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Google Meet and other Google services go down (Updated)

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Google’s engineers aren’t having a good day today. This afternoon, a number of Google services went offline or are barely reachable. These services include Google Meet, Drive, Docs, Analytics, Classroom and Calendar,

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Monash University researchers speed up epilepsy diagnosis with machine learning

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A new study by Monash University, together with Alfred Health and The Royal Melbourne Hospital, has uncovered how machine learning technology could be used to automate epilepsy diagnosis. As part of the study, Monash University

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JDK 16: What’s coming in Java 16

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Although not due to arrive until March 2021, Java Development Kit (JDK) 16 has begun to take shape, with proposed features including concurrent thread-stack processing for garbage collection, support for C++ 14 language

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How to set up a work-from-home ‘office’ for the long term

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Working from home is hardly a new phenomenon, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it an unplanned requirement for many office and knowledge workers. Even as the coronavirus crisis eventually recedes, many employers will have

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New report finds VC investment into climate tech growing five times faster than overall VC

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VC and corporate investment into climate tech grew at a faster rate than overall VC investment as a whole between 2013-2019, according to a major new report — to the tune of $60 billion of early-stage capital. The new research

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Westpac agrees to AU$1.3 billion penalty for breaching anti-money laundering laws

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Westpac has reached an agreement with the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac) to settle the anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing allegations that were raised by the watchdog in November

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Report: Developers have been more productive during Covid-19

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Developers forced to work remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic have proved to be so productive they may never return to the office, according to a study by analyst firm Accelerated Strategies released this week. The study

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Next perpetual version of Office to debut in 2021

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Microsoft will create at least one more Office suite, the company said this week during its annual Ignite conference. The next perpetual licensed Office will be released for both Windows and macOS in the second half of 2021,

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Elon Musk reveals the Tesla Model S ‘Plaid’ slated for late 2021

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed Tuesday the Model S Plaid, the newest variant to the company’s flagship sedan that boasts some eye-popping performance and range claims, including the ability to travel at least 520 miles on

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Backflip to the home: NBN to upgrade FttN areas with fibre

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Image: Chris Duckett/ZDNet What a decade of useless and wasteful argument that was. After years and years of ridiculous claims — such as those made by then-Shadow Communications Minister cum Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

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TypeScript 4.1 beta brings template literal types

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TypeScript 4.1, a planned upgrade to Microsoft’s popular open source language that adds types to JavaScript, is now available as a beta release, featuring template literal types and a multitude of other improvements. The

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Microsoft Teams gets custom layouts, new Together ‘scenes’

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Microsoft will enable Teams users to overlay a presenter’s video feed when displaying content such as slides – part of its aim to improve meetings as the number of video calls rockets during the pandemic.   The feature,

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Impossible Foods nabs some Canadian fast food franchises as it expands in North America

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After rolling out in some of Canada’s most high-falutin burger bistros, Impossible Foods is hitting Canada’s fast casual market with new menu items at national chains like White Spot and Triple O’s, Cactus Club Cafe

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Intel brings 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors to Chromebooks

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Intel has announced it will be bringing its 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Iris Xe graphics to Google Chromebooks, touting faster performance and better graphics. The 11th Gen processors, dubbed Tiger Lake, officially

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GitHub CLI reaches 1.0 status

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The GitHub CLI command line tool has reached 1.0 release status. The tool is intended to help developers reduce context switching by allowing them to run their GitHub workflow from the terminal, from issues through releases.  Introduced