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Samsung and Microsoft team up for the Galaxy Note10

Samsung has long pitched its “Note” line of larger smartphones as being perfect for folks with a productivity focus for their smartphone work. A few years ago, it introduced a specific desktop dock for its Note and Galaxy S class phones, the DeX dock. Drop a qualifying Samsung phone into a DeX dock, and what… More 


Intel unveils its faster Ice Lake processors

For most of us, buying a new laptop is a matter of expediency, not outright tech desire. We’ll make do for as long as possible on an older system until it simply isn’t economical — or sometimes feasible — to continue working with it or repairing it. When that happens, market figures suggest that most… More 


Does Apple’s MacBook Pro still live up to its Pro billing?

Apple recently made some pretty large changes to its line of MacBook laptops. In recent years there’s been an array of choices, from the very small “MacBook” through the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines. Some of these had the newer butterfly keyboards and Apple’s own Touch Bar sensor, while others didn’t. If you didn’t… More 


Tax time plus tech equals easier scams, so don’t get fooled

It’s tax time for many Australians, with some of us dreading debts while others plan for what they’ll do with a refund. Before you reach that stage, however, you’ve got to file your actual tax return, and this is where many of us can come unstuck. I’m not speaking here of the complexity of tax… More 


Your “waterproof” phone isn’t really waterproof.

The ACCC is engaging in court action against South Korean technology giant Samsung. The ACCC alleges that Samsung has made false representation around its popular Galaxy smartphones. Specifically a feature of the higher end models, typically the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones that offer water resistance. The ACCC’s claims that Samsung’s advertising shows Galaxy… More 


Being tracked online is annoying, but it’s not hard to limit

The modern Internet runs on advertising, whether it’s those annoying pop-up or obscuring ads that get in the way of the content you really want to read, or pre-roll ads on video streaming sites. What’s less well understood by many everyday consumers is how all of these ads essentially play “together” to build a profile… More 


As the NBN nears completion, it’s smart to plan ahead

We’re nearing the end of the build phase of the National Broadband Network, which is due to be “completed” by 2020. I don’t want to touch on the politics of it to speak of. Many Australians are already on the NBN by now. If you’re not, you’re probably within the typical 18-month window for switchover… More 


Apple’s MacBook Pro recall highlights the laptop battery problem

Do you own a MacBook Pro? A lot of people do – in recent years while many manufacturers have struggled to expand their market share, Apple’s ridden a wave of iPhone popularity to sell folks on its MacBook line of laptop computers. They’re sold on the basis of Apple’s premium brand, and its general reputation… More 


5G is here, and it’s fast — but don’t rush

The next generation of mobile connectivity has launched in Australia. 5G brings with it the promise of faster connection speeds, lower latency and all-new use cases for mobile data. Well… sort of. At a technical level, the 5G networks of Telstra and Optus have customers accessing data on them. However this is only under very… More 


Apple kills iTunes and 32-bit apps in macOS Catalina

At its WorldWide Developer Conference recently, Apple laid out its software vision for the next version of macOS. That’s the software that runs its Mac line of computers. If you’ve got an iMac, MacBook or a Mac Pro, the next version of macOS will functionally be macOS 10.15. You won’t see that version number too… More 


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