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Aside from all the deployment challenges that NBNCo has faced, one of the other big issues has been customers have not received connections that run at the expected speeds. Many people that signed up for 50MBps plans, for example, have not seen those kinds of speeds and, in many cases, performance drops significantly in peak periods. In response, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has proposed a new "labelling" system to clarify what customers can expect.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Now that the New Payments Platform (NPP) is live and banks are slowly coming to the party in offering access to their own PayID system for transferring funds, the spotlight has turned to security. Is the NPP platform safe for consumers? Can your PayID be compromised or hacked in some way? Or is it really a reverse lookup system for mobile phone numbers?

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Eventually, we all run out of storage. And we all want to get our hands on our information as fast as possible. In most cases, that combination of requirements means looking for an array of SSDs. But Samsung has upped the ante with a massive 30.72TB SSD - one of the most capacious 2.5" drives ever made.

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Back in the 1990s, one company pretty much dominated mobile computing. That company was Palm. But, by the end of the last millennium, Microsoft decided that mobile computing was a big deal and they sunk a bunch of effort in developing Windows CE, then Pocket PC and eventually, Windows Mobile. Palm disappeared and Microsoft ruled the roost for a while. But then Apple released the iPhone, Google released Android and Microsoft found themselves dumped from leadership to being an also-ran in very short time. And after trying to reassert themselves, Microsoft has finally given up on Windows Phone. Which is a shame.

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Nuance, the developers of the Swype Keyboard, has announced that development of the popular third-party keyboard has ceased and that the app will be pulled. That includes their iOS and Android products. The company says this is so that can focus on their AI solutions and other products.

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One of my favourite terms, penned by Scott Adams - the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, is confusopoly. It's basically a market that is designed to obfuscate information from consumers so they can't easily compare services between providers in a market. The mobile phone market is notorious for this.

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As the NBN rollout slowly lurches on, data communications over cellular networks continue to bound along, seemingly overtaking the capability of the network that should be the centrepiece of our country's communications infrastructure. And there are plenty of people out there suggesting we won't need the NBN once 5G is widely deployed. But that's not quite how it will be.

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If you want to start an irrational argument there are lot of ways to kick one off if you're a techie type. Mac vs Windows. SQL Server vs Oracle. But the biggest tech rivalry at the moment is between iOS and Android. Which platform is the fastest? Ookla, who bring us the Speedtest app and service, looked at the data they have collected through their Speedtest tool and come up with some interesting insights.

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Carbon Copy Cloner is one of the most popular backup tools used by Mac owners. It can take an image of disk, making it easy to either rebuild a broken system or copy a standard installation across multiple machines. But an issue they have found with APFS spares disk images means the company has pulled support for APFS until Apple fixes the issue with their recently released file system.

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I'm looking at various home automation and smart home solutions at the moment, experimenting with what works and doesn't work so well in my home. Over the last couple of weeks, I've been playing with some weather sensing gadgets; the Netatmo Weather Station and Elgato Eve indoor and outdoor sensors.

I have to be honest - I like the idea of these and can see how the data they produce can be useful. But I'm still some time away from being able use them for automating anything. However, let's look at what these devices can do and how I might be able to use them.

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Facebook recently added two-factor authentication (2FA) to their network, plugging a long-standing security issue. The new system works using several different options for the second authentication factor including a security code sent to you via SMS. But it turns out people got a lot more messages than they bargained for when they took this option. As a result, users started getting notifications over SMS that had nothing to do with security.

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With Mobile World Congress just around the corner, we're getting ready for a stack of announcements from most of the big smartphone vendors. And at the top of the list of new phones is the Samsung Galaxy S9. Samsung's flagship smartphone sets the agenda for many of the others and is part of the Korean manufacturer's ongoing game of catch-up and leapfrog with their main rival Apple.

What can we expect from the Galaxy S9? Let's take a look at the most credible leaks and rumours.

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After a terrible end to 2017, Apple will be looking to make 2018 far more positive. The Spectre/Meltdown challenges, delayed release and lacklustre reviews of the HomePod, the battery scandal, a terrible log-in flaw and backlash against the proposed Melbourne concept store have not helped the company.

But it's a new year and that means we'll see a new version of iOS announced and shown off in June at WWDC, as well as new iPads and iPhones. So, what can we expect from Apple this year?

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After recently fixing the "chaiOS" bug, Apple now has to contend with a nasty bug that will crash any Mac or iOS device that receives a single Indian-language character specific to the Telugu language. The bug doesn't affect every app - many third party apps are unaffected - but it's a major pain in the butt.

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Microsoft has announced that Sydney will become the location of the eighth Microsoft ScaleUp program technology startups. Other ScaleUp cities include Seattle, Beijing, Berlin, and London. The new initiative was officially opened by the NSW Premier, the honourable Gladys Berejiklian, today. Microsoft also recently announced that Sydney-based Annie Parker, the former CEO of Fishburners and co-founder of muru-D, has been appointed to lead Microsoft’s startup programs globally, including Microsoft ScaleUp.

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There are literally thousands of Wi-Fi routers on the market. Look through the catalog of an office supply or local computer store, and you'll be faced with a plethora of choices. And some vendors make it hard to compare models by giving marketing-based names to features that are really the same as competitors. This is our guide to the must-have features in a home Wi-Fi router today and five of the best to choose from.