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NBN warns of delays


NBN Co will temporarily suspend the rollout of its network using pay TV cables in a bid to “improve customer experience”, meaning months of delay for some. Hundreds of thousands of Australians could be forced to wait months longer than expected to be connected to the national broadband network via pay television cables.


Humans better than robots for surgery


New UK & US studies find robots do not improve the patient’s health when compared to manual operations.


Like it or not, you’re getting the NBN, so what are your rights when buying internet services?


Complaints about the national broadband network (NBN), involving connection delays, unusable internet or landlines and slow internet speed are on the rise. Most Australians will be forced to move onto the NBN within 18 months of it being switched on in their area, and that means navigating what can be confusing new contracts. So, what are your rights


New documentary shines light on how smartphones are ruling our lives

Academy Award Winner, Eva Orner, returns to her hometown of Melbourne to expose the increasing dependence Australians have on smartphones, with the launch of a new documentary, It’s People Like Us.


The future of flying cars: science fact or science fiction?

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Uber has shaken up the taxi industry and is trying to put driverless cars on our roads. Now the company aims to have flying ride-sharing vehicles in our skies by 2020 writes Jonathan Roberts and Michael Milford. Uber is not alone in working towards flying cars. But is this realistic, or just marketing hype? To many of


Backyard skinny-dippers lack effective laws to keep peeping drones at bay

Brendan Gogarty, University of Tasmania Recent advances in technology mean we can no longer rely on fences or barriers around our homes to protect our privacy. This was certainly the case for Darwin resident Karli Hyatt, who on Tuesday explained to the ABC’s Law Report how a drone invaded the security and privacy of her


Pokemon Go players are happier, friendlier, study finds

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Pokemon Go people are happy people. That’s the finding of media researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison who leapt to study the wildly popular mobile game shortly after its release in July 2016.


Augmented Reality: Getting under the skin

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Pokémon Go pushed Augmented Reality, or AR, into the mainstream, sending 500 million people around the world chasing cartoon characters on their phones. But now, in a unique multi-disciplinary collaboration, it’s making the leap from entertainment to education writes Dr David Kelly, Dr Thuong Hoang , Martin Reinoso and Zaher Joukhadar.


Virtual reality to alleviate stress for chemotherapy patients

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A fantastic new project is underway showcasing how virtual reality (VR) can be used as a tool to help ease psychological stress and provide a form of “distraction therapy” during typically arduous chemotherapy treatments.


News: research reveals older Australians prefer online banking

St.George Bank is calling on seniors to drop by their local NSW branch this week for a cup of tea, a chat, and tips on how to get tech savvy with internet banking.