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Briefly: Vodafone 4G Network Tested, Telstra Opens AFL Streaming To All Mobile Networks, Julia Gillard Tests Google Glass

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including $10 Tiger Airway Flights, AFL streaming coming to all mobile networks and Julia Gillard gets hands-on with Google Glass.

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  • Vodafone has begun initial testing of its 4G network in the Sydney CBD. A tower in Alexandria was used for the initial network speed testing, and the Vodafone team managed download speeds of 67Mbps and upload speeds of 25Mbps using the Speedtest.net app.
  • For a limited time, Tiger Airways is giving away cheap $10 flights to celebrate flying 10 million passengers in Australia. The $10 fares are available both ways between Melbourne-Hobart, Melbourne-Sydney, Sydney-Brisbane, Sydney-Gold Coast, Sydney-Mackay and Sydney-Coffs Harbour on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. [Via OzBargain]
  • Virgin Mobile has announced significant price hikes to its international call rates. Prices are set to skyrocket on Big Cap, Big Plans and Fair Go plans to almost four times the normal rate. Calls to the most expensive zone, which includes most African countries, now cost a whopping $25 per minute.
  • Telstra will open up its live AFL video streaming service to tablets and smartphones across all mobile networks for the 2013 season. Pricing is set at $14.99 per month or $89.99 for a season pass — a hefty spike compared to last year’s prices of $10 and $50. Matches can also be watched over Wi-Fi to cut down on data usage.
  • Microsoft has announced on its Outlook blog that it expects to have all remaining Hotmail users successfully migrated to Outlook by mid-year. According to the software giant, the new email service has amassed 60 million active users since the preview went live six months ago. You can read more about Microsoft’s Hotmail migration drive here.
  • Julia Gillard may be the first Australian to try on Google’s augmented-reality eyewear, Project Glass. The Prime Minister was invited to try out the mysterious gizmo by Google’s Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette.

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