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What the NFT? VC David Pakman dumbs down the digital collectibles frenzy and why it’s taking off now

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Non-fungible tokens have been around for two years, but these NFTs, one-of-one digital items on the Ethereum and other blockchains, are suddenly becoming a more popular way to collect visual art, primarily, whether it’s

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Brazil approves 5G auction notice

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Brazilian national telecommunications agency Anatel has approved the notice for the upcoming auction for the fifth generation spectrum, expected to take place in June. The announcement was made yesterday (25) by the agency’s

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Google Jetpack Compose Android UI toolkit now in beta

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Google’s Jetpack Compose toolkit for the Android mobile platform has moved to a beta stage of release. The declarative UI toolkit is designed to speed up the process of building native apps across Android platforms. Declarative

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Apple’s indoor maps format is now a standard; here’s why that matters

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Apple Maps is essential to future innovation, from autonomous vehicles to AR experiences, so it’s noteworthy that Apple’s own Indoor Mapping Data Format (IMDF) has been adopted as a community standard for indoor

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Tim Hortons marks two years in China with Tencent investment

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Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee and doughnut giant, has raised a new round of funding for its Chinese venture. The investment is led by Sequoia China with participation from Tencent, its digital partner in China, and Eastern

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Privacy Commissioner asks for clarity on minister’s powers in Critical Infrastructure Bill

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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has asked that the powers given to the minister responsible under the pending Critical Infrastructure Bill, which would allow them to step in when a cybersecurity

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JDK 17: What’s in store for Java 17

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Although not due until September, Java 17 has already begun to take shape, with two proposed new features now eyed for the next upgrade to standard Java. A MacOS rendering pipeline proposal was added on February 25. Earlier

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Podcast: 30K Macs infected with “Silver Sparrow” virus; M1 Mac SSD health

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Hosts Juliet Beauchamp and Ken Mingis talk with guests about the latest tech trends and news. Audio Security researchers uncovered malware affecting tens of thousands of macOS devices, but it’s unclear what

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Plant-based food startup Next Gen lands $10M seed round from investors including Temasek

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Singapore is quickly turning into a hub for food-tech startups, partly because of government initiatives supporting the development of meat alternatives. One of the newest entrants is Next Gen, which will launch its plant-based

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Revenue and EBITDA up but profit down for NextDC in first half

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Image: NextDC Australian data centre company NextDC has reported underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) of AU$65.7 million for the first half of 2021, up from the AU$50.9 million

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IT Salary Survey 2021: Over half of IT pros are satisfied at work – but nearly half are job hunting

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Given the year we have all had and the changes in working patterns we have had to adopt, IT professionals could be forgiven for being unsettled in their work. For many though, 2020 has been a year of growth and acceleration.

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Amazon switches on macOS Big Sur for AWS

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Delay may be the deadliest form of denial, but Amazon’s decision to introduce Mac support via AWS illustrates Apple’s growing importance in enterprise IT, as vendors across the board follow the money. Big Sur in the

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Daily Crunch: Facebook brings news sharing back to Australia

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The Facebook-Australia news battle seems to have reached an end, Android gets an update and Lucid Motors is going public via SPAC. This is your Daily Crunch for February 23, 2021. The big story: Facebook brings news sharing

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Telstra InfraCo opens up dark fibre network

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Telstra InfraCo’s dark fibre optic network is now available for use across six Australian state capitals. “Spanning across our nation is 250,000km of untapped potential that we can now begin to offer our customers,”

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IT Salary Survey 2021: Hiring rate expected to increase but priorities will shift

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In what has been a most extraordinary 12 months, we wanted to understand the prospects for IT professionals as we look forward to another year of disruption and change. How strong will the IT recruitment market be and which