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Book a council hall or sport ground without leaving home

Digital technology is changing just about every facet of life, and one of the latest is booking council halls and even sporting venues. Camden Council has got on board by rolling out a new sports ground and facility booking software called Bookable. The new online system allows residents to compare, select, book and pay for venues instantly, without ever having to leave home. There are a number of video tutorials to teach residents how to use the new system, as well as a PDF manual. The videos walk through the key tasks, including how to register; how to search and… Read more »

True Blue state charging ahead with electric vehicle network

NSW is on the road to building the country’s largest electric vehicle charging network. As part of the plan, the state government is currently offering $20 million in grants to establish up to 3,500 electric vehicle chargers in regional areas of NSW. The co-funded grants, ranging from $2000 to $40,000 per site for EV chargers across regional NSW, would boost regional tourism and were part of a $171 million investment in EV charging over the next four years. “EVs are growing in popularity and this will help ensure our regional areas have the charging stations needed to welcome EV-driving visitors,”… Read more »

Next wave of space technology may be produced right here

Workers in Western Sydney will learn to produce the next wave of space technology and high-tech componentry as part of the first industry led short courses rolled out under the NSW Government’s $37 million new education and training model (NETM). Fifteen education providers have been appointed to deliver the short courses, or “micro-credentials”. “Western Sydney University and GE Additive have formed the country’s first industry partnership on metal additive manufacturing which has huge potential to solve manufacturing challenges and create high-skilled, high paying jobs right here in the Western Parkland City,” says Stuart Ayres, NSW minister for enterprise, investment and… Read more »

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Make online privacy your priority

“As the use of smart devices, mobile apps and online services continues to rise, the risk to privacy is also increasing,’’ says NSW Privacy Commissioner Dr Elizabeth Coombs. “It is no surprise that privacy remains a hot topic and the protection of our personal information continues to be important toRead more »

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What an iidea: free technology training for seniors

Campbelltown City Council’s HJ Daley Library is one of 13  selected to roll out the Tech Savvy Seniors program. The program, a NSW Government initiative in partnership with Telstra, provides free training for seniors in using computers, tablets and smart phones. It is targeted towards local communities which are culturallyRead more »

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Picture of the future has an Apple iCar in it

For want of a better title for this article there has been a lot of talk lately about Apple’s poaching attempts for their new auto division from Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors. A heady 60 percent salary increase and $250,000 signing bonus – something this Apple fan and Elon Musk fanRead more »

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Safer Internet Day: careful what you say online

Today is Safer Internet Day (SID) and it reminds us that what you say online may have consequences for many years to come. Giving away too much personal information online is like giving away the keys to your home, says the NSW Privacy Commissioner, Dr Elizabeth Coombs. SID is organisedRead more »

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Cyber attack warning for small companies

The hacking of many of the world’s biggest companies is leading to complacency among small-to-medium-sized business owners on the threat of cyber attack as SMEs assume cyber criminals by-pass smaller operators in favour of household names. With 70 per cent of Australian and New Zealand small-to-medium-sized businesses the victims ofRead more »

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Apollo-M the next step in music evolution

Apollo-M is an on-demand, subscription platform created for anyone with dreams of being a rock star, a concert pianist, or who just wants to jam and play the music they love. Developed in Australia, the innovative platform helps musicians by delivering unlimited access to a library of thousands of music lessonRead more »

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We’re going nuts over tech and that’s ok

Microsoft’s newest Windows version pre-release hoopla caught the tech world by some surprise. Improvements to the wince inducing ‘Metro’ interface and boosts to multitasking capability were expected nuts and bolts improvements. The drum-roll moment came with the announcement that the current Windows 8 would be followed not by version 9,Read more »

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Time to hit ‘Australia Tax’ for six

A digital revolution that is sweeping Australia is now occurring in our local area: the fondly remembered video store is closing up shop. The once bustling Video-Ezy chain is transforming into automated kiosks and sadly empty stores. Ever increasingly, Australians are venturing into the online realm for their movies, TVRead more »

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Meet the world’s first family robot

Brilliant or creepy? I can see so many uses not only for the family home, but business as well. Though now my mind is racing with the business possibilities and applications from conferencing to reminders or just voice commands and more. Are we becoming more like machines and making ourRead more »

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