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M1 MacBooks blow the competition away with power and persistence

For apps already updated, including all of Apple’s own software, Microsoft Office, Chrome, and more daily, the performance is astounding. Apps load instantly, even with large projects inside. Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro export and render up to five times faster, and feel so much more responsive with multiple …

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Scott Morrison says world should focus on environment in wake of pandemic

“I withdrew the United States from the unfair and one-sided Paris climate accord, a very unfair act for the United States,” Mr Trump said on the sidelines of the G20 event. The Morrison government has been reluctant to follow other nations in committing to become a carbon neutral economy by …

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How Intel got ‘fat, dumb and happy’ and lost its edge

The tale of the two factories in the Arizona desert is a microcosm of how Intel, once one of the world’s most fabled tech companies, has lost its edge. Although the company has been dealt setbacks in recent years, 2020 – a year in which the pandemic saw much of …

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Why is the AFL changing the rules again?

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size In a sporting year marked by hubs, bubbles and masks, there was one issue that put the forever agile and flexible AFL in a particular bind. It involved rules – and not the COVID kind. Nine new laws of the game – …

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Apple’s Epic app headache could be test case for regulation

“When you’ve got market power, the key questions that arise are what are the boundaries of that power, in which market does that power exist, and where else can we have competition?” Apple will likely be arguing that within the broad market for apps, it doesn’t exert significant power. There …

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Platypus in peril as national range shrinks a quarter in three decades

Loading “It’s an ongoing decline,” Tahneal Hawke, a platypus researcher at UNSW and one of the report’s authors, said. “We have a really good opportunity to intervene now before it’s too late.” While sharing koalas’ global standing as an emblematic Australian animal at risk, platypuses get much less attention in …

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Foxtel mulling early strike to extend broadcast deal with AFL

It is unclear whether AFL boss Gillon McLachlan will agree to bring forward the broadcast talks or wait until late next year to increase competitive tension. Foxtel may be willing to pay a large sum of money upfront to knock back rivals but Mr McLachlan could wait to see whether …

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Impossible Christmas suddenly possible as restrictions ease in Victoria

“Each of us playing our part to make sure that we protect public health, that we value and protect this precious thing that we have built … It’s incredibly valuable, but it is fragile. And even though these rules are important changes, this virus is not gone.” Restrictions could ease …

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Thunderstorm threat eases in Melbourne, but more rain expected

“The situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.” However, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Richard Russell said Melburnians will likely see more rain over the next few hours before it eases to a drizzle on Monday morning. “There will be rain with occasional …

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Disadvantage and the digital divide in education

The concept, at least, of needs-based funding is now almost universally accepted: a child who comes through a school gate with additional needs ought to attract additional funding in order for their education to be delivered. Is it time for a digital resourcing standard too? The Three Rs still matter, …

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