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A fateful day looms for the four horsemen of Big Tech

The timing couldn’t be worse. This week, all four of the tech giants are expected to provide fresh evidence of their power when they report their quarterly results. Amazon and Apple in particular, which both report results on Thursday, are expected to be lifted by demand for products and services …

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Sorting out your tech treasure from the trash

Even if they still work, I wouldn’t inflict them on anyone. They can all go, except for my precious vintage Star Trek style Palm Treo 180 flip phone. It’s a classic. Less precious are the webcam and laser printer which are so old they won’t run on Windows 10, so …

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The perfect time to ditch the paperbacks and get an e-reader

The real question, if you’re just getting started in e-readers, is whether you want a Kindle or a Kobo. Each have their own advantages, but shifting from one to the other can be painful after you’ve built up a library, so you’ll want to really think about it up front. …

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Ghost of Tsushima is the defining Samurai video game

Despite the historical setting and the grim tone of the marketing, you shouldn’t expect a documentary here. The Mongol invasion is a fascinating subject and great care is taken to inject elements of verisimilitude, but it’s always in service of fun gameplay. The history books for example will tell you …

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Twitter struggles to unpack a hack within its walls

The FBI said it was looking into the hack. “At this time, the accounts appear to have been compromised in order to perpetuate cryptocurrency fraud,” the agency said. “We advise the public not to fall victim to this scam by sending cryptocurrency or money in relation to this incident.” Twitter …

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Twitter hackers shifting money in bitcoin wallets leave digital trail

The attackers received just over 400 payments, valued at $US121,000, according to Elliptic. The largest payment came from a Japan-based exchange, and totalled about $US42,000. Soon after they were initially collected in the three accounts, the funds started moving around. About $US65,000 of the $US120,000 quickly moved to other bitcoin …

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Scammers conned Twitter staff to launch high-profile account hijack

“We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools,” Twitter said. Social engineering involves hackers using faked emails and websites to trick a person into divulging sensitive information. “We know they …

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Major Twitter accounts hacked in suspected bitcoin scam

It also partially shut the social network down. Twitter said in a tweet that some users weren’t able to tweet while it was working on the incident. Users with the check mark to indicate their accounts were verified by the social media company reported they weren’t able to tweet. Twitter …

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Catch up remotely, loud and clear, with a USB microphone

They’re both “condenser” microphones, offering clearer sound than the mics built into your devices, but they won’t break the bank at around $150 each. They plug into a USB port on your PC or Mac and work with any audio/video conferencing, chat, podcasting or streaming service. You just might need …

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Cyber bullying content targeting children pulled from TikTok

“Apps like TikTok, which have chat functions, need to be managed carefully by parents,” she said. “Be aware and make use of any built-in safety features, such as making an account private and locking contacts to people who are already connected and known in the real world to your child.” …

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