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As Microsoft Kills Off Nokia, It Signs Off On Its Own Eventual Demise

Opinion: PayPal is the latest company to join a long list to ditch support for the “fringe” phone operating systems: Microsoft’s Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Amazon’s Fire OS. This decision comes on the heels of Microsoft’s announcement of getting rid of a further 1,850 jobs, most of them from what remains of the staff that came to Microsoft from its acquisition of Nokia.

Dick Smith Is A Sad Wasteland Of Defeat And Broken Dreams

The Dick Smith of my childhood was a magical place. I would beg my parents to take me there, so that I might see Age of Empires II projected large onto a giant screen, or spend a few precious minutes racing cars on a demo console. Gazing with wide eyes at the gadgets and gizmos around me, I was resigned to never owning them but found satisfaction in looking and dreaming.

The store that I visited this week was a pit of despair and humiliation, as consumers picked the bones of the carcass and workers faced the end with resigned apathy.

Waleed Aly Is Right About The NBN

Opinion: The government’s NBN roll-out is running behind schedule. At least, that’s according to leaked documents quoted by The Project and Waleed Aly, in last night’s “Something We Need To Talk About” segment. Who to blame? Tony Abbott, Aly says, and “the guy who he says invented the internet”, Malcolm Turnbull.

Waleed Aly is right, inasmuch as he’s saying that the NBN — in whatever form it has taken since the Rudd government created NBN Co — has always been just as much about politics as it has been about connecting Australia to the world with universal high-speed broadband wherever possible.

Where Is The iPod Of Smartwatches?

The lifecycle of a new gadget is relatively predictable: When it’s brand new, only early adopters are interested. Once the technology matures, everybody buys one. But smartwatches still haven’t caught on with most people — and that’s because no one has made a smartwatch that’s worth its cost.

Counterpoint: Twitter Is Not Dying, It's Fine! 

Recently it has become fashionable (lol, or as “fashionable” as something can be as a thesis in tech news) to declare that Twitter is dying. These pre-emptive autopsies of a diseased social network are too much.

16 Ways To Avoid Becoming The New York Times' Modern Man

“The modern man cries…often,” reads Brian Lombardi’s puzzling, unintentionally satirical profile of what’s become of many male adults these days. A bunch of people told me I should write a response, so here you go.

It's Time For An eAustralia Card

Australian e-government is a long way behind many other developed nations. Our national leadership has utterly failed to comprehend why e-government should have been a national priority decades ago, and continues to offer little in the way of policy direction.

Hence, our current solutions are a bizarre mish-mash of inconsistent approaches, making it confusing and frustrating for Australians. Every mis-step sets back public trust in online government services. Usability, reliability and security are the keys.

Why It's Probably Time To Stop Complaining About The Price Of Nexus Phones

I feel like every time a new Nexus phone comes out these days, we all complain about the price. It’s time to stop. The age of entitlement is over.

How A Netflix Offline Mode Might Work

Have a think about what you’d like Netflix to do better. Are you thinking? What’s on your wishlist?

If you wished for “offline access to Netflix”, you wouldn’t be alone. It has been one of the features customers have been shouting for over the last few years. Don’t lose hope, streamers: we might be edging slowly closer to a world with offline Netflix, but not in a way you might recognise.

Pre-Ordering An iPhone 6s? Mind Your Data Dollars

iPhone pre-orders open on Saturday at 5:01pm for Aussies, and carriers are already putting their pricing up. I’ve been going over the pricing and figured out the one thing that will always, always make you spend more money than you want to: the terrible data rates offered to you by Australian carriers.

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