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Amazon commits to being 'fully operational' in Australia by end of 2018

There’s been plenty of speculation as to when US-based e-commerce giant Amazon will finally have a hold on the Australian retail market, but we’ve finally gotten word from an executive at the company, who has confirmed that the internet company aims to be fully operational Down Under by the end of 2018.Speaking to Fairfax Media, the executive – responsible for expanding the company’s global grocery operations – said that Amazon will “launch......
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Surface Book 2 might be a no-show at Microsoft’s next hardware launch

The latest rumor about Microsoft’s spring device announcement event is that it won’t feature one of the main expected revelations: the Surface Book 2.That’s what ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley (a renowned Microsoft tipster) has heard from her sources, anyway. Surface Book 2 won’t be happening at the spring shindig, as the sequel to the high-end convertible simply isn’t ready yet. And it’s uncertain whether the Surface Pro 5 will be revealed either.A......
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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus release date, news and features

Update: Samsung has detailed its upcoming Bixby AI assistant in full and confirmed that there will be a hardware button to launch it. We've also seen the Galaxy S8 Plus in several different colors, heard new pricing rumors and seen more evidence that the 3.5mm headphone jack isn't going anywhere.The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is for our money the best phone you can buy right now, coupling the sheer power of the Samsung Galaxy S7 with a bigger b......
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Facebook will test GIFs in comments because who needs words anymore?

Who needs words when you can express yourself in GIF form?Facebook has apparently clued into everyone's favorite means of expression, at least on social media, and plans to test reaction GIFs in comments starting next week, TechCrunch reports.The small test will show some users a GIF button with which they can select an animated image to post in comments. The GIFs will be sourced from places like Giphy and other animated image services.Face......
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Best free Android games 2017

Take an early 1990s FPS, smash it into an auto-runner, add a dash of Pac-Man, and you'd end up with Hammer Bomb. You're dumped in dank mazes and dungeons full of hideous beasts and must stomp along, finding keys, loot, weapons and the way out.Levels are randomised, adding a Roguelike quality to proceedings, and the entire game's underpinned by a levelling up system. This means XP being awarded for killing loads of monsters, rapidly finding ......
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Xbox Live sign ins return to normal after earlier issues [Updated]

Update 5:44pm PT: Xbox Support says the sign in alert is no longer present, meaning logging into Xbox Live accounts shouldn't be a problem now. You can keep up to speed with all Xbox Live issues over on its status page as well as with the Xbox Support Twitter account. The latter encourages users to shoot over any questions if they are still experiencing problems or have concerns.The sign in alert has been cleared! If you tweeted earlier and......
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This Zelda-inspired smart home hack requires, what else, an ocarina

Have you finally finished The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Not sure what to do with all your newfound free time? Well, you could always construct a smart home that you can control with an ocarina. That’s exactly what YouTube user Sufficiently Advanced did this past weekend, and the results are both awesome and potentially dangerous to his well-being. So how did this power-mad man use the triforce of wisdom to create his setup? He co......
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10 best smartphones in the US

Update: Our best smartphone for 2017 is more than one year strong and due for a refresh with the impending Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus launch.However, if you want buy the best phone today in the US, whether it's an iPhone or an Android, here are the top 10 cell phones that have gone through our comprehensive review testing.Knowing the best smartphone you can buy in 2017 is more than just a hunch for us. We test out the latest and - someti......
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The best free privacy software 2017

Protect your data and your identityOnline privacy is a hot topic, with even world leaders weighing in on the subject. Many of the big-name websites and companies will track your activities to deliver targeted advertising, and can build up an astonishingly detailed profile including your interests, spending habits, age, location and more.If you would prefer to keep your personal details private, a VPN or proxy tool will help. See our guide t......
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price: how much does it cost?

Update: Samsung has now confirmed the Galaxy Tab S3 release date and price for the UK.The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price has been announced today – and you should get ready to spend as much money on it as you would on an iPad Pro.It'll cost $599 in the US and £599 in the UK (about AU$780), according to Samsung, matching Apple's launch price for its 9.7-inch tablet. Goodbye, $499 flagship tablets.Pre-orders for the Galaxy Tab S3 open on Friday ......
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Sleeping passenger's headphones explode mid-flight

A woman has suffered facial burns during a flight from Beijing to Melbourne after her headphones caught fire and melted, prompting a warning from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).According to the notice from the ATSB, the lady awoke to a loud explosion around two hours into the flight. After feeling burning around her face and neck, she threw the sparking headphones to the floor, which the flight attendants soon doused with a b......
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Facebook changes policy to prevent your data from being used for surveillance

Privacy is always a touchy part of the social media experience, but unauthorized gathering of personal info - especially for use by law enforcement - tends to hit that nerve especially hard.To that end, Facebook and its picture-sharing site Instagram have reworded their platform policies for third-party developers, making it especially clear that using personal data for surveillance is banned."Our goal is to make our policy explicit," says ......
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The best USB flash drives 2017

USB memory sticks (or flash drives as they're often known) are essential to how we consume data on our PCs these days, and to help you choose what kind of USB sotrage is right for you, we've put together this list of the best USB flash drives you can buy today.If you want to shift some huge pictures or videos around, then the best option is to throw them on a USB stick or a memory card - if you're lucky to have a reader around.Need to backu......
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Android Nougat release date: when you'll get it and everything you need to know

Update: Google's Android Nougat has launched on a lot of phones over the last five months, while others have the update in the offing. There's a good chance your phone – whether it's a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Huawei P9 or Honor 8 – already has the software update or it's coming in the next few weeks.But it's often extra confusing because the Android Nougat release date for some phones doesn't always reflect what you see in your software upd......
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The weirdest Super Mario games ever

Think Bates Motel, but with more koopalings - Hotel Mario is almost as horrific. A shoddy puzzle game developed for the Philips CD-i console, this one thankfully wasn't developed by Nintendo, but Philips Fantasy Factory instead. Featuring unresponsive controls and bizarre full-motion video cutscenes, Mario has to work his way through a series of hotels... shutting doors. Not exactly a vintage outing for Mario. It's often considered the wors......
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Nintendo Switch doesn’t need apps to flourish

As you may or may not already know, the Nintendo Switch didn’t ship with support for popular video streaming apps, like Hulu or Netflix. And while it will get them “in time”, it might not be getting them soon.Many people are upset, relating this sort of omission as the death knell of a home console in the modern era. I disagree with that sentiment. In fact, not only do I believe that their absence isn’t a bad thing, I’ll go even further to ......
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Google Hangouts just got promoted to be your ultimate work chat service

The world of workplace communication services is as cut-throat as the actual workforce, and today Google is rolling out a massive Hangouts overhaul to better compete with every other service vying for top spot.More than just a somewhat-casual chat client now, Google wants to position Hangouts as the go-to enterprise chat offering through which you collaborate with colleagues no matter where you are in the world.Hangouts has essentially spli......
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Best iPad games: the top free and paid-for titles around

You might balk at Pac-Man appearing in a best-of list for iPad games, but this isn’t your father’s arcade game. Sure, the basics remain: scoot about a maze, eating dots, avoiding ghosts, and turning the tables on them on eating a power pill. But Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is significantly faster, has neon-clad mazes and a thumping soundtrack, and the gameplay’s evolved in key areas.First, the maze is split in two. Clear one side and a ......
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Nintendo Switch breaks two-day sales record for the Americas, beating out the Wii

In a series of tweets, New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield has divulged some impressive stats on the Nintendo Switch, saying that the new console’s two-day sales have beaten out all previous Nintendo console releases in the Americas.The information comes to us via Wingfield’s interview with Nintendo America president, Reggie Fils-Aimé.2. Fri-Sat sales for Nintendo Switch exceeded first 2-day sales in Americas for any system in Nintendo h......
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Download of the day: VirtualDJ

Virtual DJVirtual DJ is much more than a simple music player or audio editor – it puts you behind the virtual decks and lets you mix multiple tracks, matching their speed, crossfading and adding special effects. You can also scratch songs and perform all the other actions you’d expect from a real DJ deck, and it’s completely free for home use.Why you need itWith Virtual DJ, you can mix, sample and add effects in real time without any specia......
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Keep your Nintendo Switch away from aquariums and microwaves

If you've splashed out on a brand new Nintendo Switch this weekend then Nintendo has some advice for you: keep your Joy-Con controllers away from aquariums. And microwaves. And mobile phones, and wireless headsets, and wireless printers, and metal objects.The console maker has issued guidance for those having syncing problems with the Switch's wireless controllers and the bad news is there are a lot of wireless gadgets that can interfere wi......
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The best Australian tech deals

With the weekend around the corner, it’s time to play your favourite tunes and get jiggy with it as there's some pretty good audio gear on sale today.Plus, there’s a tablet sale to pique your interest and a new toy that we think could be loads of fun.Fresh deals are constantly being added to our ever-growing list of products on sale, so grab yourself a new toy without burning a hole in your pocket.And, as always, don’t forget to scroll down......
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MWC 2017: all the biggest launches from Barcelona's massive phone show

Update: The TechRadar MWC 2017 awards are in and the LG G6 has picked up the Best Phone and Best in Show. Read on for more MWC news in this complete guide to the show. Here you'll find all the news, reviews and opinion you need. There's still lots to come, so please keep checking back. MWC 2017, or Mobile World Congress 2017 to give it its full name, is the world’s biggest phone show, and this year it’s happening right now - from February 2......
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Jaybird's X3 wireless headphones have arrived in Australia

For those of us who love to listen to music while working out, or just while being out and about, going wireless has finally given us the freedom of movement we’ve craved for years.And now there’s another contender that should have both audiophiles and fitness fanatics excited – the Jaybird X3’s are now available Down Under.These premium in-ear sports headphones are sweatproof, and Jaybird also promises they’re both  comfortable and feature......
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Update: Samsung Galaxy S8 launch date confirmed for March 29 in both London and New York

Update: Samsung has just told TechRadar that there will be two Unpacked events for the launch of... whatever phone it is, happening in both London and New York as full launches, not satellites of one or the other.Samsung’s not announcing the Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress 2017, but it is showing a teaser, which reveals that the actual announcement date will be March 29.OK, so technically the Samsung Galaxy S8 isn’t named in the teaser, ......
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Vitality vacuum: the five features fitness trackers still need in the future

Over the past few years, fitness trackers have come a really long way. No longer do we just have the choice between over-priced, garishly-colored, souped-up pedometers that make us feel collectively rubbish for never ever reaching 10,000 steps.Now some of the high-end devices on the market can monitor our fitness levels, track our heart rate, keep tabs on our breathing, know our exact location with the help of GPS and so much more. But it’s......
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Spotify enters the realm of original podcasts with three music-based series

It’s been a while since Spotify introduced the ability to stream podcasts through its app, but it’s now taking the next logical step and producing its own content, with the introduction of three music-themed shows.Showstopper is the first to release and promises to “bring together two of the most culturally relevant topics of our time: TV shows and music.” Hosted by Naomi Zeichner, editor of The Fader magazine, the series is set to cover th......
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Google is making a 4K set-top box, but chances are you can’t buy it

If blazing-fast download speeds aren’t enough, new reports suggest Google Fiber subscribers might be receiving a new 4K set-top box on top of it.  According to an FCC filing discovered today by Business Insider, Google is cooking up a 4K UHD wireless set-top box – one equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 and dual-band Wi-Fi. Oh, and the document reports that the set-top box will have access to YouTube in 4K, too.  A 4K wireless set-to......
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Apple Park opens in April - new HQ comes complete with sweet Steve Jobs homage

Apple's futuristic 'Campus' HQ will finally open its doors to employees this April, under its new name, 'Apple Park'. While there's no word yet on whether or not it has a T-Rex, it will have a heartfelt homage to former Apple boss Steve Jobs. Jobs, who helped in the early stages of the site's development, will have the 175-acre campus's 1,000 seater theater named after him. The Park, replacing Apple's current One Infinite Loop base of opera......
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What’s the best Linux firewall distro of 2017?

While servers require more involvement and active maintenance, some aspects of the installation process are, in fact, streamlined, i.e. a server distro is designed to take over an entire hard disk which eradicates the need to define partitions. The firewall distros in this roundup go to great lengths to help you mould the installation as per your network configuration. All of them use browser-based interfaces that can be used to monitor and......
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