Telstra wants to make it easier to find your lost dog

The Telstra Locator service will use the telco’s massive network of customers to help you find your lost stuff all across Australia. Telstra reckons Australians suck when it comes to losing things. Keys, phones, wallets, dogs, bikes, bags, expensive tools… we can’t keep track of stuff, and Telstra is going to use technology to solve the problem. On Friday, the telco announced the launch of Telstra Locator — a service that combines Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled tags for your gear, with an app for finding it when it’s lost. But unlike other Bluetooth tags, which just pair with your phone, Telstra Locator will rely on an entire “Bluetooth locator community” of Telstra customers using their phones as Bluetooth beacons. It’s kind of like crowdsourcing — if you opt in to use Telstra Locator through Telstra’s 24/7 App, the Bluetooth on your phone will act as a beacon to recognise any tags within roughly 30 metres of your phone. If another person’s tag comes within range of your device, the location will be pinged to that person’s phone. By opting in, you’ll also get to find your things through other people̵...

Linux Laptop Buyer’s Guide 2019: Tips And Resources To Find A Laptop That Meets Your Needs

There is one question that’s dominating my interactions with Linux users on social media lately: “I want to buy a new laptop to run Linux, but do I have to purchase one from a company like Dell, Purism or System76? Aren’t we at a point where Linux ‘just works’ on anything?” The answer isn’t black and white, but I’ll do my best to give you a sensible response and explain the advantages of buying a computer that’s purpose-built for Linux, as well as what you can expect when snatching up any modern laptop from HP, Acer, Asus, Lenovo and other OEMs that ship with Windows by default. Linux uses less of your computer’s resources than Windows, so the hardware requirements for running a Linux distro may not be as steep as Windows 10. But the specs you’re looking for will vary depending on your needs. So here are some basic scenarios alongside the minimum CPU, RAM and space requirements you should look for: Generally speaking, yes! There are exceptions, but by and large you can go out and buy a new laptop from a major hardware manufacturer (excluding Apple’s newer MacBooks) and throw your favorite distribution on it ...