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NBN Might Have To Replace Optus' Messy, Broken Cable Network

Remember the cool $800 million NBN Co dropped on buying the Optus HFC network? Leaked documents have revealed that the NBN Co is thinking about replacing it entirely. Why? Because it’s such crappy infrastructure.

It's 9HD-Day, Re-Scan Your TV Channels

Today is the day that Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth, and Darwin will get a few new free-to-air digital TV channels. Just like in 2009, Channel 9 is again simulcasting its main TV channel in Full HD 1080i as 9HD, but it’s using new technology to do alongside its existing 9, GO and GEM broadcasts, as well as introducing a new channel called 9Life — all using nifty MPEG-4 compression.

Gizmodo's Static Podcast With Lifehacker & Kotaku : Episode Two

Australian eSports, gendered toys, Star Wars: Battlefront, the best movie gadgets, tipping wait staff and artisanal salami made from celebrities. Yes, really.

NSW Is Increasing Demerit Point Penalties For Using Phones When You Drive

Sending a quick text, checking your Snapchat or just changing songs on your streaming device is about to get way more expensive for drivers in NSW. State Roads Minister Duncan Gay has outlined a tough new plan to increase the demerit point penalties for using your phone while behind the wheel. Getting caught in the state will now cost you almost half the points on your licence in one go.

Wednesday's Biggest Stories

Every evening, we wrap up the day’s biggest stories in one place for you to easily check out. If you’ve been off the grid all day, jump in here and catch up on current events.

Your Best Stories Of Leaving Nightmare IT Jobs Whether you quit in a blaze of glory or were laid off in ridiculous circumstances, these are your getting-the-hell-out stories.

Jeff Bezos’ Rocket Just Made A Beautifully Controlled Vertical Landing Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin space company seems to have made a beautifully controlled landing on solid ground with its own New Shepard craft.

Our Planet’s Magnetic Poles Aren’t Reversing Any Time Soon Over the past couple of hundred years, the strength of the Earth’s geomagnetic field has been waning.

The ASUS ZenWatch 2 Is Out In Australia Next Week The Android Wear-powered ZenWatch 2 will be available in Australia from December 1.

Here’s A Reminder Why You Shouldn’t Bother Doing Dumb Facebook Quizzes When everyone around you is Facebook quizzing, sometimes it can be hard to resist the lure of joining in yourself.

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Captain America: Civil War Gets A Surprise First Trailer

Video: For a movie that isn’t coming out until June next year, you think we’d have to wait longer to see the first full-length trailer. But that’s not Marvel’s style with Captain America: Civil War. The first trailer just debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the US, and it’s awesome.

The ASUS ZenWatch 2 Is Out In Australia Next Week

The Android Wear-powered ZenWatch 2 will be available in Australia from December 1, ASUS announced today — just in time for the Christmas rush.

Toshiba Satellite Radius 12: Australian Review

One of the things I really like about the Microsoft Surface Book isn’t how useful it is as a tablet, but how useful it is as a laptop. Given that I type and browse the ‘net a lot more than I watch video and play touchscreen games, it’s important to me that a 2-in-1 laptop be good at the laptop part. Enter this particular bad boy: Toshiba’s Satellite Radius 12 is a 12-inch notebook, with a beautiful display and powerful hardware, and also a versatile screen hinge that lets it flip around into tablet mode.

Identity Swap: How To Make It As An Independent Illustrator

I’ve been an independent illustrator working in comics for a few years now. It’s a bag on the side of my two “real” jobs: teaching and motion graphics design. The dream was to have the sales of my comics contribute the bulk of my income, but recent events have forced me to consider that limiting my creative outlet to comics is an uphill struggle I may never overcome.

App Deals: Connect To Your Mac From Anywhere In The World

Today’s best deals include Robin Hood on Android, Air Login on iOS and 4-in-1 Fitness on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!

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