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New payment system will allow customers to make instant bank transfers

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At a time when the latest technology and connectivity has made instant gratification a part of our lifestyles, now banking is about to join that list with the introduction of instant bank transfers. Three of the big four banks – Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and National Australia Bank are introducing the New Payments Platform (NPP) which will allow customers to transfer money that will be available …

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NBN half-yearly results reveal massive revenue increase and on-track installations

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NBN Co has released positive half-yearly results which are showing increased revenue and a steady deployment which has now passed 7.1 million premises which are now ready for service. It has doubled its first half revenue to $891 million thanks to good results after meeting construction and financial targets. At the end of 2017, NBN Co declared there were 6.1 million premises declared ready to …

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Losing your internet has a far greater impact on our connected lives – we found out the hard way

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The saying that you only miss something when it’s gone applies even more when you’re talking about the internet. Or the lack of internet as I have experienced in my home for close to two weeks. The internet is something you take for granted at home – like electricity and water. It’s just as essential for Australian households. Until I recently I couldn’t speak more …

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Optus to rollout high-speed 5G internet access to homes and businesses next year

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Optus has announced it will roll out 5G technology in Australia with the introduction of a fixed wireless product for major metropolitan networks following a successful trial that achieved speeds of up to 2Gbps. The product could be used as a fixed wireless device to provide high-speed internet in your home or business. “People have been hearing about 5G for some time, and there is …

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Ransomware attacks increased by 1000 per cent in 2017

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Ransomware is alarmingly on the rise in the Asia Pacific with a report revealing a 1000 per cent increase in detections in 2017 and with no signs of slowing down in 2018. The Malwarebytes Global State of Malware Report has detailed the methods of attack and the changing development and distribution techniques used by cyber criminals. The report also revealed a 1000 per cent rise …

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GoGet car-sharing service breach exposes customer data

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Security company Norton has warned of the dangers of sharing information with ride-sharing platforms after personal customer data from GoGet car-sharing service was exposed by a hacker. The GoGet system breach occurred on June 27 last year after an individual tried to access the company’s fleet booking system in a bid to use the company’s shared vehicles for free. But in the process the hacker …

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Vodafone reduces the pricing on its NBN unlimited data plans

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Vodafone today slashed the pricing on its NBN plans with up to $25 reductions to make it even more competitive and a tempting choice for customers looking to connect their home to faster internet. Vodafone launched its NBN services earlier this year with all its plans coming with unlimited data so there’s no end to the amount of streaming you can do. The Vodafone NBN …

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Netgear reveals its new range of products to connect us faster, safer and easier

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Netgear has revealed some powerful new products to speed up your connection and give you the edge while playing online, keep you and your kids safe and make it easier to keep your home secure. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, the Netgear range includes the Nighthawk Pro Gaming Wi-Fi Router (XR500), new parental controls from Circle Media, security enhancements, wirefree Arlo lighting to work …

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D-Link unveils it range of devices to connect you faster and protect you as well

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D-Link has released a range of new connected devices designed to optimise our home wi-fi, keep all of our devices safe, allow us to monitor our homes even easier with Google Assistant and connect even faster. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the new D-Link products include a wi-fi router with McAfee security onboard, the Covr range of tri and dual bank …

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Why did it take three policemen to solve a Telstra customer’s NBN issues?

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How far would you be willing to go to sort out your Internet issues? One man staged a sit in at a Sydney Telstra store until police were called. But they didn’t arrest him – they actually solve his problem. The Sydney Morning Herald reports Matt Dooley, after months of battling with Telstra to get his NBN connection installed, refused to leave the store at …

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Analysts predict Apple is likely to acquire Netflix in 2018

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One of the standout predictions by business analysts for 2018 is that tech giant Apple is likely to buy the world’s number one subscription video on demand service Netflix. According to Citi analysts, there is a 40 per cent chance Apple will acquire Netflix. And it could be all thanks to US President Donald Trump and his new tax laws. Under these new tax rules, …

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A third of NBN customers wish they could go back to their old connection

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The NBN has come under fire again after new research was revealed indicating that a third of customers would change back to their previous connection if they could. The research from WhistleOut –  Australia’s phone and Internet comparison site – has revealed varying user experiences for Australian NBN customers with one third wishing they could go back to their non-NBN service. Two thirds of Australians …

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Take a look at our top Google searches for 2017

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Google Australia has released its annual Year in Search results with the top trending searches for 2017 which included everything from fidget spinners and sport to natural disasters and politics. The things we search for reflected what was most popular in our minds and in 2017 these included the stress ball replacement – the fidget spinner – which was one of the biggest toy crazes …

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eBay gearing up for its busiest shopping day of the year

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Today is shaping up as the busiest day for online shopping ahead of Christmas. eBay alone will have 2.7 million visitors with more than 1.8 million visiting through mobile devices. With two weeks left till Christmas, shoppers still have a chance to order online and have their packages delivered in time. eBay, Australia’s largest online shopping destination, is gearing up for its biggest day of …

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Amazon has launched in Australia – but how does it stack up?

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Amazon has finally arrived in Australia with the shopping giant offering customers competitive prices across a range of product categories, including tech, in the lead up to Christmas. The massive retailer was reportedly gearing up for launch two weeks ago ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales but failed to materialise. At that time, retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Myer and David …

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Vodafone launches its NBN services with a network guarantee

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Vodafone today launched its NBN services with customers able to order their connection online, on the phone or through 78 stores across Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Geelong and Newcastle. The Vodafone NBN plans will offer unlimited data as well as a backup Internet service using the Vodafone mobile network for up to 30 days during connection or during a line repair. Customers will also receive a …

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Australia to wait even longer for Amazon’s Alexa and Echo smart speakers

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Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo, the smart speakers which have been available in the US for more than a year, will not make it to Australia and New Zealand until 2018. Amazon revealed the delay today while announcing the availability of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) for local developers to create voice experiences for Australian and New Zealand customers. …

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eBay partners with Google so now you can shop using your voice

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Christmas is less than a month away and people are ramping up the Christmas shopping that’s a lot easier now thanks to a partnership between eBay and Google and the launch of a whole new experience. From today, Australian customers will be able to use Google Assistant to access eBay’s incredible range of products simply by saying “Ask eBay” or “Talk to eBay” to search …

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