Computers

HP recalls laptop chargers after burns, property damage

12:36 PM   Australians who use some models of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq computers are being urged to return a troublesome power lead that can overheat, causing fires and burns.

Government low-balling us on second-rate NBN

The NBN's Multi-Technology Mix threatens to put us back where a started – a nation of digital haves and have-nots.

Adam Turner   11:52 AM   Justifications for the Multi-Technology Mix only add up when you ignore the inconvenient numbers.

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Is high-def the new piracy excuse?

The new Doctor has an old face, but those wrinkles go to waste when the ABC only screens <em>Doctor Who</em> in standard-definition.

Adam Turner   The ABC will simulcast Doctor Who every Sunday morning, but you can be sure that some Aussies will still turn to the BitTorrent channel.

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Why can't I hear the dialogue on my TV?

If you struggle to hear movie dialogue from the couch, don't just pump up the volume.

Adam Turner   Rather than cranking up the volume, there are better ways to hear muffled voices on your television.

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Hands on: Strike Alpha smartphone car cradle

The Strike Alpha iPhone 5 car mount securely attaches your smartphone to the windscreen.

Adam Turner   With flexibility, a tight grip and a passive antenna booster, Strike Alpha's smartphone car mounts make it easier to use your phone behind the wheel while staying on the right side of the law.

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Mac

Running Windows on the new Mac OSX

Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is here, and it's got an emphasis on speed, with Windows documents opening almost 50% faster.

Pete Pachal   A new version of Parallels — the software that lets you run Windows on a Mac — is almost here, too, and this time there's a big emphasis on speed.

Hands on: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft's hybrid Surface Pro 3 aims to offer the best of both worlds.

Adam Turner   Microsoft's latest hybrid is part tablet, part notebook and all class.

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Computers

Windows 9 could be coming sooner than you think

Beta software for the next major version of Windows, expected to be called Windows 9, may be available as a public download as early as September.

Pete Pachal   If you upgraded to Windows 8 or 8.1 and want out, there may soon be an alternative to simply downgrading to Windows 7.

Do we need more ads on television?

How many ads will you sit through before you no longer care who has the X Factor?

Adam Turner   Will we sit through 20 minutes of ads per hour during prime time?

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Foxtel slashes Presto movies to $9.99 p/m

Australian video services are preparing to battle Netflix, but has Foxtel's Presto been taking us for a ride?

Adam Turner   If Foxtel can halve Presto pricing after only five months, was gouging us to begin with?

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Hands on: LG G3 Android smartphone

LG's G3 5.5-inch smartphone sporting a Quad HD 2560x1440 IPS LED display.

Adam Turner   Large and in charge, LG's G3 ups the stakes in the Android screen wars.

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Gadgets on the go

Fox extends early movie releases to Australia

It remains to be seen if Fox's Digital HD release of <em>Noah</em> opens the flood gates on early legal movie downloads.

Adam Turner   Blockbuster movies are online weeks before their DVD/Blu-ray release as Fox extends its Digital HD program to Australia.

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Why can't the government get its internet spying story straight?

ASIO says Attorney-General George Brandis is wrong, it doesn't want to track our browsing history without a warrant.

Adam Turner   Shifty or merely incompetent? Now even ASIO has weighed in.

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Dendy joins the digital queue

Coming soon: Online movies.

Adam Turner   Australian independent chain Dendy Cinemas is launching an online movie store

Piracy

Australia's Digital Content Guide - olive branch or slap in the face?

Australia's new Digital Content Guide is nothing more than a list of local content services.

Adam Turner   Telling us where to spend our money isn't the same as offering us a better deal on movies and music.

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Gadgets on the go

When can we copy our DVDs?

Music on CD and movies on DVD/Blu-ray are all just ones and zeros on a disc, but Australian copyright law treats them differently.

Adam Turner   The copyright debate should cover our rights, not just our responsibilities.

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Phones

Hands on: Nokia Lumia 930 running Windows Phone 8.1

Nokia's Lumia 930 has undergone a brushed aluminium makeover at the hands of Microsoft.

Adam Turner   Extra screen real estate and a great camera will please the Nokia faithful, but the curvaceous Lumia body has undergone a utilitarian makeover.

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Gadgets on the go

Why do subscription services still suck?

Don't expect a subscription content library to put the world at your fingertips.

Adam Turner   All-you-can-eat subscriptions sound great but they can leave a bad taste in your mouth.

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Gadgets on the go

Piracy crackdown misses the real crime

Advice from Google and others that piracy is primarily a "pricing and availability" problem has fallen on deaf ears, the government would rather listen to the likes of Village Roadshow.

Adam Turner   Hollywood demands government help so it can keep ripping us off.

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Will Netflix declare war on Aussie geo-dodgers?

Netflix is preparing for an Australian launch, even though it already has up to 200,000 local paying customers.

Adam Turner   Aussie video services are circling the wagons, but will Netflix be its own fiercest competitor?