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Wireless Charging… Have a Heart
Saturday, 01 March 2014 06:01

wireless heart charger

[Gal Naim] recently finished off an awesome Valentine’s day present for special someone. It’s a wireless charging heart for your phone!

He already had the Qi wireless charger but wasn’t much of a fan as it “looks so boring”. So he took it apart to salvage the charging circuit for his new project. As luck would have it, the Qi is very simple on the inside — all he had to do was lengthen the power wires to the coil. He then designed his heart in SolidWorks — Don’t forget to check out our 3D Printering tutorials on this — … Read the rest

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NBN to be built even if cost-benefit analysis shows no ROI
Monday, 17 February 2014 10:22

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In opposition, the current parliamentary secretary for communications Paul Fletcher and his boss, minister for communications Malcolm Turnbull, made much of the fact Australia's national broadband network (NBN) had been commenced without a cost-benefit study that would show whether or not the network will deliver positive return on investment.

Now that they are in government, Fletcher and Turnbull have made much of the fact they are conducting just such a study, so that the government's mixed-media NBN plan will provably be worth the $37bn of public money it will require.

But Fletcher seems

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Google's 1Gbps fiber 'not driving' Time Warner Cable's sudden Austin speed increase
Saturday, 22 February 2014 10:29

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Time Warner Cable (TWC) is to upgrade its network in Austin, Texas over the summer to allow internet speeds of up to 300Mbps, but says this has nothing to do with Google's decision to make the city its third installation of 1Gbps fiber.

"It's not driving it, it's more about customer demand," a company spokeswoman told The Register today.

"What we've seeing from customers in the Austin area, it's a fast growing market and a lot of interest in faster internet there. We're bringing it now because our network there allows us to

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Google teases more cities with bonkers-fast fiber broadband rollouts
Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:07

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Google has named nine areas in the US that could be added to its high-speed fiber internet connection service.

The ad giant said that the new markets will be considered for broadband rollouts this year, with final decisions to be taken at the end of 2014.

The nine candidates include the cities of Charlotte, NC; Nashville, TN; Salt Lake City, UT; and San Antonio, TX. Google is also examining rollouts in the metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Portland, Phoenix, San Jose, and Raleigh-Durham.

Google said that it will be working with city officials in the selected areas

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FCC will have to drop a bombshell to solve net-neutrality conundrum
Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:56

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Analysis The Federal Communications Commission chairman's decision to draft new rules ensuring net neutrality principles are applied to internet traffic hasn't impressed many, and it's becoming clear that his agency will have to make an all-or-nothing decision on the issue.

The January appeal court decision in Verizon v FCC gutted the watchdog's existing provision, set up in 2010, that internet traffic shouldn't be blocked or subject to differential pricing for speed. Since then the industry has been in somewhat of a limbo waiting to see what happens next.

Today's announcement indicates the FCC isn’t going to

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Turnbull waters down broadband black spot fix promise
Thursday, 20 February 2014 17:10

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Pre-election promises to prioritise broadband black spots appear to have gone onto the back burner after the release of the Broadband Availability and Quality Report (BAQR) (PDF) by Australia's Federal Department of Communications.

The report was commissioned by Minister Malcolm Turnbull as one of several studies into the disposition of Australia's broadband networks, the better to assist with new planning for the National Broadband Network (NBN). Turnbull campaigned with a plan to address “broadband blackspots” quickly, as doing so would make a difference in affected communities.

Turnbull criticised failure to address black spots as early as

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