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A granny and a marriage celebrant show Turnbull's 4ked the NBN
Thursday, 14 January 2016 12:14

At the end of my holidays, as I waited for a for a flight to Sydney, I ran to a bloke I know who has a very healthy business as a marriage celebrant. Two hundred couples a year say their vows under his auspices, and he’s always looking for ways to keep his business fresh, to keep those engagements coming.

Within a few minutes our conversation turned to technology. “I’m thinking of adding some 360-degree video recording,” he said. “So the happy couple can visit a Nan who was too frail to make it to the wedding, hand her a

Telstra dominates NBN retail, but less than you might think
Thursday, 14 January 2016 11:15

Telstra's been accused of putting a stranglehold on National Broadband Network (NBN) connections. Our take: not quite yet.

The criticisms stem from Murdoch organ The Daily Telegraph , which in an otherwise unremarkable story about the incumbent bulking up its technical staff for the NBN, included this unattributed, unsourced statement:

"Telstra currently commands a 50 per cent market share of the NBN, which equates to about 250,000 customers, but the telco is looking to significantly increase that as the rollout of the infrastructure project gathers pace."

The latest weekly rollout report for the NBN, here , says there are more

Probe launched after mischiefmaker invades US spyboss's Verizon broadband account
Thursday, 14 January 2016 08:39
James Clapper

Glum ... Director of National Intelligence Clapper caught in hack flap

An investigation is underway after someone managed to infiltrate webmail and home broadband accounts belonging to the family of US spymaster James Clapper.

It's believed a hacker got hold of the surveillance chief's personal phone number, delved into his wife's Yahoo ! mail inbox, and gained control of the couple's Verizon FiOS account.

"We are aware of the incident and have reported it to the appropriate authorities," a spokesman

A Shareable Wireless Biometric Flash Drive
Saturday, 16 January 2016 13:31

Wireless storage and biometric authentication are both solved problems. But as [Nathan] and [Zhi] have noticed, there is no single storage solution that incorporates both. For their final project in [Bruce Land]’s ECE 4760, they sought to combine the two ideas under a tight budget while adding as many extras as they could afford, like an OLED and induction coil charging.

Their solution can be used by up to 20 different people who each get a slice of an SD card in the storage unit There are two physical pieces, a base station and the wireless storage unit itself. The …read more

NY to Charter: Sure, we'll approve that TWC merger, if you boost our broadband speeds
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 06:06

The state of New York has given its blessing to the proposed merger of Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications, winning itself a nice boost in network speeds in the process.

The state's Public Service Commission has signed off on the proposed $78.7bn mega-merger with the condition that the TWC-Charter conglomerate promises to increase the average network speed in New York state over the next four years.

In particular, the plan calls for speeds to be improved in areas outside of New York City, where network speeds currently top out around 50Mbps, according to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Europe, China line up their best bureaucrats for epic 5G battle
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 10:26

European and Chinese telco bureaucrats are stripped and ripped and ready for four years of obstacle-course-racing to make sure their 5G is the 5G for the whole world.

Although Europe and China are officially cooperating on 5G standards, both sides want their patents to be the best patents, their standards to be the best standards, and their vendors to take the crown (even though there's only a muddy definition of what 5G is, with world plus dog tipping anything the marketing department can think of into the battle-pit).

In the blue corner, Europe's telcos are pumping iron at the behest

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