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Industry heavily against Opposition's wireless broadband idea

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 10:48 am

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.

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Filters getting turned on from ISPs Telstra and Optus mid next year

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

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.

Download of the Day: Sandboxie 3.48

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 9:46 am

Our Download of the Day today is Sandboxie 3.48.


Tired of dealing with rogue software, spyware and malware?


Spent too many hours removing unsolicited software?


Worried about clicking unfamiliar Web links?


Introducing Sandboxie: Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.


Benefits of the Isolated Sandbox


• Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox and can be discarded trivially.

• Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don't leak into Windows.

• Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding in your email can't break out of the sandbox and can't infect your real system.

• Windows Stays Lean: Prevent wear-and-tear in Windows by installing software into an isolated sandbox.



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Deal of the Day: Samsung BD-C7500 Blu-ray DVD Player w/ 1GB Memory & Wireless LAN Built-in for $145.99 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 9:22 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the - Samsung BD-C7500 Blu-ray DVD Player w/ 1GB Memory & Wireless LAN Built-in for $145.99 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: has a fantastic price on the brand new Samsung BD-C7500 Blu-ray disc player. No one even comes within $100 of this $145.99 shipped price (next closest is almost double the price at the $270 mark). This just-released model is a stylish, ultra-slim (1.3" thick), player with Internet TV: downloadable widgets and apps like BLOCKBUSTER, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Pandora and more. It also includes a wireless LAN adapter. The price only shows up at the final stage of checkout (you can still see it before you buy). Expires 8/15/10.




Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Tuesday Morning Roundup for August 10, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 9:07 am

The latest happenings from around the web - August 1st, 2010




- ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard @ Overclockers Club

- ASUS P7P55D-E PRO @ Techreaction




- Gigabyte GV-N460OC 1GI - Secret Top GTX 460? @ HT4U

- Sparkle GTX465 Graphics Card @ OverclockersHQ

- Contemporary Graphics Cards in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty @ XBit Labs

- Samsung LN55C650 120Hz LCD HDTV @ Hardware Canucks




- Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W PSU @ Aphnetworks

- NZXT Vulcan mATX Case @ BCCHardware

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Kuwait added to the list of countries trying to control BlackBerry data

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 5:14 am

BlackBerry is taking quite a beating in a few countries in the Middle East area, with the UAE, India, and Saudi Arabia threatening to ban BlackBerry messaging altogether unless they find a way to allow local servers to filter internet traffic. Kuwait has jumped into the fight as well, requesting RIM to deal with "moral and security concerns" by blocking pornographic sites.




While Saudi carriers are still testing their servers for the three major carriers to beat the 48 hour deadline imposed yesterday, more counties like Indonesia may jump on this wagon as well to track customer data usage. RIM has stayed fairly hush-hush throughout the whole ordeal, calling discussions "confidential."

HTC's Schubert, their first Windows Phone 7 handset, ready for launch day

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 5:14 am

More video leaks? You got it! Another phone has popped up in the wild, claiming to be the first HTC handset running Windows Phone 7. It's called the "Schubert" at this point, and has an aluminum body and touch sensitive buttons at the bottom of the device.




According to multiple sources, the phone is reported to be ready to go when Windows Phone 7 launches later this year, although other details are pretty sketchy at this point. It has the classic HTC look, and hopefully it runs as sweetly with Windows Phone 7 as HTC phones run with Android.

CDMA iPhone slated for release in January

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 1:48 am



When Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg was announced as the first keynote speaker for CES, it got rumors firing again that they were looking to announce that they would be bringing the iPhone 4 to their company, ending AT&T's exclusive agreement with Apple. Those rumors got a little more fire today as a source told TechCrunch that "Apple has submitted orders for millions of units of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets for a Verizon iPhone run due in December."

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HTC Desire HD now leaked in video

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 10, 2010 12:55 am

While many of us in the U.S. are still waiting for the HTC Desire to hit stores, this phone is old hat to folks in areas like the U.K. But the new and improved Desire HD, also tabbed the HTC Ace, has started to leak and now there's even a slick little video showing off its sleek look.




We don't get a look at it in action, but the deal LED flash camera, bottom mounted 3.5mm jack, and pieced together rubberized back make this one attractive device. The 4.3" screen device seems to combine the best of the EVO and the original Desire, making it a real sweet option when it hits streets.

Flash/Frash now running on iPhone 4

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 9, 2010 11:58 pm

Unhappy you can't have Flash on your iPhone 4? If you're willing to jump through a few hoops, you can now get a version of Flash, known as Frash, running on your iPhone 4. This version is said to run on the iPhone 3GS and iPads as well.



Comex, the guy who's also responsible for the famous JailbreakMe and Spirit tools, is behind this one too. Check out the video above to see it in action, and grab the detailed instructions at the Source Link to give it a go yourself.

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