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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 [...]

Don’t get Microshafted: nobody is innocent in Microsoft’s new anti-Google campaign

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In the continuing war between Google and Microsoft, which was entirely one-sided until Google pulled Exchange support from their free Google Apps, we’ve been hand-delivered another stinging campaign from Microsoft which, in reality, is just a little bit of a scam itself. Neither party is innocent when it comes to using your email for targeted ads. First of all, I’d like to declare that I’m not commenting in this way [...]

The winner takes it all: how BlackBerry will benefit from being open

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A silhouette of Thorsten Heins reveals the answer to his companies problems So, as most will now know, BlackBerry 10 was announced today, alongside the BlackBerry Z10, a beautiful slab phone, and Q10, with a very similar build to the Bold 9900 line. Stupid names by-the-way, but at least they’re kinda-competing on hardware, with no Torch-sized failures in sight. But the OS is still lacking. A number of problems seem [...]

The Pope calls all Catholics to get on Twitter, social media to ‘evangelise’

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Image by: Sergey Gabdurakhmanov/Flickr (CC) So, if you are a Catholic and not on Twitter – guess what, the Pope is calling you to sign up now. In his message for World Communications Day this year, he said that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are “portals of truth and faith” and are new spaces for “evangelisation” – so pretty much, spread the Word of the Lord to everyone [...]

Free Xbox Live GOLD this weekend to celebrate Australia Day

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This Australia Day weekend, Aussie Xbox 360 owners will have a chance to access some exclusive offers on Xbox Live. Including free Xbox Live Gold access, a free month of Foxtel, discounted movies and other offers. Click Here for more info on this Limited offer. Running from the 25th to the 29th of January, Xbox Australia are opening up their Xbox LIVE Gold features to everyone for FREE. This includes access to [...]

What better way to test Twitter’s new video service than with a 12-second HP Veer hands-on?

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I know there have been a number of weird headlines over the years, and this post may be heading to that list, but bear with me. I just got my HP Veer delivered from California in the US to Australia and instead of doing something normal with Twitter’s new Instagram-Snapchat-video mashup, called Vine, I unboxed the HP Veer. And let me just say this: I actually like Vine and the [...]

Nintendo updates Wii U Miiverse – new communities, smartphone support

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Nintendo’s Miiverse – their equivalent of a social network on the Wii U – is to get a series of updates this year, according to Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata in today’s Nintendo Direct session about the newly released console. Some of the new features will be tied to specific games – both console and Virtual Console. For example, Wii Fit U will allow the creation of “closed communities” where users [...]

Uni of Western Sydney suffers spam attack by ‘Anonymous’ to protest iPad buy

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Image: Rego Korosi/Flickr (Creative Commons) The University of Western Sydney’s email servers were confirmed to have been breached yesterday, according to several reports – including the University’s Facebook page, by someone calling themselves “Anonymous”. The main reason? To protest the university’s plan to give all of its students and staff members an iPad. According to the Register, the attacker used the servers to send spam and also subscribed students to [...]

Developer makes getting Myki compensation easier; Metro Trains rejects it

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In Melbourne, people who have a myki pass are entitled to get a refund if Metro Trains does not meet its performance targets. However, to get the refund, you have to print out a PDF form, write all the details and send it off. One developer found that to be a pain and developed a site, called MetroClaim, to make it as seamless as possible. Only one problem, Metro Trains [...]

LIVE: Mega Launch Party at 6:30PM AEDT

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Join our New Zealand-based contributor Luke Chandler as he live blogs the Mega.co.nz Launch Party, starting at 7:30PM New Zealand time (or 5:30PM Sydney time). You can see the embedded chat below after the jump, or alternatively – if you are on mobile, or want to see it in full screen – then you can visit the Wordfaire page directly here.

Kim Dotcom’s reborn Mega finally hits the web (our first impressions)

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Today’s the day when Kim Dotcom’s reborn Mega becomes open to the public, after months and months of hype. Launching on the anniversary of the infamous raid last year, the world is all watching the launch – fans, governments and, obviously, Hollywood. And it looks like, much to the displeasure to Hollywood, it is planning to stick around. When Megaupload was taken down last year, it looked like any basic [...]

Could Facebook “resurrect” you?

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au Imagine a possibility where you could talk to a friend, a family member or even a celebrity online at any time – even when they’re dead? The video, by Tom Scott in the UK, is entirely fictional. But, if you think about it, the very fact that Facebook could build an model based on the information you submit isn’t entirely far-fetched as it seems. Don’t worry, this [...]

The Kim Dotcom Saga, one year on – What you need to know

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Remember MegaUpload? Taken down last year by US law enforcement, the founder Kim Dotcom is planning to revive the site (under a new name, Mega.co.nz) on its one year anniversary. However what may seem like a technology story about copyright has transformed into a massive political scandal in New Zealand, especially on the spying and who knew what about it. And just in time of Dotcom’s relaunch of Mega, here [...]