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What to do when your hard drive fails

Your hard drive is one of the most important parts of your computer or laptop because it’s where everything is stored. Your hard drive stores all your programs, applications, files and photos, so it can be very stressful and frustrating if something goes wrong. Almost everyone encounters a hard drive error at least once in


Starlink offers satellite broadband options – but how good are they?

Recently, Elon Musk – yes, that Elon Musk, of Tesla and SpaceX fame – launched a new product in Australia, and indeed globally. Starlink is a satellite based broadband service that spans the globe, technically delivering fast broadband to just about anywhere. While Starlink had been in limited release for a North American audience since


Apple’s next iOS update might solve mask issues (with a catch)

One of the nicest features of Apple’s iPhone range of smartphones is the ability to unlock the phone using nothing more than your face. Apple calls it “FaceID”, and rather than having to remember a passcode or passphrase, you can unlock your phone with just a glance. Android phones have something similar, with a face


2021 major tech trends to watch out for

2020 was an interesting year, wasn’t it? While we were all challenged to survive the stay home orders, technology was also put to the test. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom – technology allowed us to work from home, stay in touch with the people we care about and helped us learn how to


Laser printer or Inkjet: Which printer is best?

While the quantity of paper I print on has dropped over the years – especially in my own case where far more of my writing these days appears online rather than in printed format – there’s still a solid need for many of us to own a printer of some sort. While there are some


What are your alternatives if Google drops search in Australia?

The battle between search giant Google and proposed media legislation that would require it to pay major news organisations for linked content – which I’ve discussed previously – heated up recently, with Google stating that it would pull its search services from Australia if the rules as proposed become actual law. There are arguments for


How to fix and reduce a laptop from overheating

We’ve ALL been there. You’re working away on that big monthly report for work and all of a sudden you start to hear what sounds like a fan going into overdrive. Panicked, you pick up your laptop and it’s super hot to the touch! Your computer starts working slower than usual and you even get


At CES 2021, Razer shifts from gaming to health with the world’s smartest mask

Every year since 1967, the US Consumer Electronics Show, or CES for short shows off the latest in technological innovations and products that manufacturers are hoping to bring to market. Back in 1967, that would have encompassed a lot of radio and TV products. You don’t so much see radio as a key part of


4K, 8K, Full HD – What’s the difference?

As I’m writing this, the Consumer Electronics Show that would usually take place in Las Vegas is instead being staged entirely online, due to the ongoing pandemic issues. CES has for the longest time been the place where big consumer electronics companies show off their latest TV innovations, and while it’s not debuting this year,


Tado Smart AC Control V3+: How smart can your aircon get?

Like many Australians, I survive our hotter summer months thanks to the invention of air conditioning. Not that I can’t sweat it out when I have to, but equally, a good AC unit can make a hotbox of a home into something considerably more comfortable. Air conditioning isn’t a new invention – I looked it


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