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WD has a ton of storage devices on the market today ranging from external storage devices like HDDs for backing up computers and adding more space to DVRs to internal HDDs for consumer and enterprise computers. WD has unveiled its latest offering and it's not for storage. The new product is called the WD Livewire Powerline AV Networking Kit.
The kit is designed to allow the user to set up a 200Mbps high-speed network anywhere in the home using the power lines already in the walls. This sort of power line networking system is perfect for homes where WiFi networks don't work or devices lacking support for WiFi need to be connected. The new networking kit is designed with the speed needed for users to stream HD video content around the home. The device has four network ports for connecting devices.
We first heard about 1TB topping broadband internet plans from iiNet and TPG last week, with iPrimus pushing the barrier a bit further and opting for 1.1+ TB of monthly usage; allowances that most people would find very difficult to comprehend as being possible to use up in a single month.
Another (smaller) player has announced plans to compete this week and is really going all out. Spin is soon rolling out a whopping 2TB a month plan, but what's possibly of more interest to many folks is the 'free' ADSL2+ plan they're offering up.
Inverted commas were used there because as you would be quick to assume, there is indeed a catch. Naturally an ISP isn't going to hand out any of its services for free, unless said services are bundled with something that's not free; and that's exactly what the deal is here.
Following an extraordinary result on Saturday, we are now left with a hung parliament and there is a lot of uncertainty in the air as to what lies ahead in Australia's immediate future.
Some say a part of the reason for it is due to so many mixed opinions and concerns between Labor's $43 Billion NBN and the Coalition's much cheaper $6 Billion broadband alternative. While on one hand we have a solution that is much more technologically advanced with future proofing, the immense cost that comes with it has people in discomfort about whether or not the country can really afford it. We all know one way or another Labor would be sucking additional pennies out of us as a result.
TPG has just revealed its intent to offer a 1 Terabyte broadband plan to new and existing customers. This is the third ISP in Australia to shift plans up to 1TB and beyond. Earlier this week iiNet announced its 1TB plan and iPrimus was quick to follow up with an even larger quota on offer of 1.11TB.
While it may seem TPG has some stiff competition with the likes of iiNet and iPrimus, there is one particular attribute of this plan that shines brightly; price. TPG is offering its 1TB plan at just $69.99, whilst the other two ISPs are offering their 1TB+ plans at $99.95.
However, apparently the plan is limited in its availability at this time to both new and existing TPG customers.
Along with several other major ISPs in the country, including Telstra and Internode, iiNet has just revamped its line of broadband plans and claims it has brought the first plan down under with a whopping Terabyte of included quota.
The heavy 1TB plan will become available as of this coming Friday. The 1TB is split down the middle with 500GB offered during on-peak and 500GB off-peak. The cost of this monster plan is much lower than you'd have otherwise thought, too. The plan will cost between $99.95 and $119.95 a month, depending on whether ADSL1, ADSL2+ or naked DSL is chosen and if you bundle the plan with a telephone service.
Survey scams continue to suck many unsuspecting Facebook users in and result in the automated spreading of messages to all of the people on their friends list. A new one is quickly attracting many people to click on it as it promises a feature that a large number of Facebook users have been wanting for a long time, a "DISLIKE" button.
This spam scam gives messages including "I just got the Dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!" and "Get the official DISLIKE button NOW!". Clicking install will have it requesting for permission to access your personal information, post to your wall and access data even when you're not using it. With a hold of your permissions it will spread messages of which you responded to your friends.
Despite all the constructive critisicm being handed back to him in layman's terms (due to being "no Bill Gates"), Tony Abbott is continuing to ignore industry experts who are outlining many flaws about the Coalition's alternative broadband policy to Labor's nationwide fibre network.
Last night on ABC's Q&A program he went on another wireless happy talking spree about it being the smarter choice. The Coalition have been questioning whether people will really need the bandwidth provided by a fibre network, while experts in the industry find this ludicrous.
For most of us at home and in the office the fastest networking speed we have to work with is Gigabit. In most homes and many small offices you are going to be stuck with plain 100Mbps Ethernet for the most part. There are lots of computers that support Gigabit networking today so that is becoming more and more common in many environments. In some enterprise settings Gigabit networking is not fast enough and for those folks a new 10Gb networking protocol is coming.
Thecus has unveiled a new network card made for the 10Gb spec called the C10GT. The card slips into the x4 or x8 slot on the mainboard and supports multiple 10Gb standards including IEEE 802.3ae, IEEE 802.3ak, and IEEE 802.1q VLAN. The network card also supports dual cable interfaces.
iiNet appears to be moving full steam ahead with its annual report for the year to June 30, 2010 showing a very healthy rise in revenues, EBITDA and NPAT.
The major ISP's revenue took a 13% rise to $473.8m and its subscriber services rose by a whopping 27%, almost hitting the 1 Million mark at 960,000. Naked DSL looks to be notably popular with subscriber numbers growing a whopping 59% to 106,400.
Aquiring Westnet and more recently Netspace looks to have paid off, too, with the company's total broadband customers sustaining 539,000 to the years end, a rise of 28% since the aquisition. If you didn't catch it in recent news, iiNet is also in the process of aquiring AAPT's consumer division which should be completed in September this year.
It's looking less and less likely that Labor will succeed in pushing its internet filter plan through federal parliament with the Greens today showing their support alongside the Coalition in calling for a PC-based approach.
Greens ICT spokesman Scott Ludlam unveiled the party's cyber safety policy this morning which is all about PC-based filtering, further research into cyber safety risks, strengthened law enforcement and net literacy education.
"The Greens believe Australians need a world-class national broadband network but we don't need the Australian government looking over our shoulder and filtering what we see. A voluntary filter at the household level would be more effective to protect kids" said Senator Ludlam.
Following a demonstration at the CeBIT Sydney 2010 technology show a short while back, both CENTRELINK and Medicare are going to start using electronic handheld devices at their entrances to access customers' information.
This is for the most part in efforts to do away with the messy queues seen in these places daily. The device can tap into a mass of information that will determine what's required before the customer takes a seat (as opposed to going into a queue).
Human Services ICT infrastructure deputy secretary John Wadeson says "Queues are bad news. What we're aiming for is a scenario where people will be met at the door by someone with a handheld device and there'll be a brief interchange to find out what's required.
Once we know that, people will be directed to a seat - not a queue. It's about being able to quickly access all of our information on a little device and making the right decisions in directing people to our face-to-face services.
After being hammered for several flaws by industry experts in the promises made behind the Coalition's alternative internet policy, Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott sure isn't making the situation any better for himself.
in following the Coalition's policy announcement, Prime Minister Julia Gilliard has announced that the NBN will deliver 1Gbps to its subscribers, not the 100Mbps which is all that the Coalition's internet network plan would be capable of. Despite already having displayed a technological lack of understanding, Tony Abbott was quick to respond to this by saying that 1Gbps is 'utterly implausible'.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has made some critical, yet valid points that even providers and other industry experts agree to in relation to the Coalition's wireless plan as a means to attempt to uplift the condition of Australia's internet.
Stephen says "The Coalition's focus on wireless defies the advice of industry experts who agree it is a complementary technology to fibre and will not deliver the high speeds and capacity needed for the delivery of healthcare, education and business applications of the future.
Even providers agree that hybrid fibre coaxial is not the answer to Australia's broadband future. Like wireless, broadband on HFC is shared, which means the more people using it, the slower it gets".
A blog post from Internode's Managing Director Simon Hackett yesterday morning has revealed plans by the ISP to give an even more aggressive broadband offer on its own Agile DSLAM ports than Telstra's 200GB plan it announced just recently.
The plan gives a whopping 240GB per month for $99.95 as a standalone product, or $89.95 when bundled with a NodeLine phone service. This is the same price point as Telstra's plan while giving an additional 40GB a month of data usage. However, the plan is said to be limited to about 149 exchanges at this stage.
Further to this, Internode has reviewed and 'simplified' the plans it offers on Telstra's infrastructure, which includes the suspension of its Easy Broadband sign-ups and 200GB 'Fast' plan which Telstra recently blew out of the water, undercutting it by $100 per month.
Customers on these existing plans will remain on them unless they decide to change.
Following our earlier story on industry disapproval to what the Coalition had previously unveiled in terms of its alternative broadband policy deliverance versus the NBN, the cat is now out the bag and full details are known as to what it is exactly they have on the cards.
Their alternative idea is only said to cost about $6.3 Billion which will go towards a mix of fibre, cable and wireless technologies to deliver affordable high-speed connections nationwide by 2016; this being two years ahead of Labor's plan.
The scheme includes $2.75Bn for the construction of an optic fibre backhaul network, but will also rely on at least another $750 Million from the private sector. The end result will be speeds of up to 100Mbps in metro areas already served by fibre or HFC cable, and up to 12Mbps in other areas via wireless and satellite connections.
After the Coalition let it be known late last week that they plan to axe the NBN in favour of a wireless based broadband plan, the ICT sector is full of people shaking their heads at this idea. Internet Industry Association Chief Executive Peter Coroneos has shared his views on this and says that any credible national broadband plan would require fibre as a central element.
"We appreciate the value of wireless technology, but for the reason we argued (in our manifesto) it will never be a substitute for fibre".
While Optus and Telstra haven't yet commented, a cross-section of telecommunications and technology interest groups said that a wireless-centric policy would actually take the country backwards.
It was certainly a big thumbs up from many of us after hearing of Liberal's disapproval towards Labour's mandatory filter late last week, but even if Liberal wins the election, we're not entirely free from enforced filtering.
In harnessing a blacklist that has been compiled by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) which blocks an unknown number of child pornography websites and others, both ISPs Telstra and Optus (so far) have agreed to voluntarily implement this blacklist mid next year. This equates to about 5 million internet users that will start receiving a 'clean feed' from this time.
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.
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.
TPG made a big boo boo today when it accidently revealed hundreds of its business customers e-mail addresses in a billing e-mail that was sent out today.
ZDNet Australia was given the heads up about the error from several of TPG's business customers earlier this afternoon which expressed concern over privacy breaching.
The e-mail sighted by ZDNet appears to have been sent out to 500 addresses simply advising their business customers that their bill was ready for viewing.
TPG is yet to respond in relation to this error.
Many of you will be very pleased to hear that the Coalition has announced that it in no way supports the implementation of a mandatory internet filter in Australia and providing it wins the election on August 21, will most certainly scrap it.
During a conversation with ABC Radiop's Triple J, Joe Hockey said "We believe the internet filter would not work. We believe it's a flawed policy. It's not going to capture a whole lot of images and chatter that we all find offence (sic) that is going through email. The ISP-based filter system does not work."
In being opposed to the internet filter, the Abbott government's onus would be placed on parents to monitor their children's internet usage. "We will implement practical and effective measures to enhance online safety and security including PC-based filters for families" said Mr. Hockey.