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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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Ring Alarm DIY system is $199, now available for pre-order

Ring is ready to release its latest home security solution, a system it’s calling Ring Alarm that aims to protect your home from intruders and keep you informed about what’s going on in and around your house. Ring Alarm officially goes on sale on July 4, with pre-orders open right now on Amazon, Best Buy, The Home Depot and Ring.com. At the time of writing, we weren’t able to find the Ring Alarm starter kit on Amazon, though it may…

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Over the edge: 5G and the internet of very different things

Video: For the future of IoT, keep an eye on 5G and ML When you hear the bountiful promises of internet of things so poetically uttered by its prospective vendors, like the nice half of a pharmaceutical commercial, your brain is probably receiving two implicit messages. One is that connectivity is a virtue unto itself, like consciousness or the acquisition of a new sense. The other is that connectivity would render devices “smart.” Must read: Part one: The biggest switch:…

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Cyberpunk 2077 is the game that could make me leave the meat space for good

I am still playing through The Witcher 3. It’s a big game with a lot to do and unfortunately, living my life as well as playing other games has meant that it’s taken me a while to get through it. Long enough, in fact, that its developer CD Projekt Red has started showcasing its next game at E3 2018. After seeing it, not only do I think I’m going to have to give up my real life for a while…

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Kobo Clara HD e-Reader Review: Display, Features Specs & More

Kobo, the Canadian e-book company, offers a minimalist alternative to Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite in the Clara HD. For £109 you get a 6in touchscreen e-reader with a 300ppi resolution screen, Wi-Fi connectivity and an impressive backlight control feature– all packed into a small, lithe body. It is a simple and straightforward option for those on the go. Kobo Clara HD price and availability The Kobo Clara HD is available directly from Kobo for £109.99 in the UK and $129.99 in the…

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Bethesda has plans to stop abuse in Fallout 76

Fallout 76 has got to be one of the most talked-about games at E3 2018, namely because it was revealed (complete with gameplay) and has a 2018 release date, meaning we can really get excited about the upcoming open-world MMO. But, being an online-only game, Fallout 76’s inhabitants are open to griefers. For those unaware, griefers are gamers who cause problems for everyone else trying to have fun. They’ll constantly kill you, follow you around the map, destroy your base…

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Oracle expands autonomous PaaS offerings

Oracle on Wednesday debuted the latest generation of its autonomous platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings covering the areas of mobile, data integration and API. Earlier this year, Oracle announced availability of a number of platform services with built in automation, including Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud, Oracle Autonomous Analytics Cloud, Oracle Autonomous Integration Cloud, and Oracle Autonomous Visual Builder. The aim is to use machine learning to make app and data integration, analytics and system and identity management autonomous, enabling organizations to…

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Best scanning software of 2018

The photocopying machine: that chunky, clunky, problem-fraught tower of plastic, is slowly losing its status as the office centerpiece. Poly-functional (and more reliable) printers have played their part in displacing this staple of the business world, but so too have software services that can take care of scanning, copying and so much more. The opportunity to reduce paperwork and increase productivity has created a sizeable market for tools of this nature, and with so many proliferating in recent years, we’ve…

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Apps That Won’t Work With macOS Mojave

Apple released a beta version of MacOS Mojave at the beginning of June 2018, so for now we wouldn’t expect people to be running mission critical apps in Mojave. But what about when the final version of Mojave arrives this autumn? Before they update, Mac users will want to confirm that the apps they use from developers like Adobe, Microsoft, Avid and even Apple itself, will work with the new operating system. You won’t be able to run incompatible software…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review: Hands-on with 300: The Game

It seems like only last year that Ubisoft announced it was taking a break from its annual Assassin’s Creed release cycle to focus on quality control. That’s because it was, of course, which made the announcement of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, just months after last year’s Origins, a source of mild concern. We’re pleased to reveal then that it looks like Ubisoft’s year out is having some lingering good effects, because after a little less than an hour with the game…

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Australia using foreign aid to lock Huawei out of PNG-Solomon Islands subsea cable

Australia’s undersea high-speed communications cable to the Solomon Islands will be cheaper and faster than a competing offer from Huawei, once Canberra coughs up approximately AU$200 million from its aid budget to cover two-thirds of the cost. “What we have offered Solomon Islands and what they have accepted is an alternative to the offer from Huawei and ours is cheaper, it’s likely to be a faster result for them and technically superior and also more resilient,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop…

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Fortnite on Switch is getting built-in voice chat this week

Good news for Nintendo Switch owners who’ve jumped aboard the Fortnite bandwagon — from Thursday, the Switch version of the incredibly popular Battle Royale shooter will be getting built-in voice chat functionality.  Chatting on Nintendo’s current hybrid console is admittedly a convoluted process — in order to talk with friends (and only friends, mind) in Splatoon 2 (Switch’s most high profile online title to date), players must first download the Nintendo Switch Online app on their iOS or Android device, plug…

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How To Organise Your Mac Desktop, including Mojave Desktop Stacks

How out of control is your Mac desktop? Can you see the carefully chosen wallpaper image in the background, or is it obscured by files, folders, aliases and DMG files for applications you have downloaded? Do you drag things onto your desktop so that you can find them, only to lose them amidst a thousand screenshots? Do you happily save everything to your Desktop, once in a while dragging things into a folder which may or may not be called…

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Judge approves AT&T acquisition of Time Warner

AT&T’s may proceed with its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled Tuesday, opening the door for the creation of a telecom-media giant. The judge imposed no conditions on the merger. The ruling is a major blow for the Trump administration, which opposed the deal. The Justice Department sued to block it, alleging the takeover would harm competition, increase prices for consumers, and reduce innovation. In a statement, US Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim…

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Best OnePlus 6 cases to protect your new phone

The OnePlus 6 release date has arrived. You know what that means, right? It’s time to buy a case. You might not be considering a case to pop onto your OnePlus 6 yet, but there are plenty of reasons why you should be – primarily, it’s all about protecting your investment. OnePlus 6 has released in the US and Europe, and we’ve wasted no time looking at candidates fit for our upcoming list of the best cases. Interestingly, there aren’t…

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iOS tips: How to use iOS 12, iOS 11 and earlier on iPad or iPhone

Welcome to our iOS tips megaguide! In this roundup of handy tricks, essential tips and lesser-known features we walk you through the intricacies of iOS 11, iOS 10 and earlier versions (as well as a few of the key features in the iOS 12 beta), and help you get the most out of your iPad or iPhone. iOS offers a raft of features, and there are sure to be tips that we haven’t yet covered here. If you think you’ve spotted…

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