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Telstra offers PayPal for bill payments

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Today via their blog, Telstra has announced that they will start accepting PayPal as a payment option for bills. Obviously, the best way to get people to pay their bills is offering as many methods as possible and Telstra has done just that. PayPal joins the already extensive list of payment options which include Credit Card, Direct Debit, BPay, Post Billpay and of course, cheque/cash at a Telstra store. Best […]

Tweetbot outs pirates by naming and shaming themselves

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TweetBot is probably the most popular and the best third-party twitter application on iOS and OS X. However, it appears some think the price tag (AU$2.99 for iOS and AU $20.99 for OS X) is a little too high for such a great application. So, Tapbots (the developers of the application) have decided to bite back at the users pirating their application. The pirated copies of Tweetbot will automatically fill the […]

Falcon Pro developer resets keys to get around Twitter restrictions

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Twitter Android app Falcon Pro – which became another victim of Twitter’s highly restrictive API rules – has decided to reset the app keys to access Twitter’s API; allowing it to accept new users for a few more months, and hopefully clear out the tokens of users who had pirated the app or refunded the app and forgot to revoke access to it. In a Google+ post, Joaquim Vegas wrote, […]

Music industry says NBN will increase piracy – what bulls**t

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Image: Tobias Vemmenby/Flickr (Creative Commons) The music industry has claimed, in the IFPI’s Digital Music Report 2013, that the National Broadband Network will increase piracy to “disastrous” levels by 2015 if the government and ISPs don’t do more action to curb piracy levels. “The digital revolution currently underpinning the healthy resurgence of the local industry shows no sign of abating with the continued roll-out of the Federal Government’s National Broadband […]

ABC Australia hacked – nearly 50,000 user credentials posted online, half cracked in 45 secs

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Someone has claimed that they have hacked into the ABC and has posted 49,561 users and moderators online – including email addresses and encrypted versions of passwords. The leak appears to be from the ABC message boards (mainly because that is the only part of the ABC that requires login). The ABC has confirmed that the hack took place on the website for a show called Making Australia Happy, aired […]

App.net goes ‘freemium’ with new free tier – but only if you’re invited

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Paid Twitter rival App.net has today announced that they will be offering a free tier – however, you have to be one of the few people to be invited onto that tier by paid users. And there are some limitations including a cap on how many people you can follow. Free users can only follow 40 users, have 500MB of file storage and can upload a file with a maximum […]

Round – An Australian start-up set to change online payments

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For those in online business, accepting Credit Cards can be be a costly and long process. With all the paperwork, checks and hoops you need to go through, it almost seems not worth it. However, an Australian start-up is determined to change that. Round will offer a very similar service to Stripe, a US payment processor. Round provides the gateway and API for you to accept payments through your online […]

Telstra to increase 4G speeds with CAT4 devices

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Telstra is preparing to launch new devices which take advantage of increased 4G/LTE speeds. Telstra is introducing new Category 4 (CAT4) devices to their line up: a WiFi hotspot and a handset. Currently Telstra 4G customers can achieve 2Mbps to 40Mbps download speeds (with CAT3 devices). CAT4 devices will allow 4G customers to experience a peak download rate of 100Mbps – a huge improvement. “In our laboratory testing for the […]

Telstra adds 900MHz band for its 4G network

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Telstra has today announced that it will add the 900MHz frequency band to its 4G network – which is currently running on the 1800MHz band. Basically, this means that Telstra’s 4G network is no longer as congested, but also will improve coverage in rural areas and while you are inside buildings. Many phones already support both bands – some countries in Europe use the 900MHz spectrum to deliver their 4G […]

Scam website claims you can pay to get your account verified (It doesn’t, if you’re asking)

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Fake accounts claiming to verify you are now abundant on Twitter; but we have come across a scam that claims to be able to be the “quick and easy way” to get the beloved blue tick that, surprisingly, everyone now wants. The scam website in question, verifymytwitter.com, looks like the official website – like most scams. The website uses the same background and colour scheme, and even features the blue […]

Outlook.com out of preview, starts migration of Hotmail users and massive ad campaign

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Stewart Wilson / TECHGEEK.com.au Just six months after its initial release, Microsoft’s new webmail service, Outlook.com is leaving the preview stage and is set to replace the old Hotmail brand. Microsoft says that Outlook.com currently has over 60 million current users and will start migrating it’s 360 million Hotmail users to the new platform. While the switch is voluntary at first, Microsoft hopes all Hotmail users will migrate to the […]

Bieber the Bully

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Oh, Justin Bieber fans – where will today’s Internet be without you? Probably a much better place on Twitter. Fans of the Canadian ‘singer’ have been sending abusive messages to The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney after a comment he made about Beiber’s lack of a Grammy nomination. And you may be wondering why this is being posted on a site called TECHGEEK.com.au – since we usually don’t cover this type […]

Avenue – a minimalist Twitter app – coming soon for iOS

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This is Avenue, and it is coming soon to iOS. But what is it? As you can tell from the picture, it is another Twitter iOS client – except it adopts a more minimalist approach, as opposed to other Twitter clients. And based on the images tweeted out by the development team – it looks pretty darn good. All we know is that there is going to be gestures – […]

FACEBOOK HACKED! (No data, however, was compromised)

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au Facebook has confirmed that they too have been a victim of a “sophisticated attack”, citing a vulnerability in Java. This comes after, a few weeks ago, Twitter confirmed that they too were attacked (resulting in over 250,000 names and passwords being stolen) and hinted that the same Java vulnerability was used. The social network said that last month they discovered the attack after finding that a mobile […]