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3D printers have been a boon for creative people and manufacturers. The ability to design and prototype objects has revolutionised many businesses and will only become more prevalent. As the technology continues to be democratised as prices fall, more different printing substrates become available and plans become more accessible. Porsche is getting on the act. The collectors and restorers of classic Porsche vehicles can now go to the German company when they need a hard-to-find part and have one made for them.

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As I mentioned last week, I've purchased an 11-inch MacBook Air. I've got a soft spot for great tech that was superseded and I've been using the MacBook Air (dubbed The Flash as all my devices are named for members or parts of the DC universe) over the weekend and today. While it's a decent computer, even though it's a few years old, it was never made to be a primary workhorse. And that means making a few sacrifices in what I install on it. Here's my minimal set up.

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We've all got some tech hiding at the back of a cupboard or in a box stashed under the house, in a roof space or under a bed. It usually falls in the "not needed but too good to throw away" catgegory. But what can you do with that technology? Instead of resorting to lobbing into landfill there are lots of options.

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macOS: Sure, Slack might be everyone's go-to workplace communication app, but that doesn't mean it's infallible (I won't even get started on @here). Take its bright white interface, for example. It might be great for long stretches of work from 9-5, but if you're on the night shift, or simply getting some quick missives off before bed, all that #FFFFF can mess with your sleep cycle. Instead use Sblack, the macOS app that converts your Slack app into one suited for night owls rather than early risers.

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The opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics was hit by a significant cyberattack that saw ticket holders unable to print tickets out from the Games' website and internet access shut down during the opening. While the organising committee says they have taken all steps to remedy the attack, they refuse to tell anyone about the source or any further details on what happened.

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The United States Senate has been looking into last year’s breach at credit rating agency Equifax. They’ve sent a letter to Equifax’s interim CEO, Paulino de Rego Barros Jr, saying the company provided the Congress with misleading, incomplete or contradictory information. Among the Senate’s accusation are the allegation that the scope of the breach was understated, the breach was the result of a series of failures and that the aftermath was botched.

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I have a small obsession with technology. OK, maybe not a small one. I love trying out the latest gadgets and tech on my eternal quest to find the gear that makes me most productive and makes work fun. I've owned more computers than I can recall from almost every major manufacturer. Of all the laptops I've owned, only one has ticked most of the boxes of acceptable compromises when it comes to form and function - the 11-inch MacBook Air. And that's why I hit the used Mac sites last week.

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Lots of interesting software is uploaded to GitHub but iBoot - a key component of iOS - has been made publicly available in a significant data leak. iBoot is the software that ensures a trusted version of iOS is loaded. It's basically iOS' BIOS and ensures that the operating system that is loaded is the signed version Apple has distributed.

It's the kind of thing threat actors and intelligence agencies would love to get their hands on.

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Podcasting was meant to be the great democratisation of the mass media. Suddenly, anyone with a recorder and an internet connection could create their own custom radio show, distribute it to a global audience of millions and reap a massive harvest of advertising and endorsement dollars. But, like many new technologies, there were some early winners who faded away once the initial buzz faded. Today, the most successful podcasts often come from commercial radio networks, with amateurs struggling to carve out a niche.

So, what does it take to create a great podcast? I spoke with Guy Scott-Wilson, the Content Director at Acast Australia to find out.

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The disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre computer vulnerabilities on January 2, 2018 was in many ways unprecedented. It shocked – and scared – even the experts. The vulnerabilities bypass traditional security measures in the computer and affect billions of devices, from mobile phones to massive cloud servers.

We have, unfortunately, grown used to attacks on computer systems that exploit the inevitable flaws resulting from vast conceptual complexity. Our computer systems are the most complex artefacts humans have ever built, and the growth of complexity has far outstripped our ability to manage it.

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Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn just over a year ago seemed like a weird deal to me but perhaps we're starting to see some of the fruit. The Microsoft Word Resume Assistant is rolling out to Office 365 consumer and commercial subscribers on Windows and will use insights from LinkedIn to create your new resume. Microsoft says about 80% of resumes are crafted in Word. By leveraging the information in your LinkedIn profile, it's easier to keep things up to date as you search for a new job.

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Microsoft and Google are running their main developer events at the same time this year, forcing developers to choose between the two events. While many businesses prefer a multi-cloud solution so they aren't locked in to a single provider, developers will have decide which platform will carry their conference attention in 2018.

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We've all done it. Over-written or deleted a file only to find out we really needed whatever information we just destroyed or damaged. So, what do you do? Is there a way out of this or do you just curl up in the foetal position and cry? There are options for recovering lost files. Some are easy, others are harder. let's look at some of the options.

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SpaceX has now launched the most powerful spacecraft since the Apollo era – the Falcon Heavy rocket – setting the bar for future space launches. The most important thing about this reusable spacecraft is that it can carry a payload equivalent to sending five double-decker London buses into space – which will be invaluable for future manned space exploration or in sending bigger satellites into orbit. But what about the environmental impact?

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A new report has found Aussie IT workers aren’t managing their work/life balance as well as their US counterparts. More than half of IT professionals surveyed experience sleep and/or other personal life interruptions due to a digital service disruption or an outage more than 10 times a week.

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New legislation has been introduced to the parliament that will make it easier for state, territory and federal departments to share facial recognition data in near real-time. Five separate facial recognition services will work together so that processes that used to take days can be completed in a time that allows law enforcement and other agencies to identify people more readily.