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Lifehacker 101: Neural Networks And AI Explained

If you use Google’s Photos app, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Skype’s translation function, you’re using a form of artificial intelligence (AI) on a daily basis. AI was first dreamed up in the 1950s, but has only recently become a practical reality — all thanks to software systems called neural networks. This is how they work.


Apple Watch And Acronis True Image Winners Announced!

At the beginning of the month, we invited you to share your top data loss horror stories in a bid to win an Apple Watch Sport and Acronis’ True Image backup software. After poring through scores of grim anecdotes, we’ve now chosen the winner! Nine runners-up also scored a copy of Acronis True Image. Read on to see if you won!


How Fast Food Fat Content Differs Around The World [Infographic]

If you’ve ever tasted a Big Mac in the USA or a Zinger burger in the UK, you may have noticed subtle differences in the size and flavour. As it turns out, they also contain different fat content. This infographic compares the portion sizes and calorie intake of popular fast food menu items in 12 different countries. (Australia doesn’t fare too well.)


Your Last Two Weeks: How To Leave Your Job Gracefully

It’s the final stretch: You’ve quit your job, and now all that stands between you and a different life are those two weeks of notice. Use this time to tie up loose ends and take care of the little details that will make it easier to leave your old job behind and focus on your new one.


The Cognitive Biases That Lead To Bad Money Decisions

If managing money were as easy as crunching some numbers and following a spending plan, we’d all be awesome at it. Money isn’t hard because of the maths, it’s the psychology that trips us up. Our brains often work against us when it comes to financial decisions, but if you recognise these cognitive biases, you can overcome them.


Ready Your Routers: Telstra Is Giving Away More Free Data

On Friday, Telstra was hit with another massive network outage that affected hundreds of thousands of customers. It was the fourth service failure from the telco in as many months. As has become par for the course, Telstra will once again offer customers free data as an apology.


Meet Viv: The Future Of Chatbots And Artificial Intelligence

Very soon – by the end of the year, probably – you won’t need to be on Facebook in order to talk to your friends on Facebook. Your Facebook avatar will dutifully wish people happy birthday, congratulate them on the new job, accept invitations and send them jolly texts punctuated by your favourite emojis – all while you’re asleep, or shopping, or undergoing major surgery.


Smartphone Showdown: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Vs HTC 10 Vs LG G5

LG, Samsung and HTC have released their new flagship smartphones for the first half of 2016. They’re all pretty great — but which one is best? That largely depends on what you look for in a smartphone. We compare the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, HTC 10 and LG G5 to help indecisive Android fans make the right decision.


Massive Telstra Outage: NBN And ADSL Services Are Down Across Australia

Telstra has once again been knocked out of action with widespread network outages affecting broadband customers across the country. NBN and ADSL voice and data services in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and a number of regional centres haven’t been working properly since midnight.


Acronis Creates Prototype Blockchain App For Secure Data Storage

Acronis, a company that specialises in hybrid cloud data protection, has established a dedicated research and development team to develop applications of blockchain technology for secure data protection. The technology, created for transactions of cryptocurrency Bitcoin, has long been thought to be a viable technology for use within the finance industry, though Acronis believes it could help guarantee data authenticity, privacy and control.


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