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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 […]

Rdio takes their iPhone app design to the next level, adds new badges and menus

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Rdio, despite all odds, is continuing to compete with Spotify in leaps and bounds, yesterday releasing some new UI tweaks in their iPhone app. A new UI is now seen in the context menus for music, which are accessed by holding a song or album. You can then add it to your playlists or collection, or share and download the songs locally. The new UI style, where gradients, rich backgrounds […]

Mobile telco Yatango lets you make your own plans, earn credit for being social

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A brand new telco has open up today, promising to be transparent and flexible compared to their bigger rivals. Called Yatango, it is fully integrated with Facebook – meaning that you can earn extra credit and get discounts on its rates by simply getting your family and friends connected. Yatango is similar to Amaysim and Kogan Mobile in that you buy a SIM card from them, bring in an unlocked […]

Australia, NZ Govt threat to telcos: reduce roaming charges or we’ll make you

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Image: Inha Leex Hale/Flickr (CC) This was probably buried under the announcements made by the New Zealand and Australian governments – including resettling 150 refugees to New Zealand; however it is an important story in its own right. Julia Gillard and John Key have both issued a threat to telcos: reduce roaming charges between the two countries, or they’ll force them through legislation. Both governments have announced that the independent […]

Don’t get Microshafted: nobody is innocent in Microsoft’s new anti-Google campaign

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In the continuing war between Google and Microsoft, which was entirely one-sided until Google pulled Exchange support from their free Google Apps, we’ve been hand-delivered another stinging campaign from Microsoft which, in reality, is just a little bit of a scam itself. Neither party is innocent when it comes to using your email for targeted ads. First of all, I’d like to declare that I’m not commenting in this way […]

The winner takes it all: how BlackBerry will benefit from being open

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A silhouette of Thorsten Heins reveals the answer to his companies problems So, as most will now know, BlackBerry 10 was announced today, alongside the BlackBerry Z10, a beautiful slab phone, and Q10, with a very similar build to the Bold 9900 line. Stupid names by-the-way, but at least they’re kinda-competing on hardware, with no Torch-sized failures in sight. But the OS is still lacking. A number of problems seem […]

The Pope calls all Catholics to get on Twitter, social media to ‘evangelise’

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Image by: Sergey Gabdurakhmanov/Flickr (CC) So, if you are a Catholic and not on Twitter – guess what, the Pope is calling you to sign up now. In his message for World Communications Day this year, he said that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are “portals of truth and faith” and are new spaces for “evangelisation” – so pretty much, spread the Word of the Lord to everyone […]

Free Xbox Live GOLD this weekend to celebrate Australia Day

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This Australia Day weekend, Aussie Xbox 360 owners will have a chance to access some exclusive offers on Xbox Live. Including free Xbox Live Gold access, a free month of Foxtel, discounted movies and other offers. Click Here for more info on this Limited offer. Running from the 25th to the 29th of January, Xbox Australia are opening up their Xbox LIVE Gold features to everyone for FREE. This includes access to […]

What better way to test Twitter’s new video service than with a 12-second HP Veer hands-on?

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I know there have been a number of weird headlines over the years, and this post may be heading to that list, but bear with me. I just got my HP Veer delivered from California in the US to Australia and instead of doing something normal with Twitter’s new Instagram-Snapchat-video mashup, called Vine, I unboxed the HP Veer. And let me just say this: I actually like Vine and the […]