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Why our troubled NBN has turned into a massive blame game

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There’s a lot of finger pointing going on when it comes to the NBN. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says it’s all Labor’s fault and that the NBN was set up the wrong way with billions of dollars wasted. And today if a customer complains about their NBN service the telco blames the NBN and the NBN blames the telco. And the customer is still stuck …

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Is Apple’s new iPhone X going to be worth the price

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Since Apple unveiled the all-new iPhone X at the launch event last week the focus has been as much on the price of the deice as it has been of the new features, design and the new technology onboard. At $1,579 (64GB) and $1,829 (256GB) – the iPhone X will not only be Apple’s most expensive phones but the most expensive phone on the market. …

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Despite all the technology the NRL Bunker is still getting it wrong

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There’s two things we love here at Tech Guide – tech (of course) and sport but one area where these two areas have merged with disastrous results is in the NRL bunker which this weekend saw some questionable decisions that brought some teams’ seasons to an end. The first weekend of the semi-finals has been embroiled in controversy courtesy of some questionable decisions that affected …

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Pauline Hanson’s illegal drone flight highlights our cowboy attitude to safety

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Senator Pauline Hanson flying a drone where she’s not supposed to is just one example of the cowboy attitude many people have towards flying unmanned aerial vehicles safely. The kerfuffle over Hanson’s brief flight with the DJI Mavic Pro in a built-up area in Townsville has brought to light how little many drone owners know about where they can and can’t fly. And it was …

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Why Australia’s NBN rollout has become a worldwide embarrassment

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It’s a sad state of affairs when Australia is featured in the New York Times about how incompetent we are when it comes to technology. The latest report is about how we’ve bungled the NBN rollout. The previous mention was last year when the Australian Census website acted like it was the 1950s and made us the laughing stock of the world. Sadly, both of …

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Has Facebook crossed the line trying to target insecure teens for advertisers

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Facebook has set the alarm bells ringing after it was revealed the social media giant was developing tools to target insecure teenagers with advertising based on their emotions. One advertiser was shown a 23-page proposal, obtained by The Australian, which claimed Facebook could detect when children as young as 14 were feeling insecure, worthless, stressed, stupid, overwhelmed, useless, defeated and serve up advertising best suited …

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Will texting bays solve the problem of drivers using their phones on the road

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We all know there’s a real issue with people texting and using their mobile while they’re driving but do we really needs special texting bays on our roads to help curb the problem? That’s exactly what they’re doing in Western Australia in a special trial that will run till the end of April – designated texting bays. The West Australian Road Safety Commission came up …

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Should you be worried the CIA is spying on you through your device

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There’s been lots of hysteria since WikiLeaks latest data dump yesterday which claimed the CIA could break into computers, phones and even smart TVs and spy on you. So should you be worried? The authenticity of the documents can’t be confirmed but they detail how the CIA have allegedly developed tools to break onto iOS devices – that’s iPhones and iPads – as well as …

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What we can expect from Samsung after putting the Note7 dramas behind it

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After enduring several woeful (and costly) months dealing with the Galaxy Note7 issues, Samsung revealed the causes and can now put the episode behind it – but where does the company go from here? The Galaxy Note7 was hailed as the most advanced smartphone ever produced when it was launched in August but it wasn’t long before the battery overheating issues began and eventually doomed …

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Why porn gaffe with Jarryd Hayne was a good demonstration of online dangers

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The pornography gaffe involving Norton ambassador and league star Jarryd Hayne was embarrassing to say the least but what it did was actually dramatically demonstrate the online dangers we’re all facing. I was at Robina State High School on the Gold Coast at the invitation of Norton – our Tech Guide podcast sponsor – to see the session run by Norton’s Nick Savvides and co-hosted …

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After the Galaxy Note7 disaster – here’s what Samsung needs to do

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Samsung’s decision to end the production of the embattled Galaxy Note7 was a brave one. It is foreign territory for the company which, until now, has been used to success. But where does it go from here? The birth and death of the Galaxy Note7 after such a short time has never seen before in the smartphone industry. First of all, this was Samsung, the global …

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Will we miss the headphone jack now it’s been removed from the iPhone 7

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What got the most attention with the launch of the new iPhone 7 wasn’t what was added to the device but rather what was taken away – the 3.5mm headphone jack. But are we really going to miss it? During the presentation showcasing the iPhone 7’s features, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said it took a lot courage to delete the jack that has …

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Why Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 recall couldn’t have come at a worse time

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Samsung’s global recall of its new flagship Galaxy Note7 couldn’t have come at worse time for the electronics giant and it could be a body blow to its position as the number one global smartphone brand. While Apple unveils its new iPhone in a few days, Samsung will be dealing with a massive recall of the Note7. In this competitive market, the battle at the …

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The unforgettable day I stepped inside the world of the Rocky films

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There are not many 40-year-old films that have lasted the test of time and still have a huge fan-base all these years later. The original Rocky film – the winner of the 1976 Oscar for Best Picture – is one of those films. This is a tale of a down-on-his-luck boxer whose million to one shot at the title made him prove to himself that …

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Is technology helping the standard of NRL refereeing? ABSOLUTELY NOT

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If you need any more evidence that the NRL bunker and the technology they are using is ruining the game of rugby league, then take a look at the howler of a decision to deny Souths winger Joe Burgess what seemed like a perfectly fair try in the match against Manly. Video referee Ashley Klein looks like getting sacked for the farcical decision, and rightly …

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Is the latest Telstra campaign enough to repair the company’s brand?

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After seven outages in six months and facing the wrath of thousands customers, Telstra has kicked off a fluffy new TV campaign that’s designed to rebuild the brand to its former greatness. And on the latest Telstra Exchange Blog, written by Joe Pollard Telstra’s group executive of media and marketing, it talks about the “next evolution of Telstra’s brand”. But is this enough for angry …

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