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In 2009, then-Prime Minister and Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd launched the National Broadband Network -- building fibre infrastructure to 93 per cent of Australian homes, the largest public works project in Australian history. In the last eight years, though, the NBN has transformed drastically -- including a fundamental change in design after the 2013 election won by Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party. After a few years in the wilderness, Kevin Rudd is back in the spotlight, and he's throwing shade at the farce he thinks the NBN has become.

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When I think about retro games, forget Mario, Sonic or even Tetris. I think Zork. The quirky text adventure, published by Personal Software (and then Infocom) back in 1980, screwed with players in many, many ways (when it wasn't sending grues after them). I thought I knew its best secrets -- that is until prominent developer Ryan C. Gordon‏ revealed the granddaddy of them all... and the most underhanded use of randomness I've seen in a game for a while.

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The command line (or Terminal for you Mac fans) is a throwback to a simpler age of computing, before mouse pointers and application windows and desktop wallpaper. Back when it was just you and a window full of text. Operating systems have long since evolved beyond the humble command line interface, but there's still no better tool for quickly disseminating complex information in your operating system -- and you can actually do some other pretty cool stuff with them, too.

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From HTML to CSS, there are hundreds of programming languages out there, and companies across every industry are willing to pay top dollar for those skilled in them. While you could go the conventional route and sink four years of study at a university, SitePoint Premium offers an alternative that will get you up to speed with today's top programming tools for a fraction of the time — and money.

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Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to be a coding prodigy to build your own website. In fact, with the way DIY web building tools are progressing, you don't need to know a single line of code to create your own page online. Take Blocs 2 for example. Powerful and easy to use, Blocs 2 for Mac is a visual web design tool that lets you create beautiful, modern websites using an intuitive, code-free interface.

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Microsoft has added Time Travel Debugging (TTD) to the latest version of WinDbg Preview. TTD allows developers to step back and forth through code execution so they can more easily analyse the conditions leading to a failure.

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Last week, Apple updated their Swift programming language to version 4. Initially released during WWDC in 2014, Swift replaced the Objective C language developers were working with to create iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS applications. There's a compatibility mode that supports Swift 3 code and you can combine new and old code as the previous version and the new can peacefully coexist.

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Video game publishers are notoriously secretive about the budgets behind their games, but when a number does slip out, it can be shocking. Games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make, which is tough to fathom -- until you do the maths.

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If you've ever tried cooking dinner for a group, you know that coming up with something that everyone is excited about can be a bit of a challenge. Dinners at my house typically involve one person coming up with three things they would enjoy eating, and then the other person (or persons, depending on the night) choosing what they would prefer from those options.

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Skillsoft has launched CodeX, a new virtual coding practice lab that provides coding exercises with embedded video content. It offers hardware labs for products from Cisco, Microsoft, VMware and CompTIA with tools such as Android Studio 2.3.3, Eclipse, Eclipse Neon, IDLE 3.4, IPython (Anaconda 4.4) and Microsoft Visual Studio.

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With giant strides being made in machine learning, cloud computing, and web development, it's safe to say that the tech sector is booming. As a result, a myriad of jobs are opening up in the field—you just need some training to get your foot in the door. Now on sale for more than 90 percent off, the Ultimate Computer Science Career Bundle can get you acquainted with the essentials without breaking the bank.

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The iPhone 8 is set to release soon, and the hype is real: with rumors already circulating of features like facial recognition, AR capabilities, and upgraded storage, Apple's latest release is already making some serious waves in the industry.

To get you ready for its arrival, (and the onslaught of new development opportunities are sure to come) here are some top iOS courses!