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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 [...]

Spotify for Windows Phone finally updated

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Spotify have released an updated version of their Windows Phone app. Since the app’s original release in February 2013, it’s been marked as a public beta application and being beta, the app suffered from a lot of issues such as crashing and lack of features. This update (almost 6 months after the original release) removes the app from beta and introduced a few new features. According to a tweet from [...]

It’s official, Instagram now does Video

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Instagram have officially announced their new video sharing feature for their popular photo sharing application. The app now allows you to take 15 second videos and offers easy video editing and 13 new filters dedicated to videos. Announced at Facebook HQ this morning, the feature is being rolled out today to iOS and Android applications as an update. This is the biggest change to the platform since it’s inception almost [...]

Xbox One First Impressions

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The Xbox One has been on everybody’s minds after the reveal of what is going to be the biggest thing in Home Entertainment. With a huge focus on TV, Sports, Gaming Experience and Immersion, the Xbox One looks to be a very awesome water cooler. Microsoft are really set on redefining the Entertainment experience. but what does our Pwnage editor Adrian think about Microsoft’s new direction? Design Firstly i would [...]

JB Hi Fi enters the eBook business with NOW Books

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JB Hi Fi has expanded its NOW brand to include eBooks with the launch of the NOW Books store – pitting themselves against not only the book retailers but as well as Google Play, Kobo and the eBook giant Amazon. NOW Books will let users download and purchase EPUB or PDF versions of books (depending on the book). To read the books, you can download the JB Hi Fi NOW [...]

Google Music now comes to Australia, but is it too late to the party?

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Chris Southcott will be proud – Google Play Music has finally hit Australian shores. Combined with the news that Google Play has gotten a massive redesign, Australians can now purchase music from Google Play – the final piece that was previously blocked off from Play (Books, Magazines and Movies were previously made available). Pricing varies per song, a la like iTunes music pricing – for instance Change Your Life by [...]

Report: News Limited to launch new paywall service NewsPlus

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News Limited is reportedly launching a brand new news service or hub called “NewsPlus”. Plans on the new venture are scarce, but the service will feature a paywall to access some content – similar to the Herald Sun and The Australian. According to media publication Influencing, News Limited has already bought the domain name “newsplus.com.au” (via its pseudonym ‘News Domain Administrator’) and has registered two trademarks – “NEWSPLUS” and “NEWS+“. [...]

Kim Dotcom’s residency bid “on the verge of falling” before last-minute approval

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Kim Dotcom is now questioning his immigration status after an investigation by a New Zealand paper has revealed that his bid to get residency in the country was “on the verge of falling” before being approved at the last minute. “What the United States could rely on in New Zealand is a John Key government that is so eager to please the White House,” he told the paper. The New [...]

Cut off from Sweden and Norway, The Pirate Bay finds new host – in North Korea

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After being forced to move from Sweden and being threatened in Norway by anti-piracy groups, the Pirate Bay has now turned to an unlikely place for hosting – North Korea. And obviously, you can find the irony in the situation: the website promoting freedom of information and speech hosted in a country where such a thing does not exist. It also does mean that the Pirate Bay will be slow [...]