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It’s been a long time coming, but Australia is finally going to have a Space Agency. This will enable Australian space industries to benefit from agency-to-agency agreements and collaborations, and facilitate our participation in the growing global space market.

The Federal Government appointed an Expert Review Panel to map out how the Agency should operate. As we wait for its report – the final strategy was scheduled to be submitted in March 2018 – two space experts offer their perspectives on what we might expect.

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The iPhone X is a weird and wonderful device. Apple's new phone looks and behaves so differently to the iPhones we're used to, but it takes just a day or two to become familiar with it. Apple has been subtly training us for life without a home button over the past few iterations of iOS by emphasising swipe gestures, and the iPhone X benefits from this established muscle memory.

I've only had a few days to play with the iPhone X, so I can't reliably comment on things such as battery life, but here are my first impressions of Apple's tenth anniversary flagship phone.

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The latest iPhone is going on pre-sale today for the eye-watering price of around $1800 for 256GB. But who on earth would pay that, and why is Apple charging so much? The answer comes down to behavioural economics.

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Earlier this year we wrote about 4TFY, an Aussie VPN project running through Kickstarter which offered lifetime access to backers for a once-off fee.

The campaign was a success: not only did 4TFY smash its funding goal, the company has also been bought out. Which is actually a good thing in this instance, since it means it won't be caught under Australia's data retention laws.

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Complaints about the NBN involving connection delays, unusable internet or landlines and slow internet speed are on the rise. Most Australians will be forced to move onto the NBN within 18 months of it being switched on in their area, and that means navigating what can be confusing new contracts.

So, what are your rights regarding landline and internet connections?

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Emulators have been doing some great work in getting Breath of the Wild just playable on the Switch, let alone to a nice state. But if you haven't checked in with their progress lately, wow have they come a long way.

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We're five episodes into the latest instalment of the Star Trek television canon. Despite some weirdness about the Klingons appearance and the way they speak, I think Star Trek: Discovery has the potential to be the best Star Trek series put to air. Some, perhaps many, will disagree but after just five episodes, I've seen enough to make me think this could take the franchise into places Gene Roddenberry never went before.

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The much-heralded sci-fi anthology show Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams has arrived on Aussie streaming service Stan. For those who missed the memo, it's based on ten short stories by visionary author Philip K. Dick, the man whose words inspired the cinematic brilliance of Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly and Minority Report. To celebrate here are ten of the finest Sci-fi television shows you should be watching right now.

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Whether you like it or not, the NBN means you'll have to have change your internet plan sooner or later. If you don't switch to the National Broadband Network within 18 months of your area going live, there's a good chance you'll lose your traditional phone and internet services.

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Looking to purchase tickets any time soon? Well, here's something to remember: Ticketek charges a pretty high price for you to print your tickets using your own printer, in your own home. This is insane.

You don't think it's being too hyperbolic to say we need a royal commission, right?

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Despite the streaming revolution we're still paying more than Americans for content, and getting less in return. Hollywood and the music studios have always treated Australians as second-class citizens to be fleeced and it seems that little has changed with the subscription streaming revolution. While globalisation works in favour of big business, we're still expected to abide by geo-blocking and shop local even when we're getting screwed.

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EVE Online is infamous for its scammers, pirates, and ne'er-do-wells, but this week all their scams were put to shame. A member of the game's Council of Stellar Management and head diplomat of the Circle of Two alliance named The Judge stole all of the holdings of the 4,000-person alliance for himself.

He took their money, took their ships, and sold their Death Star-esque space citadel to their most hated enemies.