The airline race for cyberspace has begun, as Qantas Airlines has announced plans for in flight Internet. Not to be outdone, Virgin Airlines is following suit, bringing increased connectivity to business and recreational travelers worldwide, to add to the other amenities already offered. Internet options are expected to be available by the middle of 2017.
Artem , the possible owner of KAT (Kick-ass Torrents) has been arrested in Poland over copyright infringement and the U.S. government is currently trying to extradite him to the United States. The website created in 2008 has let users reproduce and copy esitimated at 1 billion USD worth of music, games, and movies. He hasn’t been charged yet and we will be updating as the story continues on.
- The alleged owner of Kickass Torrents (KAT) has been arrested for copyright infringement with all site domains seized by US authorities. The upshot of this is that the site is down; possibly for good.
- KAT, which is the most-visited file-sharing website, is chiefly used to distribute copyrighted material without permission, including popular video games, movies and TV shows.
- It will be interesting to see how long KAT takes to reappear online. Torrent sites are notoriously difficult to keep offline, although repeated efforts have succeeded in driving some of them underground. If you really want to stick with Kickass Torrents, you may need to start boning up on the dark web.
““Artem Vaulin was allegedly running a worldwide digital piracy website that stole more than $1 billion in profits from the U.S. entertainment industry,” said Executive Associate Director Edge. “Protecting legitimate commerce is one of HSI’s highest priorities. With the cooperation of our law enforcement partners, we will continue to aggressively bring to justice those who enrich themselves by stealing the creative work of U.S. artists.””
Given the ever-increasing threat of online hacking and intrusion, the Australian government has taken the much anticipated step of appointing a cabinet minister to head the government’s cyber security initiatives. The Minister for Cyber Security will work with public organizations and join forces with private sector groups for their mutual benefit to enhance cyber security.
n dollar contract has been signed between construction companies for working on the Telstra hybrid-fibre coaxial footprint. By next August, 900,000 premises will be expected to be completed out of the 3.5 million total. Some of the tasks that will be completed are building cabling, infill, lead-ins and remediation upgrades. 1.6 Billion dollars have been added to the original 11 billion dollar contract.
- NBN Co has signed a signed a billion-dollar, four-year contract with a consortium of six partners for construction work in the Telstra hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) footprint.
- NBN Co renegotiated its $11 billion definitive agreements with Telstra in late 2014 to include the telco’s HFC network. In April this year, the network builder gave Telstra an extra $1.6 billion to help design and manage the HFC network.
- NBN Co is similarly progressively taking over ownership of Optus’ HFC network – which spans around 400,000 premises – but that infrastructure is not included as part of this latest deal. The network builder is still in discussions with Optus about the build of its HFC network.
“NBN Co has signed a signed a billion-dollar, four-year contract with a consortium of six partners for construction work in the Telstra hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) footprint.”
ABC’s has decided to make its channels available on the web. As an ABC fan i love the idea of being able to view live TV.
- ABC, ABC2, ABC 3, ABC Kids and ABC News 24 — can all be streamed live through the iView website or through the ‘Watch Live’ section of the ABC iView app
- All live streams reflect ABC’s Sydney, NSW schedule. As well as live streaming, ABC iview offers convenient access to watch all your favourite TV and also original and exclusive content.
- That means of the major metro channels available, 14 of the 21 are currently streaming online. Unless you really, really like SBS or the Food Network, we think that’s a good enough reason to switch to streaming 24/7.
“Time to throw away your TV antenna. Every single one of the ABC’s channels can now be streamed live through the national broadcaster’s iView website or through the iView apps for iOS and Android.”
Well the election is over. What has changed in regards to the NBN?
- The coalition has scraped through with a small majority and will hold onto power for another three years. It was exciting that the possibility of a hung parliament opened the door to possible reform of a number of controversial policies, including the NBN, but the majority result has likely shut the door on this occurring
- Largely, the Greens and the Coalition did not modify their policies at all, with the Greens advocating a full fibre NBN and the Coalition continuing to hold the line on the Multi Technology Mix
- Labors’ policy was not to ditch the mix but simply change it so that FTTN was phased out. Fibre would take precedence where possible but if a funding cap was hit, HFC would fill the gaps
“In essence, Australia basically has the network it deserves. If you were hoping a hung parliament may save it, as it did (from complete destruction) in 2010, that ship has sailed. If you are hoping this patchwork new Senate will save it, there isn’t any legislation left to amend or block.”
Six new partners will be helping NBN Co., currently serving over 2.6 million, to meet it’s 2020 goal on time. The question still remains, under the Coalition government’s existing program, will it be enough to carry over into the future of broadband and the needs of consumers? Either way, things are well under way for Telstra to take over the management of these six companies in the implementation of the NBN’s newest program.
- NBN Co has inked deals with six delivery partners to deliver its growing broadband network to premises sitting within Telstra’s hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) cable footprint.
- The existing HFC network will be upgraded to be able to achieve wholesale speeds up to 100Mbps download and 40Mbps upload.
- Under the HFC delivery agreement announced in April 2016, Telstra will manage the six delivery partners during the construction of the network within its HFC footprint “in close consultation with NBN.
“NBN Co has inked deals with six delivery partners to deliver its growing broadband network to premises sitting within Telstra’s hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) cable footprint.”
The fast demise of retailer Dick Smith means gift card holders are now stuck with a worthless piece of plastic. Employees have seen their entitlements paid, but under law cardholders are deemed ‘unsecured creditors,’ and therefore out of luck. The business’s collapse stemmed from expansion plans that left stock overvalued and unsaleable.
Razer, a company perhaps best known for their gaming keyboards and mice, has recently developed a new mechanical keyboard for the Apple iPad Pro. With an emphasis on durability and authentic keystroke feeling rather than style, the Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case has the quality (and price tag) of their regular keyboards.
If you missed out on the Old school Nintendo days, then it is your lucky day! Nintendo is releasing a classic edition of their debut console with over twenty-five of their most famous games built in and it is going to cost around one hundred dollars. Two player games are accessible as well as you can purchase additional controllers for around twenty dollars.
- Nintendo is resurrecting the 8-bit video game console that made it a household name. The NES Classic Edition is a miniaturised version of the original hardware that boasts a HDMI port, a wireless controller and 30 inbuilt games ranging from Bubble Bobble to Super Mario Bros. 3. Best of all, it will cost under $100 in Australia! Read on for the full list of games.
- The NES Classic Edition comes with the lot built in, along with 25 other games. Including: Balloon Fight, Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Donkey Kong & Donkey Kong Jr., Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Dr. Mario, Excitebike, Final Fantasy, Galaga and more.
- The Nintendo Entertainment System will be available to buy in Australia from 10 November with an RRP of $99.95. For two-player games, you’ll need to buy a second controller which cost $19.95 a pop.
“The NES Classic Edition is a miniaturised version of the original hardware that boasts a HDMI port, a wireless controller and 30 inbuilt games ranging from Bubble Bobble to Super Mario Bros. 3. Best of all, it will cost under $100 in Australia!”