Paypal Blocks VPN and UnoTelly Payments

Paypal is the default setting for a lot of people and companies when it comes to online payments, easy to implement and with a safety net of features people feel comforted by while doing online banking. With Paypal’s purchase of digital money company Xoom, it seemed like Paypal wanted to take all the money but they’ve now started blocking payments using the Candian company UnoTelly.

Under Paypal’s Acceptance use policy states that it cannot be used to send payments “for items that infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy, or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction”. UnoTelly offers smartDNS and VPN access, techniques which have been used to remove geo-blocks from websites, a technique that lets you watch or use sites that are often blocked in particular areas of the world. Copyright holders have often argued that VPN networks could be used to bypass copyright, enabling you to access and watch videos through services like Netflix in regions where the show is blocked.

The problem with this decision is that a lot of people, such as large businesses, use VPN’s for legitimate reasons and putting a blanket ban on VPN users making purchases through Paypal would surely only end with the services use declining.

BitTorrent Wants to Offer More P2P Freedom on Mobile Devices With New App

BitTorrent just announced a new mobile app named Shoot that is based around P2P connectivity between individuals. While this sounds good to some people, others may think that this is a new means to start a piracy war on mobile devices. I mean, come on? Secure Peer-to-Peer connectivity on mobile devices and BitTorrent? What’s next, The Mobile Bay?

The company may have good intentions for releasing their new Shoot app to anyone looking to transfer photos and some big videos on the go, but I’m fairly sure the app will not be used exactly for what they have in mind. BitTorrent Shoot is said to be based on their Sync technology already available on all major mobile devices.

“Shoot allows you to send photos or videos directly between mobile devices, no matter what device you use or what network you’re on. Based on BitTorrent Sync technology, large items are no problem. And since files move directly between people without going through the cloud, it’s all fully private to you and the recipient.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOaOycHcNO0

BitTorrent Shoot is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone and allows 3 sends for free. If you like to send more, you have to couch up $1.99. A good thing about it is that you can receive an unlimited number of files, even if you haven’t bought it. So what do you think? Is it really worth its price?

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Huawei: 5G Will Be Here By 2020 – Speeds Up To 100X Faster Than 4G

4G has now been implemented around the globe in major cities for just over a year now. Looking for constant advancement in technology, Huawei have claimed that their new 5G infrastructure and technology will reach 100 times the speed of 4G by the year 2020.

As we reported, Huawei have announced their plans for a 4.5G opening in China by 2016, so this information coming to light is quite interesting. Will 4.5G still be worked on, or is Huawei looking to skip it and reach straight for the stars? 4.5G is set to provide the average user with 100Mbps speeds stable and support up to 30,000,000 connections per tower – set to be somewhat of a ‘patch’ for the current 4G offering, which often experiences connectivity, signal and data transfer issues.

In comes 5G, claiming a 10Gps peak transfer speed – quite possibly faster than your phone can process. Coming from backward Australia, I can only dream of a day when internet will out-perform things like your computers HDD speeds or LAN infrastructure – with 5G in the pipeline, it seems like somewhat of a reality.

As with all new major advancements in technology from 4K cable streaming to 10km data “fricken lasers”, the cost of the research, installment and implementation is always something to consider. Taking a look at 4G speeds currently, they’re amazing and offer the user with speeds that are likely much faster than their current ADSL2+ offering, but are extremely expensive. An Australian eSports group called ACL PRO often experience issues with venue internet being poor in Australia – meaning that they have to run their StarCraft II tournaments via multiple 4G ‘wireless sticks’ – seeing hundreds of dollars worth of data transfer flushed down the drain per event. Wouldn’t it be amazing if one day, we could do away with home line ADSL style internet and simply power our whole houses infrastructure simply by walking inside with our mobile phone? Until then, enjoy thousands of dollars a month in downloads of shareware programs and creative commons music through your 4G connection – if you can even get one.

Back to the topic at hand, 5G is set to allow you to reach speeds of up to 10Gpbs, we’ve decided to list out the speeds below to give you an easily viewable comparison of past and future technology.

  • 2G: A few hundred k per second
  • 3G: Up to a few M per second
  • 4G: Two hundred M per second
  • 5G:  10Gbps

Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Chief Engineer Zhang Feng has announced that the global information and communications industry is ushering in a new wave of innovation, cloud computing, networking and other technologies alongside the rapid redevelopment of new applications. All said to be supported by an amazing 5G mobile internet infrastructure.

We will continue to report as the story develops.

Image courtesy of TNW

Meet Snapcash – Send Money Through Snapchat

Snapchat has just revealed their first product partnership with a third party company – Square Cash, claiming they have been big fans since it’s creation. Square Cash allows you to send money to your friends by simply typing a dollar value into a subject line on your email and hitting send.

The partnership will see this type of money transfer method placed into Snapchat’s current app infrastructure, with the process explained on the Californian-based companies official blog just today:

“The product you’re seeing today is fast, fun, and incredibly simple. After you enter your debit card, it’s securely stored by Square, who will swiftly process your payment and send cash directly to your friend’s bank account. Just swipe into chat, type the dollar sign, an amount (e.g. $11.25), and hit the green button.” Snapchat

It sounds like a pretty easy and convenient feature, however with one major flaw. There’s no talk about in-app security here – if you log in to your normal internet banking applications, they’ll require some form of a PIN code entry alongside disabling the app every time it senses an external application coming into play (like Facebook Messenger being opened over the top). But I see nothing in this release pointing towards this fact. It seems that if you’re going to use this new feature, you should make sure that your phone has a pass-code on the lock screen!

Snapchat makes sure to mention that Square will be dealing with the server-side security of this partnership, claiming that they have ‘a ton’ of experience in this area.

Snapcash has now been made available for 18-year-old and above users in the United States who have a debit card. If you’re interested, here’s their release video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBwjxBmMszQ

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Nasa Begin Using 622mbps Lasers To Communicate With Spacecraft

NASA and MIT have made history this week as their new Lunar Laser Communications Demonstrator (LLCD) started firing data back and forth between earth and space at a rate of up to 622mbps, five time the rate currently available to them.

“(LCCD) is working better than expected, we just finished the first four days, and it has been extremely successful, beyond our expectations.” Said Don Cornwell, Mission Manager at NASA’s Goddard Flight Center.

This new system will have a big impact on spacecraft communication technology, with many craft currently relying on radiofrequency wavelengths. Current technology for example could take 639 hours to download something the size of a typical HD movie, the new system could do it in minutes. It can make a big difference to size also, given that radio signals need a larger dish to capture them, laser has a wavelength that is 10,000 times shorter and this allows the receiver to be much smaller and more precise.

The 4” laser beam hit is target first time after traveling 238,000 miles from the moon to the receiving base in New Mexico. The next laser communications system will launch in 2016 and will be used to beam 1.25 gigabits per second of data from one ground stations to another.

Thank you PopularMechanics for providing us with this information.

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