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Microsoft Has Made An App That Applies Virtual Make-Up On Your Face During Skype Calls

Microsoft in Japan has teamed up with high-end cosmetics brand Shiseido to develop an app that will add a filter that overlays virtual makeup on people’s faces when they’re on Skype calls, according to reports. The app is targeted at women who are self-conscious about their appearance when they’re on video conferences. Here’s what we know so far.

Worldwide IT Spending This Year Takes A Hit Thanks To Brexit

Global IT spending is expected to dip this year, dropping 0.3% year-on-year, as the UK market deals with the economic uncertainty caused by the Brexit, according to analyst firm Gartner. But IT spending is set to pick up a bit in 2017, growing 2.9% to $4.56 trillion. Gartner also looked at whether the upcoming US presidential election will have an impact on IT spending.

Windows Update Ruins Lives

Windows Update is frustrating as shit at the best of times. Windows 10 updates are even worse. Windows 10’s big-ass Anniversary Update? That takes the cake.

Census 2016 Report Card: Outage To Cost Australian Taxpayers $30 Million

This year’s Census was nothing short of a spectacular debacle after the website where Australians were to fill out the survey went down for nearly two days. Last night, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) chief David Kalisch fronted the Senate Estimates in parliament to answer questions about the incident. We found out that the ABS will have to spend around $30 million to fix the damage. He also admitted that the ABS made a number of poor judgement calls for Census 2016. Here’s what he had to say along with a recap of what has happened since the Census outage occurred two months ago.

Forget Fibre: NBN Is Just Making Copper Faster Instead

The latest results from NBN lab trials of XG.FAST are in. Yes, that is the name of copper acceleration technology — an extension of Nokia’s commercially available G.fast technology — not an antiperspirant spray designed to boost your masculinity. Basically, it’s powering up the existing copper network to deliver fiber-like speeds, and has achieved lab results of 8Gbps over 30 metres of twisted-pair copper — 900 times faster than the average broadband speed.

Sticking With One Email Address Is A Security Risk

Australians can find plenty of useful security advice for consumers and businesses at staysmartonline.gov.au. Reusing passwords is a major security risk but another sensible precaution is to avoid using the same email address for everything. Creating extra addresses or aliases can be a hassle, but it certainly makes it more difficult for hackers to bring you down.

Four Of The Most Useful Hidden Features In Android

Android is known for easy to customise and personalise. The best part is, if you’re prepared to dig deeper, you’ll find a goldmine of hidden features and settings that can improve your mobile experience. Here are four of our favourites you can uncover in the most recent versions of the OS.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 And System Center 2016 Now Generally Available

Microsoft has now made its Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 generally available. The operating system and the software suite cater to hybrid cloud datacentres. Both offerings intend to bring “cloud-born technologies to the traditional datacentre” so IT administrators can make the most of existing resources. Here’s what you need to know about the features and pricing for the two offerings.

Australians Are Expected To Lap Up Virtual Reality Headsets

Around 2.5 million Australian households are expected to have virtual reality (VR) headsets by 2020 as consumer awareness and interest grows for this kind of technology.

Pauline Hanson Is Now On The NBN Watchdog Committee. No, Really

Controversial One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is on the National Broadband Network (NBN) Committee. This is not a joke.

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