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BlackBerry is coming back with a new smartphone – with a keyboard

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Despite previous (and failed) attempts to revive the brand, TCL (yes, that company that makes TVs) thinks it can be the one that can restore it to its former shining glory. The Chinese manufacturer has announced at that it will be creating a new BlackBerry-branded smartphone that will see the return of the keyboard. And yes, you read that right. BlackBerry-branded. Last year, BlackBerry (the company) and TCL signed a licensing […]

Groupon Australia: move to Ireland is “business simplification”, not about tax

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Groupon has quietly announced to its users that will move all of its marketplace operations to its Irish subsidiary, Groupon International Limited, in order to simplify its business procedures with non-US customers. In an email, it said: Groupon Australia Pty Ltd will be transitioning operation of its marketplace and services. Groupon International Limited… will become the operator of www.groupon.com.au and marketplace effective January 18, 2017. Local vouchers, goods, and travel deals will continue […]

2G shutdown forces Melbourne Bike Share offline

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If you were one of the few people that used Melbourne’s bicycle sharing program to get around the city, you would have noticed the entire thing has been offline for the last couple of days. Well, turns out, the 2G network shutdown caused some “technical glitches” in their system. According to the ABC, the bike share stations relied on the 2G network to send back information to its systems and – […]

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Vic Minister of Innnovation Philip Dalidakis throws some shade at StartCon

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It was inevitable that StartCon was going to be brought up when Philip Dalidakis, the Victorian Minister for Innovation, came up on stage at this year’s Future Assembly. For those unaware, StartCon is this massive startup conference organised by Freelancer in Sydney. In 2015, the Victorian Government announced that it “poached” the event and that it will be hosted in Melbourne for a couple of years, starting in 2016. It was […]

This LastPass bug could reveal your password on the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

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If you happen to use LastPass and have the brand new MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar, then we suggest you avoid using the macOS app for the time being. Why? You could be at risk of revealing your master password when logging into the service. In other words, you could accidentally reveal the password to access all your passwords. And yes, that is very scary news indeed. First revealed by […]

My PAXAUS Diary – Adrian Cajili

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This year I thought it would be interesting to write down my experiences during PAX Australia. I wanted to put more effort into experiencing the different aspects of PAX, from the panels, countless indies, freeplay areas, VR to possibly some tabletop. Here is what I did at this year’s PAX Australia Day 1 (Friday) Storytime with Major Nelson Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb, is very well-known for his work with Xbox, […]

PAXAUS Indie Showcase: Paradigm

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At PAX Australia, I had the opportunity to play Paradigm – a point and click adventure game by Jacob Janerka and Jonas Kjellberg. The game is set on the fictional planet, Krusz, where DUPA Genetics makes and sell designer children to families. You play as Paradigm, one of the designer children. However, due to a mishap during Paradigm’s birth left him horribly disfigured. DUPA Genetics then dumps Paradigm in a barren wasteland […]

PAXAUS Indie Showcase: Wildfire

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At PAX Australia, I had the opportunity to play the latest game from Sneaky Bastards, Wildfire, a 2D-platforming stealth game, where players must use the elements to elude and hide from enemies while saving your village. Players are able to start fires to scare enemies, freeze water, and even move grass to create new hiding spots. The game allows players to either play stealthy – avoiding all combat, or play aggressively […]

HANDS ON: It’s all about co-operation in ‘The Incredible Journey of You and I’

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At PAX Australia, when we go and play demos of the games on the show floor, they usually require one person. The Incredible Journey of You and I, however, required you to have two people to play the demo. And because no one from TechGeek was around at the time, I asked a random stranger to help out. Now, it should be pointed out that the game does have a single […]

PAXAUS Indie Showcase: The Adventure Pals

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  The Adventure Pals is a 2D platforming game developed by Massive Monster, that was kickstarted in August of this year. The game revolves around a boy, his friend giraffe and pet rock, who are on an epic quest to save is Papa from being turned into a hotdog, by the nefarious Mr. B…..yep. Featured on the PAX Australia Indie Showcase, The Adventure Pals plays like most platformers today, introducing new mechanics and features […]

PAXAUS Indie Showcase: Objects in Space

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Flat Earth Games makes a return to PAX Australia, but this time as part of the Indie Showcase. We had the chance to catch up and play their upcoming game – Objects in Space.  Objects in Space is a space-trading game, where players have to make end’s meat by traversing Apollo – a large star system, doing odd jobs. The game is pretty much Firefly without the western-theme. Although the genre is a […]

New Maps and Features coming to Overwatch

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Along with the reveal of Sombra, Blizzard Entertainment are looking to introduce new game types, maps and features to Overwatch. Quickplay now has a single hero limit, and a new Arcade section will be introduced This section gathers multiple playlists on one page, and now rewards you for getting 3 wins in a playlist, giving you the chance to earn up to 3 more lootboxes each week. 1v1 Mystery Duel will be added, where each […]

HANDS ON: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 gives me hope for the future

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After years of HD remakes, Square Enix announced their next instalment to the Kingdom Hearts series, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue a few months ago; and we were fortunate to have the chance to try one of the games in the collection at PAX Australia: Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage. Note, this hands on experience will feature spoilers from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.  The game […]

HANDS ON: Mining boom is over, and you have to battle your way home on ‘Ticket to Earth’

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The mining boom is over, the one percent have profited and have left, and the colony of New Providence is to be shut down by the administrators. But with only one Earth-bound ship about to depart, and everyone is fighting for a ticket to escape the planet – your mission in Ticket to Earth is to fight for justice. Ticket to Earth, developed by Melbourne-based studio Robot Circus, is a mashup between a sci-fi […]

PAXAUS Indie Showcase: The Eyes of Ara

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As part of PAX Australia’s Indie Showcase, 100 Stones Interactive were on display with their upcoming adventure-puzzle game – The Eyes of Ara. The game takes place within a castle on a small secluded island, where the player has to explore and uncover the hidden mystery within. The game itself has a strong astrology/astronomy-centred theme, where most of the puzzles featured the western zodiacs and known space nebula. We had the opportunity to […]