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Open any app or folder on your Mac with custom shortcuts or gestures

In the Mac’s earliest days, its key differentiator was a heavy reliance on the mouse and a desktop metaphor. Although other systems existed with windows and pointers, the vast majority of computers back then were controlled by you typing in commands. If you wanted to move to a new directory or delete a document, you had to remember the arcane command for doing so, and all feedback you got would be text-based, too. With the Mac, you just clicked and…

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Best Robots and Robotic Toys 2018

Robotic toys you can control with your phone are not only great fun: they’re educational too. Whether you want to learn to code yourself, or want to inspire and help your kids to get started, a phone-connected robot is one of the best places to start. of course, we’re not saying you need to be a kid to want to build or play with robots! It’s worth saying that you don’t have to do any coding at all to have…

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Rootstock acquires Kenandy as ERP on Salesforce platform consolidates

Rootstock, a cloud supply chain and manufacturing vendor built on Salesforce’s platform, said it will acquire Kenandy, which focuses on enterprise relationship management applications. The move is notable because it expands Rootstock’s footprint. Rootstock, founded in 2008, focuses on distributors, supply chain companies and manufacturers. Kenandy combines quote to cash and ERP into one cloud application and can reach more industries. With the purchase, Rootstock CEO Patrick Garrehy said the company will have the scale to compete with Oracle-NetSuite, Microsoft…

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A load of hot air? Vortx gaming fan blows heat at your face to match in-game action

If you’ve ever thought that the only thing stopping you from truly immersing yourself in blowing demons’ limbs off in Doom was the feeling of a fiery blast of heat from the muzzle of your shotgun, then CES 2018 has the gadget for you. The Vortx from Whirlwind FX looks like a desktop speaker for your computer, but is actually a ‘4D’ immersive gaming accessory. It analyses the game you’re playing, or video you’re watching, and then fires up a…

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How to learn Apple Swift 4 online

Need to learn Apple’s Swift development language? Help is at hand with these handy online resources, including free & paid courses. Apple’s Swift is billed by the tech giant as  a programming language that “lets everyone build amazing apps.” Now, that may be true, but don’t expect to dive into Swift coding today and write the next Candy Crush tomorrow. As with any language, spoken or coded, learning it takes both time and effort. Help is at hand, though, with…

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Lenovo Smart Display Review: Hands-on with Google’s Echo Show Rival

Amazon’s brought put a screen on an Echo device in June last year, with the Echo Show (though it took a few months longer to reach the UK). Now, more than half a year later, Google has finally caught up, partnering with third-party manufacturers to build its own Echo Show rivals powered by Google Assistant. LG, JBL, and other manufacturers are all working on Google Assistant devices with displays, but the most impressive so far is the Lenovo Smart Display.…

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​LG CEO at CES: We will change G or V smartphone brand if needed

LG Electronics CEO Jo Seong-jin says the company can change the G or V brand of smartphones if need be. (Image: LG) LG Electronics could change the branding for its flagship smartphones if necessary, the company’s CEO said. The South Korean giant currently launches the G brand in the first half and V brand in the second every year, but its mobile business has posted 10-straight quarters of losses. Though yet to be announced, it is expected that LG Mobile…

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Here’s what’s new on Netflix Australia in January 2018

As the number of shows and movies available to stream in Australia continues to grow at an impressive rate, it can be tough to keep up with all the new additions to each streaming service each month. We’ve all come to anticipate a new stable of Netflix Originals releases each month, but figuring out which shows they are and when exactly they become available isn’t so easy. And what about the large number licensed shows and films that are made…

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How ready is your organization for blockchain?

Constellation Research is conducting a survey to find out how prepared organizations are to implement blockchain-related technologies (Constellation calls these technologies, Synchronous Ledger Technologies). The study aims to benchmark awareness of blockchain-based building blocks and services, the level of investment businesses are making, and the readiness of technology buyers to implement blockchain solutions. If you are an individual with authority or influence over technology strategy in your organization, please take the blockchain survey by Jan. 19, 2018. The survey contains…

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Carphone Warehouse finance boss to quit

Dixons Carphone is looking for a new group finance director after it has announced that Humphrey Singer, the current incumbent, is set to leave the company to become CFO at Marks and Spencer. Singer, who has been with Dixons Carphone since the company was created from the merger of Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Retail (and occupied the same role at Dixons before the merger), is set to stay with the company until July this year. Dixons Carphone has already started…

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Best iPad deals January 2018

There are brilliant cheap iPad deals available all year if you know where to look. Luckily, the editors at Macworld UK do. We are always on the look out for deals, offers and discounts on iPads, and we share the very best iPad deals with you here every day. We’ll help you find the best place to buy an iPad, whatever your budget. You’ll find deals on the latest iPad models, including the iPad Pro, but also on older models…

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How to Rotate the Screen in Windows 7, 8 and 10

Several methods can be used to rotate your computer screen. You might use the built-in Display settings, your graphics card settings, or even a keyboard shortcut. We’ll outline all three options here. The first way you can try to rotate your laptop or PC screen is with a keyboard shortcut. Whether this work for you or not will depend on the hardware and software on your PC. Some software, for example Nvidia and AMD drivers, allow you to create ‘Hotkeys’ to…

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Adobe patches information leak vulnerability

In comparison to Microsoft which is having a busy month patching due to Spectre and Meltdown, Adobe’s latest patch update addresses only one vulnerability. According to a security advisory posted on Tuesday, the vulnerability is an out-of-bounds problem deemed “important.” The vulnerability, CVE-2018-4871, occurs due to a computation which reads data past the end of a target buffer. This out-of-range pointer which occurs during the read of internal data structure fields could be exploited by attackers to leak sensitive information.…

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The best movies on Stan: a list of the top films streaming in Australia now

As each streaming service’s content library continues to grow, it’s hard to keep track of the best movies these platforms have to offer. When it comes to the Australian streaming service Stan, there’s an enormous amount of films of variable quality available to stream instantly. Our job is to sift through that huge catalogue and pick out the ‘crème de la crème’ for you. To make things as straightforward as possible, we’ve separated our choices into genres, so that you…

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The best Xbox One X prices, bundles and sales in Australia (January 2018)

UPDATE: There has been a bundle or two spring up, but the savings have been pretty minimal, so if you’re looking to pick the console up, you may as well grab it from Microsoft’s own store. And if you’re wondering what to play on this new beast, we’ve had a thorough look at the best Xbox One X games available, and which ones will really shine with Microsoft’s latest powerhouse. At E3 2017, Microsoft officially unveiled what was formerly known…

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Apple wireless charger release date, UK pricing, features and compatibility

Apple took to the stage in September 2017 to announce the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, two new iPhones that offer wireless charging capabilities. In true Apple fashion, the company is also developing its own wireless charging mat to provide up to three iOS devices at once with wireless power. That wireless charging pad is called AirPower, and here, we discuss the possible release date and pricing of the accessory, along with the design, features and iOS device compatibility. Apple…

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