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China wants a bigger piece of the smartphone business

The smartphone in your pocket embodies today’s cutting-edge technology. It is also a product of a global supply chain decidedly old-school in the way it shares rewards. Two brands, Apple and Samsung, scoop over...

Cyber wrap

Last week the government launched the third update to its cloud computing policy. In what’s being dubbed the ‘Cloud First’ policy, agencies and departments are now required to first consider cloud computing before traditional...

ISIS, ISIL, IS and Da’esh: Sticks and stones

An IS fighter in the town of Kobani, 7 October. (REUTERS.) With the air campaign appearing to have little effect on Islamic State (IS) so far, it seems the US-led coalition is switching to...

Reader response: Looking south…

Anthony Press, as head inquirer of the recently released 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan, provides a useful snapshot of, and context behind, this important document in his contribution to The Strategist. At its...

Fears for Kobane as Obama Meets Coalition Commanders

US-led aircraft will continue bombing near the Syrian town of Kobane and in western Iraq, President Barack Obama said Tuesday after talks with military leaders from an international coalition fighting the Islamic State group....

Islamic State Takes Former FOB in Anbar

Islamic State has now taken over the Iraqi military outpost on the outskirts of Hit, a former forward operating base (FOB) which previously housed the US military in Anbar province. Despite US-led airstrikes, Iraqi...

North Korean Leader Reappears in Public – With Cane

With that unique haircut, and familiar wide smile, North Korea’s young dictator resurfaced Tuesday in the traditional style of his tightly controlled nation: state media reports that showed Kim Jong Un offering ‘field guidance,’...

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