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AnonAustralia hacks websites, tells Govt to answer TrapWire questions (update)

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Anonymous Australia has celebrated Guy Fawkes Day by hacking Australian websites. However, it appears the attack is harmless and is publicising their opposition to the Australian Government’s proposed changes to federal police surveillance laws. For those who don’t know, Guy Fawkes is one of the guys from the famous Gunpowder Plot. His name is also the name of the mask that was made famous by V for Vendetta and Anonymous. [...]

NBC website defaced; did a flaw in IP.Board allow it to happen? (Updated)

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NBC’s website has been defaced, with the hacker claiming that user information has been exposed and passwords have been dumped. The attack was reported to have started in the morning, and NBC quickly remove most of the defacement. However, the website has been having problems loading – including the homepage being left distorted. In addition, not all pages have had the defacement removed – it still exists under the /extras/ [...]

Australia Post launches Digital Mailbox

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Finally, we’ve reached some modernity in mail! Australia Post has today launched its long-awaited Digital Mailbox that will let you receive your bills and financial statements all electronically, through the browser, tablet or mobile device – and instantaneously, as opposed to waiting for the mailman to come to your house every day. The service is part of a $2 billion investment in digitising, modernising and expanding its communications and delivery [...]

Windows 8 launched to the public

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Microsoft Australia formally launched their new operating system, Windows 8 at an event this morning at Fox Studios. Officially launching in New York last night, Australia was one of the first countries to experience Windows 8 with a select number of Harvey Norman stores having midnight launches. While most tech enthusiasts and developers like ourselves have been running Windows 8 for a few months, Windows 8 is now available to purchase [...]

Apple UK’s “Sorry, Samsung didn’t copy the iPad design” semi-apology ad appears

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Apple UK has finally published that court-mandated apology saying that Samsung didn’t copy the design of the iPad after losing an appeal. The court found in October Samsung did not copy the iPad design for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Tab 8.9 and the Tab 7.7; and ruled that Apple had to publish an ad on its website and on almost every publication to “correct the damaging impression” that it [...]

New 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Apple has today added a new MacBook Pro to it’s range. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is lighter and thinner than ever. Just like the 15-inch brother, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro strips out the optical drive to allow for a lighter design, a new 2,560 x 1,600 pixel display and is 20% thinner than the 15-inch version. Additional improvements to the 13-inch MacBook Pro include the option for flash [...]

New Lighter, Thinner iMac with Fusion Drive and Ivy Bridge

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Apple today announced at their media event, the new Lighter, Thinner iMac range. The new iMac will come in both 21.5-inch and 27-inch display sizes and includes a new, fully laminated design to improve reflection issues and improve optical quality – so no Retina Displays. The new iMac has a 5mm edge making it 80% thinner than the previous generation and a 40% reduction in volume. Apple is boasting a [...]

Apple’s iPad mini, with 7.8″ display, is real, ships November 2 from $369

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Here it is. Phil Schiller and Tim Cook just took the stage at their October 2012 Apple Event, and up until the very end, kept the iPad mini a secret. But it is a secret no more. Coming in at 7.9″, with a 1024 x 768 resolution, the iPad mini “isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad, it’s an entirely new design,” as Schiller told the audience. With a 7.2mm thick aluminium case, the [...]

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 [...]