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Australian government invests AU$13m in medical technologies

The Australian government has announced that it is investing AU$13.3 million into medical technologies to help people living with severe mobility issues and chronic back pain. The AU$500 million Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) will invest AU$5 million into Rex Bionics for the development of a hands-free robotic device to assist in rehabilitation; AU$5 million into Charm Informatics for data aggregation and commercialisation services for smart medical device manufacturers; and AU$3.3 million into Saluda Medical for the development of neuromodulation technologies…

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The best Samsung Galaxy S8 plans and prices in Australia compared

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has taken the smartphone world by storm with its sleek new look and powerhouse specs, so here’s your chance to figure out what all the fuss is about without blowing up your wallet. This page is for savings on huge data, budget plans, or simply the best overall value in a contract in Australia, but if you’re after the UK or US, head to the best Galaxy S8 plan in the UK or the best cheap Samsung…

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​Beyond the iPhone: How Apple is positioning itself for the next big thing

We have a reasonably good idea of what’s likely to be on show at Apple’s event at its new Apple Park headquarters this week. Rumours strongly suggest that there will be an iPhone 8 (or maybe X, or 10, or Pro or something else) — a new flagship model with a new look, whatever the branding is. The home button might relocate on-screen, with Touch ID possibly replaced by facial recognition; wireless charging might finally make its debut; and the…

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iPhone 8 specs: A11 Fusion chip to double high-performance cores

The specs for iPhone 8, which could turn out to be called iPhone X in the end, have been outed by an iOS 11 leak, and it’ll speed thing up dramatically. Apple’s new iPhone will tout an A11 Fusion chip with a six-core processor, according to leaked iOS 11 Golden Master code dissected by 9to5Mac. What does this mean? Importantly, it has four high-performance cores, which doubles the two power cores found in the four-core iPhone 7 and iPhone 7…

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YouTube update brings HDR playback to Samsung Galaxy phones

60 seconds with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 Ready to take full advantage of the screen on your Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, or Note 8? Update the YouTube app, right now. First noticed by users on Reddit, the latest version of YouTube adds HDR support for the 2017 trio of Samsung’s flagship phones. High-Dynamic Range, or HDR, adds a more realistic look and feel the video being viewed by increasing the contrast and color. CNET’s Geoffrey Morrison digs into the…

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iPhone 8 launch: what to expect

It’s almost here! The iPhone 8 launch is set for September 12 after Apple sent out invites for its annual September showcase where it’ll show off its new iPhone(s) to the world. This page will magically transform into our iPhone 8 launch live blog on the morning of September 12, so make sure you bookmark it now and join us for the festivities on Tuesday. Currently the multitude of rumors, leaks and speculation point towards three new iPhone handsets arriving…

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Decade-old Windows kernel bug lets hackers bypass security protections

Researchers say that a bug in the Windows kernel could allow hackers to perform malicious actions by tricking security products blindly relying on a Windows API. The bug affects a low-level interface, known as PsSetLoadImageNotifyRoutine, that notifies when a module has been loaded into the Windows kernel. The bug can allow an attacker to forge the name of a loaded module, a method that can mislead third-party security products, and allow malicious actions without any warning. Omri Misgav, a security…

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Cyber Monday 2017: everything you need to know about this year’s deals

The massive day of Cyber Monday bargains marks the end of the year’s biggest shopping weekend, on the back of the mayhem of the US Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday. Once the family celebrations are ended, waves of eager shoppers hit the high street, leading up to Cyber Monday. The term “Cyber Monday” was coined more than a decade ago to encourage people to do more shopping online – web retailers offered more discounts, shoppers picked up more stuff, and…

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SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP3 released

Lured by savings and disaster back up, IT managers warm to cloud Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) gets most of the headlines, but SUSE Linux Enteprise Server (SLES) is also a top-notch business Linux. The latest release, SLES 12 SP3, supports more hardware platforms then ever and has better performance, clustering ability, and security than ever. This new patch supports the latest chips from ARM (AArch64), Intel, AMD, SAP HANA, IBM z Systems, and POWER. It also supports NVM (Non-Volatile…

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What happens when a hyper-connected man goes off the grid?

It’s been quite a while since my last iDIY column, and while your lives were likely bereft of meaning, and the beauty of the world around you temporarily dimmed by its absence, I am not going to start this instalment with the customary apology. Why’s that? For the past couple of weeks I’ve been on holiday, and I ended up making a point of leaving most of my technology at home. OK, it wasn’t entirely my choice, as a camping…

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