Cause of Metro Trains IT meltdown still unclear

Cause of Metro Trains IT meltdown still unclear
Metro Trains, which operates 210 six-carriage trains across 869 kilometres of track in Melbourne, is investigating the fault in its computer control system that led to its entire rail network being shut down on Thursday afternoon. All suburban and some regional trains came to a standstill at 4:00pm -- mostly at stations, though some were grounded in between stations -- for about an hour, causing lengthy delays during peak period. The failure of the A…
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How to make sure your charger or power bank doesn't blow up your expensive smartphone

How to make sure your charger or power bank doesn
What's the best way to avoid problems?Buy devices from a reputable vendor. I've yet to come across a charger from Apple or Samsung or Amazon that has been unsafe. As for third-party brands, I've found Anker to be consistently high-quality and I've never had an issue with a product.Avoid no-name brands, or brands that you've never heard of.If in doubt, seek advice. Reputable manufacturers are always open to being asked safety-related issues, so if you think something isn't right, disconnect the d…
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AMD unveils Ryzen Threadripper specs and pricing

AMD unveils Ryzen Threadripper specs and pricing
AMD has unveiled specs, pricing and availability of the much-anticipated Ryzen Threadripper processors. Two processors in the range have been unveiled. The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which will have 16-cores/32-threads and runs at 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz in precision boost mode) will be priced at $999, while the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, which has 12 cores/24 threads and runs 3.5 GHz (4.0 GHz in precision boost mode) will retail for $799.AMD Ryzen Thre…
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The Immotor Go scooter is your ride to the future

The Immotor Go scooter is your ride to the future
From the explosive hype of the Segway to the explosive batteries of hoverboards, the quest to produce a viable electric means of transportation for relatively short distances has had many missteps. Indeed, the most successful of these designs have been in many ways the most conservative -- adding batteries and a motor to a skateboard or bicycle for easing travel along joyrides and joyless commutes alike. Crowdfunding platforms in particu…
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New Surface Pro's random sleep bug: Fix is on the way, says Microsoft

New Surface Pro
Microsoft believes it has identified the cause of the sleep issue affecting the new Surface Pro and is testing a fix. Image: Sarah Tew/CNET Microsoft has finally identified the issue that has caused some Surface Pro tablets to inexplicably enter sleep mode, causing users to lose data.Shortly after Microsoft shipped its new 2-in-1, some Surface Pro owners reported expe…
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Goodbye Windows Phone: What comes next for Microsoft in mobile?

Goodbye Windows Phone: What comes next for Microsoft in mobile?
Image: Jo Best/ZDNet So farewell then, Windows Phone: Microsoft has now dropped support for Windows Phone 8.1, the operating system running on the majority of Windows-powered handsets.According to advertising analytics company AdDuplex nearly three-quarters of Windows phones are running on Windows Phone 8.1, and these will no longer get security or other updates. The…
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Why Apple doesn't want you repairing your broken iPhone or iPad

Why Apple doesn
CNET Despite several states introducing Right to Repair legislation to help make it easier and cheaper for people to repair their broken electronic devices, companies such as Apple and Microsoft are hard at work lobbying to prevent such laws from being passed. So why are companies such as Apple and Microsoft so against you having the right to repair your broken …
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Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet review: Budget tablet gets a boost with Alexa

Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet review: Budget tablet gets a boost with Alexa
The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet. Image: Amazon It's hardly a secret that when it comes to devices, Amazon's strategy is to develop practical-but-attractive hardware that can, in turn, create customers for other parts of its empire -- be that video and music streaming, books or shopping. Just which of those services a particular device is connected to depends on the hard…
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Sony Xperia XZ Premium review: Fast and feature-rich, but the design needs a refresh

Sony Xperia XZ Premium review: Fast and feature-rich, but the design needs a refresh
The Xperia XZ Premium is Sony's flagship handset for 2017, and it has a suitably premium price of £649 (inc. VAT). This is matched by the HTC U11 and LG G6 launch prices, and is a shade less expensive than the £689 Samsung Galaxy S8.Sony has thrown everything at this handset, including a 4K screen and an ultra-slow-motion video capability that captures 960 frames per second (fps). Are these features overkill in the hunt for a unique selling point, or do they make the Xperia XZ Pr…
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EgyptAir the latest airline to gain exemption from US electronics ban

EgyptAir the latest airline to gain exemption from US electronics ban
From Wednesday, flights from Cairo to New York will be exempt from the three-month-old US ban on large electronic devices, EgyptAir chairman Safwat Musallam announced on Tuesday. EgyptAir is the only airline in the country that flies to the US, operating flights between Cairo and New York."The ban on taking laptops and other electronic devices aboard aircraft cabins on EgyptAir flights to New York will be lifted as of tomorrow and for a year or until…
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