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Nintendo updates Wii U Miiverse – new communities, smartphone support

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Nintendo’s Miiverse – their equivalent of a social network on the Wii U – is to get a series of updates this year, according to Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata in today’s Nintendo Direct session about the newly released console. Some of the new features will be tied to specific games – both console and Virtual Console. For example, Wii Fit U will allow the creation of “closed communities” where users […]

Uni of Western Sydney suffers spam attack by ‘Anonymous’ to protest iPad buy

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Image: Rego Korosi/Flickr (Creative Commons) The University of Western Sydney’s email servers were confirmed to have been breached yesterday, according to several reports – including the University’s Facebook page, by someone calling themselves “Anonymous”. The main reason? To protest the university’s plan to give all of its students and staff members an iPad. According to the Register, the attacker used the servers to send spam and also subscribed students to […]

Developer makes getting Myki compensation easier; Metro Trains rejects it

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In Melbourne, people who have a myki pass are entitled to get a refund if Metro Trains does not meet its performance targets. However, to get the refund, you have to print out a PDF form, write all the details and send it off. One developer found that to be a pain and developed a site, called MetroClaim, to make it as seamless as possible. Only one problem, Metro Trains […]

LIVE: Mega Launch Party at 6:30PM AEDT

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Join our New Zealand-based contributor Luke Chandler as he live blogs the Mega.co.nz Launch Party, starting at 7:30PM New Zealand time (or 5:30PM Sydney time). You can see the embedded chat below after the jump, or alternatively – if you are on mobile, or want to see it in full screen – then you can visit the Wordfaire page directly here.

Kim Dotcom’s reborn Mega finally hits the web (our first impressions)

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Today’s the day when Kim Dotcom’s reborn Mega becomes open to the public, after months and months of hype. Launching on the anniversary of the infamous raid last year, the world is all watching the launch – fans, governments and, obviously, Hollywood. And it looks like, much to the displeasure to Hollywood, it is planning to stick around. When Megaupload was taken down last year, it looked like any basic […]

Could Facebook “resurrect” you?

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au Imagine a possibility where you could talk to a friend, a family member or even a celebrity online at any time – even when they’re dead? The video, by Tom Scott in the UK, is entirely fictional. But, if you think about it, the very fact that Facebook could build an model based on the information you submit isn’t entirely far-fetched as it seems. Don’t worry, this […]

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 […]