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Catherine Armitage

Catherine Armitage is a senior writer at The Sydney Morning Herald. In a long career in journalism she has covered a wide range of topics including business, science, social issues, education, higher education, legal affairs, ideas and the future. She is a former higher education editor and China correspondent and has received numerous awards and scholarships for her work. She is currently writing about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse. 9282 3330.

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The 'selfie' is just the tip of online narcissism's iceberg

Catherine Armitage The selfie so proliferates that Kevin Rudd would stay Prime Minister if it counted more than votes.

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Internet steals the chance to forget our past failures


Catherine Armitage Forgetting gets a bad rap, but it's a building block of knowledge. ''It is how we construct ourselves as human beings, rather than flagellating ourselves about things we've done,'' Viktor...


Cracking up: why 'password1' won't keep you safe online from cyber criminals and hackers

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Catherine Armitage If you think a jumble of letters and numbers can keep you safe online, think again. The password as protector against internet intrusion is all but dead, fatally crippled by human fallibility and the...

Life is easier by degrees when uni offers a little sweetener

Jordan Gechevski

Catherine Armitage THINKING of attending the University of Western Sydney next year? Would you like an iPad with that? If you're already there, no steak knives sorry, but you can pick up a $50 gift voucher instead.

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Tech theory backwards

Alan Jones

Catherine Armitage Meme is a term coined by the scientist Richard Dawkins to describe a piece of culture that replicates.

Council uses phone apps to give power to the people


Catherine Armitage The City of Sydney will soon open its planning decisions to the digital masses, with mobile phone apps for citizens to send feedback to the council directly from the sites of proposed developments.

Apple will worsen my cable nightmare

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Catherine Armitage I don't care that there might be new cool stuff to do on the next iPhone, but I do care that there'll be more snaking cords among the writhing tangles which lie in wait around the house.

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Port in a storm as iPhone pin set to slim

Catherine Armitage SUPPLIERS to the Apple system are all aquiver at the rumour that the trademark fat dock connector used in the company's devices for the past 10 years will be dropped for Apple's next generation...

Tone betrays days when you could use a reboot

Computers  can now be used to monitor 'cognitive overload' at the desk.

Catherine Armitage COMPUTERS are pushing us to unprecedented levels of work achievement and productivity, so it is only fitting that they can now be used to monitor ''cognitive overload'' at the desk.

Break in transmission helps tweety birds to go cold turkey

Kate Toon

Catherine Armitage Some travel destinations are marketing digital detox holiday packages.

Gen Y shuts door on open-plan century

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photo Louie Douvis

Catherine Armitage Here's something new for the ''prairie dog'' office workers with their heads up over the partition, sniffing the workplace wind.

Rubber chicken feast for ridgy-digital gurus

Corey Robertson 10 (left) and Lochie Maher 10 (right) from Beecroft meet Steven

Catherine Armitage TO THE digital gaming industry and fans, ''Hex'' and ''Bajo'' are as Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton are to moviegoers.

App time, then nap time for happy little technomites

iPad app

Catherine Armitage AT AGE three, Lili Viall is an avid iPad app user. She has 20-minute ''app time'' sessions on her mother's iPad, which she likes to think is hers.

All work and no play thing of the past


Catherine Armitage Being at work is often like being in a computer game. You need to keep away from the beasts and monsters and build up your protective resources before you can start to get creative (Minecraft).

Morale of the story: a little woo goes a long way

Paul Armstrong and Karen Huby

Catherine Armitage SITBACK is a company that does ''web design and other digital things'' from a funky office in The Rocks.