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The fastest NBN plans in Australia

Today, 01:30 AM

When you're on the hunt for the speediest NBN plan available, the sheer range of options, providers and contracts can be a tad baffling. Some telcos are offering what should be the same speed for half the price of others, so what's the catch?

We've painstakingly sifted through all the minutiae and detail of the NBN plans on offer and found the fastest plans that also deliver great value. So, if you're looking for an NBN100 plan, you've come to the right place.

Overall best value

Cheapest NBN100 plan

Best premium plan

While the speed tier that a service uses is indicative of the level of download and upload speeds that can be obtained (i.e. NBN100 should be up to 100Mbps), this will vary with actual usage. 

Thankfully, telcos are now required to advertise a "typical evening speed" to give you a better indication of what you'll be facing in reality. For NBN100, we're generally seeing "typical evening speeds" between 75-85Mbps.

NBN Co doling out more discounts, wants Aussies to adopt faster 100Mbps plans

Today, 12:46 AM

The government-owned corporation behind Australia's national broadband network wants to keep the country in the fast lane – and right now, it's aiming to get more customers to opt for its top 'NBN100' 100Mbps speed tier.

NBN Co has announced that it will offer a $160 rebate to retail service providers (or RSPs) per customer they are able to sign up. Called “Fast Anytime 100”, the rebate went into effect yesterday (Monday, January 21) and will be offered until June of this year.

Although NBN Co is hoping this will push more customers to the highest speed tier, internal documentation shows the rebate is applicable to speed tiers of 25Mbps and over.

According to a statement provided to iTNews, “NBN Co is working with retailers to encourage their customers to connect to the network sooner and experience faster speeds.”

Life in the fast lane

NBN Co isn’t imposing any rules on how this rebate will be passed down to the end user, but it is possible that the rebate could be used to provide discounts to both new customers as well as existing ones looking to change to a higher-speed plan.

Aussie telco MyRepublic was the first out of the gate in offering a $10 discount on its 100Mbps plan to new customers. The discount will be applicable for 12 months and will bring the cost of the plan down to $79.95 a month. Customers looking to sign up for this offer will get unlimited data usage and a bundled VoIP phone line with unlimited landline calling included.

Other telcos are sure to follow suit, making this a good time to look into the best plans in the 100Mbps speed tier.

How to watch Celebrity Big Brother 2019 online for free in the US or abroad

Yesterday, 09:13 PM

The US version of Celebrity Big Brother is in to its second season with a star-studded cast. There's an array of big names of TV, sport and politics all heading into the house and we have the information you need of how to watch Celebrity Big Brother this year.

Coming back after a successful first season, Celebrity Big Brother is returning (along with host  Julie Chen Moonves) with a whole host of new celebrities. The likes of Jonathon Bennett (Mean Girls' Aaron Samuels), actor and comedian Tom Green and Anthony Scaramucci aka 'the Mooch' who will be aiming to avoid his second eviction from a famous house!

There's no reason to miss this year's Big Brother - you can even watch if you're outside the US or on holiday while it's on. And if you're a reality TV mega-fan living outside the US, with our help you too will be able to tune in. 

So if you're excited to get into the new season keep reading to discover how to watch Celebrity Big Brother US online - even if you're outside the country using a VPN service - with our guide on how to stream for free.

How to watch Celebrity Big Brother online in the US:

Big Brother is being broadcast on CBS and will be kicking off on January 21 and going until February 13. Episodes will be aired throughout the week at 8PM ET / 5pm PT.

If you want to live stream the show to your mobile, tablet or computer you can do so via CBS all access. That will cost you $5.99 a month or you can get a week free with a trial. It seems that CBS will have full rights to the show, so unfortunately there isn't much choice outside of this. 

Watch Celebrity Big Brother online from anywhere else in the world:

OK, you may have known how to watch in the US. So here comes the clever bit if your Big Brother addiction means you need that fix while you're away on holiday, or you're from overseas and need to indulge in your guilty pleasure US-style.

Download and install a VPN to change your IP address to one in the US and then grab CBS All Access as described above. It means that you'll be able to log in as if you were sat in the US, a privilege that wouldn't otherwise be available due to CBS's geo-blocking.

If this sounds good to you, then follow the steps below to get watching Celebrity Big Brother online:

Main image courtesy of CBS

Google fined €50m by French data regulator

Yesterday, 09:12 PM

The French data regulator CNIL has fined Google €50 million ($57m/£44m/AU$79) over how its data collection policies violated the terms of GDPR.

According to CNIL, the regulator decided to levy a record fine against the tech giant for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding ads personalisation”.

Google's users were not sufficiently informed as to how the company collected data to personalise advertising on its search engine.

Complaints against the tech giant were filed in May 2018 by the privacy rights groups noyb and La Quadrature du Net (LQDN). The first complaint was filed on the day GDPR went into effect and the groups claimed Google did not have a valid legal basis to process user data for ad personalisation under the new regulation.

While the company's European headquarters is located in Ireland, authorities decided that the case would be handled by CNIL since the Irish watchdog lacked “decision-making power” over its Android operating system and services.

Lack of consent

The regulator explained that Google had not obtained clear consent to process data in a statement on its site, saying:

“Essential information, such as the data processing purposes, the data storage periods or the categories of personal data used for the ads personalization, are excessively disseminated  across several documents, with buttons and links on which it is required to click to access complementary information. The relevant information is accessible after several steps only, implying sometimes up to 5 or 6 actions.”

CNIL also stressed the fact that the company had failed to obtain a valid legal basis to process user data since the option to personalise ads was “pre-ticked” when creating an account on its site which is in direct violation of GDPR.

Google said that it is studying the regulator's decision to determine its next steps and in a statement the company reaffirmed its commitment to comply with GDPR, saying:

"People expect high standards of transparency and control from us. We're deeply committed to meeting those expectations and the consent requirements of the GDPR." 

Via The BBC

Refurbished iPhone deals: save hundreds on the iPhone X with this great new price

Yesterday, 06:59 PM

Simply put, this is the cheapest iPhone X deal on a contract you can get right now. But there is a little catch...the handset is 'refurbished'.

But before you start picturing a fingerprint-covered phone with scuffs all over. let us tell you why this is such a great offer. First off, refurbished phone deals are certainly stigmatised, but you really shouldn't worry. This deal is coming from Mobiles.co.uk, which guarantees your phone will be in perfect working order and offers a 14-day return period. So even if you're not happy with the state your new iPhone X arrives in, you can return it straight away. Even better, you are covered by a year long warranty and a free replacement if anything goes wrong in the first month.

Now that we've got the reassurance out of the way, let us tell you about this great deal. You can get the iPhone X for just £32 a month and £140 upfront (if you use our exclusive 10OFF voucher code at the checkout) meaning a total two year spend of around £900 and you even get a big data cap of 10GB. We can tell you now that iPhone X deals just don't come better than that and we've compared to make sure this is one of the best offers you will get. 

Are refurbished mobile phone deals safe to buy?

When you're buying a shiny, new smartphone, we completely understand that most people probably aren't too keen on the thought of being stuck with somebody's old cast-off. You may also be a bit anxious that you're receiving damaged goods - especially when it's a gift for somebody else.

But let us put your mind at rest. Generally speaking, most refurbished phones being sold at major providers are instances when the former owner simply changed their mind and returned the phone without using it. Those phones can't be sold as new, so they're branded as refurbished instead.

Others are sent back as faulty, but have been brought back to their best by the experts that work in these places and in most instances are pretty much good as new.