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Telstra to increase 4G speeds with CAT4 devices

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Telstra is preparing to launch new devices which take advantage of increased 4G/LTE speeds. Telstra is introducing new Category 4 (CAT4) devices to their line up: a WiFi hotspot and a handset. Currently Telstra 4G customers can achieve 2Mbps to 40Mbps download speeds (with CAT3 devices). CAT4 devices will allow 4G customers to experience a peak download rate of 100Mbps – a huge improvement. “In our laboratory testing for the […]

Telstra adds 900MHz band for its 4G network

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Telstra has today announced that it will add the 900MHz frequency band to its 4G network – which is currently running on the 1800MHz band. Basically, this means that Telstra’s 4G network is no longer as congested, but also will improve coverage in rural areas and while you are inside buildings. Many phones already support both bands – some countries in Europe use the 900MHz spectrum to deliver their 4G […]

Outlook.com out of preview, starts migration of Hotmail users and massive ad campaign

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Stewart Wilson / TECHGEEK.com.au Just six months after its initial release, Microsoft’s new webmail service, Outlook.com is leaving the preview stage and is set to replace the old Hotmail brand. Microsoft says that Outlook.com currently has over 60 million current users and will start migrating it’s 360 million Hotmail users to the new platform. While the switch is voluntary at first, Microsoft hopes all Hotmail users will migrate to the […]

Mobile telco Yatango lets you make your own plans, earn credit for being social

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A brand new telco has open up today, promising to be transparent and flexible compared to their bigger rivals. Called Yatango, it is fully integrated with Facebook – meaning that you can earn extra credit and get discounts on its rates by simply getting your family and friends connected. Yatango is similar to Amaysim and Kogan Mobile in that you buy a SIM card from them, bring in an unlocked […]

Australia, NZ Govt threat to telcos: reduce roaming charges or we’ll make you

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Image: Inha Leex Hale/Flickr (CC) This was probably buried under the announcements made by the New Zealand and Australian governments – including resettling 150 refugees to New Zealand; however it is an important story in its own right. Julia Gillard and John Key have both issued a threat to telcos: reduce roaming charges between the two countries, or they’ll force them through legislation. Both governments have announced that the independent […]

The winner takes it all: how BlackBerry will benefit from being open

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A silhouette of Thorsten Heins reveals the answer to his companies problems So, as most will now know, BlackBerry 10 was announced today, alongside the BlackBerry Z10, a beautiful slab phone, and Q10, with a very similar build to the Bold 9900 line. Stupid names by-the-way, but at least they’re kinda-competing on hardware, with no Torch-sized failures in sight. But the OS is still lacking. A number of problems seem […]

What better way to test Twitter’s new video service than with a 12-second HP Veer hands-on?

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I know there have been a number of weird headlines over the years, and this post may be heading to that list, but bear with me. I just got my HP Veer delivered from California in the US to Australia and instead of doing something normal with Twitter’s new Instagram-Snapchat-video mashup, called Vine, I unboxed the HP Veer. And let me just say this: I actually like Vine and the […]

Australia joins US, UK in not signing new WCIT treaty

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Australia has joined its allies the United States and the United Kingdom in not signing the new ITU treaty; after a vote at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) saw the inclusion of calls that the UN be given a greater role on regulating the Internet. “It is greatly disappointing that a consensus could not be reached,” Senator Stephen Conroy, the Communications Minister, said. “Australia worked hard to develop […]

Vodafone, Visa partner up for “SmartPass” NFC payment system

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Vodafone Australia has announced their brand new mobile payment system simply by using their mobile phone. Called SmartPass, the new service uses Visa’s payWave network and NFC to allow you to pay for goods and services by simply waving your phone. Of course, you need a compatible device to support SmartPass – most of the high-end Android and Windows Phone 8 phones do support the technology, iPhone also can via […]

Research: Cheap, battery-operated jamming device can kill an entire 4G network

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The technology behind the 4G networks, LTE, has been found to be vulnerable to simple jamming techniques, with researchers proving their hypothesis by using a cheap, battery-operated jamming device aimed at a small portion of the LTE signal to take down an entire base station. The research, from Virginia Tech, notes that there are “about eight” weak points that can be used to jam an LTE signal. Normally, in order […]

Windows 8 Twitter client ‘Tweetro’ hits user cap, now blocked

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Despite the absence of an official Twitter client on Windows 8, users of the popular social network have been able to access the service on Microsoft’s platform via a number of 3rd party apps. However, the free ride may be about to end. The first casualty of Twitter’s strict, and in my opinion pathetic, new rules for developers is Tweetro, the popular Windows 8 Twitter app, which in the last 24 […]

Australia Post launches Digital Mailbox

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Finally, we’ve reached some modernity in mail! Australia Post has today launched its long-awaited Digital Mailbox that will let you receive your bills and financial statements all electronically, through the browser, tablet or mobile device – and instantaneously, as opposed to waiting for the mailman to come to your house every day. The service is part of a $2 billion investment in digitising, modernising and expanding its communications and delivery […]

ABC to premiere Doctor Who on iView after UK airing

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In what is an extraordinary move for a broadcaster, the ABC has decided to air Doctor Who first on iView – its streaming catch-up TV service – just after the UK premiere. The broadcaster plans to air the first episode, Asylum of the Daleks, at 5am this Sunday, before its television broadcast the week later. “For Doctor Who fans, it is a fantastic opportunity to see new episodes within hours […]

IOC blames tweeters for GPS issues, asks them to stop

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So much for being the “social media” Olympic Games. “Non-essential” text messages and tweets during the 2012 London Olympics will have to stop, with the International Olympic Committee blaming them for GPS issues that affected television commentary. Where have I heard this similar excuse before, hmm? Basically, the cyclists have GPS devices so commentators can determine how far each cyclists are ahead of each other. However, network congestion meant that […]

Telstra pulls out of New Zealand – sells TelstraClear to Vodafone

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Telstra has announced that it has sold its wholly owned New Zealand subsidiary TelstraClear to Vodafone New Zealand for NZ$840 million (or AU$660 million); and hence, pulling out of the New Zealand market. The deal sees Vodafone New Zealand, founded in 1998 and is the largest mobile phone operator in the country, acquiring its customer-base, network infrastructure and voice/data services. It also means that Vodafone New Zealand would be entering […]