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Inside Lenovo’s mission to create a true ‘Legion’ of PC gamers

Like all of the leading mainstream PC and laptop makers, Lenovo has been chasing the collective muse that is PC gamers for some time now. And, for a while, the firm was doing so in much the same way as its competitors: raw power and extreme gamer style. However, Lenovo soon realized not only how saturated this end of the PC gaming hardware scene was, but how small that base actually is in comparison to what it learned is the…

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What Does Cortana Know About You?

Windows 10’s digital assistant is Cortana and, much like Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa, her usefulness depends on how much information you allow her to access. Much like a real personal assistant, Cortana can only be truly useful if you give her permission to access your contacts and tell her about your relationships. A PA can’t tell you your wife is calling if she doesn’t know who your wife is, and it’s a similar situation with Cortana. Allowing her to…

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​Federal Court slaps Domain Name company with AU$1.95m scamming fine

Local domain name registrars Domain Corp Pty Ltd and Domain Name Agency Pty Ltd, trading also as Domain Name Register, have been ordered by the Federal Court to cough up AU$1.95 million in penalties for breaching Australian Consumer Law. A statement from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says the two companies issued approximately 300,000 unsolicited notices to businesses seeking re-registration of domain names from November 2015 through to at least April 2017. The statement explains the notices appeared…

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​Federal Court slaps Domain Name company with AU$1.95m scamming fine

Local domain name registrars Domain Corp Pty Ltd and Domain Name Agency Pty Ltd, trading also as Domain Name Register, have been ordered by the Federal Court to cough up AU$1.95 million in penalties for breaching Australian Consumer Law. A statement from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says the two companies issued approximately 300,000 unsolicited notices to businesses seeking re-registration of domain names from November 2015 through to at least April 2017. The statement explains the notices appeared…

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Get free Netflix now with mobile phone deals from O2

O2 and Netflix have just teamed up to make watching shows and movies on the go easier than ever using your smartphone data connection. The new partnership means new O2 customers, as well as those upgrading, can get a free Netflix subscription for up to a year. There is also the extra bonus of getting double data on many O2 Refresh Tariffs that will let you enjoy that Netflix content even when away from Wi-Fi far – and importantly, more…

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Wolfram Research goes for Software 2.0, releases neural net repository

Video: With AI everywhere, experts advocate the need to educate users Wolfram Research is somewhat of a legend. Founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987, Wolfram Research has been into things such as reasoning, question answering, and an array of advanced services that go under the AI moniker these days long before it was as cool and mainstream as it is today. Read also: Alibaba neural network defeats human in global reading test Yet, you do not see Wolfram in the…

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8 virtual reality games you’ll want to play from E3 2018

E3 2018 is coming to a close, and while there are a ton of awesome new PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One games to look forward to, perhaps even more interesting are the huge virtual reality (VR) games that were announced at the show.  In case you missed the announcements for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, don’t worry – we’ve rounded up the most exciting VR games from E3 2018. Anyone of these could make it onto…

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Adobe reports strong Q2 results

Adobe delivered solid second quarter financial results on Thursday, once again beating corporate revenue records. The software giant reported fiscal first quarter earnings of $663 million, or $1.33 a share. Non-GAAP earnings in the quarter were $1.66 a share on revenue of $2.20 billion, up 24 percent year-over-year. Wall Street was looking for earnings of $1.54 a share on revenue of $2.16 billion. Adobe continues to see successful revenue returns following its migration to subscription-based services. The Photoshop maker said…

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Touring Corsair: the ultimate PC parts maker for PC gamers

We recently had the unique opportunity to visit Corsair’s main headquarters located just north of Silicon Valley, in Fremont, California. We only expected a corporate building – augmented of course by the fun of PC gaming – but to our amazement inside is a competition-grade gaming room and even some testing areas where the company evaluates its products before release. Join us as we take you inside Corsair’s hallowed halls where the company comes up with some of the best…

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The Division 2 review: Hands-on

When Ubisoft launched The Division, the game showed a lot of potential – potential that arguably wasn’t realised until several months – and expansions – later. With that in mind, you can be sure that the company wants The Division 2, unveiled at E3 2018, to impress right out of the gate. Ubisoft brought a demo of the game to E3, and across the course of the show we were able to run through it a few times, exploring the…

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Macy’s assembles talent, tech for its digital overhaul

It’s unclear whether Macy’s will ultimately nail down its digital strategy, reinvent itself to fend off Amazon and create an in-store experience that can bolster sales, but you can’t say the retailer isn’t trying. Macy’s has hired a new chief technology officer from Home Depot, partnered with a retail as a service company called B8ta, restructured to focus on digital and acquired Story, a company focused on shopping experiences. More: What is unattended retail and how does it work? |…

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Samsung Galaxy X: the story of Samsung’s foldable phone so far

Update: The Samsung Galaxy X could cost a lot, with one rumor putting it at around $1,850 / £1,375 / AU$2,400, and it might launch in February 2019. Foldable phones are coming – it’s only a matter of time – and it’s looking increasingly like Samsung could be the first company to commercially launch one, possibly as soon as this year. We may even know what it’s called, with the mysterious Samsung Galaxy X being the subject of several bendable…

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Xbox Game Pass: Pricing, Features & Game Availability

Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s monthly subscription service for the Xbox One, and its closest equivalent to Sony’s PlayStation Now. The service lets you access a library of Xbox 360 and Xbox One games, even letting you download them to play offline. But unlike PlayStation Now, Xbox Game Pass features first-party games like State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 (when it’s eventually released!) as soon as they’re released. Read on to find out about the pricing, features,…

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​Samsung plans to go fully renewable for energy in US, China, Europe by 2020

Solar panels at Samsung’s headquarters in Suwon, South Korea. Image: Samsung Samsung Electronics is to install approximately 63,000 square meters of solar panels in its campuses in South Korea, the company has announced. In addition, the South Korean conglomerate will source renewable energy for 100 percent of the energy used in its offices, factories, and buildings in the United States, Europe, and China. Samsung has joined the World Wildlife Fund Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles and the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business…

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TechLife July 2018 is on sale now!

[Keep up to date with all things TechLife by signing up for our newsletter!]  Evade internet blocks and trackers with the July issue of TechLife!  Learn how to break through geobarriers and choose the best VPN for your needs. Plus, we’ve tracked down 2018’s best 4K TVs (from cheapies to the super-premium), and also rounded-up a selection of affordable printers. And find out how Nintendo is creating the future… out of cardboard! Plus, we have our usual range of in-depth…

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​Australian Taxation Office seeks more IT folk with new panel

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is seeking labour hire personnel to fill positions in areas such as IT, digital, and data management, moving this week to establish another employment outsourcing panel. In a request for tender (RFT), the ATO explains it already has two contingent labour hire panel arrangements in place: One for the provision of labour hire services that ends in November, and another for the provision of IT contractor services, that the ATO will be exercising its one-year…

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