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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, [...]

Windows 8 Twitter client ‘Tweetro’ hits user cap, now blocked

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Despite the absence of an official Twitter client on Windows 8, users of the popular social network have been able to access the service on Microsoft’s platform via a number of 3rd party apps. However, the free ride may be about to end. The first casualty of Twitter’s strict, and in my opinion pathetic, new rules for developers is Tweetro, the popular Windows 8 Twitter app, which in the last 24 [...]

Apple and HTC end lawsuits, signs ten-year deal for patents (Updated)

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Apple and HTC have announced an end to all hostilities in their global patent dispute, with both companies signing a ten-year patent licence agreement. Apple sued HTC in 2010 for infringing on its patents, with HTC fighting back – sparking a battle between the Cupertino-based company and the entire Android ecosystem. “HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” [...]

NOTE: No new The Briefing, TECHGEEK Weekly this week

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Today and tomorrow you will not have your regular dose of our podcasts The Briefing and TECHGEEK Weekly. Unfortunately, we could not find replacements in time for those podcasts. Stewart, who usually hosts TECHGEEK Weekly, is off studying for his own exams; while I have come down with an illness. Apologies, but we will be back to normal next week.

Pixelated: The Binary Network

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It’s the end of school term finally. And yet again, two of my close friends are acting like they’re part of an elite clan for hating Facebook. Insert some of the usual clichés about how it’s too crowded, how it’s full of attention seekers, how there are so many people who complain about their first world problems on it. All of the usual garbage. One of them then announces, to [...]

Bing introduces political bias filter for election news

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Well, that’s something to differentiate yourself with Google. In its election coverage, Bing has introduced an option to filter out election news that disagrees or agrees with your political leanings. So, if you don’t like seeing the New York Times and NBC News because they are biased to the left; or Fox News and Washington Times because they’re biased to the right, now you don’t have to see it. This [...]

RUMOUR MILL: Apple ditching Intel for its own processors in Macs?

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Remember the day when Apple didn’t run on an Intel processor? It was only seven years ago when Apple, announced back in 2005, that it would ditch the PowerPC processors made by IBM. But now, with Apple already producing its own chips for the iPhone and the iPad, could they produce their own processor for the Mac? Well, that is what Bloomberg is suggesting. The reporter notes, “If Apple Chief [...]

AnonAustralia hacks websites, tells Govt to answer TrapWire questions (update)

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Anonymous Australia has celebrated Guy Fawkes Day by hacking Australian websites. However, it appears the attack is harmless and is publicising their opposition to the Australian Government’s proposed changes to federal police surveillance laws. For those who don’t know, Guy Fawkes is one of the guys from the famous Gunpowder Plot. His name is also the name of the mask that was made famous by V for Vendetta and Anonymous. [...]

NBC website defaced; did a flaw in IP.Board allow it to happen? (Updated)

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NBC’s website has been defaced, with the hacker claiming that user information has been exposed and passwords have been dumped. The attack was reported to have started in the morning, and NBC quickly remove most of the defacement. However, the website has been having problems loading – including the homepage being left distorted. In addition, not all pages have had the defacement removed – it still exists under the /extras/ [...]

Australia Post launches Digital Mailbox

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Finally, we’ve reached some modernity in mail! Australia Post has today launched its long-awaited Digital Mailbox that will let you receive your bills and financial statements all electronically, through the browser, tablet or mobile device – and instantaneously, as opposed to waiting for the mailman to come to your house every day. The service is part of a $2 billion investment in digitising, modernising and expanding its communications and delivery [...]

Windows 8 launched to the public

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Microsoft Australia formally launched their new operating system, Windows 8 at an event this morning at Fox Studios. Officially launching in New York last night, Australia was one of the first countries to experience Windows 8 with a select number of Harvey Norman stores having midnight launches. While most tech enthusiasts and developers like ourselves have been running Windows 8 for a few months, Windows 8 is now available to purchase [...]

Apple UK’s “Sorry, Samsung didn’t copy the iPad design” semi-apology ad appears

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Apple UK has finally published that court-mandated apology saying that Samsung didn’t copy the design of the iPad after losing an appeal. The court found in October Samsung did not copy the iPad design for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Tab 8.9 and the Tab 7.7; and ruled that Apple had to publish an ad on its website and on almost every publication to “correct the damaging impression” that it [...]

New 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Apple has today added a new MacBook Pro to it’s range. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is lighter and thinner than ever. Just like the 15-inch brother, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro strips out the optical drive to allow for a lighter design, a new 2,560 x 1,600 pixel display and is 20% thinner than the 15-inch version. Additional improvements to the 13-inch MacBook Pro include the option for flash [...]

New Lighter, Thinner iMac with Fusion Drive and Ivy Bridge

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Apple today announced at their media event, the new Lighter, Thinner iMac range. The new iMac will come in both 21.5-inch and 27-inch display sizes and includes a new, fully laminated design to improve reflection issues and improve optical quality – so no Retina Displays. The new iMac has a 5mm edge making it 80% thinner than the previous generation and a 40% reduction in volume. Apple is boasting a [...]

Apple’s iPad mini, with 7.8″ display, is real, ships November 2 from $369

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Here it is. Phil Schiller and Tim Cook just took the stage at their October 2012 Apple Event, and up until the very end, kept the iPad mini a secret. But it is a secret no more. Coming in at 7.9″, with a 1024 x 768 resolution, the iPad mini “isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad, it’s an entirely new design,” as Schiller told the audience. With a 7.2mm thick aluminium case, the [...]