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Japanese supercomputer Fugaku crowned the world’s most powerful

Japan remains a relatively small player in supercomputing. China placed 226 systems in the latest Top500 list; the US total was 114, although they accounted for a greater share of aggregate computing power. But Japan has a long history of pushing the state of the art in computing. A prominent …

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Apple previews new iPhone software, switches to ‘game changer’ Mac chips

Upgraded software for the Apple Watch will also detect when wearers wash their hands. Apple CEO Tim Cook’s presentation on Monday revolved around an array of new features that, for instance, could help iPhone users manage their apps better, find new ones, and use their phones to unlock and start …

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Foxtel’s soft-look streaming is not the future

Of course, both Binge and Foxtel Now are also hamstrung by the fact that Foxtel doesn’t want them to be too successful. That’s why they’re denied 4K, as well as high dynamic range which adds more detail in the brightest highlights and darkest shadows. Instead, Foxtel forces customers to fork …

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Brutal and beautiful, The Last of Us sequel is a harrowing masterpiece

After their trials in the first game we find Ellie and father figure Joel living a comparatively cheerful life in a new colonial-style town in Wyoming, complete with electricity and filled with children playing in the streets. But outside the city walls much of the country is still infested with …

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Hackers post evidence they have beer giant Lion’s confidential files

Hackers responsible for successive cyber attacks on Lion Australia, the beverage giant behind beer brands Little Creatures, XXXX, Tooheys and James Squire, are threatening to auction or publish confidential company data on the dark web unless they are paid a reported ransom of $1 million. Lion, which is also behind …

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‘Cyber crisis’ deepens at Lion as second attack bites beer giant

Exact details about the nature of the latest incident are not fully known by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, but Mr Irvine told staff the second attack was anticipated and that the company had contracted multinational professional services company Accenture to assist it in recovery efforts. It comes …

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Data deluge: Google’s Fitbit acquisition could be anti-competitive, says ACCC

“Past acquisitions by Google, of both start-ups and mature companies like Fitbit, have further entrenched Google’s position.” The watchdog is also concerned that a Google-owned health-focused wearable may cause the company to cease making its best features available to other devices using its WearOS software, and make it impossible for …

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It’s-a-me, Lego Mario: the ultimate ’90s kids brand collaboration

According to Jonathan Bennick, digital design lead on Super Mario at Lego, that was a deliberate move following a lot of kid-testing. “In order for you to appreciate what Mario does, you need to know how he walks, how he jumps, how do you use the functions,” he said. [embedded …

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Amazon’s Echo Auto lets you summon Alexa on the road

It’s not just about the convenience of hands-free calls and texts, or playing your favourite music, podcasts and audiobooks without taking your eyes off the road; it’s also about asking for directions and checking traffic conditions. Plus Alexa can handle other tasks such as reading the weather forecast, checking your …

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‘Harm against humans’: Rights chief warns of facial recognition threat

Edward Santow says facial recognition should not be used by police until proper legislation is in place.Credit: Last week IBM announced it could not condone facial recognition technologies that allowed for mass surveillance and racial profiling and that it would end its development of facial recognition products. Amazon subsequently announced …

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