Synek Somm – The Web-Connected Wine Dispenser That Adapts To Your Palate

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Household gadgets are becoming increasingly intelligent. Everything from washing machines to fridges are being connected to the Internet of Things – a network of devices embedded with electronics, software and sensors enabling these objects to collect and share data. And now this smart embedded technology is set to revolutionise the way we drink wine. The Somm, manufactured by Synek, is … Read More

How Driverless Cars Will Revolutionise Personal Transport

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The vast majority of cars on the road today are used only by their owners, and are not shared in any structured manner. But that’s all about to change. Within a decade or two, self-driving cars will become commonplace. Vehicles will coast around our towns and cities without a human behind the wheel. Imagine the day when an autonomous car … Read More

Australia’s New Cyber-Security Minister Acknowledges National Vulnerabilities

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Dan Tehan, the new minister in charge of the government’s cyber-security program, used his maiden public address to turn attention to our national security vulnerabilities. Mr Tehan warned that Australia’s exposure to hackers, cyber-terrorists and rogue states should be addressed as a matter of priority. In a speech to the National Press Club, the new minister, who was appointed to … Read More

The Cloud Evolution of Managed Services Providers

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With the rise of cloud computing, many analysts had written off the traditional role of Managed Services Providers (MSPs). As Public Cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) became increasingly powerful, reliable and affordable, it appeared that MSPs would be unable to compete. The original function of an MSP was to remotely manage a customer’s hosted technology, infrastructure and applications, … Read More

Slow Speed and Dropouts Causing Most Internet Headaches

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Australians are happier with their mobile service, but increasingly dissatisfied with their Internet connection. Over 112,000 complaints were lodged with the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) over the past year in relation to mobile, landline and Internet services. Mobile grievances fell by over 25% to a nine-year low, but complaints about Internet services rose 22% to a five-year high. Across mobiles, … Read More

Microsoft Upstages Apple With Surface Studio Desktop PC

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When Microsoft revealed its Surface Studio in October, the software giant put its rival Apple on notice. The new PC, featuring a breathtakingly thin display, intelligent design, and a convenient click wheel, has created a brand new category of hybrid tablet/desktop computer. The Surface Studio’s screen can pivot down to become a canvas, and the click wheel can be placed … Read More

Microsoft Edge Browser Offers Best Protection Against Socially Engineered Malware

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Socially Engineered Malware (SEM) refers to a type of attack that tricks users into installing unsafe software. The download may be disguised as a tool that makes your computer run faster, but in reality it’s a malicious application. And according to a recent report by cyber-security advisors NSS Labs, the Microsoft Edge browser is the most effective browser for blocking … Read More

Artificial Intelligence Taps Into the Mysterious Power of the Universe

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New research has discovered the reason why Deep Learning Artificial intelligence systems may be so effective. It turns out they’re designed based upon concepts that follow the fundamental laws of the universe. These deep neural network programs, consisting of multiple layers of algorithms, have proven to be incredibly adept when it comes to solving complex problems, such as defeating the … Read More

Google’s Pixel Smartphone Throws Down the Gauntlet to Samsung

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When Google announced its new Pixel smartphone several weeks ago, Google’s VP of product management, Brian Rakowski, described the device as “the best smartphone camera anyone has ever made”. A bold claim, considering the fact that Samsung and Apple have dominated the market for years. The announcement heralds Google’s ambition to be a world leader in smartphone hardware, and the … Read More

SanDisk Announces World’s First 1TB SD Card

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At a recent European trade show for photographers and videographers, SanDisk unveiled its latest SD memory card with a massive one terabyte of storage capacity – more than many home computers. The record-breaking card comes just two years after SanDisk revealed the world’s first 512GB SD card in 2014, and sixteen years after SanDisk released its first 64MB SD card. … Read More