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TPG Is Buying iiNet: The Questions That Need Answering

The news that TPG would buy iiNet this morning came into our news feeds like a wrecking ball. It’s a massive acquisition that many expected would go the other way. It’s a unique acquisition in that it raises more questions than it answers.


Your New Samsung Galaxy S6 Will Have A Built-In Expiration Date

Your smartphone’s battery life won’t last forever. Today, your digital companion might work all day long, then party late into the evening — but, a year from now, you’ll almost certainly have depleted a substantial portion of its capacity. What happens when your phone no longer lasts the day? Time to replace the battery! But with Samsung’s new Galaxy S6, that’s not going to be easy.


Will 2015 Be The Year Piracy Dies?

The Pirate Bay is up. No wait, down. Try this one instead. Kickass Torrents had its domain seized. Oh wait it’s over here now. Demonoid isn’t as good as it used to be after it came back. People are being prosecuted and the government is really coming for us. Is 2015 the year that widespread piracy finally dies?


Uber Wants To Create 20,000 Jobs In The Australian Economy, But What Sort Of Jobs Are They?

If you’re a subscriber to Uber in Australia, you received a curious email yesterday. “Uber creating 20,000 new jobs in Australia in 2015″ was the subject, and the crux of the missive was to tell subscribers that despite what they may have heard from incumbent operators, Uber is doing good things for the economy. So what are these 20,000 new jobs Uber wants to create in Australia, and can it pull it off? The devil, as always, is in the detail.


Dell Is Back

Dell is the company building the most interesting computers right now. Dell is making computers interesting again, period. Who would have thought?


What To Do When It All Goes Wrong

Visiting dangerous places, leaving mobile phone signal behind, travelling by yourself and just generally taking risks? Well, guess what? At some point, it’s going to go badly for you. Likely when you least expect it. Here’s what I’ve learned about self rescue.


Opinion: You Don't Get To Complain About Privacy Anymore

You may have read reports this week that put Uber in hot water. A company executive has reportedly been caught following a journalist using the company’s back end software, and talked about spying on people who say bad things about the service. That has shocked users around the world. That reaction confuses me. If you’re using a phone, you don’t get to complain about privacy anymore.


The Golden Age Of Motorola

I don’t trust brands. You shouldn’t either. But you can’t go wrong with a Motorola smartphone right now.