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    Beijing to start digitally ranking its citizens

    Beijing to start digitally ranking its citizens


    OPINION: Recently Beijing gained praise for hosting Bill Gate's philanthropic reinvented toilet conference. This week it's in the news for very different reasons. According to a post on the Beijing local government website, the Chinese capital has...

    OPINION: Recently Beijing gained praise for hosting Bill Gate's philanthropic reinvented toilet conference. This week it's in the news for very different reasons.

    According to a post on the Beijing local government website, the Chinese capital has ambitions to introduce a points program where it rates each of its 22m citizens by the year 2021.

    The program, dubbed the Social Credit Score (SCS), will pull data from various official sources to grade its population.

    As I understand it, a person's SCS can be positively boosted by performing charitable acts. Similarly, a resident can just as easily lose points for behaviour the State deems as undesirable.
    All smartphones have one but you may still need a camera

    All smartphones have one but you may still need a camera


    As smartphones become better at taking photos it's hard to see why anyone would want a compact camera...

    As smartphones become better at taking photos it's hard to see why anyone would want a compact camera anymore.
    Maximising our AI opportunities - without trampling our ethics and destroying jobs

    Maximising our AI opportunities - without trampling our ethics and destroying jobs


    OPINION: We live in an era of amazing opportunities and significant challenges that are increasingly tied to digital technologies. The World Economic Forum (WEF) calls this period of human history the "Fourth Industrial...

    OPINION: We live in an era of amazing opportunities and significant challenges that are increasingly tied to digital technologies. The World Economic Forum (WEF) calls this period of human history the "Fourth Industrial Revolution".
    What's better than watching great-quality TV?

    What's better than watching great-quality TV?


    Watching television is largely a visual experience but you shouldn't discount the value of good sound to make it more...

    Watching television is largely a visual experience but you shouldn't discount the value of good sound to make it more enjoyable.
    7 ways Huawei’s Mate20 Pro is staking a claim for smartphone leadership

    7 ways Huawei’s Mate20 Pro is staking a claim for smartphone leadership


    There's a new smartphone on the block and it delivers some serious advantages which will change how you see mobile devices today. The Huawei Mate20 Pro is designed to be an everyday companion for busy people and, packed with performance technology from...

    There's a new smartphone on the block and it delivers some serious advantages which will change how you see mobile devices today. The Huawei Mate20 Pro is designed to be an everyday companion for busy people and, packed with performance technology from top to bottom, all encased in a visually pleasing design, the Mate20 Pro is set for big things in the local market.
    China takes a bit bite out of Apple's dominance

    China takes a bit bite out of Apple's dominance


    OPINION: The biggest tech news of the week was the launch of the Huawei Mate series smartphones. The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro "phablets" might sound boring to those who don't follow tech closely. But they're really...

    OPINION: The biggest tech news of the week was the launch of the Huawei Mate series smartphones. The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro "phablets" might sound boring to those who don't follow tech closely. But they're really not.
    Apple to unveil iPad, MacBook laptop overhauls

    Apple to unveil iPad, MacBook laptop overhauls


    Apple said it will hold a product announcement on October 30 in the New York borough of Brooklyn, likely to unveil new iPads and Mac...

    Apple said it will hold a product announcement on October 30 in the New York borough of Brooklyn, likely to unveil new iPads and Mac computers.
    Is the new Samsung Galaxy Watch worth buying?

    Is the new Samsung Galaxy Watch worth buying?


    ​Smartwatches are not the most popular gadgets around but they can be a handy piece of...

    ​Smartwatches are not the most popular gadgets around but they can be a handy piece of tech.
    Phone shopping? Here's what you need to watch out for

    Phone shopping? Here's what you need to watch out for


    OPINION: When buying a new gadget it's often tempting to get the high-end model even if you know you don't need...

    OPINION: When buying a new gadget it's often tempting to get the high-end model even if you know you don't need it.
    How I learned to love a printer

    How I learned to love a printer


    OPINION: There's nothing I hate quite so much as...

    OPINION: There's nothing I hate quite so much as printers.
    Here's how to keep your devices safe

    Here's how to keep your devices safe


    With most high-end smartphones now costing more than $1000, you need to think carefully about protecting your...

    With most high-end smartphones now costing more than $1000, you need to think carefully about protecting your device.
    Apple sees nothing impossible with new iPhones - including what we'll pay

    Apple sees nothing impossible with new iPhones - including what we'll pay


    Apple might have started its annual September product event with a video inspired by the "Mission: Impossible" movie franchise, but in setting a new bar for pricing its biggest generator of sales, chief executive Tim Cook & Co are saying they think...

    Apple might have started its annual September product event with a video inspired by the "Mission: Impossible" movie franchise, but in setting a new bar for pricing its biggest generator of sales, chief executive Tim Cook & Co are saying they think nothing is impossible when it comes to juicing demand for the iPhone.
    Galaxy Note 9: Do you really need all that power?

    Galaxy Note 9: Do you really need all that power?


    OPINION: The latest Samsung smartphone is as powerful as my laptop, packing a huge amount of memory and...

    OPINION: The latest Samsung smartphone is as powerful as my laptop, packing a huge amount of memory and storage.
    Smaller, lighter, faster: Is mirrorless the future?

    Smaller, lighter, faster: Is mirrorless the future?


    OPINION: The fight for the future of the camera market kicked into high gear recently after Nikon announced two new...

    OPINION: The fight for the future of the camera market kicked into high gear recently after Nikon announced two new models.
    How to make your phone battery last longer

    How to make your phone battery last longer


    If you ask most people what they want from a new smartphone, the answer is often a longer lasting battery. As we use our phones to do more tasks, we're wanting better performance from our batteries so we're not continuously scrambling to find a...

    If you ask most people what they want from a new smartphone, the answer is often a longer lasting battery.

    As we use our phones to do more tasks, we're wanting better performance from our batteries so we're not continuously scrambling to find a charger.
    A desktop computer can be a better option than a laptop

    A desktop computer can be a better option than a laptop


    As our tech lives become more focused on smartphones and tablets, it's sometimes hard to understand how desktop computers have...

    As our tech lives become more focused on smartphones and tablets, it's sometimes hard to understand how desktop computers have survived.