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NNNCo rolling out Newcastle IoT network

The National Narrowband Network Company (NNNCo) will be building out a commercial-grade Internet of Things (IoT) network across Newcastle to enable smart cities applications, it has announced. NNNCo said it was chosen by Newcastle City Council at the start of this year after a competitive tender process, and will spend the next six weeks deploying a long-range wide-area network (LoRaWANTM) as a result. NNNCo CEO Rob Zagarella is hoping for the project to lead to similar rollouts across other Australian…

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The best TVs under £500 in 2018

You really don’t need to spend a fortune to own a leading-edge TV – there are some amazing TV bargains to be had right now, even if your budget is limited to £500 or less. While you might think you’re about to sacrifice all the good stuff to meet this price point, manufacturers have other ideas.  Ultra HD image resolution is now very much within reach, as TV makers shift the bulk of their production to 4K panels. But there’s…

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Microsoft is dropping its Windows Phone apps for Teams, Yammer, Skype for Business in May

How many times can Microsoft show it’s done with Windows Phone? The long, drawn-out death of Microsoft’s phone platform still isn’t over. Credit: Microsoft Late last week, Microsoft quietly acknowledged that it will drop support for the Windows Phone apps for Teams, Yammer and Skype for Business. This fact isn’t surprising to anyone who has been watching what’s been going on with Windows Phone over the past few years, but the suddenness of Microsoft’s declaration may catch some by surprise.…

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Razer Phone 2: what we want to see

The Razer Phone has set the standard for what a gaming smartphone should be. It has top-end specs, like so many flagship phones, but truly stands out with its 120Hz display. Tapping into its roots as a PC-focused company, Razer knows that games are only as good as the screen that you play them on. Looking forward, there’s a ton of potential for the Razer Phone 2. From the more obvious improvements, like jumping up to Snapdragon 845, to design…

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Best multi-room speakers for iPhone & Mac: Great Sonos alternatives

Apple’s HomePod got excellent reviews for its sound quality when it was launched earlier this year, but there were criticisms. Some felt its Siri voice technology was not as ‘smart’ as some of its rivals, such as Amazon’s Alexa; the promised ability to pair two HomePods together for true stereo sound had gone missing; and (most disappointingly for many people) you couldn’t stream music to multiple HomePod speakers in different rooms around your home. AirPlay 2, an update to Apple’s Wi-Fi streaming software, will provide…

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Best Sonos speakers 2018 – Tech Advisor

Sonos is famous for its wireless multi-room speakers but it can be hard to know which one is best for you. We explain everything you need to know about Sonos including the app, controller, music services, features, reviews and more. Founded back in 2002 in California, Sonos has been setting the bar and leading the way in the multi-room speaker market for a long time. Designed to be easy to use, stylish and sound great, there’s little not to like about the…

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Brazil sees launch of cryptocurrency and blockchain association

The Brazilian Association of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain (ABCB) has been launched in São Paulo last week with the aim of increasing the debate around digital currencies with the government. As well as government lobbying around regulation – the Brazilian Central Bank has already expressed its concerns around a possible bitcoin bubble last year – the new association, started by Brazilian fintech Atlas Project, also wants to lead projects focused on absorbing global advances around cryptocurrencies and blockchain, its supporting technology.…

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Micromax is reportedly testing their electric vehicles

Indian consumer durable company Micromax Informatics is reportedly planning to enter the electric vehicles and battery production space.  According to ET, the company is in advanced stages of executing the testing formalities for e-vehicles and has also gotten approval for some of their lithium battery categories too. Industry sources have told ET that Micromax is eager to enter into the two and three-wheeler electric vehicles category. The company is said to be testing vehicle prototypes and they have also got…

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Hawaiki cable rollout completes | ZDNet

The $350 million Hawaiki Transpacific Submarine Cable System has completed its final landing in American Samoa, with the United States territory to gain access to 200Gb of additional capacity from the cable. The final splice will be completed ahead of the 15,000km subsea cable, connecting Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii and the West Coast of the US, going live in June. “With Hawaiki’s Transpacific Cable Network, Pacific Nations will soon have more than enough capacity to comfortably support crucial…

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PayPal Australia introduces a new $6 fee for overseas money transfers

PayPal Australia has made a number of changes to its financial services guide, including adding a new $5.99 fee for overseas personal money transfers to a “friend and family member”. If all or part of that transfer is covered by a credit or debit card, Aussies will also cop a 2.6% fee, plus a currency conversion fee. Before the updated terms, this fee was 2.4%. It’s important to note that the new fees are incurred by Australian account holders sending…

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​What’s the most popular Linux of them all?

Let’s cut to the chase. Android is the most popular of all Linux distributions. Period. End of statement. But that’s not the entire story. Still it must be said, according to StatCounter, Android is the most popular of all operating systems. By a score of 39.49 percent to 36.63 percent, Android beats out Windows for global personal device supremacy. Sorry Windows, you had a nice run, but between your smartphone failures and the PC decline, your day is done. But,…

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Philips wants to help you doze off more effectively

You know the drill – you go through a ridiculously long and tiring day, just counting down the hours until you can head home and curl back into your bed. You finally turn in for the night and wait for the peaceful lull of a glorious night’s rest – but it never comes. In fact, when you wake up in the morning you feel even more tired than when you went to bed, and the vicious cycle repeats itself. According…

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Google Chat and RCS, Linux apps on a Chromebook, end of ZTE, and new Moto phones (MobileTechRoundup show #430)

Google has tried a few messaging apps over the years so Kevin and I are excited that it may finally have found something to compete with iMessage. MobileTechRoundup show #430 kicks off with some thoughts on Chat. Image: ZDNet All about Google Chat and RCS Linux apps on Chromebooks with Project Crostini Is ZTE done with Android thanks to the US? First look at Android Go (sub-$100 phones) New Moto G6 and E6 handsets announced Matt’s writing about wearables on…

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Apple is offering to replace the battery on some 13-inch MacBook Pros

If your 13-inch, non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro has been hit by a nasty issue of an expanding battery, Apple has got your back – the company has launched a battery replacement program for affected laptops, which apparently are only a few in number and were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017. “Apple has determined that, in a limited number of 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) units, a component may fail causing the built-in battery to expand,” says Apple.…

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Apple is offering to replace the battery on some 13-inch MacBook Pros

If your 13-inch, non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro has been hit by a nasty issue of an expanding battery, Apple has got your back – the company has launched a battery replacement program for affected laptops, which apparently are only a few in number and were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017. “Apple has determined that, in a limited number of 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) units, a component may fail causing the built-in battery to expand,” says Apple.…

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Pivotal makes solid Wall Street debut, looks for longterm growth

Pivotal closed its first day on the New York Stock Exchange with shares modestly up from its list price of $15, trading at $15.40 at market close. That gives the company a market capitalization of $3.9 billion. While Pivotal, under the ticker symbol PVTL, made less of a pop than other cloud companies that recently made their market debut, such as Zuora, Pivotal CFO Cynthia Gaylor called the day an “exciting milestone.” She added, “We think pretty long term about…

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