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Google goes Instant in Australia

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Google has launched Instant in Australia.

 

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Google Instant is a new way of using Google's search engine, by displaying results as a user types in their search term.

 

The feature was announced back in September, it uses the existing search suggestion feature, while providing an auto-corrected suggestion in grey within the search bar - without hitting enter, users are provided with an instant search result based on what they have typed in.

 

Google Instant was available in the US at the time of launch - but Google waited a few weeks before rolling the feature in localised domains such as google.com.au and google.com.nz. Google confirmed today that Australians should be able to use the feature in the next few days.

 

Of course, with things like this - users can find a way around it, before today you could just use google.com instead of google.com.au to be able to use Google Instant.

 

Facebook changes - "giving you more control"

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I know this isn't tech related - but TweakTown is intertwined with Facebook and so are 500, 000, 000 and counting users.

 

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I'll keep this short and sweet.

 

Facebook have been touting some changes lately - which of course they keep under wraps. With the release of "The Social Network" it doesn't come as a surprise that Zuckerberg and co would use this time frame to update Facebook.

 

Today, they launch some new things which I won't go into lots of detail over - but give you the gist of it.

 

There's also a new dashboard to see how applications use your data to personalise your experience. Obviously as there are lots of apps out

 

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Internode pwn in customer ratings

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Internode has come first for customer satisfaction according to a survey commissioned by Canstar Blue - which

 

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he survey commissioned by rating agency Canstar Blue measured customer satisfaction of each provider with respect to price, speed, reliability, support, billing, and download quota value for money.

 

Internode won 5 stars for all categories except support and price - which they scored 4 stars in. Other ISP's that scored favourably were iiNet, iPrimus and Westnet, all of which earned 4 stars overall.

 

Surprisingly, Telstra came in last - behind such cheap providers like Dodo and TPG - earning no more than 3 stars in each category.

 

Optus and AAPT were close, scoring 3 stars in all categories apart from download quotas.

 

Developing: Twitter.com back to normal?

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Developing: Cross your fingers and toes, it appears Twitter has fixed the recent XSS attack as we reported about below in pretty quick time.

 

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The exploit attack has taken the Twitter world by storm over the past hour. My own account was affected, but I can confirm that my Twitter.com (old design) is back to normal and I am not seeing any strangeness such as a blanked out screen and auto re-tweets by random users.

 

Is your Twitter.com back to normal now? Do let us know!

 

Downloads increase by 50% in Australia

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A new study has found that our taste for downloads has increased as well as the number of wireless internet connections in the last 12 months.

 

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A reported released yesterday by the Bureau of Statistics shows that in the June 2010 quarter, the amount of data downloaded increased by 50%. In the same period of time the number of wireless broadband connections increased by an amazing 70% to nearly 3.5 million, while fixed-line broadband connections increased slightly to 4.2 million.

 

The amount of data downloaded every quarter is now 11 times higher than March 2005 and 126 times higher than March 2002.

 

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Telstra fixes four-day e-mail blockout

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For four days Telstra email systems have been having issues. Blocking all emails from all internet services. Dial-up, satellite, Next-G, cable and finally, ADSL e-mail accounts were affected.

 

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Martin Barr, a Telstra Spokesman said the problem with e-mail login access and delays since Monday are now rectified. He also added "We have updated the service page and issue is now resolved". He could not confirm how many customers were affected, but said "Those accounts have been progressively unlocked".

 

It seems all is good now for those with Bigpond e-mail services!

 

New Twitter.com rolling out over next few weeks, see intro video

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Twitter is holding a small and casual press conference at its offices at the moment and it has been talking about the new Twitter.com. We referenced a story from Mashable in an earlier post today and those rumors have turned out true.

 

 

Some of the new features include a new "faster and richer" design with mini profiles, easier to discover related content and of course images and video in tweets. "Now, it's easy to see embedded photos and videos directly on Twitter, thanks to partnerships with Dailybooth, DeviantArt, Etsy, Flickr, Justin.TV, Kickstarter, Kiva, Photozou, Plixi, Twitgoo, TwitPic, Twitvid, USTREAM, Vimeo, Yfrog, and YouTube."

 

According to the new Twitter.com promo page, the rollout of these changes will come over the "next several weeks". The folks from Twitter will provide more updates over the next few days.

 

Google Instant is live and it's pretty darn good

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Google just got done officially announcing Google Instant at it's press event.

 

What is Instant? It's something pretty darn impressive, I reckon. It's about speeding up the time it takes to find something on Google. They even reckon that it can save you between 2 - 5 seconds per search and considering the amount of search the average user does every day, that probably would add up to a considerable amount of time.

 

 

Basically you've got use to suggestions as you type, but Instant speeds things up another level by dynamically narrowing down results as you type in the actual results area. It's wicked. As of now I have access to Instant in Taiwan using Chrome, but at the time of writing it wasn't active in IE and Firefox.

 

Realtime Search from Google gets new tools and enhancements

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Google has made some of their "most significant enhancements to date" to Google Realtime Search and released them today. Initially launched in December, Realtime Search strives to bring the most up to date real-time content to searches.

 

 


First off, Realtime Search has its own website at http://www.google.com/realtime. The new homepage sports new tools, including geographic refinements for local results, a "conversations view" to follow discussions from sources like Twitter, and updates to Google Alerts in case you want to be informed about future information and new search results. Realtime Search and updates are available in 40 languages, while geographic refinements and conversations views are only available in English, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

 

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