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Introducing our first US correspondent

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Our editor in chief, Terence Huynh, has given me the privilege to announce our first ever TECHGEEK.com.au US correspondent! For the first time ever we’ll have a direct link to technology happenings in the land upunder. While you may not have heard of him, Kanye West, best known for starting the US technology blog ‘Good Life’ and hit YouTube channel ‘Cooking with Kanye’, will be joining the team at lunchtime with his […]

BREAKING: Apple acquires BlackBerry

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Just weeks after the announcement of BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, BlackBerry and Apple have today unveiled plans to merge. Rather than dissolving either role, both Thorsten Heins and Tim Cook will become joint-CEOs. Although there will be major changes. First of all, BlackBerry 10 will be replaced with an upcoming version of iOS compatible with both platforms. Mike Lazaridis will taking charge of the iOS design team, with […]

Kim Dotcom’s residency bid “on the verge of falling” before last-minute approval

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Kim Dotcom is now questioning his immigration status after an investigation by a New Zealand paper has revealed that his bid to get residency in the country was “on the verge of falling” before being approved at the last minute. “What the United States could rely on in New Zealand is a John Key government that is so eager to please the White House,” he told the paper. The New […]

Those leaked Google Babble screenshots? Yeah, they sure as hell aren’t real

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Here at TECHGEEK.com.au, we’ve grown a keep sense of cynicism when it comes to leaked screenshots. While we do love to see the latest software goodies early, plenty of people love to take advantage of the excitement by creating fake screenshots. And sometimes they’re so realistic, you would believe them. But the latest Google Babble screenshot maker, allegedly leaked from the project which is said to be combining Google’s communication services into […]

Microsoft, Apple, Adobe face the IT pricing inquiry – the TL;DR version

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Image: Mark Pegrum/OzMark17 via Flickr (Creative Commons) Adobe, Apple and Microsoft faced the IT pricing inquiry today, after they were subpoenaed to face the committee after they were stonewalling proceedings. It has been a really long day, and so we’ve decided to condense everything down into this little handy post. Think of it as your TL;DR version of the entire event. The main points: Apple says that the reason why there […]

South Korean banks, broadcasters suffer cyber attack – blame pointed at North Korea

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Image: chispita_666/Flickr The South Korean government is trying to the cause of a malware attack that has “partially or entirely crippled” the networks of several broadcasters and banks in the country. While there have been no confirmation of who conducted the attack, initial reports are indicating that its northern neighbor, North Korea, is to blame. According to Yonhap News Agency, at least three broadcasters (KBS, MBC and YTN) and two […]

M2 Communications to buy Dodo, Eftel

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M2 Telecommunications, the parent of Primus Telecom (if you still remember them), has announced today that it will buy out its smaller rival Dodo for $203.9 million and has entered into a binding agreement to takeover another rival Eftel for $44.1 million. The Dodo purchase will add another 400,000 customers to its consumer division – which includes Primus, which it took over last year. In addition to Dodo’s internet customers, […]

THX sues Apple for patent misuse

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Illustration of ‘483 patent – United States Patent and Trademark Office According to Bloomberg, THX is suing Apple in a US District Court in California. THX has claimed that certain Apple products infringe a THX-held “narrow profile speaker” patent. THX was created by George Lucas in 2002. Once part of his Lucasfilms empire, THX defined standards and sought patents for theatre sound systems for optimal sound output. As described by AppleInsider, […]

Google Reader killed in latest spring cleaning effort

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Say goodbye to Google Reader, its online RSS reader. As part of its spring cleaning efforts, Google has announced that it will kill off Reader; as well as other products like Google Voice App for BlackBerry and Google Cloud Connect. In a blog post, Software Engineer for Google Reader Alan Green wrote, “There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re […]

Twitter’s API keys for official apps made public

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When you develop an app, you usually get two codes – the API key and the secret. Both are used to authorised and identify the app, similar to how your username and password identifies you on Google or Facebook. Well, it appears those two codes for all of Twitter’s official apps have now been published online. The codes now mean that you could build a Twitter application and piggyback on […]

Facebook’s new News Feed reduces clutter, more focus on stories

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Facebook has announced its brand new redesign for its “News Feed” – the place you always see when you enter the site. The new incarnation reduces the clutter and has designed each story to be more vibrant and colourful. There are now several more feeds compared to “Recent” and “Highlights”, including showing Photos, Music and “Following” – which allows you to see the news from pages you like and the […]

News Corp-backed Amplify to launch Android Education Tablet

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Amplify Tablet Amplify, the education unit of NewsCorp, recently announced that it will release a new Android-based tablet.  According to Ars Technica, CEO Joel Klein, former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the 10 inch tablet is intended to cater for the Education sector.  It is hoped that the product will serve as a “fully integrated teaching and learning solution” for the education sector, as a replacement […]

Foursquare adds ‘lightning’ check-in method in new iOS update

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Foursquare has updated their iPhone app to include a new, faster way to check into a place – simply find a place, and just hold onto it. Or, you can also long-press the check-in blue button and they will automatically check you in to the nearest place. “Now when you tap the check in button and see a list of places, just press and hold the place you’re at. You’ll […]

TweetDeck AIR, Android and iPhone apps dumped, ditches Facebook support

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If you have been reluctant in adopting the new TweetDeck and still used the old versions before Twitter bought them – then time is up, I’m afraid. Twitter has announced that they will kill the old Tweetdeck AIR desktop app, and the TweetDeck mobile apps on Android and iPhone. “To continue to offer a great product that addresses your unique needs, we’re going to focus our development efforts on our […]

Cut off from Sweden and Norway, The Pirate Bay finds new host – in North Korea

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After being forced to move from Sweden and being threatened in Norway by anti-piracy groups, the Pirate Bay has now turned to an unlikely place for hosting – North Korea. And obviously, you can find the irony in the situation: the website promoting freedom of information and speech hosted in a country where such a thing does not exist. It also does mean that the Pirate Bay will be slow […]