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Simpler 'buy' buttons aim to make mobile shopping less painful

Companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are trying to bridge the gap between smartphone browsing and desktop purchases.

Conor Dougherty, Hiroko Tabuchi 8:46 AM   Even as we spend more and more time staring at our phones, desktop computers remain the preferred form of online shopping.

MOBA: the four letters that could change mainstream gaming forever

<i>Smite's</i> Xbox version is being launched this week.

Tim Biggs 3:54 PM   The reinvention of gaming as a spectator sport has become a phenomenon, and game-makers want to make it mainstream.

Telstra 2G 'Nana phones' living on borrowed time

Many old Nokia handsets are ready for retirement as Telstra prepares to shut down its 2G GSM mobile phone network.

Adam Turner 2:47 PM   Australians relying on Telstra's old 2G mobile network have less than 18 months to buy a new handset and SIM card if they want to stay with Telstra.

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The best messaging service you're probably not using

Diehard: On iMessage I would silently judge you if your speech bubbles were green and not blue.

Peter Wells 12:00 AM   Telegram is my favourite cross-platform chatting client. But what is the point of a great chat service if none of your friends are there?

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On-demand home cleaning in a Whizz

Cleaning up: Whizz founders Adam Abrams, Julian Tobias and Mark Bernberg.

Beverley Head 12:00 AM   With Spring approaching, Mark Bernberg wants to Whizz in your pool.

Next Mark Zuckerberg is not who you might think

Is this what a successful start-up founder looks like? Rarely, some investors say.

Claire Cain Miller   How start-up investors are broadening their horizons in hopes of funding the next big thing.

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Chilly weather turned a routine nitrogen gas release into a visual spectacle

Nitrogen gas during a controlled release near the Science Teaching Building at the Australian National University. 5th July 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

Henry Belot and Georgina Connery 8:31 AM   Cold weekend weather during a routine nitrogen gas released had some thinking there was a bit of hocus pocus happening on Sunday around the ANU Sciences Building.

Five new 'supermassive' black holes discovered

Supermassive blackhole: Some types of supermassive blackholes shoot out jets of electrmagnetic radiation including radio waves which can be detected by radio telescopes.

1:10 PM   Five monster black holes that were previously hidden by dust and gas have been uncovered by astronomers.

Spiders can sail across water like ships

A spider uses its silk as an anchor on water.

Nicky Phillips 12:14 PM   Spiders can sail across water like ships, using their legs as sails and their silk as an anchor. It's the kind of discovery that makes arachnophobes quiver.

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Telstra 2G 'Nana phones' living on borrowed time

Adam Turner 2:47 PM   Australians relying on Telstra's old 2G mobile network have less than 18 months to buy a new handset and SIM card if they want to stay with Telstra.


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'Generation Free' teens have no concept of paying for content online

Laura Demasi   Forget generation Z – today's youngsters are generation "free" when it comes to how they consumer music and TV content.



Apple hopes to call the tune with new Music

Garry Barker   A flood of new developments was launched at this year's World Wide Developer Conference.


See the future in a mirrorless camera

Terry Lane   DSLR cameras appear to be close to extinction.