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Goodbye SMS texting, hello RCS

Au revoir WhatsApp! The French government launches in-house IM app French government open-sources in-house-made end-to-end encryption IM app named Tchap. For years, we’ve relied on short message service (SMS) for texting. It was a game-changer when it first appeared in 1992. But, over the years, we’ve become tired of its ...

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Fast, affordable internet from the sky is almost here

Amazon enters the space-broadband race Amazon’s big internet plan: 3,236 satellites to beam faster, cheaper web to millions. Today, if you want fast internet, your choices are, well, your cable provider, and that’s about it. Things are about to change. SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said she’s sure ...

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Enterprise customers allow for fibre to go deeper into NBN: Rue

Image: Chris Duckett/ZDNet The company responsible for deploying the National Broadband Network (NBN) across Australia has hit back at criticisms of its targeting of business customers, stating that the move is both unsurprising and has put more fibre deeper into the network. “From the original implementation study and in early ...

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NBN rejects speed test reality for one of its own

NBN pricing paper proposes new 100/20, 250/25, and 1000/50Mbps tiers The 250Mbps and 1Gbps plans would only be available on fibre-to-the-premises and HFC networks. What do you do if you are a national broadband wholesaler taking the heat for Australia consisting ranking poorly in global speed test surveys? Why, you ...

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CommBank issues apology to customers for network issues

Image: Asha McLean/ZDNet Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) issued its “sincerest apologies” to customers on Thursday afternoon, notifying them that its systems are experiencing network issues. “We are experiencing an issue with our network this afternoon that is affecting banking services,” the bank wrote in an email to customers. “We ...

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