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It's the system for building systems that we should be correcting.

The only unforgivable failure is the failure to learn from past failure.

Tom DeMarco: "Controlling Software Projects - Management Measurement & Estimation"


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Thu, 13 May 2021 15:49:54 +1000
Does your $2000 phone really need a $100 screen protector?
While it’s easy to see how a case can protect a phone, it’s harder to see the value in getting a screen protector. But it’s still worth considering.
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Thu, 13 May 2021 09:02:15 +1000
AirTags aren’t foolproof, but they are a less abusable tracker
Compared to other makers of location tracking tags, Apple has put a lot of thought into making its product difficult to use as a stalking tool.
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Wed, 12 May 2021 15:37:28 +1000
You really can get audiophile headphones for less than $50
A set of cans I kept seeing celebrated online seemed too good to be true. But incredible sound actually can be yours for $39, with some aesthetic sacrifices.
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Tue, 11 May 2021 10:40:00 +1000
What is an iPhone? Apple’s Epic Games stoush will not be its last fight over the App Store
Is Apple abusing a monopoly over how over a billion iPhone owners download their apps? The question seems to be one that serves mainly to lead to more questions.
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Mon, 10 May 2021 16:43:46 +1000
‘In the public interest’: ACCC’s Sims urges Federal Court to hear Apple v Epic Games case
The consumer watchdog has made the unusual move of requesting to speak at a court case between two tech giants, after Apple successfully had the matter suspended.
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Fri, 07 May 2021 11:02:41 +1000
A picture perfect return for Pokemon Snap
It may be more passive than the usual battling and monster poaching, but taking photos of Pokemon makes for a surprisingly great time.
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Fri, 07 May 2021 00:01:00 +1000
Apple and Spotify’s podcast plays could leave smaller shows behind
The tech giants are pushing to own podcast subscriptions within their respective apps, but independent content creators are worried they will get squeezed out.
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Thu, 06 May 2021 11:04:52 +1000
New 4K streaming boxes to upgrade your TV’s smarts
You no longer need to settle for an inferior picture or trade in your television entirely when it gets too old to run the latest apps.
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Tue, 04 May 2021 15:06:43 +1000
Innovative LG’s departure leaves a void in the smartphone market
As Apple, Samsung and their many imitators continue their very careful paths forward, a true innovator has been forced out.
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Sat, 01 May 2021 00:01:00 +1000
ACCC’s tracking win over Google a small step in the right direction
Big tech is still choosing to treat privacy policies like marketing documents and more pressure will be needed to dispel the opaque terms they impose on consumers.
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Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:00:00 +1000
Apple silences talk the world has hit ‘Peak iPhone’
Even in a week when other Silicon Valley giants have broken financial records, the riches detailed by Apple’s quarterly results are hard to comprehend.
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Thu, 29 Apr 2021 15:18:10 +1000
The next-generation tech powering Apple’s humble AirTag
The AirTag is one of the first consumer electronics to support a new wireless technology, ultrawideband, which lets you detect precise proximity between objects.
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Wed, 28 Apr 2021 11:48:38 +1000
‘Significant issues’: Apple, Google app marketplace power a concern for ACCC
Watchdog takes aim at Google and Apple, the strongest indication yet the companies may face fresh regulations following a five-year inquiry.
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Wed, 28 Apr 2021 09:50:11 +1000
Gadgets to give your old game consoles an extra life
From wireless controllers to HDTV-compatible video converters, the market for devices that bring your old consoles to modern standards has never been fuller.
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Wed, 28 Apr 2021 00:04:00 +1000
Parents should accentuate the positives in the young digital world
Scott Morrison is worried social media is a tool of the ‘evil one’ but children can thrive if devices are used safely.
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Tue, 27 Apr 2021 11:06:13 +1000
As iOS 14.5 rolls out, here’s everything new on your iPhone
From new privacy controls to a workaround for Face ID while wearing a mask, the new software is more packed than your usual .5 update.
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Tue, 27 Apr 2021 03:30:12 +1000
Apple’s iPhone privacy clampdown arrives after 7-month delay
Apple is following through on its pledge to crack down on Facebook and other snoopy apps that secretly shadow people on their iPhones to help sell more advertising.
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Sat, 24 Apr 2021 00:01:00 +1000
The ‘artisanal genius’ of creating iPhone-breaking hacks
When the FBI wanted to unlock the iPhone of a shooter following a 2015 mass killing, and Apple refused to help, the bureau had to turn to Aussie expertise.
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Fri, 23 Apr 2021 09:34:49 +1000
Oddworld’s return infuriates, rather than intoxicates
Unfortunately given its good looks and soberingly worthwhile narrative, Soulstorm’s rigidity will make it unpalatable to all but the most diehard Oddworld fans.
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Fri, 23 Apr 2021 08:48:26 +1000
Home coffee that doesn’t cost the Earth
Automatic coffee machine allow the convenience of pods, with the flexibility and sustainability of grinding your own beans.
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