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Privacy In The Time Of 'Internet Of Things'

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is the new darling of the technology world thanks to our love of being tethered to our electronic devices. Watches, fridges and even dog collars are connected to the internet these days and these devices are generating an unrelenting wave of data. This has inevitably led to some privacy concerns over how the data is collected and used. How is one of the world’s biggest cloud companies dealing with this IoT conundrum? We find out.

MyNetFone Brings Out Internet Plan Specifically For Renters

The number of renters in Australia is increasing as the local housing market makes owning a home a pipe dream for a large number of people. When you don’t have a permanent place to settle down in, procuring a landline internet connection is a pain in the neck with most contracts locking you in for two years lest you want to pay a high premium to use the service. MyNetFone aims to solve this problem by bringing out an broadband plan aimed squarely at renters.

How Do Our Broadband Speeds Compare To The Rest Of The World?

Ask the average Aussie to rank our nation’s internet, and most will give a pretty damning assessment. The general consensus is that we pay too much money and receive slower speeds compared to the rest of the world. (Don’t even get us started on the neutered NBN.) But is our internet really that bad? The following infographic compares global internet quality across a range of categories including speed, cost, censorship and ease of access. Australia’s overall report card might surprise you…

Super Logout Logs You Out Of Dozens Of Services At Once

Logging out of your account when you’re done using a computer other than your own is just good security. If you use multiple accounts and want to simplify the process, Super Logout can log you out of over 30 major services at once.

Telstra's New 4GX Device Will See You Browsing At Up To 600Mbps

Hot on the heels of its 450Mbps Category 9 devices, Telstra is already rushing to outdo itself. The Aussie telco today revealed the world’s first Category 11 mobile hotspot, offering blistering speeds of up to 600mbps.

What Now For The NBN?

This week, Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Australia’s 29th Prime Minister, promising an agile, innovative and creative future driven by technology. So what does this mean for our National Broadband Network? We take a look at the chief challenges the new Communications Minister will face in dealing with the NBN.

The NBN: Why It's Slow, Expensive And Obsolete

After coming to power in the 2013 Federal Election, the Coalition government promised to deliver a national broadband network that would be faster, cheaper and more quickly deployed than Labor’s scuttled fibre-to-the-premises plan. Two years on, what have we got? Regardless of where your politics lie, the answer isn’t pretty.

Why Telstra's Category 9 Mobile Devices Are A Boon For Businesses

Category 9. Sounds more like a typhoon than a mobile technology. Telstra announced today that it’s bringing in Category 9 devices to Australia which will offer a theoretical download speed of 450Mbps on its 4GX network. We breakdown why you and your business should care about this.

Ask LH: Can I Bill My ISP For A Broken Internet Connection?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m currently having internet problems with Optus and the technician is only able to come later next week. As such, I’ll be out of service for around nine days, if not more. (Yeah, yeah: first world problems.) So my question is: am I entitled to get some kind of credit for the time I have “lost” on my contract? Also, if I’m on Optus for my mobile and use it for tethering, should I be able to credit the data usage over this time?

PC Versus Mac: Whoever Wins, We Lose

The release of Windows 10 is imminent, and the hype machine is in full flow. Meanwhile, Apple’s busy beavering away on Mac OS X El Capitan. Queue up the tribal camps for the latest round of Apple vs Microsoft bashing. Here are two cents from someone who has seen it all before…

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