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Greens committed to '21st century NBN'

18 March 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

With the federal election inching nearer, the Australian Greens have expressed their commitment to "a 21st century NBN".

Bush coalition welcomes plans for new regional mobile base stations

18 March 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

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Telstra says expanded investment will eliminate more mobile black spots

18 March 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

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Cloudflare has 'process for tackling child porn on customer sites'

18 March 2019 in Technology Regulation

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ARENA, AEMO boost wind, solar energy industry with $9.41 million in funding

18 March 2019 in Energy

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18 March 2019 in Open Sauce

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Exploiting existing NBN potential can improve situation: expert

17 March 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

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EU may hit Google with AdSense fine this week: report

17 March 2019 in Technology Regulation

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Qualcomm awarded US$31m for violation of patents by Apple

16 March 2019 in Technology Regulation

Multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment firm Qualcomm has been awarded US$31 million (A$43.7 million) in damages for the infringement of…

Second data dump from property valuation firm LMW found on dark web

15 March 2019 in Security

Property valuation firm LandMark White says a second data dump containing details of its clients has been found on a…

China, Nigeria major sources of cloud application attacks: report

15 March 2019 in Security

China was the second most prevalent country of origin, behind Nigeria, for cloud application attacks originating in the first quarter…

Govt data stored by US firms 'not subject to CLOUD Act'

15 March 2019 in Government Tech Policy

Australian Government data stored by American companies who have been certified as Protected cloud providers is not subject to the…

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Epson demonstrates latest tech at flagship Mercedes me Store, Melbourne

18 March 2019 in Entertainment

Global electronics, printer and imaging equipment vendor, Epson, has demonstrated how one of the most successful Formula One technology partnerships…

Give your own staff the full customer experience, BMC CIO says

18 March 2019 in The Wired CIO

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Aldi brings TVs, Bluetooth headphones, Nokia smartphones and more back on special

18 March 2019 in Home Tech

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VIDEO Interview: Jay Flores talks STEM, robotics and more during FIRST Robotics Competition

18 March 2019 in Development

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VIDEO: LG launches new TVs and Sound Bars at its Sydney Innofest 2019 event

18 March 2019 in Home Tech

LG has held its annual Innofest event in Australia for the first time, showcasing its amazing range of connected home…

India's Jio steps up 5G plans to get ahead of rivals

18 March 2019 in Business Telecommunications

India's biggest 4G player, Reliance Jio Infocomm, has plans to speed up the rollout of 5G services by the second…

No surprises, Australia pays a great deal per Mbps

18 March 2019 in Telecoms & NBN

A British website has used speed data from Ookla's Speedtest and global average broadband prices from cable.co.uk and come up…

Stone & Chalk, Enterprise Ireland partner on Australian, APAC fintech initiative

18 March 2019 in Strategy

 One of Asia’s largest fintech innovation hubs, Stone & Chalk, has partnered with Ireland’s national trade and innovation agency, Enterprise…

SUSE acquisition by EQT complete, company repositions for growth

18 March 2019 in Open Source

Open source firm SUSE has completed the process of acquisition by its fourth owner — Swedish growth investor EQT —…

UK sporting goods store leaks customer card details

18 March 2019 in Security

Russian security form Group-IB has discovered a JavaScript sniffer which they have dubbed GMO, which was designed to steal the…

ASD keeps vulnerability details to itself at times. How is this news?

18 March 2019 in Open Sauce

Nearly three years after a leak of NSA exploits by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers disclosed the open…

Singapore blood donor details leaked online

18 March 2019 in Security

The personal details of more than 800,000 blood donors have leaked online in Singapore, with a vendor, Secur Solutions Group,…

ISP Activ8me hit with fine over false advertising

18 March 2019 in Technology Regulation

Internet service provider Activ8me has been fined $250,000 by the Federal Court for false and misleading advertising about its services…

30th year: Apple's WWDC set to 'blow minds' from 3-7 June

17 March 2019 in Development

Set to be held from 3 to 7 June at San Jose's McEnery Convention Centre, Apple will showcase the latest…

Five in running for leader of Debian GNU/Linux project

17 March 2019 in Open Source

When it rains, it tends to pour. This seems true in the case of the Debian GNU/Linux project elections, with…

ASX 200 firms exposing many attack surfaces on net: claim

17 March 2019 in Security

Security visibility, analytics and automation vendor Rapid7 says ASX 200 companies, on average, expose an attack surface of 29 servers…

New cryptominer targets Elasticsearch on Windows, Linux

15 March 2019 in Security

A new cryptomining campaign that targets both Windows and Linux systems running the Elasticsearch search and analytics engine has been…

OVO launches mobile broadband plan as ‘real alternative’ to NBN

15 March 2019 in Market

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Thunderbolt ports — well, USB-C 3.1, Gen 2 to be precise — and the ability to transfer up to 40Gbps data are no longer the domain of Apple’s recent Macs or MacBook’s. ASUS has crashed that party.

ASUS claims its ZenBook 3 is the world’s most prestigious laptop with unprecedented performance.

Much of the ZenBook 3 Deluxe appeal comes from the ultra-thin metal unibody 12.9mm profile, its 14” FHD display, its 1.1kg weight, the silky spun metal finish, using a special 2-phase anodising process to create golden edge highlights, a gold ASUS logo and the keyboard's matching gold backlight.

Inside the laptop has an Intel Core i7-7500U, 16GB RAM, M.2 PCIe NVME SSD, 2 x USB-C 3.1 Thunderbolt, four Harman Kardon-tuned speakers and amplifiers, and a full-size backlit chiclet keyboard with glass-covered touchpad.


  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7500U. This has two cores and four threads operating from 2.7-3.5GHz and a 4MB smart cache. It supports 2 memory sticks to 32GB and has TPM.
  • Graphics: Intel HDD Graphics 620 that support up to two 4K, 60Hz external screens (via USB-C 3.1Thunderbolt).
  • Screen: 14.0" (16:9) LED-backlit FHD (1920x1080) 60Hz low glare Panel, Gorilla Glass 3. 100% sRGB, 1000:1 contrast.
  • Quad speaker/amplifier (two top-firing and two down-firing) tuned by Harman Kardon and ASUS Sonic Master premium drivers, 3.5mm audio jack.
  • RAM: 16GB, LPDDR3-2133 (can be ordered with 32GB).
  • Keyboard: Backlit gold, 1.2mm travel (OK for touch typists), oversized trackpad (one swipe from top right to bottom left of screen), fingerprint (supports Windows Hello).
  • Storage: options of 256GB SATA3 M.2 SSD or 512GB PCIe Gen3X4 SSD (1TB can also be ordered).
  • Comms: Wi-Fi AC dual band, 2 x 2 MU-MIMO for up to 867Mbps, Bluetooth 4.1.
  • Ports: 2 x Type C USB3.1 (GEN2) Thunderbolt, 1 x Type C USB3.0 (USB3.1 GEN1).
  • Battery: 46Wh – claimed life 10 hours but will be less and uses a standard 19V/3.42A USB-C fast charger (60% in 49 minutes).
  • Dimensions/Weight: 329 x 214 x 12.9 mm x 1.1kg.
  • Windows: W10 Pro.

The base UX490 costs $2599 and can be pre-ordered from ASUS or Bing Lee. ASUS also sells via the IT channel.

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Asus ZenBook 3


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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!


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