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The I2C Programmable NFC Tag
Saturday, 31 May 2014 10:00

NFCNFC tags are cool, but programming them to do your bidding – whether unlocking your computer, making an Arduino vending machine, or a smart home application – requires using an NFC device to program the tag over the air. An NFC tag programmable with any ‘ol microcontroller would certainly have some interesting applications, and Elecfreaks’ DNFC tag is just the thing to test out these ideas.

While NFC tags are reprogrammable, reprogramming them requires an NFC controller, be that through a dedicated hardware, a phone, or an Arduino shield. The DNFC tag is reprogrammable with a microcontroller with an I2C … Read the rest

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Vodafone turns to EU, asks it to FORCE 'fair' fibre pricing
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 20:21

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Vodafone needs to get high-speed handsets into the hands of consumers to effectively compete in the market. But the company also needs to worry about how to handle all that data – and it's hoping the European Commission will help it get its hands on some cheaper fibre.

It is hoping the EU will introduce mandatory price regulation and access to fibre in countries where Voda operates – thereby forcing the hand of various national watchdogs. For example, it was just last week that UK comms watchdog Ofcom decided not to impose price restrictions on BT's

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A Wireless Computer Remote that Emulates a USB Keyboard
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 01:01

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If you are anything like [Antoine], you would love to be able to control your PC with a simple hand-held remote control from anywhere in your house. [Antoine] wrote in to tell us about his wireless computer remote that emulates a USB keyboard, making it suitable for any device that uses a USB keyboard.

His blog post is very well written and contains a ton of design information and background on the project. He initially wanting to easily control his PC’s music from anywhere in his house without needing to be within line of sight of his computer. The end … Read the rest

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NBN Co is a big turn-off … for copper
Thursday, 22 May 2014 12:00

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NBN Co has announced it will start switching off copper connections to homes and businesses in some parts of Australia.

The switch-off starts tomorrow, Friday May 23rd, when Armidale, Minnamurra and Kiama Downs in New South Wales, South Morang and Brunswick in Victoria, Townsville, Aitkenvale and Mundingburra in Queensland, Willunga in South Australia and the Tasmanian towns Deloraine, George Town, Kingston Beach, Sorell, St Helens and Triabunna all take a definitive step into the fibrous future.

The big turn-off is potentially problematic for those who have not yet made the jump to a retailer providing NBN-carried

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Google Fiber says it's happy to let Netflix onto its 'fast lane' for free
Friday, 23 May 2014 05:51

2013 Cyber Risk Report

In a clear knock on recent shenanigans by US broadband providers, the Chocolate Factory's Google Fiber division has said it doesn't charge extra for an internet "fast lane," and streaming-video companies are even free to host their servers in Google Fiber's own data centers.

"We ... partner with content providers (like YouTube, Netflix, and Akamai) to make the rest of your video's journey shorter and faster," Jeffrey Burgan, Google Fiber's director of network engineering, said in a Wednesday blog post . "This doesn't involve any deals to prioritize their video 'packets' over others or otherwise discriminate among

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Apple haggles with ISPs for fast lanes to its own websites – industry guru
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 05:04

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Apple is the latest firm said to be in talks with US ISPs on a deal to provide direct interconnects for improved streaming media performance.

Industry analyst Dan Rayburn of Frost and Sullivan said that the firm has been talking to carriers as part of a larger campaign to build out a content delivery network (CDN) for its streaming platforms such as iTunes and iCloud.

"As part of their build out, Apple is currently negotiating paid interconnection deals with some of the largest ISPs in the U.S." Rayburn said.

"I’m not going to disclose which ISPs

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