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Wollongong’s first Hack-A-Thon, HackAGong off to a great start

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The first ever Wollongong based Hack-A-Thon, called HackAGong started today at the University of Wollongong. The Hack-A-Thon allows teams of people to design, develop and launch an application in just 30 hours. Each team will be judged on the execution, innovation and design of the application at a free presentation open to the public on Sunday, 25th November at the University of Wollongong UniBar. The concept of a Hack-A-Thon in [...]

Facebook is changing user policies – what does it mean for you?

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au If you haven’t checked your emails, then you would have missed that Facebook is changing its policies – its “Data Use Policy” and its “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”. Rather than you just read the entire document, we have compress the changes into this blog post. So, what do these changes mean for you? Well, first off, you are no longer able to control who messages you [...]

Apple/HTC settlement to be given to Samsung

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Samsung has won its case to get Apple and HTC to share its patent settlement; an important development which could determine if any of Samsung’s latest products get banned by Apple. According to Samsung, if Apple is happy for competitors to use its patents with royalties, then the injunction is not justified. According to The Verge, Apple’s attorneys were happy to share everything about the agreement – except for the [...]

Websites under strain as Click Frenzy becomes a failure

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Well, that was anticlimactic. The event Click Frenzy, which has been touted as Australia’s version of the Cyber Monday event across online retail, has become a disaster. After the 7pm start, the entire website manage to crash and other retailers are feeling the strain. Kogan, Dick Smith and Myer are some of the sites we visited, and both have managed to be taken down due to the stress at the [...]

Vodafone, Visa partner up for “SmartPass” NFC payment system

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Vodafone Australia has announced their brand new mobile payment system simply by using their mobile phone. Called SmartPass, the new service uses Visa’s payWave network and NFC to allow you to pay for goods and services by simply waving your phone. Of course, you need a compatible device to support SmartPass – most of the high-end Android and Windows Phone 8 phones do support the technology, iPhone also can via [...]

Australian retailers launch ‘Cyber Tuesday’, kicks off tomorrow at 7pm

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Tomorrow, several Australian online retailers are partnering up in order to create a “Cyber Monday”-style event. Called Click Frenzy, for the next 24 hours from Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00pm AEDT many online retailers will be putting up special deals. But how big or little the deals are, well that’s a different story. Some retailers that have signed up include: Myer, Toys R Us, Dan Murphy’s, Dick Smith, Jeanswest, The [...]

Spotify takes on Rdio: web-native version available in beta

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As rumours earlier in the year suggested, Spotify have made a web version of their music streaming service available, despite no official announcement. Still in beta, and hidden from the public, the new web-native version works as expected, using a mixture of modern HTML5 and Flash components to offer the entire Spotify library to users. Also, sadly, the web version of Spotify doesn’t work with songs that aren’t available on [...]

Research: Cheap, battery-operated jamming device can kill an entire 4G network

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The technology behind the 4G networks, LTE, has been found to be vulnerable to simple jamming techniques, with researchers proving their hypothesis by using a cheap, battery-operated jamming device aimed at a small portion of the LTE signal to take down an entire base station. The research, from Virginia Tech, notes that there are “about eight” weak points that can be used to jam an LTE signal. Normally, in order [...]

GIFT GUIDE: 9 Geeky Christmas Presents

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Know someone who is a tad geeky? We’re here to help you find the perfect gift, so here is our Holiday Gift Guide for all things very geeky. And we’ve ordered things from the least expensive to the most – so whatever budget you have set yourself, we have you covered. Game Masters Book This year, Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image had an exhibition about video games. Did [...]

Skype security hole allows anyone to hijack your account with only your email address

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A new security hole has been discovered in the latest version of Skype, allowing users to gain control of your account. And it appears pretty simple, all you need to do is to know the user’s email address. According to The Next Web, who have reproduced the attack and verified the vulnerability, the email address is used to create a new account with that email address before resetting the password [...]

Quickflix now available on Xbox LIVE

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Quickflix, the Australian version of Netflix where you can stream and rent (by mail) movies and TV shows, is now on the Xbox LIVE service. Now available in the Marketplace, it was long overdue because it was meant to come out in September, according to its announcement a few months back. Quickflix now joins ABC iView, SBS on Demand and Foxtel as being the only Australian-based streaming services on the [...]

WordPress Jetpack gets even better – adds Publicize, free CDN for images

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So, if you happen to use WordPress – like we do – then you’ll get excited about this. Automattic’s Jetpack has received an update, and this time adds their Publicize feature and adds support for Post By Email, Infinite Scroll and access to their Image CDN for free. For those who aren’t up to scratch with this plugin, this is meant to plug the features gap between WordPress.org (where you [...]

S-Memo stores Google Account credentials in plain-text, rooted users at risk

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It has been revealed that Samsung’s S-Memo app stores a user’s Google Account’s password in plaintext. And while it isn’t issue for most users, those who have rooted their phones are at risk as it is accessible. According to XDA Developers, Samsung stores the password inside a SQLite database. The problem was found on a Galaxy S III running Ice Cream Sandwich and has to do with the /data partition [...]

Facebook testing threaded-replies

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As a Reddit user has discovered, Facebook have begun rolling out the ability to reply to comments, starting a separate thread as seen above. The feature is only, according to Facebook, being tested on 30 pages, however it is expected that this will eventually turn into a wider rollout. Facebook is only testing it for certain locales and according to the Los Angeles Times, a spokesperson from Facebook told them that [...]

Optus announces first investments into Aussie startups – 121cast and Venuemob

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Optus has revealed the first two companies that will receive funding from its Innov8 Seed Program, announcing that 121cast and Venuemob have been selected to receive funding, mentoring, networking and dedicated co-working spaces. “We are excited to kick off our first investments as part of the Optus-Innov8 Seed Program in 121cast and Venuemob, and look forward to seeing more exciting ideas coming out of Australia,” SingTel Innov8 CEO, Edgar Hardless, [...]