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Thousands of Myki cards to be “deactiviated” as Metcard is to be scrapped on December 29

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Having a smartcard like London’s Oyster Card for an transport system is helpful – you don’t have to wait in line and keep purchasing paper tickets. But let’s say, your system is constantly plagued with problems, then it might be cheaper in the long run to actually build a new system that actually doesn’t have any of these stupid problems. Yes, we are talking about Myki and in the long […]

GIVEAWAY: Win a copy of Bitdefender Antivirus 2013

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As part of our end-of-the-year celebrations, we usually hold giveaways at this time. This year, we are kicking this off by giving you a chance to win one of ten copies of Bitdefender Antivirus 2013 (worth $75). Bitdefender is known for being the best in performance compared to other antivirus systems, with independent testing from AV-Test showing that Bitdefender topping its competitors. And what you get includes antivirus, antimalware and […]

Conroy introduces quotas on digital channels, declares no fourth free-to-air network

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Image: espensorvik/Flickr (Creative Commons) Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy has announced that first part of implementing the Convergence Review. This will include the introduction of Australian content quotas on digital channels, and has declared that there will no fourth free-to-air network on the so-called “sixth channel”. Digital channels by Seven, Nine and Ten must broadcast 730 hours of Australian content in 2013; before increasing to 1095 hours in 2014 and […]

Optus starts taking preorders for the Lumia 820, Windows Phone 8S

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Optus has today announced that its two Windows Phone 8 devices – Windows Phone 8S by HTC and the Nokia Lumia 820 – are now available for pre-order. The Windows Phone 8S will be available for $0 upfront from its $35 plan (200MB of data, unlimited text and $200 worth of calls) and up. The phone features a 4-inch super LCD display, 5-megapixel camera, a dual-core 1GHz processor, 4GB of […]

Twitter: Users soon able to download entire archive; will talk to China but no compromises

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Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo has said that he hopes to give users the option to download their entire archive of tweets by the end of the year. Costolo’s announcement was a response to a question at a talk where he discussed the future of communication and access to information at the University of Michigan. We say “hopes” because it appears that the engineers do not like the deadline set. “I […]

#HackAGong – A success

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Wollongong’s first Hack-A-Thon, HackAGong was a fantastic success with 85 registrations and 27 teams competing in the event. If you missed it on Saturday, HackAGong was started by Nathan Waters (a member of the Wollongong eClub) just a few weeks ago. The Hack-A-Thon allows teams of programmers and designers to design and develop an application in just 30 hours. The Major Prize of $2,500 was awarded to KickstartKristmas, a Kickstarter-like […]

Wollongong’s first Hack-A-Thon, HackAGong off to a great start

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The first ever Wollongong based Hack-A-Thon, called HackAGong started today at the University of Wollongong. The Hack-A-Thon allows teams of people to design, develop and launch an application in just 30 hours. Each team will be judged on the execution, innovation and design of the application at a free presentation open to the public on Sunday, 25th November at the University of Wollongong UniBar. The concept of a Hack-A-Thon in […]

Facebook is changing user policies – what does it mean for you?

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au If you haven’t checked your emails, then you would have missed that Facebook is changing its policies – its “Data Use Policy” and its “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”. Rather than you just read the entire document, we have compress the changes into this blog post. So, what do these changes mean for you? Well, first off, you are no longer able to control who messages you […]

Apple/HTC settlement to be given to Samsung

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Samsung has won its case to get Apple and HTC to share its patent settlement; an important development which could determine if any of Samsung’s latest products get banned by Apple. According to Samsung, if Apple is happy for competitors to use its patents with royalties, then the injunction is not justified. According to The Verge, Apple’s attorneys were happy to share everything about the agreement – except for the […]

Websites under strain as Click Frenzy becomes a failure

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Well, that was anticlimactic. The event Click Frenzy, which has been touted as Australia’s version of the Cyber Monday event across online retail, has become a disaster. After the 7pm start, the entire website manage to crash and other retailers are feeling the strain. Kogan, Dick Smith and Myer are some of the sites we visited, and both have managed to be taken down due to the stress at the […]

Vodafone, Visa partner up for “SmartPass” NFC payment system

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Vodafone Australia has announced their brand new mobile payment system simply by using their mobile phone. Called SmartPass, the new service uses Visa’s payWave network and NFC to allow you to pay for goods and services by simply waving your phone. Of course, you need a compatible device to support SmartPass – most of the high-end Android and Windows Phone 8 phones do support the technology, iPhone also can via […]

Australian retailers launch ‘Cyber Tuesday’, kicks off tomorrow at 7pm

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Tomorrow, several Australian online retailers are partnering up in order to create a “Cyber Monday”-style event. Called Click Frenzy, for the next 24 hours from Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00pm AEDT many online retailers will be putting up special deals. But how big or little the deals are, well that’s a different story. Some retailers that have signed up include: Myer, Toys R Us, Dan Murphy’s, Dick Smith, Jeanswest, The […]

Spotify takes on Rdio: web-native version available in beta

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As rumours earlier in the year suggested, Spotify have made a web version of their music streaming service available, despite no official announcement. Still in beta, and hidden from the public, the new web-native version works as expected, using a mixture of modern HTML5 and Flash components to offer the entire Spotify library to users. Also, sadly, the web version of Spotify doesn’t work with songs that aren’t available on […]

Research: Cheap, battery-operated jamming device can kill an entire 4G network

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The technology behind the 4G networks, LTE, has been found to be vulnerable to simple jamming techniques, with researchers proving their hypothesis by using a cheap, battery-operated jamming device aimed at a small portion of the LTE signal to take down an entire base station. The research, from Virginia Tech, notes that there are “about eight” weak points that can be used to jam an LTE signal. Normally, in order […]

GIFT GUIDE: 9 Geeky Christmas Presents

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Know someone who is a tad geeky? We’re here to help you find the perfect gift, so here is our Holiday Gift Guide for all things very geeky. And we’ve ordered things from the least expensive to the most – so whatever budget you have set yourself, we have you covered. Game Masters Book This year, Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image had an exhibition about video games. Did […]