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If someone asked you to describe the entire global technology landscape, you'd probably just shake your head and declare the task as impossible. But Mary Meeker, from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, does that each year. Her report has been released and it details everything from global smartphone shipments, to how much time we spend online to the growth of China as a major global tech hub.

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Most security reports are pretty dull. They tell the same story. The bad guys can get into almost any system, spend weeks or months there, exfitrate data and generally run amok. They use social engineering attacks or exploit vulnerabilities to find their way into networks. But the Carbon Black report, released today focusses on something else - the malware marketplace.

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Analyst firms IDC and Gartner have released their take on the PC market for the third quarter of 2017. Gartner said worldwide PC shipments totaled 67 million units in the third quarter of 2017, a 3.6 percent decline from the third quarter of 2016. In contrast, IDC reported shipments of traditional PCs (desktop, notebook, workstation) totaled 67.2 million units in the third quarter of 2017 - a slight year-over-year decline of 0.5%.

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Australians bought over 980,000 PCs over the second quarter of 2017 representing year-on-year growth of 3.3% according to research released by IDC. While the education and SMB sectors contracted slightly compared to the same period last year, consumer, government and enterprise buyers opened the check books and let the credit cards loose.

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The Black Hat and DEFCON events bring together the black, white and grey hat communities to share information about what's really what when it comes to information security. Thycotic surveyed attendees at this year's Black Hat conference to find out what works and doesn't work when it comes to protecting data.

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If you're one of the millions of Australians that downs coffee or other caffeinated beverages to get through the work day, here's some good news. A new scientific review on the safety of caffeine says drinking up to four cups of coffee, or about 400mg of caffeine, is pretty safe.

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The world can be a dangerous place, especially for careless travellers. Though the US State Department focuses on alerting American tourists of the risks, its warnings can also provide Australians with additional information when deciding upon a holiday destination. However, those warnings don't always paint a clear picture. Turns out, the countries issued the most travel warnings aren't always the most dangerous.

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Scarcely a day passes when I don't receive a report from some analyst or research organisation informing me of how a new product has saved a bunch of companies a massive sum of money, or how a product has been identified as a leader or innovator in their chosen market niche. But can we trust these reports?

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Copyright laws poorly reflect the digital reality we live in today, which is why the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has been conducting a long-running investigation into how they might be changed. Those recommendations have finally been published this week and could affect creative work online and even whether you can record TV shows to watch later, but what exactly do they mean -- and will any of the proposed changes ever happen?