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Ben Grubb is the deputy technology editor of,, and

The Leap Motion reviewed

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Ben Grubb With the ability to track your hand movements, will this device spell the end of the computer mouse as we know it?

IT price report to pave way for cheaper goods


Ben Grubb Australians should be able to buy technological goods and services from overseas websites when they are cheaper than those sold in Australia, a parliamentary inquiry has recommended.


Who really invented the internet in Australia

Abbott and Turnbull

Ben Grubb Despite what Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says, Malcolm Turnbull is not the man who "virtually invented the internet in this country". Even if it was a joke, it's a bad one and it's wrong.

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Government shelves controversial data retention scheme


Ben Grubb Controversial scheme would have required Australians' internet and telephone activities to be stored for up to two years.

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Australian doctor withdraws lawsuit against Google

Guy Hingston

Ben Grubb An Australian breast surgeon who sued Google over an auto-complete search suggestion has withdrawn his case.


How ASIC's attempt to block one website took down 250,000


Ben Grubb Australia's corporate watchdog has admitted to inadvertently blocking access to about 250,000 innocuous websites in addition to the 1200 it had already accidentally censored.

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Gates on tax, giving his kids only $10m - and still doing the dishes

Bill Gates

Ben Grubb Microsoft chairman Bill Gates says that if governments want to tax Microsoft and other tech giants more they should just legislate for it to occur.

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Amateur sleuths crack North Korean secrets

David Jorm.

Ben Grubb An online community of amateur satellite sleuths are gathering intelligence about North Korea by comparing historical differences in satellite imagery.

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Government accused of sneaking in web filter


Ben Grubb The federal government has been accused of sneaking mandatory internet filtering through the back door after it inadvertently blocked 1200 websites using a little-known law.

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Tech Talk

Samsung Galaxy S4 roadtest

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Ben Grubb The Samsung Galaxy S4 is packed with innovative features, but are they just gimmicks? Ben Grubb finds out.


Online search tells market futures

Google speaker.

Ben Grubb Could Google searches reveal 'early warning' signs of sharemarket moves? Some think so.

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Online habits: what they feed you is all part of the equation


Ben Grubb Algorithms are dictating much of what we are shown on the internet - but is this a good thing? Ben Grubb delves into the secret world to find out.

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Distorted world view: how computers are doing our thinking for us

Ben Grubb Imagine for a moment an Airbus A380 aircraft configured with the ''perfect'' auto-landing algorithm. Every time the plane lands, it hits the same spot on a tarmac.

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Australia falls further behind in IT readiness


Ben Grubb Australia continues to fall in technology-ready global rankings because it is too risk-averse and conservative with IT spending.


Apple keeps warranty switch under wraps


Ben Grubb Apple's Australian stores will now fix faulty iPhones, iPads and Macs under warranty if they were purchased in the past two years - but don't expect the company's staff to tell you about it.

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Schools in the Cloud could teach children to teach themselves

Hole in the Wall computer.

Ben Grubb Sugata Mitra's 'hole-in-the-wall' computer in an Indian slum could spur an education revolution.

The email gaffe - how to control the damage

Gloria Modern Family.

Ben Grubb Sending an email to the wrong person or group can be embarrassing. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent such disasters.

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Vodafone faces class action by thousands of customers


Ben Grubb Lawyers launching a class action over claims Vodafone did not offer a reliable mobile phone network will seek ''tens of millions'' of dollars on behalf of thousands of customers.

Vodafone hit with class action

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Ben Grubb Sasha Ivantsoff, the partner leading the action for Piper Alderman, explains how to register in the class action against Vodafone.


Vodafone faces multimillion-dollar class action


Ben Grubb Lawyers launching a class action over claims Vodafone did not offer a reliable mobile phone network will seek "tens of millions" of dollars on behalf of thousands of customers.

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