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Juicero is a Silicon Valley start-up that is trying to ride the wave of connected devices by using the surfboard of health. Juicero's value proposition is a "closed loop" service. They produce sealed bags of fruit and vegetables that you load into a US$400 machine (that's Internet connected, of course) and it produces fresh, cold-pressed juice from the contents of the bag. So, what the heck is going on with this company that has attracted $120M in VC funding recently?

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We were meant to be paperless by now. Seriously, between smartphones and tablets, there's no reason to carry paper is there? The reality is, paper still makes the world go round. And that means a decent printer for the office is a must. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 looks like a big office multi-function printer but comes at a small office price.

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As part of my ongoing quest to find a replacement computer for the iPad Pro I've been using, I'm now on my second system. The first, the Levovo MIIX 510 was great and after a week I had it running with all my necessary apps and service. But I'm now on my second test system, a Dell XPS 13. After wiping the Dell so I could start with a clean system, I thought I would look into migration tools for moving to a new computer. This is an area Microsoft needs to improve on.

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Back in the 1990s, I was right into the whole pocket computer thing - I even had a blog called The PDA Guy and I got my start as a writer reviewing products like the HP 320LX (which I was able to upgrade from Windows CE 1 to version 2 by installing a new hardware ROM). But the grand-daddy of the pocket computer was the Psion. Now, after an absence of almost two decades the Psion is reborn.

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As part of my quest to find a Windows 10 tablet that meets my mobile computing needs better than the iPad Pro, I've spent a lot more time using Windows 10 than in the past. And, while there have been some significant benefits, it's not been all smooth sailing. There are features in both operating systems I really like and others that I find frustrating. Some of the challenges faced on the Windows 10 side come, I think, from the operating system's desktop origins and the openness of the Windows ecosystem. On the iPad side, Apple's tight control offers some benefits but also some real hassles.

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A few years ago, after much whining and hand-wringing by olde worlde retailers, the federal government began looking into changing the law around GST collection from overseas retailers on purchases of under $1000. Even though it would cost more to collect the GST than the tax would raise the government wants to kick start this exciting new initiative (not) on 1 July 2017. But the impact could suck big time as eBay suggests they might block overseas retailers from their marketplace.

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Over the last couple of weeks, I've been looking at switching from an iPad Pro as the computer I use when travelling to a Windows 10 device. I set out my wish list, did a bunch of online research, visited a few retailers and then put the call out to a bunch of vendors asking them to recommend and provide me with a review device. The ultimate aim of the exercise if for me to buy, with my own money, a new computer for when I'm working remotely. The first device to arrive on my doorstep is the Lenovo Miix 510.

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Each year, Apple releases a new iPhone. And in the weeks preceding and following the release, online auction sites see an abundance of newly superseded iPhones hit the market. But before you sell your iPhone, iPad or any other iOS device, you should remove all your personal data. The best way to do that is a factory reset. Here's how to factory reset an iOS device.

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Last year, the Australian government released a partially-redacted list of Commonwealth agencies that have applied for access to metadata retained by Australia's telecommunications providers as part of the Telecommunications Interception and Access Act. (This information was only released in response to a Freedom of Information request.)

There are over five dozen government entities that want to look through your mobile, internet and home phone records, ostensibly to uncover criminal activity.

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Each quarter, IDC puts out data regarding various market sectors pertaining to enterprise technology. Yesterday, it was the PC market they turned their eye on. And, after several tough years where sales fell, the market has begun to bounce back. IDC expected a 1.8% decline in the market. Instead it grew by 0.6%. It might not be time for a parade, and one data point does not make a trend, but it's a positive sign.

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If there's anything more frustrating than your computer spontaneously rebooting because of a fault, it's when it reboots while you're working by design. Some system updates require a reboot to take effect. The trouble is, there are times you don't want to be forced into a reboot - like when you're working. The Windows 10 Creators Update adds a new feature called Active Hours, which stops Windows 10 from restarting. Here's how to use it.

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Modern operating systems are pretty good at protecting the entire computer from becoming useless when a single application gets gummed up. But how do you kill an application that won't respond to a mouse or keyboard command? We explains the basics for Mac and Windows.

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If it wasn't such a laugh, you'd cry. NBNCo, the company that will be delivering a patchwork of network technologies in order to bring fast broadband access to all of us has conducted a test using technology from Nokia that could deliver 10Gbps performance - if only FttP was on the menu for all of us.

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US authorities have arrested a reportedly shady character who goes by the alias 'Severa' in Spain. Severa, whose real name is Pyotr Levashov, is a Russian spammer who is listed at Number 7 in Spamhaus' Top 10 Spammer list. It's alleged Severa was involved in the "hacking" of the recent US Presidential election. But what is hacking an election? Aren't all elections "hacked" in the sense that parties dig up and release dirt on each other in the hope of influencing the outcome?

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With Google now being synonymous with searching - when did you last hear someone say "I'll just Bing it" - our dependence on that search engine is significant. So, if search results become poisoned or tainted they can have a significant effect. That can happen if a fake story gains enough traction. Eventually, the fake story becomes so popular and re-reported it transcends the boundary between falsehood and accepted. Google has now rolled out their Fact Check label globally to help us tell the difference between validated and unvalidated news.

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There was a time when I was a Windows power user - I even trained folks for their certification many moons ago. But as I moved through my career, and as the operating system became more user friendly and I was able to offload technical support to others, I moved into the realm of being a regular user. So, unless a change was really significant, I often didn't really care. But something in the Windows 10 Creators Update really stands out for me.