Computing

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If you often get the feeling there just aren't enough hours in the day, then the lunch break your bosses should generously afford you could be one opportunity to make more of your time (and it beats listening to co-workers talking about sports you don't watch). Give yourself thirty minutes a day five days a week and you could be well on your way to being a polymath by picking up one of these five skills.

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It's time to replace your computer. Maybe it was purchased when John Howard was prime minister, or you ruined it was a spilled drink, or maybe you just have some money to burn and you'd like to blow it on Intel's new Kaby Lake microarchitecture. Whatever the reason, you're ready to upgrade your computer, and you're going to be left with a big choice. Do you spend the extra cash for the categorically faster i7 processor, or do you pinch a few pennies and go with the i5?

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Microsoft, along with a slew of other major tech companies who opposed Trump's immigration ban, donated lots of cash and free services to the president on inauguration day, according to new POLITICO report. After donating a reported $US250,000 ($327,446) in cash, and the same amount in technical services, to the Trump's inauguration parties on December 28, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella condemned the ban in an Q&A with employees. He said, "There is no place for bias or bigotry in any society, in any context. That's where we start from. We will always as a company stand for that diversity and inclusion."

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If you bought a PC with a disk drive between 2003 and 2008 — the golden age of Livestrong bracelets and trucker hats — you might be eligible for $US10 ($13) thanks to an antitrust class action suit. In December, Sony, NEC, Panasonic and Hitachi-LG settled a seven-year suit which alleged the companies colluded "to inflate the prices of optical drives sold to big computer companies and retailers."

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Many of us spend most of our time on the web, but all too often browsing sessions can descend into a sprawling mess of memory-hogging, audio-playing tabs that bring your computer and your productivity to a shuddering halt. It doesn't have to be that way. These extensions and tricks can bring some simplicity back to your browsing.