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Business lessons from #CensusFail: Always plan for the worst

Whatever business you’re in, fortune favours the prepared when it comes to major IT projects. The Australian Bureau of Statistics was left with egg on its face after the nationwide Census website went into meltdown on the big day, leaving millions of Australians staring at an error message. The site remained offline for days, calling… More 


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Google’s killing Chrome Apps

In Australia Google’s ChromeOS based laptops, known as Chromebooks, occupy a relatively small space in the overall IT ecosystem. They’re typically sold as budget-range computers costing only a couple of hundred dollars, with the key hook being that instead of running, say, Microsoft Windows, they’re instead using Google’s Chrome browser (essentially) as the operating system…. More 


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How do you transfer your files?

The other day, while testing out a laptop, I needed to get some files onto it for evaluation purposes. They’re files I need on a frequent basis, so a copy of them lives on a USB flash drive hooked to my key ring, which is how I’d ordinarily have copied them across. The only problem… More 


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Pokémon GO could help Augmented Reality step out of the shadow of Virtual Reality

Apart from ensuring the iGadget generation gets their daily exercise, Pokémon GO could also be a shot in the arm for the oft overlooked realm of Augmented Reality. Virtual Reality gets plenty of attention these days with a range of long-awaited VR headsets finally hitting the shelves such as the PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and… More 


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Reliable backups are your last line of defence against cryptolocker ransomware

Hackers can’t hold your business data to ransom if you’ve got backup copies tucked away safe and sound. Rather than stealing your business data, some hackers find it easier and more lucrative to sneak malware onto your computer to encrypt your business data. They then demand money in return for the password so you can… More 


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How much control should you have over your hardware?

The most recent update for Apple’s iOS, iOS 9.3.4 doesn’t actually do a whole lot. You might expect that, because it’s a minor point release, updating iOS from 9.3.3. We’ll see a full version release, iOS 10 before the end of the year, and possibly as soon as mid-September depending on whether the current run… More 


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Windows Anniversary Update: Ink impresses, but we’ll wait for other features

The deadline has just passed for the “free” upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users to score a copy of Windows 10, so if you’ve avoided Microsoft’s rather pushy insistence on upgrading, it’s going to be a more expensive proposition outright from now on. If your computing needs are only moderate it’s reasonable to expect… More 


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Ultra HD Netflix coming to more lounge room players

As the National Broadband Network finds its way to more Australian homes, it’s getting easier to enjoy Netflix in super-sharp Ultra HD. Ultra HD is four-times sharper than Blu-ray but to see the improvement your lounge room needs a tech overhaul. Firstly you’ll need to invest in an Ultra HD television, which have become much… More 


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Does your business need an executive dashboard?

While business nous, gut instinct and a head for numbers will get you a long way, a dashboard helps you visualise your raw business data so you can see how you’re tracking and view the road ahead. If it’s your job to keep your business on track then you’ve probably got a fair idea of… More 


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Will inflight Internet change the way you travel?

The explosive growth of mobile networks, especially in Australia has left us with relatively few spaces where you can’t check in online, whether your passion is for Pokémon Go, share trading, Facebook or email. It’s particularly notable in Australia because we’re a massive nation in geographic terms, but with a small population that’s mostly concentrated… More 


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