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Google Music event announced for November 17

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All the way back in May Google announced Music Beta, a cloud music player. It’s US-only (sort of) and uploads music you already have to play in your browser, on the Android app or iOS webapp. The big thing Google Music Beta didn’t have, however, is an online music store or subscription service. Now a number of news outlets in the US, such as TheNextWeb and The Verge, are reporting […]

On-demand music service Rdio to expand to Australia in “early 2012”, joins Spotify

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Platforms that Rdio supports (Image: Rdio/supplied) Finally, we’re getting somewhere! Streaming music site Rdio is expanding from the US and Canada, with the launch of its Brazil partnership and confirmation that it will expand in “early 2012” in Germany and Australia. Yes, you heard that right. Australia. The news, reported by TechCrunch, would mean that Australia’s streaming music options will be expanded from just being limited to Sony’s anubis.fm and […]

Zune Pass coming to Australia November 16 with 11 million songs

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I don’t know how we missed this, but last Wednesday Microsoft held a local press conference detailing a number of new services available to Australian consumers. While Kinect Voice Control was announced at the event, I’m personally much more excited by the announcement of Zune Music purchases and Zune Music Pass for Australia. Samsung and Sony also have music subscription services in the works and available but Zune Pass, in […]

PETA turns to porn for animal rights – yes, graphic footage included

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UPDATE [29/08/2013]: We have updated the article in order to take issue with Google Adsense saying that an image is considered pornographic material. We consider it isn’t, given the fact that it was an actual ad for PETA found on Flickr back in 2011. There is nudity – which apparently goes against Adsense’s policies – but it’s not adult material. Like I said, this was an ad for PETA. However, we […]

OPINION: Saving the future of 3D

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Sony's HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer – is it going to revitalise interest of 3D TV? (Image: Sony) 3D television has performed exceedingly below market and manufacturer expectations. As a whole, it has been shunned by the majority of consumers and I’m not even going to bother sugar-coating the predicament of 3D television with the hope of dreams and aspirations which may or may not be realised, I’m sure you’re sick […]

Carol Bartz fired as Yahoo CEO over the phone

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Carol Bartz, the now former CEO of Yahoo (Image: Yahoo) Yahoo’s CEO Carol Bartz, who took over three years ago from founder Jerry Yang, has been sacked “effective immediatelty” as the company continues to struggle from rivals Google, Microsoft’s Bing and AOL. Bartz was made CEO in 2009 after Yang’s poor handling of a substantial bid from Microsoft – believing it was too low. She will be replaced by Chief Financial […]

BBC to use 2012 Olympics as test for new format, 16x bigger than HDTV

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The BBC are set to use the upcoming 2012 Olympics in London to test out a new video standard called “Super Hi-Vision”, which is said to be 16 times better in picture quality than HDTV, despite the technology is expected to not come out to consumers for a decade. The BBC plans to launch three screens around the UK that are 15 metres high in order to showcase the technology. […]

Hulu expands worldwide – heading to Japan later in the year

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Hulu is going abroad. The company has announced that it will go international and expand to Japan. The Japanese version of the site is expected to come later in the year, but unlike the American version, it is going to be a subscription service. “Japanese audiences are passionate about premium video content, and the country is a major producer of world-class TV and feature films,” Johannes Larcher wrote in a […]

Reports: News Corp withdraws bid for BSkyB

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BREAKING NEWS: News Corporation has withdrawn its bid for UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB, after the recent phone hacking scandal by a newspaper owned by the corporation has put uncertainty over the acquisition. “News Corporation announces that it no longer intends to make an offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC (“BSkyB”) not already owned by it,” it said in a […]

For Rent: Doctor Who episodes heading to Facebook

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Doctor Who fans will be able to use their Facebook Credits in order to rent a selection of nine stories (some of which can comprise several episodes) of the popular British sci-fi series on Facebook, a first for the BBC. Instead of airing seasons of episodes, the BBC have decided to select specific stories. The episodes are: An Unearthly Child, Tomb of the Cybermen, The Time Warrior, City of Death, […]

News Corp bid for BSkyB moves to Competition Commission amid more allegations of phone hacking

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au More allegations of phone hacking have struck another newspaper owned by News International, the UK subsidiary of News Corporation, as the its bid to control the largest UK satellite television provider BSkyB is heading to the UK’s Competition Commission. The move to let the Competition Commission decide on the final merger was in due part of News International withdrawing its move to make Sky News – the […]

OFFICIAL: Foxtel now will acquire Austar in deal worth $2bn

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Foxtel and Austar have now agreed on the terms that will see the metropolitan pay television provider acquire the regional pay television provider in a deal worth approximately AU$2 billion, or $1.52 in cash per share. The price set by this new transaction agreement represents a 54% premium on the closing price on February 17, which was around 99 cents per share (the date is the day prior its shares […]

“Friday” taken off YouTube by… Rebecca Black?

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So, when I went on Facebook, my Wall was populated with this. Rebecca Black’s hit single – and most disliked video of YouTube – has been removed from the Ark Music Factory’s YouTube account by none other than Rebecca Black. Wait, what? Turns out, there’s an actual story behind it. I know. A story behind one of the worst songs of the year.

IT IS COMING! News Corp to erect paywall on Australian sites soon

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Image: Luc De Leeuw/Flickr (Creative Commons) Rumours are hinting that News Corporation papers, such as The Australian, the Herald Sun and the Daily Telegraph are about to be behind a paywall – falling it in line with its international counterparts which include The Times in the UK and The Wall Street Journal in the US.

SMH: Hulu to launch in Australia

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American television streaming service Hulu is said to be preparing for an Australian launch, and could do it without the support of the free-to-air networks, who hold the terrestrial and (now) internet streaming rights of several productions its owners air. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the television networks have been reluctant to show support due to it could drive people away from television to the internet, despite Hulu being […]