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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 […]

Facebook Home – it’s not a phone, it’s an Android launcher

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Facebook has revealed the much rumoured “Home”. It’s not a phone, or another OS – instead Home is a “family of apps” that also includes a brand new Android launcher integrated with Facebook, and designed around people not on apps according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Home includes “Cover Feed”, which will display stories from your news feed in a visually rich manner and allows you to like and comment on […]

Report: News Limited to launch new paywall service NewsPlus

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News Limited is reportedly launching a brand new news service or hub called “NewsPlus”. Plans on the new venture are scarce, but the service will feature a paywall to access some content – similar to the Herald Sun and The Australian. According to media publication Influencing, News Limited has already bought the domain name “newsplus.com.au” (via its pseudonym ‘News Domain Administrator’) and has registered two trademarks – “NEWSPLUS” and “NEWS+“. […]

Twitter is getting new card types, but is its Android app getting a major update soon?

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Twitter’s developer meeting – closed for any bloggers (because that’s how they roll, apparently) – has revealed some brand new “Twitter Cards” including gallery and images. However, the big thing for me is that Twitter for Android might be getting a redesign sometime soon – and using the Holo design language. Images showing the new Twitter Cards taken by Dave McClure, from a startup accelerator called 500 Startups, reveal an […]

Optus updates BYO plans – introduces ‘month-to-month’ (to some plans only)

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Today, Optus has announced it has updated its bring-your-own phone plans – reducing them to three plans, two of which are month-to-month plans (meaning that you are not tied to a contract); and now gives those on these plans access to its 4G network. The $20 Optus SIM Plan and the $40 Optus SIM Plan are the month-to-month plans, meaning that you can cancel at any time without being charged a […]

TECHGEEK webOS App Now Available

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The TECHGEEK webOS App is now available for anyone with Palm Pre, HP Veer or Palm Pixi to use. Featuring a convoluted and ugly design, you’ll be able to catch up on the latest stories, reviews and podcasts from the app. You’ll be unable able to select any of our latest podcasts and listen to them on the go, under the lockscreen. Share our articles easily by turning off your phone. […]

Turnbull accuses News Limited of NBN “propaganda”

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Opposition communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has attacked News Limited on its coverage of Labor’s flagship National Broadband Network project, labeling the coverage as “embarrassing” and “relentless propaganda”. Turnbull, in particular, has criticised the technology section of its news.com.au page for not upholding its editorial standards in its coverage, citing examples where the section labelled it as “the world’s top 10 high-speed internet policies”, and listing benefits similar to the NBN Co’s […]

Introducing our first US correspondent

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Our editor in chief, Terence Huynh, has given me the privilege to announce our first ever TECHGEEK.com.au US correspondent! For the first time ever we’ll have a direct link to technology happenings in the land upunder. While you may not have heard of him, Kanye West, best known for starting the US technology blog ‘Good Life’ and hit YouTube channel ‘Cooking with Kanye’, will be joining the team at lunchtime with his […]

BREAKING: Apple acquires BlackBerry

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Just weeks after the announcement of BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, BlackBerry and Apple have today unveiled plans to merge. Rather than dissolving either role, both Thorsten Heins and Tim Cook will become joint-CEOs. Although there will be major changes. First of all, BlackBerry 10 will be replaced with an upcoming version of iOS compatible with both platforms. Mike Lazaridis will taking charge of the iOS design team, with […]