Added over 2 years ago

Facebook vs Clickbait

You’ll never guess what Facebook has done this time. The answer will shock you…

It’s hard to think of a time when Facebook wasn’t littered with these kind of sensationalist headlines vying for our cursor’s attention. In a climate where clicks mean dollars, clickbait has wedged its way to become an annoying yet accepted part of social media. Now, Facebook is fighting back.

A dedicated team has reviewed tens of thousands of headlines to identify those that intentionally mislead, exaggerate and withhold information. Think: “Her reaction was priceless,” and “what happens next is hard to believe.”

They used these common phrases to build a filter to reduce the amount of clickbait that would appear in the news feed. Facebook will then penalise any repeat offenders so that all of their content rates lower. The change comes after feedback from consumers, concerned with the amount of misleading headlines in their news feed.

“People have told us they like seeing authentic stories the most. That’s why we work hard to understand what type of stories and posts people consider genuine, so we can show more of them in News Feed,” said Facebook research scientist, Alex Peysakhavoich in Facebook News.

Facebook plan to continually develop their algorithm to improve user experience and will implement the clickbait filter over the coming weeks.

Find out more about the latest in tech news at the MyNetFone blog

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Added over 2 years ago

Half the World's Population Still Offline

While most of us consider broadband a utility as essential as water or electricity, more than half of the world’s population is still not connected to the internet.

The latest report from the International Telecommunications Union estimates that only 47% of the population will have access to internet by the end of the year.

The report also highlights the huge divide between first and third world nations. Europe is the most connected region with 84% of its occupants online, while Africa is the least connected, with only 15.4%.

Percentage of Individuals NOT Using the Internet

 

“Access to information and communication technologies, particularly broadband, has the potential to serve as a major accelerator of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Global interconnectedness is rapidly expanding, however more needs to be done to bridge the digital divide and bring the more than half of the global population not using the Internet into the digital economy,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

Wealth is not the only distinguishing factor between broadband users, with far fewer women than men using the internet globally. The internet user gender gap grew from 11% in 2013 to 12.2 % in 2016, though the ITU points out the disparity is significantly greater in developing countries. The regional gender gap is largest in Africa, at 23%, and smallest in the Americas, at 2%.

Hear the latest in tech news on the MyNetFone blog.

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Added over 2 years ago

What to Look for in an NBN Provider

 

Switching to the NBN is also a chance to re-evaluate your broadband needs and an opportunity to escape from traditional Telco.

When choosing an NBN provider, there are several important questions to ask yourself:

How fast is the NBN? The NBN is available in a range of different Tiers, each Tier is determined by the download speeds they provide. The price of your plan will increase with the download speed, so it’s important to choose the right Tier for your household data needs. MyNetFone offers three Tiers: Fast, Superfast and Ultrafast.

Fast NBN delivers speeds similar to that of a regular ADSL connection and is suitable for 1-2 connected devices. Superfast NBN delivers speeds faster than an ADSL connection and is suitable for 2-4 connected devices. Ultrafast NBN delivers the fastest download speeds possible and can cater for multiple connected devices requiring high bandwidth.

How much data do I need? Think about how much internet quota you currently use, and look for an NBN plan that provides more than that. It is important to plan ahead, as once you start using the fast NBN internet, you are likely to find that you do more than ever online and your data usage may increase.

What will happen to my landline? While NBN is an internet network, it is important to consider what effect it will have on your phone line. With new-generation providers like MyNetFone, you have the option of disconnecting your copper landline and switching to an internet-based phone service (VoIP). VoIP is delivered over your internet, so you don’t need to pay line rental – but you can still use a regular phone handset and make calls anytime you want. In fact, VoIP can save you up to 60% in call costs and up to $400 a year in line rental. 

Will I lose my phone number? Switching to VoIP is a cost-effective & convenient option. But what happens to your phone number? With MyNetFone, we can move your phone number onto our network, so you can keep it forever – even if you move to a different address (even interstate!). However, not all providers can allow you to keep your phone number, so it is an important question to ask when evaluating your NBN & Phone provider options. 

How much will it cost? While price is a big factor in choosing an NBN plan, make sure you also consider what it gets you. Do you get plenty of NBN data quota? Does the NBN provider have a local support team or is it somewhere overseas? Are there excess usage charges which may end up costing you more? For example, MyNetFone NBN plans offer generous quota with no excess download charges, and a Sydney-based Customer Service & Support team who are happy to answer your questions.

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Added over 3 years ago

Sydney Ranks Top 10 for Technology

Sydney has been ranked the 10th best city in the world for embracing technology and empowering entrepreneurs, beating the likes of Tokyo and New York.  

The study was commissioned by computer company Dell, using data from analytics company IHS. Cities were ranked by reviewing not only their current technological climate, but also their potential to sustain and promote innovation into the future.

California’s San Jose (home to Silicon Valley) topped the list, followed by neighbouring city San Francisco, Singapore and London. Sydney was the only Australian city to make the top 50 list.

The top 20 cities in order are:

    1. San Jose, Calif.
    2. San Francisco, Calif.
    3. Singapore
    4. London
    5. Washington, DC 
    6. Boston, Mass.
    7. Austin, Texas
    8. Raleigh, N.C.
    9. Stockholm
    10. Sydney 
    11. Toronto
    12. Seoul-Incheon
    13. Seattle, Wash.
    14. Denver, Colo.
    15. Portland, Ore. 
    16. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
    17. New York, N.Y.
    18. Minneapolis-St Paul, Minn.
    19. Houston, Texas
    20. Atlanta, Ga. 

Keep up with the latest in news and technology at the MyNetFone blog

 

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Added over 3 years ago

Australians Downloading More for Less

 

Data usage is at an all-time high according to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission. A report from the 2014-15 period revealed a 40% spike in data consumption on NBN and DSL services, while mobile data rose 35% over the same period. 

The ACCC’s annual report indicated an increased competition in the telco sector was still driving prices down, having dropped 0.5% in 2014-15, significantly less than the years previous.

“While a smaller reduction than in the previous eight years, which has seen a 3.3 per cent fall each year on average, this indicates that competition on factors other than price has been a feature of the market,” said ACCC Chairman, Rod Sims.

 

“Given this, the ACCC will continue to take a particular interest in ensuring consumers receive accurate information about network performance."

“Consumers are reaping the benefits of competition in the form of increased data allowances, new services, and lower prices.”

“Consistent with the trend in recent years, consumer demand for data is continuing to increase and is affecting both fixed and mobile networks.”

The most recent increase in data consumption has been attributed largely to the introduction of on demand video streaming, or the 'Netflix Effect'. MyNetFone recently increased the data allowances on our broadband plans to cater for the growing demand.

During the same 2014-15 period data allowances were increased by over 70% for DSL internet services and more than doubled for post-paid mobile services.

Have you got an appetite for data? Try our Unlimited DSL plans or NBN plans here.

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Added over 3 years ago

ANZAC Day 2016 Changed Service Hours

ANZAC Day

 

ANZAC Day is a time at which Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

At MyNetFone we remember the sacrifice of all Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died during the war, fighting to give us the freedoms we enjoy.

During the ANZAC Day public holiday, Friday the 25th of April 2016, customers are advised that we will be closed:

Support Centre - Closed

Sales Team - Closed

Emergency support for business services will be available as usual, charges apply.

(Normal hours will resume on April 26th).

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Added over 3 years ago

Australian Teens Top Internet Usage

Australian teenagers are spending up to 18 hours a week online, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This was well above the nation’s average of 10 hours per week over the 2014-15 period. The most popular online activity for the demographic was social networking, used by 91% of those aged 15-19 years old.

The data also revealed the amount of Australian households with internet access had jumped from 83% in 2012-13 to 86% or 7.7 million homes in 2014-15. The figures are slightly lower for regional Australians compared to those in major cities, though you can expect to see the number climb with the launch of NBN’s Sky Muster satellite.

The most common reasons for using the internet were social media and banking, with 72% of Australians using those services respectively. 61% of users said they used the internet for purchasing goods and services and 60% went online for entertainment.

 

Internet Use
Australian households are online more than ever before and it’s never been easier to get connected. Check out MyNetFone’s competitive NBN and DSLplans.

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Added over 3 years ago

Young People Choosing Social Media over Driver’s License

 

 

The number of young people holding a driver’s license has been declining over the last 15 years in a trend being attributed to the rise of social media. According to data from VicRoads, the number of driver’s license holders under the age of 25 has declined from 77% in 2000-01 to 66% in 2012-13 with estimates the current number is even lower.

A more recent study from the US shows the trend is being echoed globally. Researchers from the University of Michigan reported that driver’s license holders between the ages of 20-24 had plummeted over the last decade with 82% in 2008, 79.7% in 2011 and 76.7% in 2014.

Researchers at Michigan University, believe that social media and digital communications are (in part) responsible for the decline in young drivers. The theory is that younger people are opting to connect with friends online through Facebook, SnapChat or Instagram and no longer feel the need for as much face-to-face connection.

The number of driver’s license holders in older demographics, 45 years and over, either remained consistent or increased. In 2014, for the first time recorded, there were more drivers aged over 70 than 20-24 year-olds, the seniors beating them by 1.3%.

Super connectivity is here and it’s shaping the next generation’s relationships. Read more about the latest technology news and trends in the MyNetFone blog.

 

 

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Added over 3 years ago

Qantas Offers Free In-Flight Wi-Fi

Qantas will use NBN Co’s satellites to provide its passengers with free in-flight Wi-Fi on domestic flights. A single Boeing 737 will be retrofitted with a modem and antenna to receive satellite signals before starting on-board trials later this year.The rest of the domestic fleet will then be fitted with the technology leading up to its official launch, expected in early 2017.

In partnership with US satellite company, ViaSat, Qantas plans on piggybacking off the ground station infrastructure originally created for NBN’s Sky Muster satellite.

“The recent launch of NBN’s satellite has opened up new opportunities that we plan to take advantage of with ViaSat’s help,” Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce said.

in-flight

The highly anticipated technology will then deliver customers with in-flight download speeds never before seen in Australia.

“You won’t be limited to checking your email or Facebook – it’s going to be about watching the football live, streaming your favourite TV show or movie, catching up on the latest YouTube videos, or shopping online,” Joyce said.

“This kind of inflight connectivity would also open up a lot of potential to improve in-flight entertainment, which we’re constantly looking to enhance.”

The carrier is currently examining options for high-speed Wi-Fi across its international and regional fleet.

If the NBN can provide high speed broadband in-flight, it can certainly speed things up at home. Check out MyNetFone's competitive NBN plans here.

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Added over 3 years ago

The Big Smoke or Connected Countryside?

Are you frustrated by the length of your commute to work?

According to recent research, 15% of Australians are unhappy with the amount of time spent commuting to work, while 40% of us would consider relocating to a country or coastal town.

NBN Co predicts 600 Australian ‘Lifestyle towns’ are on the brink of a population boom as faster internet connectivity allows people to work from home, outside of the nation’s capitals.

Leading demographer Bernard Salt predicts the 4% of Australians that work from home will double to 8% in the next decade reaching an estimated 1 million. His findings were released in a report commissioned by the NBN.

  Lifestyle

What Salt has dubbed as an ‘e-change’ is the relocation of work-force from a CBD or surrounding suburb to a super-connected country town on the fringe of a capital city.

“This is the idea of forsaking the city and the suburban commute and moving to a lifestyle town and maintaining your job by telecommuting,” he said.

“Not always possible in the pre-NBN network-rollout world. More easily achieved in a post-broadband-rollout world.

“I predict a cultural shift or ‘e-change movement’ which could see the rise of new silicon suburbs or beaches in regional hubs as universal access to fast broadband drives a culture of entrepreneurialism and innovation outside our capital cities.”

Lifestyle towns are characterised by affordability, atmosphere and distance to the nearest CBD, usually between 30km and 150km.

Salt believes the migration will be noticeable as early as 2020, once the NBN rollout is completed.

The 600 towns which fit NBN's e-change criteria include Kiama on the New South Wales south coast, Cairns in North Queensland and South Australia’s Victor Harbour.

Is your suburb NBN-ready? Why not check out our competitive NBN internet plans here, or register your interest.



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