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As Office 365 continues to become Microsoft's core productivity software platform, the premium, ad-free version of outlook.com is being shutdown with its features folded into Office 365 as of today. That means the only way to get an ad-free cloud-email service from Microsoft will be to pony up for the dearer Office 365.

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Vayyar Imaging has created the WalabotDIY - a device for home renovators and DIY enthusiasts that can see through objects, liquids, and materials. As someone in the midst of a bunch of renovating, it's devices like this that give me confidence to put a nail or screw into a wall without fear that I'll create a disaster.

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Dear Lifehacker, I am looking for some career advice. I am currently studying a Certificate III in IT Networking and Digital Media. Without talking myself up too much I am doing well and really enjoying it. It is only a six-month course and is about to finish. I would like to do the diploma course which is a further 12 months.

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By now, many will have read about how Apple fired an engineer who worked on the iPhone X after his daughter posted a video review of the phone after other reviews were already online. Was this a draconian and overbearing act by a company who isn't afraid to call the lawyers out over product leaks? Or was Apple reasonable in firing an employee whose daughter posted a video?

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Google has changed the way you can localise searches. While the default option has usually forced you to the local search site - enter google.com and you get redirected to google.com.au - it has been possible to push Google to other locations. (If you wanted a localised British search you could go to google.co.uk, for example.) But now, the company will automatically direct you to your local Google regardless of the address you enter.

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Many businesses invest heavily in Data Loss Prevention (DLP) systems that prevent users from intentionally or accidentally leaking sensitive data. But a recent incident at Heathrow Airport highlights the challenges. An unencrypted USB stick containing security arrangements from the queen and other information was found on a street by a man in West London.

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Harassment and abuse on social media freaking suck. What also sometimes sucks: various platforms' inability or reluctance to effectively deal with it. But sometimes you've got to focus on what you can control and let go of the rest, which in this case means reporting harassment.

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While many of us are going to wait quite a while longer for the NBN to roll up our streets, 400 Australian Defence Force sites have been tagged to get access to the "world class broadband network". The sites will be upgraded so personnel serving on them will be able to access high-speed broadband to keep in touch with their families and friends all over Australia and the rest of the world.

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One of my favourite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation is "The Measure of a Man". In that episode, the personhood of the android Lieutenant Commander Data is legally argued with Capitan Picard and Commander Riker forced to lock horns in a court to determine whether Data should be afforded the right of self determination. While that might have been science fiction, the European Union is considering a similar matter, with a resolution to afford robots legal status as "electronic persons" being considered.

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For most of its 42 year history, Microsoft has based its profits on the Windows and Office cash-cows. Perpetual licenses, special deals with OEMs, licensing agreements with corporate customers and regular paid product upgrades drove the company's revenue for decades. But today's Microsoft is a different beast. With significant growth in almost every significant financial measure, Nadella's Microsoft is recording double digit growth on the back of revenue streams that didn't exist less than a decade ago.

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McAfee will no longer allow governments to review their source code. Russian defence agencies have been reviewing the code for some time, in order to certify that the software is safe. But fearing that any vulnerabilities that are found and kept secret and then weaponised by intelligence agencies, the company is stopping the practice.

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It seems that we can't get through a week without some new cyber-nasty rearing its ugly head. I'm finding the best part of all this is the imaginative names that new threats come with. It's like the bad guys have marketing departments. So, this week, the ransomware marketing machine has dredged up BadRabbit.

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Android 8.1 is an update to Oreo that will offer optimisations and enhancements to the most recent release of Android. If you're enrolled in the Android beta program, you'll soon see the update arrive as an over-the-air update. For developers, this is an oppritniity to prepare for any changes that are coming. For corporates, it's a chance to ensure the apps you rely on will work when the update has devices. Here's what's coming.

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A survey of 900 IT workers by One Identity found that Australian infosec professionals are among the worst when it comes to snooping with almost two-thirds admitting they have searched for information that is not necessary to their jobs. If you ask most CSOs and CISOs what they are most worried about and most will say internal threats are significant. But I wonder if they worry enough about their own departments.

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I looked at MyFiziq a while ago. The basic premise of their app and service is that they can conduct an accurate body scan, using your smartphone's camera and a bunch of algorithms calculate your body composition with a high degree of accuracy. While there are scales that can tell you your body-fat percentage or do can pay for a DEXA scan (figure on around $100 for each scan). MyFiziq gives comparable results. They've now signed a deal with Fitocracy, a huge health and fitness focussed social network, to offer their scanning tech as part of the on-boarding process for people looking to get fitter and track their progress.