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One of the most talked about features of the new iPhone 3.0 software update is internet tethering, or being able to use your iPhone as a mobile modem for your laptop. Both Optus and Vodafone have announced they'll support the service, although Optus has stated that they'll be charging you for the privilege. Telstra, Three and Virgin are all yet to publicly announce support for the feature, but thanks to some enterprising people, you can get your iPhone tethered to your laptop for free, today, regardless of carrier. Here's how.

Remember a couple of years ago when Apple launched the first iPhone in the US and neglected Australia? Remember how heaps of people couldn't wait to get their hands on the so-called 'Jesus-phone' so bought it on the grey market, then jailbroke it so it would work in Australia? Well, reader Andrew was one of those people, and after some playing around with the new 3.0 OS and downgrading back to the current 2.2 software, he discovered that he suddenly had Vodafone's visual voicemail working.

One of the much wanted features to be made available with the iPhone 3.0 software beta - alongside MMS - is tethering via USB and Bluetooth. Reader Jennifer from Axiom software has sent us a pretty awesome guide to tethering your iPhone to your laptop via Bluetooth for Australians. While we haven't tried it ourselves (no iPhone 3.0 beta to play with, unfortunately), she claims that it's pretty stable and works well. Here's how to do it.

Even if you've been casually Torrenting for years, BitTorrent tools keep getting better. Here's our guide for getting the most out of what is, slowly but surely, changing forever how people acquire and consume entertainments.

It's a pretty big design flaw: 3's Internet key software only works on monitors with a screen resolution greater than 800 x 600. So on netbooks like the HP Mini 2140, which boasts a 1024 x 576 screen, the software just doesn't work. Fortunately for me (and now you), the guys at 3 are familiar with the problem and walked me through how to work around it*.