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Telstra in talks with Google to launch Chromecast in Australia

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Telstra is reportedly in “secret talks” with Google that would see the Chromecast dongles – the search engine’s cheap streaming device that can be plugged into any television set through a HDMI port – officially available in Australia, according to a report. We say officially because there are many ways to get the Chromecast in Australia – though many of the services won’t work without the help of a VPN. Eager customers […]

500px will let you sell your photos – if it can take a 70 percent cut

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If you are a photographer and want to make a quick buck from your photos, 500px is about to make it easier for you. The online photo community (and Flickr competitor) announced it would launch a marketplace called 500px Prime – allowing people to easily license your photos for their projects. “Prime is a convergence of the growing demand to be able to license the amazing photography on 500px and a growing […]

Community radio will not end online simulcasts, but the ABC says it has to “consider carefully” future of streaming

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Image: Fod Tzellos/Flickr (Creative Commons) Great news if you are fans of FBi Radio in Sydney, or SYN FM in Melbourne. Community radio broadcasters have confirmed that they will not be shutting down their online simulcasts – unlike their regional commercial counterparts – despite their opposition to having separate licences for internet broadcasts. Until a new licence has been negotiated… the existing arrangement will continue In a message to its […]

Twitter “zombie followers” was a stupid marketing ploy for The Walking Dead

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If you happen to follow anyone that with a substantial amount of Twitter followers – for me, they included Gizmodo Australia’s Luke Hopewell, News Corp’s Jen Dudley-Nicholson, and Asher Wolf – then you would have noticed they were talking/complaining about the sudden increase of zombie followers. And yes, they were literally zombie followers – they had no tweets, no followers, and all had images of zombies. A list of zombie […]

The Pirate Bay almost had a server in North Korean soil

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Remember back in early March last year when the Pirate Bay announced that they were moving to North Korea – only to later announce it was a hoax. Well, in a Q&A session with one of the original founders of the Pirate Bay, Tobias Andersson acknowledged that there was an attempt to place servers in North Korean soil – by putting them in the North Korean embassy in Stockholm. Andersson was […]

Microsoft announces Satya Nadella as new CEO, Bill Gates as “Tech Advisor”

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After a long search, Microsoft have confirmed that Satya Nadella – formerly the Executive Vice President of its Cloud and Enterprise division – as its CEO, succeeding Steve Ballmer. It also announced that its founder Bill Gates will devote more time to the company, leaving his post as Chairman of the Board to take up the role as “Founder and Technology Advisor”. India-born Nadella, 46, joined Microsoft in 1992 after […]

Tumblr turns on SSL encryption – but it’s not by default

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Like Facebook and Twitter, Tumblr has announced that it now supports SSL encryption – meaning that you will have an extra layer of security whenever you visit the website. However, there is a catch: it is not turned on by default. You will need to go to your account settings and turn the option on. So, why should you turn this feature on? It makes it harder for hackers to extract […]

Dell combines OS X and Windows 8 in the worst marketing mistake

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Dell has posted an advertisement showing it’s latest XPS machine to the world. However, thanks to a marketing stuff-up the advertisement shows the XPS machine running a combination of OS X and Windows 8. With just a swipe of a finger, you can easily switch between the two operating systems. According to The Verge, the website has been available on Dell’s YouTube channel since December. Obviously, the XPS machine is not designed to […]

PPCA: We want artists to have a “fair share” from radio stations

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Image: Austin Gruenweller/Flickr (Creative Commons) The PPCA – the group that represents musicians in Australia – have expressed disappointment in the decision by many regional radio stations pulling their online streams, saying that they have “chosen to deprive regional listeners of local programming” instead of negotiating. “PPCA has tried many times to engage CRA in open and amicable negotiations to resolve this issue – and will continue to do so,” the […]

Their way or The Pirate Bay: Game Of Thrones will only be available through Foxtel in 2014

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For the past few years Australian Game Of Thrones fans have been almost lucky when it comes to legally accessing the show. While, like in the US, the show was broadcast on Pay TV first, it also, uniquely, came to iTunes the day later in Australia. So instead of requiring a hefty monthly fee, the show was basically available without any other subscription, just through a per-episode price on a […]

Canadian ISP Bell suffers huge data breach – and they’re still quiet

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Thousands of customers of Bell Canada – the country’s largest ISP – have had their personal information leaked online by a hacking collective known as NullCrew. The leaked data mainly consists of customer’s email addresses and passwords, but also includes modem passwords and partial credit card numbers of 127 Bell customers. “Go fuckin figure, people who are suppose to provide secure connection to the internet?” NullCrew says in the dump. […]

Regional radio stations pull online streams due to licensing issues, metro stations might be next

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Image: Fod Tzellos/Flickr (Creative Commons) Within a couple of weeks, you might not be able to listen to your favourite radio stations online. After being unable to come to a new licensing agreement with the music industry, nearly 200 regional radio stations will end their live simulcasts with all metropolitan stations threatening to go dark as well. The stations – represented by Commercial Radio Australia – join Grant Broadcasters in ending their […]

Xbox: Spartan Assault is coming to Xbox 360 tomorrow

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The latest installment to the highly acclaimed Halo franchise, Halo: Spartan Assault will be available, via download, to the Xbox 360 tomorrow. The game features a new immersive story, bridging the gap of Halo 3 and Halo 4, and expanding on the Human-Covenant conflict and the rise of Commander Sarah Palmer, first introduced in Halo 4. Previously, Spartan Assault was exclusively available for Window 8 devices and the Xbox One. The […]

Yahoo resets passwords after hackers attacked email service

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Yahoo has said that it will be resetting passwords of several users after it identified a “coordinated effort to gain unauthorised access” to those users Yahoo Mail accounts. The company did not share much detail about the attack, like how many accounts were affected. It did say, however, that the attackers used information from a third-party whose database was compromised; and that there was no evidence that the information came […]

This is Facebook Paper and it’s out now

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No, the company hasn’t bought Fifty-Three, creators of the iPad drawing app Paper. This is something completely different. And it’s out today, if you have a US iTunes account, right here. Facebook has hinted at a less integrated Facebook app for some time now. With so many features, plenty misguided, resulting in a cluttered Facebook app for mobile devices, while the competition brought innovation through single-use apps like Instagram and […]