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The Opposition's plans re. NBN coming out

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 9, 2010 7:10 am

It's becoming clearer as to what the Opposition plans to do with the NBN, should it win the election on August 21. Opposition finance spokesman Andrew Robb was on ABC Radio this morning and gave good indication of what would most likely be happening if a Coalition return to power takes place.

 

The project will definitively be halted, But what has been done so far (incl. the Tasmanian leg of the NBN of which portions are already in operation and serving households) will remain in place, but will more than likely be sold off to telecommunications operators.

 

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Mr Robb went on to say that while the Opposition would be ditching the NBN, they acknowledge that an internet alternative is still a strong point of focus for them and there is promise of a faster, better system on the cards that can be built for a lot less than the $43 Billion that will be swallowed up by the NBN.

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Download of the Day: FileZilla 3.3.4 RC2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 9, 2010 5:37 am

Our Download of the Day today is FileZilla 33.3.4 RC2.

 

FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

 

Among others, the features of FileZilla include the following:

 

• Easy to use

• Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

• IPv6 support

• Available in many languages

• Supports resume and transfer of large files greater than 4GB

• Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue

• Bookmarks

• Drag & drop support

• Configurable transfer speed limits

• Filename filters

• Network configuration wizard

• Remote file editing

• Keep-alive

• HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support

• Logging to file

 

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Saturday Morning Roundup for August 7, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 7, 2010 6:59 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 7th, 2010

 

Systems

 

- MSI Wind U160 Netbook @ Kitguru

- Puget Systems Serenity SPCR Edition Ultra Quiet Gaming PC @ PC Perspective

- Alienware M11x R2 @ Hardware Heaven

 

Video/Monitor

 

- ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 Graphics Card @ Vortez UK

- Gigabyte GV-R587SO-1GD - Overclocking Monster @ Ocaholic

- Viewsonic VA2323wm 23 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor @ BigBruin

- Sapphire 5970 Toxic @ Overclock3D

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"ASUS powered" Windows Phone 7 shows up in Pakistan

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 7, 2010 3:09 am

A tweet from the user Shaistajafri brought a slick looking device that appears to be the first Windows Phone 7 device in the wild. Apparently it belongs to her brother, who lives in Pakistan.

 

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This phone, with its brushed metal finish and having "Powered by ASUS" on the front, also appears to have a front facing camera as well. It seems the tweet and the user have now been removed, but if this is a pre-production model, I'm ready to know more about it. The ASUS tag has surprised a lot of people because they were not tagged as one of the companies contracted to build developer handsets.

App Store now includes "Try before you Buy"

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 7, 2010 1:30 am

If you haven't been poking around Apple's App Store lately, you may not have noticed the new section: Try Before You Buy." The App Store now has a section where you can download free demo versions of premium apps before you lay down the money for them.

 

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This isn't quite as good as Google's 24 hour return policy on apps from the Android Market, but it's definitely a step in the right direction to avoid app buyer's remorse. Check it out under "Features" then "Free in the App Store."

Europe states Micro-USB will be standard for their smartphone charging in January 2011

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 7, 2010 1:04 am

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Have you ever had your phone die either on the road with a friend or at their house, oly to realize they don't have a charger that works with your phone? It's happened to me more than once, and I've always wondered why there couldn't just be a standard connection over all cell phones. Well, the forward thinkers in the European Commission have heard these same outcries, and are set to make micro-USB the standard for smartphones and data-enabled phones starting in January 2011.

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