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MacBook Air 2020 Review: Apple’s best value laptop

Alongside an updated – and rather pricey in its own right – Apple iPad Pro, Apple recently announced an update to its MacBook Air line of laptop computers. The new iPad Pro is a rather specialised system launching at a very unfortunate time for Apple, but the MacBook Air remains Apple’s play towards the more


Coronavirus isn’t stopping the online scammers

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic – which is, let’s not mince words here, a very serious issue indeed for every Australian – is seeing some swift and much-needed changes to the way we live our lives in order to maintain public health in these very difficult times. There are numerous businesses that are suspending operations, or


How To Make Laptops Last Longer

You’ve arrived home with your fancy new laptop and want to make sure that laptop lasts as long as possible. Good on you for thinking ahead and taking pride in your purchase! A laptop should last you many years if cared for properly. This article will explain some tips and techniques to ensure a long


Tech Tips For Working Or Studying From Home

The ongoing issues around the COVID-19 Coronavirus have many companies (where it’s applicable) trying to sort out ways for their workforces to work remotely, aka “work from home”. It’s an area I can actually claim a decent amount of expertise in, because I’ve mostly worked out of a home office for the best part of


Understanding your 5G choices

Vodafone recently launched its 5G network, joining the other big industry heavyweights Telstra and Optus in offering its customer base access to (potentially) quite high speed 5G broadband and mobile services. The potential of 5G is quite high; while what we’ve got in Australia now is what’s typically called “mid-band” 5G, operating mostly at 3.5Ghz


ACMA Moves To Secure Mobile Number Porting Safety

If you’ve ever changed the provider for your mobile service, you will have encountered the interesting state of mobile number portability. Australian consumers have been able to freely move between mobile providers while keeping their mobile numbers since 2001, which is extremely useful if you do want to switch for reasons of better coverage or


Samsung Galaxy Book S Review: Great battery life but it’s not quite Windows as you know it

I’ve recently had the opportunity to test out one of the first Samsung notebook PCs to grace our shores for some years. Overseas Samsung is quite busy in the notebook space, especially in business and gaming-specific laptops, but here in Australia it’s been a while since it’s offered up any Windows laptops at all. At


What is Data Backup and Why is it Important?

Of all the computer maintenance activities out there, having a backup of your important data is the one you really, really should take seriously. Anthony Hill, Head of Technology at Geeks2U, says that “lightning strikes and cryptolockers are the most common forms of data loss” he sees on a regular basis. Precious family photos are


TPG/Vodafone Merger Could Signal Broadband Price War

After significant tussles with the ACCC, the Federal Court recently gave the green light to the merger of telco giants TPG and Vodafone. While the ACCC has stated that it’s “considering” the judgement – and it technically has 28 days to launch an appeal – it’s almost certain that the merger will go ahead. Which


Google Maps Hits 15 Years As It Looks To Its Future

Google is best known for its dominance of the online search market, but that’s far from the tech giant’s only software offering. Outside of search, there’s one Google service I use more than any other, and that’s Google Maps. Google Maps recently notched up 15 years in operation, but what you might not know is


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