In late 2017 I signed a thirty year mortgage on a house in Melbourne's northern suburbs, in an area due to be connected to the NBN in "early 2018". With the ink barely dry on the contract, NBN Co announced it was halting all planned rollouts until further notice. Cable was not available in the area, so I assumed my only option was ADSL.
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In the space of around four days, social media app Vero has gone from being practically unheard of, to topping app store charts, to being the internet's newest punching bag.
Court-enforced online roadblocks, demanded by movie studios, appear to be stopping only half of Australia's would-be pirates from reaching The Pirate Bay; even fewer once you allow for Aussies hiding behind a virtual private network, or VPN.
Australian internet service providers have blocked a range of piracy websites since December 2016, including The Pirate Bay and SolarMovie, after the Federal Court enforced site-blocking laws at the behest of a consortium of copyright holders headed by Village Roadshow.
Rarely lost for words, Google, Apple and Amazon's talkative smart speakers are auditioning for the role of all-knowing oracle in Aussie homes. But which version should rule your aboad?
We compare the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple Homepod at playing music, helping around the house, doing stuff online and actually understanding your requests. Here's how each unit fared.
Apple's entry into the increasingly competitive smart speaker market is here, and while the tech giant likes to claim it's focused almost entirely on the musical experience, via Apple Music, its close ties to Siri and Apple HomeKit make it tough not to compare the HomePod to similar devices produced by Google and Amazon.
Most internet users wouldn't want to share their browsing history with the rest of the world. (It's one of the reasons incognito mode is so popular.) This is especially true of people who look at questionable online material. So what would you be willing to pay if someone had a secret recording of you watching porn, taken on your webcam?
CES, the consumer technology showcase held each year in Las Vegas, highlights what are meant to be the latest and greatest advancements in technology. Things meant to make you go "whoa" many times over, at least according to this year's official CES billboards.
But as one observer remarked, this year's felt more "no" than whoa, with wacky gadgets you don't need and voice recognition robots that failed to understand commands or didn't respond at all.
Now that we've left behind the triumphs and disappointments of 2017, it's time to look forward to the year ahead. On we look past the customary video game dry spell (which used to last well into the year but now extends only to late January), it's clear we have another absolutely packed year ahead of us. Here are 18 of the best.
Wholesale prices on the National Broadband Network are being cut in a bid to encourage Australians to sign up for faster broadband plans. Whether that approach works will depend on internet service providers getting on board and offering cheaper packages. Here's what we know so far.
Following its more mobile Blade and Blade Stealth laptops, Razer has introduced its top-of-the-line Blade Pro gaming-focused machine in Australia for the first time.
With a 17.3-inch screen, a Core i7 Kaby Lake processor and a beautiful, comfortable design in black aluminum crammed into a shell only 2.2cm thick, this is an absolute beast of a laptop that also manages to look and feel premium and classy.