Global silicon chip shortage hits supply of phones, TVs, cars and Australia’s NBN | Technology

A global shortage of one crucial piece of technology is causing delays in everything from cars and televisions to video game consoles and Australia’s Tempemail Broadband Network rollout. A temporary shutdown in the production of silicon computer chips at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as severe storms Continue Reading

Fears of escalating violence as online ‘hate factories’ sow division within Australia’s Indian community | Australia news- Tempemail

Concerns are growing that online “hate factories” spreading misinformation and propaganda about minority groups in India are influencing and radicalising people in Australia. In late February, men armed with bats and hammers attacked four Sikh students in a car in Harris Park in western Sydney. The occupants escaped unharmed, but Continue Reading

Tech giants to make Australia’s phone repairers extinct, Right to Repair inquiry hears | Business

Independent phone repairs companies could soon become extinct, small business owners have warned, as tech conglomerates such as Apple and Samsung continue to make it impossible for third parties to fix their devices. Nicholas Muradian, the founder and director of The Phone Spot, an independent repairs retailer with stores in Continue Reading

‘A lot of uncertainty’: imams fighting Covid misinformation in Australia’s Muslim community | Health- Tempemail

Whenever imam Alaa Alzokum comes across conspiracy theories – whether in person or online – he bridles at their poor sourcing. “It[’s] always from people who say ‘people say this, people say that’, but never from an actual expert,” he says. During the past year, Alzokum has seen posts on Continue Reading

Flex Mami, Australia’s ultimate influencer, is done with influencing | Books- Tempemail

Even when she’s talking about her first-ever panic attack, Lillian Ahenkan’s voice is filled with sunshine. “I didn’t even know what anxiety was until 2020,” she says, followed by a healthy chortle. “And I was like ‘You know what? This is not worth it.’ “I loved the role that the Continue Reading

Australia’s cheapest EV: can it survive a week of on-street parking and one very sandy dog? | Electric, hybrid and low-emission cars

The big question facing a lot of prospective electric car owners is: will it make my life easier or harder? It’s a question that I desperately want to answer. As the owner of a VW Tiguan with a dirty secret (the company lied about how bad its emissions were and Continue Reading

US attacks Australia’s ‘extraordinary’ plan to make Google and Facebook pay for news | Media

The United States has urged the Australian government to ditch draft media laws that would force tech giants Google and Facebook to pay news organisations for sharing their content. The US, in a submission to an Australian parliamentary inquiry, has said that the proposed legislation is unreasonable, impractical, “fundamentally imbalanced” Continue Reading

Australia’s competition regulator flags legal cases against tech companies over ads | Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Competition regulator Rod Sims has foreshadowed possible further legal cases against tech groups as a result of inquiries into mobile phone app stores and how ads are sold online. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which Sims chairs, has been investigating so-called “ad tech”, where search engine Google is a Continue Reading

Australia’s acting PM says Capitol attack ‘unfortunate’ and condemns Twitter ‘censorship’ of Trump | Australian foreign policy- Tempemail

Australia’s acting prime minister, Michael McCormack, has described Donald Trump’s refusal to concede defeat in the presidential election, his inflammatory tweets and the deadly storming of the US Capitol building by rioters as “unfortunate”. McCormack, who is standing in while Scott Morrison is on leave this week, also indicated on Continue Reading

Dark web crime: how Australia’s powerful new warrants would work | Australian security and counter-terrorism

For months, the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, has been calling for new powers to police the dark web. In August, the government’s cybersecurity strategy promised legislative powers and technical capabilities to “deter, disrupt and defeat the criminal exploitation of anonymising technology”. The bill was aimed at paedophiles seeking to Continue Reading