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Telstra announce new 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot

Finally! Telstra today announced that they are rounding out their 4G devices with a 4G (LTE) capable mobile WiFi Hotspot. Read more

The new iPad, first impressions

iBrothers today grabbed a couple of new iPads to replace an iPad2 and an original iPad. While specifications are all good and fine, we thought it would be worth sharing our own impressions for people considering an upgrade to the new iPad. Read more

Apple unveils new iPad (iPad3)

Apple today revealed the latest revision of the iPad. While many expected the device to be called the iPad3, it was simply unveiled as the “new” iPad. Read more

Telstra USB 4G Pre-Paid modem Review

Update: Additional speedtests have been included.

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Ah mobile broadband. We love you so but we hate paying the megabucks for the experience, (especially when we are currently paying the megabucks for your previously fastest experience on contract) so it was with much jubilation that Telstra announced yesterday the release of their first 4G Pre-Paid modem. At $129.00 with 3GB of data to use in the first 30 days, it pretty much echoes Telstra’s previous Pre-Paid offerings. Read more

It’s all things nice!

It has come to our attention that it’s been a looooooong time since we last posted a social entry to iBrothers. The fact that a worthy contender recently opened right in our backyard has provided us with an excellent opportunity to remedy this.

Decisions decisions … Should we go with the maple syrup cupcake, the choc mint cupcake, the red velvet cupcake or maybe just a biscotti and coffee today?

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How could something so sweet ever make you Angry?

What many people don’t know is that iBrothers have a history in dealing with licensed products. Essentially, you find a franchise such as Mickey Mouse or Batman for example, get your product and brand it with images from that franchise and pay the people who own the franchise (licensor) a royalty for each product you sell.

The better a license performs and the quantity of licensed products available often comes down to how big that brand is. It’s understandable why companies would see that selling Star Wars or Dora the Explorer branded balls, stationary, toys, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper etc. would attract people to purchase it over the exact same item without the branding. Licensees take the gamble that the branding itself offers the point of distinction in an often crowded market. Read more

Christmas Gift Guide 2011

Here we are again, right in the middle of the silly season ready to give those of you who aren’t completely organised some last minute shopping advice.

This year seems to be better than ever for bargains with all retailers conducting an all out assault to keep you buying local and not overseas. So without further ado, here are our top picks for Christmas 2011 Read more

Telstra USB 4G Review

Well it finally happened. iBrothers managed to get it’s hands on Telstra’s latest mobile broadband offering, the Telstra USB 4G. With it’s ability to access Telstra’s 4G LTE network, the first in Australia, the device promises broadband speeds ranging from 2Mbps to 40Mbps, a massive increase over mobile broadband offerings from Vodafone and Optus where the theoretical maximum is around 7Mbps.

To access these speeds you will need to be in a 4G area. Have a look at Telstra’s coverage maps to determine if 4G is available in your area. The modem will still work in Telstra’s HSPA+ coverage areas as well as 3G enabled areas should you find yourself not in a 4G covered area. The modem has two LEDs which, depending on colour, indicates if you are in a 4G or 3G area – two blue LEDs mean 3G where blue and green indicates 4G. Read more

New Year’s resolution: “I will get my photos, video, music and backups in order” with a NAS

With low prices and greater demand for “internet connected” devices such as smart TVs, gaming consoles, smart phones, tablets and of course computers, home networks are fast becoming more complex than what you may encounter on a small business network. On a business network, the cornerstone to the network is the file server, a system where all network connected computers can access common files and programs. Often, these can be complex beasts to setup and configure and for the most part, a traditional file server is generally considered overkill for a home network. So, for the home network that craves a centre point to store files such as documents, photos, music and movies and access them from a multitude of devices we turn to a low cost, low complexity solution offered by a NAS. Read more

Telstra, Optus & Vodafone Compared: Rural Mobile Broadband SpeedTest

Even with the weather beginning to improve in Melbourne, the days are still regularly threatening rain which means, for iBrothers at least, when we find a nice day arrive with some time up our sleeve, it’s all about motorbikes and the Victorian country side. With our recent purchase of Telstra’s new wifi hotspot and the delivery of Vodafone’s Pocket WiFi 2 which accesses Vodafone’s new 850Mhz network, it seemed like a great opportunity to pack the DSLR, grab a notebook and head off for some fun. Bikes fueled, broadband & camera packed and ready to go, we decided to conduct a rural broadband speedtest using Telstra, Vodafone and Optus’ mobile wifi hotspots because, you know, it was a working day after all. Read more