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Optus switched on 4.5G network services in the north-western Sydney suburb of Macquarie Park today, kicking off a year-long rollout that will ultimately aim to see over 70 per cent of the Optus network reached in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Tests at the Optus Macquarie Park campus yesterday showed speeds of 1.03Gbps, the telco says.

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Some of the biggest names in the smartphone business — including Apple, LG and Huawei — now make phones with dual-lens cameras installed, and other manufacturers are tipped to follow suit soon. Not all phone makers use two lenses in the same way: on the Huawei P9 one takes shots in black and white to tease out more information about light, whereas on the iPhone 7 Plus you get the advantage of 2x optical zoom for a closer look at your subjects (one lens is wide-angle, and one is telephoto).

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While Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, and Westpac have been pushing for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to allow the banks to negotiate as a group for access to Apple Pay, and now just the Near Field Communication (NFC) function on iPhones, Macquarie Bank and ING Direct customers will now have access to Apple Pay.

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Sydney's George St Apple store was evacuated just before 1pm AEST today, with police confirming "a police operation" on the corner of King and George streets.

The store was evacuated "as a precaution" and traffic has been diverted, with up to six police cars spotted blocking both sides of the building. While the store is still closed, police are allowing customers to queue while they wait for Apple staff to let people back in.

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Hey Google — there's a new lightweight, web-based, word processing tool in town and it's called Dropbox Paper. After more than a year of beta testing, the app is finally available to anyone with a Dropbox account. It might not be loaded with as many features as Google Docs, but there's still plenty to love that sets it apart from the more staid cloud-based word processor. Here are some of the reasons you might want to make the switch from writing all your missives in the Google ecosystem.