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Nobody should have to see their own rear, but that's what Turnbull's NBN will do to Australia
Thursday, 23 April 2015 08:14

Last month I had a disorienting and quite frankly unnerving experience: I saw myself from behind.

This bit of magic happened at the LAUNCH festival in San Francisco, where a few hundred baby startups get together to show off their ideas. This year, reflecting the broader trend in the industry, several firms had VR products.

Twenty-five years ago I was deeply involved in the development of first-generation virtual reality systems. I truly believed VR to be The Next Big Thing TM . It was obvious that by 2015 - twenty five years in the future - we’d all be using

Comcast flees $45bn monster-merger with Time Warner Cable
Saturday, 25 April 2015 05:11

Comcast has admitted it has given up on its $45bn acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC).

Comcast, America's biggest cable giant, announced in the past few hours that it will end the pursuit of its largest rival amid stiff opposition from government watchdogs and other telcos.

"Today, we move on," declared Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. "Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn’t agree, we could walk away."

The mega-merger had been on the rocks for some time. US broadband regulator the FCC

The Digistump Oak; An ESP8266 On Kickstarter
Monday, 27 April 2015 01:00

When it was first released, the ESP8266 was a marvel; a complete WiFi solution for any project that cost about $5. A few weeks later, and people were hard at work putting code on the tiny little microcontroller in the ESP8266 and it was clear that this module would be the future of WiFi-enabled Things for the Internet.

Now it’s a Kickstarter Project. It’s called the Digistump Oak, and it’s exactly what anyone following the ESP8266 development scene would expect: WiFi, a few GPIOs, and cheap – just $13 for a shipped, fully functional dev board.

The guy behind the …read more

IWF took down over 31,000 child sexual abuse URLs in 2014
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:32

Last year saw a 136 per cent increase in identified and subsequently removed child abuse imagery, according to a just-released report from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

In its Annual Report for 2014, the body revealed that its new ability to actively seek out criminal content has been effective in allowing it to identify more material than ever before.

The IWF, an industry-funded charity and watchdog, has been the UK's hotline for reporting child sexual abuse imagery online since 1996, and actively attempts to minimise the availability of child abuse images.

Historically, it functioned by receiving reports of suspected child

Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 23:29

Election 2015 Hot on the heels of Labour , the Conservatives today launched their manifesto – which matched their rivals for the sheer lack of detail on tech-related policy.

"We will ensure that Britain seizes the chance to be a world leader in the development of 5G, playing a key role in defining industry standards," read the manifesto. No further information was deemed necessary.

The party also pledged to roll out universal broadband and better mobile phone connections, to "ensure everyone is part of the digital economy," although rural areas will only get "near universal" superfast broadband by the next

D-Link router patch creates NEW SOHOpeless vuln
Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:31

Hacker Craig Heffner says D-Link has not only failed in its bid to patch its DIR-890L router but has managed to introduce a new vulnerability instead.

The Tactical Network Solutions router wrecker says D-Link's quadcopter-esque AC3200 , reviewed elsewhere as " the most insane router in the history of mankind", is open to authentication bypass.

Heffner disclosed the vulnerabilities earlier this month badging it as a product with the same buggy firmware "crammed" into routers for years.

D-Link has been contacted for comment.

The Home Network Administration Protocol (HNAP) bug affects the DIR-645 and DIR-890L and centres on the incorrect

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