The fixed wireless component of the NBN has always trailed behind wired in both its speed and download limits, but the national broadband network company is taking some steps to address at least that first part. It's trialing carrier aggregation tech that can boost speeds far in excess of the current 50Mbps limit, using some of the same tech that already speeds up Telstra, Vodafone and Optus's commercial mobile networks. More »
- Today it was announced that Jeff Goldblum would be returning as Dr Ian Malcolm for the upcoming Jurassic World sequel.
Big news, but not the biggest. JEFF GOLDBLUM WAS HANDING OUT SNAGS IN SYDNEY THIS AFTERNOON. More »
- Thanks to online learning, it's easier than ever to elevate your programming skills straight from your computer. This immersive, multi-faceted programming education ( More »
- Video. The world is wrapped in nearly 900,000 kilometres of fibre-optic cable. Each strand of glass fibre carries terabits of data around the planet daily, making up the vast majority of internet traffic. More »
- You're the monkey. More »
- I like to think of magic as just things science hasn't explained yet.
These have definitely been explained, but barely anyone knows the explanation. These are the classics. More »
- Yeah, you heard me. It's an objective fact.
But...(get the tissues ready) More »
- The federal government's Wind Farm Commission has handled 90 complaints in its first 14 months of operation, with 67 of those deemed "closed" with no further action to be taken. More »
- A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a great way to add security to your browsing while also preventing snoopers (including your internet service provider), but VPN providers are notoriously sketchy. You could do some research to find a good one. Or you can make your own in about 10 minutes. More »
- Since the February blackouts in South Australia, the Australian government has increased its interest in carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS). However, in Australia and elsewhere, CCS is closely associated to so-called “clean coal” technologies. The media sometimes treats them as one and the same thing. More »
- Entropy. Complexity. Brilliant accidents.One day, stars will stop being born. More »
- The drinking patterns of over 200 Australians were put under the microscope in a recent study, which found while only 28 per cent of us drink at levels above two per day, this group is drinking 84 per cent of the total alcohol consumed.This suggests just over a quarter of us are drinking more than four fifths of all the alcohol combined. This is not good. More »
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- The eighth of the Fast & Furious movies is upon us. This is an exciting, nerve-wracking time. More »
- TPG Telecom Ltd has announced it intends to become Australia’s fourth mobile network operator, along with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.TPG Telecom Ltd has purchased spectrum licenses for A$1.26 billion and will spend another A$600 million building the network infrastructure. However, it has emphasised it will not be competing across the whole Australian market, just 80% of the population.
So what will the mobile network environment look like in a few years time? It is reasonable to make som
- Aussie home builder Metricon Homes has teamed up with solar provider CSR Bradford to offer a 5kW 'Solar ChargePack' including a Powerwall 2 battery, solar panels and inverter to every new house that the company builds in South Australia. It's saying the battery and solar setup, at a small additional cost on top of, y'know, an actual house, could make residents up to 90 per cent self-sufficient and save over $2000 in electricity bills per year. More »
- Now that Australian ISPs are officially required to collect metadata about customers communications, you may need to take online privacy into your own hands -- and VPNs are the best way to do it.Virtual Private Network (VPN) software effectively encrypts your online activity to help you surf the web free from the prying eyes of eavesdroppers. VPNs come in all shapes and sizes with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Let's take a look. More »
- Elon Musk is on the Gold Coast right now. And he's been eating steak. More »
- For those that came in late, here's the lowdown on one of Silicon Valley's stupidest innovations to date. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll never look at juice the same again. More »
- We took a quick flight today from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast (then back again) to test out Virgin Australia's new in-flight Wi-Fi service provided by Gogo and Optus.The service is part of a three month testing period that began last Thursday, available for free on one of the airline's Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Here's how our trip went. More »
- Another day, another Apple patent. The most recent entrant however isn't particularly original, though it does suggest Apple is considering its options in the augmented reality space. More »
- Some days, you're full of energy, on others... not so much. Even so, if you find yourself straddling the lower end of this scale more often then not, it might be time to contemplate a few lifestyle changes. And they don't have to be that radical, as this video from AsapSCIENCE explains. More »
- Regular, high-intensity amusement rides not doing it for you? Perhaps you should give Daniel de Bruin's "Neurotransmitter 3000" a go. By tapping directly into your heart rate and body temperature, the one-person thrill ride will change speed and motion based on how terrified and exhilarated you are. More »
- Mobile phone user interfaces have come a long way, but the humble copy and paste remains fairly clunky. Voice-controlled assistants like Cortana and Siri are bridging the gap, but sometimes, you just want to take text from one app and stick it into another. And Google will start predicting what that text might be when its "Copyless Paste" arrives on Android. More »
- Microsoft has gone ahead with its plan to disable updates on pre-Windows 10 operating systems running on newer AMD and Intel processors. While your machine won't suddenly stop working, it does mean your Windows 7 or 8.1 install won't benefit from the latest updates. Fortunately, a simple workaround is now available. More »
- When you sign up for the NBN in search of a broadband boost, telcos don't tend to mention the hassles you might have with your home phone line. Here are some questions you need to consider before you move your phone to the NBN. More »
- Remember that Steven Spielberg movie from the early noughties? The one with a baby Hayley Joel Osment as a robot boy version of Pinocchio?
It was better than you remember, or maybe even realised at the time. I'm not kidding. Watch this. More »
- Cybercrime is no joke, and companies are willing to pay a pretty penny for security experts to keep their networks safe. And while the payoff is high, the barriers to entry are low, thanks to the web and its trove of online resources, like the Four Volume Cyber Security Bundle. More »
- Saturated fat is a prime suspect in the onset of osteoarthritis after Australian scientists found it actually changed the composition of cartilage, particularly in the weight-bearing joints of the hip and knee. More »
- Australia's own home-grown Netflix competitor Stan has a shiny new feather in its cap. A new Premium plan tier at $15 per month is Stan's foray into 4K video, with the entirety of Breaking Bad and new series like Wolf Creek available in crispy crispy Ultra HD the first to come in a continually expanding catalogue. More »
- Tomorrow is the 10th annual Record Store Day, celebrating the indie record store across Australia. It's as good a reason as any to get out to your local store and buy some good ol' fashioned physical media. More »
- If you're BASE jumping, big wave surfing or solo rope free climbing you're an adrenaline junkie with a death wish. That's the myth at least - one that has just been debunked by Australian researchers at Queensland University of Technology. More »
- So. You need a new camera, right? Your old one is looking a bit... old. So you need a new camera. And that camera should be Sony's brand new a9, a $6999 mirrorless full-frame monster that can shoot 20 frames per second without blacking out your view -- your view, by the way, is through a brand new ultra-bright and high-res OLED electronic viewfinder. In-body image stabilisation, full-frame 4K video capture, a shutter speed of up to 1/32,000sec -- this is the camera to end all cameras. More
- After recent flooding in Papamoa, New Zealand, a football field became the home of thousands of cobwebs.
It's...beautiful. More »
- Ready to have your mind blown? More »
- Mastercard's latest biometric card combines chip technology with fingerprints to verify your identity in store, and is expected to be available around the world by the end of 2017.Here's how it works. More »
- eBay is threatening to block overseas resellers from Australian eBay customers rather than face the hassle of collecting GST. Amazon has made similar statements as well.This would be a very poor outcome for customers -- but probably one that would make Gerry Harvey smile from ear to ear. More »
- The Galaxy S8 and plus-sized S8+ are absolutely brilliant smartphones. They're not without their flaws, but in everything from industrial design to internal hardware to software refinement, Samsung has knocked this one out of the park. More »
- After months of speculation, Amazon has provided an official statement (finally) confirming the company will be launching retail services within Australia. More »
- Well, not completely fixed, but oh wow, I mean wow - this is so much better.
This guy is a genius. More »
- Have you ever found yourself in a conversation at a party, stuck talking about theoretical physics? Yeah, us too. If you need to sound smart in a flash, here are three of Einstein’s best theories condensed into party-friendly soundbites. More »
- You don't have to shell out thousands of dollars to build a system that'll make your music -- whether it's on PC, whether it's on your phone, whether it's on a record collection -- sound amazing. We got hold of a simple, three-piece stereo audio kit with two bookshelf speakers, an amp and a turntable that will handle just about anything you throw at it, and all at a price that didn't break the bank. More »
- You've most likely heard of stellar explosions in relation to the oft-dramatic death of stars. But check this out - it seems the birth of stars can be just as exciting. More »
- Scientists, and friends of science around the world will be marching "in support of science" this Saturday, 22 April. Eleven Australian cities will be holding marches, promoting stable public science funding, open communication of science, evidence-based policy, and greater scientific literacy and education in critical thinking.Here's all the details, and what experts have to say about the global event. More »
- Forget glassblowing, now we can 3D print intricate glass sculptures from a silica compound. This is awesome - just look at that pretzel. More »
- On Tuesday the first Legoland Discovery centre in the southern hemisphere opened in Melbourne's Chadstone shopping centre.
The $12 million centre features a four-dimensional cinema, a detailed model of Melbourne, and over two million Lego bricks to make your own creations - but if you were considering splashing $77 on yourself for an annual pass to this brick-filled wonderland, there's some bad news coming your way. More »
- Think Einstein led a quiet life? You’d be wrong.Almost every thinker of note has been involved in scandals over their lifetime, and absolutely all of them have conspiracy theories attributed to them after their death.Here are a few that continue to swirl around Einstein. More »
- It's no secret that learning even the basics behind mobile app development can skyrocket your hiring and earning potential, but many of us are turned off by the thought of sinking more time and money into a formal coding education. Fortunately, there's another way to build up your coding chops, and it won't break the bank. Name your price, and you can catalsze your mobile dev education with the Pay What You Want. The Ultimate Android Development Bundle. More »
- The Australian Taxation Office website is down, citing an "Unknown Error". More »
- From helping us navigate the streets to blasting our favorite traffic-busting music, our phones play a big role in our day-to-day commutes. But fiddling with your smartphone while you're driving isn't safe. That's why the folks at ARMOR-X created the One-Lock Air Vent Car Mount. More »
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