Openreach and Nokia have successfully completed a lab trial of a new fibre technology that will allow broadband providers to offer speed upgrades and new services easily and quickly to businesses and consumers. The aim of the tests was to see if a new type of Passive Optical Network (PON) technology that offers speeds of 25Gbps over a single optical fibre could integrate and work alongside the existing PON tech deployed in the Openreach fibre network. PON is used for the last mile of a broadband connection, linking businesses and households (along with mobile infrastructure) to the wider internet. This essentially describes the fibre connection between a house, cabinet, and exchange. These are the best business SIM-only deals around today And the best business broadband deals Here are the best business mobile phone deals Openreach Nokia The pilot at BT’s Adastral Park facility near Ipswich proved that ‘25G-PON’ could work with the ‘GPON’ and ‘XGS-PON’ … [Read more...] about UK broadband networks could be set for a huge speed boost sooner than expected
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Remember that TikTok deal involving Oracle and Walmart under President Trump? The one that had Oracle purchasing the social network's US operations and flinging money into an education fund because Trump demanded a payment to the government? It's probably best the deal fell through , but it now appears Australia also wants a crack at showing the world how to keep companies out of Chinese ownership. If we rewind to 2018, Australia used around AU$200 million of its foreign aid budget to lock Huawei out of building a subsea cable to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Instead of Huawei, local telco Vocus eventually picked up a AU$137 million contract to build the cable. That might work for one-off projects, but for the Pacific arm of bankrupt telco Digicel -- that is reportedly swimming in around $7 billion of debt with yearly revenue of $2.3 billion -- which China Mobile is said to be circling, another model would be needed. Enter Australia's largest telco … [Read more...] about Blaming China is handy when trying to keep telco infrastructure away from Beijing
There's a wide range of behavior among parental control and monitoring programs. Some install in stealth mode and spy on your kids, which is just creepy. Norton Family Premier, on the other hand, encourages parents to engage with their children and make them aware of exactly what rules are in place. Norton Family offers supervision across an unlimited number of devices and lets you monitor all of your kids' activity from well-designed web and mobile apps. An update fixes former issues with Family Premier's web filtering features, though it still can't monitor Macs and some features could be a bit more robust. Pricing and Platforms Pricing structures vary widely in this field, but Norton Family's plan is simple. Paying $49.99 per year gets you a Norton Family Premier subscription, which includes capabilities such as web filtering, time usage restrictions, and location tracking. It keeps 30 days of activity history and has some extras like instant locking. Norton Family used to … [Read more...] about Norton Family Premier Review
Apple's iOS mobile operating system is no longer a shape-shifter. The company now has two distinct operating systems: iOS for phones and iPadOS for tablets. The move acknowledges the open secret that iPads have long had their own distinct needs and a distinct version of iOS. In iPadOS, you get gestures and multitasking features, improved Apple Pencil integration, and finally, robust support for a mouse or trackpad. In Apple's eyes, iPads and iPadOS challenge laptops and desktops as a platform for doing work and making art. The new OS makes great strides in streamlining those workflows on Apple's tablet . Even though they’re now separate OSes, iPadOS and iOS sometimes receive new features in sync. For example, with the Version 14.5 update, both get support for new game controllers, AirTags , Apple Fitness+, AirPlay, a new Podcast app, along with Siri updates, Maps enhancements, and new emoji. Some updates are unique to the iPad, however, including a new landscape boot screen and … [Read more...] about Apple iPadOS Review
Whether you work from a traditional office, home office, your iPhone, or on the road, a VPN is one of the best ways to protect yourself from data breaches on the internet, especially when using public wi-fi networks. But how effective are VPNs, and what's the best one for you? What are the downsides to using a VPN? Our executive guide will answer all your VPN-related questions -- including a few you probably haven't thought to ask. What is a VPN? VPN is an acronym for Virtual Private Network. The purpose of a VPN is to provide you with security and privacy as you communicate over the internet. Here's the problem with the internet: It's inherently insecure. When the internet was first designed, the priority was to be able to send packets (chunks of data) as reliably as possible. Networking across the country and the world was relatively new, and nodes often went down. Most of the internet's core protocols (communication methods) were designed to route around failure rather … [Read more...] about What is a VPN and why do you need one? Everything you need to know
Update : In a statement to ZDNet, a spokesperson from the Tokyo 2020 International Communications Team said that the initial statement from a Japanese government official was incorrect. "We are aware of the incident and, after checking the facts, we can confirm that this was not a leak from Tokyo 2020's system," the spokesperson said. "While we have been liaising with the government and other relevant organizations on a regular basis, we have already taken measures in the form of password resets to limit any damage for the very limited number of IDs detected in this case based on the information supplied by the government." Previously : A government official told Kyodo News on Wednesday that login IDs and passwords for the Tokyo Olympic ticket portal had been posted to a leak website following a breach. The official said the leak was "not large" but admitted that the IDs and passwords would give someone access to a person's name, address, bank account information and more. … [Read more...] about Japanese government official says Olympic ticket data leaked
California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) says that renowned game publishing studio Blizzard Entertainment, and its owner Activision Blizzard, have created a culture of “constant sexual harassment” and gender-based discrimination, in a new lawsuit filed Tuesday that claims top executives were aware and/or involved. And in the hours since the suit was revealed, numerous women have already stepped forward to corroborate the allegations. The details are so disturbing that we’re going to start with a trigger warning right now. The idea that male employees held “cube crawls” is one of the tamer allegations in the lawsuit: Female employees almost universally confirmed that working for Defendants was akin to working in a frat house, which invariably involved male employees drinking and subjecting female employees to sexual harassment with no repercussion. “Cube crawls” in Defendants’ offices were common and male employees proudly came into work hungover. … [Read more...] about California sues Activision Blizzard over a culture of ‘constant sexual harassment’
From a client's perspective, even though the entry barrier to building a website has never been lower, there is still a lot we don't know about web hosting . Even experienced developers often encounter intricacies that require them to look for assistance elsewhere. Nothing to worry about, though - a great host always takes care of its customers. Web hosting support has been the first go-to point for thousands of site owners every day. After all, who better than the experienced professionals to shed more light on the products they've been specifically trained about? But as helpful as the support reps may be in times of need, their assistance also has its limits. Today, we are going to take a closer look at managed VPS hosting and all the ways we can get help from our host. Also check out our roundup of the best dedicated server hosting Why managed VPS hosting? There are tons of reasons to opt for a managed VPS solution today. For starters, you've got a … [Read more...] about Managed VPS hosting support – what can they do for you?
I originally reviewed the Flo smart water monitor in 2018. Since then, I've replaced it once and added to it with a water overflow detector. My initial observations and my conclusions after 18 months are documented below. I have had the misfortune to experience the results of two leaks inside my home. Trust me when I tell you that, if you haven't gone through this, you really have no idea how bad it can get. The first occurred quite some time ago. I went to work in the morning, worked a long day, and came home... to my basement apartment filled with five inches of water. My cat was cowering on my bed, clearly quite freaked out. As it turns out, one of the hoses to the washer had split. Water from the hose flooded into my apartment for hours. Later, I was told by the insurance adjuster that the top source of in-home flooding is broken washer lines, and the best way to prevent that from happening is to spend a few bucks and upgrade to metal lines. Let that be a hint to you. I've … [Read more...] about Is the Flo smart water monitor still worth it 18 months later?
Telephone engineer David Snowdon was just returning to his van after an assignment repairing a cell site when a car sped past him, spun around and stopped right in front of him. Two men got out of the vehicle and asked him if he had anything to do with 5G masts. "You better not be or there will be fucking trouble," said one of the men, before kicking the door of Snowdon's van, smacking the mirror around and walking off. Initially, the 56-year-old from Birmingham in the UK's Midlands region thought that what he experienced was an isolated incident. Then he did some research. "The next day, I went onto Facebook and there it all was, this big 5G conspiracy," he said in a phone call with CNET. "I thought, I better report this, and when I reported it to our security team, they went, 'Yeah, there's been quite a few.'" CNET Mobile Discover the latest news and best reviews in smartphones and carriers from CNET's mobile experts. Over the past four months, telecom … [Read more...] about Fake 5G coronavirus theories have real-world consequences