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Your home wi-Fi network might be a glorious model of high-speed, rock-solid internet connectivity, but is it safe? Even after you've got all of your various computers and devices hooked up, you still need to make sure the network's secured against unwelcome visitors, and here's exactly how to make sure it happens.


Most of us have a steady stream of visitors to our houses -- friends, family, landlords, pizza delivery guys, Airbnb travellers -- and many of them are going to want access to your wi-fi at some point. The normal process would be to hand over the passcode printed on the back of your router, but there's actually a much better option: a guest access point.


Liquid Image has a new action cam coming out in June. It looks very not-unlike a GoPro. It shoots 1080p video at 30fps or 720p at 60fps. Nothing so outstanding there. What's unique, though, is that it will attach to a 4G module. In other words you can instantly stream video from anywhere. That means your friends can watch you faceplant in realtime. Fantastic!


Deathgrip. It sounds like a Harry Potter villain or a Darth Vader finishing-move. No matter what it sounds like, it's still the arch-nemesis of cellular networks. When Apple addressed the iPhone 4's deathgrip issue -- dubbed Antennagate -- it dragged other manufacturers down with it by saying that the same thing happens to all phones when you hold them wrong. Those manufacturers quickly rebuked the claims of Steve Jobs, but inside a sealed, top-secret Australian facility, behind a thick, steel door, Telstra was testing all of its handsets for deathgrip symptoms. The results: deathgrip affects every handset ever made.


Tunnel dwellers around the Sydney CBD might have noticed in the last week that Telstra has dramatically improved the coverage in the city's railway tunnels. While that's good news, the telco has told us that right now it's only testing the coverage capabilities.


Scientists from the institut polytechnique Grenoble INP and the Centre Technique du Papier have developed a novel new product so gratuitous, it almost seems necessary: a silver-crystal coated wallpaper that can block neighbours from freeloading off your Wi-Fi network. The silver crystals are arranged in such a way that they are able to block certain wireless frequencies, not least of which is the same frequency as a WiFI router.


Back in 2004, iiNet decided to try and build its own network to try and combat Telstra's monopoly. Today the company announced its just installed its half-millionth broadband port in Gosford, NSW. The lucky customer connected to that port also wins out, with iiNet giving her 500,000GB of data and a Fetch TV service - hopefully she doesn't have to use all that quota in a month...


Remember the days when Telstra used to be completely stingy with data regardless of what plan you were on? Those days are even further behind now, with the company doubling the included data with all home bundle plans.