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You can now schedule your Uber trips in Australia

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Uber is now going to be more useful in Australia, as the company has announced today that it plans to roll out its Scheduled Rides feature to selected areas in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. As the name suggests, Scheduled Rides will let you book an Uber trip 30 minutes to 30 days in advance. This provides some peace of mind if you want to use Uber to take you to […]

Presto partners with Velocity so you can earn points – with a massive caveat

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If you’re a member of Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program, you can now earn points by having a Presto subscription. However, there is a massive caveat: this is only available to its Presto Entertainment package, not its Presto TV or Presto Movies packages. You are also not eligible if you signed up via Telstra or Foxtel (despite Presto being half-owned by Foxtel). Velocity members who sign up to Presto […]

Despite being twelve years old, Sony is blocking people from watching “Numa Numa” on YouTube

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In an odd and perplexing move, Australians can no longer see “Numa Numa” on YouTube. Despite being on the site for nearly ten years, a copyright claim by Sony Music Entertainment has now geoblocked Australians from accessing one of the earliest viral videos on YouTube. // Sorry Australia… but you can still watch the original from 2004 on @Newgrounds! // — Gary Brolsma (@Gman250) June 6, 2016 For those who need a refresher, the […]

Microsoft goes big on social, acquires LinkedIn for US$26.2 billion

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Microsoft has announced today that it will acquire LinkedIn for US$26.2 billion – or US$196 per share – in an all-cash deal. The move will allow Microsoft to leverage LinkedIn’s 433 million users to build out new services for enterprise, and drive engagement to its other enterprise cloud services like Office 365 and Dynamics CRM. According to Microsoft, LinkedIn will retain its independence and branding. LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner will […]

Labor promises fibre-to-the-premises NBN, but embraces cable

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) The question of what Labor will do to the National Broadband Network if it does win the election has finally been answered. Labor has announced today that it will upgrade the NBN to a fibre-to-the-premises network; and will connect an additional two million homes and businesses to the network. Labor says they will cap the cost of their NBN rollout at $57 billion, $1 billion more than the current estimate of […]

E3 2016: Xbox One Slim leaked ahead of E3

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Less than an hour before the first major conference of E3, and already there are a handful of leaks from EA and Microsoft. From KawabataSan on NeoGaf, we have confirmation that Xbox will be releasing a new and improved (and slimmer) Xbox One console. Codenamed ‘Edmonton’, the improved console will be 40% smaller than the current Xbox One. Including a 2TB hard drive, outputting 4K Ultra HD video, a new ‘streamlined’ controller and a vertical […]

Microsoft debuts its first flagship store in Australia

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Microsoft has today opened the doors to its first Australian flagship store in Sydney’s Pitt St Mall. The store will serve as the centrepiece to the Microsoft store experience in Australia and will offer retail and experimental spaces that allow consumers to get hands on new and exciting products. The store will also feature the “Answer Desk” which assists with technical questions, troubleshooting and repairs for Microsoft software, hardware and […]

Hands On: Apple Music for Android

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Apple has today released a Beta version of Apple Music on Google Play, for all to download and test. Of course, the app is very worthy of the Beta tag. Currently, Apple Music Videos aren’t available, the Apple ID signin process needs to be optimised and you can’t sign up for Apple Music through the app yet – that still needs to be done on a supported devices. While the […]

Sonos announces Trueplay – Simple Speaker Tuning

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Today, Sonos is releasing a free software update called Trueplay, which allows Sonos owners to precisely tune their speakers for the room without the need for specialised equipment. Using the Sonos app, the microphone on your iPhone or iPad, and a special tone that’s emitted by the Sonos speaker, the system analyses the profile of the room and determines the best configuration for the room – in less than 60 […]

Twitter replaces star favourite icon with a heart, but gets no love from users

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In an announcement made by Twitter this morning, the social media platform has decided to change up the favourite icon to a heart. The company says “The heart, in contrast, is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones. The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people.” in a blog post. Twitter has made the change as […]

Samsung announces its new R series wireless speakers

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Samsung has today announced the local pricing and availability of the new R Series speaker range – the R5, R3 and R1. Additionally, Samsung announced the R6 portable and R7 speaker models which feature a different design. The R series range offers high-quality and balanced sound through a circular design – dubbed The Ring Radiator – which means you can hear music and audio from all sides, no matter where […]

Kingston HyperX Cloud II Review

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The Kingston HyperX Cloud II headset offers everything a gamer would want in a headset. The headset boasts great sound from it’s 53mm drivers, surround sound and a detachable microphone. The headset offers your standard 3.5mm connections as well as a detachable USB soundcard (which enables the surround sound functionality) and is even compatible with consoles. Some nice inclusions include two types of ear cushions, airplane adaptor and a carry […]

Deakin showcases motion-capture tech at PAX Australia

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For the past three years, a very small number of universities have set up stalls at PAX Australia – and they usually just distribute information about their courses in relation to games development. This year, Deakin has done something a little bit different: they are showing off their technology in its Motion Lab. You may have seen their work before. The Motion Lab was behind the Vox Lumen display at […]

Twitch viewers are going to try and install Linux

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First we had Twitch Plays Pokemon. Then we had Twitch Plays <insert game here>. Now, Twitch viewers are going to have a chance to collaborate and install Arch Linux. What could possibly go wrong? And yes, that was a rhetorical question. Everything can – and probably will – go wrong once it starts. Just like Twitch Plays Pokemon (and the many, many, many variants), it will put the most popular […]

Australia Post is launching a $20 milliion fund to find the next eCommerce startups

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Australia Post has announced today that it will launch a new $20 million investment fund and a new partnership with the University of Melbourne – all to find the next innovative eCommerce startups in Australia. “We will use the $20 million capital fund, which with the success I expect could grow to more than $100 million over coming years, to directly invest in great eCommerce businesses with ideas that will […]