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- A minute’s silence http://t.co/LZwpFFJkN5 http://t.co/sXc58Qn9yL 13:19:08, 2013-12-07
- RT @czaxx: Abbott sells off our sovereignty to South Korea — Latest FTA contains ISDS provisions: http://t.co/b8dVcjQuh6 #auspol 15:33:05, 2013-12-06
- RT @GuardianAus: FW de Klerk: world has lost a great unifier with Nelson Mandela’s death http://t.co/rJaSgzhCyS 14:54:58, 2013-12-06
- Are MOOCs the Future of Online Education? #infographic http://t.co/y3hvKjWKeZ 13:19:11, 2013-12-06
- @AndrewRobbMP dont sell out our democracy by signing the #TPP this weekend! 15:32:00, 2013-12-05
- Could classroom noise be to blame for Australia’s low levels of literacy and numeracy? http://t.co/veAUCU8TvD 13:19:04, 2013-12-05
- Gonski’s gone: school funding review struck from record http://t.co/XnnlNZvHYU #auspol 17:27:03, 2013-12-04
- What Asia can teach the world about education http://t.co/HJyKdKTbVv 15:33:05, 2013-12-04
- Australian students slipping behind in maths, reading: OECD report http://t.co/QnggiDQjHM 13:19:03, 2013-12-04
- Why do we still have Imperial measurements? http://t.co/yEcpew6hth 17:27:03, 2013-12-03
- Jorge Odon: The car mechanic who uncorked a childbirth revolution http://t.co/NUzBFEsFIk 13:19:07, 2013-12-03
- Innovative electric scooter design that makes a hole lot of sense http://t.co/ii9E2PZcPL 20:42:03, 2013-12-02
- Why we have to turn electronic devices off on planes http://t.co/xrI7azI8My 19:32:04, 2013-12-02
- Doctor Who: 50 years of time travel in the TARDIS — interactive #infographic http://t.co/DMmPVkEm75 17:27:04, 2013-12-02
- Amazing story of an entrepreneur from Kenya, now using Facebook for education http://t.co/q1iKcN4HJ4 #EduTech 15:33:02, 2013-12-02
- Australians paying 14 times more for prescription drugs than other Commonwealth nations http://t.co/cVeIRrkkEn #auspol 13:19:02, 2013-12-02
- Jamaican Ministry of Health is the first to adopt free and open source health system nationwide http://t.co/TUoAGZ6c7w 17:27:06, 2013-12-01
- Abbott & Libs delete speeches from websites to hide views & policies http://t.co/J2wrdkvk94 #auspol 15:33:03, 2013-12-01
- United Nations predicts HIV-AIDS could be eradicated in the Asia-Pacific within 15 years http://t.co/c3YitGH5UP 13:19:04, 2013-12-01
- Aardvark Founder Max Ventilla Is Trying To Turn Education On Its Head With AltSchool http://t.co/BPyOe0afOD 13:19:04, 2013-11-30
- High-speed rail network $30 billion cheaper than first thought: study http://t.co/ESi8kC3xSF 13:19:05, 2013-11-29
- Low-paid jobs are still paid too much, senior Abbott advisor says http://t.co/bkfSNJLUea #auspol 22:59:04, 2013-11-28
- How Pisa became the world’s most important exam http://t.co/dCVm73wBEk #education 17:27:02, 2013-11-28
- More than one broken promise or policy surprise a week! That must be some kind of record! http://t.co/6ZsK9ijGNg #auspol 15:33:06, 2013-11-28
- RT @groklearning: Let’s change this, starting with one #HourofCode. http://t.co/YZauzUx2vF http://t.co/6Xb89GcURJ 14:33:11, 2013-11-28
- NAPLAN, HSC will not help students succeed in real life http://t.co/ZwF5LiaB5b #education 13:19:05, 2013-11-28
- Pope Francis calls for power to be taken away from Vatican http://t.co/TFPuCczTXZ 19:32:05, 2013-11-27
- Wow, the broken promises just keep on coming http://t.co/iD81WpeFaJ #auspol 17:27:05, 2013-11-27
- Parents more supportive of NAPLAN school tests than teachers: survey http://t.co/y95BOe8huH 13:19:09, 2013-11-27
- Unspeakable horrors in a country on the verge of genocide http://t.co/oIBZs8mTOT 13:19:04, 2013-11-25
- RT @misscmorrison: Being able to admit we don’t know stuff gives us more credibility than knowing all answers. @gcouros #elhst13 08:45:07, 2013-11-25
- Is BP ‘trolling’ its Facebook critics? http://t.co/uxWcAa8bA6 13:19:04, 2013-11-24
- RT @courosa: I like BYOD (at pedagogy level) but through many classroom observations, I know it’s not that easy 4 teachers.Proponents, keep… 10:47:48, 2013-11-24
- What Abbott meant when he promised to build a closer relationship with Indonesia http://t.co/11odj8fSUU #auspol http://t.co/V8kzrZ4vqo 22:59:03, 2013-11-23
- World’s first smartphone, from 1992 (hint for fanbois: it wasn’t made by Apple) http://t.co/YgJoGvxx0M 20:42:03, 2013-11-23
- A craven Tony Abbott’s refusal to discuss human rights in Sri Lanka cheapened the Commonwealth http://t.co/Q5zMVU5bEj #auspol 19:32:02, 2013-11-23
- Classrooms are for learning, not memorising ephemeral proprietary products http://t.co/nRMmnaQdBA 20:42:03, 2013-11-22
- Hoping that FIFA can help to end modern slavery in Qatar for the 2022 Football World Cup http://t.co/qCaEhlJd4g http://t.co/wiI6RjlLwH 19:32:08, 2013-11-22
- Good synopsis of what I’ve worked on through #OLPCAU and #UnleashKids: http://t.co/LSTxKRTDmz #edutech #olpc 17:27:03, 2013-11-22
- ho ho ho http://t.co/mIjIQu3r9j http://t.co/x6hYeGmkhf 15:33:06, 2013-11-22
- Sydney city tram line a better buy than north-west rail link http://t.co/yqYvuf8thr http://t.co/XvWwFZm1RL 13:19:12, 2013-11-22
- @MITIE_Education How can I register for a http://t.co/4IqYu1Kx5u account? I’m very active in AU #EduTech & I’d love to share with the group 14:03:29, 2013-11-21
- Australia: the world’s third most entrepreneurial country http://t.co/nU6nbGJFmJ 19:32:05, 2013-11-20
- What happened to the good old days? http://t.co/VQxJNKspm7 17:27:08, 2013-11-20
- While Their Kids Sleep, These parents Pull Of This Amazing Stunt… http://t.co/cCWOWkJzHA 15:33:03, 2013-11-20
- Why IT failures at big companies are unlikely to go away http://t.co/WRpBVmFfSd 13:19:05, 2013-11-20
- Cover-up of towing boat “when it is safe to do so” results in sinking http://t.co/gOjkJDAd0T #auspol 22:59:09, 2013-11-19
- “That doesn’t sound very Christian to me” (Same sex marriage) http://t.co/8fF57oHEhW #auspol 20:42:05, 2013-11-19
- Stop bringing the laptop to bed http://t.co/RO2rMMexFO 19:32:07, 2013-11-19
- Nursery rhymes http://t.co/AiOJB7F7oJ 17:27:03, 2013-11-19
- Genie http://t.co/7s5Xzz8xCY 15:33:04, 2013-11-19
A couple of days ago Amazon.com launched Amazon.com.au to be their local Kindle Store for Australians. This means all prices listed are in AUD instead of USD, and there are no annoying international currency conversion charges on your credit card for each Kindle book you buy. Sounds great, right? Well, that depends who you ask…
To take advantage of the new Amazon.com.au (AUD priced) Kindle Store, you need to accept a one-way conversion from the Amazon.com (USD priced) Kindle Store. However, it’s one-way. You can’t change your mind and go back the other way, and there are some limitations (such as credit not being transferred over). Also, since it extracts you from the standard Amazon.com site, the APIs and Referrer tools that are used by sites like Luzme won’t apply. As a big fan of Luzme, I’m not sure if I want to switch over yet…
However, the big thing I’ve noticed are the pricing comparisons being performed. Put simply, some of them are very miss-leading.
Firstly, we’ll take a look at the one performed by Lifehacker Australia: How Do Amazon’s Australian Kindle Book Prices Compare?. They compared the Amazon.com.au prices of the top 10 best-sellers to the prices found on the Amazon.com Kindle Store, and converted them to AUD using the current exchange rate. The results showed the prices were slightly cheaper at the AU store, and that’s not including the extra conversion fee you’d get from the bank.
So far, it’s looking like the AU store is cheaper!
But, what if we check out this comparison that was linked to in the comments of the Lifehacker article. They compared the prices for all of the George R.R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire series books (also known as A Game of Thrones for TV show fans). One of the books listed has the US Store priced at USD $4.81 with the AU Store priced AUD $19.99. Suddenly we see a massive difference between the prices, and no amount of conversion charges will make the AU Store cheaper. You’d think this means the new Amazon.com.au Kindle store is massively over-priced, and you should keep using the Amazon.com store, right? Nope.
The problem here is that the person performing the comparison has used a US IP address to access Amazon.com, so they are seeing the raw US prices for US customers on Amazon.com. If you find the same book at Amazon.com using an AU IP address, the price is currently USD $18.73 – which converts to AUD $20.44 (as of time of writing). Suddenly, you’ll see the new Amazon.com.au store is still cheaper.
So, unless you’re pretending to be in the US to get cheap Kindle books, you will save money switching to the new Amazon.com.au Kindle Store.
- Should we be considering this bushfires early warning system for Australia? http://t.co/517TDRygcZ 22:59:12, 2013-11-17
- Abbott Government’s broken promises: so many, so soon http://t.co/Vwz5SzZonP #auspol 20:42:04, 2013-11-17
- Abbott supports war crimes and dictatorship in desperation to “stop the boats” http://t.co/IfGFyNEmAq #auspol 13:19:05, 2013-11-17
- RT @wilw: Amazing. RT @scalzi: I strongly suspect someone in @jpmorgan’s PR department is cleaning out a desk right about now. http://t.co/… 09:51:28, 2013-11-16
- How to interact with the introverted http://t.co/dxptmrKYX4 http://t.co/t557VLMrYm 17:27:06, 2013-11-14
- Gina Rinehart meets Coalition MPs in secret trip to Canberra http://t.co/AS4vF0utpy #auspol 15:33:03, 2013-11-14
- This ground breaking invention just may be about to revolutionise commuter cycling forever http://t.co/c9wjakQpXb 13:19:05, 2013-11-14
- Bill Gates: Here’s My Plan to Improve Our World — And How You Can Help http://t.co/XTXzuYhGrR 20:42:06, 2013-11-13
- Make your own personalised AU census #infographic from the ABS — entertaining and informative! http://t.co/BZ9HbM5mNi 19:32:03, 2013-11-13
- Abbott’s top business adviser makes it clear what we’re in for over the next 3 years http://t.co/KQzgousLvl #auspol 17:27:08, 2013-11-13
- Barangaroo and Darling Harbour are civic failures http://t.co/ij4lhpYQ0c 15:33:04, 2013-11-13
- The Evolution of Classroom Technology. Nice to see #OLPC get a nod (2nd last item). http://t.co/k8A2nct0sU #edutech 13:19:06, 2013-11-13
- Technology Outlook > Australian Tertiary Education 2013–2018 http://t.co/mWWVJHTkSH #edutech 22:59:07, 2013-11-12
- NBN Co being stacked with Telstra alumni. Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into another Nokia. http://t.co/1i1RdM0D1t 20:42:05, 2013-11-12
- Abbott repeats common myths about renewable energy http://t.co/o4S3HEQJOP #auspol 19:32:06, 2013-11-12
- “Why aren’t my kids hyper after binging on sugar?” http://t.co/vKYyb5pRCj 15:33:04, 2013-11-12
- How Richard Feynman Tricks His Brain Into Solving Ultra-Complex Problems http://t.co/kHxyeSPBpp 13:19:03, 2013-11-12
- Sunday Assembly atheist church comes to Australia http://t.co/YUU9GbVPQ4 20:42:03, 2013-11-11
- Working Australians becoming more stressed: survey http://t.co/dTumVZFeNP 19:32:03, 2013-11-11
As a big fan of cable management – and having a clean desk – I couldn’t go past the Quirky Converge Docking Station when I saw it. This is a short review of my experience with the dock, after spending a couple of days using it on my desk.
What is it?
The Quirky Converge Docking Station is a dock designed for charging any USB-recharged devices that you may have. It has a simple shelf/seat design, with a cable slot running through the base of the seat, and up the middle of the back. In the back are four USB ports, and a power socket to provide power for the USB ports – so it isn’t a USB hub, only a charging dock. You can plug up to four USB cables into the ports, coil the excess cable under the seat, and poke the ends through the cable slot. Then it’s a simple matter of plugging the USB cables into your devices, and sitting it on the seat. If your device has a port on the bottom, then it easily slides down into the slot and all you see is your device sitting on the seat.
The end result is a shelf with a couple of gadgets. No cables in sight, and everything is nicely charged when you get back to it.
Who is it designed for?
People like me! If you’re like me and you hate multiple cables getting tangled running across your desk, or having to juggle a single cable to charge multiple devices then this dock is for you. It allows you to charge up to four devices at once, without worrying about tangled cables or clutter on your desk.
There are plenty of these on the market, and most of them come with specific cables – usually various Apple products, the mini and micro USB ports, and occasionally some other custom plugs. But if you only have a specific type of cable, or you have a weird custom plug, then these products can’t be fully utilised. Some docks even have limited space for the devices which make it tricky for large or odd-shaped ones. This dock, however, allows you to use any type of cable, and the cable slot up the middle of the seat allows for devices which charge on the side and top.
What is good about it?
1. As I mentioned above, this dock allows you to use whatever USB cables you have for devices. This means it fully supports the crazy custom ASUS Transformer cable I have, and my FitBit charging cable! (You can even cheat and plug a non-USB charger in behind it and pass the cable through it.)
2. There is plenty of room under the seat to coil up the cables, so it suits long cables too.
3. It keeps my desk neat and clean, since it hides all of the cables that used to run across my desk and get tangled.
4. It also happily holds devices that aren’t plugged in – so once things have finished charging you can leave them there, out of the way.
5. The vertical cable slot in the middle works nicely for my OneXL and Xperia with their annoying side and top charging ports.
6. It just looks good
What is not so good?
There isn’t much wrong with it. It does what it claims really well, and it looks good. The only issue I had with it was that I was expecting it to come with a couple of short USB cables for use with it – but this was only because all of the promotional material showed it having really short cables with no excess coiled up under it. But that’s a very minor issue, and given how easy it is to coil up cables under it, it’s not really a problem
I really love the Quirky Converge Docking Station. It fits perfectly on my desk, and does exactly what I need.
If you are interested in getting one in Australia, you can find them at MobileZap.