The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-03-27T01:47:53Z 'Realities of Business: Misadventures and Lessons Learnt' - Entrepreneur publishes book on his successes and failures in business 2015-03-27T01:47:53Z realities-of-business-misadventures-and-lessons-learnt-entrepreneur-publishes-book-on-his-successes-and-failures-in-business Honest, open and highly educational, this book not only tells you the inspirational story of entrepreneur Peter Spinda, but also educates you on the realities of owning and running a business.'Realities of Business: Misadventures and Lessons Learnt' is the true story of my journey within the world of business' says Spinda, 'and provides real world advice from the lessons I have learnt. In the first section of the book I tell you my story and give you an insight into the world of an entrepreneur. The second section of the book looks at the invaluable lessons I have learnt from the misadventures.'Spinda first published the book in 2012 after several years of writing,  however last year decided to add in fresh content to be released as this new second edition. Spinda says  'the reason to write the book was to help other entrepreneurs overcome barriers, to give them a realistic view point of what it is truly like to be in business and to provide readers with the basic foundation knowledge one needs to know and understand in order to maximise the chances for business success'.'Realities of Business: Misadventures and Lessons Learnt' can be purchased from Peter's website, www.peterspinda.comFor more information please contact Peter Spinda, CEO, Digital Duet, on 0434 236 418 or email peter@digitalduet.com.au Cheap deals drive consumers online for alcohol 2015-03-26T22:05:57Z cheap-deals-drive-consumers-online-for-alcohol The online alcohol sales industry in Australia is expected to be worth more than $1 billion in the next five years as more and more consumers order their favourite drinks through their computer, tablet or smartphone. And a new survey by consumer research company Canstar Blue has found that the perception of getting good value for money is the main motivation for those choosing to buy alcohol online, rather than from a bricks and mortar store. “The majority of consumers are being drawn to cheap deals or special offers, rather than the quality of alcohol available and the convenience of buying online,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “The majority of people still enjoy going into bottle shops, but the perception is that the best value will be found online. What drives customer satisfaction when buying alcohol online? Drivers of satisfaction % of respondents Value for money 22% Price compared to bricks & mortar retailers 22% Quality of alcohol 14% Speed of delivery 14% Range of alcohol available 13% Ease of site navigation 12% Source: www.canstarblue.com.au Online Liquor Stores survey. “The bottom line is what matters most to consumers of all age groups – especially those in or nearing their retirement – but the younger generations are also attracted to the diverse range of drinks available online.” Canstar Blue surveyed more than 700 adults who have bought alcohol online in the last six months and found that red wine (28%) was the most common purchase, followed by beer (22%), white wine (16%), whiskey (9%) and vodka (7%). Rum, bourbon and gin were also popular, while champagne and cider were the most common purchase for 5% respectively. The average monthly alcohol spend of online shoppers was found to be $108, with baby Boomers ($118) easily outspending Gen X ($98) and Gen Y ($84), while men ($122) were found to spend more than women ($90). The survey also found that one in ten consumers who bought alcohol online will drink every day and 40% will have no more than three alcohol-free days a week. Meanwhile 22% of respondents said they often binge drink and one in three admitted they spend more they should on alcohol. “We’re also a nation of social drinkers, with a whopping two-thirds of survey respondents admitting it’s rare for them to not have a glass or two at a social event,” added Mr Downes. “This is particularly true of men and older Australians.” How do consumers rate online liquor stores? Ibisworld reports that online alcohol sales have skyrocketed in recent years and now account for around 7% of total liquor sales, with Woolworths estimated to have 44.6% market share. Industry revenue is expected to hit $1.1 billion by 2019-20 as technology and delivery systems improve. For the third time in four years, Dan Murphy's has claimed Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award for Online Liquor Stores, earning five-star ratings in six out of eight research categories, including delivery speed, value for money and overall satisfaction. “Such consistent success is a clear indicator that Dan Murphy's is keeping its customers very happy,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “The key to overall customer satisfaction is quality produce at a reasonable price – and consumers clearly think they are getting that from Dan Murphy’s.” Son publishes Mother’s incredible 19 year cancer story. 2015-03-26T05:28:50Z 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 at contact@keepingmaree.com Its "OK" to ROAM with Wearables ! 2015-03-26T05:03:21Z its-ok-to-roam-with-wearables OK Wearables has negotiated to acquire ROAM’s Wearable and Phone Technology and business.  OK Smart Wearables (www.ok-wearables.com) has finalized a deal with ROAM to acquire their Wearable and Phone business that includes development and design of over 100 new developments from Smart Watches, Smart Phones , VR, Smart Glasses, Head Up Displays, Phone/Tablets and other unique Wearable products. ROAM (www.iwantroam.com) is one of the leading Independent Australian Wearables designer and product developer. With a history working with global IT leaders including Microsoft, Google, Apple, ZTE, IBM and Allocate Software, and working with organizations including but not limited to the state and federal governments. The company has developed many revolutionary technology solutions and concepts that will shape the future of consumer interaction with technology.”ROAM has a range of products that will put Australia in a leading global position with regards to development in this growing Wearables sector. OK Wearables will incorporate the ROAM business into OK Wearables and use the ROAM Brand as their exclusive Brand. The OK Wearables Group will own the IP, develop new Technologies and have a great team of developers for future release of Wearable products. Mr. Simon Kantor – Chief Executive Officer for ROAM comments that  “We believe that this agreement with OK Wearables will allow our Technology to be distributed Globally through OK Wearables. It’s exactly what we needed to allow our business to grow and to increase development in the growing Global Wearable products sector.” OK Wearables produces a range of SIM card based Network ready Smart Watches and Wearables. OK intends to release a Childrens Safety games watch in July, a Tradesmans Watch with inbuilt Laser for pointing and measuring, a Sports Watch and an Aged care safety watch later this year. Also a range of accessories and other wearables are planned for a 2015 release into every marketplace.   With ROAM as their exclusive product developer, OK Wearables will also release a great range of Wearables from Smart Watches,Smart Phones, Smart Glasses, Health and Aged Care devices and much more.   OK Watches and Wearables has established markets in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia with soon to be releases in Singapore, Malaysia and the United States in 2015.     ABOUT “OK Wearables”  OK Wearables is a designer, producer and distributor of the OK Branded smart devices. Established in 2013, OK Wearables has been designing and developing wearable products to be released to consumers in 2015. OK Wearables will release smart wearable devices in the general consumer sector, the Tradesman sector, the sports and leisure market, also the Children’s and Aged Care market. All OK Wearable smart products are SIM card independent GSM and Data smart phones. For further information please review www.ok-wearables.com ABOUT “ROAM” “ROAM is a pioneering Technology company, founded by Simon Kantor & Valery Lipkin in late 2012. ROAM has designed and developed innovative products aiming to streamline (optimize) workforces, processes, repetitive tasks and user interaction. Creating consumables that have truly intuitive and simple interfaces that change the way in which technology interacts with people including biometric speech recognition. With a history working with global IT leaders including Microsoft, Google, Apple, ZTE, IBM and Allocate Software, and working with organizations including but not limited to the state and federal governments. The company has developed many revolutionary technology solutions and concepts that will shape the future of consumer interaction with technology.” For further information please review iwantroam.com   For further information please contact Sean Neylon at sean@ok-watches.com       SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE at HotDocs and 52 TUESDAYS US Debut - Closer Productions 2015-03-26T04:02:06Z sam-klemke-s-time-machine-at-hotdocs-and-52-tuesdays-us-debut-closer-productions MEDIA RELEASE FOR RELEASE MARCH 26 2015 CLOSER CONTINUES BUILDING IT’S INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE WITH SAM KLEMKE’S TIME MACHINE PLAYING AT SUNDANCE / SELECTED FOR HOTDOCS AND 52 TUESDAYS OPENING IN NEW YORK CITY   ‘SAM KLEMKE’S TIME MACHINE’, the new feature documentary from Adelaide based CLOSER PRODUCTIONS, has had its world premiere at the prestigious 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film played as part of the New Frontier section, which celebrates films that experiment with traditional storytelling and media technology.   The film is director Matthew Bate’s second feature film to premiere at Sundance, following 2011’s Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure. Klemke received acclaim from industry journals Variety and Indiewire, and will release in Australia later in 2015.   The film also played at International Film Festival Rotterdam, and will soon screen at Cleveland International Film Festival and HotDocs in Canada, one of the world’s biggest documentary festivals.   The film is represented internationally by Visit Films and by Closer Screens in Australia.   Meanwhile, ’52 TUESDAYS’, the dramatic feature debut from Closer, launches in New York City on Friday March 27th. The film is playing at the Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village, ahead of further release throughout the United States over the following months.   The film is also available from Friday and for a limited period, online exclusively to Fandor subscribers.   The film’s director Sophie Hyde won the World Dramatic Directing Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and the film went on to win awards at the Berlin Film Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Amsterdam LGBT Festival, the Australian Writer’s Guild and the Australian Editor’s Guild awards, among others.   The film is being distributed in the USA by Kino Lorber. Sales are represented by Visit Films.   QUOTES   It is always a great honour (and relief!) to be invited to the kinds of festivals 'Time Machine' has begun its life playing at. Sundance was an incredible way to premiere on a word stage, and a month or so after the festival we are still buzzing about what we saw and experienced. Then to follow up with Rotterdam, a festival that recognises the weird and wonderful and now HotDocs, one of the great Documentary Festivals, is an amazing entry into the world for our film.    -Matthew Bate, Director Sam Klemke’s Time Machine   We have been overwhelmed by the audience response to the film in screenings all over the world.   52 Tuesdays has sparked so much conversation and we are thrilled that this is continuing via its release into the US. Closer is committed to telling vital stories in a unique way and connecting with audiences, so seeing these films into the world brings us immense satisfaction.    -Sophie Hyde Director 52 Tuesdays       SAM KLEMKE’S TIME MACHINE Production Company: Closer Productions Producers: Rebecca Summerton, Sophie Hyde Writer/Director: Matthew Bate International Sales: Visit Films Australian Sales: Closer Screens Indonesia OK to go WEB ! 2015-03-26T02:57:08Z indonesia-ok-to-go-web Indonesia OK to go WEB !   OK Wearables Indonesia launches WEB page in Indonesia The OK Wearables Indonesian Distributor have now uploaded a WEB PAGE to cater for all the OK Smart Wearables consumers in Indonesia. Please go to www.ok-wearablesindo.com and place your order! OK Wearables is keen to build and support a market in Indonesia and it believes that the OK Wearables Indonesian Distributor will achieve good market share in the region.The Team at OK Wearables are excited about the future in Indonesia. ABOUT “OK Wearables” OK Wearables is a designer, producer and distributor of the OK Branded smart devices. Established in 2013, OK Wearables has been designing and developing wearable products to be released to consumers in 2015. OK Wearables will release smart wearable devices in the general consumer sector, the Tradesman sector, the sports and leisure market, also the Children’s and Aged Care market. All OK Wearable smart products are SIM card independent GSM and Data smart phones. For further information please review www.ok-wearables.com ABOUT “PT Island Concepts Indonesia Tbk.” PT Island Concepts Indonesia Tbk is an Indonesia publicly listed Company engaged in the hospitality industry, whose stocks are traded on the IDX under ticker symbol “ICON”. The Company's business activities consist of property development, accommodation, lifestyle and catering services and urban facility maintenance services. It provides catering services and urban facilities maintenance services through its subsidiary, PT Patra Supplies and Services. ICON is headquartered in Jakarta with regional offices throughout Indonesia, including Bali where the company was foundered in 2001. For further information feel free to contact: OK-Wearables Indonesia www.ok-wearablesindo.com Head Office & Showroom Jalan Raya Petitenget No. 469 Seminyak, Bali 80361 Indonesia Tel +62 361 847 8228 Melbourne Food and Entertainment App passes 30,000 users 2015-03-26T01:45:45Z melbourne-food-and-entertainment-app-passes-30-000-users Melburnians love of food and a good deal has helped the Liven Food and Entertainment app to grow to 30,000 users since launching in June last year. “We launched our beta app in June and the rapid growth has shown we are onto something.” said Patrick Gaskin from Liven. Since launch, Liven has added over 190 well reputed restaurants and service providers from across Melbourne to the platform.  “Liven users have already saved over $750,000 on food and entertainment while using the app, which is fantastic” says Gaskin. Really enthusiastic word of mouth from our user base and the addition of more and more great merchants is helping Liven grow their user base by 25 to 30% each month.  “As a young start-up we are delighted to see the response and validation from users.  The ongoing growth is giving us lots of confidence about where we can get to” said Gaskin.  “On average, customers save $60 from their first two uses of the app.” The Liven app is easy to use and allows customers to enjoy their meal or activity without pre-booking or compromising their experience in any way.  “Our app is all about ease of use and an uncompromised experience for busy people” says Gaskin.  “Group discounts require you to wait for a good deal to come along and then you may have to go at a time that doesn’t suit you.  Similarly, old school voucher offers only work if you remember to have them with you when you are out and about.” “Because we’re an app, Liven is always with you, ready to be used” says Gaskin. "The entitlement is always right in your pocket."    When the user comes to pay, they simply redeem the discount on the app and present it when they pay.  Discounts range from 25% to 50%.  Initial use of the app is free, but customers can subscribe and get ongoing access to over $5000 worth of discounts throughout the year. The number of vendors on Liven has grown by 25% in the past two months and the plan is to have more than 250 merchants in Melbourne within the next three months.  “Initially it was quite difficult to convince vendors to be on a platform with no users, but as users have increased and redemptions increased it has gotten easier and easier to convince merchants to come on board” says Gaskin.  “Now merchants are approaching us, which is great.  But we are still really selective about who we have on board.  They need to have a proven track record of quality on review sites like Urbanspoon.” Liven believes that the app is a win-win proposition for users and merchants.  Users get discounts and merchants get more customers.  “The Liven app is really top notch and the technology is very simple to use for the staff” said Paul Belette from Cafe Republic. “But what I like about Liven most is the way they really focus on promoting my restaurant as a brand, not as a deal.  Liven is a great marketing method for brand exposure & recognition.” “One of the most repeated comments about our app, aside from ease of use, is that it has great deals from highly sort after businesses.  That is quite unique and by design.” said Gaskin.   “As a freemium model we need to ensure it offers great value and benefits for our users.  And the success with our existing merchants is helping open the door to more innovative projects and partnerships we are working on.” Liven was started in Melbourne, but the young team are already looking at expanding into other east coast cities and overseas.  “We are hoping to become another great Melbourne startup success story” said Gaskin. ABOUT LIVEN The Liven app gives its users seamless access to fantastic offers and benefits from some of the best restaurants, retailers and service providers across Melbourne. Liven began operations in Melbourne in June 2014 and users can access discounts from over 190 restaurants and service providers. Since launching, users have already saved over $750,000 and the app has been opened more than 300,000 times. Full membership costs $19.95 per year and provides users access to 289 offers from handpicked business partners and $5202 worth of value. For comment and questions: Patrick Gaskin 0410 419 618 patrick@liven.com.au www.liven.com.au    Download the Free Liven App:   ELEMENT EDEN – CUSTOM TIMBER POINT OF SALE 2015-03-25T23:59:13Z element-eden-custom-timber-point-of-sale This is some cool point of sale we got to do for Element Eden. Part of their mantra is to “…transport you into the raw beauty of nature.” So we used a mix of pine and recycled hardwood to create a natural, clean finish. With the combination of the light colouring of the wood and laser etching, the outcome is some beautiful and different custom point of sale for the stores.     EVENT PLANET – TIMBER MENU 2015-03-25T23:57:53Z event-planet-timber-menu Here’s a cool unique idea for a timber menu  for a special event organised by the guys over atEvent Planet late last year. Made in our factory out of high quality marine ply, finished to a high sheen and then UV printed with the graphics. We think it’s a great look and can’t wait to create something cool like this again!       GROWN EYEWEAR – TIMBER POINT OF SALE 2015-03-25T23:56:40Z grown-eyewear-timber-point-of-sale We created some great custom timber point of sale for Grown Eyewear . These were small but effective laser-cut & etched wooden signs to sit on counters or shelves for a “raw and natural” look signage. This works great with the products that the guys at Grown are producing and the ideas behind the business which are, “to design, produce and provide Original, Organic and Sustainable wooden eyewear that looks great and ‘does good’.   HAAN MEDICAL CENTRE – STRING WALL ART 2015-03-25T23:55:32Z haan-medical-centre-string-wall-art-1 We love doing different, interesting pieces. So when this job walked in we jumped at the opportunity! The guys over at the HAAN Medical Centre needed something for their lobby that included their branding, corporate colours and also to be quite unique, so we created this string wall art for them to hang. This 2-pack high gloss finish with the geometric shapes created by the string give a playful but clean look which has a great impact upon entering the centre. We painstakingly hammered each nail and threaded each string to make this look perfect for the guys over at HAAN.       EAT SOUTHBANK – CUSTOM TIMBER FOOD SAMPLE BOXES 2015-03-25T23:32:55Z eat-southbank-custom-timber-food-sample-boxes We were engaged by the guys over at Press Garage for special project for Eat Southbank . The idea was to send food/drink sample boxes to people of the food industry & media world. This was partnered with an invitation to a special event held by Eat Southbank for their launch.  The items produced for the project included custom made, joinery finished ‘wine box’ style pine boxes. These were partitioned to fit perfectly within the outer box to fit assorted food, drinks and nibbles. Each item had its own pine UV printed and lasercut label. Each Lid was laser-cut and etched, and each compartment filled with wood wool for a nice rustic look. The invitations were laser etched and cut for the recipients of the boxes. We are very happy with the result we achieved and look forward to doing more of this kind of work!     Akamai Releases Fourth Quarter 2014 ‘State of the Internet’ Report 2015-03-25T22:21:06Z akamai-releases-fourth-quarter-2014-state-of-the-internet-report Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, today released its Fourth 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 insights into several high-profile security vulnerabilities, including Poodle, UPnP attacks, DNS flooders and Yummba Webinject.   Data and graphics from the Fourth 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. State of the Internet Report discussions are also taking place on the Akamai Community.   “Over the course of 2014, we’ve seen healthy global growth across all of our key metrics for Internet connectivity, broadband adoption and 4K readiness,” said David Belson, editor of the report. “The positive trends make an interesting contrast to a recent study that found 4.4 billion people around the world do not go online, indicating a strong need for continued efforts to improve and deploy Internet infrastructure globally.”   Highlights from Akamai’s Fourth Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report:  Global Average Connection Speeds and Global Broadband Connectivity For the third consecutive quarter, the global average connection speed remained above the 4 Mbps “broadband” threshold, increasing a nominal 0.7% to 4.5 Mbps.   Quarterly global average connection speed changes were mixed across the top 10 countries/regions, with six seeing increases, three seeing decreases and Switzerland (14.5 Mbps) remaining unchanged. Among the regions/countries where average connection speeds grew quarter-over-quarter, the largest increase was seen in Sweden (14.6 Mbps), with a modest 3.5% gain. Globally, a total of 98 qualifying countries/regions saw average connection speeds increase in the fourth quarter, with growth rates ranging from 78% in Nepal (2.5 Mbps) down to a meager 0.1% in the Czech Republic (12.3 Mbps). The average connection speed increased 20% globally year-over-year with increases seen in 132 qualifying countries, with growth rates ranging from 0.3% in Morocco (2.4 Mbps) to 146% in Congo (1.3 Mbps).   Similar to the average connection speed, the global average peak connection speed increased slightly in the fourth quarter by 8.4% to 26.9 Mbps. Hong Kong again had the highest average peak connection speed at 87.7 Mbps, but all of the top 10 saw average peak speeds greater than 60 Mbps. On a global basis, 114 out of 142 qualifying countries/regions experienced average peak connection speed increases from the third quarter, with growth ranging from 0.1% in Slovenia (39.3 Mbps) to 90% in Congo (10 Mbps). One hundred six qualifying countries/regions’ average peak connection speeds increased from the fourth quarter of 2013.   Global high broadband (>10 Mbps) adoption rates increased 2.9% in the fourth quarter, after a slight decline in the third quarter. South Korea’s 79% high broadband adoption rate remained far ahead of second-place Hong Kong with a 60% adoption rate. Among the 65 qualifying countries/regions that qualify for this metric, 42 saw quarter-over-quarter increases, ranging from Norway’s 1% bump to 35% high broadband adoption up to Qatar’s significant 282% jump to 20% adoption. Only China saw a year-over-year decline in high broadband adoption, dropping a surprising 37% to a 1.1% adoption rate. Across the 63 qualifying geographies, yearly increases ranged from 8% in Austria (26.4% adoption) to a massive 2,000% in Qatar (20% adoption).   The global broadband (>4 Mbps) adoption rate decreased slightly in the fourth quarter, losing 0.7% to 59% adoption. One hundred four countries/regions qualified for inclusion for this metric, 76 of which saw quarterly growth in broadband adoption rates. Bulgaria had the highest level of broadband adoption in the fourth quarter at 96%, just edging out last quarter’s leader South Korea, which experienced a 0.1% decline in its adoption rate. Quarter-over-quarter increases ranged from 0.2% in Switzerland (93% adoption) to 186% in Nepal (17% adoption). The global broadband adoption rate increased 7.8% from the fourth quarter of 2013, slower than the 12% seen in the previous quarter, continuing the downward trend of yearly growth rates that has been observed over the last several quarters.  4K Readiness Following the introduction of “4K Readiness” in the First Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, Akamai continues to identify 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, 55 countries/regions qualified for inclusion this quarter, and 12% of the global connections were at or above the 15 Mbps threshold. While quarter-over-quarter readiness increased by only 0.6%, it grew year-over-year by 37%. South Korea remained the country at 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 fourth quarter of 2014, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 199 unique countries/regions. As seen in previous reports, China once again remained well ahead of the other countries/regions (41%), originating more than three times the observed attack traffic from the U.S. (13%), which saw an approximate 20% quarter-over-quarter decline, back down to second quarter levels. China and the U.S. were again the only two countries to originate more than 10% of observed traffic during the fourth quarter – the remaining countries/regions were all below 5%. Germany (1.8%) and Hong Kong (1.3%) joined the top 10 this quarter, pushing out Indonesia and Venezuela, while India was the only remaining top 10 country to see observed traffic percentages decline, dropping slightly from 2.9% in the third quarter to 2.4%.   The overall concentration of observed attack traffic decreased once again, with the top 10 countries/regions originating 75% of observed attacks, down from 84% and 82% in the second and third quarters, respectively. The majority of attack traffic continued to originate from the Asia Pacific region (59%). Europe had the next highest concentration of observed attack traffic at 19%, up significantly from 11% the previous quarter, while the lowest volume (1%) originated from Africa.   In total, attack traffic targeting the top 10 ports comprised 79% of all observed attack traffic in the fourth quarter, a substantial increase from 38% in the previous quarter. Port 23 (Telnet) remained the most popular target in the fourth quarter, accounting for 32% of observed attacks, a significant increase to more than 2.5 times previous levels. In addition, all other ports in the top 10 increased their percentages as well, with significant increases for Ports 445 (Microsoft-DS), 8080 (HTTP Alternate), 3389 (Microsoft Terminal services) and 22 (SSH).  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. Customers reported 327 attacks during the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of more than 20% over the third quarter. The Commerce and Enterprise segments again accounted for the majority of attacks, while all industries except Enterprise saw increases in attacks from the third to fourth quarter.   During the fourth quarter Akamai saw increased attacks in all regions, with the Americas experiencing the majority of the growth, with 35% more reported attacks than the previous quarter (177). The Asia Pacific region saw a 17% quarterly increase in the number of attacks at 98, while Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) experienced marginally greater growth at 18% with 52 attacks.  IPv4 and IPv6 In the fourth quarter of 2014, nearly 803 million unique IPv4 addresses, from 239 unique countries/regions, connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform. This is 1.5% more than in the third quarter of 2014, and 2.5% more than in the same quarter last year. The number of unique IPv4 addresses seen globally by Akamai grew by about 12 million quarter over quarter. Among the top 10 countries in the fourth quarter, the unique IP count in the U.S. was the only one to decline, showing a 3.4% loss compared to the previous quarter. The United Kingdom and South Korea showed the largest gains, at 8.1% and 6.6%, respectively. Seventy percent of countries/regions across the globe had higher unique IPv4 address counts year-over-year. In all, 27 countries saw yearly growth rates above 50%, while three countries saw IPv4 address counts decline more than 50%.   Norway saw an 88% quarter-over-quarter jump in IPv6 traffic, although Belgium remains in the lead with 32% of content requests made over IPv6, more than double that of second-place Germany. As seen in previous quarters, 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 Fourth Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, 50 countries/regions qualified for inclusion in the mobile section. The United Kingdom had the fastest average connection speed at 16.0 Mbps. The next closest country, Denmark, had just over half that speed, at 8.8 Mbps. New Caledonia had the lowest average mobile connection speed at 1.0 Mbps.   As seen in previous reports, average peak mobile connection speeds again spanned an extremely broad range in the fourth quarter, from 157.3 Mbps in Singapore down to 7.5 Mbps in Argentina. Japan (116.3 Mbps) and Australia (129.9 Mbps) were the only two countries in addition to Singapore to see average peak speeds above 100 Mbps, and only Turkey (69.1 Mbps) and the United Kingdom (61.8 Mbps) had speeds above 50 Mbps.   The report also examines the percentage of connections to Akamai from mobile network providers at “broadband” speeds (more than 4 Mbps). In the fourth quarter, Venezuela, Denmark, Saudi Arabia and Sweden led the pack, each with a tremendous 97% level of mobile broadband adoption. Bolivia and New Caledonia both had adoption rates below 1%.  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 Fourth Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, please visit: http://wwwns.akamai.com/soti/soti_q414_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.   Report shows that Australians choose to buy Astigmatism lenses from Lensworld.com.au 2015-03-25T01:48:36Z report-shows-that-australians-choose-to-buy-astigmatism-lenses-from-lensworld-com-au According to a recent report by the company Lensworld.com.au, they have become the leading seller of astigmatism lenses of all types. The online contact lens seller has said that they have to date sold thousands of lenses to people who suffer from the condition and it seems as though the number of orders they receive double each year. The company has shown that having a growing range of high quality lenses is one of the leading reasons why they are chosen over other competitors by people who have this condition.  Astigmatism is a defect of the eye in which the person's vision is blurred owing to a lack of ability to focus on a particular point or object so that it comes into sharp focus on the retina. It can often be caused by an irregular or toric curvature of the lens or cornea. Astigmatism is broken down into two types i.e. irregular and regular. Irregular types are caused by a shattering in the crystalline lens or a scar on the cornea which cannot be fixed by regular spectacle lenses but needs to be corrected by only contact lenses. While, regular astigmatism can be corrected using toric lenses. It goes without the saying that a quality toric surface will resemble the surface of a ruby ball or perhaps a doughnut with two regular sized radii, one slightly smaller than the other. This is the shape which causes astigmatism and so a high quality contact lens is needed to correct the problem. The better the overall quality of the lens the more comfortable and efficiently it will perform.  Experts advise people who suffer from astigmatism to always pay a little extra and buy a high quality contact lens. The reason being that low quality and often cheap unbranded lenses can cause further harm which only makes matters worse. So, it's always worth buying from a seller that you trust and investing in a brand that is reputable. This is the only way to ensure that everything relating to a person's sight functions properly throughout the service life of the contact lens.  Lensworld.com.au has been selling some of the highest quality contact lenses for a very long time. However, the company introduced contact lenses for astigmatism just a few years ago, after seeing that there was great demand for high quality lenses for people who suffered from this condition. Today, these happen to be some of the hottest contact lenses with demand only steadily growing. Plus the company is constantly on the lookout for high quality brands all the while ensuring that every lens they sell is competitively priced. This is what has quite literally boosted their sales in recent years according to the report by Lensworld.  Lensworld currently offers a host of special contact lenses for an array of optical issues. The company is also known to offer various special offers and coupons, in addition to discounts on bulk purchases. People can buy the lenses they need directly from www.lensworld.com.au. http://www.lensworld.com.au/ More Resources -  http://www.lensworld.com.au/brands/Alcon-Cibavision.html http://www.lensworld.com.au/brands/Bausch-%26-Lomb.html http://www.lensworld.com.au/brands/CooperVision.html Hollywood Q&A + special screening of NEW content, Exodus: Gods & Kings 2015-03-24T06:26:48Z hollywood-q-amp-a-special-screening-of-new-content-exodus-gods-amp-kings Hollywood Q&A + special screening of NEW content, Exodus: Gods & Kings.   20th Century Fox is inviting journalists and bloggers to a Q&A with Charles de Lauzirika.   Long associated with Ridley Scott, Charles de Lauzirika has overseen the restorations and new cuts of Alien, Blade Runner & Thelma & Louise: The Last Journey.   Hoyts EQ,  Moore Park 8.45am, Thursday 26th March Breakfast provided   RSVP is essential: robtolan@frankpr.com.au