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Micro-finance companies toughing it out. Will they find their mojo back?

The transition from operating as predominantly micro-finance lenders to being designated small finance banks was only the beginning of the challenge for some of the entities that were granted the small finance bank licence. While the usual transition pangs were known, what came as a rude surprise was the fast deteriorating operating environment. While demonetisation was the first blow for ... Read More »

Just how partisan is Facebook’s fake news? We tested it

It was only a few minutes after my imaginary Trump supporter “Todd White” began exploring Facebook that he learned filmmaker Michael Moore was staging a coup d’etat against president-elect Donald Trump. Todd also learned that Trump won the popular vote. And that there were people paid to protest at Trump rallies. None of that is true, of course. That’s the sort of ... Read More »

‘I got my Year 1 class blogging – and it has transformed their writing skills’

This primary teacher explains how getting children to contribute to a class blog has had a significant impact on literacy scores “Has Doreen been on yet?” That’s the shout that starts most of my Year 1 classes each day. The call is followed by children running into the class to see if they have any more flag hits or comments on our ... Read More »

PureVPN review: It works well if you don’t mind virtual server locations

P2P allowed: Yes—select countries Business location: Hong Kong (officially) Number of servers: 750+ [ Further reading: How the new age of antivirus software will protect your PC ] Number of country locations: 142* Cost: $10.95 per month, or $78 for two years Here’s the thing about VPNs: They’re built on trust. Before you pay a company to secure your internet traffic you need to trust ... Read More »

I built my own PC and it was super easy – here’s how to do it

In the summer of 2016, I decided to build my own computer – specifically one that can handle running high-resolution video games.I could’ve just bought a ready-made PC from Asus or Alienware, two of the most well-known gaming PC brands. But I like the idea of choosing the parts that go into my computer so I know exactly how much they ... Read More »

Suffering from diabetes? Eating broccoli can help keep it in check

Eating broccoli sprouts may help diabetes patients manage their blood sugar, according to a new study which offers a much needed alternative to address the worldwide epidemic.Eating broccoli sprouts may help diabetes patients manage their blood sugar, according to a new study which offers a much needed alternative to address the worldwide epidemic. Type 2 diabetes affects more than 300 ... Read More »

People have no idea how big a deal it is’: the people pushing Australian gaming forward

More than 70% of Australians play video games, and I’m one of them. With its spread from computers to TVs to mobile phones, the global games industry is now worth over $100bn, with an Australian market alone worth $3bn. But the value of games goes beyond just money. Interactive entertainment and the “serious games” that share lessons and skills have ... Read More »

‘People have no idea how big a deal it is’: the people pushing Australian gaming forward

To win one of the estimated 700 full-time jobs across the gaming industry, you have to be better than good; you have to be exceptional. Photograph: Matjaz Slanic/Getty Images More than 70% of Australians play video games, and I’m one of them. With its spread from computers to TVs to mobile phones, the global games industry is now worth over ... Read More »

Nokia 8 To Launch This Month For Below $600: Can It Steal The Thunder Of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, Apple’s iPhone 8?

HMD Global, the Finland-based company that now owns the rights to the Nokia brand, is planning to launch the flagship Nokia 8 at the end of the month. The flagship Nokia smartphone was expected to be called the Nokia 9, but a report claims that it will instead be called the Nokia 8. No matter the name, will it be ... Read More »

Amazon’s Alexa Is Now Available For HTC’s U11. How Does It Compare To Other Digital Assistants?

HTC and Amazon have announced that Alexa, Amazon’s own digital assistant, is now available for use on HTC’s U11 smartphone. Amazon’s Alexa is already a fairly popular digital assistant, but its availability on smartphones is limited to the U11 and the Huawei Mate 9. Amazon’s slow expansion into the mobile phone market could be key to determining which smart assistant ... Read More »