Introducing a faster 3G connection on the go

Macworld Australia Staff
7 April, 2011
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Wednesday 6 April 2011: Telstra is launching a new high-speed mobile Wi-Fi hotspot to enable Australians to connect multiple mobile devices to the internet when they’re on the go.

The new Telstra Elite® Mobile Wi-Fi – which arrives in-store for Pre-Paid customers on Tuesday 12 April – is Australia’s fastest battery-powered 3G mobile Wi-Fi device and allows people to share internet connectivity with up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously wherever there is Next G® coverage.

Warwick Bray, Executive Director Telstra Mobility Products said Australians increasingly use multiple mobile devices to stay informed, entertained and to work on the go.

“More than 4 million Australians now use mobile broadband to connect when commuting, to access Facebook at university, and to work flexibly out of the office. Our customers tell us they love the speed and reliability of Next G mobile broadband but they’ve said they’d like an easier way to share it with a greater range of Wi-Fi enabled devices including smartphones, tablets, cameras, laptops and portable games consoles.

“With the press of a button this mobile hotspot can connect up to five devices to the internet at speeds up to twice as fast as competitor 3G products in capitals and many regional areas. Customers can now avoid the hassle of having to find public hotspots by taking mobile Wi-Fi with them. We think they’re going to love how easy this device makes connecting their services,” he said.

The Telstra Elite® Mobile Wi-Fi can be purchased on Pre-Paid, meaning there are no fixed term contracts or minimum monthly spend commitments. This makes it a great option for customers who require mobile broadband from time to time – for instance when travelling interstate or providing connectivity for the kids while on holiday.

“The Telstra Elite Mobile Wi-Fi should also prove popular with our business customers who increasingly use Wi-Fi enabled devices such as tablets and cameras and require mobile connectivity to support fast file transfers and to work flexibly while away from the office,” Mr Bray said.

The Telstra Elite® Mobile Wi-Fi sports a compact, lightweight design and a handy OLED display which provides information such as signal strength, number of devices connected and battery level at a glance.

Customers can purchase the Telstra Elite® Pre-Paid Mobile Wi-Fi for $129 which comes with a generous 5GB of data to use in Australia with 90 days expiry. There is a range of Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband recharge allowances that start from $20 per recharge. More information:

The Telstra Elite® Mobile Wi-Fi is available now for Telstra Business customers. Business customers can purchase it for $0 upfront on a Telstra Mobile Broadband Standard Plan for 24 months from only $29 per month with 1GB included data to use in Australia (min cost $696). More information:

Key Features:

  • Customers in capitals and many regional areas can access typical download speeds of 550kbps to 8Mbps and typical upload speeds of 300kbps to 3Mbps. In other areas speed ranges will be less. If multiple users access the device, the typical speed range per user may be reduced.
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g enabled.
  • Active battery life of up to 4 hours. Standby time up to 100 hours.

·         Charged on-the-go via a bundled USB cable connected to a laptop or via the AC charger.

  • MicroSD cards up to 32 GB and an external antenna (sold separately) are supported.

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  1. Introducing layout themes and styles in FileMaker Pro 13

    FileMaker Pro, help, inspector, macworld australiaIf you are reading this, you are most likely aware of the benefits offered by FileMaker Pro 13, from streamlining your business’ data to organising projects, but how do you make your FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go database solutions look the part?

    This is where layout themes and styles come in.

    Would you like the layout to show your business logo when your employees are entering data into the database? Would you like to create conformity across all pages, maybe with a colour theme that matches your business?

    In order to increase usability for your database, a well-designed layout will make the solution both appealing to look at, but also more efficient – as those entering or viewing data will be able to easily navigate the fields in front of them.

    What is a style?

    In FileMaker Pro, a style is the way a layout object, layout part and the database’s background appear. This encompasses the colour or transparency of objects and backgrounds, the style of line used within the layout, the borders of objects and parts, the shape of objects, the shadows outside or inside an object’s border, and the display state of an object.

    For example, when your draw a square on your layout, the initial appearance of the square will be determined by the theme currently being used by the layout. The colour of the square, the lines that define it and any shadow that appears are all differing styles that add up to make a theme.

    The initial theme is called the default and ensures that all objects added to the layout carry a similar look. So, if you add a second square to the layout, it will have the same colour and borders. Though this does not have to be the case if you would like to differentiate them.

    And a theme?

    A theme is the collection of a number of styles used in a layout. Themes are the full picture of how your layout or report appears, and encompass all of the individual styles applied to objects, parts and the background. The theme does not affect the way a layout functions, but when you apply a theme to a layout it will alter the way it looks and feels.

    Making alterations

    Adjusting a style in a theme is very simple. If you click on the object, layout part or background you would like to alter, open the Inspector and head to the Appearances tab, you will see the Style label field at the top. This indicates the current style.  If no changes have been made, it will likely read as ‘Default’.

    Alter the style of the object, layout part or background by editing the property settings on the Appearance tab of the Inspector. Once you have made your layout look the way you would like, select the red arrow that will have appeared as you were making your changes and click ‘Save As New Style’.

    Type in a new name for your style and press OK. Continue to create as many additional styles as you would like in your layout. If you would like to apply a style to multiple objects or modify a style slightly between two objects, your previous styles will be available in the Styles list on the Style tab of the Inspector.

    Once you have made all of the changes you would like, you have the option of creating a new theme or saving the changes to the current theme.

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