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YouTube offers paid subscriptions for channels – will you pay though?

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YouTube has officially confirmed what everyone has been speculating for the past few months – they will start offering paid subscriptions. It has already signed up over 50 channels in its “pilot program” that will charge at least $0.99 per month to access their premium content, with a 14 day free trial. In addition, you can access the channels from any device – desktop, tablet, phone and TV. Some content [...]

Optus, Telstra and TPG big winners in digital spectrum sale

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Australian Government has announced the winners of the digital dividend auction – with Optus, Telstra and TPG the big winners in a deal worth nearly $2 billion. The new spectrum, to be made available after the digital television transition is completed, will be used to deploy LTE. Telstra has secured 2 x 20MHz blocks in the 700MHz band, and 2 x 40MHz blocks on the [...]

Pirate Party Australia announce Senate candidates

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Pirate Party Australia has announced their Senate candidates for this year’s election – hoping to replicate the success of other Pirate Parties across Europe (most recently, in Iceland). President David Campbell and Secretary Brendan Molloy will contest the Senate seats in New South Wales – with Molloy being the lead candidate. The other candidates include: Joe Miles and Geoff Hammett for Victoria Melanie Thomas and Liam Pomfret for Queensland Thomas [...]

Report: iOS 7 could be delayed, will see massive overhaul

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A new report has claimed that latest version of Apple iOS could be delayed as Jonathan Ive, in charge of iOS design at Cupertino, has embarked on a massive design overhaul to replace the previous skeuomorphic look that was promoted by the former software chief Scott Forstall (who was dumped from his role last year). According to Bloomberg, engineers are also apparently racing to get this finished in order to show [...]

LivingSocial hacked – 50 million customers and email addresses affected

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Daily deals website LivingSocial (second only to Groupon) has disclosed that they have been hacked and that the attacker accessed the names, email addresses and “encrypted” passwords of 50 million customers worldwide. “We recently experienced a cyber-attack on our computer systems that resulted in unauthorized access to some customer data from our servers. We are actively working with law enforcement to investigate this issue,” the site told customers. “We are [...]

Facebook Home: a Facebook user’s perspective

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Plenty of discussions on Home turn into ‘I hate Facebook’ agreements, one of the only reasons why I think that I may actually add something to the conversation. Home isn’t for non-Facebook users, so it makes little sense to say ‘I hate Facebook, but here’s my review of Home’. Along with the majority of Generation Y, I do use Facebook. I don’t have a religious attachment, but I do check [...]

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 [...]

New Android malware found, can bypass app verification process

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Image: lwallenstein/Flickr (CC) Android users, look out because there is another malware in the wild. A mobile security research firm has found 32 apps infected with a new malware called BadNews that pretends to be a third-party advertising network and pushes out a well-known SMS fraud app to infected devices. Lookout Mobile Security discovered the malware in 32 apps across four developer accounts on the Google Play store – with [...]

Telstra introduces “no lock-in” mobile plans, data sharing plans coming soon

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Telstra has announced some new changes to their mobile plans – with the addition of no-contract plans (following Optus’ move) with the same value as their contract plans, and the introduction of data sharing plans so you can share your data cap with multiple devices. The “No Lock-In Plans” will start at $60/month and will include 1GB of data, unlimited SMS messages and $600 of included voice and MMS value. Then [...]

Twitter #Music is here, but it needs a bit more work

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After speculation on its release date, and constant tweets from musicians praising how great the new app is, Twitter #Music has finally launched. Similar to the Australian startup it bought, We Are Hunted, #Music is a music recommendation service and chart, with the lists of music based around tweets and your engagement with the artist. Twitter #Music has obviously taken some design cues from We Are Hunted – such as [...]

Nintendo Direct for 3DS announced – midnight on Thursday 18th

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Nintendo has announced that there will be another Nintendo Direct presentation devoted for the Nintendo 3DS at midnight between tomorrow and Thursday 18th (Sydney time). What will Nintendo announce is anyone’s guess – but if the past Direct presentations are a guide, then expect to see more games coming soon. You can watch the presentation from their Ustream account or through the Nintendo Direct page.

YouTube goes retro with ‘VHS mode’ to celebrate 57th anniversary of videotape

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YouTube is saying happy birthday to the VHS tape by giving you the option to watch select videos in ‘VHS mode’ – and as you guessed it, it lets you watch a video like you were watching an old VHS tape. It even includes the snow, image distortions and even that weird effect that when you pause the video and just bobbles. In order to activate it, you will need [...]

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 [...]

Tumblr’s Android app updated with more ‘Holo’ feel

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Image: joshwept/Flickr (Creative Commons) Tumblr has pushed out an update to its Android app, and includes a redesigned UI to follow Android’s Holo UI guidelines. However, unlike the recent iOS update in November, this update seems more cosmetic than feature-packed. It does also include fancy new post animations – basically, when you click on that little “add” button on the corner, a flyout menu appears (as you can see in [...]

HTC, Facebook partner up with HTC First – first phone running Facebook Home

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Facebook Home is not a phone, but it’s not an OS. It’s a brand new app launcher running Android. However, that hasn’t stopped Facebook producing a phone – with the help of HTC. The companies have announced the HTC First – a new smartphone designed to run Facebook Home. From what we can gather from what little information that has been released – the phone features a 4.3-inch screen, a [...]