With Amazon officially launching in Australia on Thursday, local retailers are being forced to lift their game. We have seen some large businesses already change their strategies over recent months but that shift has accelerated with one major retailer adding same-day delivery to their service.
Mesh network systems promise to increase wifi range without sacrificing performance as devices move further from the network core. They do this by using two or more access points that work in concert. Over the next few days, I'm going to look at three different systems; the Linksys Velop, Tp-link Deco and Netgear Orbi. Today, I start with the Velop system.
Ever since Apple started designing their own silicon for iOS devices, people have wondered if they'd do the same with their notebooks and desktops. According to some researchers, there's evidence that the next iMac Pro, the company's flagship desktop until a new Mac Pro appears, will use an A10 power plant.
Microsoft has filed a bunch of patents for devices that tap into your brain functions to allow you to control your computer. Form moving objects on a screen, to modifying an applications state to changing the user interface, these patents, which were filed over the last year or so, have just been published and point to a future where manual control a device will seem completely foreign.
Until recently, the best way to cover your home or office with reliable WiFi was to invest in a decent wireless router. If the signal didn't cover the entire premises, you could add a powerline network adaptor or add a wireless access point to the network. But a new class of device that employs mesh networks is on the market. Over the next few days I'm going to look at three mesh network systems: Linksys Velop, Netgear Orbi and TP-link Deco.
Amazon's WorkDocs file sync and share service is available for Live Preview to users with an AWS account number. Although it's Windows-only at the moment, it's another option in the increasingly competitive file storage business that is a key battlefront in the growing collaboration market. WorkDocs, which was once known as Zocalo, integrates wth File Explorer, and offers some other interesting features.
Click Frenzy, one of the biggest online sales days on the Australian calendar, has come and gone for another year. The promise of crazy prices – a $10 55-inch 4K LG TV among them – had customers in a spin ready to thrown their wallets at their screens. The reality has been something a little more sobering. The deals have been hard to come by, Click Frenzy’s emails have been delivered late and customers have been fighting poor internet speeds and a terrible user interface on the Click Frenzy website.
Until seeing this video, from YouTuber Cody'sLab, I never realised just how badly I want to try and stand on liquid mercury.
In the race to adopt electric vehicles, Australia is sputtering along in the slow lane. Rather than growing, Australian sales of electric cars are actually in decline. In 2016 they represented just 0.02 per cent of new car sales – even lower than in 2013.
Contrast that with Norway, the country with the highest levels of electric car adoption. Almost 30 per cent of new cars sold there in 2016 were electric.
Many of us, when we move on from a job, have dreams of sending a special message to the management. Whether that's an especially cutting resignation letter or some sort of memorable parting gesture, we all want to make our mark. And it turns out a former Twitter employee had their 15 (or actually 11) minutes of fame when they deactivated President Trump's press secretary, I mean Twitter account. And while that's pretty funny, it highlights how important it is to have good controls around what exiting employees can do.
A few weeks ago i had a look at the new Tile Pro trackers and while I thought they were great at what they do and look pretty good, I did lament their lack of a replaceable battery - a criticism that Tile responded to. Chipolo offers an alternative with the Chipolo Classic - a round tracker that is about the same size as the Tile and offers a user-replaceable battery.
Cisco is jumping in on the AI-powered voice assistant game with the introduction of Spark Assistant - a kind of Siri for meetings. You can things like “Hey, Spark. I want to start the meeting” and the software will do all the work to get you connected. While the announcement was made today, Spark Assistant will be deployed in phases with new functions added over time.
You've probably heard the saying that if you're getting the product for free, then you probably are the product. The most recent earnings report from Fitbit might be the ultimate proof. While its fitness wearables cost a pretty penny, they're almost useless without the backend services that collate and give meaning to your data. Now, on the back of a US$113M loss on almost US$400M of revenue, the company is looking for ways to monetise all those steps and activities.
The IoT age means that all sorts of devices can be easily connected to the Internet. The Reolink Argus security camera is one such device. Unlike many other cameras, it can operate totally wirelessly - four 3V batteries take care of power needs and it communicates wirelessly. I've been testing it for a week or so and here's what I've found.
You know that totally bogus thing where an investigator on a TV show is able to take a grainy, low-res satellite photo and zoom in so you can see the label on the back of someone's clothing? That thing that anyone with a computer knows is totally fake. Well, a new neural network-based service promises to make that piece of cinematic license a reality. Let's Enhance uses neural networks to interpolate the missing pixels and create clear images when you zoom into a photo.
Microsoft is betting big on their Hololens platform with a massive expansion, adding another 29 countries to the distribution footprint, certification and plans for a hard hat version.
At the Microsoft Future Decoded in London, the company announced expansion of the Hololens into 29 European countries.