Senate report on website-blocking bill pushed back

The parliamentary inquiry into the government's online copyright enforcement bill, which will under certain circumstances compel ISPs to block access to pirate websites, has pushed back its reporting date.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 May, 2015 13:18

Tags: copyright, Communications Alliance, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), piracy, Australian Communications and Media Authority, copyright infringement

Government moves to boost mobile broadband spectrum

More spectrum will be made available in the 1800MHz band for mobile broadband services, the government said today.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 May, 2015 11:03

Tags: 1800 MHz, spectrum, spectrum auction, telecom, mobile, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), regional australia

College kids to the rescue with IT support startup HelloTech

Not that Baby Boomers or Gen X homeowners are clueless about technology, but startup HelloTech is banking on people of a certain age needing a bit of assistance to live the Internet of Things dream.

By Bob Brown | 29 May, 2015 06:09

Tags: Networking, wireless, Squad, Best Buy

FCC proposal would extend Lifeline voice subsidy to broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will consider including broadband within a controversial program that subsidizes telephone or mobile service for poor people.

By Grant Gross | 29 May, 2015 03:08

Tags: 4g, telecommunication, regulation, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, Barack Obama, broadband

Home security demystified: How to build a smart DIY system

Everyone wants their home to be safe and secure, yet only 17% of homeowners own a home security system. Why? Because traditional systems cost hundreds of dollars to install, require long-term contracts and mean a lifetime of monthly fees.

By By Jennifer Tuohy | 28 May, 2015 22:34

Tags: Wi-Fi, Networking, security, wireless, beca, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Government hopes to pass site-blocking legislation next month

Attorney-General George Brandis is hoping the government can push through parliament before the end of June proposed legislation that will force ISPs to block sites linked to online piracy.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 May, 2015 15:07

Tags: George Brandis, copyright, piracy, copyright infringement

ISPs, rights holders continue negotiations over anti-piracy code costs

Although an industry code that will create a new anti-piracy warning notice scheme has been submitted to the Australian Communications and Media Authority by ISPs, registration of the code, which will allow the ACMA to enforce it, remains stalled.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 May, 2015 12:01

Tags: copyright, Communications Alliance, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), piracy, Australian Communications and Media Authority, copyright infringement

NBN reports increased revenue, losses

NBN has delivered "another quarter of solid progress," the company's chief financial officer, Stephen Rue, said today.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 May, 2015 13:13

Tags: National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, national broadband network

Research community looks to SDN to help distribute data from the Large Hadron Collider

When the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) starts back up in June, the data collected and distributed worldwide for research will surpass the 200 petabytes exchanged among LHC sites the last time the collider was operational. Network challenges at this scale are different from what enterprises typically confront, but Harvey Newman, Professor of Physics at Caltech, who has been a leader in global scale networking and computing for the high energy physics community for the last 30 years, and Julian Bunn, Principal Computational Scientist at Caltech, hope to introduce a technology to this rarified environment that enterprises are also now contemplating: Software Defined Networking (SDN). Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently sat down with Newman and Bunn to get a glimpse inside the demanding world of research networks and the promise of SDN.

By John Dix | 27 May, 2015 05:16

Tags: popular science, Internet2, Caltech

Here's how Android apps can track you without asking permission

Researchers in Denmark say that it's child's play to track your Android phone via Wi-Fi even if the Wi-Fi is nominally turned off and even if you didn't let an app track your location.

By Jon Gold | 27 May, 2015 04:15

Tags: htc, Google, Networking, cyanogenmod, wireless

Over 4 billion people still have no Internet connection

The number of people using the Internet is growing at a steady rate, but 4.2 billion out of 7.4 billion will still be offline by the end of the year.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 27 May, 2015 02:41

Tags: itu, telecommunication, 3g, broadband

IPv4 address exhaustion approaches in US

ARIN, the organisation that manages Internet IP address allocation for North America, is approaching the end of its supply of IPv4 addresses.

By Rohan Pearce | 26 May, 2015 13:00

Tags: IP address, Networking, Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), ARIN, Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre, apnic, ipv6

Charter reportedly close to US$55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

Charter Communications is said to be near a US$55 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, a deal that would create a broadband powerhouse in the U.S.

By Marc Ferranti | 26 May, 2015 04:10

Tags: business issues, telecommunication, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Mergers and acquisitions, broadband

Large scale attack hijacks routers through users' browsers

Cybercriminals have developed a Web-based attack tool to hijack routers on a large scale when users visit compromised websites or view malicious advertisements in their browsers.

By Lucian Constantin | 25 May, 2015 21:26

Tags: Linksys, Microsoft, security, Access control and authentication, belkin, Edimax Technology, D-Link, Exploits / vulnerabilities, Asustek Computer, intrusion, Medialink

Adblock browsers for Android and iOS to keep mobile ads, tracking at bay

By building browsers with integrated ad blocking, German company Eyeo hopes to attract more users. A beta version of the Android browser is now available for download from the Play store.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 22 May, 2015 22:32

Tags: Eyeo, telecommunication, applications, ios, browsers, Mobile OSes, software, mobile, mobile applications, Android OS

Spectrum review proposes greater role for market

A review into Australia's spectrum management framework has recommended introducing new rules that will increase the opportunities to share and trade spectrum.

By Rohan Pearce | 22 May, 2015 11:55

Tags: Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), AMTA, spectrum

ICANN chief to leave office early, may miss key transition

The ICANN leader who kicked off the Internet organization's move away from U.S. government control will leave his post early, possibly before the transition is finished.

By Stephen Lawson | 22 May, 2015 10:41

Tags: ICANN, internet

Cisco bypassed Russian sanctions to continue sales: report

Cisco reportedly skirted US sanctions in order to sell networking equipment to Russia's military.

By Jim Duffy | 22 May, 2015 04:39

Tags: business issues, router, cisco, legal

Analysis: Huawei takes to the open ROAD

In 2014, Huawei generated CNY 288,197 million (US$46.5 billion), a year-over-year (YoY) growth of 20.6%. Of that, Huawei invested over 14% of its revenue back into research and development.

By Hugh Ujhazy, IDC | 21 May, 2015 12:44

Tags: Huawei, IDC Australia, IDC, Networking, data centres, Data Center, Data Centre, Telecommunications

Want smart-home devices to get along? Get the industry to do it first

Buying one slick connected device after another until you have a smart home sounds cool, but things may not work out that smoothly.

By Stephen Lawson | 21 May, 2015 08:26

Tags: consumer electronics, Parks Associates, Time Warner Cable, Internet of Things, EnergyHub, internet, Verizon Communications

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