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Many of us have a protective instinct when it comes to our data. After all, it’s ours. Why should someone else profit from it? There’s just one problem: there may be privacy laws protecting you from being spied on and copyright laws protecting the ownership of content you create, but data doesn’t belong to you just because it’s about you.
When we rounded up 4G BYO no-contract plans earlier this week, we noted that there’s a big premium to pay if you want to use the Telstra network relative to other providers. Several readers pointed out a prepaid option you can use which makes Telstra a lot more affordable.
Over the past few years, there has been mounting concern that the US government could invoke the Patriot Act to collect Australian data for surveillance purposes without permission. However, the extent of these powers is a little hazy: some experts claim that the Act can be enacted on American soil only, while others maintain that any data centre with ties to US companies is fair game.
If you’re on a cheap mobile phone plan, there’s a good chance your monthly data allowance is woefully inadequate. This can lead to huge bills at the end of the month if you don’t keep close tabs on your usage. Instead of switching off your mobile data completely (or downgrading to a basic phone), try following these simple data-stretching tips. With plenty of discipline and a bit of know-how you can make even the flimsiest of data plans go the distance.
Good news for cloud developers with a data fixation: the Windows Azure Store has expanded to Australia, allowing developers to buy (and sell) data sets for use with their cloud applications. Australia was one of 25 new markets added to the service last week. [Windows Azure Store via Windows Azure Blog]
Imagine this: you’re busy working on your computer and need to access documents saved on your external hard drive. You connect it, get ready to find your data and… nothing happens. Your hard drive isn’t working. Uh oh. Before you panic, there are several things you can try on your own before calling in the pros.
Dear Lifehacker, My wife just got her first iPhone, and I want to streamline everything we do: share our contact lists, calendars, task lists and grocery lists. so we don’t have two versions of everything floating around. How can I do this? I want as much of our daily info as collaborative as possible.