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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 […]

MyRepublic CEO: The ISPs “don’t want you to know they actually screwed you over”

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With the increasing amounts of consolidation amongst the internet service providers in the country, the Singaporean-based upstart MyRepublic believes it is the perfect time to launch to shake the status quo with its NBN plans – and force the incumbents to be more transparent about speed. “I think it’s perfect time… there’s a lack of competition, with the consolidation we’ve seen in the marketplace in the last few years – the latest being […]

Telstra threat MyRepublic finally launches in Australia with super cheap, gamer-geared NBN plan

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Singapore-based ISP MyRepublic has finally announced today that it will be opening its doors to Australian customers on November 15, promising unlimited data and the “ultimate” internet experience for gamers and streamers – but only if you live in a NBN-connected area. They say that their MyRepublic Gamer internet plan are engineered to deal with the litany of issues that Australian gamers face when playing online, such as latency, connection instability, and slow […]

Twitter kills Vine

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Twitter has announced that it will kill off Vine, the video sharing site where users posted short, six second clips that made a ton of young people ‘famous’ on the internet. “Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website […]

DISPATCHES: Monash University shows that innovation isn’t tied to Silicon Valley

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Despite not having the gloss of a unicorn startup like Snapchat, or the media attention like Atlassian or Uber; Monash University wants everyone to know that they can be technology disrupters too. Last week, the university held its fourth annual Faculty of Information Technology Innovation Showcase. Hosted at Telstra’s Gurrowa Innovation Lab in Exhibition Street, it showed off some of the more interesting projects that the PhD students and researchers have been working on to […]

UberEATS extends to Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide

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After successfully launching in Melbourne and Sydney earlier this year, Uber has extended UberEATS to Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth; attracting some well-known local culinary names to offer their food on the service. According to Uber, there will be 60 places in Adelaide, 80 places in Brisbane, and 70 places in Perth at launch. Names who have signed up to UberEATS include Jock Zonfrillo’s Blackwood Bistro in Adelaide, Ryan Squires’ esq. in Brisbane, and […]

Sex Party wants to have the same-sex plebiscite held online (if we have one)

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Put this in the very long list of horrible ideas suggested by Australian politicians that should never ever be implemented. The Australian Sex Party’s leader Fiona Patten is calling for the federal government to have the same-sex plebiscite held online, saying it is cheaper and claiming that it is now possible thanks to “modern technology and current leaps in cyber security.” “Countries like Estonia have successfully moved to complete internet voting where […]

Square launches new payment reader in Australia – includes support for Apple and Android Pay

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Square, the global payment startup founded by Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, has today announced that it will finally bring its new payment reader to Australians – being only the second country the new reader has rolled out to. The new reader supports chip cards and contactless payment methods – such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, or tap-and-pay with your credit or debit card. “We know NFC is important to Australian […]

Uber partners with TripGo to seamlessly connect public transport

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Uber has today announced that it will partner with the public transport app TripGo, allowing users to seamlessly travel on public transport with Uber acting as a way to get to or from their local train, buss or tram stop. TripGo will be given access to Uber’s real-time ridesharing data and will let you request a ride without leaving the app. According to Uber, the trip is in recognition that many […]

Movie World, Wet’n’Wild Sydney rolls out online food ordering

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In what is described as a “world first”, Village Roadshow Theme Parks – the owners of Movie World, Sea World and the Wet’n’Wild theme parks – have partnered up with Sydney-based startup AirService to bring online food ordering to its theme park visitors. Rolling out first to the Gotham City restaurant at Movie World, customers will use a Village-branded eServe app to order food and drink without waiting in a […]

You can now schedule your Uber trips in Australia

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Uber is now going to be more useful in Australia, as the company has announced today that it plans to roll out its Scheduled Rides feature to selected areas in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. As the name suggests, Scheduled Rides will let you book an Uber trip 30 minutes to 30 days in advance. This provides some peace of mind if you want to use Uber to take you to […]

Presto partners with Velocity so you can earn points – with a massive caveat

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If you’re a member of Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program, you can now earn points by having a Presto subscription. However, there is a massive caveat: this is only available to its Presto Entertainment package, not its Presto TV or Presto Movies packages. You are also not eligible if you signed up via Telstra or Foxtel (despite Presto being half-owned by Foxtel). Velocity members who sign up to Presto […]

Despite being twelve years old, Sony is blocking people from watching “Numa Numa” on YouTube

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In an odd and perplexing move, Australians can no longer see “Numa Numa” on YouTube. Despite being on the site for nearly ten years, a copyright claim by Sony Music Entertainment has now geoblocked Australians from accessing one of the earliest viral videos on YouTube. https://t.co/fkwO6Rm4El Sorry Australia… but you can still watch the original from 2004 on @Newgrounds! https://t.co/R4J8Jv6UP6 — Gary Brolsma (@Gman250) June 6, 2016 For those who need a refresher, the […]

Microsoft goes big on social, acquires LinkedIn for US$26.2 billion

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Microsoft has announced today that it will acquire LinkedIn for US$26.2 billion – or US$196 per share – in an all-cash deal. The move will allow Microsoft to leverage LinkedIn’s 433 million users to build out new services for enterprise, and drive engagement to its other enterprise cloud services like Office 365 and Dynamics CRM. According to Microsoft, LinkedIn will retain its independence and branding. LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner will […]