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OpenWorld 2017: What we learned about Oracle’s AI, cloud strategies

Oracle CTO Larry Ellison delivers a keynote speech at OpenWorld 2017. CHARLOTTE FIORITO/COMPASSPHOTOGRAHERS In 2016, Oracle used its annual OpenWorld conference to demonstrate its commitment to the cloud — and its drive to take on infrastructure leader Amazon Web Services. At this year’s conference, the tech giant continued to ramp up its cloud offerings, introduce new developer-friendly technologies to the Oracle Cloud and infuse it all with a healthy dose of artificial intelligence. Here’s what we saw from Oracle this…

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6 biggest announcements from Google’s Pixel 2 event

It turns out the long-rumored Pixelbook was a Chromebook, after all. It’s also a tablet if you want it to be, as the design allows you to switch effortlessly from tablet to laptop and to a tent display for interacting with the 12.3-inch touchscreen on a table. You’ll get around 10 hours of battery life from the device, as well as access to Google Assistant.  If you talk to Google Assistant, it’ll give a voice response, but if you type…

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Google’s $1,000 Pixelbook is what Apple’s MacBook should be

Google shows new Pixel Pen for Pixelbook Google has lifted the veil on its new $1,000 Chromebook, and it’s what the MacBook should be, but isn’t. Read also : iOS 11 battery life is terrible The new Chromebook — called the Pixelbook — is where I expected the MacBook of 2017 to be, but isn’t because Apple has become complacent and thinks that taking ports away is revolutionary. The Pixelbook has a lot in common with the MacBook. They’re powered…

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Google Pixel 2 XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s latest, greatest, and biggest smartphone. But, with the Google Pixel 2 XL finally arriving, it has to go head-to-head with the maker of Android’s best Android smartphone. Samsung may consistently sit at the top of the pack, but last year Google came out strong with the first Pixel phones. And if the Pixel 2 XL is a worth successor to the original, it could challenge the Note 8 on many levels. Let’s take a…

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How to install Kodi on an Apple TV: watch live TV & catch up on movies

Kodi is a hugely popular open source media player available for just about any device or operating system and offers something slightly different to standard media players. Customisation is key, and thanks to a number of third-party add-ons, Kodi can be used to watch live TV, catch up on the latest TV shows and listen to music. While it’s not available to download via the App Store, we show you how you can install Kodi on your second-, fourth- and fifth-generation…

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Assassin’s Creed Origins preview – Tech Advisor

After taking the franchise back to the drawing board, Ubisoft’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origins promises to reinvent the series with improved combat, more engaging missions and an incredible open world environment: Ancient Egypt. But has Ubisoft done enough to tempt gamers back and cement Origins’ place as one of the best games of 2017? We’ve spent four hours playing Assassin’s Creed Origins at a preview event, and here’s what we think so far. Assassin’s Creed Origins: UK release date and…

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What is HTML 5? – Tech Advisor

You might not be aware, but for the past few years some significant changes have been going on behind the scenes in the web browsers and websites that you use every day. Slowly, the web is moving to HTML 5 and here we’ll explain exactly what you need to know about it. What is HTML 5? For a long time, Adobe’s Flash was the technology that most websites used for playing media and interactive content on websites. This plug-in had many…

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Internet of Things security woes: Can smarter consumers save the IoT from disaster?

Video: 61 percent of Chinese consumers would let IoT device do their online shopping The reach of the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, with an increasing number of workplace and household devices now featuring embedded internet connectivity. Televisions, kitchen appliances, toothbrushes, children’s toys, and more are shipped with internet connectivity, whether that’s to improve the device, or to simply provide the manufacturers with more data. In may cases, users may not even know that the product is even…

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Here’s why having an Amazon Prime subscription is a good idea

As most of you know, Amazon Great Indian Festival sale is live from today on wards. There are tons of deals and offers on wide range of product categories for all the customers, but being an Amazon Prime member has its own perks, which turns out to be really effective in sales like these.  Amazon Prime is a subscription based membership from Amazon that offers numerous benefits to its users. Currently, the service is being offered in eight countries and…

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LIVE: Daydream View 2: live stream, live blog, release date, price & specs

Apple had it’s big moment for 2017 unveiling the iPhone X among other things and now it’s Google’s turn. Is looks like there’s a lot of new devices coming today, including this Daydream View 2 VR headset. Google announced the Daydream View headset around this time last year so it’s about time we were introduced to the second generation. When is the Google Daydream View 2 release date? The Daydream View 2 is just one of many products that Google is expected to…

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​Bank of Queensland: The sector is getting better at sharing information

Bank of Queensland (BoQ) claims to be Australia’s seventh largest bank, with business from about one-third of the state. Although the financial services sector in Australia is largely dominated by four major banks, which combined hold a 95 percent share of the industry, BoQ chief risk officer Peter Deans said the sector is getting better at not isolating itself from other players. “I think a couple of years ago the banking sector tended not to talk too much to each…

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Black Friday 2017: everything you need to know about deals day in the UK

Everything you need to know about Black Friday 2017 On Black Friday weekend last year, adults in the UK spent an average of £117 each. That’s a total spend of £6.45 billion – enough to buy every British man, woman and child a Fire TV Stick, a pair of glasses that make your eyes think you’re on magic mushrooms and 16 of those awesome twangy things that also act as door stops. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of…

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Australia goes hawk with new diplomatic cyber strategy

(Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto) Australia has made it clear it will “deter and respond to unacceptable behaviour in cyberspace” as part of its International Cyber Engagement Strategy, which was launched by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Sydney on Wednesday. In her strongly worded speech, Bishop also called out alleged Russian interference in recent elections. “Just as we have international rules that guide how states behave, and how states should behave towards each other, the international rules-based order that’s been in place…

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Best phones in Australia 2017: the 10 top smartphones we’ve tested

Update: Big changes to our list of the Best phones in Australia 2017, with the addition of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Read on to find out where they placed! If you’re interested in Apple’s flagship handset, then perhaps you’d be more interested in our best iPhone list. Alternatively, if you prefer Google’s OS, then our best Android phone roundup should be right up your alley. 2016 was a stellar year for smartphones, and…

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The best Apple Watch straps, suitable for every Series

Starting at £29 from Wristouch Wristouch produces a variety of straps with various designs, ranging from the understated to the loud. The three main designs are Mesh, Link and Sports band. The mesh and link bracelets are made from the same 316L stainless steel used in the Apple Watch, for a durable but great-looking bracelet. The details of each bracelet are intricate and they feel like premium bands when worn. In fact, we were surprised at the quality of the…

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NBN launches new Sky Muster plans with more data

(Image: NBN) Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) company has launched its new satellite packages, offering an increase in data allowances following criticisms of the service. Consumers living within the satellite footprint covering regional and rural areas are now able to order peak and off-peak packages from their retail service providers (RSPs) with up to 300GB of data per month at speeds of 12/1Mbps or 25/5Mbps. “Following the announcement of our new wholesale Sky Muster satellite service plans earlier in the…

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