These 90s snacks would never feature in a modern lunch box

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THE 1990s was a golden era for the Australian lunch box. As the nation marched bravely towards the new millennium, the advent of the internet opened up a whole new world of mass media marketing directed at kids. My friends and I were totally engrossed in Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, and food …

Apple’s clash with Facebook and Google: What you need to know

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If you want a sense of how much power Apple holds over Silicon Valley, take a look at what the iPhone maker did to Google and Facebook this week. On Wednesday, Apple yanked enterprise certificates — digital signatures that both the tech giants used to run software on iPhones and iPads. That shut down internal …

Best laptops, desktops and tablets for creatives in 2019

  I’ve culled these recommendations from products we’ve tested that stand out for their performance, design and features for drawing, painting, designing, rendering, photo and video editing as well as other creative tasks. The latest development to improve your experience all around are the mobile hexacore Intel Core i7, i9 and Xeon processors, which deliver …

Acer unveils superlight 15-inch laptop plus tons of gaming hardware at IFA

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Acer has introduced an array of new computer hardware at IFA in Berlin, including what it says is the world’s lightest 15-inch notebook.  The Acer Swift 5, starting at $1,100, weighs just 2.2 pounds — about 0.3-pound less than LG’s 15.6-inch Gram, which formerly held the title of lightest 15-incher and costs about $900 more. (For …

Flickr’s new limit on free photo sharing is helpful, not hurtful, CEO says (Q&A)

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The criticisms started piling up as soon as Flickr said it would end its free terabyte of photo storage and delete all but a member’s 1,000 most recent photos unless the member upgraded to a $50 annual pro subscription. ‘Internet say goodbye’ to ‘11,000 photos that were hosted on #flickr,’ said one tweet. ‘I’m sad …

Net neutrality is really, officially dead. Now what?

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The Obama era net neutrality rules proved short-lived, lasting briefly from 2015 to 2018.  Many people agree with the basic principle of net neutrality – broadly the idea that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally – but plans for realizing that uncontroversial concept were a lightning rod for conflict. Behind the clash: …

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 gets an LTE version for $599

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Samsung’s making it possible to keep its premium Chromebook Plus V2 two-in-one online all time, wherever you are.  The electronics giant is adding an LTE version of the Plus V2 to its lineup, so you can open it up and start working without having to hunt down a secure Wi-Fi network first. And while Chromebooks are no …

Asus debuts new Chrome OS tablet, Chromebooks geared toward the classroom

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On Thursday, Asus debuted its Chromebook Education series, a range of different Chrome OS devices designed for use in the classroom.   The announcement covered the Asus Chromebook C204 and Asus Chromebook C403 (both clamshell laptops), the Asus Chromebook Flip C214 convertible and Asus Chromebook Tablet CT100. While Asus has released several Chromebooks in the …

Get an actual human CPA to prep your taxes for just $89

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Funny how the planets align sometimes. Because tax-return season is officially underway, I’ve been getting ready to write about Visor, a service that charges a flat rate to hook you up with a certified public accountant who’ll prepare and file your return and answer your questions. That rate is a pretty attractive $99, though it …