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I'm a 50 year old PLC programmer from Burnley, UK. I severed my time as an electrician in the baking industry and soon got involved with the up and coming technology of PLC's. Initially this was all based in the Uk but as the years went by I have gradually worked my way around the globe. At first it was mainly Mitsubishi with a bit of Modicon thrown in but these days the industry leaders seem to be the Allen Bradley range of PLC and HMI’s.

WhatsApp’s Business app comes to the iPhone

Over a year after WhatsApp officially introduced its app for business customers to its first markets, the previously Android-only WhatsApp Business app is today launching on the iPhone. According to the Facebook-owned company, WhatsApp Business has been adopted by millions of businesses worldwide since its debut, but one of its ...

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Full fibre the least faulty NBN technology

An NBN FttN node getting a Nokia line card installed (Image: Corinne Reichert/ZDNet) Fibre-to-the-premises (FttP) is the least faulty technology in NBN’s arsenal, according to figures disclosed by the company. Responding to Senate Estimates Questions on Notice, the company responsible for the National Broadband Network (NBN) broke down its 409,821 ...

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Apple AirPods (2019) review: A subtle, but meaningful upgrade

I’m often asked what my favorite gadget or gadgets are, and for the past two years, without hesitation, my answer has been Apple’s AirPods and the Nintendo Switch. Also: AirPower fail: The latest victim of Apple’s OCD The AirPods took wireless earbuds and made them something I actually wanted to use ...

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Torch takes $10M to teach empathy to executives

When everyone always tells you “yes,” you can become a monster. Leaders especially need honest feedback to grow. “If you look at rich people like Donald Trump and you neglect them, you get more Donald Trumps,” says Torch co-founder and CEO Cameron Yarbrough about our gruff president. His app wants ...

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How France’s new digital minister plans to regulate tech

What happens when you’re working behind the scene with French President Emmanuel Macron and you suddenly become a minister? This is what’s happening to Cédric O this week who was appointed Minister for the Digital Economy on Sunday. I was the first journalist to interview him after his appointment. While ...

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NBN has purchased almost 30,000 kilometres of copper

(Image: Chris Duckett/ZDNet) The company responsible for deploying Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) has almost doubled the total amount of copper it has purchased since October 22, 2017. “As at 19 February 2019, NBN Co has purchased 29,460km of copper cable, which has typically been used for the link between ...

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