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I was once told the best time to buy new tech is tomorrow and the best time to sell the tech you no longer need is yesterday. With most tech hardware products refreshed annually it seems almost impossible to perfectly match your buying patterns to the release cycles of hardware manufacturers. Today's announcement of the new Surface Pro had me thinking - how do you ensure you're getting the best bang for buck when buying new hardware?

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As one of the big challenger brands in smartphones, as well as boasting an impressive marketshare in network equipment, Chinese powerhouse Huawei has plans for further expansion. At an event in Berlin - an interesting choice with HP unveiling new notebooks in Cannes and the Computex geek fest just a week away - the company unveiled their new MateBook. And it's a device I'm hoping to look at in my quest for the perfect traveling tablet.

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You probably scarcely give them a second thought - those little soaps, shampoos and other toiletries supplied by hotels. Or perhaps you grab a few extras for the next time you're on holidays. But those amenities are big business. Concept Amenities is a Melbourne-based business that recently undertook a significant business transformation. I spoke with the company's CFO Sue McDonald during the SuiteWorld conference held in Las Vegas last month.

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Quick straw poll - how many of us actually read the license agreement when we sign on to an online service or install a new app? I'll be honest, I almost never do. And the only times I have is in corporate environments where the lawyers have done it for me.

But this week, it has been revealed that genealogy company Ancestry has been offering DNA testing where they claim perpetual ownership of your DNA.

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Panasonic has recalled battery packs from a number of its ruggedised tablet and notebook products. The defect may cause devices to overheat, produce smoke and potentially ignite. There are number of different models affected, with a number of specific battery packs made after March 2013 subject to the recall.

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You've heard thousands of times about how Wi-Fi, the Hills Hoist, the ute and the good, old-fashioned jar of Vegemite were all invented in Australia. Those products are great, and all revolutionised the way the world worked, but is that it? Let's explore some other major, yet perhaps lesser known, Australian inventions shaping and changing the world in the 21st Century?

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To a great degree, the operating system wars of the 1980s and 1990s are done. As it happens, Android is the current leader but on our desktops and laptops, Windows rules the roost. However, the big change is that choosing a computer no longer limits what operating systems you can use. Dual-booting an virtualisation make it easy to run multiple OSes on the one computer. Earlier this week, Apple released an incremental update to macOS. The sixth iteration of Sierra, version 10.12.5, has added a handy feature for those wanting to use macOS' dual-boot functionality, Boot Camp.

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The first router I saw was in the mid 1990s. The company I worked for was a very early adopter of the Internet, at least in the commercial world. After spending a couple of nights with the network manager and his technical support guy dragging Ethernet and coaxial cables through the office roof space we hooked everything up through a router that cost more than most of us earned that year. Today, more than 20 years later, a faster and more capable device costs less than a day's pay for some of us.

Synology's RT2600ac router, at a touch under $400 (if you pay full retail) lets you connect printers and external storage using USB, four devices over gigabit Ethernet, and wireless devices using 802.11 b/g/n/a/ac.

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For decades, robotics has been an essential component of factories, manufacturing plants and warehouses around the world. However, these are "robots" in the simplest sense of the term - mindless machines that serve a singular purpose. Companies are now beginning to invest in autonomous robots that can think for themselves. It sounds like the beginning of a dystonian sci-fi, but there's actually a very good reason why robot workers need a brain.

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While Chrome has won the crown as the most popular desktop browser, it's not the only game in town. Opera continues to add new features. Last year, it was the addition of an integrated VPN that won it headlines. This week, Opera released a new version. Codenamed Reborn, it allows messenger apps to reside within the browser without the need to install any extensions or apps.

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I'm over a month into my project to find a Windows 10 tablet that can replace the iPad Pro I've been using for the last few months. Over the last couple of weeks I've been running with a Surface Pro 4. That includes time on planes, at home, in cafes and on public transport. Microsoft's tablet is meant to be a standard by which other Windows 10 devices are judged. Here's what I thought.

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Announced at GTC 2017, the Tesla V100 is an enterprise-level processor powered by the Volta GV100 GPU: the first chip in the world built with a 12nm FFN process. A single Volta GV100 packs in 21 billion transistors, 5120 CUDA cores, 320 texture units and a 4096-bit HBM2 memory interface with a boost clock speed of 1455MHz. It's equipped with 640 Tensor Cores capable of providing 120 teraflops of tensor operations.

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For the past five years, Nvidia has been building itself a shiny new headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley. When it is completed at the end of this year, the 500,000 square feet structure will house up to 5000 employees across two floors. The site has been specifically designed to encourage collaboration with large congregational areas, open plan offices and staircases to enable chance encounters.

During GTC 2017, we were given a sneak peak inside the building which remains a work in progress. Here are the photos.

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Last night, the Federal government unveiled their budget for the coming year. The old days of "smokes are up, beer is up" are well behind us with the government's economic centrepiece now a collection of promises and wishes that are meant somehow to make us feel better about today and have confidence in tomorrow. This year, there were plenty of tech angles in the budget. Here are my five highlights.

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No sooner have we all managed to upgrade our wireless routers and access points to 802.11ac than we need to start thinking about the next new wireless protocol. 802.11ah and and extension of that protocol, dubbed Wi-Fi HaLow, are likely to drive the next round of wireless upgrades at our offices and homes.