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How Australia Played The World's First Music On A Computer

We don’t think twice about playing music via a computer – we have them in our pockets, and in our homes and offices, with music on tap. But playing music on a computer was once an almost unthinkable leap of the imagination and the most devilishly difficult programming challenge.


Twitter Can Show You Where To Vote (And Pick Up A Democracy Sausage)

2016 Federal Election Day (AKA Democracy Sausage Day) is looming, and the toughest choice to make may very well be if you head to the polling booth with the best gourmet snags, or the sweet cake stall?

Twitter has made it a personal mission to help solve the dilemma, teaming up with Proxima to take the guesswork out of where to vote by tweeting you not only your local polling station, but which have your favourite election day treats.


How Different Are The Labor Party And Coalition's NBN Policies?

As hinted in earlier announcements by Shadow Communications Minister, Jason Clare, Labor’s much-anticipated policy for the National Broadband Network released Monday commits the party – if elected – to move away from the Coalition’s fibre to the node (FTTN) network and transition back to a roll-out of fibre to the premises (FTTP). This was the central pillar of Labor’s original NBN. So how does this compare with the Coalition’s version of the NBN?


Labor's NBN Plan Shows It Listened To Critics Of The Current Broadband Rollout

Labor’s broadband plan includes few surprises and fulfils Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s commitment to responsibly increase the construction of fibre to the premises (FTTP). At the same time, it would ensure the completion of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is not delayed further.


Labor's NBN Attack Ad Is Simple, But Smart

Labor has just announced its policy for the National Broadband Network should it win government at this Federal election, and it’s accompanying that with a smart attack ad that will strike fear into the heart of any internet-connected Australian.


This Is Labor's Plan For The NBN

Two weeks out from the Australian federal government election on July 2, the Labor Party has released its policy documents for its plan for the National Broadband Network. Labor’s NBN plan, it says, will build fibre to the premises (FTTP) NBN to “up to two million more” Australian homes and businesses, double the number covered under the current Liberal rollout plan. The party says that there will be no additional impact to the country’s budget and the NBN’s financial cap.


Google Is Giving $4.5 Million To Aussie Tech Non-Profits

Have a bright idea about how you can use technology to improve the lives of people around you? Google’s Impact Challenge has just opened its application process for 2016, and the search engine giant will be giving away six-figure grants to 10 non-profit finalists who can dream up ideas for technology to solve “the world’s most pressing challenges”.


Election Explainer: Why Are There 150 Lower House MPs And 76 Senators?

When Australians go to the polls on July 2, they will elect 150 members of the House of Representatives. But, in 1998, there were 148 lower house MPs. So why does this number fluctuate? And what are the lowest and highest possible numbers?


Politicians Are Making Memes, And All Hope Is Lost

“Every election throws up something new, and this one has thrown up something called a dank meme.” With those words, we — for once, unified as a country — should decide to just shut the whole thing down. No more election, no more badly Photoshopped pictures of frogs on unicycles, no more internet.


Labor Questions The Extent Of Government's Knowledge, Involvement In NBN Raids

Who would have thought building a nation-wide, high speed broadband network would be so tumultuous? OK, OK, given the ludicrous state of Australian politics, we probably all could have guessed that. No surprise then that for drama lovers, this week’s instalment has delivered in spades, with the Australian Federal Police conducting raids on the offices/homes of Stephen Conroy and Jason Clare. Now the focus is on who knew about the raids… or more accurately, who didn’t.


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