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This is Stan: Australia’s Newest Streaming Service

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Stan, the new streaming service from a partnership between Fairfax and Nine Entertainment Co has finally launched in Australia. After a few weeks of trial subscriptions being posted out to early adopters (one of which was me!), the doors have finally opened for anyone to subscribe to the service. Stan is starting strong with a number of TV series available at this early stage, including: Breaking Bad, Doctor Who, Sherlock, […]

Facebook downtime was due to server fault, not DDoS attack

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au Unless you were living under a rock or had something better to do than check Facebook every single minute, you would have realised that both Facebook and Instagram was down for many people. However, despite claims that it was due to a DDoS attack, Facebook has said that the outage was because of a server fault. “This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead […]

Facebook has a problem with “freebooting”, says YouTuber after Bauer Media steals his video

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A popular YouTube creator has attacked Facebook for profiting from “freebooting”, after one of his video was posted without his permission on the social network by German media publishing company Bauer Media. Destin Sandlin, the person behind Smarter Every Day, uploaded a video in September about getting a tattoo in slow motion. Zoo Magazine – owned by Bauer – then downloaded the video; removed all the education content, sponsors for […]

Spotify redesigns Windows Phone app (again)

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Released overnight, Spotify has released an update for their Windows Phone app. This new release – version 5.0 – introduces a totally new design and a small amount of new features. The UI revamp provides users with an iOS-esque interface using very familiar transparency and rounded corner design principles. The update also removes the Starred functionality like it’s iOS and Android counterparts did a few months ago and introduces Your Music […]

Report: Samsung in talks with BlackBerry about potential buyout, company responds with ‘Oh No You Didn’t’ statement

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Reuters is today reporting that Samsung is in talks with BlackBerry for a potential US$7.5 billion buyout of the enterprise-focused Canadian phone company. This isn’t the first time that the company has made headlines over a potential acquisition, though with BlackBerry moving away from the consumer market to an enterprise focus, it could be a great match for Samsung, who aren’t exactly known as a powerhouse in the business world. Though don’t let your imagination […]

Google refuses to patch vulnerability affecting 930 million users

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Google has quietly disclosed that it will not be patching any vulnerabilities in a component in versions of Android before KitKat. This means that 60 percent of all active Android devices – or 930 million – are now vulnerable to an attack. The company made this disclosure to Tod Beardsley, a security researcher from Rapid7, after another vulnerability reporter was told by Google that they will not fix the bug. In a […]

Stream live to YouTube with HTC RE Camera

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A new software update will allow the HTC RE Camera to stream live to YouTube. The updated app is already available on Android, however, the iOS app will be updated later in Q1. The new app allows you to login to your YouTube account and select whether or not the live stream will be public or private. The live footage will be streamed to your mobile phone and then streamed […]

Netflix to launch in Australia on March 31

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Tech Guide is reporting that Netflix will launch in Australia on March 31. The service will launch with a three-tier pricing system which starts at $9.99 per month. The date and pricing was confirmed by Tech Guide through a source during CES in Las Vegas. Netflix, however, were tight-lipped during CES about any details regarding the Australian Launch. Previously, Netflix haven’t revealed too many details about the launch, except to say […]

TPG withdraws NBN competitor fibre service after Turnbull’s new rules

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) New rules imposed by the Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull have forced TPG to withdraw its superfast fibre-to-the-basement service, which competes with the National Broadband Network. As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald today, TPG posted on its website that it was advised of the new regulations on December 14 that precludes them from selling the service after January 1st of this year unless they taking certain […]

Tinder experiment reveals online predators are using the app to meet underage girls

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A lot of people have done dating experiments on Tinder, like wearing a fat suit and seeing how many people will go to a frozen yogurt shop to meet a girl. This latest one, however, will send a chill down your spine. A Melbourne-based group have created The Tinder Experiment, where they confront the people who are using the app to groom underage girls into having sex. We noticed an alarming […]

Very stupid people are complaining about losing followers after Instagram’s spam crackdown

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Instagram has been cracking down on spam and fake accounts. However, not everyone is pleased with the move. “Social media celebrities” are really angry with the move because they are seeing their follower count drop, showing how influential they really are on the photo-sharing website. This is despite the company telling people since last week: We’ve been deactivating spammy accounts from Instagram on an ongoing basis to improve your experience. […]

Amaysim to introduce 4G plans in April

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Amaysim has announced that it will soon be offering 4G plans, after the prepaid mobile operator renewed a wholesale agreement with Optus today. Previously, Amaysim has only been able to offer plans on Optus’ older 3G network. The company says that they plan to introduce 4G plans around Easter next year. Optus says that by the time Amaysim starts offering their 4G plans, its 4G network will cover 90 percent of the Australian […]

16 Stories (From Us) That You Really, Really Must Read Before The End Of The Year

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For the past twelve months, our writers have been hard at work producing some brilliant work – from producing really in-depth reviews on gadgets, insightful opinions on technology, and reporting on serious issues underreported by the tech press. Of course, with the amount of content being published from everyone online, our articles often get pushed down the list. So, here’s some of the best articles produced by our writers this year – […]

Surge Pricing: Uber’s response to Sydney’s Hostage Siege

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During the frightening hostage scene in Sydney’s CBD, Uber’s ‘Surge Pricing’ has hit people in times of need, forcing them to pay a $100 minimum to use the car service. Put simply, When demand increases, Uber will increase it’s pricing by two, three, even four times the base price dependant on the type and amount of demand. During the distressing situation of the Sydney CBD Hostage Siege, concerned people were […]

GIFT GUIDE: Netflix in Australia (Plus Chromecast Guide)

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  Netflix is amazing! You get access to thousands of shows and movies for almost peanuts per month – the only downside is that it’s only available in selected countries and one of those not lucky enough to have Netflix locally is (surprise) Australia (not until March 15 anyway). There have been several articles on Netflix coming to Australia or similar services being introduced by Foxtel but nothing compares to […]