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Apple announces iPad refresh, with Lightning port and faster A6X processor

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Apple have refreshed ‘the new iPad’ with a 4th-generation model. With the same retina-display and 5-megapixel (iSight) camera, the improvements start with an Apple A6X processor, with twice the graphics capabilities of the 3rd gen, and also a Lightning port, requiring previous-generation iPad owners to replace all accessories, specifically the terrible portrait iPad keyboard dock, which may not even be getting a replacement. Prices start at $539 for 16GB, $649 [...]

New Mac Mini with Ivy Bridge and Quad-Core option

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Apple have announced updates to the Mac Mini range of computers at the media event today. The updates to the Mac Mini include Ivy Bridge processors including a new quad-core option for high end models. Additionally, Mac Mini can now have a maximum of 16GB of RAM with the built-to-order option. The pricing remains the same as previous configurations – base model starting at $699 with a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel [...]

New Rdio for Android beta available

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Rdio have invited its ‘tech savvy’ users to try a the latest version of their Android app, with a redesigned look and feel which matches the new Android design language, as well as the new Rdio website design. The dated menu of the previous version is gone, replaced with a sidebar menu, similar to that seen in the latest Facebook apps.There’s a new remote control feature as well as a [...]

In this dog-eat-dog world, Apple announces iPad mini event, scheduled for October 24 at 4am AEST

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Just hours after Microsoft announced their Surface price and availability, Apple is set to announce their own tablet. On October 23 US-time, or October 24 Australian time, Tim Cook and the gang will be taking the stage and, unless rumours are wrong and Apple is just kidding around, it’s going to be a smaller iPad, dubbed an iPad mini, an iPhone pad, an iPad air, or just ‘the new bigger [...]

Xbox Music coming tomorrow to Xbox 360, later this month for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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While Zune Pass had always been a great service, Microsoft lacked the marketshare to actually push it on devices. The Zune lineup, made to compete with Apple’s iPod, never caught on, and Windows Phone 7 has proven to lack a strong following. Xbox Music is set to change this, coming out tomorrow on Xbox 360′s and later this month on Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8, a mobile [...]

TweetDeck updates with brand new design

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Twitter app TweetDeck has released a brand new update that pretty much offers a brand new user interface. Cleaner, and clearer, the update now also introduces a “light theme” which offers dark text on a light background (previously, it was only the reverse). TweetDeck now also offers a selection three font sizes – small, medium or large. And that’s pretty much it for this update. The app update also offers [...]

Red Bull to attempt freefall jump from the edge of space at 11PM tonight

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This evening at 11:00PM Sydney time, Red Bull will attempt to break a world record by jumping freefall from a height of 120,000 feet above the Earth. If successful, the skydiver Felix Baumgartner will become the first man ever to break the speed of sound – with his own body. And you can watch it live, on YouTube. Currently, the freefall jumping world record stands at 102,800 feet. And that [...]

The question of Python-iView: Copyright crusader or vigilante operative?

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The ABC recently raised eyebrows when it wrote a cease-and-desist letter to Python i-View, a mobile application which allowed viewers of ABC’s popular iview to download and playback its content later on slow or non-compatible technology. The issue of whether the Python-iView app infringes copyright, particularly it’s download feature, hinges on a number of specific sections of the Copyright Act and a concept of “vigilante interoperability”. Firstly, some background. Launched [...]

Microsoft announces Halo 4 price – $89.95 for Standard Edition

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The hotly-anticipated game Halo 4 now has an Australian price. Microsoft Australia has confirmed that the game, that will be released worldwide on November 6, will be sold at $89.95 for the ‘Standard Edition’ and $129.95 for the ‘Limited Edition’. Standard Edition includes the game only; while Limited Edition will include access to more multiplayer map packs, digital items for your Xbox 360 avatars and early access to customisation options. [...]

Xbox 360 gets price drop – Kinect for $149, 4GB model for $199

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The new 4GB model with Kinect costs $299 – the same price point in the US Microsoft Australia has announced that the Xbox 360 will get a significant price drop from tomorrow. The new price of the Xbox 360 4GB model without the Kinect will be now $199 (from $249), while the one with the Kinect will be now $299 (from $399). The most significant cut, however, comes to the [...]

Valve adds software store to Steam on Windows

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Valve is today expanding their popular Steam publishing platform from just games (and a few movies) to now offering a very small selection of software for Windows, set to expand soon. For the next week GameMaker: Studio, 3D-Coat, ArtRage Studio Pro, CameraBag 2, 3DMark Vantage, and 3DMark 11 will be available with a 10% discount from RRP. And the benefits from buying through Steam, as well as the 10% discount, includes, for some [...]

App.net reduces yearly price from $50 to $36, existing members get plans extended

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App.net, the paid social network looking to be an equivalent to Twitter, has announced a new pricing structure that will see a new monthly pricing plan of US$5, and a reduction in the yearly price of US$50 to now US$36. Developer pricing, however, remains the same at US$100. “Because of this momentum and scale, we’ve decided to introduce a couple of updates to our pricing model,” Dalton Caldwell wrote in [...]

Alan Jones’ advertisers face social media shitstorm in “died of shame” controversy

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Image: SULC/Facebook Advertisers on Alan Jones’ show on 2GB are facing an avalanche of social media messages, calling them to distance themselves or be boycotted, after the conservative talk show host said that Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s father “died of shame”. The comment was made in a function hosted by the Sydney University Liberal Club, and was broken by The Daily Telegraph on Saturday night (who knew that they had [...]

Tumblr will be down on October 7 at 6pm

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Tumblr – the home of pretty much Doctor Who and Sherlock GIFs, among other things (some good, some… not so good) – is going down on October 6 at 4am New York time – or 6pm, October 7 for those in the eastern part of Australia. Don’t panic, it’s not forever. It’s just a couple of hours because its upgrading its infrastructure. Vice President of Engineering, Blake Matheny, wrote on [...]

Tim Cook apologises for crappy Maps, points users to Bing

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In an open letter, CEO Tim Cook has apologised for the poor quality of its new Maps application that came bundled in with iOS 6. Aimed to be a replacement to Google Maps after the company ended its partnership early, it has been heavily mocked for being inaccurate (see above, and see this Tumblr) and the lack of certain features – like transport information. “With the launch of our new [...]