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Transforming communications is not a discussion of whether to replace handsets with headsets!

In my last blog, I talked about how we have transitioned away from the big VoIP move of the 2000s, and we’re now in a place where communication has gone beyond the humble telephone or even unified communications (UC). The advent of cloud technology has revolutionised the way we interact with our co-workers, near and far. Just because we have to change our mindset about telephony, it doesn’t mean we should throw out the hardware. One of the big things…

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Best email client of 2018

Email remains an important form of communication, more formal than a text, tweet or instant message, while obviously being much faster than ‘snail mail’, which may explain why email volume continues to increase. Indeed, a recent estimate claimed that something like 269 billion emails are sent daily. Most of us likely have multiple email accounts with online providers such as Gmail, Outlook.com or Yahoo, which can be used online via their corresponding websites (also known as webmail), or by using…

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How to use a VPN on an iPhone or iPad

If you want to maximise security and privacy while browsing the web on your iPhone, and access services that are restricted to particular countries, you can do so via a VPN. In this article we will show you how to set up and use a VPN on your iPhone or iPad. Why use a VPN on an iPhone? There are a number of reasons to use a VPN, some more likely than others to apply to you.  Want to make…

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Moto E5 Review: Hands-on – Tech Advisor

Motorola’s new Moto G6 range might be affordable phones, but the firm has also unveiled new budget Moto E5 devices that are even cheaper. Starting at just £119, here’s our initial thoughts on the Moto E5 after some hands-on time at the Sao Paulo launch event. It’s a little confusing as to why the G6 is named so while the new Moto E range is a number behind. Well the Moto G arrived in 2013 and is now on its…

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Most Common Email Scams: How To Avoid Them

If you’ve had the same email address for a long time, then you’re more than likely receiving multiple emails per day that look rather suspicious. Email scams have been around for a long time and sadly won’t be going away any time soon. We’re going to talk about some of the most common types and how to spot them. Scam emails are so effective because they cost so little to produce and send out. Even if you spot 99 out…

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Global automation readiness. Who’s prepared, who’s in trouble?

In early 2017, President Obama’s top economic and science advisors wrote a report entitled, “Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy.” The report is a cleared-eyed collation of current data and predictions pertaining to the accelerating pace of adoption of automation and AI technologies starting from around 2010. The full report is worth a look, but the top line findings are probably familiar. The analysts found that the day when robots will replace all workers is still remote, and any timeline…

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S might not make it to India, but there’s still hope for Mi A2

Xiaomi’s never been one to launch their flagship phones in India and now reports apparently say that Lei Jun, co-founder and CEO of Xiaomi, doesn’t think that the Mi Mix 2 and India made the ‘best fit’. And, since the earlier flagship didn’t do very well in the Indian market, its successor, the Mi Mix 2S might not launch in India either.  According to India Today, Lei Jun stated, “I think the Mi Mix 2 might not be the best…

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​No large tax bill sees IBM Australia pocket AU$40m 2017 profit

IBM Australia has made its financial results for 2017 available, reporting to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission it raked in AU$40 million in after-tax profit, more than double its 2016 AU$16.8 million lull. Revenue for the 12 months to December 2017 was reported as AU$2.8 billion, a decrease from 2016’s AU$3.2 billion. Receipts from customers totalled AU$2.6 billion, while AU$2.5 billion was paid out to suppliers and employees. During the 12-month period, the local arm of IBM paid AU$8.4…

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PayPal Australia introduces a new $6 fee for overseas money transfers

PayPal Australia has made a number of changes to its financial services guide, including adding a new $5.99 fee for overseas personal money transfers to a “friend and family member”. If all or part of that transfer is covered by a credit or debit card, Aussies will also cop a 2.6% fee, plus a currency conversion fee. Before the updated terms, this fee was 2.4%. It’s important to note that the new fees are incurred by Australian account holders sending…

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Google Chat and RCS, Linux apps on a Chromebook, end of ZTE, and new Moto phones (MobileTechRoundup show #430)

Google has tried a few messaging apps over the years so Kevin and I are excited that it may finally have found something to compete with iMessage. MobileTechRoundup show #430 kicks off with some thoughts on Chat. Image: ZDNet All about Google Chat and RCS Linux apps on Chromebooks with Project Crostini Is ZTE done with Android thanks to the US? First look at Android Go (sub-$100 phones) New Moto G6 and E6 handsets announced Matt’s writing about wearables on…

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