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Microsoft takes aim at Apple

Tim Biggs 10:08 AM   Company unveils trio of new phones, a tablet and its first ever laptop, all running Windows 10.


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Apple makes iCloud opt-out

Tim Biggs   Users setting up a brand new iPhone or iPad will no longer be asked whether or not they'd like their content sent to Apple for storage, syncing.



Why Microsoft Office has had its day

David Glance   As mobile changes the way we communicate, we need Microsoft's ancient suite of software less and less.


Life's too short to rush into software updates

Adam Turner   Whether it's Apple iOS 9 or Android 6.0, Windows or Mac, there's no reason to rush into major software updates.



Huawei's G8: an iPhone wannabe

Ben Grubb   Review: Huawei G8 proves you can buy a cheap Chinese phone and not have to deal with too much "nasty" factor.



Telstra fixes Apple services after issues

Tim Biggs   Telstra users are complaining of unusually slow download speeds when accessing Apple services.



Ad blocking on iPhone: is it worth it?

Brian X. Chen   Our tests look at loading times, data usage and the effect on battery life when blocking and not blocking ads.


Grand final finally screens in high-def again

Adam Turner   This weekend's AFL and NRL grand finals will both screen in high-definition as part of the HD sport revival on free-to-air television.


Swipe up: Tinder's new 'super-like' function

Kate Aubusson   Tinder's got a brand new feature- the 'super-like'.

Microsoft Sydney store gets opening date

Ben Grubb   Microsoft reveals its first Australian store will open in Sydney in just over a month's time.


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Gadgets on the Go

Online TV guide IceTV put into voluntary administration

Adam Turner 9:13 AM   After ongoing delays in delivering its Skippa video recorder, Australian EPG provider IceTV has been forced to call in administrators – leaving hundreds of Skippa pre-order customers empty-handed.

Social Radar

Grey nomads navigate Facebook land

John Elder   In her first week of taking an online course through the Copenhagen Business School, Melbourne woman Justine Raczkowski was challenged to name a social problem that needed solutions.


How my Apple Watch saved my life

Garry Barker   I woke up feeling a bit odd. I strapped on my Apple Watch, unlocked the iPhone, and then felt for my pulse on my right wrist. Soon I was in the hospital cardiac unit for observation and treatment.


Nothing succeeds like 6S

Terry Lane 11:45 PM   The "s" upgrade step for iPhones is generally thought of as interim and incremental, but for photographers the new phones move the camera components even further from 1975. This "s" is a big deal.