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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 [...]

Got an internet porn addiction? The cure: just ride a horse

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Image: Mike Baird/Flickr (CC) File this under the “seriously, WTF?” part of the news for the week. And it comes from that nation that brought us Gangnam Style, South Korea. The country is one of the most wired countries in the world, and as a consequence, according to their government’s data, more and more people becoming addicted to the internet. So, what do you do? Well, one family has seemingly [...]

OPINION: Google’s block of Maps on Windows Phone isn’t really a block

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Image: activefree/Flickr (Creative Commons). When was the last time you used a web-app on your phone more than once? Hmm, yeah, I can’t remember a time either, maybe apart from a link to a few blogs. Which is why the usual shit-storm that arises with any change to anything is pointless, especially in the case of Google Maps on Windows Phone. If you own a Windows Phone, Google Maps is [...]

#facepalm: Teen boasts drunk driving on Facebook, gets arrested soon after

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Image by Zack Sheppard/Flick (CC) Because it is so hot in Melbourne (and pretty much most of southern Australia), here is something to laugh at to keep you distracted from the heat. A teenager from Oregon, USA was arrested for hitting two cars whilst drunk. So how did they manage to catch him? Because he decided to boast about it on Facebook. You see, this teenager Jacob Cox-Brown thought it [...]

Facebook ‘Metro-fied’: Aussie developer reimagines social network’s design

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Sick of the current Facebook interface? Probably not, but have a look at this design concept by Brisbane-based interactive art director Fred Nerby. He has re-imagined Facebook’s design by creating something that focuses on making the social network, what he says, “functional and engaging”. The design is meant for desktop and tablets (like the iPad) to take advantage of the screen real estate. It appears to also follow some Microsoft’s [...]