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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.