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NBN chief executive, Mike Quigley, steps down

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The man in charge of rolling out the National Broadband Network, Mike Quigley, has announced that he will be stepping down as CEO of NBN Co after four years in the role and going back into retirement. He will leave once the board appoints his replacement. “My job was to lay the foundations for the NBN for the next 30 years. That job is largely complete. NBN Co is now [...]

Optus expands 4G footprint to Wollongong

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While Telstra has a much larger footprint than its rival Optus, it is slowly catching up. The telco has announced today that it has expanded its 4G network to cover Wollongong and the Illawarra region, switching on five towers in central Wollongong. Optus will start work on upgrading its towers to expand the reach of its 4G network and upgrade its 3G network in the region. The areas of Shellharbour, [...]

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 [...]

Wikipedia finally gets a WYSIWYG visual editor

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Editing Wikipedia will be made easier today as the popular encyclopedia will be rolling out a new WYSIWYG visual editor across most of its language services – including English – this month. It now means that new contributors will no longer have to learn Wikimarkup, which has been used as the main way to edit pages for more than a decade. “Editing Wikipedia at the moment requires people to learn [...]

Anthony Albanese replaces Conroy as Communications Minister

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Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been announced as the new Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy; replacing Stephen Conroy, who left the position when Prime Minister Rudd returned to power last week. Albanese will now be responsible for the rollout of the NBN, which sort of fits in with his other portfolio which he will retain – Infrastructure and Transport. Rudd’s choice for Albanese as communications minister [...]

Obama administration charges PRISM leaker Edward Snowden with espionage

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US prosecutors have filed a complaint against the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who was responsible for leaking thousands of documents revealing the PRISM program, charging him with espionage, according to some reports. Prosecutors have also asked Hong Kong law enforcement to detain Snowden on a provisional arrest warrant. View this document on Scribd According to reports by RT and Washington Post, Snowden has been charged with espionage, theft and [...]

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 Damage Control: What Microsoft needs to do

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Microsoft’s Xbox One seems to be taking a huge hit when it comes to the popularity of their console especially following the Sony Conference but let’s just stop and think for a second about what exactly is happening before we rush into fanboy rants and assumptions about the next-gen consoles. The way Microsoft has been dealing with its policies is probably the saddest thing of all. They have talked and [...]

Pokemon X and Y launching worldwide on October 12

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Nintendo has announced that its upcoming Pokemon 3DS titles – Pokemon X and Y – will launch worldwide (even Australia) on October 12. Nintendo also confirmed that there will be a new Pokemon type, and demoed a new virtual pet feature called “Pokemon-Aime”. Nintendo will launch a “Fairy” Pokemon type, which will be super effective against Dragon-type Pokemon, and includes the new Eevee evolution Sylveon. It will also include retroactively [...]

Who won E3 – Sony or Microsoft?

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E3 2013 is finally here with Microsoft going head to head with Sony in a battle of supremacy over the next-gen consoles. So lets to a look at the positives and negatives of both of today’s conferences.

PlayStation 4 will be AU$549, according to EB Games (UPDATE: Sony confirms)

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It was already leaked out by EB Games, but Sony has confirmed the pricing of the PlayStation 4. It will be sold at AU$549.00 in Australia. That is a massive markup from its US$399 pricetag in America – and you can place the blame largely on the feet of the Australian Tax. “Sony Computer Entertainment Australia is pleased to confirm that the Australian pricing for the PlayStation 4 is RRP$549.00,” [...]

Destiny confirmed to be a “long-term exclusive” for PlayStation 4

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Bad news Xbox fanboys – the creators of Halo’s new game Destiny is about to get even better on PlayStation 4. After Sony’s exclusive preview of the game, it confirmed that it a “long-term exclusive agreement” with Bungie to provide additional content to the game (and possibly will have a lock on any sequels – but that’s just pure conjecture on my part) “I’m happy to announce that we’ve established [...]

Sony attacks Microsoft, promises PS4 will not restrict used games and will not require online “check-in”

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In a not-so-subtle attack on the Xbox One, Sony has announced that they will not impose any restrictions on used games and will not require online authentication every 24 hours in order to play games on the PlayStation 4. “PS4 won’t impose any new restrictions on your use of PS4 game discs,” Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, told a cheering audience. This pretty much means that you can [...]

Sony lifts the lid on PlayStation 4 – US$399, this holiday season

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Sony has been keeping fans waiting long enough, and it has finally lifted the lid of the PlayStation 4 – even the design of the body. The new console features a slant design, and will integrate heavily with other Sony entertainment properties. Sony Pictures announced that it will develop a programming plan to bring exclusive content to PlayStation 4 users – however they did not explain what the content will [...]

EA goes mecha with “Titanfall” – entirely multiplayer, exclusive to Xbox One

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EA and Respawn Entertainment – founded by former Infinity Ward executives Jason West and Vince Zampella – have revealed their first title together. Called Titanfall, the game is entirely multiplayer and is coming to the Xbox One. Respawn Entertainment, if you don’t know, is the new company founded by West and Zampella after being fired by Activision back in 2010 for “breaches of contract and insubordination”. Titanfall is their first [...]