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Apple lifts lid on new software, products as it diversifies beyond iPhones

Apple’s keynote focused largely on minor feature updates to its flagship software, but hinted at its shift toward a services-focused company. Cook also previewed one of the original shows Apple is producing for its new video-streaming service, “For All Mankind,” set in an alternate history where the Soviets were first …

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Productivity growth ‘mediocre’ as businesses cut R&D and innovation spending

The commission said it appeared some of the weakness was directly attributable to a slowdown in capital investment by the nation’s businesses. Capital input use lifted by 1.9 per cent in 2017-18, compared to the long-term average of 4 per cent. Saying that this “engine of growth” had faltered, the …

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New prosecution unit to chase assets of corrupt MPs

A new prosecution unit will freeze and seize assets of corrupt public officials in NSW. This month’s state budget will provide funding for the public prosecution unit, which will be made up of a team of senior lawyers to prosecute public officials for corruption. The unit will sit within the …

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Councils urge budget funds for drought relief, emergency services levy

The organisation urged the government to match federal funding of $96 million, under the Drought Communities extension scheme, for infrastructure and drought relief programs in those areas. Funding to provide secure and safe town water supplies must be available where the need exists. “The government must guarantee that funding to …

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Google Australia boss blasts tech industry for ‘glacial’ progress on hiring women

While she said the technology industry in Australia was doing “alright” on gender diversity- listing Spotify’s recent hire of Karen Lawson as Australian managing director in May and Twitter Australia boss Suzy Nicoletti as highlights – she was not complacent about progress. “I think we’re doing ok, but it’s not …

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Target and superquiz, Tuesday, June 4

TARGET 8114 How many words of four letters or more can you make from those shown here? Each letter may be used once per word. Each word must contain the centre letter and there must be at least one nine-letter word. No plurals ending in “s”; no foreign words; no …

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My biggest State of Origin fear

Souths won the comp that year. They had no players who had played for NSW during the three matches. Queensland had three: Greg Inglis, Ben Te’o and Chris McQueen. It’s telling. I’d hate to think that our hunger has diminished because we won last year. I’m not scared that’s the …

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Race-by-race tips and preview for Wagga

Different story here over the same distance for older horses, with several chances in what looms as a battle of tempo and tactics. Keen on Canberra filly 12. Rosy Dawn second-up for a stable renowned for getting them ready early. Hit the line hard on debut at Goulburn five weeks …

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It’s Wyendra’s time to shine as comeback continues

In late April this year back it came with a bang in a Class 1 at Canberra, parking midfield before effortlessly powering over the top. The stable so buoyed, the mare was whipped into town, and produced a nice closing effort from well back in a Rosehill Highway behind the …

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Era of cool rationality replaced by US-China fight club

Washington and Beijing now move towards a decoupling. It started with telecoms firms Huawei and ZTE but it’s widening and accelerating by the day. Each side is beginning to blacklist each other’s firms. In the last two weeks, companies in the US, Japan and Germany which supply electronic components or …

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