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Leave Michael Bay Alone, Transformers Is Awesome

I love Transformers. I don’t mean the toys, the cartoons, the comics, any of that stuff. I mean the new Transformers, the Michael Bay Transformers. I know this is an unpopular opinion. But as far as I’m concerned, Transformers first came to life in Michael Bay’s series. And it is therefore the best Transformers until something better comes along to replace it.


The Cult Of Samsung

Samsung isn’t building an ecosystem with its new range of wearables and its range of Galaxy and Note smartphones. It’s building a web which you’re flying straight into.


Buy It For Life: Will Your Technology Purchases Last A Decade?

I own one pair of boots. They’re great boots. I know they’ll last me a decade, if I take care of them. I also own a backpack — a very expensive backpack — with a lifetime guarantee that I’m sure I’ll never have to use, because it’s built to last. I’m not really so sure that I can say the same for most of the technology that I own, though.


How I Survived The 33-Hour Flight From Hell

I hate flying. I hate the cramped seats, I hate the food and I hate the hurry-up-and-wait mentality of airports. Imagine my delight then after spending 33-hours trapped on a Cathay Pacific flight from New York to Hong Kong thanks to bad weather and the bad Chinese government. Welcome to the flight from hell.


Malcolm Turnbull Wants You To Move House To Get Better Internet

Malcolm Turnbull is meant to be the man. He’s the minister ultimately responsible for the National Broadband Network. So why did he jump on Twitter and bash someone for not being fortuitous enough to live in an area with decent broadband? It’s smug, and wrong.


Australia's Drone Fleet Will Be Based In Adelaide, Which Is Kind Of Weird

Remember those plans to buy a few drones for surveillance operations in Australia? Turns out it’s happening! According to an announcement made by Prime Minister Drony Abbott (pictured) yesterday, Adelaide will be the home of Australia’s drone fleet. Wait, Adelaide? What’s up with that?


Why You Sound Dumb When You Use The Word 'Cyber'

Now that the internet is something that everyone uses, some of its more complex facets have to be simplified so they can be communicated effectively to ordinary people. The internet is a “series of tubes” where “spams and scams come through the portal” thanks to a veritable army of “cybercriminals” and whatnot. I’m all for simplifying the internet, but let’s stop using the cyber prefix for everything. It makes you sound like the worst kind of idiot.


Waiting For The Great Leap Forward: Why All New Phones 'Suck'

“This is a bit disappointing,” the comment started. “The rumours were Exynos octa[-core] 64 bit, no bezel screen, 2K resolution, multiple SKUs with a premium metallic casing, 32 or 64GB internal storage, (not 16GB or 32GB),” it added, summarising the new Galaxy S5 by finishing, “we got none of this. It’s a very incremental update, similar to Apple”. What you’ve just read is a real comment about the Galaxy S5, and there are hundreds of less civil ones like it. I’m here to tell you it’s time to reassess what we expect from a smartphone.


Fair Use For The Future: A Practical Look At Copyright Reform

George Brandis is the Australian Attorney-General, and gave a speech to a copyright forum in Canberra this morning outlining potential ways to tackle Copyright Reform and Online Piracy.


Where Is The Coalition Going With The NBN?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has just released its six-month update on Internet Activity in this country. The update keeps reminding us of something we already know: our appetite for data continues to grow.


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