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

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

'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.

Meet the phone cracker

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Ben Grubb Navid Sobbi explains what a treasure trove of information your phone can be and how to protect your information.


Thrill-seeking stunts elicit drone safety concerns

Fancy flyer.

Ben Grubb Drones are being used widely for many good reasons, but they are also a favourite tool for more unruly groups - pranksters and troublemakers.

NICTA CEO Hugh Durrant-Whyte resigns amid Abbott government funding cuts

Hugh Durrant-Whyte has resigned.

Ben Grubb The head of Australia's largest technology research operation NICTA resigned on Friday due to "differences of opinion" with the board over the lab's future, following funding cuts by the Abbott...

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Apple iPhone 6 reviewed

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Ben Grubb A must-have item, or just one for the Apple fan boys and girls? Fairfax's deputy technology editor Ben Grubb looks over the new phone's credentials.

Apple Watch and iPhone 6 first look

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Ben Grubb How will Apple's new devices be received by users spoilt for choice? Technology editors Ben Grubb and Stephen Hutcheon weigh in.


Proof of life on Mars? Conspiracy theories emerge over 'alien thigh bone'

Alien thigh bone? NASA says highly unlikely.

Ben Grubb Is this photo an alien or dinosaur thigh bone on Mars, as some conspiracy theorists have suggested?

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Dodo and ClubTelco suffer 'major technical issue' causing internet outage

Dodo customers were offline for most of Monday.

Ben Grubb Customers of budget internet service providers Dodo and ClubTelco across Australia were left without a stable internet connection for at least 12 hours on Monday after technical issues caused...

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