As Aussie football fans fume over Optus Sport's unreliable FIFA World Cup streaming from Russia, Optus admits it underestimated the challenges of playing on the world stage. Optus insists it didn't skimp on the backend infrastructure required to stream World Cup matches to the nation. So what went wrong?
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It feels like every website today wants to send you notifications, regardless of how big or small they are. Visit a page in Chrome, for instance and you'll often see a dialog in the top-left asking you to allow notifications. If you're sick of seeing these, it is possible to rid yourself of them forever... or selectively, depending on your mood.
Online retail giant Amazon’s decision to block Australian shoppers from its US website has prompted an outpouring of anger from its customers. However, economic statistics indicate the actual value of online purchased products entering Australia from international marketplaces is relatively low. While some shoppers will be disappointed by Amazon’s decision, others will simply find ways around the geoblock.
We could all imagine better uses for $US30,000 ($39,942), but if you've got the money to blow, I guess you could use it to build this utterly ridiculous workstation / gaming setup. And once you were done, you'd have a long, hard look in the mirror and ask yourself: "Am I an idiot?"
Yes, yes you are.
It happens to every parent eventually. One moment, your child is asking innocent questions about the Wiggles. The next, they want to know where babies come from. I call it the 'awkward question time-bomb' - it comes without warning and poor preparation can be catastrophic. Here are some firsthand tips from a survivor to help you get prepared.
Do not be me. I was desperate for a new Apple laptop to replace my dying 2012 one and as soon as the 2016 Macbook Pro with Touch Bar was available to buy I ordered it. This was a major redesign for Apple, and experience with other products told me that buying the first generation of a new laptop would be a very bumpy ride. I did it anyways.
iOS: Apple's iOS recently joined Android in offering a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode. Unlike the normal iOS "Do Not Disturb", this mode also lets you auto-respond to anyone who texts. And you can activate it any time, not just when you're driving.
Today's popular container formats, such as Matroska (MKV), can hold multiple audio tracks, usually for different languages. It can be the case that the first track isn't English, which means you'll have to constantly change it over, especially if you've queued multiple videos. If you're using VLC, there is a way to fix this.
Twitter loves to ruin your timeline with all kinds of clutter. The worst kind is tweets from people you don't follow, which Twitter shows you only because people you do follow "liked" them. Isn't that what the retweet button is for?
Wikipedia doesn't often get new user-facing features, which is definitely a good thing. Information should be presented in as clean and easily-digestible way as possible. That doesn't mean Wikimedia never improves things — in fact, it's just debuted "page previews", which show article links as small boxouts when you hover over them.
Does anyone read the Terms of Service for anything they buy or sign up for? And I don't mean "glance at it to acknowledge its existence;" I mean sit down with a cup of coffee (maybe a carafe, depending on how long the document is) and go over everything the manufacturer or company wants you to know about. We don't blame you if you don't, but you should.
Microsoft doesn't give you much of choice when it comes to installing Windows 10 updates, even when it can be incredibly disruptive. Fortunately, there's now a way to block updates, permanently or temporarily, using a new tool called "StopUpdates10".
iOS: The red notification badges that pepper our iPhone home screens are mostly useful, but sometimes they can be downright annoying. For example, you're probably sick of seeing that ugly red dot sitting on your iPhone Settings app, a permanent reminder that it's time to set up Apple Pay. Thankfully, there's a simple solution hiding in plain sight - if you don't want to (or can't) link your credit card to Apple Pay.
At the turn of the century, the world's leading companies discovered this newfangled thing called the internet. Ever since, there has been an endless procession of PR stunts masquerading as April Fools' gags come April 1. As annual traditions go, it's somewhere between ostentatious Christmas lights and Talk Like A Pirate Day on the annoyance scale.
Most of their output is pretty groan worthy - but among the lame jokes and cynical hard sells are a few genuinely inspired creations. Some perfectly skate the line between ludicrous and plausible while others are just plain funny. Here are the best fake ads and products of 2018 so far.