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iiNet introduces symmetric gigabit business broadband plan

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Australian telco iiNet has introduced a symmetric gigabit broadband plan for business.

Businesses looking to get on board will need to fork over AU$880 per month including GST, and commit to a 36 month contract for the connection, meaning the minimum spend is AU$32,740 including an almost AU$1100 activation fee.

The cost of “data, voice and cloud services” is not included, iiNet said, although the plan offers unlimited data.

The service has a 99.95% service level agreement, around the clock support, as well as “a dedicated account manager and project case officer in addition to the range of benefits”.

The company also offers a 400Mbps service for $440 a month.

On its fibre plan page, the telco says is only available to buildings on its network. iiNet owner, TPG, has one of the more extensive networks of fibre in the country.

At the end of 2016, the Department of Communications decided to slug TPG and fixed-line NBN customers with a monthly charge to go towards the Regional Broadband Scheme, which funds NBN’s loss-making satellite and fixed-wireless services.

In the most recent federal Budget, the subsidy was reduced from AU$10 down to AU$7.10 per month, however the charge will be indexed to inflation.

At the end of last year, NBN revealed its own business plans, which top out at symmetrical committed speeds of 50/50Mbps with a 250/100Mbps peak rate.

TPG is currently trying to push its merger with Vodafone Australia through the Federal Court following the opposition of the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission to the deal.

In its defence filing, TPG said that after Australia banned Huawei from its 5G networks, no alternative vendor has been willing to develop 5G equipment that can be installed on TPG’s current spectrum holdings.

The company said there was no longer a credible business case for deploying a mobile network without taking on Vodafone.

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Bentley’s First Electric Car Will Be Sickeningly Fast

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Bentley’s CEO stressed that the brand will not build an electric vehicle that follows any of the current EV trends. “What we will not do is try and make them look like electric cars,” Hallmark said. He did not reveal what the exterior and body of the EV will be like but hinted at its shape as being “incremental to the current Bentley range of Continental GT coupe and convertible, Flying Spur sedan and Bentayga SUV.” Hallmark added that these models will eventually also switch to fully electric power.

When talking about price, Hallmark said the new EV would be in the range of the Mulsanne despite not being a limousine. Bentley discontinued the Mulsanne in 2020, with prices for models of that year listing as high as $348,000, per Car and Driver. Automotive News Europe reported that one of the versions of Bentley’s EV will cost about $260,000.

The engine will have 1400 horsepower, break 0 to 97 kilometers per hour in 1.5 seconds, and its main attribute will be “effortless overtaking performance from a huge amount of torque-on-demand,” Hallmark said. “If we are 650 hp now with GT Speed, we will be double that with the BEV,” Hallmark explained. The electric Bentley will go into production at the new “Bentley Dream Factory” in Crewe. The plant is part of a $3.4 billion investment for Bentley’s electric future.

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How To Back Up Your Mac To iCloud

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iCloud can come in clutch in a variety of situations. For example, you may not need to wrestle with Migration Assistant when setting up a new Mac if you’ve backed up all your important data to iCloud. However, there’s a reason Apple still puts Time Machine on every Mac the company sells: Time Machine backs up your Mac’s entire system, including all your apps and files. Not only that, but Time Machine also keeps a version history of every change you make to your Mac on an hourly and daily basis.

Depending on the sizes of both your Time Machine drive and your Mac’s internal storage drive, your Time Machine history could stretch back days, months, or even years. Time Machine can be a real lifesaver, too, if the developer of an app you use stops publishing it since you can always just reinstall it from your Time Machine backup. You almost can’t have too many backups of your important data, so there’s not much reason not to take advantage of both Time Machine and iCloud when protecting the files on your Mac. And since both options handle backups differently than the other, you’re not getting duplicate backups but rather a more expansive backup overall.

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Honda Prologue EV SUV Gets First Design Preview Ahead Of US Launch

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Honda has big ambitions for the Prologue, though we’ve expressed skepticism about the automaker’s projected sales targets in the past. Since then, of course, the world has changed considerable. The global fuel crisis — led in no small part by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — has seen prices spike worldwide, and the car market could have taken on a much different shape by the time Honda’s EV finally hits the ground in 2024. As reported by The Washington Post on May 18, 2022, United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated that the cost of gasoline has increased by $4 across the country, and there’s no expectation for that to change any time soon.

That requires actually building EVs to meet demand, however, something every automaker has experienced issues with in the past few years. The impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on global supply chains has been considerable, and shows no signs of alleviating any time soon. Honda may have plenty of demand for the 2024 Prologue, then, but whether it can actually meet that remains uncertain. 

At least the dealerships themselves should be ready for the EV future, even if production lines aren’t necessarily at capacity. The early designs for the modular, charging station-equipped locations show a layout that Honda claims will scale according to the total number of EVs it actually sells. The automaker plans to roll out 30 different EV models by 2030, using not only Ultium but its own Honda e:Architecture, at which point it also expects to have sold a whopping 500,000 EVs overall.

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