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Telstra upgrades transmission network to 100Gbps minimum



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Telstra has announced it has completed a transmission network upgrade that sees links with minimum speeds of 100Gbps connected to all inter-capital paths and NBN points of interconnect.

The telco said the network is now 11 times faster than before, and touted additional functionality thanks to the use of software-defined networking.

“The new infrastructure provides enormous improvements to the reliability of our networks; for example, we recently introduced a capability into our optical network which now automates the rebuild and migration of services to another path when we experience a network fault such as a fibre break,” Telstra Transport IP Core and Edge Engineering Executive Chris Meissner said.

“With the meshed nature of the new optical network, we are able to quickly reconfigure the network to stand up new routing paths within hours to reduce the overall risk of faults — this is something that previously would have taken days.”

Looking ahead, Meissner said Telstra would soon be able to reconfigure the network “within minutes” of a disruption, and enterprise customers would have the enabling of optic wave services reduced from days and weeks to hours.

See: Telstra2022: Key takeaways from Telstra’s new strategy

The transmission upgrade forms part of the telco’s Telstra2022 strategy.

Last week Telstra released its long-awaited collection of mobile data plans.

The telco is now offering four tiers of mobile phone connectivity consisting of 15GB, 60GB, 100GB, and 150GB each month for AU$50, AU$60, AU$80, and AU$100, respectively.

Once users exceed their data quota, speeds will be slowed to 1.5Mbps. Users will not be able to use data packs like they have in the past, as users who need extra bandwidth will need to jump up to the higher tier and will be unable to purchase extra data.

Telstra said it sees very few people using more than 150GB a month on its network.

Purchasing a device from the telco is now separate from the mobile plan, with customers able to pay off a phone over a period of up to three years.

The telco said it has reduced its overall number of mainstream plans, covering fixed and mobile access, from 1800 to approximately 20.

In June last year, Telstra announced it would be shedding 8,000 jobs in total as part of its Telstra2022 plans, which include the removal of 25 percent of executive and middle management roles.

The 8,000 jobs number consists of 9,500 job cuts and 1,500 new roles created mostly in software engineering and cybersecurity.

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DJI Mini 4 Pro Waypoint Flight Explained: How It Works (And Why Its A Gamechanger)



DJI Mini 4 Pro has a feature called waypoint flight that allows the device to fly a pre-determined route time and time again — here's why that's important.

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This Wild Nissan EV Concept Is Blowing Our Minds



Nissan stated that a crucial feature of this concept EV is its Vehicle to Home (V2H) function. As the name suggests, the vehicle can store extra power and transfer it to the owner’s home, presumably via Tesla’s NACS standard. Nissan believes this would result in reduced strain on the power grid and also have noticeable savings in energy costs. Nissan also noted that the Hyper Urban could send power to the grid for the community and earn the owner money back for doing so. Its Intelligent Charging Management System also features AI, which can divert and manage power efficiently.

The Japan-based manufacturer wants Hyper Urban to retain its value even after it’s driven off the lot, something the Nissan Leaf struggles to accomplish. To do this, the company said it would provide hardware and software updates for many years. It would also allow customers to upgrade their instrument panels and graphic UI in the interior to stay current. But as for now, the interior is likely futuristic enough for most people with its kaleidoscopic triangle design. Nissan also wants the vehicle to feel like a living room with its foldable backseat and ample leg space to relax. While lying down, the driver and passenger can extend a middle screen in the center console to watch media. 

There are three more of these digital character-based concept cars being announced. The release dates for them are October 10, 17, and 19.

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How To Make Your iPhone 15 Pro’s Action Button Do Nearly Anything



The iPhone 15 series is officially out, and one of the features it introduced is specific to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models. That’s the Action Button, a button placed above the volume controls that replaces the ringer mute switch that had been on every iPhone throughout the product line’s history since its launch in 2007. Out of the box, it defaults to being a new version of the mute switch, one that uses a long press to toggle which mode it’s in and a short press to get an on-screen confirmation of what mode it’s in.

What’s available to you becomes clearer if you go to the Action Button menu of the Settings app. There, you’ll find a toggle to switch the functionality from the mute switch to toggling a focus mode like Do Not Disturb on and off, launching the camera app in the mode of your choice, turning the flashlight on and off, recording a voice memo, activating the magnifier, a custom shortcut, toggling one of several accessibility options, and No Action. That Shortcut option is where things get particularly interesting.

For the uninitiated, the Shortcuts app on the iPhone allows you to chain various functions together, including across different apps, all using a single command. And now, with the Action Button? Its power can be unleashed by a single hardware button press. So, how do you set it up?

Setting up Shortcuts to tie to the Action Button

To be able to use the Action Button to launch a shortcut on your phone, you need to create the desired chain of events in the Shortcuts app first. To do this;

  1. Download and install Shortcuts from the App Store if it’s not already on your phone.
  2. Launch the Shortcuts app.
  3. Tap the (+) sign button in the top-right corner of the screen.
  4. When prompted to Add an Action, which will be the first step in the chain of events triggered by the Shortcut, either pick one from the pre-generated Action Suggestions list or choose to create a new one.
  5. From there, select Second Action and Beyond to add steps as needed.
  6. After you’ve sufficiently laid out what you want the Shortcut to do, tap Done.
  7. If you’d like to change the name of your new Shortcut, tap and hold the Shortcut’s icon and then select Rename.

To tie the new Shortcut to the Action Button, it’s pretty simple:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap the Action Button in the Settings menu.
  3. Select Shortcuts from the Action Button sub-menu.
  4. Tap Choose a Shortcut, then pick the new Shortcut that you just saved.

Once you’ve got this down, the options for what you can map to the Action Button are practically unlimited.

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