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Liberal politician, Federal Member for Mayo and Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs made a joke about the wrong subject when engaging in a Twitter conversation with political journalist Bernard Keane recently, stating that he will search through Keane's private metadata in order to 'dig up some dirt'.
This incident comes soon after news that the Government will have the unwarranted right to search phone and internet records for all Australian citizens from the past two years.
Although Briggs may see this as a lighthearted joke towards a critic, many users online are furious that this joke has even taken place, further labeling it as the 'harsh reality' that our future generations will have to face.
Karen Davis, 28 year old mother of three from Port Pirie, had something a little different on her bucket list. Sitting right next to meeting ex-AFL player and current media personality Sam Newman was to flash her k-cup breasts at the Google maps car as it went through updating local street view images.
Part of the reason for this addition to her list was that of long distance friendship, with Davis stating "I have a friend over in the UK and we Google map each other's houses. I thought I'd give him something interesting to look at." Taken in January and uploaded this month, Davis has ignored online Facebook critics who have labeled her as "disgusting filth."
Davis claims this action is somewhat part of her "freedom of speech," furthering "I used to be ashamed of my bust size and now I've accepted it and I embrace it."
Popular Australian ISP Internode is well known for their support of gamers and now they're offering up Netflix quota-free for certain plans.
Excluding "all NBN Fixed Wireless, NodeMobile Voice & NodeMobile Data plans, and access via IPv6," you can take full use of this deal by owning one of Internode's "fixed-line broadband or NBN Fiber plans" which encompasses almost everything they have on offer, really.
If you're wanting to sign up for this deal yourself or check out more information, you'll need to head to their Netflix landing page.
Google has kicked off April with quite a bang, announcing that it has removed almost 200 ad-injecting Chrome extensions, which were exposing users to malware, and all sorts of other nasties.
More than a third of these Chrome extensions were injecting ads that were recently classified as malware, with researchers finding 192 deceptive Chrome extensions that had affected a huge 14 million people. Google officials have removed those extensions, and pushed in new techniques that will catch any new, or updated extensions that try to abuse users.
The study also found that there is widespread use of ad injectors for other browsers, not just Chrome, on both Windows and OS X. Over 5% of people visiting Google sites have at least one ad injector installed, and within that group, half of those half two injectors installed. Scarily, nearly one-third have at least four installed.
This parody video aims to dramatize the New Zealand accent and portray this service as a downplayed version of the already-limited Australian Netflix catalogue.
Bragging "six video's," the YouTube description reads "Oh hey there bro, do you like watching video? Well sign up to NitFlux, New Zealand's best streaming website, in the world!"
Funny, yet sad.
In something that feels like the perfect evolution of Internet video, YouTube has started experimenting with 4K 60FPS video playback. But, there's only a few clips that are capable of this insane amount of bandwidth.
Most of the videos on YouTube are nowhere near this resolution and framerate, with most cameras not capable of shooting 4K 60FPS video to begin with. In order to watch the 4K 60FPS videos on YouTube you're going to of course require a 4K 60Hz capable panel, which aren't too hard to find now.
There are just six hand-picked 4K 60FPS videos on YouTube right now, with the 4K 60FPS playlist on YouTube available here.
Campers enjoying the great outdoors may want a break from their busy day-to-day lives, but that doesn't mean they want to abandon their smartphones and Wi-Fi connectivity, according to Kampgrounds of America (KOA).
Fifty-one percent of campers say they go online at least once per day while camping, and 41 percent note that free Wi-Fi helps them determine where they will stay while camping. Not surprisingly, 86 percent of campers 25 or younger tend to bring a mobile phone, while 29 percent of campers 25 years or older bring a laptop or notebook.
"Camping is not a one-size-fits all travel experience," said Jim Rogers, CEO of KOA, in a statement. "We've evolved our approach to outdoor hospitality by stressing what's behind our yellow sign to ensure we're matching camper expectations consistently, whether they're enjoying the outdoors with a smartphone in hand or a good old-fashioned map."
In the latest of unexpected news, TPG Telecom has today announced that they will be purchasing 100 percent of iiNet, "Australia's second largest DSL Internet Service Provider" - as quoted by the company themselves.
The $1.4 billion AU buyout means iiNet's shares will be acquired for $8.60 AU each, seeing $1.80 AU per share paid more than they are listed right now. As according to Gizmodo, $8.60 AU is also higher than iiNet's shares have ever been seen - their peak being $8.36 AU last December.
iiNet's Chairman Michael Smith is happy with this move, stating "The board views this as a significant reward for shareholders who have shown their faith in iiNet. The price of $1.4 billion is a very tangible measure of the value that the extraordinary people of iiNet have created through their innovation, brilliant service and capacity to add value."
Disney Toy Collector may be racking up millions of dollars on YouTube for showing kids what's inside of a Kinder Surprise, but the video streaming giant has announced YouTube Kids, which will hit the Google Play Store later today.
YouTube Kids will have content from Jim Henson TV, Dreamworks TV, National Geographic Kids, Reading Rainbow, Thomas the Tank Engine, and more. There will be various categories for the content too, such as Shows, Music, Learning, and Explore. There will also be a search function where you can look for age-appropriate content that ensures YouTube Kids is the perfect tool for young ones watching videos.
The new app will also have parental controls that will allow parents to set time limits on the app, and more.
With Google launching Fiber in Kansas City, other internet providers are looking to step up their game in order to continue profit and growth. AT&T have been the first to do so in this region, offering up their U-Verse with GigaPower network - set for launch in Kansas and "parts of Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, Kan. and in surrounding communities located throughout the metro area."
Offering 1Gbps for $70 per month, with an additional Internet and TV package bumping the price up to $120 per month total - AT&T is trying to closely match Google's Fiber pricing in that regard. However AT&T are also offering something a little different, with an internet, TV and Voice plan for $150 per month.
Their Kansas president Mike Scott issued a release, stating "we're proud to launch in these cities as the first locations where we will offer ultra-high speeds to local consumers and employers in the Kansas City area. The AT&T GigaPower network will help encourage economic development in the area by facilitating a new wave of innovation through enhanced opportunities for education, health, research and small business growth."