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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 […]

Kim Dotcom’s residency bid “on the verge of falling” before last-minute approval

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Kim Dotcom is now questioning his immigration status after an investigation by a New Zealand paper has revealed that his bid to get residency in the country was “on the verge of falling” before being approved at the last minute. “What the United States could rely on in New Zealand is a John Key government that is so eager to please the White House,” he told the paper. The New […]

Those leaked Google Babble screenshots? Yeah, they sure as hell aren’t real

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Here at TECHGEEK.com.au, we’ve grown a keep sense of cynicism when it comes to leaked screenshots. While we do love to see the latest software goodies early, plenty of people love to take advantage of the excitement by creating fake screenshots. And sometimes they’re so realistic, you would believe them. But the latest Google Babble screenshot maker, allegedly leaked from the project which is said to be combining Google’s communication services into […]

Microsoft, Apple, Adobe face the IT pricing inquiry – the TL;DR version

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Image: Mark Pegrum/OzMark17 via Flickr (Creative Commons) Adobe, Apple and Microsoft faced the IT pricing inquiry today, after they were subpoenaed to face the committee after they were stonewalling proceedings. It has been a really long day, and so we’ve decided to condense everything down into this little handy post. Think of it as your TL;DR version of the entire event. The main points: Apple says that the reason why there […]

South Korean banks, broadcasters suffer cyber attack – blame pointed at North Korea

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Image: chispita_666/Flickr The South Korean government is trying to the cause of a malware attack that has “partially or entirely crippled” the networks of several broadcasters and banks in the country. While there have been no confirmation of who conducted the attack, initial reports are indicating that its northern neighbor, North Korea, is to blame. According to Yonhap News Agency, at least three broadcasters (KBS, MBC and YTN) and two […]

M2 Communications to buy Dodo, Eftel

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M2 Telecommunications, the parent of Primus Telecom (if you still remember them), has announced today that it will buy out its smaller rival Dodo for $203.9 million and has entered into a binding agreement to takeover another rival Eftel for $44.1 million. The Dodo purchase will add another 400,000 customers to its consumer division – which includes Primus, which it took over last year. In addition to Dodo’s internet customers, […]

THX sues Apple for patent misuse

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Illustration of ‘483 patent – United States Patent and Trademark Office According to Bloomberg, THX is suing Apple in a US District Court in California. THX has claimed that certain Apple products infringe a THX-held “narrow profile speaker” patent. THX was created by George Lucas in 2002. Once part of his Lucasfilms empire, THX defined standards and sought patents for theatre sound systems for optimal sound output. As described by AppleInsider, […]