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AldiMobile slashes data on Unlimited plan

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The old saying “It’s too good to be true” is often said with cheap mobile deals and it couldn’t be more true with AldiMobile. AldiMobile has updated their unlimited plan which has halved the data allowance from 5GB to just 2.5GB. This is definitely a shame since the 5GB data allowance made it an attractive plan. It’s also notable that the included $10 of international credit with the unlimited plan [...]

Telstra: Shared Data Plans are not long away

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Back in April, Telstra said they’ll start making Shared Data Plans available for consumers. Meaning you could share your data limit between your phone, your tablet and your laptop (or hotspot). Certainly a very handy feature for those with multiple devices or a single data cap for a family. When this was announced, we were told that we’d hear something “in the next few months”. Months have gone by but still [...]

M2 Communications to buy Dodo, Eftel

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M2 Telecommunications, the parent of Primus Telecom (if you still remember them), has announced today that it will buy out its smaller rival Dodo for $203.9 million and has entered into a binding agreement to takeover another rival Eftel for $44.1 million. The Dodo purchase will add another 400,000 customers to its consumer division – which includes Primus, which it took over last year. In addition to Dodo’s internet customers, [...]

Time Warner Cable “does not see the need” to deliver Google Fiber speeds to consumers

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Image: Caleb Zhand/Flickr (Creative Commons) Prompted by the rollout of Google Fiber across Kansas City in the United States, broadband Internet subscribers have been clamouring for faster and cheaper plans from major ISPs who face little competition in the marketplace. According to the Chief Technology Officer of Time Warner Cable (TWC), Irene Esteves, customers apparently do not want or require the Gigabit speeds offered by Google Fiber. According to The [...]

Evernote passwords reset after user information compromised

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Evernote in a recent blog post announced that it has implemented a service-wide password reset. This was due to a security breach where hackers attempted to “access secure areas of the Evernote service”. Evernote has instructed users to log in to the website to reset their password before logging in to desktop and mobile clients.

Tweetbot outs pirates by naming and shaming themselves

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TweetBot is probably the most popular and the best third-party twitter application on iOS and OS X. However, it appears some think the price tag (AU$2.99 for iOS and AU $20.99 for OS X) is a little too high for such a great application. So, Tapbots (the developers of the application) have decided to bite back at the users pirating their application. The pirated copies of Tweetbot will automatically fill the [...]

Round – An Australian start-up set to change online payments

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For those in online business, accepting Credit Cards can be be a costly and long process. With all the paperwork, checks and hoops you need to go through, it almost seems not worth it. However, an Australian start-up is determined to change that. Round will offer a very similar service to Stripe, a US payment processor. Round provides the gateway and API for you to accept payments through your online [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

LIVE: Mega Launch Party at 6:30PM AEDT

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Join our New Zealand-based contributor Luke Chandler as he live blogs the Mega.co.nz Launch Party, starting at 7:30PM New Zealand time (or 5:30PM Sydney time). You can see the embedded chat below after the jump, or alternatively – if you are on mobile, or want to see it in full screen – then you can visit the Wordfaire page directly here.

Got an internet porn addiction? The cure: just ride a horse

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Image: Mike Baird/Flickr (CC) File this under the “seriously, WTF?” part of the news for the week. And it comes from that nation that brought us Gangnam Style, South Korea. The country is one of the most wired countries in the world, and as a consequence, according to their government’s data, more and more people becoming addicted to the internet. So, what do you do? Well, one family has seemingly [...]

YEAR IN REVIEW: Governments vs the Internet

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In 2012, the Internet has been the centre of some of the most controversial laws that were passed, attempted to be passed or are in the works by governments. We started the year with SOPA and PIPA, American legislation that aimed to legitimised censorship to protect copyright owners; and ended the year with countries such as China and Russia getting the ITU involved in the regulation of the Internet. This [...]

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 [...]

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’s 41 gTLDs applicants – who are they?

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Image: Blaise Alleyne/Flickr (Creative Commons) ICANN released their list of who has applied to have their own top-level domain, owning something similar to how .com, .net and .org work. 41 of the over 1500 new applications come from Australia – some of them their brands, some of them for the more ‘generic’ domain names. But who are the companies willing to spend $25,000 a year to maintain their own top-level [...]