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Wireless charging isn't new but Apple's iPhone X, iPhone 8 and Apple Watch mean the Cupertino electronics company has pushed this technology further into the mainstream. I've been spending some of my summer break looking at three wireless charging solutions from Dog and Bone, Belkin and local accessories company Laser.

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HP has recalled the batteries in over 50,000 notebook computers over concerns batteries in selected models can overheat and potentially catch fire. The recall affects computers in several different portable PC ranges. HP has provided a tool for assessing whether your computer is affected asn has instituted a replacement program that comes both user replaceable and internal batteries.

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As the dust settles on Amazon's official entry to Australia, we see that the sky has not fallen and retail is largely carrying on just as it was a month ago. But while businesses are able to continue operating, it's a good time to figure out what works best with your online store and what doesn't. The typical approach has been to conduct A-B testing to see if new ideas resonate with customers.

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There's been a long-held suspicion, or conspiracy theory depending on your point of view, that Apple deliberately slows down older iPhones in order to drive their annual sales push when new models are released. But it seems that the reason older devices perform poorly is related to battery health. Apple has admitted that as batteries age they deliberately, through software, limit the amount of current the device can draw in order to stop sudden shut downs. In other words, they slow the device to preserve the battery.

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Chances are you have hundreds of apps installed across your smartphone, tablet and computer. And many of those will be common apps that lots of people use. But there's probably a small subset of apps that you;ve found that not many other people know about. So, I'm asking what's your favourite app that very few people know about?

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Apple's retail stores have driven to be a boon for the company and their shopping centre landlords. Walk past any store and you'll find them a busy hive of activity that brings foot traffic to all around rhem. And while many of the potential customers in the stores are just "tyre kickers", looking what Apple has to offer or filching the free wifi, they have also proven to be the death of the local Apple reseller. And another is now facing down Apple as the Cupertino behemoth sets up shop in Melbourne.

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Veeam has announced the availability of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3. The new software allows enterprises to replace legacy backup offerings and manage availability for all workloads — virtual, physical, and cloud from a single Veeam “pane of glass". The new release also includes the company's Universal Storage API, a new storage interface that will allow Veeam to rapidly support new storage integrations going forward.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 build, Build 17063 or Redstone 4, is going to Fast Ring previewers and includes the promised Timeline feature. This allows you stop a task on one WIndows 10 device and then pick up from where you left off on another, much like macOS's Continuity.

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Wi-Fi startup PoweredLocal is launching a national mesh Wi-Fi network that will merge its 2,100 Wi-Fi access points in venues and retailers across Australia. The aim is to address what the company says are some key pain points with existing public Wi-Fi offerings such as slow data speeds and excessive login screens. Do we need more free Wi-Fi? And it seems that there is a hidden cost with this free service.

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Last week, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to change the classification of the Internet from a carrier service, where no one type of internet traffic could be prioritised over another, in favour of rules that allow service providers in the US to give priority to different types of internet traffic, mainly for the commercial benefit of service providers. Those rules, theoretically, come into effect 60 days after they are published in the Federal Register. But a challenge in the US Senate, as well as court proceedings, might slow the whole process down.

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Let's be honest. There are a lot of things that have not gone well for NBNCo. From sweeping policy changes that the Coalition Government introduced, to deployment challenges and some "creative marketing" on the part of RSPs (Retail Service Providers), there are some things that clearly could be done better. But not everything that is wrong with broadband access is the fault of the NBN.

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It has been revealed that a marketing stunt has left many Firefox users thinking their computers had been hacked. An add-on, called “Looking Glass 1.0.3", has been officially installed with recent builds of Firefox. It's an AR game that lets people play along using clues from the hit TV show Mr Robot. But it's also a warning to software developers to not let marketing teams get too cute.

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It was only a couple of weeks ago when I suggested that the age of the iOS jailbreak was coming to an end. But then, last week, a Google researcher revealed how an exploit in iOS 11.1 could be used to create a new tool for side-loading "unauthorised" apps to an iOS device. Apple promptly released a patch for that in iOS 11.2 (and then 11.2.1 to deal with a HomeKit vulnerability). But it seems Apple hasn't plugged all the jailbreakable holes.

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This year will, I think, be remembered for many things. But on the technology front, it will be the year that collaboration systems really started to hit their straps. Continuing that trend of improvement and evolution, Dropbox has revamped the iPad experience for their collaboration tool Paper as well as adding Outlook calendar integration and the ability to link events from the Google or Outlook calendars to notes.

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Microsoft has quietly added beta versions of an SSH client and server to the next major update of Windows 10. The SSH client and server will allow admins and developers to securely connect to other systems without needing a third-party app like the popular PuTTY.