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PC hardware from a few years ago? Relics of another era. How about a decade old? You might as well be talking about fossilised remains. Yet, people still happily run gear such as Intel's venerable Q6600, one of the company's more overclockable quad-core chips, under the belief that it's "good enough". The benchmarks, however, tell a very different story.


Looking for a new phone but don't want to break the piggy bank to shell out for a top-of-the-line iPhone or Samsung or Google Pixel? If you're mostly buying a new phone for its camera — and most of us are — then Oppo has a proposition for you. Its new R9s isn't unreasonably expensive or jammed to the gills with brand new tech, but it does have a brand new camera sensor that Oppo says can capture some pretty great photos.


There's a new selfie app in town. It's called Meitu, and it's all about turning your profile photos into over-the-top anime cels.

On the surface, Meitu is all about smoothing your skin and making your hair look silky, brightening the dark circles under your eyes and making you look a little less haggard. But that's a facade for the app's real purpose, which is to collect your data to sell to advertisers.


If you own a Samsung phone from the last couple of years, you might be in line for a software update that brings a bunch of new features to your handset. A few months after the initial release of Android 7.0 Nougat, a handful of Samsung's mid-range and high-end phones, and even a couple of tablets, are getting a big patch.


Microsoft's Surface Book has always been a unique gadget — a great ultraportable laptop, with the extra appeal of a completely detachable tablet screen that contains all the smarts and processing to run proper Windows. The newest Performance Base variant of the Surface Book adds double the graphics power, without making any significant compromise on battery life — but it's also using tech that Microsoft's competitors have left behind.


A long-running case on whether you're allowed access to view your own mobile phone metadata — retained by Australia's telecommunications companies for government snooping, including comprehensive call logs and location data — and whether that data is classified as "personal information" has come to an unceremonious end.

Australia's Federal Court has put a stop to a final attempt by Australia's peak privacy advocates to restrict the retention and access of information by Australia's telcos, and the judgment will have wide-ranging implications for what information is considered personal under the terms of the Privacy Act.


xXx: Return of Xander Cage is the most ridiculous, lightning-paced, borderline-unintentionally hilarious movie I've seen in as long as I can remember.

Warning: this review is spoiler free, but does contain far more pure, unabashed joy than anyone could reasonably expect from a cheesy spy film critique.