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Bulletproof board rejects Macquarie Telecom advances

(Image: Bulletproof) The independent expert appointed by the board of Bulletproof to evaluate the November AU$18 million offer for the company from Macquarie Telecom has declared that the offer is “not fair and not reasonable”, and low-balled Bulletproof’s valuation by one third. Consequently, the board has advised investors to ignore all documents sent from Macquarie BidCo. In November, ZDNet reported that the offer faced hurdles from significant investors, with Microequities Asset Management increasing its stake to oppose the deal, and…

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Last-minute Australian Christmas gifts ideas

Well, you said you were gonna have it all done by now. You promised yourself you wouldn’t leave your Christmas shopping till the last minute… in fact, you even said you’d have it all wrapped up a month ago, but here we are. There’s no chance you’ll be getting anything delivered at this point, and heading into a store this weekend is going to be the opposite of a good time.  So why don’t you check out some of the…

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How to use GOG.com to play retro games on Mac

Ask Mac owners where’s the best place to find and buy new games, and they’ll likely suggest Steam – or perhaps the Mac App Store. But there are other digital distribution platforms of note, one of which is GOG.com. A quick glance at the GOG.com website might make you question why you should pick it over Steam. Its entry page looks perfectly nice, but nothing out of the ordinary. And if you delve deep, you’ll soon find the catalogue is…

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Alphabet: Eric Schmidt steps down as executive chairman

AP (file photo) Alphabet, parent company of Google, announced Thursday that Eric Schmidt will be stepping down as the executive chairman of Alphabet’s board of directors and transition to role of technical advisor. Schmidt will remain on Alphabet’s board. The changes are expected to take effect at the company’s next regular board meeting in January 2018. “Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition,” Schmidt said in a statement. “The…

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Apple changes ‘loot box’ policy so you’ll know your odds of winning

Image credit: Blizzard Few controversies have shaken the gaming industry this year quite like the row over loot boxes, which typically offer a supposedly randomized chance at winning in-game cosmetic or playable items in exchange for real-world cash. Many critics see this as a form of gambling. Most game-related companies and platforms in the west have avoided direct action until today, but Apple, of all companies, has stepped in to force some transparency. The new rule popped up today in…

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Issue 45 Of Android Advisor Out Today. Get It Now

In the latest issue This issue we’ve reviews of the best new Android phones, including the OnePlus 5T, Motorola X4, BlackBerry Motion, and Honor 7X. We also get hands-on with the first handset from Razer, a company best known for PC hardware and peripherals. Plus, we reveal Android Oreo’s best hidden features, look at how Google is taking back control of Android, and if you are lucky enough to own a Google Pixel 2, then our tips and tricks will…

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Microsoft brings back PhotoSynth in its Pix app for iOS

Photosynth — Microsoft’s technology for stitching photos together to create striking panoramas — is back. Credit: Microsoft Microsoft announced in 2015 that it was halting support for its Photosynth app, which was developed by its defunct Live Labs. (Microsoft officials said in this week’s blog post that Photosynth was created in 2008 and decommissioned in 2017.) But on December 20, Microsoft revealed that Photosynth is back — as a feature for the Microsoft Pix for iOS app. By panning and…

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Best power user Linux distros in 2018: 5 reviewed and rated

Note: Our power user Linux distros round-up has been fully updated. This feature was first published in May 2013. The Linux power user is a celebrated breed, and one that does not simply burst fully-formed from the earth. All newbies must toil long and hard with their Linux installations before they can describe themselves as one. At the very least, the power user will have a great degree of skill concerning all things Linux, whether it’s the kernel, Bash or…

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Apple Quiz Round 5: All about the Mac

Welcome to the fifth and final round of our giant Apple Christmas Quiz. This round is all about the Mac: the computer that ignited a PC revolution. In previous rounds we’ve covered The Life and Times of Steve Jobs (round 1), Notable Apple employees (round 2), Apple Through the Years (round 3), and The iPhone, iPad and iPod (round 4). Q1 Who ran the Macintosh project until he left in 1982? Q2 The Macintosh was named after an apple called…

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Apple Quiz Round 4: Everything iOS, iPhone, iPad & iPod

Welcome to our Apple Quiz, where we sort the fools from the fanboys. How much do you really know about the world’s favourite tech company? We’ve already tested you on The Life and Times of Steve Jobs (round 1), Notable Apple employees (round 2) and Apple Through the Years (round 3). Now it’s time for Round 4, which is all about the world of iOS: the history of the iPhone, iPad and iPod. The final round is linked at the…

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