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Weren’t paying attention to gadgets in 2020? Here are the best ones.

Of course, picking a smart speaker is about more than just sound. You’re also investing in an artificial intelligence tribe, of sorts; a voice operating system to fetch answers, operate your home and potentially violate your privacy. This year, Amazon, Google and Apple have gotten a bit better as home …

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Rain patterns to shift away from Australia more often as climate warms

Loading The increase in the stronger positive-Indian Ocean Dipole events “has far-reaching implications for climate and weather extremes over regions influenced” by such patterns, the paper concluded. These include the devastating bushfires last spring and summer in south-eastern Australia, and the severe floods in eastern Africa. In India, the monsoon …

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Honour your climate commitments, Australia, signed your Pacific neighbours

On December 12, 2020, leaders from across the world will gather virtually for the annual United Nations Climate Ambition Summit. While the coronavirus pandemic has meant much has changed in the last few months, Pacific demands for action on climate change have not.Indeed, climate change remains the single most pressing …

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Fracas puts the focus on how dependent we are

At the height of the run on toilet paper, masks and cleanser, Chinese-made substitutes were shipped in, and there’s the rub about this whole local difficulty with China. We have become much too dependent on Chinese-made products and manufactures for our own good. It’s the same story with our exports …

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Hello, Mr Chips

Chiara Maqueda of Zetland is impressed that Chips Mackinolty (C8) lists his home as Mparntwe – the Arrernte name for Alice Springs. “Go for it, Granny! There should be more use of Aboriginal place names by your writers!” “Comedian Joyce Grenfell said the clue to a convincing Australian accent (C8) …

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After 250 days, Queensland’s border wall is coming down

The chief superintendent warned the borders would be closed “for months, not weeks” to halt the spread of COVID-19, a decision announced by Annastaica Palaszczuk on Twitter a few days earlier. What turned into months of escalating tension between Ms Palaszczuk and her NSW counterpart, Gladys Berejiklian, began as an …

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Qld Education Minister says 90 per cent of schools are airconditioned

By February 2020 about two-thirds of those schools were either partially or fully airconditioned. Of those, about only 150 schools were airconditioned – not 300 as promised – between November 2019 and February 2020. “All schools are different and installations vary in scale and complexity,” Ms Grace said. “Some schools …

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Hamilton wins Bahrain GP after Grosjean survives horror F1 crash

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo blasted the “Hollywood” coverage of the crash while Hamilton said the incident showed how dangerous the sport could be. “It was terrifying to see,” said seven-times world champion Hamilton, who took his 95th career win ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, with the race ending under the …

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When Smith said he’d found his hands, it was a masterful understatement

“That was one of the best innings I’ve seen in one-day cricket from Steve … not only Steve but from anyone,” Labuschagne said. “The way he batted was superb. It almost felt like he didn’t give an opportunity, didn’t take a risk. When someone is doing that, it’s scary. “Towards …

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‘I’ve been blessed’: Pat Webster, Happy Clapper’s trainer, retires

Pat Webster, the trainer who has spent almost six decades based at Royal Randwick and prepared cult hero Happy Clapper, had a cup of tea with his wife Chrissie on Monday and realised the time was right. “I just said, ‘I haven’t got the drive to go in’,” Webster said. …

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