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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 […]

Dick Smith sold for $20m as Woolworths dumps electronics business

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Consumer electronics retailer Dick Smith Electronics has a brand new owner in a deal worth $20 million after Woolworths has announced that it will be leaving the consumer electronics business in Australia, New Zealand and India. “We announced the Company’s strategic priorities in November 2011 which included a review of our portfolio of assets, particularly our participation in the consumer electronics category, with a view to maximising shareholder value,” said […]

JB Hi Fi NOW gets major exclusive, new Muse album available before release

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JB Hi Fi NOW has got its first major exclusive album pre-release with it securing the rights to stream Muse’s new album The 2nd Law in Australia before its official release date of September 28 (where its rivals Spotify and Rdio will also make the album available for streaming). The move is likely to attract more people to use the NOW service. However, you don’t necessarily have to commit to […]

Nintendo Australia reveals Wii U release and pricing – November 30 for $349.95

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Nintendo Australia has confirmed that the Wii U will be selling in Australia and New Zealand on the same date as the Europeans – November 30 – and several games that will launch at the same time as the console, including Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Mass Effect 3 – Special Edition ZombieU and RAAYMAN LEGENDS. Among other release day titles that will be out on launch day or by […]

Nintendo Wii U to come out in US on Nov 18, Europe on Nov 30

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Nintendo has revealed the release dates for the Wii U in North America and Europe, and like the Japan announcement, there will be two models – the Basic Set and the Deluxe Set. An Australian release date is expected to come out soon after the European Nintendo Direct. The Wii U will be heading to the United States on November 18, with the Basic Set to be priced a US$299 […]

Nintendo reveals Japanese details of the Wii U – launching Dec 8 for 26,250 yen

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Nintendo has revealed the Japanese release date and pricing; and also has revealed that the Wii U will come into two ‘sets’ – the Premium and the Basic set. The Wii U is to launch in Japan on December 8 with the starting price for the Basic set for 26,250 yen (or AU$322.20). The Basic Set comes in White, and will have 8GB of memory inside the body unit. The […]

ALERT: We’re moving servers this weekend! Yes, we’re finally moving!

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Dear Readers! Please be advised that we’re going to be moving servers. I recently made the decision to switch to a new hosting provider. For those who don’t know, we’re moving from HostMonster – and while it’s been a good five years, we’ve been using so much of their resources that it has been a pain to use. So, we’re switching to Media Temple. We will be doing the move […]

Apple updates the iPod touch – new 4-inch Retina display, 5-megapixel camera

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The iPod touch is getting a revamp to bring it more inline with the iPhone 5 – with this new generation features a 4-inch Retina display, 5-megapixel camera and the same anodized aluminium being used to make the body. Hardware-wise, the iPod touch will feature a dual-core A5 chip that feature double the processing power and seven times the graphics; and a 4-inch Retina display. Again, to make it more […]

Apple revamps iPod nano – adds 2.5-inch screen, ditches the square

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The iPod nano is getting a revamp again, and ditching the square shape that has made it popular (mainly as a watch). The new model goes back to the old shape of being a rectangle, adds a 2.5-inch multi-touch display and comes in colours (which, to be honest, makes it look a bit cheap) It is, apparently, the thinnest iPod ever with a 5mm thin body. The iPod nano features […]

Apple reveals the iPhone 5 – “the biggest thing since the iPhone”

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A thinner body, LTE, a 4-inch Retina display and a brand new A6 chip – the iPhone 5 is finally here. And while we going to suspend the fact that this is technically the sixth-generation of the iPhone, the new iPhone is coming to Australia on September 21, with preorders starting at September 14. But what else is inside? The iPhone 5 features a 7.6-mm andoized aluminium body that makes […]

Apple search engine accidentally reveals iPhone 5 press release (red herring or not?)

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Well, there goes the surprise. Apple has inadvertently leaked out information about what it will apparently present at tonight’s keynote. Reports are circulating that simply going to the Apple search engine and typing in “iPhone 5″ and you get four links that reveal all – including a press release dated for today. The links, of course, are dead links. First spotted by 9to5Mac, and we’ve tested it out and it […]