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YouTube quietly rolls out new design – ditches left-aligned look

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It appears that it wasn’t just YouTube comments that were changing, the entire site might be as well. YouTube has quietly rolled out an update to its design – and, it appears that it fixes some of the complaints that people had with the current design, rolled out last year to negative publicity. It appears that the update has been rolled out to some users – I got the design personally, […]

MPAA: Melbourne’s Caribbean Gardens is a “notorious market” of piracy

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The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has singled out Melbourne’s Caribbean Gardens as one of the world’s most notorious physical markets of piracy in its latest submission to Office of the US Trade Representative. And yes, you read that right. In its submission, acquired by TorrentFreak, the MPAA notes: Caribbean Gardens and Markets is Australia’s largest undercover market at over 10,000 sqm, operating every Wednesday and Sunday. There are between 10-20 […]

Regional radio network Grant Broadcasters axes online simulcasts after High Court fee ruling

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Grant Broadcasters has axed all live streams for all 50 of their radio stations across Australia after a Federal Court decision earlier this year that saw internet simulcasts of radio broadcasts no longer covered by existing licenses. “A recent Federal Court ruling has found that the simultaneous transmission of a radio broadcast over the internet is not a broadcast, and as a consequence, music licensing issues mean that this radio […]

TENplay launches: How does Network TEN’s new catch-up service compare?

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While free-to-air network Network TEN continues to struggle in the TV ratings, the network’s new responsive catch-up service, an end-to-end website which will allow their audience to be notified of new episodes, interact with shows, and watch the networks content, seems to have gone live. Available on the web at TENplay.com.au (and redirecting from TEN.com.au), as well as on iOS, Windows 8, Xbox 360, and Sony BRAVIA TV’s, TENplay feels less […]

“It’s all just data in the net”: @Horse_ebooks revealed to be an art piece

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A few months ago, the popular YouTube channel Pronunciation Book started uploading a series of videos counting down from 77. Now, the big secret has been revealed – the YouTube channel and the popular Twitter account @Horse_ebooks were actually conceptual art projects by Jacob Bakkila and Thomas Bender. No one wants to work on a painting forever According to the New Yorker, who unmasked their identities, the two even kept their involvement […]

Foxtel launches Presto – lets you stream all of Foxtel’s movie channels for $24.99/month

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Foxtel is expanding its online offerings with the launch of Presto, its new movie streaming service that will give Australians access to all of its Foxtel Movies channels and on-demand movies from its library. However, it comes at a massive cost – subscriptions start at $24.99 per month. Presto subscribers will have access to livestreams of Foxtel Movies Premiere, Comedy, Drama/Romance, Thriller/Crime, Action/Adventure, Family and Masterpiece; and has content deals with […]

YouTube’s new “Add to Device” feature lets you finish watching videos offline, coming in November

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YouTube has told creators that they will be including a new feature on their YouTube app that will let users finish a video or an entire playlist if their internet connection cuts off. Called “Add to Device”, users will have up to 48 hours to finish watching the video, and is scheduled to roll out in November “From the watch page through the “add to device” functionality feature, viewers will […]

Use your smartphone to control Arcade Fire’s new surreal music video

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Canadian indie band Arcade Fire released their brand new single today, titled Reflektor. However, instead of simply just releasing the music video and the MP3 on the iTunes Store, the band has partnered up with Google to produce another interactive video called Just a Reflektor – and this time, you control the various elements through your smartphone or tablet. Using your computer’s webcam, it will track the movements of your smartphone […]

Video-on-demand service EzyFlix launches today

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The owners of EzyDVD, Access Digital Entertainment, have launched their new video-on-demand venture EzyFlix. It is essentially the local iTunes equivalent – letting customers rent and buy movies and TV shows. However, you’re not locked into any ecosystem as you can watch them on any device you choose. EzyFlix has partnered up with 20th Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Roadshow Films, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company and […]

Pokemon: The Origin announced – Anime based on Pokemon Red and Green

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It was announced that a brand new Pokemon Anime will run alongside the Pokemon XY series (Generation VI). The series will be called Pokemon: The Origin, which features Red and Green, the main characters from the first Japanese Pokemon games released in 1996 (Pokemon Red & Green), which later released worldwide as Pokemon Red & Blue. The trailer features Red as he starts his journey and battles his rival Green, […]

Why Sony was right in rejecting Dan Loeb’s proposal

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Image: Steve.M~ (Flickr/Creative Commons) Sony’s struggles have been widely recounted as it attempts to maintain relevance in a two speed consumer electronics space where hardware is becoming increasingly commoditised, and software and services increasingly more exclusive. Dan Loeb of Third Point – a hedge fund which owns an almost 7% stake in Sony – has been vocal in suggesting changes for the fledgling company, and as arguably Sony’s most prominent […]

Why is vinyl becoming popular?

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Image: Steve Snodgrass (Flickr/Creative Commons) Vinyl records are experiencing a global resurgence. Sales are the highest they have been in 15 years. The figures from Nielsen SoundScan show the industry is booming with 2.9 million records sold in the past 6 months –  a 33.5% rise in sales over the first half of 2012. Comparatively, CDs are still struggling with sales falling another 14% as digital music continues to rise as […]

“Phantom” Strikes Back: tech site Smarthouse caught plagiarising again

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4Square Media, the publishers of technology news websites Smarthouse and ChannelNews, is at it again. TechGeek has found instances where its owner David Richards has plagiarised content from several tech publications including TechRadar; and newspapers The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and the UK’s Daily Mail. It came to my attention after when a story, titled Nokia Turns On Microsoft After Win 8 Smartphone Failure, had noticeable typography differences – namely […]

Foxtel Play launches – watch Pay-TV without the contract and box

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Foxtel has revealed its long-awaited Foxtel Play service, which will make it easier for customers to access pay-TV content without needing to pay for a hefty subscription, the iQ box and the 24-month contract. However, it will require you to have a decent data cap (unless you are on Bigpond). Foxtel Play will launch with 40 channels – including Fox8, UKTV, FX, SoHo and Showcase – and will be available on […]

Subbable lets users directly support online creators – through monthly subscriptions

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Being an online creator is tough work, especially on large platforms such as YouTube. Advertising inherently favours those who can attract audiences, not those who produce quality content that may not get views. That’s all about to change, however, with the launch of a brand new voluntary subscription service Subbable. Started by the Vlogbrothers, John and Hank Green, the new service is sort of a mixture of Kickstarter and YouTube’s own […]