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Music industry says NBN will increase piracy – what bulls**t

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Image: Tobias Vemmenby/Flickr (Creative Commons) The music industry has claimed, in the IFPI’s Digital Music Report 2013, that the National Broadband Network will increase piracy to “disastrous” levels by 2015 if the government and ISPs don’t do more action to curb piracy levels. “The digital revolution currently underpinning the healthy resurgence of the local industry shows no sign of abating with the continued roll-out of the Federal Government’s National Broadband [...]

ABC Australia hacked – nearly 50,000 user credentials posted online, half cracked in 45 secs

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Someone has claimed that they have hacked into the ABC and has posted 49,561 users and moderators online – including email addresses and encrypted versions of passwords. The leak appears to be from the ABC message boards (mainly because that is the only part of the ABC that requires login). The ABC has confirmed that the hack took place on the website for a show called Making Australia Happy, aired [...]

App.net goes ‘freemium’ with new free tier – but only if you’re invited

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Paid Twitter rival App.net has today announced that they will be offering a free tier – however, you have to be one of the few people to be invited onto that tier by paid users. And there are some limitations including a cap on how many people you can follow. Free users can only follow 40 users, have 500MB of file storage and can upload a file with a maximum [...]

Round – An Australian start-up set to change online payments

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For those in online business, accepting Credit Cards can be be a costly and long process. With all the paperwork, checks and hoops you need to go through, it almost seems not worth it. However, an Australian start-up is determined to change that. Round will offer a very similar service to Stripe, a US payment processor. Round provides the gateway and API for you to accept payments through your online [...]

Telstra to increase 4G speeds with CAT4 devices

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Telstra is preparing to launch new devices which take advantage of increased 4G/LTE speeds. Telstra is introducing new Category 4 (CAT4) devices to their line up: a WiFi hotspot and a handset. Currently Telstra 4G customers can achieve 2Mbps to 40Mbps download speeds (with CAT3 devices). CAT4 devices will allow 4G customers to experience a peak download rate of 100Mbps – a huge improvement. “In our laboratory testing for the [...]

Telstra adds 900MHz band for its 4G network

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Telstra has today announced that it will add the 900MHz frequency band to its 4G network – which is currently running on the 1800MHz band. Basically, this means that Telstra’s 4G network is no longer as congested, but also will improve coverage in rural areas and while you are inside buildings. Many phones already support both bands – some countries in Europe use the 900MHz spectrum to deliver their 4G [...]

Scam website claims you can pay to get your account verified (It doesn’t, if you’re asking)

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Fake accounts claiming to verify you are now abundant on Twitter; but we have come across a scam that claims to be able to be the “quick and easy way” to get the beloved blue tick that, surprisingly, everyone now wants. The scam website in question, verifymytwitter.com, looks like the official website – like most scams. The website uses the same background and colour scheme, and even features the blue [...]

Outlook.com out of preview, starts migration of Hotmail users and massive ad campaign

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Stewart Wilson / TECHGEEK.com.au Just six months after its initial release, Microsoft’s new webmail service, Outlook.com is leaving the preview stage and is set to replace the old Hotmail brand. Microsoft says that Outlook.com currently has over 60 million current users and will start migrating it’s 360 million Hotmail users to the new platform. While the switch is voluntary at first, Microsoft hopes all Hotmail users will migrate to the [...]

Bieber the Bully

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Oh, Justin Bieber fans – where will today’s Internet be without you? Probably a much better place on Twitter. Fans of the Canadian ‘singer’ have been sending abusive messages to The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney after a comment he made about Beiber’s lack of a Grammy nomination. And you may be wondering why this is being posted on a site called TECHGEEK.com.au – since we usually don’t cover this type [...]

Avenue – a minimalist Twitter app – coming soon for iOS

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This is Avenue, and it is coming soon to iOS. But what is it? As you can tell from the picture, it is another Twitter iOS client – except it adopts a more minimalist approach, as opposed to other Twitter clients. And based on the images tweeted out by the development team – it looks pretty darn good. All we know is that there is going to be gestures – [...]

FACEBOOK HACKED! (No data, however, was compromised)

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au Facebook has confirmed that they too have been a victim of a “sophisticated attack”, citing a vulnerability in Java. This comes after, a few weeks ago, Twitter confirmed that they too were attacked (resulting in over 250,000 names and passwords being stolen) and hinted that the same Java vulnerability was used. The social network said that last month they discovered the attack after finding that a mobile [...]

Rdio takes their iPhone app design to the next level, adds new badges and menus

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Rdio, despite all odds, is continuing to compete with Spotify in leaps and bounds, yesterday releasing some new UI tweaks in their iPhone app. A new UI is now seen in the context menus for music, which are accessed by holding a song or album. You can then add it to your playlists or collection, or share and download the songs locally. The new UI style, where gradients, rich backgrounds [...]

Mobile telco Yatango lets you make your own plans, earn credit for being social

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A brand new telco has open up today, promising to be transparent and flexible compared to their bigger rivals. Called Yatango, it is fully integrated with Facebook – meaning that you can earn extra credit and get discounts on its rates by simply getting your family and friends connected. Yatango is similar to Amaysim and Kogan Mobile in that you buy a SIM card from them, bring in an unlocked [...]

Australia, NZ Govt threat to telcos: reduce roaming charges or we’ll make you

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Image: Inha Leex Hale/Flickr (CC) This was probably buried under the announcements made by the New Zealand and Australian governments – including resettling 150 refugees to New Zealand; however it is an important story in its own right. Julia Gillard and John Key have both issued a threat to telcos: reduce roaming charges between the two countries, or they’ll force them through legislation. Both governments have announced that the independent [...]