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It's been in the works for nearly a year and Google's great ad-pocalypse is now upon us. The Chrome browser has begun to automatically filter out ads that don't meet certain quality standards. As a result, your browsing experience is about to change a little bit. Here's what you need to know.

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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.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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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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My mum's hard to shop for before the holidays. A lot of parents are, I'm sure. But with mum, you get no clues beyond the classic, "Oh I have plenty of stuff." When pressed, she might offer, "I liked that candle you got me for my birthday that one time." Any other suggestions are met with the simple, "You know spending Christmas with you is all I ever really want." Same to you, Mum, but I'd also like to get you a nice gift!

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The Guardian are currently running a poll to find Australia's favourite bird and, perhaps surprisingly, the Australian White Ibis is sitting pretty ugly, at the top.

Some people aren't all that happy about that and sure, I get it, they creepily stare at you while you eat and then scrabble for your scraps. But I put to you what has become a controversial opinion, backed up by facts: they don't deserve the hate.

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The Matrix movie title credits show falling green digital code. If you know Japanese, the katakana characters will look familiar, but where did this code actually come from? The man who created the title sequence recently revealed the source: His wife's Japanese cook book. 

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Your home Wi-Fi might not be as secure as you think. WPA2 -- the de facto standard for Wi-Fi password security worldwide -- may have been compromised, with huge ramifications for almost all of the Wi-Fi networks in our homes and businesses as well as for the networking companies that build them. Details are still sketchy as the story develops, but it's looking like a new method called KRACK -- for Key Reinstallation AttaCK -- is responsible.

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You'd think it wouldn't be surprising that a movie that begins with the words “a long time ago” is in fact about the past, but here we are. By now, it's clear that Disney's Star Wars sequel trilogy (Episodes 7, 8, and 9) is defined primarily by its relationship to the past -- and that Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi is doing its best to upend everything about how this works. The Last Jedi is a Star Wars film, but not how we know it. The key to all of this is history.

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It's likely that you've got details of your whole life stored on your phone -- the people you know, the banks you've used, the videos you've wasted hours watching -- and you don't necessarily want that info getting out into the wider world. If you're keen to lock down your handset against unwelcome visitors, you need to take a few steps.

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Ah, that fresh smell just after it rains. It brings a sense of calm to the world. But did you know that it could kill you? That's right, rain launches (mostly harmless) bacteria into the air and in rare cases it can spread disease. Scientists didn't fully understand how the process works until now.

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Recent research out of Harvard Business found women in the technology sector have 50 per cent less access to funding, and only 7 per cent of venture capitalist money supporting their products -- but the women who are financed typically perform 63 per cent better than their male counterparts.

There are a growing number of initiatives actively impacting the gender disparity in the tech sector - from Girls Who Code to Female Founders Fund - but we don't hear about the success stories from these initiatives often enough. Let's take a moment to highlight the careers of nine female entrepreneurs from all over the world.

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Anastrozole, a medication for breast cancer treatment, costs $19.20 for a box of 30 1mg tablets in Australia. In Britain, it costs $2.45.

On average, prescription medication costs four times more in Australia than the rest of the world, and it means six per cent of patients are either delaying, or just not taking necessary medication.