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How Much Would It Cost To Build A 'Hackintosh' In Australia?

A Hackintosh is a machine dedicated to running the Mac operating system but it is strictly non-Apple hardware. Apple is notoriously restrictive with the official hardware that can run its operating systems so, of course, tenacious techies have found ways to work around it. There are whole communities of devotees that dedicate themselves to creating Hackintosh machines with different specifications. Recently, app developer Mike Rundle detailed his process of building a US$1200 Hackintosh. Sounds quite cheap. So how much would it cost an Australian that wants to buy all the parts locally? We did a breakdown of the costs bit by bit.


Google Impact Challenge For Non-Profit Tech Ideas Closing Soon

The Google Impact Challenge aims to provide sizable funding for non-profit organisations with technology innovations that can tackle social challenges worldwide. In Australia, a total of $4.5 million is up for grabs, which will be divvied up between 10 projects that can be developed to solve problems faced by many developing countries and as well as disadvantaged areas locally. Here are the details.


Live By The Five Hour Rule To Always Keep Learning New Skills

Learning or practising new skills is incredibly important – it’s hard to ignore how vital it is to a successful career. To keep your educational momentum going throughout your life, give yourself five hours a week to learn something new or practise a skill.


Google Adds Ability To Analyse All Open Source GitHub Repositories In BigQuery

Google has teamed up with GitHub to add a new open dataset on Google BigQuery, a low cost analytics data warehouse service in the cloud, so that users can get a snapshot of more than 2.8 million open source GitHub repositories. This will bring new possibilities for data analytics to BigQuery. Here’s what you need to know.


Meet The Biohackers Letting Technology Get Under Their Skin

For some people, the human body isn’t a temple. Instead they see it as a source of frustration thanks to the considerable limitations compared to the powerful technology available today. In the last few years, a new community of biohackers or “grinders” has sprung up to experiment with enhancing the human body with technology. Largely outside of the mainstream disciplines of science or philosophy, it is a raw, exciting field that turns longstanding ethical beliefs on their head. We look at some of the implications of this kind of technology.


Windows 10 Anniversary Update Coming On August 2 To Over 350 Million Devices

There has been a lot of talk about the impending major update for Windows 10. Microsoft announced a lot of the additional features and changes that the update would bring at its developer conference Build 2016 earlier this year but it has finally set the date on when Windows 10 users receive it: August 2. Here’s a recap of what the Anniversary update will bring.


Test Raspberry Pi Code On Your Primary Computer With VirtualBox And A Bit Of Tweaking

The Raspberry Pi is great because it’s a low cost way to test all sorts of crazy electronics ideas, but sometimes you might want to test before you test. Virtual machines are a great way to do so, and Grant Winney has a guide for setting one up using VirtualBox.


Microsoft Forks Out US$10,000 To Reluctant Windows 10 Upgrader

Microsoft has been rubbing a lot of people the wrong way with its aggressive push for Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10. So far, the company has employed some dodgy tactics to trick users into upgrading and now they’re paying for their transgression; literally. In the US, Microsoft has to cough up $10,000 after the company was sued by a small business owner over a Windows 10 upgrade that she didn’t authorise on her PC. Here are the details.


What's Wrong With The Web And Do We Need To Fix It?

More than 20 years after the first web server started bringing the internet into our lives, a recent conference in San Francisco brought together some of its creators to discuss its future. The general tone of the conference is probably best summed up by the Electronic Frontiers Foundation’s Cory Doctorow: “In the last twenty years, we’ve managed to nearly ruin one of the most functional distributed systems ever created: today’s Web”. We take a look at what’s wrong with the web today and how we can take steps to fix it.


Slow Windows 7 Update Process Has Been Patched By Microsoft

Plenty of people are still kicking along with Windows 7 and will likely stick with it for the foreseeable future. If you’ve noticed that the update procedure for the OS takes forever — or never finishes at all — your salvation is at hand. Microsoft has released a patch that should sort out Windows 7’s slow patching process.


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