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Microsoft debuts its first flagship store in Australia

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Microsoft has today opened the doors to its first Australian flagship store in Sydney’s Pitt St Mall. The store will serve as the centrepiece to the Microsoft store experience in Australia and will offer retail and experimental spaces that allow consumers to get hands on new and exciting products. The store will also feature the “Answer Desk” which assists with technical questions, troubleshooting and repairs for Microsoft software, hardware and […]

Hands On: Apple Music for Android

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Apple has today released a Beta version of Apple Music on Google Play, for all to download and test. Of course, the app is very worthy of the Beta tag. Currently, Apple Music Videos aren’t available, the Apple ID signin process needs to be optimised and you can’t sign up for Apple Music through the app yet – that still needs to be done on a supported devices. While the […]

Sonos announces Trueplay – Simple Speaker Tuning

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Today, Sonos is releasing a free software update called Trueplay, which allows Sonos owners to precisely tune their speakers for the room without the need for specialised equipment. Using the Sonos app, the microphone on your iPhone or iPad, and a special tone that’s emitted by the Sonos speaker, the system analyses the profile of the room and determines the best configuration for the room – in less than 60 […]

Twitter replaces star favourite icon with a heart, but gets no love from users

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In an announcement made by Twitter this morning, the social media platform has decided to change up the favourite icon to a heart. The company says “The heart, in contrast, is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones. The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people.” in a blog post. Twitter has made the change as […]

Samsung announces its new R series wireless speakers

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Samsung has today announced the local pricing and availability of the new R Series speaker range – the R5, R3 and R1. Additionally, Samsung announced the R6 portable and R7 speaker models which feature a different design. The R series range offers high-quality and balanced sound through a circular design – dubbed The Ring Radiator – which means you can hear music and audio from all sides, no matter where […]

Kingston HyperX Cloud II Review

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The Kingston HyperX Cloud II headset offers everything a gamer would want in a headset. The headset boasts great sound from it’s 53mm drivers, surround sound and a detachable microphone. The headset offers your standard 3.5mm connections as well as a detachable USB soundcard (which enables the surround sound functionality) and is even compatible with consoles. Some nice inclusions include two types of ear cushions, airplane adaptor and a carry […]

Deakin showcases motion-capture tech at PAX Australia

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For the past three years, a very small number of universities have set up stalls at PAX Australia – and they usually just distribute information about their courses in relation to games development. This year, Deakin has done something a little bit different: they are showing off their technology in its Motion Lab. You may have seen their work before. The Motion Lab was behind the Vox Lumen display at […]

Twitch viewers are going to try and install Linux

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First we had Twitch Plays Pokemon. Then we had Twitch Plays <insert game here>. Now, Twitch viewers are going to have a chance to collaborate and install Arch Linux. What could possibly go wrong? And yes, that was a rhetorical question. Everything can – and probably will – go wrong once it starts. Just like Twitch Plays Pokemon (and the many, many, many variants), it will put the most popular […]

Australia Post is launching a $20 milliion fund to find the next eCommerce startups

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Australia Post has announced today that it will launch a new $20 million investment fund and a new partnership with the University of Melbourne – all to find the next innovative eCommerce startups in Australia. “We will use the $20 million capital fund, which with the success I expect could grow to more than $100 million over coming years, to directly invest in great eCommerce businesses with ideas that will […]

Newegg to ship directly from Australian distributors starting Monday

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Californian computer retailer Newegg will begin shipping directly from Australian distributors Monday, with a dedicated local warehouse expected to follow in the coming months. The retailer, popular amongst gamers and DIY PC builders, previously introduced Australian pricing to the site in 2014, although continued shipping products from their US warehouse. From Monday Newegg will bring 50,000 products to Australian shores, using existing local distributors. Some products won’t be initially available, leaving plenty […]

Hackagong is back for 2015 – Offering $5,000 cash as first prize

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Hackagong, one of Australia’s largest hackathon events, is back for 2015 and is offering $5,000 cash plus business mentoring and more as the first prize. Hackagong is an annual, weekend-long hackathon competition held in Wollongong where teams of designers, developers, creators and business-minded people get together and build something from start to finish in 30 hours. First started in 2012, Hackagong is in it’s fourth year running. Attracting over 150 […]

Halo 5 at Gamescom 2015

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There’s been a plethora of Halo 5 news coming out Gamescom’s press event so lets take a look at some of their more important announcements. I’ve already covered the new announcement of “The Pink and Deadly Edition” but other bundles and information were released out of Cologne. First of the bat is the new Xbox One Halo 5 Guardians Limited Edition Bundle and Halo-themed Astro headsets. The Xbox One console features […]

New Halo 5 themed bundle announced at Gamescom 2015

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The Pink and Deadly Edition is an exclusive offer made by British retailer GAME and costs a total of £449.99. A steep figure for even an Xbox One bundle. Unfortunately it is unlikely that the bundle will be entering other regions as it is not an Xbox-related bundle but only specifically offered by the retailer themself.  For those of you who can get your hand on “The Pink and Deadly Edition” you […]

Konami once again drawing attention. This time, strict worker conditions

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A recent report released by the Japanese Newspaper Nikkei (Nihon Keizai Shimbun aka Japan economic newspaper) has pointed the spotlight once again on Konami, this time for its tightly monitored work conditions. Employees at Konami are constantly monitored by internal cameras to ensure they are working at all times and are unable to gain access to WiFi, with their only means of communication coming through intranet e-mail to contact other team members […]

Victoria needs 40,000 extra IT workers, according to new ACS data

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Victoria will need 40,000 extra IT employees over the next six years in order to meet demand in 2020, according to new data from the Australian Computer Society and Deloitte Access Economics released today. The data comes after the release of a recent report commissioned by ACS titled Australia’s Digital Pulse, which found that an extra 100,000 workers will be needed over the next six years to meet demand from companies. […]