Unlimited data frenzy (with a catch) and Windows 10 April Update: Vertical Hold – Episode 176

“Unlimited” mobile data deals are here, but are they worth your money? Meanwhile, there’s a new version of Windows 10 in town, as well as Optus’ reveal of its new World Cup streaming rights. All this and more in the latest episode! Continue reading “Unlimited data frenzy (with a catch) and Windows 10 April Update: Vertical Hold – Episode 176”

NBN adopts FTTC and Optus goes for unlimited mobile data (again): Vertical Hold – Episode 173

NBN is switching hundreds of thousands of homes over to FTTC, but what will that mean for the future of the network? With “unlimited” mobile data plans coming in, is the whole thing moot? All this and more in the latest episode! Continue reading “NBN adopts FTTC and Optus goes for unlimited mobile data (again): Vertical Hold – Episode 173”

Telstra: Unlimited plans unlikely

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Many Australian telcos are switching to plans with unlimited call and text provisions. Telstra is by far the biggest player not to have largely switched to that model — so I asked them why. Continue reading “Telstra: Unlimited plans unlikely”

MWC Rumour Mill: What’s coming next from Samsung, LG, Huawei, Sony and HTC?

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Samsung and LG will definitely launch new phones, but other tech firms are being just a little more coy about their mobile plans leading up to Mobile World Congress 2016. Continue reading “MWC Rumour Mill: What’s coming next from Samsung, LG, Huawei, Sony and HTC?”

Apple Error 53 Paypal Blocks VPNs and Telstra Melts Down: Vertical Hold Episode 62

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Is Apple ripping customers off with Error 53 iPhone bricking, or following sensible security policy? Why is PayPal refusing to take money for VPN services? What caused Telstra’s Australia-wide outage? With special guest Hannah Francis! Continue reading “Apple Error 53 Paypal Blocks VPNs and Telstra Melts Down: Vertical Hold Episode 62”

Foxtel Anti Piracy and Affordable Mobile Data Vertical Hold Episode 56

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Foxtel has a plan to block access to piracy sites — but will it make a difference? Meanwhile, there’s some great mobile data deals available right now, but is this the beginning of a mobile data price war? All this, and much more, including Zuckerberg’s charity change of heart and the latest NBN snafu in the latest episode of Vertical Hold, where we channel-surf through the headlines in search of the big picture. Continue reading “Foxtel Anti Piracy and Affordable Mobile Data Vertical Hold Episode 56”

Pac-Man 256 Review

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I did say I’d review Pac-Man 256 if I was still playing it after a week. In news that should shock absolutely nobody, I’m still playing it after a week. Guess that means I have to write a review, which I sort of already did. What I can review, however, are the bits of Pac-Man 256 you actually have to pay for. Continue reading “Pac-Man 256 Review”

Final Fantasy VII Is Out On iOS (And Will Empty Your Bank Account)

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Final Fantasy VII, the most popular entry in Square’s Final Fantasy series is finally available in English on iOS. It’s not exactly budget priced, however. Continue reading “Final Fantasy VII Is Out On iOS (And Will Empty Your Bank Account)”

NBN: LTE-A is a friend, not a foe

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There’s a lot being written right now about Telstra’s announcements that it’s hit 300Mbps with trials of LTE-A. It’s great from a mobile broadband perspective, but once again, hardly a death knell for fixed line broadband. Continue reading “NBN: LTE-A is a friend, not a foe”