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With TPG set to launch a fourth mobile network, the rise of new WiFi based services and 5G set to become a reality, it's fair to say Australia's telcos are preparing for significant changes as we enter a new decade. Based on informed forecasts, here’s what Australia’s cellular network scene could look like by 2020.

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If your device, your carrier and your data plan allows it, you can turn your mobile phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot to get your laptop online. But just because it's a hotspot doesn't mean the rules of data uses don't apply. You'll still want to keep data usage down to a minimum. Here's how you can enjoy all the perks of a mobile hotspot without wrecking your wallet.

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With just two weeks until the new Samsung Galaxy S8 hits stores in Australia, it’s time to ask the tough questions. Is the edge-to-edge ‘Infinity’ display all it’s cracked up to be? What’s the deal with DeX and does it work?

But perhaps most importantly: is it cheaper to buy an S8 on a plan than an iPhone 7?

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One should never use one infographic as the Be All & End All of resume advice, but these are 18 tips proven by SCIENCE to help in the current climate. What hiring managers look at changes over time as new research comes out, buzzwords change, and people latch onto the latest trends to be noticed above everyone else.

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It’s becoming more common, especially with smaller businesses with a startup atmosphere, to have a casual interview where the conversation is allowed to go wherever. But while we’d all like for our job interviews to become a meeting of minds, inspiring and informative, research suggests your informal atmosphere may be shooting yourself in the foot.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest figures on internet activity in Australia show a huge jump in the number of people with advertised speeds of greater than 24 Mbps (that’s megabits per second, a measure of data transfer speed). That trend is significant because it suggests Australia’s appetite for faster broadband is growing apace, and that the NBN may be helping to drive adoption of higher speed internet.

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The NBN is a complicated piece of technology — the largest infrastructure project in Australian history. From its inception in 2007 as a mostly-fibre network to the multi-technology mix of 2017, it's evolved into a Byzantine mess both for customers to understand and for internet service providers to manage. The main pain point is congestion — a lack of virtual capacity on the network that slows some connections to a crawl. It's bad enough that some smaller ISPs are provisioning their own networks rather than relying on existing backhaul from NBN and their own competitors.

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Remember when the NBN was simple? We were all going to get some shiny new fibre optic cable all the way into our home or office and we'd be able to enjoy 100Mbps of speedy internet access. Then the politicians got involved and we ended up with something of a dog's breakfast - or dog's vomit according to some. So, what are the connectivity options that the NBN will deliver and how do they differ? Let's take a look.

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The ability to write creatively is a skill not many people possess. While typically linked to the arts, good writing is also fueled by a surprising amount of science. Exploiting this knowledge can help take your prose to the next level. With that in mind, here are seven scientific ways to improve your writing.

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Samsung's new flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, goes on sale on April 28. As is tradition, the world's tech-heads have been busy comparing how the new phone's features compare to its iOS rival. Following extensive hands-on testing, our colleagues at Tech Insider have put together a video showing everything the S8 has that the iPhone lacks. Watch and judge for yourself!

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Ongoing NBN installation faults have delayed the Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) rollout, while red tape has left hundreds of homes in broadband limbo for months – with relief finally on the way following Fairfax Media investigations. The move comes as NBN pushes to accelerate the nationwide rollout, recently putting another 90,000 complicated connections on hold amid the growing complexity of the Multi-Technology Mix rollout.

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Your smartphone already wears a number of hats: camera, MP3 player, and it can even make and receive calls — but with the right set of apps, you can do much more with your handset. Here are eight scientific instruments your phone is capable of transforming into.