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How to transfer photos & video from iPhone to Mac

Maybe you’re trying to save space on an iPhone and need to back up photos and video to your Mac before deleting them. Maybe you want to stored your photos somewhere other than your iPhone, edit them using Mac software, or copy them on to someone else’s Mac. Whatever your reason, this tutorial will show you a number of ways in which you can transfer photos and video from an iPhone (or iPad) to a Mac. There are actually lots of ways to sync your iPhone…

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Best USB Drives 2018: Portable Flash Drives and Memory Sticks

USB flash drives were once ubiquitous, the default way of transferring files between devices or taking them from place to place. That’s changed a bit as internet speeds have improved and cloud storage and file transfer services like Dropbox or Google Drive have boomed in popularity, but there’s still a place for the humble USB stick in many people’s lives. Whether it’s the reliability of having your files in a single place (and not reliant on an internet connection), the…

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MapR platform update brings major AI and Analytics innovation…through the file system

From the very beginning of its entry to the market, MapR focused on the file system as an axis of innovation. Recognizing that the native Hadoop Distributed File System’s (HDFS’s) inability to accommodate updates to files was a major blocker for lots of Enterprise customers, MapR put an HDFS interface over the standard Network File System (NFS) to make that constraint go away. While seemingly simple, the ability for Hadoop to see a standard file system as its own meant…

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Parental controls for iPhone and iPad are finally here with iOS 12

Google and Apple are both building tools in their upcoming Android P and iOS 12 operating systems to help us balance our digital lives. Google calls it Dashboard while Apple is calling it Screen Time.  The fact that both these companies are doing this shows how complicated it has become to balance our online and offline worlds. These tools will help us disconnect from our phones by self-imposing restrictions on our usage.  Apple is also building tools to help you…

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How to tell what model iPad you have: Model numbers & other clues

Readers often ask us how to tell which iPad model they have. Apple tends to downplay the version numbers of its tablets, and in any case it isn’t as simple as iPad 1 to iPad 16; there are various sub-brands (Air, Pro, mini) to consider. And the device you own may have been advertised as just ‘iPad’ or some other generic term in the shop. Finding out which iPad you’ve got can be useful when trying to work out if…

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Amaysim chief departs for Foxtel

Amaysim Australia CEO Julian Ogrin (Image: Ken Butti) Amaysim co-founder Peter O’Connell will be CEO on July 1, following the departure of current CEO and MD Julian Ogrin for Foxtel. Ogrin joined the company in 2013, and has been in the role of CEO since 2015. In a statement, Ogrin said he looked forward to supporting the company as a shareholder. “It has been a privilege to lead Amaysim during a pivotal period as we transformed from a private to…

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iOS 12 first impressions: 10 specific ways iOS 12 can change your daily life

Apple’s iOS 12 public beta has just launched and, believe it or not, there are a bunch of changes behind the familiar iPhone and iPad interface. Update: We’ve updated our iOS 12 public beta first impressions, now that the software has officially gone live. Here’s what we think of the newly launched features. It only looks as if things haven’t changed at first blush. New iOS 12 features give it better integration, faster performance, and, most important, genuine reliability. In…

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iOS 12 public beta: Should you install it?

The iOS 12 public beta that Apple promised back at WWDC 2018 has finally landed. But should you install it on your iPhones, iPads, or iPod touch devices? See also : Apple products you shouldn’t buy (June 2018 edition) As with most things in life, the answer is “it depends.” I’ve been running the iOS 12 developer preview beta on test devices for a couple of weeks now and my feelings about it are somewhat mixed. I’ve gone into some…

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Apple launched iOS 12 public beta today to speed up your iPhone and iPad

Apple’s iOS 12 public beta is now available to everyone with a willingness to test the new software on their iPhone and iPad. Its big highlight is that it’ll make your older devices faster, according to Apple. The iPhone 6 Plus, for example, is 40% faster at launching apps, 70% faster at launching the camera app, and 50% faster at displaying the keyboard. There are also a bunch of front-facing features, including Grouped Notifications, Group FaceTime, and ARKit 2 for…

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PayPal formally launches its Venmo debit card

Venmo, PayPal’s largely unmonetized social payments platform, is rolling out a MasterCard debit card that will let users make in-store payments with their Venmo balance. The move is a sign that Venmo will become an even greater driver of PayPal’s growth going forward. Venmo is the darling of PayPal’s product portfolio and the undisputed leader in the person-to-person payments space. The social payments platform processed $12 billion of the company’s total payment volume in Q1, representing growth of 80 percent…

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PayPal formally launches its Venmo debit card

Venmo, PayPal’s largely unmonetized social payments platform, is rolling out a MasterCard debit card that will let users make in-store payments with their Venmo balance. The move is a sign that Venmo will become an even greater driver of PayPal’s growth going forward. Venmo is the darling of PayPal’s product portfolio and the undisputed leader in the person-to-person payments space. The social payments platform processed $12 billion of the company’s total payment volume in Q1, representing growth of 80 percent…

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Best A3 printers 2018: top printers for large printouts

The best A3 printers let you print lab-quality images at home or in your workplace in large scale. While most printers manage up to A4 size printouts, if you’re looking for something bigger, you’ll want an A3 printer. Because these printers need to be able to handle larger paper sizes, and print at a good enough resolution so that the images still look great when blown up, you will probably find that A3 printers are more expensive than standard ones.…

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How to find a lost or stolen iPhone or iPad, even if the battery has died

You’ve probably arrived at this article because you’ve lost your iPhone, or even worse, think it might have been stolen. The good news is that Apple has software that can make it easy to track down a lost iPhone, and if it has been stolen you can use that software to wipe the iPhone and lock it down so that your data is protected. In this tutorial we will talk you through how to use Find My iPhone to discover…

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Apple Admits To Faulty MacBook And MacBook Pro Keyboards

Apple has admitted that there is a problem with the current keyboard design on the MacBook and MacBook Pro and is offering free repairs to customers who have been affected. Since Apple introduced the ‘butterfly’ mechanism keyboard with the MacBook in 2015, and the MacBook Pro in 2016, a number of users have reported problems with keys repeating characters and other keys not working. It is thought that a spec of dust can render these MacBook or MacBook Pro keyboards useless. It…

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How to Play Fortnite Cross-Platform

Fortnite is now available for pretty much every major platform, from PC to Mac, from consoles to iOS (with Android joining the club very soon), and has a huge daily player base. What if you want to play Fortnite with your friends that don’t play on the same platform as you? While with many games you’d simply be out of luck, Epic Games supports cross-platform play on Fortnite, meaning you can play with friends on PC, Xbox, Switch and Mobile…

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Automated patent decision-making Bill should be passed: Senate committee

A Senate committee has recommended that Parliament pass Australia’s new intellectual property (IP) laws in a bid to promote and incentivise “investment in creativity, innovation, research, and technology”. The Senate Economics Legislation Committee’s report said the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Bill 2018 [PDF] will phase out the innovation patent system, as well as allowing for automated decision-making on patents. “Schedule 2 consists of 21 parts which implement a number of measures to…

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