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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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Wed, 20 Oct 2021 04:00:00 +1100
Google’s AI-powered Pixel 6 translates texts, removes photobombers
The latest Pixel smartphones, which are the first to use Google’s in-house Tensor processor, are all about on-device smarts.
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Tue, 19 Oct 2021 15:58:01 +1100
With Voice Plan, Apple pays you to use only Siri for music
With Voice Plan, users can pay less for their music subscription if they’re willing to lock themselves in to Apple’s ecosystem.
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Tue, 19 Oct 2021 08:58:52 +1100
Apple unveils new powerful MacBooks, less-expensive music subscription
The laptops are powered by a new version of Apple’s in-house M1 chip, continuing the company’s move away from Intel.
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Fri, 15 Oct 2021 09:10:38 +1100
Predictably, the Windows 11 interface is both better and worse
Windows’ first big overhaul in many years is full of refinements, but it also pushes you towards multitasking modes and Microsoft services you might not like.
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Thu, 14 Oct 2021 11:00:00 +1100
With Series 7, Apple Watch has hit its innovation ceiling
Apple’s latest watch is its best ever, with a surprisingly useful larger screen, but each year brings fewer meaningful upgrades.
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Thu, 14 Oct 2021 08:00:00 +1100
Apple says iPhones at risk of being hacked if App Store forced open
Apple says that attempts to force it to allow downloading from outside of its secure iPhone App Store - a process known as “sideloading” - could put consumers at risk.
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Wed, 13 Oct 2021 13:57:31 +1100
QNED? Neo-QLED? Mini-LED? Deciphering the latest TV tech acronyms
If you’re after a great new television, it’s easy to get confused by the latest serving of alphabet soup.
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Wed, 13 Oct 2021 09:12:26 +1100
Technology a lifesaver for Lifeline
Crisis support service Lifeline has seen demand from Australians in emotional distress spike amid the uncertainty of the pandemic and is using the latest technology to help it deliver.
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Tue, 12 Oct 2021 17:58:24 +1100
Social media must take the lead in protecting the community
Facebook must do more to fight cyberbullying and protect the mental health of its users.
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Mon, 11 Oct 2021 07:39:34 +1100
Instagram and Facebook to introduce new features to limit teen addiction
Facebook and Instagram will launch new features aimed at reducing social media addiction and misinformation after allegations the company’s algorithms fail to adequately protect teenagers online.
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Sun, 10 Oct 2021 00:00:00 +1100
‘It looks a lot like addiction’: Kids battle technology dependence in lockdown
For Melanie Kai Murray, the long months of lockdown have wreaked havoc with her attempts to keep healthy limits on the amount of time her teenage sons spend on technology.
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Sat, 09 Oct 2021 23:34:42 +1100
Facebook is weaker than we knew
The truth is that Facebook’s thirst for young users is less about dominating a new market and more about staving off irrelevance.
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Sat, 09 Oct 2021 05:00:00 +1100
Dossiers and cover-ups: Facebook puts profits before safety, whistleblower reveals
The damning testimony of a former Facebook employee in the US has confirmed Facebook and its family of products are damaging to society and individuals, particularly young girls.
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Thu, 07 Oct 2021 10:01:48 +1100
Amazon’s Twitch breached, exposing source code and payout information
Anonymous attackers post massive trove of data online, which experts say could be disastrous for the livestreaming site.
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Thu, 07 Oct 2021 00:00:00 +1100
Nintendo refines its revolutionary Switch console
Aside from a stunning OLED screen, the new Switch makes several small tweaks to address some of the popular system’s flaws.
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Wed, 06 Oct 2021 14:42:36 +1100
Microsoft is serious about its double-screen Duo smartphone
You might argue there’s little to gain from the software giant stepping into the smartphone space, but Microsoft is doubling down.
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Wed, 06 Oct 2021 11:26:34 +1100
How to choose a smart assistant for your home
With Amazon’s latest collection of Alexa-powered devices, is it time to introduce a smart assistant to your house?
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Tue, 05 Oct 2021 11:40:00 +1100
Facebook outage a reminder of just how stuck with the web giant we are
Facebook’s position as part of the internet goes far beyond its role providing mindless entertainment. For a lot of people, Facebook’s services are the internet.
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Thu, 30 Sep 2021 08:30:00 +1000
A pleasant, pricey monitor to help you look your best on video calls
Poly’s Studio P21 has integrated lights, speakers, a microphone and a camera to make for a simple and cosy video call hub.
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Thu, 30 Sep 2021 08:10:00 +1000
Facebook’s next act: replacing the iPhone
Facebook’s new tech chief Andrew Bosworth is at the forefront of the social networking giant’s efforts to reinvent itself.
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