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Huawei gets another 90-day US license extension

The Trump administration has granted Huawei another 90-day extension that allows it to trade with some US companies as it weathers its US trade ban. Despite American fears over Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government, the exemption period allows Huawei to trade with some, but not all, of its US partners. Reuters said the extension, which is not the first, was to “minimise disruption for its customers, many of which operate networks in rural America.” But Huawei has said that…

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Microsoft describes its own DevOps journey

In this cloud-drenched era, software vendors have evolved from code-and-ship operations into 24×7 data center operators. So they, perhaps more than any other type of organization, need DevOps methodologies to keep development and operations efforts on track, pumping out releases with blinding frequency, while keeping teams in constant sync. Microsoft HQ. Photo: Microsoft For that reason, Microsoft, perhaps the world’s largest software factory, takes DevOps very seriously. In a recent post, Ori Zohar, senior product marketing manager for Microsoft Azure,…

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The cheapest color laser printer in the world has a big flaw

How cheap can a brand new color laser printer be? Turns out very much more affordbale than previously thought – and in some cases, almost competing in price with inkjet printers.  The cheapest color laser printer we’ve seen available today is the Lexmark C3326DW with a price tag of £79 (around $101/AU$148), after an instant cashback that nearly halves its price.  In comparison, the cheapest color laser printer in the US is the Lexmark C3224dw at $139 (around £108/AU$203), meaning…

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AirPods Pro Review: Apple At Its Best

Apple is at its best when it takes something that people find fiddly or annoying and then makes it effortless. And the new AirPods Pro are a perfect example. They’re not the first wireless earbuds with noise cancelling, and they’re not the best-sounding wireless earbuds you can buy, but they do sound quite good and they’re just so easy that it’s hard to go back to anything else. Making wireless easy The original AirPods have been a smash success, and…

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Apple TV+ Streaming Service: Price, Release Date & Shows

Apple has launched its own streaming TV service, starting Friday 1 November, bringing exclusive shows including See, The Morning Show, Dickinson, and more to the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, and some non-Apple devices. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial to watch the first episode of each show before the trial converts to a full subscription (£4.99/$4.99 a month). Read on to find out all about the new Apple TV+ shows, what time they will start streaming,…

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The new Xiaomi Mi Watch looks quite familiar

Xiaomi has teased its first Mi branded smartwatch and it looks an awful lot like an Apple Watch. The company posted teasers on Weibo showing a ruved rectangular watch design in black and silver, with kaleidoscope-like screensavers we’ve also seen on Apple Watch for a few years. Steve Jobs himself admitted that good artists copy and great artists steal, but sometimes it’s just too blatant. From the size and shape of the watch to the digital crown and enter button…

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Apple tipped to post insane $90 billion earnings in Q4

An investor note seen by AppleInsider is tipping Apple to post $90 billion earnings in Q4 2019, up $3.1 billion on previous estimates. The analyst firm Cowen provided the note and said the uptick was thanks in part to the $699 entry level price of the iPhone 11 and the $599 discount price on the iPhone XR. The prediction comes before CEO Tim Cook’s Q3 financial earnings call on 30 October. If it did post $90 billion, it’d be a record for…

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Enterprise customers allow for fibre to go deeper into NBN: Rue

Image: Chris Duckett/ZDNet The company responsible for deploying the National Broadband Network (NBN) across Australia has hit back at criticisms of its targeting of business customers, stating that the move is both unsurprising and has put more fibre deeper into the network. “From the original implementation study and in early corporate plans and statements of expectations, it was very clear that NBN will be offering services that retailers could provide to small, medium, and large businesses. We’ve never hidden this…

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Save 40% on Now TV’s Sky Sports pass – your next month of sport action sorted

As if the Now TV Sports pass wasn’t already tempting enough – offering you full access to all 11 Sky Sports channels without the commitment of a full Sky sub – it has now gone and slashed the price by 40% for the next month. So that means a chock-full schedule of sporting action for the next month for the eye-catching price of only £20. There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to take advantage of this deal. For…

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Best Wireless Chargers for iPhone: Alternatives to AirPower

Apple might have been slightly behind the curve in adding wireless charging to the iPhone, but the Qi standard is now common across the 2019 line-up, supported by iPhone 8, iPhone XR and all versions of iPhone 11. For older iPhones it is possible to add a wireless charging receiver that plugs into the Lightning port and tucks away neatly inside the case, though it does render the Lightning port unusable while the phone is charging. We like this Choetech…

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iOS 13 Latest Version, Updates, Problems, Fixes and New Features

iOS 13 became available to download on iPhones on Thursday 19 September, but early adopters encountered bugs and even a security flaw that could allow access to Contacts via FaceTime. Luckily Apple issued a further update just six days later that fixed that particular security issue and addressed other bugs, it also added even more new features to iOS 13. Then days later Apple released another update, followed by yet another update, iOS 13.1.2, meaning that iOS 13 saw four…

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John Wick Hex Review: WWJWD?

Games based on movies are, traditionally speaking, quite bad. So are movies based on games, in fairness, so it’s not exactly one way traffic, but it’s still always welcome when something comes along to break the mould. John Wick Hex isn’t quite a stone-cold classic, but it certainly breaks the mould. The game serves as a prequel to the three John Wick movies so far and was made in close collaboration with the movies’ director Chad Stahelski in an attempt to…

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BoJack Horseman Season 6 News, Release Date, and Rumours

Everyone’s favourite misanthropic horse is back for one last miserable hurrah as BoJack Horseman returns for its final season on Netflix – which will be split into two parts. Here’s everything you need to know about what to expect from season six, when it will launch on Netflix, and why the show isn’t coming back for season seven. When does season 6 start? For the first time Netflix is splitting the next season of BoJack into two parts, so the…

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Aussie Broadband wants NBN congestion rebates extended to FttN

An NBN FttN node getting a Nokia line card installed Image: Corinne Reichert/ZDNet Aussie Broadband has called for the company responsible for the National Broadband Network (NBN) to pay retailers a rebate on localised fibre-to-the-node (FttN) congestion, following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Tuesday flagging a similar AU$20 charge for congested fixed wireless nodes. The telco widely welcomed Tuesday’s draft decision by the ACCC to shift the NBN rebate system from one-off payments for late connections and faults…

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The augmented reality app for the 2019 Range Rover is helpful for any new driver

Forget the new car smell we all know about. When you first buy any new car, there’s a much more memorable experience for the driver: learning the new car interface. As a journalist these past 18 years, and a car reviewer the last seven, I can attest to the slight feeling of confusion when you first slip behind the wheel of any new car. You have to learn how to adjust the seat and mirrors, find the radio controls, and…

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How To Use Noise App On Apple Watch: Find Out How Loud It Is

Noise is a new app for the Apple Watch. It was introduced as part of the 2019 OS update; if you install watchOS 6, or buy a device that has it preinstalled, you’ll find Noise in the app list without having to take any further action. Noise is quite descriptively named: its job is to listen to the ambient noise levels and tell you if and when they become harmful to your hearing. You only get one pair of ears,…

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Apple Arcade Confirmed: Release Date, Price & Game News

First revealed at Apple’s spring press event in March 2019, Apple Arcade is a subscription service that allows you to play an exclusive selection of iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV games as much as you like for a single monthly fee. Following the announcement of key Arcade details during Apple’s September 2019 event and the subsequent launch of the service with iOS 13, here is everything you need to know. What is Apple Arcade? Arcade is a (primarily iOS,…

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Three celebrates Activision partnership with Modern Warfare beta giveaway

Mobile network provider Three has announced a new partnership with game publisher Activision that’ll see the company’s new 5G home broadband deliver an “optimum online experience” for the heavily anticipated first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, at release on 25 October 2019. The company is confident that utilising the high-speed 5G network will all but eliminate lag and stutter, two of the most prevalent issues with online gaming today. The plug-and-play design of Three’s 5G-powered home broadband removes the…

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Save an additional 5% on already discounted Dell XPS 13

The Dell XPS 13 has just seen almost £170 chipped of its retail price, making it a great deal for anyone looking to buy a premium laptop for school or work this summer.  While the Dell website alerts customers to a 10% deal using code SAVE10SB, which is valid until 19 August, you can unlock a 15% discount, valid until 2 September, using code SB15XPS. The £939 entry model is reduced to just £798.15 with this special code, but do remember that all Dell’s…

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DealPly adware abuses Microsoft, McAfee services to evade detection

Data-stealing malware returns upgraded with cryptominer and trojan Large parts of the Scranos operation were taken out in April – but it’s already back and the criminals behind it seem more determined than ever, adding a trojan and a cryptojacker to their adware scheme. Many forms of adware are little more than a nuisance, but on occasion, an interesting sample turns up which uses novel techniques which gain the interest of researchers. One new form of adware, known as DealPly,…

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