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Microsoft required the change SkyDrive name after court ruling

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Stewart Wilson / TechGeek A court in the UK has ruled that Microsoft is infringing on the “Sky” trademark owned by British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB). As a result, Microsoft have agreed to change the name of it’s cloud-based storage service. In a settlement, BSkyB has agreed to allow Microsoft reasonable time to continue using the brand while they transition to a new brand. A spokesperson from Microsoft has confirmed the [...]

Multiplayer coming to Batman: Arkham Origins

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Just announced in a brand new trailer today was an all new multiplayer mode for Batman: Arkham Origins, the first of its kind in the Arkhamverse. This unique form of multiplayer called ‘Invisible Predator Online’ involves taking on the role of Bane and Joker’s thugs against Robin and Batman in a 3v3v2 multiplayer layout. Playing as the thugs, either Bane’s or Joker’s, plays out in a third person cover based shooter. [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

Viber app description: “We created this app to spy on you”

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Remnants of the widely-reported hack by the Syrian Electronic Army, or just some disgruntled employee in Viber leaving his mark? We’re not entirely sure. All we know is that the description of the Viber app should not be that. Spotted by our fellow editor Chris Southcott (he should be writing this, but he’s sort of busy at the moment), the Viber description on the iOS app says, “We created this app [...]

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 [...]

First Look: The Legacy of Barubash (Kactus Games)

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At PAX Australia Kactus Games showed their latest game The Legacy of Barubash and TechGeek was given an opportunity to play a small portion of the game. The Legacy of Barubash is top-down action-RPG game where the player commands Kaleb, a young hunter trying to save his wife and unborn child from an endless sleep. I had a chance to play the demo during PAX Australia with the CEO Kamil [...]

Optus wants you to help them fix their network with new Android app

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Optus will use crowdsourcing to help find problems with its network – such as slow data speeds, signal coverage inside buildings, and black spots – with the help of its Android customers thanks to its newest update to its OptusNow app. The app automatically sends network information from your phone at any given location, letting them pinpoint where to fix the issues. The feature is an opt-in feature (you can [...]

Competing with free: Navman partners with Nokia to bring their GPS lineup into the cloud

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With more and more Australian’s trading in their dumbphones for smartphones, all-in-one devices that continue to replace entire product categories, it isn’t hard to assume that a dedicated GPS is irrelevant in 2013. If a smartphone, which is on you at all times, has a GPS inbuilt, surely all that’s needed is a free app and you’re ready to drive. To convince non-believers otherwise, TechGeek and a number of other [...]

First Look: TownCraft (Flat Earth Games)

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At PAX Australia Indie Pavilion, TechGeek was able to get a hands on look on the recently released game, TownCraft. This strategy/simulation game focuses on the player’s ingenuity of building a thriving town from nearly nothing. Players will be able to gather resources, grow crops, manage mines, craft over two hundred unique items and build structures. While the game has a storyline told via given quests, this section of the [...]

Copperhead joins Batman: Arkham Origins

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Announced at San Diego Comic Con, one of the would-be assassins in Batman: Arkham Origins was revealed as Copperhead. Copperhead was first introduced in the 1960’s as an adversary of Batman. Unlike the comic version, Copperhead would be appearing as an androgynous snake female; instead of a male wearing a snake costume. This new interpretation of Copperhead is described as a prodigious killer who utilises poisons to incapacitate her victims. Copperhead [...]

The Music of Killer Instinct

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Mick Gordon is the new Composer for Killer Instinct, and has really outdone himself with the music for the upcoming game. At PAX Australia, KI fans were treated with a few audio samples of Character themes, the iconic theme song, and the versus screen music. Fans got an insight of what its like to compose music for Double Helix, and how Mick came to create the unique theme music for [...]

New Google Maps is available for all

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Previously closed off to those without a beta invite, the new Google Maps beta is now open to everyone – meaning that you can now see how Google has radically redesigned Maps to be, according to Google themselves, “the most comprehensive map, built for you.” Announced back at Google I/O in May, the new Google Maps has the ability to create millions of custom maps instead of just one – [...]

Third party Snapchat client, Swapchat removed from WP Store

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The third-party Snapchat client for Windows Phone, Swapchat has been removed from the WP Store due to a copyright infringement notice from Snapchat. The application was developed by SRC Apps by reverse engineering the Snapchat API and using them to build an app for Windows Phone. While there could be some good potential in this move by Snapchat (official client on the way), Windows Phone users will be left with [...]