Australia and China have agreed to enhanced cyber security cooperation following discussions between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs in Sydney on 21 April. This follows Prime Minister Turnbull raising cyber-enabled intellectual property theft issues with Premier Li Keqiang during his visit to Australia in March. In the 21 April talks, Australia and China agreed that neither country would conduct or support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, trade secrets or confidential business…

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History of Quartz Clock

A quartz clock is a clock that uses an electronic oscillator that is regulated by a quartz crystal to keep time. This crystal oscillator creates a signal with very precise frequency, so that quartz clocks are at least an order of magnitude more accurate than mechanical clocks. Generally, some form of digital logic counts the cycles of this signal and provides a numeric time display, usually in units of hours, minutes, and seconds. The first quartz clock was built in 1927 by Warren Marrison and J.W. Horton at Bell Telephone…

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Let’s shape our future together - email

Community input is increasingly important as we move towards improving service delivery and how we connect with each other using digital technology. We want to know what’s important to the community to help shape Council services, now and into the future. Council is trialing a new initiative and some residents will be receiving a brochure or email with some more information. Find out more about the initiative or check the FAQs page Wyndham City now offers ratepayers the opportunity to receive payment notices via email with an incentive for those…

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The Hottest Wearable Tech and Smart Gadgets of 2017

Mixed Reality

If 2016 was the year of VR, 2017 belongs to mixed reality, bringing the real and virtual worlds together. More and more big hitters in the tech world are saying that mixing AR and VR together is the answer. Leading the way is Microsoft with HoloLens and its Windows Holographic platform, which will let partners make their own headsets. Then there’s Magic Leap and its mysterious technology which very few eyes have seen yet. Maybe we’ll finally, finally see the “photonic lightfield chip” in action in the new year possibly…

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Apple TV is finally changing the living room

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In so many ways, TV has never been better. The shows are amazing. Live sports and news coverage go beyond anything you might have imagined. The options are almost dizzying. And the way you watch has evolved with apps. Apps give you control over what, when and where you want to watch. But something happened as we marched into this exciting new era. The overall TV experience got left behind. Apple TV simplifies it all. It’s designed for you to easily navigate and, most importantly, fully enjoy this new world of…

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Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear Headphones Launched

Bose Headphones

American audio products manufacturer Bose has announced the launch of its latest product, the SoundTrue Ultra in-ear headphones. This is the first Bose product to feature a noise isolating in-ear design. The earphones are available now in two colours: charcoal and frost. “We’re known for our active noise cancellation, but the SoundTrue Ultra headphones reduce noise passively,” said Bernice Cramer, general manager of Bose Wireless Headphones. “Noise-isolating headphones have typically come with all kinds of trade-offs. They’ve required you to push an earbud deep in your ear, and that compromises…

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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 Review: Pricing Is Everything

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Today, NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 950, its new entry-mainstream graphics card priced at $160. Sub-$200 has always been a problematic area for NVIDIA because of price-performance comparisons to AMD, with the company selling more volumes only because of a better-proliferated sales and marketing network. AMD’s recent product launches, such as the Radeon R7 360, R7 370, and R7 380, put even more heat on NVIDIA. Particularly the Radeon R7 370 irritates NVIDIA. Priced at $149, the card offers better performance than the similarly priced GTX 750 Ti. It takes…

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Bill Gates: There should be a ‘robot tax’ on the machines that take your jobs

Automation is part of the future, and Bill Gates is already thinking about what that means for our government. The billionaire Microsoft founder philosophized about the future of automation in an interview with Quartz. Robots are coming for lots of jobs, he said, and wouldn’t it be fair if they paid taxes, too? “Right now if a human worker does, you know, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot…

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New Samsung Speakers Play 360-Degree Audio

What does sound look like? Samsung Wireless Audio collaborated with design studio Artisan to visualize 360 degree sound waves. Inspired by Samsung’s new omnidirectional 360 speaker Ben Kreukniet and his team have created a physical representation of sound waves in real time using an installation that fuses 411 laser beams with a 4K holographic projection and real-time sound analysis software to physically fill a room with sound and light. This experiment was recorded live and everything was driven by Samsung Wireless Audio 360. No post-production CGI effects have been added.

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Minions is now the second biggest animated movie ever

Minions opened in China over the weekend, and its box office debut was, well, bananas. Opening to an estimated $20.1 million, Minions earned the biggest opening day for an animated film ever in China. As a result, its box office total is now at $1.08 billion worldwide, making Minions the 15th biggest film ever (not accounting for inflation). Not only that, but it’s officially surpassed Toy Story 3 to become the second-highest grossing animated film of all time. Frozen, which has made $1.27 billion globally, is the current record-holder for the biggest animated movie ever. After…

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