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How to Upgrade a Laptop’s Wi-Fi

Laptops tend to last for years: technology has reached a point where the hardware is reliable enough and also fast enough that there’s no need to buy a new one. Virtually everyone uses their laptop’s Wi-Fi to connect to their router, but Wi-Fi is one area where tech has moved on in the last few years. If you have an 802.11ac router, it makes sense to upgrade your laptop’s Wi-Fi to this standard, especially if it has older 802.11n hardware…

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Volkswagen former CEO indicted over emissions scandal

Volkswagen The former chief executive officer of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, has been indicted by US prosecutors on charges related to the emissions cheating scandal. Winterkorn stepped down from Volkswagen AG in 2015 after it was revealed that the automaker had been cheating emissions tests for years to bypass emissions regulations and limits worldwide. At the time, Winterkorn said he was “stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible in the Volkswagen Group,” and while the former CEO denied any…

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Jio introduces AI-based brand engagement platform Jio Interact

Mukesh Ambani led telecom Jio, has released an AI-based brand engagement video platform— Jio Interact. It is claimed to be world’s first AI-based service made for brand engagement.  Starting from May 4, the app will allow Jio users to place a live video call to celebrities. To begin with, Jio has roped in veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, who’ll be interacting with 150 million smartphone users on Jio to promote his upcoming film. The platform allows brands promotors to reach…

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​Turnbull commissions capability review of Australia’s Public Service

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a review into the Australian Public Service (APS), seeking mainly to understand whether those staffing Australia’s government departments are capable of ushering in the “next wave” of digital. According to Turnbull, new technology and global developments are transforming the Australian economy and society, and as a result he believes it is timely to examine the capability, culture, and operating model of the APS to “ensure it is equipped to engage with the key policy,…

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Celebrate May the Fourth with the best Star Wars deals in Australia

Despite humble beginnings as a bit of a playful nod to the fabled Star Wars quote, May the Fourth has transformed into an international day of celebration of the franchise and its extensive universe. We’ve hunted near and far (far away) to track down some the coolest gadgets and biggest savings on Star Wars movies, games and collectibles. No matter which era of the lengthy saga you’re a fan of, we’ve got Blu-rays just for you, and whether you’re looking…

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ATO ready for Single Touch Payroll delivery in July after ‘extensive’ consultation

The first phase of the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) Singe Touch Payroll (STP) system is slated for go live at the start of the 2019 financial year, with businesses boasting 20 or more employees the first to use the system. The STP is a new way for employers to report employees’ payroll information to the ATO. Payments such as salaries and wages, pay-as-you-go (PAYG) withholding, and super information will be delivered to the ATO via the STP system when businesses…

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Oculus Rift 2: release date, news and rumors

Update: Looks like it will be a little while longer before the Oculus Rift 2 is announced.  Facebook’s big F8 2018 developer conference came and went without a mention of the next-gen Oculus Rift headset, though the company did launch the new standalone Oculus Go headset on May 1.  While we didn’t hear so much as a peep about the Oculus Rift 2 during F8, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer did tease that we’re in for “exciting updates” related to Project…

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ServiceNow buys AI startup Parlo

ServiceNow said Thursday that it will acquire Parlo, a Silicon Valley-based startup that trains algorithms for conversational machines. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Parlo’s technology aims to bring natural language understanding into enterprise systems, giving machines the ability to understand the nuances of human expression. ServiceNow said it plans to incorporate Parlo’s technology across its entire suite of services in the Now platform. “We are rapidly moving away from structured data such as filling in forms and…

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation release date, news and rumors

In April 2018, AMD launched its line of Ryzen 2nd Generation processors and completely blew the first generation out of the water when it came to performance. But, what about the high-end Ryzen Threadripper CPUs that put Intel on the Core X defensive in 2017?  Well, we’re expecting to see that follow-up in the second half of this year. Similar to the leap from Ryzen to Ryzen 2nd Generation, we’re expecting to see a massive leap in performance with AMD…

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​Google open sources gVisor, a sandboxed container runtime

Video: How Docker brought containers mainstream Thanks to Docker, containers are everywhere now. But, while containers have revolutionized how we develop, package, and deploy applications, we’ve not done a great job of securing them. That’s where Google has a new answer in locking down containers: gVisor. Read also: What is Docker and why is it so darn popular? With gVisor, Google has introduced a new way to sandbox containers. These are containers that provide a secure isolation boundary between the…

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Windows 10 April Update fix for freezing Chrome browsers will come next week

In case the Google Chrome browser is freezing on you after installing the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, know that Microsoft is on the case. On its community message board, the Redmond company acknowledged it is “aware that some devices running the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) may hang or freeze when using certain apps, such as ‘Hey Cortana’ or Chrome.” Microsoft says it is working on a solution and aims to include the fix in Windows 10’s…

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How to Speed Up PS4 Downloads

While the PS4 is the top-selling console of this generation, it isn’t without its flaws – and any Sony fan reading this will already know what we’re referring to. That’s right, the big issue plaguing gamers is slow downloads on the PS4, regardless of your internet connection.  But that’s where we come in. Here, we explain why the PS4 lacks behind the competition in terms of download speeds, and how you can speed up your PS4 downloads using a proxy (don’t…

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Brazilian digital bank Neon aims for 1 million customers in 2018

Brazilian digital bank Neon plans to grow its customer base from 600,000 clients to 1 million this year as it raised a new funding round. The fintech, one of the hottest ventures in the Brazilian startup scene, has announced today (3) that it raised $22 million in Series A funding, with participating investors including Propel Venture Partners, Monashees and Omidyar Network. According to the bank’s chief executive Pedro Conrade, the investment will support goals such as increasing the size of…

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Best budget smartphones in India 2018: phones under Rs 10,000

This year has been great in terms of phones, if we consider just low-cost smartphones .  Phones with latest mid-range processors are already at affordable prices. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the most recent example of one such phone.  Moreover, there is a lot to come in the coming days. We are expecting the Moto G6 series to launch in Indian market. If you’re fine with a phone that offers good value for money and handles mild usage…

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Netgear XR500 Nighthawk Pro Review: Top-Quality Gaming Router

There are many challenges to the online gamer, not only distant human foes. Possibly the most frustrating of these is the timing delays that inevitably intercede at the critical point in proceedings that fall under the banner description of ‘lag’. If only the technology connecting the gamer to their network was actively working to reduce the inevitable time delays, even when that connection is via Wi-Fi. That’s exactly the thinking behind the Netgear XR500, a router that tries hard to be…

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Laboratory on-a-phone detects viruses, bacterial infections

Washington State University Researchers have developed a portable laboratory on-a-phone which could provide improved healthcare for rural, remote, and developing areas. According to Washington State University scientists, the miniature laboratory has close to the same success as traditional lab testing. In tests with 771 patient samples of 12 common viral and bacterial infectious diseases, the lab equipment only returned false positives on average one percent of the time. In total, the smartphone lab was 97 to 99.9 percent accurate. The…

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller picks up Steam compatibility

In a new blog post by the Steam Controller team, Valve has officially announced support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via its Steam Input protocol.  To start playing with the controller, which Valve called “a great device with a feature set that pairs nicely with your Steam catalog,” you must first opt into the latest Steam client beta.  From there, users can enable support for the Pro pad by ticking the ‘Nintendo Switch Configuration Support’ option under Controller Settings.…

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New Zealand examining AI ethical framework and action plan

New Zealand Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Clare Curran has called for urgency in developing an AI action plan and ethical framework. “An ethical framework will give people the tools to participate in conversations about artificial intelligence and its implications in our society and economy,” Curran said. “There are economic opportunities but also some pressing risks and ethical challenges with AI and New Zealand is lagging behind comparable countries in its work in these areas.” Curran also launched…

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The crowdfunded Misty II robot can be coded to do almost anything

Some of our favorite smart toys of 2018—from Anki Cozmo to littlebits’ Droid Inventor Kit to LEGO BOOST—all have block-based coding interfaces, encouraging kids to learn how to code as they control their robo-buddies.  Others, like Sphero’s R2-D2 and BB-8, focus less on hand-coding and more on cool features, like the Force Band.  Now Misty Robotics, a spinoff of Sphero, has announced Misty II, a crowdfunded robot that can be coded to do pretty much anything you want, from greeting…

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Tableau sees strong Q2 as customers start to standardize

Tableau’s said its second quarter revenue will be ahead of expectations amid strong demand as the company shifts to a subscription model. The company reported a solid first quarter, but there were moving parts due to an accounting standards shift. Tableau reported a first quarter net loss of 57 cents a share on revenue of $246.2 million. Non-GAAP earnings were 7 cents a share. Wall Street was expecting a non-GAAP loss in the first quarter of 18 cents a share…

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