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Belkin's WeMo is a pretty decent set of home automation kit that covers light bulbs, switches, cameras, motion sensors and energy monitoring gear. It is possible to get it to play nicely with other equipment if you're prepared to tinker with IFTTT but the company has finally released a new device, the WeMo Bridge, that lets you link various WeMo devices to Apple's HomeKit ecosystem.

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Red and Blue teaming is a commonly used technique for honing the skills of information security teams. But setting them up and ensuring you have access to enough appropriately skilled participants can be a challenge for many businesses. Cisco has worked to allay some of those challenges through the establishment of Cyber Range - an environment that simulates over 50 real world threat scenarios. And, last year, they let teams of high school students loose in Cyber Range during a Cyber Games competition held at La Trobe University.

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With wireless charging now becoming ubiquitous with Samsung, Apple and others embracing the tech with various smartphone models, it's interesting to note many major gadget makers have gone with the Qi standard. But it wasn't so long ago that the rival PMA standard, championed by one-time market leader Powermat, was leading the charge. But with Powermat joining the Wireless Power Consortium, we are now moving on from wireless charging's version of VHS vs Beta or Blu-ray vs HD DVD.

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While we were sleeping Apple dropped an update for iOS users that addresses Spectre - the two vulnerabilities that make it possible for items in kernel memory to be available to user processes. Although there aren't any known exploits for this, and the related Meltdown vulnerability, in the wild the update is an important one for all iOS users.

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If you've got a Western Digital My Cloud, you'd best hit the software update button and install the latest firmware upgrade. Security researcher James Bercegay says over a dozen different models have a hard coded back door that lets anyone log in using a specific username/password combination.

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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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Security researchers revealed disastrous flaws in processors manufactured by Intel and other companies this week. The vulnerabilities, which were discovered by Google's Project Zero and nicknamed Meltdown and Spectre, can cause data to leak from kernel memory -- which is really not ideal since the kernel is central to operating systems and handles a bunch of sensitive processes.

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Changing career paths, getting an idea for an app out of your head, or just learning something new and useful are all great reasons to get started programming. Learning a programming language might sound as intimidating as learning an actual foreign language, but with the right tips, hints and resources (conveniently provided below), you can go from bumbling bash user to the viscount of vim.

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This week, news of massive security vulnerabilities afflicting every modern model of Intel processor went public, even as developers for practically every major platform frantically rushed to roll out fixes. Much more information has now become available about Meltdown and Spectre, a group of attack methods malicious parties could use to break into some of the most sensitive inner workings of any device using the affected CPUs.

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There's small screwups and big screwups. Here is tremendously huge screwup: Virtually all Intel processors produced in the last decade have a major security hole that could allow "normal user programs - from database applications to JavaScript in web browsers - to discern to some extent the layout or contents of protected kernel memory areas," the Register reports.

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The latest nasty security scourge plaguing the internet is cryptojacking. By running hidden code on a seemingly ordinary webpage, hackers and disreputable webmasters can highjack your CPU's processing power in order to mine cryptocurrency, line their own pockets, and kill your performance. Opera is now the first web browser with a built-in tool to fight off this practice - and hopefully it won't be the last.

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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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Apple is running a secret project, condenamed Marzipan, which will allow developers to build a single app that will work Apple's smartphone, tablet and computing devices. This will likely help bolster the offerings in their macOS App Store which is languishing behind its iOS sibling.

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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.