Author: David Hargrave

This is what it looks like instead. The local community around Dunlop Station

Royal Commission uncovers ‘epic’ failure

July 3, 2019

It’s not often the words “maladministration” and “unlawful” are used to describe the activities of government authorities, but the words seem barely adequate to describe the findings of a royal commission into the Murray-Darling river system. The commission has delivered a damning assessment into what some have described as an “epic” failure to manage Australia’s […]

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Hurst was a star ironman competitor in the past. Picture: Brett Costello

Former surf ironman, Olympic swimmer Ky Hurst fighting fit for SailGP on Sydney Harbour

June 28, 2019

Surf legend Ky Hurst believes ironmen are among the fittest athletes on the planet but the sailors racing the radical foiling F50 catamarans in the new SailGP series are making their own mark. The face of sailing is being overhauled by the growth of foiling crafts with the men and women racing increasingly fit, agile, […]

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Heidi Klum and boyfriend Tom Kaulitz at her Halloween party last week. Picture: Michael Loccisano/Getty

Hollywood’s latest big-screen reboot has fans fuming

June 23, 2019

SHREK and spin-off film Puss In Boots are set to return to the big screen — as reboots, not sequels. Variety reports Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri has been tasked with masterminding the reboots. And while fans might be nervous the term “reboot” implies the films will start with a completely clean slate, Meledandri says […]

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Tomic, Kokkinakis in all-Aussie showdown for US Open spot

June 20, 2019

Bernard Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis in All-Aussie encounter.Source:Getty Images BERNARD Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis have been thrust into a spicy all-Australian first-round qualifying match at the US Open in New York. With both missing direct entry into the season’s final grand slam event as they languish outside the world’s top 150, Tomic and Kokkinakis must […]

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A NASA image of cyclones veronica and Trevor as they both circled over Northern Australia. Picture: NASA.

90pc of state to see ‘substantial’ rain

June 11, 2019

  The rain gauge at Roebourne in the Pilbara filled up fast last night as Tropical Cyclone Veronica stormed down the Pilbara coast. Between 8.30pm Monday and 5am Tuesday, more than 300mm fell — that’s the area’s annual rainfall in less than one day. But the big wet is not confined to the east coast […]

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Gaga’s inspiration for one scene came from intense personal heartache. Picture: AP

Heartbreaking story behind pivotal A Star Is Born scene

June 9, 2019

WARNING: Spoilers. SINGER and A Star Is Born actor Lady Gaga has opened up about the heartbreaking real-life inspiration that powered one of the musical’s pivotal scenes — and a warning, there are potential spoilers for the film ahead. As those who’ve listened to the newly released soundtrack for the movie — which hits cinemas […]

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The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is a not-profit company funded by companies including BHP and Rio Tinto. Picture: William West/AFP

Concerns growing over ‘developing scandal’

May 27, 2019

ON THE surface, a huge $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was a big win for the preservation of one of Australia’s most precious landmarks. But alarm bells are going off for some in the industry as more details of the deal come to light. The grant, announced in a joint media […]

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Smart display review roundup: The next frontier for the smart home?

May 17, 2019

We’ve come to call them ‘smart displays,’ these countertop touchscreen devices that also feature either the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice services. The Amazon Echo Show was the first example in this category, and while it had a clunky design, its 2017 debut proved that the concept had potential.  The category his since grown […]

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Voice of concern: Smart assistants are creating new openings for hackers

April 22, 2019

    More than a year ago, Amichai Shulman, an adjunct professor at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, challenged his computer science students to go toe-to-toe with the pros, asking them to find security flaws in Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant.   It didn’t take Shulman’s students long to find alarming vulnerabilities with Cortana, which […]

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Anki’s Vector, the adorable mini robot, is getting Alexa

April 19, 2019

Anki’s Vector will add Amazon’s Alexa to its mini robot repertoire on Dec. 17. The fully autonomous robot, which rolled into homes in November, is getting Alexa support by way of a software update.  It’s actually a little dark if you think about it. The reveal video shows the voice assistant assuming control of Vector, […]

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