Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced business commentators. Alan has been a trusted source of investment advice to Australians for many years, and in 2005 he founded Eureka Report - Australia’s #1 online investment report. Along with Robert Gottliebsen and Stephen Bartholomeusz, Alan also founded Business Spectator, the popular business news and commentary website. Alan is the regular finance presenter on the ABC News and producer of the popular nightly graph (or two).
As we get closer to the federal election finish line and ponder what lies ahead for the NBN, it's easy to forget that there’s a very different discussion underway about the virtues of fibre across the Pacific. The focus is no longer on the network but outcomes.
Nokia's latest smartphone boasts a solid mix of hardware and software, as well as a camera that blows its rivals out of the water. But is it still doomed to be the last spark of a once great phone company?
Companies such as Sony and LG are currently launching campaigns to market very expensive 4K TV sets. However, the excitement around 4K fails to answer a fundamental question, do we really need this technology?
Samsung's latest smartphone is full of tips and tricks to help differentiate it from the sea of other Android-operated devices. Yet these "key features" come off more as marketing gimmicks than advances in smartphone technology.
The idea of offering everything as a service has the potential to disrupt traditional business models, but car share outfits like GoGet and ZipCar provide a good example of how hit and miss the results can be.
The Blackberry Z10 is a nice phone, but nice just isn't going to cut it for BlackBerry at this stage, with none of the features standing out as world beaters and some still sub-standard compared to iPhone and Android.