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Microsoft have just released to the public beta of a new version of Microsoft Security Essentials. This new versions looks relatively unchanged from the previous version with only a few added features.

Windows Firewall Integration – While the product itself does not include a firewall it now prompts you to turn on the firewall on during install.

Enhance protection from web-based threat – This feature does real time scanning of your web traffic into your computer to ensure that there are no malicious scripts being downloaded.

New and improved protections engine – The scanned engine has now enhanced detection and cleaner and better performance. Microsoft Security Essentials is already a really fast performing AV product only make it better.


See the new “Enable network protection against exploits of known vulnerabilities” real-time scanning option.


You can download it right now from

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image The Microsoft Australia Press Shop is currently having a MASIVE sale with 50% OFF ALL BOOKS before the end of financial year (June 30th). To claim you discount for this incredible deal simply use the checkout code EOFYS10 and the discount will automatically be applied to your cart.

If you do live in Australia remember that even after this great deal is over the Microsoft Press Shop will always price match any book you can buy from Amazon (with conversion and shipping) with their Amazon Price Match Promise. I have always found their service to be excellent and the delivery has always been within two days as their warehouse is based locally in Sydney.

If you are having trouble what title you are after then I highly recommend the Configuring Windows 7 Self-Paced Training Kit for MCTS Exam 70-680 by fellow Australia MVP Orin Thomas & Ian McLean. Even if you are not planning to do the exam that this book is written for it is still a great guide for anyone who wants to brush up on what is new in Windows 7.

The other great think I love about MS Press books is they come with a PDF version which you can now copy to your iPad or iPhone and read in iBook’s which recently enabled native PDF support (see below).


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Telstra have released the cost of their iPad data plans and they are the cheapest of any mobile data plans that Telstra has to offer with the starting plan of 1gb at only $20, 3gb at $30 and 6gb for $60. The other good news is that these are all pre pay plans so there is no lock in contracts. But making the plans pre-pay only is likely a requirement from Apple due to the 3G top up purchase interface on the device.


The lower prices may be as a result of the micro-sim that is required for the iPad making them essentially exclusive plans for the device.


It is yet to be seen if the other Australian wireless carriers will have similar plans or even if any of them will have an plan similar to AT&T’s Unlimited Data plan in the USA.


Telstra BigPond: Wireless Broadband – Plans an Offers

Telstra: 3G and Next G Browsing Packs Telstra unveils data plans for iPad Telstra Unveils iPad Data Plans

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image Telstra have just reduce the cost and increased the data allowances on their Post-Paid Data Packs. The good thing about these data plans is that you can purchase a new data plan at any time during your billing cycle to avoid having to pay any excess usage fees. As you can see below based on the cents per MB costing, the two sweet spots are either the 500mb or 3gb plans.


If you already have a data pack on your existing Telstra plan then you will need to call them to update your phone plan to take advantage of the new rates.

Form more information see


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Microsoft have just release another video talking about the new features in Windows Messenger and in it they confirm that they will be supporting the iPhone.

Click on the picture below to see the video for yourself…


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