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Apple to announce move from Intel to in-house Mac chips at WWDC

This will be the first time in the 36-year history of the Mac that Apple-designed processors will power these machines. It has changed chips only two other times. In the early 1990s, Apple switched from Motorola processors to PowerPC. At WWDC in 2005, Steve Jobs announced a move from PowerPC …

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IBM scraps face recognition development over racial profiling concerns

IBM says it is scrapping its facial recognition business over concerns about how it can be used for mass surveillance and racial profiling. In a letter to US Congress members Arvind Krishna, IBM’s chief executive, confirmed the company’s shift as it looks to “advance racial equality”. Arvind Krishna was recently …

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Drinks giant Lion hit by cyber attack as hackers target corporate Australia

Contacted byThe Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Tuesday, Lion confirmed it had been hit by a cyber attack that had forced it to shut down its IT systems. “Lion has experienced a cyber incident and has taken the precaution of shutting down our IT systems, causing some disruption …

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Nintendo’s fresh take on some very old game night favourites

With a kitschy clean presentation and a multicultural theme, Nintendo’s 51 Worldwide Classics is a glossy and generous collection of tabletop standards and rainy day time wasters, perfect for a night in with the family. Software that emulates board or card games isn’t exactly uncommon, but it’s also rarely remarkable. …

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Facebook unafraid of scrutiny as ACCC probes Giphy deal

Facebook says it has nothing to hide from the Australian competition regulator, which has launched an investigation into the social media giant’s acquisition of Giphy, a library of video clips and animated images known as GIFs. Facebook acquired Giphy for a reported $US400 million ($612 million) last month but the …

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Experts warn of new strains of misinformation as COVID-19 seeds conspiracy theories

“They might say look, we know that radio waves interfere with oxygen molecules, and people have difficulty breathing when they have the coronavirus. So you’ve got these bits and pieces that go together but the end result is there’s no scientific proof for these claims,” he said. Conspiracy theories are …

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You are probably spreading misinformation. Here’s how to stop.

Starbird learned from studying Russia’s Internet Research Agency — a major manipulator of social media around the 2016 US election — how these groups turn people’s desires to be part of a movement against them. It starts with appealing messages that earn shares and follows, slowly building an audience. “They …

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Minecraft spin-off a dungeon-crawling loot-fest for all ages

For example a crossbow with a chance to fire five arrows at once, plus a chance for each arrow to send enemies into a blind rage, makes for excellent crowd control. Meanwhile a pair of daggers that create a shockwave every fourth hit is great, but pair with an artifact …

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Facing the home theatre FOMO

My ageing DTS-less amp left us watching Star Wars with lowly 2-channel stereo sound, so it looked better than DVD but actually sounded worse, unless I wanted to turn it into a spaghetti western and watch it in Italian: “Luke, io sono tuo padre!” My high school Italian is rusty, …

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