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St George Bank, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA hit by another outage

Ben Grubb St George Bank, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA customers furious following second outage in two months.

Microsoft takes on Apple in Sydney by copying Apple's retail experience

A Microsoft employee welcomes customers.

Ben Grubb If it wasn't for promotional material surrounding the launch of Microsoft's Sydney CBD store on Thursday, one might have mistaken its launch for that of an Apple store.

Fairfax Media, Google on the hunt for a coder who cares about the future of news

Fairfax Media

Ben Grubb Google's News Lab partners with Fairfax to offer a fellowship to create new types of journalism.

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Explainer: what you have to fear (or not) from metadata laws and phone bugs

Uncertainty and complexity: Michael Lawler demonstrates his unorthodox and possibly illegal phone recording technique.

Ben Grubb From this month, Australian telcos are required to store records of your email, internet, mobile and landline use for up to two years.


NBN Co buys 1800 kilometres of copper to make Malcolm Turnbull's fibre-to-the-node network work

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the recommendations would make the banking system stronger.

Ben Grubb Lots of copper cable purchased at a cost of $14 million to make fibre-to-the-node network work.

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Metadata retention changes explained

Metadata reveals your digital footprint.

Ben Grubb Starting on Tuesday, October 13, Australian telcos such as Telstra and Optus are required to start storing metadata logs pertaining to people's email, internet, mobile and landline use for up to two...

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Questions raised over Malcolm Turnbull's use of private email server

Conciliatory: Malcolm Turnbull.

Ben Grubb Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull continues to use a non-government email server to conduct communications with others.

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The real reason St George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA are suffering a long internet banking outage

St George Bank, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA have suffered an outage.

Ben Grubb It was meant to be a simple task - turn the computer on and off again while performing scheduled maintenance.

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'This is an absolute joke': St George Bank, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA internet banking outage leaves customers stranded

St George Bank, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA have suffered an outage following scheduled maintenance.

Ben Grubb Tens of thousands of Westpac-owned St George Bank, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA customers were reeling on Monday following an outage of online, mobile, and telephone banking at the banks.

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'What we have is a game changer': UNSW researchers to reveal breakthrough in quantum computing

An atomic-scale transistor made by  UNSW researchers unveiled in 2012.

Ben Grubb Australian researchers to unveil major advance in the road to building quantum computers.

Huawei G8 smartphone coming to Australia

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Ben Grubb Technology Editor Ben Grubb takes a look at Huawei's G8 smartphone, coming to Australia later this year.

NBN's 'Sky Muster' satellite gets launch date

The Sky Muster satellite being built.

Ben Grubb There are fewer than fifty days until the company building the nbn will blast its first broadband satellite 36,000 kilometres into orbit.


CommBank suffers major Eftpos, Netbank outage


Ben Grubb CommBank suffered an almost three-hour long major outage on Friday.

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Hands on with the Apple Watch

An Apple Watch is displayed at 'Apple Watch at Isetan Shinjuku' inside Isetan Shinjuku department store in Tokyo April 10, 2015. Apple Inc expects tremendous interest for its new smartwatch and demand to outstrip supply as consumers get an up-close look on Friday at CEO Tim Cook's first major product. Underscoring its strategy to market the watch as a fashion accessory, Apple is selling it through a handful of high-end stores including Selfridges in London, Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Tokyo's Isetan department store. REUTERS/Issei KatoClick to play video

Ben Grubb Apple Watch pre-orders begin April 10 at 5pm . Here, an Apple employee runs us through some of its features during a fitting.

'Good outcome' for Dallas Buyers Club

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Ben Grubb RAW VISION: "this is just the first step in the process" says Michael Bradley, the lawyer representing Dallas Buyers Club in landmark piracy case.

Living with a smartwatch

Ben Grubb Deputy technology editor Ben Grubb reviews the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch.

Australian venues ban 'narcissistic' selfie sticks

Ben Grubb Selfie sticks, dubbed "wands of narcissism", targetted.


From Tumbarumba to beyond: It's blast off for Aussie Chris Boshuizen's satellite start-up Planet Labs

Australian physicist Chris Boshuizen with one of his small satellites.

Ben Grubb Chris Boshuizen, an Australian physicist from country NSW, who previously worked at NASA, hopes to one day be able to count every tree on Earth.

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Satellite service Tomnod and internet crowd stand ready to find missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501

Last contact: An official from Indonesia's national search and rescue agency in Medan, North Sumatra, points to the position where AirAsia flight QZ 8501 went missing off the waters of Indonesia.

Ben Grubb The satellite service used in an attempt to help find missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 says it stands ready to search for AirAsia flight QZ 8501.