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 Friday, 26-February-2016  00:58:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you've been bothered by the recent lack of Tapatalk support in the forums, it is working again now - discussion continues here.

Dick Smith stores will be shutting down for good, it seems. Receiver Ferrier Hodgson said on Thursday it has been unable to find a buyer for the troubled electronics retailer, which hit the rails in January with debts of about $400 million. The retailer, which blossomed with the CB radio boom of the 1970s and went on to sell computers and stereos to generations of consumers, will close 363 Australian and New Zealand stores within eight weeks. Discussion continues here.

OG spotted this worrying article about gadgets phoning home. Imagine buying an internet-enabled surveillance camera, network attached storage device, or home automation gizmo, only to find that it secretly and constantly phones home to a vast peer-to-peer (P2P) network run by the Chinese manufacturer of the hardware.

China is building a flippin' huge telescope. Known as FAST (Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope) the project is located in the Guizhou province in China’s southwest. It began in 2011 and engineers have now completed roughly two-thirds of the panels making up the 500m-diameter of the telescope. The current largest telescope in the world is the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico but China’s new world-beater will dwarf this version which boasts a 300m diameter.

Tech Report look into the world of robot vacuums. Operating a robot vacuum as a hobbyist is a bit like running an overclocked CPU. I'm not talking about the bang-for-your-buck side of overclocking, though. It's more along the lines of the finicky but rewarding side of the endeavor. The world of robot vacuums does have its own value and performance winners, to be sure, but even the very best choices have their limits. Let's explore some of those limitations and appreciate how engaging these seemingly mundane devices can be.

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