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The Kim Dotcom Saga, one year on – What you need to know

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Remember MegaUpload? Taken down last year by US law enforcement, the founder Kim Dotcom is planning to revive the site (under a new name, Mega.co.nz) on its one year anniversary. However what may seem like a technology story about copyright has transformed into a massive political scandal in New Zealand, especially on the spying and who knew what about it. And just in time of Dotcom’s relaunch of Mega, here […]

Got an internet porn addiction? The cure: just ride a horse

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Image: Mike Baird/Flickr (CC) File this under the “seriously, WTF?” part of the news for the week. And it comes from that nation that brought us Gangnam Style, South Korea. The country is one of the most wired countries in the world, and as a consequence, according to their government’s data, more and more people becoming addicted to the internet. So, what do you do? Well, one family has seemingly […]

OPINION: Google’s block of Maps on Windows Phone isn’t really a block

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Image: activefree/Flickr (Creative Commons). When was the last time you used a web-app on your phone more than once? Hmm, yeah, I can’t remember a time either, maybe apart from a link to a few blogs. Which is why the usual shit-storm that arises with any change to anything is pointless, especially in the case of Google Maps on Windows Phone. If you own a Windows Phone, Google Maps is […]

#facepalm: Teen boasts drunk driving on Facebook, gets arrested soon after

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Image by Zack Sheppard/Flick (CC) Because it is so hot in Melbourne (and pretty much most of southern Australia), here is something to laugh at to keep you distracted from the heat. A teenager from Oregon, USA was arrested for hitting two cars whilst drunk. So how did they manage to catch him? Because he decided to boast about it on Facebook. You see, this teenager Jacob Cox-Brown thought it […]

Facebook ‘Metro-fied': Aussie developer reimagines social network’s design

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Sick of the current Facebook interface? Probably not, but have a look at this design concept by Brisbane-based interactive art director Fred Nerby. He has re-imagined Facebook’s design by creating something that focuses on making the social network, what he says, “functional and engaging”. The design is meant for desktop and tablets (like the iPad) to take advantage of the screen real estate. It appears to also follow some Microsoft’s […]

YEAR IN REVIEW: Governments vs the Internet

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In 2012, the Internet has been the centre of some of the most controversial laws that were passed, attempted to be passed or are in the works by governments. We started the year with SOPA and PIPA, American legislation that aimed to legitimised censorship to protect copyright owners; and ended the year with countries such as China and Russia getting the ITU involved in the regulation of the Internet. This […]

YEAR IN REVIEW: The Most Popular Posts of 2012

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It’s nearly the end of 2012, and now its time to see and find out what Google Analytics say were the top ten posts of the year (well, technically the 25th of December last year to the 29th December this year). We do this to see some interesting trends what you, our readers, click on our site – but also because there is this unspoken competition on the site. You […]

RUMOUR MILL: Apple to release lighter, thinner fifth-gen iPad in March

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So, just when you thought it was safe to get an iPad, an Apple blog is claiming that there will be another refresh of the line coming up in March – despite we already having a refresh back a few months ago that saw the launch of a proper 4G iPad and the iPad mini. But however, citing people familiar with the matter,┬áMacOtakara says that this new model will be […]

Facebook brings out “Privacy Shortcuts” – now making it easier to control your privacy

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Want an easier way to manage your privacy on Facebook? The social network has now introduced a new icon on the header called “Privacy Shortcuts”. Wedged between the settings icon and the Home link, you can now find the most common (and basic) privacy options so you don’t have to go through long and often complicated boxes to control what you share online. In the panel, you can control who […]

Australia joins US, UK in not signing new WCIT treaty

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Australia has joined its allies the United States and the United Kingdom in not signing the new ITU treaty; after a vote at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) saw the inclusion of calls that the UN be given a greater role on regulating the Internet. “It is greatly disappointing that a consensus could not be reached,” Senator Stephen Conroy, the Communications Minister, said. “Australia worked hard to develop […]

Tumblr goes down after “network issue”

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Don’t panic, your internet has not been cut. Tumblr has been hit with another outage, making the entire site inaccessible to all users for the past couple of hours. The problem, according to Tumblr, is network issues when trying to fix intermittent errors. “Tumblr has taken the site down in order to resolve a network issue. We will update as we know more,” the company tweeted. [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/tumblr/status/278974197772988416″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/tumblr/status/279000741706878976″] […]

Victoria Police: Don’t, whatever you do, use Apple Maps (no, seriously)

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In what may be the weirdest press release today, Victoria Police has issued a warning telling motorists that they should not be relying on Apple Maps. We all know it sucks really badly (with all of its incorrect map data), but do we really need a police warning? Turns out, we do. Mildura Police have been called in to assist motorists who have become stranded within the Murray-Sunset National Park […]

Group claiming to be Anonymous targets 2Day FM after prank call

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Image: gaelx/Flickr (Creative Commons) A message posted on YouTube claiming to be from Anonymous has threatened 2Day FM – the station which broadcast a prank call which then led to the tragic events last weekend that saw the nurse apparently take her own life. “You are directly responsible for the death of another human being… We have found you guilty of murder,” Anonymous said in the video. “You have placed […]

Yahoo to stream Rolling Stones concert; the catch is you have to pay $32 for access

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Yahoo has announced that it will live stream the the 50th anniversary concert by the Rolling Stones on Sunday 16th December at 1pm (Sydney time). But there is a catch – you’ll have to pay US$32 just to access the stream. For Australian fans, this will be through Yahoo!7 via Who Magazine. Of course, if you are a Foxtel subscriber, you can also order this through Main Event. Those who […]

YouTube rolls out a brand new look with video, not subscriptions, the new focus

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YouTube is about to roll out a brand new design today, reducing some clutter and making the video the main focus point, with everything else now moved below the video – including the metadata, like, and subscribing to the user’s video. “The video is right at the top of the page and the subscribe button, social actions and video information are all combined directly below the player,” according to Josh […]