINE - championing creative short filmmaking across the globe. It’s fun and creative filmmaking and we love seeing how the Tropfest Signature Item is interpreted in ultra-short form!”   Jennie Sager, Music, Entertainment, and Events Partnerships Manager Twitter Australia said"Vine creators are a community of some of the most creative minds in the world, and we wanted to create an opportunity to showcase their talents. In line with the Twitter ethos that constraint inspires creativity, we thought it would be amazing to partner with Tropfest, the world's largest short film festival, to create an even shorter film festival and #TROPVINE was born. We were blown away by the quality of the entries we received during the inaugural #TROPVINE in 2014 and we can't wait to see what Vine creators in Australia and around the world wow us with this year”   The 2015 finalists will be screened live at the #TROPVINE Festival Night at The X Studio in Sydney on 12 August, with the winner announced at the end of the night. Finalists will be able to mingle with social-media mega-dude Jason Mante, Head of User Experience for Vine. That’s a pretty big deal. THE DETAILS The competition is open to international entrants, and will run from July 1-31. Entrants make a six second Vine film, featuring the Tropfest Signature Item 'CARD', and Tweet it to @TROPFEST using the competition hashtags #tropvine and #card. Tropfest will select the top 10-20 vines to screen at the Festival night on August 12. One Vine-maker will be crowned the winner on the Festival Night. The winning Vine-maker will receive $5,000.00 AUD, VIP tickets to Tropfest Australia, Qantas flights to Sydney for the event (terms and conditions apply), accommodation at QT Sydney plus other prizes (as outlined above). Terms and conditions of entry apply; please visit www.tropfest.com/au/tropvine for all the details on how to enter! Visit www.tropfest.com/au for festival details, screening venues and regular updates on all things Trop!  Link to #TROPVINE webpage: http://tropfest.com/au/tropvine/ or bit.ly/tropvine  Link to Ken's blog: http://tropfest.com/au/news/tee-ken-ngs-tropvine-experience/  Link to 11 Simple Vine Tips blog: http://tropfest.com/au/news/11-simple-vine-tips/   Editors Notes About Tropfest Tropfest is Australia’s most prestigious short film festival and one of its most iconic cultural events. It is also the largest short film festival in the world. Founded in 1993 by film director John Polson as a small screening for family and friends at Sydney’s Tropicana Café, the Festival now attracts a national event audience of around 150,000 people. The event is hosted in Sydney with a live national broadcast on SBS 2. The short film competition is unique in that every film must be made specifically for Tropfest, will premiere at Tropfest Australia and include the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI), which changes each year. 16 Finalists are selected from an average 650 entries. Tropfest has expanded internationally to include festivals in North America, (New York), the Middle East, New Zealand and South East Asia. Man Of The Match: Sizzling Hot Romance Set In Glamorous World Of International Cricket 2015-06-30T07:31:27Z man-of-the-match-sizzling-hot-romance-set-in-glamorous-world-of-international-cricket Full of hot sensual action and shocking twists and surprises, the novel's heroine Cara is nursing a broken heart when she has a holiday fling with a handsome stranger. Only to find out afterwards that he's the England cricket captain... Noël Cades says cricket is an extremely intense and exciting sport, yet there are hardly any romance novels that feature it. "Forget Regency bucks and rutting billionaires, the sexiest hero is wearing white and battling it out on a scorching field for hours each day. And he's still ready for plenty of off-pitch action," Noël Cades says. Hero Matt Curran, tall and rugged with "rippling bronzed muscles beneath his white shirt", represents the modern breed of cricketer: athletic, dedicated, and the perfect romantic hero. "As one of the world's oldest and most iconic sports, cricket deserves a sexier image than it currently enjoys. As a long term cricket fan myself, as well as a lover of romance novels, it was time to combine the two," Noël Cades says. But it wouldn't be a story if everything ran smoothly for Matt and Cara. They face a myriad of obstacles, including on-off celebrity girlfriends, a surprise pregnancy and a psychotic ex-boyfriend as well as endless newspaper headlines and intense media scrutiny. "Man of the Match" is available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, as well as in paperback on Lulu.com. Please contact the author if you would like a free review copy, on noelcades@gmail.com Contact: Noël Cades Man Of The Match 14 Coln Pk GL54 4HJ United Kingdom 01242 231231noelcades@gmail.comhttp://www.noelcades.com DATING RETURNS TO THE DANCE FLOOR AT THE WATERFRONT PORT MELBOURNE 2015-06-29T03:39:25Z dating-returns-to-the-dance-floor-at-the-waterfront-port-melbourne 28/6/2015 – Melbourne CBD Romance is set to sizzle at the Waterfront Port Melbourne. Melbourne’s most romantic destination is launching an exclusive VIP singles evening every Friday night. “Hello @ Waterfront” is set to become Melbourne’s most exclusive singles social get together for those aged 28 & over, set to kick off Friday 3rd July. Combining olde world glamour & modern sophisticated chic with panoramic ocean views of Port Phillip Bay.  The Waterfront’s elegant décor oozes romance. The Waterfront has created a specific area complete with dance floor & a magical DJ, including different seating areas for guests to get to know one another. With an exquisite selection of the Waterfronts most sumptuous menu guests feast on a two course meal for only $50. With a strictly formal dress code guests are sure to dress to impress. Upon arrival a fabulous host greats you with a glass of sparkling to put you in the mood. Tickets are limited & bookings are essential & can be made through their website www.waterfrontportmelbourne.com.au Time to get off your computer & on to the dance floor. So get a group of your classiest single friends together & book today! Carnarvon PCYC Program Announced as Child Safety Awards Finalists 2015-06-26T00:33:54Z carnarvon-pcyc-program-announced-as-child-safety-awards-finalists Carnarvon Police and Community Youth Centre’s (PCYC) Drop-in Girls Space (DIGS) program has been announced as a finalist in the Community category of the fourth Child Safety Awards 2015, announced by Constable Care Child Safety Foundation.   Constable Care Child Safety Foundation leads the way in the vital child safety sector in Western Australia and each award has been specifically designed to celebrate the endeavours and achievements of individuals, communities, corporate organisations, emergency service professionals, government agencies and education programs, which protect children and young people from harm, and promote a safer Western Australia for children and young people.   The DIGS program is aimed young girls considered highly at-risk, including those that are disengaged from school and/or known to local Police or Juvenile Justice Teams. The aim is to provide them with the opportunity to participate in structured activities to build self-confidence and life skills.   The program runs three days a week from 3-5pm and was developed in response to an identified need for a safe and supportive meeting place for young women, where they could participate in activities and access information.    “Many of Carnarvon's young Aboriginal women are shy and do not speak up about issues that are affecting them, and are often intimidated when taking part in mixed gender activities,” said Centre Manager, Amosa Sipili, when asked why the program was developed.   “First and foremost, we want to provide a safe and welcoming environment for local young women, where they can feel comfortable expressing themselves,” he said.   In the program the participants receive: information on further education options, the ability to participate in recreation activities like swimming and dance, workshops on health and hygiene, and mentoring from professional women in the community, to both engage and empower them.   The DIGS program is based on concepts from the justice reinvestment model, which advocates for a focus away from detention, towards community-based programs and services that address the factors that contribute to offending in young people. The aim is to offer local young women an opportunity to improve lifestyle outcomes by developing self-reliance, independence and confidence in order to divert them from anti-social and criminal behaviour.   Constable Care Child Safety Foundation CEO David Gribble said the Awards play an important role in highlighting the ongoing need for child safety initiatives across the State.   “Congratulations to all those involved with the DIGS program. It has proved to be a really productive project and successful on so many levels, from the youngsters who attend to the wider community. This year we were blown away with the quality of the entries. The commitment by some individuals and organisations to help children and young people is astounding and very admirable. We hope these Awards will highlight such great work and inspire others to help make WA a safe place for our children, youth and communities”, explained David.   The difficult job of choosing the overall winners will be conducted by independent judging panels, who consist of leading child welfare professionals, corporate and educational stakeholders and others with a keen interest in children’s wellbeing.   Winners will be announced at the prestigious independent Awards ceremony on 1 August, held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is from the seven winning award entries the recipient of the esteemed Child Safety Award of the Year 2015 is determined. Akamai Releases First Quarter 2015 ‘State of the Internet’ Report 2015-06-24T22:58:58Z akamai-releases-first-quarter-2015-state-of-the-internet-report Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, today released its First Quarter, 2015 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, broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, and IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.   Beginning this quarter, security-related content that was previously included in the State of the Internet Report, including data on attack traffic seen across the Akamai platform and insights into high-profile security vulnerabilities and attacks, is now published in a separate State of the Internet / Security Report.   Data and graphics from the First Quarter, 2015 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. State of the Internet Report-related discussions are also taking place on the Akamai Community.   “We saw generally positive results across all of the key metrics during the first quarter of 2015,” said David Belson, editor of the report. “The increase in global broadband speeds demonstrates an ongoing commitment to higher standards. While connectivity will continue to differ across many regions, we see the highest broadband speeds in countries/regions with high population densities and strong government backing or support, as well as those that foster competition among Internet providers.”   Highlights from Akamai’s First Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report:  Global Average Connection Speeds and Global Broadband Connectivity In the first quarter of 2015, the global average connection speed for the first time reached 5 Mbps, a 10% increase over the previous quarter. Quarterly global average connection speeds among the top 10 countries all remained well above 10 Mbps, and six of the 10 had average speeds above 15 Mbps, as Ireland (17.4 Mbps), Sweden (15.8 Mbps) and the Netherlands (15.3 Mbps) joined South Korea (23.6 Mbps), Hong Kong (16.7 Mbps) and Japan (15.2 Mbps) in exceeding this benchmark in the first quarter. Globally, a total of 131 qualifying countries/regions saw average connection speeds increase in the first quarter, with growth rates ranging from 128% in Fiji (6.2 Mbps) to a modest 0.4% in Japan (15.2 Mbps). Year-over-year changes were consistently positive among the top 10, with Ireland (17.4 Mbps), Norway (14.1 Mbps) and Sweden (15.8 Mbps) all posting yearly increases of more than 30%.   In the first quarter, global average peak connection speeds increased 8.2% to 29.1 Mbps. Speeds increased across the board among countries/regions in the top 10, led by Kuwait (76.5 Mbps) and Mongolia (68.9 Mbps) with impressive gains of 126% and 72%, respectively. Singapore (98.5 Mbps) rose 17% to overtake Hong Kong as the country/region with the highest average peak connection speed. All of the top 10 countries/regions saw average peak speeds greater than 65 Mbps. On a global basis, 124 out of 144 qualifying countries/regions experienced average peak connection speed increases from the fourth quarter, with growth ranging from 0.2% in Puerto Rico (41.2 Mbps) to 126% in Kuwait (76.5 Mbps). Average peak connection speeds in 136 countries/regions increased from the first quarter of 2014.   For the first time, the State of the Internet is reporting on the percentage of IP addresses connecting to Akamai at average speeds of above 25 Mbps, the new benchmark broadband speed adopted by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in January 2015. Globally, 4.6% of unique IP addresses connected to Akamai at average connection speeds of at least 25 Mbps, a 12% increase over the previous quarter. Similar to the 10 Mbps and 15 Mbps metrics, South Korea led the world in 25 Mbps broadband adoption, with a 31% adoption rate. Its rate was nearly double that of second-place Hong Kong (17% adoption). Year-over-year, the global 25 Mbps adoption rate grew 20%, and all of the top 10 countries/regions posted gains except South Korea, which saw a 5.9% decline compared with the first quarter of 2014. In the United States, five states had 10% or more of unique IP addresses connect to Akamai at average speeds of at least 25 Mbps.   The global percentage of unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai that met the 4 Mbps broadband speed threshold increased 6.6% to 63%, revealing strength across the board in contrast to the previous quarter’s slight decline in this metric. Globally, 107 countries/regions qualified for inclusion for this metric, and 100 of them saw quarterly growth in 4 Mbps broadband adoption rates, up from 76 in the previous quarter. Year-over-year growth rates ranged from 0.1% in Jamaica (43% adoption) to 1,402% in Algeria (3.3% adoption).   In the first quarter of 2015, 26% of unique IP addresses globally connected to Akamai at average speeds above 10 Mbps, an 11% quarterly increase that is significantly greater than the previous quarter’s modest 2.9% gain. Seven of the top 10 countries/regions saw quarter-over-quarter increases, ranging from 3.9% in Switzerland (59% adoption) to 21% in Bulgaria (55% adoption). Among the 68 qualifying countries/regions, 60 saw quarter-over-quarter increases. In terms of year-over-year changes, there was a 27% increase globally in the percentage of unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai at average speeds above 10 Mbps.   Fourteen percent of unique IP addresses globally connected to Akamai at average connection speeds of 15 Mbps or above, up from 12% in the fourth quarter. Despite declining for the second quarter in a row, South Korea remained the clear leader in 15 Mbps broadband adoption with a 58% adoption rate after a 4.9% quarterly decrease. Overall, quarterly gains were seen in 46 qualifying regions/countries, compared with only 35 in the previous quarter. Year-over-year, the global 15 Mbps adoption rate grew 29% with strong gains among all of the top 10, except in South Korea, which had a 4.2% decline compared with the first quarter of 2014.  IPv4 and IPv6 Continuing with the trend seen in the fourth quarter of 2014, the number of unique IPv4 addresses worldwide connecting to Akamai grew by nearly 10 million in the first quarter. Among the top 10 countries in the first quarter, the United Kingdom and Japan showed the largest quarterly gains at 5.7% and 5.1%, respectively. Brazil saw the largest year-over-year increase at 17%. Six other countries on the list saw yearly increases, ranging from Japan’s 11% to Russia’s 2.5%. On a global basis, two-thirds of countries/regions around the world had higher unique IPv4 address counts year-over-year.   European countries continued to dominate the 10 countries/regions with the largest percentage of content requests made to Akamai over IPv6 in the first quarter of 2015. Similar to last quarter, Belgium maintained its clear lead, with one-third of content requests being made over IPv6, more than double the percentage of second-place Germany. As with the previous quarter, the only two non-European countries among the top 10 were the U.S. and Peru, both of which saw double-digit quarterly improvements and ended the quarter with 14% and 13% adoption rates, respectively. Verizon Wireless and Brutele saw more than half of their requests to Akamai made over IPv6, and both showed increases from the previous quarter.  Mobile Connectivity In the First Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report, 62 countries/regions qualified for inclusion in the mobile section. The United Kingdom had the fastest average connection speed at 20.4 Mbps, a 28% increase from the previous quarter. Denmark was again in second place, at 10 Mbps. Vietnam had the lowest average connection speed, at 1.3 Mbps.   Average peak mobile connection speeds again spanned an extremely broad range in the first quarter, from 149.3 Mbps in Australia down to 8.2 Mbps in Indonesia. A total of four countries – Australia (149.3 Mbps), Japan (126 Mbps), Singapore (116.4 Mbps) and Thailand (105.4 Mbps) – posted average peak speeds above 100 Mbps, up from two countries in the fourth quarter. Perhaps due in part to rollouts of higher speed mobile technologies like LTE-A, the successor of 4G LTE, a total of 15 countries had average peak speeds above 50 Mbps, a large increase from just four in the previous quarter.   Denmark led the way in the percentage of unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai from mobile network providers within the qualifying countries/regions at average speeds of over 4 Mbps with a 98% adoption rate. It was followed closely by Sweden (97% adoption), Venezuela (97% adoption), Australia (96% adoption) and the United Kingdom (95% adoption). Vietnam, Iran, Kazakhstan, and Bolivia all had rates below 1%.  State of the Internet Report Editor David Belson will respond to “Ask the Expert” questions submitted via the Akamai Community Wednesday, June 24, through Friday, June 26.    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. For additional information on the metrics in the report and how they are analyzed, please visit http://akamai.me/sotimetrics. To learn more and to access the archive of past reports, please visit http://www.stateoftheinternet.com/soti-reports. To download the figures from the First Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report, please visit: http://wwwns.akamai.com/soti/soti_q115_figures.zip.   About Akamai As the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, Akamai makes the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its customers. The company's advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. To learn how Akamai solutions and its team of Internet experts are helping businesses move faster forward, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.   ###   DELFINA'S BISTRO LAUNCHES TO RAVING REVIEWS 2015-06-24T06:48:22Z delfina-s-bistro-launches-to-raving-reviews Delfina’s Bistro officially launched at the heart of the Emporium precinct with rave reviews last Thursday evening (18th June). The grand launch decked out with incredible tasting and visually exciting food, as well as mouth watering cocktails and some of Brisbane’s most influential people including MP Grace Grace and Cr Vicki Howard ensured that Delfina’s Bistro is remembered as one of the best new restaurants in Brisbane. Photos from the launch can be accessed by clicking here. Delfina’s Bistro Head Chef Matthew Ostrenski served up an array of tasty tapas and main meals that included confit rabbit with potato foam and brussels sprouts. Smoked ocean trout with avocado wasabi puree, marinated beetroot and radish. Ricotta gnocchi with pea puree. Fresh oysters with ginger compressed apple as well as an incredible black forrest interactive dessert display. Rising from the recent closing of Brisbane’s Freestyle dessert bar, Delfina’s Bistro is a concept born from not just wanting to create great food, but also great memories. Paying homage to her grandmother, Delfina’s Bistro Managing Director Kellie-Ann Ashton wanted to create a space to pay homage to her grandmother, Delfina. “My grandmother was a little lady of Spanish heritage. She loved her family and this country with fierce intensity. Perhaps less fierce but no less passionate was her love of good food, good wines and the occasional good whiskey. Delfina’s Bistro is therefore all about a belief that food and wine, in the end, is something holy. It's not about nutrients and calories. It's about sharing. It's about honesty. It's about identity – in short it’s about family”said Kellie-Ann Ashton. Delfina’s Bistro has a tempting menu that includes mouth watering tapas, delectable meals and some enticing cocktails and is the perfect space for functions/events. With a unique and homely feel to it, Delfina’s Bistro provides the perfect setting as well as divine catering options. More info on events at Delfina’s Bistro can be found by clicking here. Located in the heart of Brisbane’s stylish Emporium complex, 50/1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Delfina’s Bistro is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Reservations can be made via: bookings@delfinas.com.au - 07 3252 0214. With a host of exciting events coming up, stay connected with Delfina’s Bistro on Facebook, Instagram and at www.delfinas.com.au. USB POWER POINTS 2015-06-24T01:11:43Z 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. ‘Roo Stew and Drum Beats Bring Locals Together 2015-06-23T07:08:45Z roo-stew-and-drum-beats-bring-locals-together Collie PCYC’s cultural showcase event held on Friday night proved a big hit with around 70 young people and adults turning up to celebrate the diversity of the local community.   The night opened at 5pm with a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony presented by Joe Northover and local community members from Ngalang Boodja.   Food played a big part in bringing the group together, with the young people participating in scone and damper making with a helping hand from members of Collie’s Country Women’s Association.  A traditional ingredient with a modern twist then featured on the menu, with the group enjoying a feast of ‘roo burgers with ‘roo stew.   However, the biggest hit of the night was definitely the drumming workshop facilitated by Sean from Djembemoves. The young people that got to participate in this have already started to ask PCYC Manager Amanda Dow when he can come back to visit and do another workshop with them.    “The idea of the event was to create a cultural bridge and pride within the community,” said PCYC case manager, Tayt Oden.   “We achieved our main aim, which was to share the various cultures we have in Collie in order to create a better understanding of one and other.”   Collie PCYC would like to thank all that were involved, especially the Department of Local Government and Communities and the Shire of Collie, who provided funding for the event. Be inspired by this young Australian Startup story and the struggles they faced to bring their online health software to life! 2015-06-23T04:18:15Z be-inspired-by-this-young-australian-startup-story-and-the-struggles-they-faced-to-bring-their-online-health-software-to-life It was a crisp Winter’s day in August, 2010. We were driving through the twisting, winding roads of Mount Tamborine in Australia, a tropical rainforest escape. It’s such a beautiful place so it was only natural that it would spark inspiration for an idea that was to take us on an exciting chapter of our lives. It was here, on this day, that the concept of Mystro was founded. It didn’t take us long to get stuck in. We were eager to get started on our new project and, by the next day, had began documenting our ideas and putting pencil to paper. Luckily, we were able to combine our skills – Sheree’s first-hand experience as a health professional in the massage industry and my experience as a graphic and website designer. A few weeks later, we’d drafted our ideas onto over 100 pieces of paper. These were our first mockups – the first steps en route to turning Mystro into reality! The version of Mystro that we released in January this year far exceeds our initial visions some 5 years ago. We’re so excited for what Mystro currently has to offer businesses in the health, wellness and fitness industries. But, more importantly, we’re excited for what’s in store and where we plan to take Mystro from this point onwards. How the idea came about When Sheree ventured into small business as a Remedial Massage Therapist, she not only realised how important it was to look professional after spending a decent sum of money on getting herself qualified, but also how difficult it would be to achieve this with a small budget and the lack of tools available. So we decided to team up with a view to expanding the business together. I took care of the website and marketing material, allowing Sheree to focus all of her energy and attention on treating her customers. Unfortunately, most business owners don’t have this luxury. They’re forced with the juggling act of setting up their new business, paying for a professional to create and manage their website, marketing, and building their customer base – all of this while conducting appointments to earn money. To top it off, at the end of a long day, they have to generate and send out invoices and health receipts. Sound familiar? It’s a lot to take in for anyone, let alone someone fresh to the industry. And let’s face it, unless you’ve got superpowers and go by the name of Wonder Woman or Wonder Man, this will seem daunting to anyone. After teaming up, the business began to grow and we soon needed software to help automate those tedious daily processes. The trouble was, after searching high and low, we couldn’t find the kind of easy-to-use, industry-specific scheduling and booking software needed to simplify the online booking process for our customers and ultimately take our business to the next level – nor did they cater for businesses that worked on a mobile basis. Everything we needed to run our massage therapy business was spread out across multiple tools – CRM, accounting, and scheduling systems, not to mention pen and paper – and did a poor job of helping us move our businesses online. Everything we needed to run our massage therapy business was spread out across multiple tools – CRM, accounting, and scheduling systems, not to mention pen and paper – and did a poor job of helping us move our business online. So we decided to build our own software. We spoke to other businesses in the health, wellness and fitness industries and realised we could also share this platform with others all over the world to help them focus more on their customers and less on their business. Hello, Mystro We were delighted to announce the long-awaited launch of our software and introduce Mystro to health, wellness and fitness professionals in January 2015. From designing and developing to testing, testing, testing. Lots of late nights, double-shot coffees, blood, sweat and tears have gone into the development of Mystro. We were so excited to finally be able to remove our landing page and unveil our beautiful new website, ready for our users to explore all of the features that Mystro has to offer and sign up for a Mystro account. Mystro attracted a lot of interest over time with over a thousand businesses worldwide eagerly awaiting the launch of our software in January. If you were one of them, we’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you for supporting us! Overcoming challenges and setbacks I’m not going to lie, we’ve had our challenges and setbacks along the way, but our passion and belief in Mystro has driven us to keep going. As we like to say, the only time you come across a challenge is when you’re moving forward. We’re not like most startups. We didn’t get funding from investors. We didn’t raise money through crowdfunding. We didn’t take money from family and friends. And we were rejected for a business loan from all of the major banks. The only time you come across a challenge is when you’re moving forward. When it came down to it, we knew what we wanted to achieve and we knew that the only way to achieve was to get there on our own. We simply had to find the right team, fund the software build ourselves through old-fashioned hard work and dedication, and ultimately build the kick-ass software we had formed in our heads so that people like you can benefit from it in your business. Admittedly, the process could have gone a lot faster had we have made different decisions, like getting an investor. We probably would have been able to release Mystro earlier. But we knew that the vision we had for Mystro would be obscured by getting an investor on board and we had no plans to simply build the company and sell it on. We’re here today because we genuinely want to help you connect with your customers and skyrocket your business. We want to provide you with a platform that centralises your business processes into one seamless solution. And we want to help you grow and manage your business more profitably by providing you with the tools you need to do so. The team We initially got the help of a web development company to assist us in building version 1.0 of Mystro. After many challenges, we decided to cut those ties and instead bring two dynamic and motivated co-founders onto our team to run the technical department. Luke and Bryce saw the potential of Mystro right from the start and their eager ‘anything is possible’ approach is what we needed to help drive Mystro in the right direction. They’re the guys that keep Mystro going. They code, they engineer, they’re innovative in the way they think, motivated, enthusiastic, and they’re responsible for making sure the platform is as fast and secure as it can possibly be. Okay, they’re just damn right cool and we’re lucky to have them on board! Our team of dedicated go-getters share these things in common: An on-going commitment to helping health, wellness and fitness professionals achieve overall business success. A knack for problem solving. A love for fast, super secure software with beautifully designed user interfaces. A strong desire to offer unparalleled customer support. Original article source: https://blog.mystro.co/the-story-behind-mystro/