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Why I started UNIHACK – a hackathon for university students in Victoria

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If you haven’t noticed, I have not been blogging for a couple of weeks on TechGeek. Instead of writing about the Amazon FirePhone, I have been working on a side project with the IT student clubs at the University of Melbourne and Monash University (Clayton). I have been teasing little things about it on my Twitter account, but today is the day where you can sign up and participate! The side [...]

Public Transport Victoria finally releases timetable data to the public

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Image: Stewart Wilson/TechGeek Melbourne will soon get better public transport apps as the government agency responsible for all public transport in the state – Public Transport Victoria – has finally released its timetable data to the public. This means developers can create their own apps with accurate timetable data for trains, trams and buses. Before the release of timetable data, PTV would insist that those who are looking for public transport data [...]

Is Python the most popular programming language? Think again

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Our good friends over at TechAU recently published a story that declared “Python was the most popular programming language this year“, with the infographic you see above. But where did this data come from? Nobody knows, until some intuitive Redditors managed to find the original source. You see, Crispy Codes stole this image from CodeEval, removing any mention of the latter. I also highly doubt Crispy Codes is this impressive company [...]

Hackagong 2013 – Winners Announced

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Hackagong, a Wollongong based Hackathon ran over the weekend where teams of developers, designers and entrepreneurs get together and hack out a solution to a problem they’ve identified. In an intense weekend of designing, programming, testing and prototyping, 150 participants in 34 teams had just under 30 hours to present their creation to judges to be in the running for over $32,000 worth of prizes. At the conclusion of the Hackathon, notable judges [...]

Round – An Australian start-up set to change online payments

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For those in online business, accepting Credit Cards can be be a costly and long process. With all the paperwork, checks and hoops you need to go through, it almost seems not worth it. However, an Australian start-up is determined to change that. Round will offer a very similar service to Stripe, a US payment processor. Round provides the gateway and API for you to accept payments through your online [...]

Facebook ‘Metro-fied’: Aussie developer reimagines social network’s design

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Sick of the current Facebook interface? Probably not, but have a look at this design concept by Brisbane-based interactive art director Fred Nerby. He has re-imagined Facebook’s design by creating something that focuses on making the social network, what he says, “functional and engaging”. The design is meant for desktop and tablets (like the iPad) to take advantage of the screen real estate. It appears to also follow some Microsoft’s [...]

Windows Store allows paid apps, expands to new markets

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Microsoft has today announced several new bits of information with regards to the Windows Store that will be available on Windows 8 and Windows RT. The big news – Microsoft has now turned on the payment system for the Windows Store, allowing developers to create paid applications and in-app purchases. This now means that companies will be able to gain some profit from making apps – especially small developers, as [...]

The problems with <video> and <audio>, and conundrum Firefox faces

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Firefox on Android – and it'll soon come with H.264 support (Image: Mozilla EU/Flickr (Creative Commons)) In recent days, the tech community has been buzzing around about the fact that Mozilla has decided to relent on its open web stance and will implement H.264 on mobile devices and – although unconfirmed – speculation hints that it will soon be included in the desktop version. But why is this such a [...]

New CSS Draft from Google adds variables (woot!)

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A new draft in the W3C could potentially add something new and pretty interesting. A team of developers (from Google) are working on a way to have data variables in CSS. Yes, soon we can now name repetitive values like PHP, Java and almost every single programming language in the world. And every developer has jumped up in joy. Essentially, what it does is allow properties called “data properties” that [...]

Open webOS announced by HP with September release date

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In December 2011 HP announced that webOS, the OS featured on their failed HP TouchPad and HP Veer and Pre3, would be open sourced. Well today HP has revealed a timeline of when developers and people who want the OS will be able to get their hands on it. By September, HP expects the entire project to be finished. Meanwhile, Enyo, a webOS application framework that made its debut with [...]

Microsoft opens up Messenger with an open standard (yes, I know)

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Microsoft seems to be in a developer friendly mood this year. With the opening of the Kinect API and trying to attract developers with a really good revenue sharing arrangement, Microsoft has announced that they will be opening its Windows Live Messaging network with XMPP. For those not in the know, XMPP is an open standard messaging protocol. Since it is open, networks supporting the standard can use several different [...]

Source: Adobe to stop developing Flash Player for mobile, focuses on AIR

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Adobe appears to call the white flag on its mobile strategy. Unnamed sources are claiming that Adobe will announce soon that it will stop development in porting over the Flash Player on mobile devices and will focus on AIR. According to ZDNet, their source said: “Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the [...]

Windows Phone 7 SDK to include multi-tasking, Camera API

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Windows Phone 7 users will be excited by this news (I know Stewart will), as Microsoft has announced an update to its application development toolkit for the mobile OS, which will include access to the Camera API and multi-tasking. While the iOS has these features, multi-tasking was only available since version 3.0, so it’s nice to see Microsoft pushing this out. Other additions to the toolkit include deeper integration with [...]

Microsoft pushes users to (finally) stop using IE6

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It’s time. Microsoft has now started a brand new push to finally get rid of the scourge known as Internet Explorer with a brand new website to promote the killing off of the once-most popular browser in the entire world (back in the year 2001).

Mortal Kombat Ban Update + We Dare?

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It has been under a week since the Australian Classification Board had refused classification for the upcoming, highly anticipated Mortal Kombat game. There have been many cases where publishers whose games have been banned from sale have successfully changed the board’s decision by submitting a modified, toned down version. Even though these modifications are being made, most greatly affect gameplay and make the game less enjoyable. In the case of [...]