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facebook is merging messenger and instagram chat features. it’s for zuckerberg’s benefit, not yours

Facebook is merging Messenger and Instagram chat features. It’s for Zuckerberg’s benefit, not yours

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Eric Risberg/AP Facebook Messenger and Instagram’s direct messaging services will be integrated into one system, Facebook has announced. The merge will allow shared messaging across both platforms, as well as video calls and the use of...
nbn upgrades explained: how will they make internet speeds faster? and will the regions miss out?

NBN upgrades explained: how will they make internet speeds faster? And will the regions...

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Image: Shuttlestock The federal government has announced a A$3.5 billion upgrade to the National Broadband Network (NBN) that will grant two million households on-demand access to faster fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) internet by 2023. Reports from the ABC suggest...
are your devices spying on you? australia’s very small step to make the internet of things safer

Are your devices spying on you? Australia’s very small step to make the Internet...

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Image: Shuttlestock From internet-connected televisions, toys, fridges, ovens, security cameras, door locks, fitness trackers and lights, the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) promises to revolutionise our homes. But it also threatens to increase our vulnerability...
apple, google and fortnite’s stoush is a classic case of how far big tech will go to retain power

Apple, Google and Fortnite’s stoush is a classic case of how far big tech...

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Image: Shuttlestock There has been a clash of clans in mobile gaming, with angry birds Apple, Google and Epic Games in a saga over in-app payments. Video game developer Epic’s massively popular “battle royale” game...
fake covid-19 testing kits and lockdown puppy scams: how to protect yourself from fraud in a pandemic

Fake COVID-19 testing kits and lockdown puppy scams: how to protect yourself from fraud...

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Image: Shuttlestock Fraudsters are ruthless and will use any means necessary to gain financial advantage. Earlier this year, as Australians were battling the devastating bushfires, fraudsters were tailoring their approaches to exploit the good intentions of citizens wanting...
the story of #danliedpeopledied: how a hashtag reveals australia’s ‘information disorder’ problem

The story of #DanLiedPeopleDied: how a hashtag reveals Australia’s ‘information disorder’ problem

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Image: Shuttlestock At midday on August 12 2020, the hashtag #DanLiedPeopleDied started trending on Twitter. By evening it had attracted over 10,000 tweets. The hashtag appeared to reflect widespread public distrust in Victorian Premier Daniel...
video games

Understanding Online Games and How Video Games were Made

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For some children, game travel begins at the game shop and finishes on the sofa. Have you given any thought to all of the work that goes into creating the game titles you love? After...
microsoft’s takeover would be a win for tiktok and tech giants – not users

Microsoft’s takeover would be a win for TikTok and tech giants – not users

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Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/Sipa USA In what seems to be a common occurrence, Chinese video-sharing app TikTok is once again in the headlines. After months of speculation about national security risks and users’ data being harvested by the...
people are using artificial intelligence to help sort out their divorce. would you?

People are using artificial intelligence to help sort out their divorce. Would you?

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Picture: Shuttlestock An online app called Amica is now using artificial intelligence to help separating couples make parenting arrangements and divide their assets. For many people, the coronavirus pandemic has put even the strongest of relationships to...
how to repair your laptop

How to Repair Your Laptop Without Going Out and Buying a New One

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When you want to learn how to save money on laptop repairs, you can do so by understanding how the laptop works and attempt a repair yourself. Sounds complicated but trust me, most laptop...