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Vodafone FiberX concern

So I'm on Vodafone FiberX and just found that the provided router (Huawei Home Gateway - HG659) has port 7547 open for remote admin by ...

Mickey Mouse Becomes A Transformer, And The Rest Of The Coolest Toys We Saw This Week

Honestly, this is usually the bit of Toy Aisle where we tease the rest of the fancy toys and merchandise we've spotted over the past week. But when you learn that there's a goddamn giant Mickey Mouse mecha that turns into a truck, Optimus Prime-style, do you really need to know what else there is in here? Let's just get started. More Â»

We Got Prince's FBI File

The world was shocked when Prince died of a prescription drug overdose back in April of 2016 at the age of 57. As I often do after celebrities die, I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the FBI for any files it might have on the music legend. After months of delays -- we were originally told that it would be released back in September 2016 -- it's finally here. More Â»

Telstra Broadband Connect

Just upgraded to a new plan and now have Telstra Broadband Connect available. I went to install this and it came up with an error - Your computer ...

Broadband Usage Meter Not working by My Bigpond is tracking a large lump of usage

My broadband usage has been showing 0GB usage for 2 months now. When I go to MyBigpond, it is showing an accumulating big lump of ...

SMS service for Mobile Broadband Manager

The button "My Messages" is inactive in the menu of Mobile Broadband Manager (rev. 3.15.21015) and I cannot send SMS. How to fix that problem?

New to NBN, suffering issues with new FTTP line - Other broadband

Hey all, Moved into a new place in Hamilton, Brisbane with a FTTP NBN connection. Signed up to MyRepublic and received my modem. Set it up and ...

A 'Superbug' Fungus Is Spreading Across The US

Over the past nine months, the number of US cases of an emerging, multi-drug resistant fungus has ballooned from seven to more than 122. What's more, the fungus, Candida auris, seems to be spreading, according to a field report the Centres for Disease Control released Thursday. More Â»

The Broadband Live at The Bull

The Broadband Live at The Bull in Benenden, The Bull at Benenden, Sunday, 21. May 2017 - Looking forward to playing at this lovely pub in ...

Doctor Who's Michelle Gomez On 'The End Of An Era' For Missy

For nearly three years Michelle Gomez has delighted and horrified Doctor Who fans as Missy, the latest maniacal incarnation of the Master. But ahead of her return to the series in this weekend's episode, we sat down to speak with her about how it might herald the final bow for her time on the show. More Â»

Instagram Won't Stop Showing Me The Mother's Day Photos I Don't Want To See

After four and a half years of not speaking to my mum I've learned to stay away from social media on Mother's Day. More Â»

Telstra Broadband

I think the conversation below speaks for itself. I am using my ADSL Broadband connection to chat with the operator who tells me I cannot increase my ...

All The Dangerous Things You Shouldn't Be Doing With Your Fidget Spinners

Like lawn darts, nano-magnets and slap bracelets, fidget spinners are only one stupid stunt away from becoming yet another forgotten fad. And as usual, instead of enjoying them responsibly, the internet is hard at work trying to find ways to make spinners as dangerous as playing with firecrackers. This is why we can't have fun things. More Â»

The First Video Of Disney World's New Avatar Ride Looks Fantastic

Video. When the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride first opened at Disneyland in 1967, it represented the cutting-edge of amusement park technologies. Fifty years later, this video is our first glimpse at how far ride technologies have advanced, as Disney World's new Avatar. Flight of Passage attraction is set to open next weekend, and a gif doesn't come close to doing it justice. More Â»

National Broadband Network

Martin Ashworth will be conducting a lecture on NBN ( National Broadband Network ) the setting up and working of, in the Auditorium on Thursday the ...

The First AI-Generated Paint Names Include 'Homestar Brown' And 'Stanky Bean'

Humans aren't nearly as creative as we think. Craft brewers, for example, have run out of fun names and are sending each other cease and desist letters for coming up with the same ideas. So, what if we let computers come up with new names for us? More Â»

The Shining Joins Universal's Halloween Horror Nights To Terrify Visitors Forever And Ever And Ever...

Every year, the Universal theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood go all-out for Halloween, adding haunted mazes to their usual attractions. But for some reason, cinema's most iconic spooky maze -- y'know, the one at the Overlook Hotel -- hasn't been included. Until now. More Â»

Dog Busts World Record By Popping 100 Balloons In 37 Seconds

There's world records for just about anything you can imagine. And this isn't only for humans -- animals can snag global achievements too. Like Toby the whippet, who recently claimed his place as the world's fastest balloon popper. More Â»

I'm Afraid To Ask The Internet To Name This New Moon

Good news! Three space telescopes, including Hubble, have combined their celestial powers to spot a moon orbiting a dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt -- the region beyond Neptune where Pluto and countless other icy bodies live. According to NASA, the dwarf planet's moon has a lot to teach scientists about how moons formed in the early solar system -- but sadly, it has no name. Its planet's name, on the other hand, is garbage -- 2007 OR10 and its satellite friend desperately need some rebranding. More Â»

So George Romero's Next Of The Dead Movie Is Basically About Zombie NASCAR

George A. Romero, director of the legendary Night of the Living Dead, the equally legendary Dawn of the Dead, the not legendary but still good Day of the Dead, and countless other zombie entertainment, is trying something different. Very different. So different it's a movie where zombies race cars to entertain rich people. More Â»

Flat Earthers Won't Believe This News On Antarctica's Climate

The Arctic is the fastest-warming place on our overheated planet, but so far, its polar opposite has managed to stay pretty cool. Why is Antarctica warming so slowly compared with the Arctic? The answer is complicated, but a new study suggests we're overlooking a basic reality of geometry. More Â»

Android O Will Allow Graphics Driver Updates Via The Play Store

The recently revealed "Android O" may not have knocked it out of the park for Google, but there is a nifty feature coming to the upgraded platform that will appeal in particular to mobile gamers -- graphic driver updates independent of full OS ones. More Â»

'Panda' Porpoise Could Be Extinct In Months

Vaquitas are cartoonish-looking porpoises that swim around, bothering literally no one. These little guys, which only weigh about 54kg, are found in just one region in the world -- the Northern Gulf of California. Their nickname -- the "panda" porpoise -- comes from the dark rings around their eyes, similar to that of the much-beloved bear. Sadly, over the years, vaquita numbers have plummeted dramatically due to unscrupulous fishing practices, and as a result, there are less than 30 left in the wild -- according to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), unless urgent action is taken, the porpoises could be extinct by next July. More Â»

If You Could Eat Human Meat, Would You Even Want To?

If there were no societal or cultural pressures to not eat human meat, would it even be good? We're not talking about taste and texture, but rather health and nutrition. Perhaps craving a slice of a particularly delicious-looking friend, AsapSCIENCE decided to tackle the issue in less than four minutes. More Â»

ADSL Rowville Vic

Is anyone else having constant dropouts and slow connection speeds within Rowville, Vic on ADLS2? Over the last few days we are getting constant ...

12 Monkeys' Amanda Schull On The New Season, Giving Birth To The Villain, And '80s Fashion

Syfy's 12 Monkeys is in an… interesting situation. The show has already been renewed for a fourth and final season, but season three is going to air in its entirety over the course of this weekend in the US. In Australia, Syfy will air the complete third season in a single day marathon on May 27. We talked to star Amanda Schull, who plays Cassandra Railey, about this unusual release and what's next, now that her character is pregnant with the messiah of her greatest enemies. More Â»

'World's Hottest Chilli' Will Have You Breathing Fire, But It Won't Kill You

Not all chillies are created equal, and few are as unequal as the Dragon's Breath chilli -- a new breed that may soon find itself atop the "world's hottest" throne. Forged by Wales horticulturalist Mike Smith, the red-orange, fingernail-sized fruit is the unintentional product of a trial of a new performance-boosting plant food developed by Nottingham Trent University. Smith says the ferocious fruit is the spiciest on the planet, just over 1.5 times as spicy as a Carolina reaper -- the current record holder. That's pretty fiery, but despite what much of the media coverage of this new chilli has claimed, the Dragon's Breath is not lethally hot. More Â»

The Black Lightning Series Won't Be Part Of The Arrowverse, And That's A Big Mistake

After months of speculation as to whether the network would greenlight yet another DC superhero show, it's official. Black Lightning is finally making its way onto the CW later this year. For some strange reason, though, Black Lighting won't be a part of the Arrowverse. More Â»

Google's Coolest Tech Is Getting Harder And Harder To See

Google always uses its annual I/O developer conference as a place to trot out some of its biggest and most exciting product updates. You'd be forgiven for feeling like this year was kind of a dud. There were no new gadgets, no new moonshot projects, and not even cool new swag like Google Cardboard headsets. The keynote was essentially just a boring two-hour lecture about small, incremental updates to existing products. More Â»

This Cyclops Goat Is Good

Eight days ago, a one-eyed goat was born in the Indian state of Assam. Since then, this brave little fluff has become an international sensation for obvious reasons. Clearly, it's training to be in the X-Men. More Â»

So Who Won Our John Wick: Chapter 2 Competition?

This week, we gave away 10 double passes to go see John Wick. Chapter 2. Who won? More Â»

Hello Broadband Broadband Plans

Compare Hello Broadband broadband plans. What is the right broadband plan for you? Compare broadband plans from Australian broadband ...

If This Orchestral Version Of The '60s Spider-Man Theme Isn't In Homecoming, It Should Be

Video. Oscar-winning Spider-Man. Homecoming composer Michael Giacchino (Up) just put up a lovely 30-second video on Twitter of the orchestra currently recording the score to the film. They're playing a wonderful arrangement of the classic theme song from the '60s Spider-Man cartoon, and it's so good we can't stop listening to it. More Â»

More Hints Of Luke Skywalker's Journey In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The next Godzilla film casts a former Game of Thrones star. Pearl Mackie discusses her Doctor Who future. The screenwriter for the Mortal Kombat movie reboot talks about his goals. Plus, teasers for what's to come on the next season of Legends of Tomorrow, and more new Wonder Woman images. Go, spoilers! More Â»

Uber Threatens To Dump Engineer Accused Of Stealing Trade Secrets From Waymo

A lot of people get fired from Uber. One employee was reportedly fired last year for helping his female coworkers raise complaints about sexual harassment. Drivers get deactivated from the platform if their ratings slip below a certain number (Uber says the minimum rating varies by city, but driver forums say dipping below a 4.6 out of 5 is enough for deactivation). Even executives sometimes get axed -- Uber senior vice president of engineering Amit Singhal was asked to resign after sexual harassment allegations against him at a former job became public. More Â»

Optus Broadband

I just swapped over to one of the new Optus $80 bundles and they sent out a new CM500V modem. I'm currently using a CG3000 as a bridge so I'm ...

Other broadband

Hello I am currently with Internode 100/40 FTTP plan with Internode but have been getting unhappy with them as of late, been thinking of making the ...

Finding The Right Plan

There's no doubt you've heard all about the new NBN (National Broadband Network) technology, Australia's new landline phone and internet network, ...

Labor: ACMA must be resourced for spectrum reform

The Australian government's new spectrum reform consultation package has outlined the changes needed for the regulatory framework but without making provision under the recent Federal Budget, Labor has pointed out.

TG800vac bridged but using VOIP? - Telstra Broadband

I am a bit worried there isn't going to be a convenient solution to this, but here goes: With a TG800vac on a new VDSL FTTN service, the default ...

TPG FTTB for 215 Stirling Street Perth

For those who would like to connect to TPG FTTB at 215 Stirling Street Perth, please see this page for a workaround to make it happen.

Hello Broadband

Hello Broadband is an Aussie owned and operated company with every part of the business right here in Australia. Our mission is to make connecting ...

Europe fines Facebook €110m for misleading information on WhatsApp takeover

Facebook allegedly used profile matching between WhatsApp and Facebook accounts for advertising purposes, having originally told the European Commission twice that it wouldn't do so.

BT unveils bandwidth on demand under Dynamic Network Services

BT Global Services has launched three new solutions under Dynamic Network Services: Bandwidth on demand, virtualised network services on demand, and SD-WAN on demand.

when there's not enough bandwidth

Aussie Broadband Managing Director Phillip Britt has taken another stand against congested networks by instigating what he thinks is a unique ...

Australia Post to create federal government identity concept

Australia Post has announced a partnership with the Digital Transformation Agency to create a proof-of-concept identity platform.

US FCC votes to advance repeal of Obama-era internet rules

Open internet rules were "unnecessary".

Losses from reported Australian hacking incidents quadrupled in 2016: ACCC

The consumer watchdog revealed that AU$2.9 million was reported as lost to hacking in 2016, up from a mere AU$700,000 in 2015.

Mobile Broadband 1GB

Dodo 4G wireless mobile broadband is brought to you through the Optus Mobile network. This service is not available in all areas. 4G is only available ...

Neurala partners with Lindbergh Foundation to use drones to combat poaching

In partnership with the Lindbergh Foundation, Neurala will be combining drones with artificial intelligence to combat elephant and rhino poaching in Africa.

​Australian-Chinese research team claims world's thinnest hologram

The creation expedites the possibility of 3D holography being integrated into everyday electronics.

Centrelink urged once again to halt robo-debt program

Centrelink bosses are being urged to pump the brakes on their so-called robo-debt program until chinks in the system are ironed out.

Network slicing the next step to automated networks: Nokia

Following virtualisation, network slicing is the next step towards automated and programmable networks and 5G, Nokia has said, with an upgrade to optical transmission key to this.

Australian agencies need new privacy code to maintain public trust: Pilgrim

The OAIC will create a public service privacy code following a number of privacy incidents with Australian governmental agencies.

​QUT to use SoftBank's Pepper for social robotics research

SoftBank Robotics' Pepper will take up residency at the Queensland University of Technology as it explores the future of social robotics.

Singtel loses mobile market share as revenues dip

Despite gaining 36,000 mobile customers over the last year, Singtel's mobile revenue and ARPU fell.

​TechnologyOne scores government high-security SaaS certification

The enterprise software firm is the first to receive high-security certification for software-as-a-service in Australia.

ETU wants rural NBN tax to be paid by government instead of consumers

The Electrical Trades Union also wants NBN hauled before the joint committee to explain the 'illegal situation' involving an employee being present during the AFP raids a year ago.

Optus to invest AU$1.5b in mobile network

Thanks to the ACCC's decision not to declare wholesale mobile domestic roaming, Optus has said it will invest AU$1.5 billion in its mobile network over the next year, particularly in regional areas.

Mirai DNS Water Torture finance sector attack dominated Q1: Akamai

The vendor's first quarter threat report has found Mirai DNS Water Torture Attacks, a DNS query flood included in Mirai malware, targeted its customers in the financial services industry.

Optus' full-year net profit fell 12 percent

Blames underperforming enterprise business and higher credits.

NBN leads globally on regional broadband: Ovum

An NBN-commissioned report by Ovum has compared regional broadband networks globally, showing that NBN is investing more and offering higher speeds in rural areas than international counterparts.

​SAP's Plattner wants to work with Apple to build voice recognition

Admitting SAP was late to the party with its adoption of artificial intelligence, SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner wants to see his company look to the expertise of others when it comes to voice recognition.

​IBM Watson meets SAP Leonardo for cognitive procurement

The intelligent systems from both technology giants have joined forces to aid enterprise-wide procurement.

NBN Co to give 8 percent of new premises FTTN

In-fill proportion revealed.

Telstra and Optus quarterly complaints shoot up

Although Vodafone and Amaysim are losing customers, their complaints statistics are improving while complaints about Telstra and Optus are on the rise.

Telstra blackspot towers will host few rival antennas

But 60 percent of Vodafone poles will allow co-location.

ABC anoints first chief digital and information officer

To lead broadcaster through transformation.

Telstra admits thousands of NBN users were shafted on speeds

Being moved to lower speed tiers.

Telstra begins temporary restoration after Parklea fire

Expects most services to be up by end of the weekend.

NBN Co betting on business to boost ARPU

Ability to meet revenue goals is on the line.

Complaints about telcos skyrocketed at the end of last year

Blamed on issues associated with NBN rollout.

Telstra lifts lid on robotic software deployments

Three projects and at least $1.7m in savings.

Telstra hit by Parklea exchange fire

Orders in mobile exchanges on wheels.

US comms regulator hit by DDoS after net neutrality backflip

Did John Oliver's stunt go too far?

Govt to introduce legislation for broadband tax

$7.10 minimum monthly charge.

NBN Co to 'mature' its security architecture

Creates new team as it ramps up ops focus.

Amaysim puts speeds at centre of NBN play

Will build direct links to selected PoIs.

Telstra to keep its regional mobile dominance

ACCC decides against regulated mobile roaming.

Confusion reigns over whether Aussie VPNs must keep user metadata

AGD refuses to provide clarity.

ATO, Immigration left with $417k device replacement bills

Govt-issued mobiles and tablets get damaged, lost or stolen.

NBN Co replaces more FTTN with FTTC

Analysis: Who wins in the latest 300,000 premises expansion.

Vocus says it can keep ASC cable project afloat

Ships due to start laying cable at the end of the year.