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Why I started UNIHACK – a hackathon for university students in Victoria

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If you haven’t noticed, I have not been blogging for a couple of weeks on TechGeek. Instead of writing about the Amazon FirePhone, I have been working on a side project with the IT student clubs at the University of Melbourne and Monash University (Clayton). I have been teasing little things about it on my Twitter account, but today is the day where you can sign up and participate! The side […]

Internode covers Adelaide CBD with WiFi

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Internode have announced the AdelaideFree, an extension to the already operating Free WiFi network in central Adelaide. In partnership between the South Australian Government and Adelaide City Council, Internode has created a wireless network which provides internet access to over 30,000 people each day – powered by 300 wireless access points. The extension provides blanket coverage between North Terrace and Wakefield Street/Grote Street and broad access areas in the south city, […]

Microsoft boosts OneDrive space

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Microsoft have today announced that they’ll be making some changes to OneDrive, which includes doubling (and a little more) their free storage tier from 7GB to 15GB. Additionally, users with an Office 365 subscriptions will have their storage increase to a huge 1TB for the duration of the subscription. Microsoft is even slashing the prices for the standalone OneDrive plans, charging $2 a month for 100GB (previously $8.99 a month) […]

Vodafone customers take advantage of the ‘truly unlimited’ data weekend

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Vodafone customers have just enjoyed a weekend of ‘truly unlimited’ data after an outage that affected customers nationwide for a few hours on Thursday. Vodafone’s Chief Technology Officer Benoit Hanssen said “We know our customers had a less than perfect network experience today and we want them to know we’re sorry. We want to make good by offering them unlimited data access all weekend.” According to a report by the Sydney […]

System error brought down Optus network

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A system error on Thursday brought down customers on the Optus network. Affecting customers nationwide, customers were unable to make or receive calls, texts and use their data allowance for an extended period of time. According to information provided to TechGeek by Optus and a report by the Australian Financial Review, the error was caused by thousands of IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers being added to the stolen database […]

Vodafone makes it right – free data all weekend

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While we didn’t report on it yesterday, Vodafone also faced major network issues. Firstly starting in Western Australia, customers were unable to access data services via 3G and 4G. Customers took to social media like Twitter and Facebook to express their frustration at loosing data service – some quoting that mobile data was their only source of communication. According to a press release from Vodafone, the service disruption was due […]

Facebook are now facing issues as well…. and resolved them

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It’s probably time to just give up on the internet today. After Optus and Vodafone both facing issues today in regards to the mobile networks, Facebook has just fallen off the face of the earth – literally. Currently when trying to visit Facebook, you’ll be prompted with a screen much like the one you see below.   This appears to be affecting all Facebook services including the Like and Share […]

Animated GIFs now supported on Twitter

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Sometimes, the best way to respond to a tweet on Twitter is in animated glory – GIF animated glory that is. Twitter has now enabled Animated GIF support on the web and iOS/Android apps. You’ll find that GIFs show up just like Vine videos, with a play button on top. You’ll have to push that play button to start the animation. Of course, support for GIFs was probably a very […]

Optus facing nationwide network issues

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Australian Telco, Optus are currently facing network wide technical issues on their mobile network. Users are taking their complaints to Facebook and Twitter to vent their frustration. According to the customers, phones are reporting that they’re not registered on the network or have been blocked from the Optus network. This isn’t only affecting Optus users, both Virgin and Amaysim customers (which use the Optus network) are also reporting issues. According to […]

Melbourne’s City Loop to get 3G coverage by end of year, 4G next year

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The Victorian Government has announced today that Melbourne’s City Loop tunnel – which contains the Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament underground stations – will get full 3G coverage by the end of the year, and will be upgraded to 4G by next year. “It is frustrating when people coming into the City Loop drop off … in the 21st century we need full connectivity throughout our transport system,” Premier Dennis […]

Tweetdeck vulnerability allowed attackers to execute code in 140 characters

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If you happen to be using Tweetdeck, then you would be wondering why you were getting random pop-up messages containing messages such as “Yo!“, “XSS in tweetdeck” and “PENIS“. That’s because users discovered a XSS vulnerability that would attackers to remotely execute JavaScript code – all through a simple tweet. XSS (or “cross-site scripting”) vulnerabilities allow attackers to execute JavaScript code after injecting the script onto another web page viewed by others. For example, […]

E3 2014: Super Smash Bros lets you create your own playable character

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Nintendo may not do grand presentations like Sony and Microsoft, it doesn’t mean that they don’t make big announcements. The company has revealed that you will be able to use your Miis and create your own playable characters in Super Smash Bros for Wii U. And yes, it can be anyone – you can create yourself, your family members, celebrities, or Nintendo of America’s chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime. The list […]

Google wants to make it easier to encrypt emails with new plugin

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Google has today announced that it plans to support end-to-end encryption with Gmail via a Chrome extension, making it harder for others (such as intelligence agencies) to snoop on your emails. End-to-end encryption sees the sender encrypting data (in this case, an email) before it is sent to its intended recipient. It stays encrypted until the receiving party decrypts it, meaning that no third party can intercept and read or […]

Optus updates mobile plans, introduces data sharing

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Optus appears to be listening to its customers, as the company today announced a couple of changes to its mobile phone plans. The second-placed telco will increase the included voice and data caps on all of its My Plan products, and will allow customers to share their mobile plan’s data across multiple devices. The $60 My Plan will now get unlimited included minutes to standard Australian mobile and landline phone numbers, […]

Your guide to Chromecast in Australia

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So, Chromecast is available in Australia. You’ve paid your $49, you’ve got the box home and now you’re wondering… how the hell do I set this up? Well… this post is about just that: how to setup your Chromecast  and what sort of content is available. While some tech enthusiasts have imported the Chromecast from overseas and have been using it for months, some of us in Australia have waited […]