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Why is my NBN so slow and what can I do about it?

Today ABC News reported that more and more users of the National Broadband Network (NBN) are unhappy with their service and are protesting in record numbers.

Complaints have increased a whopping 160%, with more than 27,000 reports lodged with the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) in the last financial year.

There is a limit to what you can do to improve the performance of your NBN connection at home. Often times this isn’t a matter of tweaking settings in your router or on your computer. This article outlines some of the Key problems with NBN and the reasons why yours might be running slower than you would like.

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STAY SMART ONLINE WEEK

Each year, through Stay Smart Online Week, the Australian Government works in collaboration with other agencies, industry, small business operators and community groups to raise awareness about the ways people can protect themselves online.

Read More about ways you can protect yourself online  here

Best gadgets 2017: the top tech you can buy right now

Everyone loves a gadget, and for every gadget and gizmo there are hundreds of different makes and models. Making a decision is hard. So, to cut through some of the confusion, this article by Techradar.com has collated their ‘best of the best’ gadgets list for 2017.

If you’re the sort of person who wants to have the best of everything, this is your ultimate shopping list…

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iPhone X Vs iPhone 8: What’s The Difference?

THE new iPhone 8 and iPhone X are finally here.

What are the important differences between them, and is it worth waiting for the iPhone X which is by far the most interesting (and much more expensive) of Apples newest iPhones.

This article compares them for you here.

iTunes gift card scam

The ACCC is warning people to be on the lookout for scammers who are trying to con their victims into paying for scams with Apple iTunes gift cards.

Reports to Scamwatch show there are three common scam examples the ACCC is currently seeing where scammers are demanding iTunes gift cards as payment:

  • Tax Scams
  •  Catch-a-hacker scam
  • Centrelink scams

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Lithium-ion batteries that don’t explode

Exploding lithium-ion batteries may soon be a thing of the past with the development of a safer, lighter version that matches the power level needed to run everyday devices.

The main problem with existing lithium-ion batteries is the conducting liquid is flammable. So, if the battery overheats or shorts out, there’s a risk the liquid can ignite.

Now a team of researchers have found a way around this, by developing a battery that contains a water-based salt solution instead of a flammable liquid.

Read more about this new technology here

Just Say No to Push Notifications

App makers are out to capture our attention with reminders and alerts on our phones’ lock screens.

Our attention has become such a precious commodity that apps, social networks and, news outlets have deployed infuriating numbers of pop-ups to conquer it.

Whether you have an Android or iPhone, there are two places you control your notifications. Read more about it here

Microsoft ordered to let third parties scrape LinkedIn data

Microsoft – the parent company of LinkedIn – has been told by a USA court that its users are legally allowed to have their data scraped by third party companies, despite the company claiming it violates privacy laws.

A report by Wall Street Journal claims that the ruling made by the judge is part of a lawsuit brought out by hiQ Labs. This is a young startup which works to analyse the data of LinkedIn to estimate whether their workers are likely to leave jobs or not. hiQ was previously ordered by Linkedln to stop with the scraping of its data, so the startup hit back with a raging lawsuit.

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Is your Business vigilant when it comes to cyber security?

The widespread WannaCry ransomware attack that occurred in early May 2017 shocked both large corporates and SMEs.

The ransomware seeked to hijack the victim’s computer and encrypt files in many companies and public services all over the world. What this showed, is that we are indeed all vulnerable. The question now is, what can we do about it?

What should you do to keep the numbers low:

1.    Your IT systems must be patched against the vulnerability which makes the infection possible.

2.    Raise the awareness. Ensure that everyone in your organization knows NOT to open any suspicious email attachments or links. Some reports are warning about malicious advertisements in web sites too.

What should you do if your organisation is infected:

1.  Disconnect from the network and shut down

2. If your not sure what do  – ask an IT expert.

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AUTOMATION IS CHANGING THE WAY WE WORK

Australia needs to embrace, not fear, automation.

Automation comes in funny ways and is often so blindingly obvious we don’t even notice it as we adapt. Consider ATMs, which have replaced bank tellers, or apps that provide airline boarding passes.

While we may be far from a world where machines will replace all working humans, automation will help people work smarter and will give rise to new kinds of workers.

According to The Age newspaper, Over the past 15 years, Australians have reduced the amount of time spent on physical and routine tasks at work by two hours each week thanks to automation.

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