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Why Google backtracked on its new search results look

In the two decades since Google introduced text ads above search results, the company has steadily made ads less conspicuous. But its latest look may have pushed things too far. Users complained that Google was trying to trick people into clicking on more paid results, while marketing executives said it …

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Why it’s time to break up with Windows 7

If you’re keen on tech then you probably upgraded years ago, but it seems one in four PCs are still running Windows 7. If you’re the unofficial help desk for friends and relatives who are slow to upgrade, it’s time to sit them down for a talk. Sticking with Windows …

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A ‘seismic shift’ as community backs new laws to fix online hate

“We’ve reached a tipping point societally,” Ms Inman Grant said. “Technology is becoming integrated into our everyday lives … and people are tired of the negativity, they’re tired of the targeted hate.” The research found one in seven adults had been targeted by online hate speech in the 12 months …

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True wireless earbud showdown: jack of all trades v master of fit

Can one pair of true wireless earbuds do it all? All being long battery life, excellent sound quality, perfect fit for exercise, and good call clarity? No, because life is a constant source of disappointment. But here are two pairs that, by their powers combined, are pretty good. In the …

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A refreshingly laid back adventure with a bit of a bumpy landing

What makes the early game so appealing is the opportunity to discover and experiment at your (and potentially your partner’s, as the whole game can be played co-operatively) leisure. You can ignore the objectives and suggestions to simply go off and explore; the world is littered with flora and fauna …

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Zuckerberg promises privacy after $819m facial recognition settlement

Zuckerberg said during the call that the FTC settlement committed Facebook to privacy controls that “set a new standard for our industry, going beyond anything that’s required by law today.” Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg added: “We want everyone to be in control of their privacy on Facebook.” Loading The …

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Latest Sennheiser noise cancelling cans a worthy rival for Sony, Bose

These headphones are remarkably light, which makes travelling with them and wearing them for long periods much easier than with Sennheiser’s Momentum 3. I’m often struck with ear fatigue with some over-ear headphones, feeling both the weight of the headphones and a kind of claustrophobia from the noise cancellation, but …

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How was Jeff Bezos’s iPhone hacked? Apple’s secrecy may have helped

As phone users have continued to migrate their digital lives onto their mobile devices, they have become attractive targets for hackers; particularly for high-value targets. Apple has turned security into a part of its advertising and marketing, and iPhone’s reputation as a safe device has helped it earn the business …

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Full-size Commodore 64 remake has retro fun for young and old

THEC64 connects to your TV via HDMI and the 720p visuals look great, even if the modern technology is oversharp and cold compared to the CRT graphics you might remember. There are some options to add fuzzy filters, but they’re not terribly authentic. Other modern touches are much more welcome, …

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Motorola’s Razr foldable flip phone hits Australia next month at $2699

Motorola has announced its modernised Razr flip phone will launch in Australia next month, following Samsung’s Galaxy Fold as the second foldable screen phone to officially hit our shores. Motorola — which in a smartphone context these days is a brand of Chinese computer company Lenovo — unveiled the Razr …

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