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No ‘Netflix tax’ on way: NBN Co floats new high-speed plan and discounts

The National Broadband Network has ruled out a “Netflix tax” in favour of drastic wholesale discounts and a new 1Gbps speed plan amid pressure from major reseller Telstra to cut its prices.

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Apple Can Feel Its Reputation For Bulletproof Security Slipping Through Its Fingers

With its flagship iPhone event just a few days away, it appears that Apple is getting a little nervous about recent reports regarding the state of its lauded security features. On Friday, it took the unusual step of publishing a blog post to refute some recent claims about its operating system made by Google researchers and to clarify the impact its failures have had on users around the globe.

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Securely Transfer Files For Free With Black Hole’s Blockchain-Based Service

We’ve covered many file-transfer servicespreviously, but we recently stumbled upon Black Hole, a relatively new service uses the blockchain-based Blockstack network for user logins, file storage, and delivery. (Best of all: It’s free.)

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Technology is Eroding the Ability To Move Around the Physical World Anonymously

Something really massive is happening, and I feel like society is barely grasping the tendrils of the implications. Technology is eroding one of the great levees of human society — the ability to move around the physical world anonymously. This is happening because computers are getting better at spotting patterns in data, and the cost of capturing data that contain patterns about human beings is plummeting. Most adult humans have a device in their pocket capable of recognizing the patterns in another human’s face. Face recognition is just the most obvious side of this new reality. It’s easy to grasp that a computer can remember what your face looks like because humans can do that too (not that well though). But computers don’t care what data is used to tag you, only that the data is unique.

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CERN turns to open source software as Microsoft increases its fees

For the last 20 years, CERN — home of the Large Hadron Collider — has been using Microsoft products under a discounted “academic institution” rate. But in March, at the end of its previous contract, Microsoft revoked CERN’s academic status. According to a CERN blog post, under the new contract, licensing costs have increased more than tenfold. In response, CERN is pulling back the curtain on a now year-old project to migrate to open source software, and it’s calling it the Microsoft Alternatives project, or MAlt.

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Windows 10 will automatically uninstall problematic updates

Updates to Windows are supposed to fix problems and improve security, but sometimes they do the opposite. Many Windows 10 users will have experienced startup problems after installing an update to the operating system, and this is something that Microsoft is looking to address.

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PSA: The iPhone Has A Secret ‘Extra Dim’ Mode

The iPhone’s brightness doesn’t go low enough. In the pitch dark, even the dimmest setting can be too bright. But you can make the iPhone’s dimmest setting even dimmer, thanks to a tip from redditor manawesome326. We’ll take you through it step by step.

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Wireless Tech Company Finds Way To Charge Drones In Flight

Global Energy Transmission (GET) co-founder William Kallamn says his wireless tech company has found a way to create a “power cloud” that can charge a drone while it’s in flight. “The system comprises a ground-based power station with a frame of wires positioned in a roughly circular shape,” reports Futurism. “When turned on, this creates an electromagnetic field in the air near the station. A drone equipped with a special antennae charges by flying into the range of the power cloud.” From the report:

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Algorithm Trustworthiness Is The 21st Century’s Big Challenge

Last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee in the United States. Ostensibly, one of the main reasons Pichai was asked to attend was in order to answer questions about security issues with various platforms operated by Google. But as you’d expect, the hearing turned into a comedy writer’s dream with enough fodder to fill late night monologues for countless presenters. But buried in the dross was a very important question about the trustworthiness of algorithms.

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How We Back Up Our Data To The Cloud

The subject of file backups and online storage came up the other day at a Lifehacker staff meeting, and resident door-holder Nick Douglas chimed in that his solution for backing up his laptop was easy: He never keeps any important files on it. Everything — and he means everything — lives in the cloud.

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