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The last thing you want when you settle down to binge-watch Orange is the New Black is buffering or lag on your Netflix video stream. With that in mind, these are the tricks you need to be aware of to minimise the chances of that happening. Most of these tips apply to any video streaming site, so you can reuse them for Hulu and YouTube too.

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Telecommunications coverage in in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia is pathetic. It really is. But there are people fighting to change that fact.

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), the National Farmers' Federation (NFF), the Country Women's Association of NSW, the Isolated Children's Parents' Association and AgForce Queensland are among the members of a new coalition fighting to end the rural "data drought".

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For the past 11 years, an eternity in internet time, Reddit has touted itself — repeatedly, and loudly — as the place to have "authentic conversations" online. For a variety of reasons, that sentiment has always rang hollow. Now, Reddit, in its goal to be a laissez-faire haven of (relatively) free expression, has been overrun by nationalist trolls. Its staff of volunteer moderators is losing hope in the site's future.

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StarWars.com is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend and an oral history on the origins of the official Star Wars news and fan site basically shows how George Lucas was one of the first purveyors of official movie fan communities.

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It's not easy living without WiFi, especially when you're travelling, so when your phone is in range of a steady wireless connection, you probably want to stick with it. Unfortunately, our phones aren't always the best at identifying the strongest WiFi signal, but there are ways to fix this.

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MyRepublic, touting itself as the ISP "for gamers", hits Australia on 15 November with a 100Mbps unlimted NBN plan for $59.99 per month. Here's everything we know so far.

As my new favourite commenter Tom Haynes says "I'll probably even be able to afford that on my old age pension by the time the NBN reaches me here 15 km from the centre of the 6th largest city in Australia."

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This morning a ton of websites and services, including Spotify and Twitter, were unreachable because of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, a major DNS provider. Details of how any the attack happened remain vague, but one thing seems certain. Our internet is frightfully fragile in the face of increasingly sophisticated hacks.

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North Korea is something of a locked box to the rest of the world, and even their version of one of the handiest apparatuses through which you can glimpse cultural habits — the internet — is largely inaccessible to anyone outside the country. Thanks to what appears to be an accidental reveal, however, we can now peek inside North Korea's internet tubes.

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Nokia Bell Labs, Deutsche Telekom T-Labs and the Technical University of Munich have made some important strides towards extremely fast internet connections. The team says they have achieved "unprecedented transmission capacity", at a rate of one terabit-per-second.

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Up to 979 Mbps on the downlink and up to 129 Mbps on the uplink — that's what speedtest.net confirms has been achieved in a User Datagram Protocol test (used for realtime applications, like voice and video over the internet) of Telstra's live LTE network.

That's an improvement of almost 200 MBps since February, and one step closer to Telstra's 1Gbps goal.

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Here's your chance to share your feedback. The ACCC is holding a Communications Sector Market Study, today opening the door to both industry and consumers on a range of issues from the NBN to data demand and mobile coverage.

It is time for a serious look at how we are preparing for the country's communications needs in an emerging digitally-enabled global economy, lobby group Internet Australia said, applauding the move.

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The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) says that information about broadband speeds isn't being communicated to consumers in a clear and upfront way.

ACCAN's submission to the ACCC's consultation on broadband speed highlights that information provided to consumers about broadband speeds is often confusing and can also be misleading as claimed speeds frequently don't match reality.